Our Team
We’ve Spent Over 416 Years Perfecting Your Wedding cumulatively speaking, that is.

Our experts bring you decades of award-winning experience in designing, coordinating and overseeing dream weddings. You’ll be delighted with all we do for your I do.

“From the moment I left the Bridal Cottage to do the walk through before our wedding, I was in awe. Cross Creek Ranch is such a beautiful property and the set up and décor exceeded all of my expectations. The whole process was so streamlined it felt easy. The staff are truly exceptional. Thank you all for making it such an amazing event!”

Christine & Isaac, Tampa FL

Meet the team dedicated to your special day!



Bonnie McSharry
Cross Creek Ranch Owner & Founder

Bonnie fell in love with weddings at the age of five, “marrying” her first love, neighbor Donny Pruess in a splendid Tom Thumb ceremony.

Married “for real” in 1994 to the love of her life Sean McSharry (four months after meeting!), Bonnie turned her passion for wedding design into her profession.

In 2000, Bonnie and Sean bought Cross Creek Ranch as the ideal place to share their zeal for entertaining.

“With one friend’s 50th birthday party and our best man’s wedding hosted here, one thing led to another, creating this wonderful wedding venue.”

In 2006, Bonnie left her award-winning interior design business to run Cross Creek Ranch full time. Just look at anything Bonnie touches and you’ll see her unique vision and attention to detail in creating something beautiful.


Sean McSharry
Cross Creek Ranch Owner & Founder

Born and raised in Dorchester, MA, Sean McSharry is a longtime “anything-Boston” fan. Serving in the Navy for nine years, Sean is the proud father of two children, Tisha and Michael. He’s an avid reader and sports fan, even willing to support local teams as long as they’re not competing against the Red Sox, Patriots, Bruins or Celtics. Sean also gives of his time and talent as a Guardian Ad Litem and a Guardian trainer for Hillsborough County.

Even though Cross Creek Ranch is primarily Bonnie’s dream, Sean is by her side as a constant support to operations. It must be true love because as Sean says, “I’m still here, aren’t I?”


Jill Ferguson
Director of Operations

Jill and Cross Creek Ranch are perfectly suited for each other. She began working at CCR in 2010 as part of the set-up team after her niece was married at the Ranch two years earlier. With a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Georgia, Jill’s experience as a teacher and business owner has made her a master of detail and organization. Jill is particularly fond of old black and white movies, playing golf, spending time with family and friends and, of course, her Georgia Bulldogs.


Jean King
Creative Director

Jean, who joined Cross Creek Ranch in January 2004, utilizes her creative and innovative talents to design, plan, create and then visually communicate a customized experience for each bride. Together with the design and floral teams she ensures a unique, personalized wedding experience from the planning stages to the fantasy-filled day, designed to create memories that will last a lifetime.

After marrying her high school sweetheart, and then, deciding to make their home in sunny Florida, Jean obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Management from Florida Atlantic University where her business interest, led her to work in the fashion industry, interior design, and floral management. before joining the Cross Creek Ranch family.


Becky Knutson
Director of Project Management

After retiring from the corporate world and homeschooling her son for a few years, Becky joined the Bridal Team at Cross Creek Ranch as a Bridal Assistant and fell in love with serving our couples. Bringing years of experience in Project Management, Customer Service and Managerial skills Becky embraces the opportunity of working with the Sales & Marketing team, on Special Projects and serves our wonderful brides and grooms as a Lead Coordinator.

Becky is a woman after God’s own heart and enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family as well as hitting the beach with her children. She even enjoys an occasional round of golf with her best friend and amazing husband, Dan.

Lead Wedding Coordinators

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Office Staff

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Mina Peterson
Vendor Coordinator

Since joining the CCR family in 2008, Mina has done just about everything at the Ranch—from set-up to floral arranging—making her a highly valued team member. Currently, she assists with the details at the Bed and Breakfast and helps couples connect with their wedding vendors. But you’ll also catch her giving tours, assisting as a wedding coordinator, even sewing pillows or cushions.

Married to her husband Major for close to five decades, she’s the proud mother of two and grandmother to adorable Jackson.


Mikayla Miller
Marketing Specialist

Mikayla began working at Cross Creek Ranch in August 2014 as the Receptionist and shortly after took on another role as the Marketing Specialist. As the Marketing Specialist she submits couple’s wedding photos to magazine publications and online blogs, manages social media sites and the Cross Creek Ranch blog. She married her sweetheart, Sean, in April 2014 and they welcomed their daughter into the world in February 2016.

She has a love for good books and music, being outdoors and spending quality time with her family.

Holly Arnold

Holly Arnold
Wedding Specialist

After working in human services with adults with intellectual disabilities for over 20 years, Holly decided to change paths and has joined our team as a Wedding Specialist. Over the course of her career in human services, she has done everything from manage service delivery in group homes and day training programs, grounds and facilities management for group homes and training sites to the management of a plant nursery.

She has been an active participant in her, now, adult children’s athletic careers as a coach, team mom, Booster club leader and on the rare occasion, just being mom.

She loves being with her kids, the Florida Gators, movies, her sweet rescue dog Cira, being in the mountains and all black bears!


Lindy Codding

If you have visited our offices since September 2015, you’ve had the pleasure of being greeted by our sweet receptionist Lindy. She was the perfect fit for our team with prior experience in the hotel/hospitality industry. Lindy’s client service skills shine through on the phone, and even more so in person. Her smile and laughter light up the lobby. Wedding guests may also catch a glimpse of her having fun as she manages our photo booth during events.

Lindy’s love of travel and adventure lead her to this area from Big Sky Country, Montana in February 2015. She packed up her car and traveled, alone, across the country to soak up the Florida sunshine and visit family. Luckily for us, she decided to stay!

Floral Team

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Lori Ortega
Quality Control & Afternoon Manager

Lori’s background is in bookkeeping, payroll, and office management, including 20 years in the veterinary field as a vet tech and office manager. She left all of that to explore the possibility of finding her creative side and came to Cross Creek Ranch in August 2011. She began as a Set Up Team member on weekends while working during the week to do prep for weddings. As CCR grew, more creative opportunities became available and Lori now does the writing of seating charts and chalkboard signs, is a Set Up Team Manager, and is also the Afternoon Event Manager ensuring that all vendor deliveries are on time and each detail is perfect for our weddings. She LOVES working in the wedding industry and says, “When setting up, I try to think ‘this is my best friend’s wedding’. I want it to be as perfect as it can be for each bride’s special day.”

She is also an avid animal lover, living on a small “farm” near Cross Creek Ranch with a variety of “kids”. She married Javier, “the most wonderful man in the world”, in 1995. They both LOVE their animals, music, dancing, traveling, and spending as much time as possible with family and friends.

Wedding Design Team

Cross Creek Ranch Wedding Designers

Angela Dueck
Design Setup Manager

Angela, originally from Brazil, began her career at Cross Creek Ranch in the Fall of 2014 working on the wedding set-up team. Her desire for perfection led to a quick promotion to Design Manager where she oversees every design detail on the wedding day. Together, she and the set-up team, bring to life the uniqueness of each Bride’s wedding design.

Her favorite moment of each set up is seeing the Bride’s reaction as she arrives and gets her tour of the venue. She says the smile on the Bride’s face (and the tears in her eyes) is the best part of her job!


Jaime Freedman
Lead – Guy’s Setup Team

Jaime joined the guy’s setup team and immediately stepped into his Lead position.  His organizational skills and eye for detail play a significant part in his role while preparing for each wedding day.  Creating perfect rows of chairs, placement of doors, arches, ceremony tables, and signage is what Jaime along with the guys’ setup team ensure is perfect for your Big day!

His passion for cars both racing and repairing them keep him busy during his spare time.



Jessica Griffin
Wedding Designer

“Starting in Elementary school Jessica discovered a passion for planning and decorating for parties, Always being chosen by her teachers to be in charge of all of the decorations and making sure everything looked just right. As she grew up, so did her love of planning memorable and dazzling events. Prior to joining Cross Creek Ranch, she used this passion and creativity to plan corporate events, friend’s weddings, and private parties. Now she combines her passion for creating unique, magical and creative events with her love of all things romantic as a member of the design team at Cross Creek Ranch.

When Jessica is not working to make sure every Bride and Groom have the wedding they’ve always dreamed of, she enjoys traveling, being with friends and family, finding new creative outlets and spending time in the great outdoors.”



Ilze Nortje
Floral Department Manager & Wedding Designer

Born in South Africa, Ilze (pronounced ill-zah) moved to the United States after earning her bachelor’s degree in jewelry design and manufacturing.

Artsy by nature, Ilze began at Cross Creek Ranch as a member of the set-up team, but quickly found herself managing the floral department. Now she works closely with brides to create the perfect wedding décor and design.

When Ilze is not designing jewelry in her home workshop, she’s often found tending to her garden (no surprise!) with her husband.

Garden and Grounds Team

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Mary Hornack
Wedding Coordinator and Garden Consultant

With a master’s degree in education and a background as a military wife, Mary has lived and taught around the world. In the fourteen places, she’s called home, Mary has always “beautified with plants”, giving credit to her father for inheriting his “green thumb”.

Mary met Bonnie and Sean in 2010 while planning her daughter’s wedding at CCR. One thing led to another and Mary found herself putting her extensive gardening and event planning talents to exceptional use at Cross Creek Ranch.


Joan Arata
Bonnie’s Mother

Joan keeps an eye on things from the front porch of her adorable yellow cottage at the front of Cross Creek Ranch. She’s often found in the courtyard, giving her signature warm welcome to wedding guests.

Joan is also mother to son David, grandmother to four and great-grandmother to two…so far, as she likes to say. She’s an avid reader and fan of the Bucs and Rays. Proud of her daughter and son-in-law, Joan loves living at the Ranch.

Maintenance Team

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Hair and Makeup Service Team

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“You will never have to worry about a single detail being out of place here. They walk beside you every step of the way, from the first tour of the grounds to picking up the left overs the day after the wedding. The coordinators, designers, bridal assistants, and even the owners of Cross Creek Ranch become more than just your wedding team, they become your friends and beautiful memories.”


“Brides and Grooms are blessed by this venue! We have never felt so well taken care of than when we have worked alongside the staff at Cross Creek Ranch. The level of professionalism and seamless management makes everything run smoothly and keeps everyone relaxed. We felt like the staff members in charge of our wedding day were like family and it was hard to say goodbye to such lovely people.”

Kelly & Thomas, Fort Meyers FL

“I have always heard that wedding planning is stressful and time consuming so I was hesitant to have a big wedding. Not once, during the planning or the actual wedding, did I feel overwhelmed or stressed. The staff at CCR was amazing! Cross Creek Ranch completely exceeded our expectations!”

Carrie & Frank, Tampa FL

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