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“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!
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.
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?”
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.
Director of Marketing and Project Management
After retiring from the corporate world and homeschooling her son, Becky joined the Bridal Team and fell in love with serving our couples. Equipped with years of experience in Project Management, Customer Service and Managerial skills Becky soon joined the Management team working with our Sales, Marketing, Special Events, and Projects departments.
A woman after God’s own heart Becky enjoys serving others, traveling, spending time with her five children and relaxing with her best friend and amazing husband, Dan.
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 began working at Cross Creek Ranch in 2014 as the Receptionist and shortly after took on another role as the Marketing Specialist where she assists with submissions for magazine publications, creates our online blogs and social media posts.
Mikayla 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, music, and being outdoors spending quality time with her family.
Born and raised in Atlanta, GA, Colbie, is as close to a southern belle in personality as they come. She spent seven years with the Walt Disney World company, as a culinary cast member. While working with Disney, she was chosen to be on the opening teams for two amazing restaurants, Be our Guest and Tiffins.
Colbie is a Cross Creek Ranch bride! She married her husband, James, in an extraordinary fall themed wedding back in 2014. Since then, they have built a beautiful home and added the cutest French Bulldog into their family, Wallace. Fun fact she would like to share. “I’m slightly obsessed with dinosaurs after obtaining my married last name.” Rohrer is pronounced ROAR!
She recently decided to endure a career change and we are thankful to have her as part of our team as a Wedding Concierge. She is ecstatic to serve our couples and create life lasting relationships with them. Whatever your needs might be throughout your wedding journey with us, Colbie is your girl!
French Country Inn Events and B&B Manager
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. She oversees special Events held at the French Country Inn and Manages the B&B overnight stays.
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 a mom.
She loves being with her kids, the Florida Gators, movies, her sweet rescue dog Cira, being in the mountains and all black bears!
Aslan grew up in a performing arts family and began studying voice, piano and close-up magic at an early age. He earned both his BA in public speaking and a law degree from the University of Cincinnati. Following, he practiced law for over eight years, specializing in Federal Securities, real estate, and contract litigation. In 2015, Aslan returned to his creative roots and is thrilled to have his own music studio. He finds great joy in witnessing those moments of breakthrough, encouraging students through challenges and equipping them with the tools needed to reach their full potential.
Now part of our weekend team, Aslan is happy to use his client service skills to help weddings run smoothly. His Leo, fun-loving personality shines through on the phone and even more so in person. His smile and enthusiasm are hard to miss and he can dazzle you with his close-up magic upon request!
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
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!
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.
After relocating from Maryland, Margo joined the Bridal Team where she serves our lovely brides on their special day. Her passion for the wedding industry led her to a role as part of the design team. Fun fact: Margo is the only girl born in 80 years on her Dad’s side of the family and she was born on Father’s Day.
Margo enjoys cooking, baking and all things about her Pomeranian, Gizmo. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling and working with special needs children and adults.
Manager of Event Sales
Born and raised in New York, Maria moved to Florida as an adult where she worked in other professions including real estate, retail, sales, and even the corporate world, of course, no matter where she worked, she always ended up being the go-to party planner!
Maria joined Cross Creek Ranch’ Bridal Team after the urging from a friend who told her “you will love working there, they are like wedding boy scouts, always prepared!” Now as a Sales Manager, Maria has the pleasure of building a relationship and getting to know the story of our couples. “Your wedding is such a unique way to really tell the world who you are as a couple!”, Maria says.
Maria is half bubbly, and vibrant, and half sassy and sarcastic. She has kiddos ranging in age from 22 to 3, and spent the last year dedicated to her fitness goals and losing almost 150 pounds! She loves theme parks, good food, and sci-fi super-hero movies.
Sales Support Specialist
Born and raised in Plant City, Heather is quite acclimated to the area. Her love of weddings began at the early age of 5. She has been planning her dream wedding ever since. She joined our team as a Sales Support Specialist and is great at it! Heather fell in love with the property prior to working here and it shows as she lights up while touring couples around the venue. She is pursuing her bachelor’s degree in business administration with a minor in Marketing. Heather enjoys fishing, going to the beach, and spending time with her family and her dog Bentley.
Laurel is a young professional who has been working in the wedding industry since college. Upon her graduation from the University of Tampa, she worked for Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings in Anaheim, California as a Professional Intern where she planned and facilitated weddings. After her internship with Disney, she moved back to Florida, where she pursued a career in the wedding industry. Laurel joined Cross Creek Ranch as a Wedding Specialist to expand her skills and knowledge of the wedding industry.
Laurel enjoys baking, reading and hanging out with friends.
Lead Wedding Coordinators
Garden and Grounds Team
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.
“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