Making Dreams Come True
From a very young age, making people smile has been my everything! Starting with my first live theatrical production in the 4th grade, I realized the power of telling a story through beautiful props, music, costumes, and a heck of a lot of organization. I remember looking around the room at the joy that came from the culmination of strategically mixing our vision with hard work, and my heart just sang!
From then on out, creating has been my passion! I went on to obtain a BFA in theatrical design and motion pictures and television production, and to build a wonderful career around managing the ins and outs of a live theatrical productions at different professional theatres, I was loving every aspect of my life and was traveling all over the world.
Then tragedy struck and my dad had a heart attack…
I moved home for what I thought would be a few months to help and spend time with my parents, who are my everything! During this time, I realized a few things. Yes, I was loving my life, but was I living my best life? After facing the possibility of losing my Dad, the people I love most became my priority, so I decided to stay close to home. My drive to help others through events never changed, but I did started seeking out other ways to do so.
I used my skills to plan small town events, grow a farmers market, and a wedding here and there. It grew to the point of being hired to plan and coordinate high budget events for Caesars Entertainment. I realized I was truly living my best life! Not only was I getting to do all of the things that I loved about coordinating live theatre events, but I was also getting to be in the trenches with the “audience” members. I absolutely fell in love with every aspect of event planning and coordination, and I have made that my career for the last 7 years.
Fast forward to today and a relocation to Salt Lake City, Utah, I have married the man of my dreams, met the best business partner a girl could ever ask for, and started an incredible health and charity project that has created more significance in my life than I could have ever imagined! Not only are we feeding millions of hungry people every year and helping get amazing people off of prescription drugs, but it has finally opened up my schedule and finances to do something that I have always dreamt of…Life Moments!
I am taking everything I have learned and grown into as a professional, and am now pouring it into my very own company, branded to convey the joy and smiles that I have thrived on my whole life! I get personally invested and pour my whole soul into everything event I do, and am so honored by those who entrust their memories to me and our team.
Chelsie McRae Kearney
Founder & CEO
Turning a Vision into Reality
Making Every Detail Count!
Wedding Education Director
When I was about 5, I remember attending a calligraphy class that my mom was taking. I had to sit and be quiet as my mom learned the new skill of calligraphy. It was amazing to me that my mom, who knew everything at that point in my life (oh, and she still totally does know everything!), was learning something new. That memory really has stuck with me as I became an adult.
As I was acting my way through high school, I discovered stage management. I had an inspiring high school theatre teacher who let me take the reins and manage several productions. I had felt like at that point I had found my calling in life, managing live events! The organization and scheduling of stage management made a lot of sense to my type A brain.
In college, I also continued my study in stage management at Brigham Young University-Idaho. While I was there, I was given a lot of opportunities to manage productions and events that stretched me. I knew live events was the right path for me.
As friends started to get married around me, I branched into working on weddings as a live event. In that time, I really loved combining my love for beautiful things with managing. And so bloomed my work as a wedding planner and coordinator.
After graduating with my bachelors degree, I decided I still wanted to keep learning, so I accepted a scholarship to University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music as a Stage Management Graduate Student.This was a pivotal time in my education as I dived into learning about live events management at a more advanced level.
While in Cincinnati, I worked at a wedding venue as a venue and wedding coordinator at a high-end, downtown events space. My love for and knowledge of weddings continued to grow from this position!
With my graduate degree in hand, my love for learning and education didn’t stop there! I spent a year and a half at my undergrad as an adjunct professor in stage and theatre management. This gave me new life as I was able to instill the love for learning in others.
As luck would have it, I met my future husband and we moved to Salt Lake City in search of more opportunities. Here in Salt Lake, I expanded my education in various jobs like front-of-house and artist management, smaller wedding venue coordination, and a plethora of other positions. But my knowledge of the wedding and events industry continued to grow.
After having my first baby in 2020, I left full time work to have the ability to stay home with my daughter. This gave me the freedom to pursue weddings more purposefully! Partnering with Creating Life Moments as their Wedding Education Director has not only filled my time with weddings, but also continuing to teach and educate others.
Creating Life Moments
Beth Irvin is an Administrative Assistant at Creating Life Moments and Rocky Vista University, where she coordinates the day-to-day operations. Prior to her position as an administrative assistant she served as a preschool teacher, ballroom dance instructor, and stage manager. Beth hails from Colorado Springs, CO but received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre from Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC. When not helping to keep businesses organized and running, she can be found reading, playing board games, and spending time with her family.