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Twin Cities wedding and event pianist, Sharon Planer, loves the adventure of bringing events to life with her live piano music!

Blizzard Burglary Befalls Bakery
April 18, 2018

On Saturday the Twin Cities was blasted with a blizzard that recorded 14.9 inches of snow at MSP Airport and all runways were shut down. Most people were huddled safely at home.

But when the Muddy Paws Cheesecake owner entered her shop, it had been ransacked and snow was pouring in through the ceiling. Talk about a nightmare!

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Twin Cities business owner Tami Cabrera of Muddy Paws Cheesecake represents the heart and soul of what true community is all about. She is one of the most respected and community supportive people in the Minnesota Wedding and Event industry and Catering scene. 

 Tami Cabrera, owner of Muddy Paws Cheesecake

Tami Cabrera, owner of Muddy Paws Cheesecake

Over my music career I have come to know Tami and have watched in delight as her wonderful business grew into a local and even national success story. Muddy Paws Cheesecake is often the dessert of choice at many of the events where I am playing.  Lucky for me if the client let's me sample a piece of cheesecake!

Those of us in the Wedding and Event industry get to know each other pretty well. We share in each other's joys and our hurts.

When Tami Cabrera has been in the news it's been when she was invited to hand deliver her cheesecake to the Obama White House . . . or the announcements of her many cheesecake honors . . . or for her generous promotion of so many local charities.

Check out Jason DeRusha's interview with Tami regarding her annual fundraiser.

But this weekend the news was not good news. Extensive damage was wrought on the Muddy Paws Cheesecake shop. “They came in through the roof and cut a hole through,” Cabrera said. “I didn’t even know that was possible.”

During the tumble through the roof, the burglar ripped down wires, lighting and everything else along the way creating extensive damage to the shop. Before getting away with some cash and checkbooks, the burglar busted two other holes in the walls and ruined displays, pictures and signage.

Thankfully, business can continue at Muddy Paws. “We can still bake and still use our mixer and stuff like that,” Cabrera said. “I’m really thankful.”

Tami and Muddy Paws Cheesecake is famously known and loved throughout the Twin Cities.  It is now Tami's turn to be lifted up and helped by all those whose lives have been touched by her delicious cheesecake and her generosity and service over the years! 

If you are able to help Tami and Muddy Paws Cheesecake continue its wonderful contribution to the Twin Cities business scene, take a moment and visit the GoFundMe page set up to help Tami.

Let's all support Tami and help her make it through this challenge! If you are one of the few that have not yet had the pleasure of tasting Muddy Paws Cheesecake, ORDER TODAY. You can even rent their cheesecake food truck to come to your office or event!

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You can read more on the story at the KSTP Eyewitness News Live Video

Hang in there, Tami. We love you and your cheesecake. The community supports you!

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Sharon Planer receives 'Best Ceremony Music' 2017
September 06, 2017

Readers at Minnesota Bride Magazine voted for the wedding professionals they considered to be the Best.  

The results were tallied and Sharon Planer was delighted to have been voted the recipient for 'Best of 2017' Ceremony music category!

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I appreciate the wedding couples, event professionals and people that experienced my piano music services and considered me worthy of their vote at Minnesota Bride Magazine.  It has been my passion to get to know each wedding couple that hires me and do my best to fulfill their vision for the music on their wedding day.  It makes me happy to know that so many of my wedding couples were pleased with my music! 

There are many wonderful wedding musicians in the Twin Cities including the other two finalists the Loring String Quartet and the Lake Minnetonka String Quartet.

Remember to pick up a copy of MInnesota Bride Magazine at your local newsstand or call 1-800-637-0334 for great planning tips and real wedding stories.

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Challenges that Wedding Professionals Encounter
May 27, 2017

Members and visitors of the Central Minnesota Wedding Association gathered at Geyer Rental in St. Cloud to mingle and discuss their wedding-related experiences.

One of the questions we discussed was, 'What is your greatest challenge'? Here are some of the responses.

 Photo Credit:   Blue Sage Insights     Shown:  Todd from  Todd Myra Photography,  Randy from  Rolling Ridge Wedding & Event Center,  Sharon Planer from  Pianist for Parties.

Photo Credit:  Blue Sage Insights  

Shown:  Todd from Todd Myra Photography, Randy from Rolling Ridge Wedding & Event Center, Sharon Planer from Pianist for Parties.

A photographer said that his greatest challenge was not having enough time to take all of the photos that the wedding couple requested. Even though the photographer has explained ahead of time how much time is needed to take all the photos requested. The problem occurs when people aren't ready and things run late.

A venue event planner said a challenge she encounters is when family members try to overtake the wishes of the wedding couple. In such cases the event planner calls into play her expertise in diplomacy.

A venue owner said on rare occasions there can be a disrespect of the property even when the rules have been explained by word and in the contract.

A DJ said that he wishes to communicate with wedding couples by phone so he can get a good feel of their needs and personality and they of him. He said it is sometimes difficult to have couples respond to him by phone. It is important for wedding couples to find a DJ whose personality really clicks with theirs. Speaking by phone is a good way to experience the DJ's personality before investing time in actually meeting with the DJ.

As a wedding pianist I like to reach out to the officiant, wedding venue, and wedding coordinator ahead of time to make sure I understand their rules as they apply to me and I want them to understand my music needs as it involves them. Most wedding professionals are excellent in responding to my communication, but occasionally I receive a lack of response. When I do not receive a response, I gently persist and try a different avenue of communication. 

At the end of our discussions I came away with a greater respect for the other wedding professionals that I met with.

Each wedding professional has their own challenges. We are all striving to make our part of a couple's Wedding Day the best that it can be. It is helpful to realize that the other wedding professionals are striving to do the same!

Are you a wedding professional that would like to add your voice to this conversation? I would love to hear your comment!

Thank you to Geyer Rental for hosting the meeting. It was a beautiful Minnesota spring evening and the tent was perfect! Thank you to Megan Czycalla at Blue Sage Insights for sharing her updates on social media strategies. The appetizers, hors d'oeuvres and beverages provided by the St. Cloud Country Club were delicious! Thank you to Rollie Carlson our charismatic president at the Central Minnesota Wedding Association and to Nichole Winter at Destination Vacation for organizing and presenting this event. 

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