The Pavilion Staff
Wedding Coordinator & Marketing DirectorNew to the Mixon family, Brandy Harlan, brings over 10 years of wedding, event and marketing experience to the farm. A northern girl who grew up on a tobacco farm, she feels right at home around all the groves. Brandy has two very energetic boys, the oldest Ashton and Sean who is “the baby”, and a husband who makes her laugh. After planning a friend’s wedding in 2004, Brandy caught the love bug herself and began her planning company on Anna Maria in 2005, planning many beach and destination weddings. Still today, word of mouth has followed her to Mixon where she gets to be a part of the planning process of the couple’s special day. Brandy’s degrees in Fashion Design & Marketing, & Business Marketing, paired with God’s gift of ideas, makes her position at Mixon “a dream recipe for the perfect place to fulfill my creative bucket as well as be of service to Sheri and the wedding team by helping expand their audience through creative marketing ideas”. “I feel like I’ve done so many things on this journey God has blessed me with, from working at an amusement park at 16 to running my own fashion shows, and traveling, it’s a great feeling to be welcomed in like family to the Mixon company”. Brandy’s favorite part of wedding day is fluffing the brides train as she takes her stroll towards her groom and seeing the look on his face as their eyes meet. “It’s just so dreamy, and emotional and raw. Truly different and amazing every time”. On her “off” time, Brandy can be found reading a good book, at a local coffee shop, socializing with everyone, because she’s never met a stranger. Her favorite life quote which she lives by every day, is from Shakespeare “To thine ownself be true”. When you visit the farm, Brandy will most likely hug you and then tell you “find us on our social media sites & don’t forget to double tap!”
Wedding Coordinator & Décor SpecialistJen as we call her, is a rarity in the area, because she is born and raised in Bradenton Florida, not far from Mixon to be exact. Jen who is married and has 4 children, comes to Mixon having over 15 years of wedding experience, but was born with an eye for décor and design. Jen’s background in graphic design and production management makes her super helpful when it comes to visualizing and making décor come to life logistically. Her favorite wedding “trend” is décor done all the way. She loves helping brides bring their décor to the next level, even inexpensively, but carrying it all the way through the entire event in a way that isn’t over done. At Mixon, we call her the Bow Whisperer, because her bows are ALWAYS perfect and uniform! As a hopeless romantic Jen’s favorite movie is “The Notebook”, and quote “Every love story is beautiful, but ours is my favorite.” When you visit on a weekend you catch Jen coordinating, creating and decorating with a big smile!
Hospitality Coordinator & Office SupportTeresa has been with the Mixon family for three and half years now. She started working in the shipping department, handling phone calls for orders of delicious citrus. Coming into Mixon’s as a girl of fashion, she brought a spunky, new image to the office. Her motto is: “Cooking and fashion, are my two passions”! Her bubbly personality brought a whole new light into the work environment, as she has been told, she is a light to others. Teresa not only worked in the shipping department, her personality landed her in helping out with the Field Trips and the Birthday Parties we offer at Mixon’s, as well. She also learned how to make our famous Mixon Swirl Ice Cream cones. Our previous Wedding Director loved Teresa’s personality, and thought she would make a great addition in the Wedding Department. One day, before she left the office, Teresa had popped her head in to say goodbye asn was told “You’re mine now” Welcome to the Dream Team! That’s where it all began, Teresa was now the Wedding Department's Office Assistant and now Hopsitality Coordinator as well. This is a perfect fit for Teresa, as she is so energetic, (sitting at a desk, just isn’t her cup of tea) and there is plenty of running around to do in the department! Teresa also does a lot of wedding tours and assists the weddings, next to our coordinators! (A must have for your wedding day). Teresa is a girl that for the most part, even when things are rough, (we all have our not so good days, at times), but she still smiles and has a good attitude and goes about her day as if nothing is going on, she will win you over with her smile and bubbly personality. So be sure to schedule your tour, as it's sure to be fun with Teresa as your guide
Hospitality Coordinator & Event AsssitantOriginally hailing from St. Marys, Ohio, Emily moved to Bradenton as a young child and has been in the area for over 30 years. She considers herself a native, at heart, with a great love for the community and the deep roots she has here. Emily is blessed to have a wonderful husband, Chris, whom she attended Manatee High School with, and two daughters, Olivia and Fiona. Having previously worked in an office environment, handling payroll, scheduling, and HR, she thoroughly appreciates and enjoys the opportunity to share her talents and experience the magic of now spending her time working at the Pavilion at Mixon Farms. How she came to be here was simply in the stars - with her Mom as the Buyer for the gift shop and her Sister having worked in events, and a wedding that needed an extra hand, she came in to assist and has been part of the team since that evening in 2017. Her hands-down, favorite part of the wedding, is when the couple locks eyes and sees each other for the first time, as the bride is walking down the aisle. All the feels! In her free time, you can find Emily knee-deep in a home improvement project, in the garden, fixing something that is broken, enjoying a day at Disney World, getting dirty somewhere, playing with her kids, at the library, reading bedtime stories, or at the gym. She has a love for history and learning about the past.