Our Team



Founder, Owner, Design Director

Born and raised in Seattle’s most international neighborhood, and a world traveller since her pre-teens, Aimee Monihan is the definition of someone consumed by wanderlust. She is also someone who loves nothing more than to design and produce an unforgettable party. With the dream of combining her love of travel with her passion for dreaming up and executing extraordinary celebrations, Aimee launched Tropical Occasions in 1999, becoming Costa Rica’s very first professional wedding planner. With over 1,000 tropical weddings under her company’s belt, Aimee and her team of creative partners have paved the way for a thriving, forward thinking and incredibly successful destination wedding industry in Central America. As a lover of skiing, hiking and mountain top yoga practice, it made perfect sense for Aimee to launch sister company Mountain Occasions, allowing her to plan events in her other favorite natural terrain. And for the past decade, Aimee and her team have been planning incredible events in the most beautiful places on the planet, be it on beaches or mountaintops.


MARY Petersen

Assistant planner, Corporate Event Assistant

When it comes to large scale events, ever-ready Mary is the energy force of our team. Crossfitter, Yogi, and all-around exuberant badass, Mary brings the full dose of vibrancy to our team of planners. Whether it’s guiding you through a pre-wedding jitters yoga flow, or just being a familiar happy face to guide you through the day, Mary is there. One of the few true remaining Colorado natives, she knows all the hidden gems to make your event in the Rockies as perfect as possible.


Anahi Contreras

Design & Production Manager

The Daughter of a diplomat, who has lived all our our beautiful globe, it is hard to say where Anahi actually comes from. Brazil, Japan, Uraguay, El Salvador, Switzerland, Costa Rica, and the USA are all places Anahi has called home. With this incredible upbringing she is also a master linguist and speaks 4 languages fluently and is our go to on all things 'etiquette'. Helping host diplomatic events for the first half of her life has been pretty advantageous too. Anahi was a member of the Tropical Occasions team for over a decade and now comes to Colorado in the summers to avoid the tropical rainy season of her home in Costa Rica. So for summer events, she's ready to rock with our team in the Rockies. With an extensive background of over 13 years planning, producing, catering and floral designing, there's almost nothing Anahi cannot do.