Rheana Coon has been in the hospitality industry since the age of 15 when she took an after-school job at a local flower shop.
Rheana’s experience as a young floral designer sparked a lifetime of passion for special event production, which was then stoked by a position at the Bellagio Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. This is where she honed her craft in wedding and event floral design by working for royalty, celebrities and VIP clients.
In 2008 , she returned to her hometown of San Diego, as lead designer of the event design firm, White Lotus Productions. Two years later, she purchased the company and grew White Lotus into an award winning event company.
In 2016, Rheana moved to Las Vegas, where she joined the AOO Events team full-time as a senior sales executive and event designer. We recently caught up with Rheana to learn a little more about her love for the special events industry.
How did you get started in the special events industry?
I grew up in the events Industry, my father was a caterer and use to make me glitter his tables and buffets in the late 80s and early 90s! I was the “glitter girl”! I started working in a flower shop in High School and fell in love with flowers
What is your favorite sports team?
I grew up in San Diego, so I’m a Padres girl for life!
Favorite museum In Vegas?
I’m still pretty new to Vegas, but I’m dying to check out the Mob museum and the Neon sign museum!
Rooftop pool or indoor pool?
Roof top with good music and a book please.
What is your favorite brunch spot in Vegas?
Favorite cocktail trend of all time?
A good spicy margarita is a weakness of mine. Otherwise, I’m a simple vodka soda girl.
What is your favorite annual event in Vegas?
AFAN! Aid for Aids of Nevada throws a black and white party every year to raise money. The black and white outfits and costumes are to die for. It’s a really fun event!
What destination would you recommend for a nearby staycation?
Most locals want to get away from the Las Vegas strip, I LOVE the spa at Green Valley Ranch. It’s my happy place. The M resort or Red Rock Resort are great too!
What is your favorite venue in Vegas?
So far, Springs preserve. It’s just this little slice of outdoor heaven that you would never picture in Las Vegas. It beautiful! I really want to do an event at the Container Park, I just love the creativity and uniqueness of that area.
If you could work on any special event in the world, which one would it be and why?
Any of the Dior fashion show sets. The environments they create for the Fashion shows are insane and always blow my mind. I stalk them on Instagram, the creativity is beautiful.
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