Selling Memories: Mary Ellen McBee


With experience working in the hospitality industry for over 35 years, Tanque Verde Ranch’s Catering Sales Manager Mary Ellen McBee says her position at Tanque Verde Ranch is “by far my new favorite position.” Going above and beyond to plan out every last detail for brides to ensure they have the wedding of their dreams is Mary Ellen’s specialty. Having joined the Tanque Verde team just over two years ago, after getting the opportunity to get back into event planning when the restaurant she was general manager for shut down, she says what she enjoys most about her job is selling memories. “We meet so many people that are all looking for something different.  The ranch is the most unique venue and we are very passionate about what we have to offer here,” says Mary Ellen. Being passionate about her job really shines through and surely doesn’t go unnoticed since Tanque Verde Ranch has won numerous awards, specifically for weddings and events. Most recently, they won the award of “Best Outdoor Reception Venue” by Arizona Bride Magazine. Winning these awards wouldn’t be possible if it wasn’t for Mary Ellen and the amazing staff at Tanque Verde Ranch. “I have had many clients book because of our enthusiasm, which comes from knowing we will provide everything we promise.  The expectations are set high and our staff always delivers with pride,” says Mary Ellen. Tanque Verde offers multiple reception areas that are all equally beautiful in their own ways, but Mary Ellen says her favorite spot on the Ranch, not only for a reception site, but also for picture perfect photos, is the Cactus View Lawn. “I love showing this location because people are totally in awe when they see it for the first time.  I have actually had brides and mothers of brides actually cry when they saw if for the first time.  It is also where we perform the majority of our wedding ceremony ‘s and large events,” says Mary Ellen. When planning a wedding at Tanque Verde Ranch, you can expect nothing but the best. “We develop relationships from the very beginning and get to know our clients and their needs from the start,” says Mary Ellen. Not only has Tanque Verde Ranch won a multitude of awards for their venue areas, but have fantastic reviews from actual people who have had their weddings at Tanque Verde to back it up. Some guests have said: “We recently had a beautiful ceremony and reception at the Tanque Verde Ranch. Everything was absolutely fabulous. Mary Ellen and Elise kept the event moving like a well-oiled machine and were incredibly easy to work with. Our experience with the ranch [was] top notch from start to finish.”-Emily on Wedding Wire “The ranch was the perfect setting for our rustic wedding. The venues were amazing, the food delicious and the customer service were above and beyond. I would recommend the ranch to anyone!” Erin on Wedding Wire “Mary Ellen and her assistant Elise are so amazing. There are not enough adjectives to describe our experience at Tanque Verde. They took of every detail with precision, love and care to meet our every need. Even with last minute details. They made everything seem effortless.” Private user on The Knot These are only a few of the spectacular reviews that Tanque Verde Ranch receives regarding their weddings. To book a wedding at a place that will go above and beyond to make sure you have the wedding of your dreams go to tanqueverderanch.com or call 800-234-3833.