Meet the Staff


Style: Bold, Sophisticated, Classic with a statement necklace
Hometown: Hamburg, N.Y.
Sign: Leo
Favorite Color: Green
Favorite Dog: Tibetan Terrier
Favorite Drink: Merlot
Favorite Quote: ‘It’s all about finding the calm in the chaos.’ (Donna Karan)

As Senior Event Coordinator with event experience of 41 years, Cherie works with brides as more than just their Wedding Coordinator. She becomes their personal guide through the entire process, giving superb customer service and even genuine counsel when panic sets in! She works hard to ensure that their memorable wedding has an element of fun! As a good listener you will often find her giving honeymoon advice as well as discussing her favorite restaurant. Having her Masters Degree in Personnel Administration laid the groundwork for leadership while her years of experience at La Galleria honed her skills in being detail oriented.

She prides herself in finding the hidden talents in her co workers and loves taking them all for lunch!Cherie enjoys supporting local business, spending time with her husband and two daughters. Did we mention she loves avocados?


Social Media Guru and Event Coordinator
Hometown: Hamburg Ny
Sign: Cancer/Gemini
Style: Passionate, Creative and Self Motivated
Fav. Color: Emerald Green
Fav. Drink: Mojito

Creative, friendly, and free-spirited with a passion to succeed in all endeavors she pursues. Gabriella wears many hats both at La Galleria and in her community. Most famous for her catchy and engaging social media posts and community outreach strategies – Gabriella shares the rustic- chic vision. Gabriella has helped coordinate photo shoots, paint nights and special events at La Galleria. Her passion for detail drives Gabriella to make sure that every couple gets a wedding that is uniquely theirs. Learning about a couple’s love story is her favorite part of getting to know each couple. With over 8 years of experience as an event coordinator at La Galleria she brings a wealth of experience and creativity to the wedding planning process.

On her free time Gabriella enjoys helping others. Currently she holds a volunteer position at The Center for Survivors of Torture through Jewish Family Service and is an organizer for TED X Buffalo. She also loves to travel most recently visiting Thailand, Vietnam, Japan, and Europe. This girl has a passion for life and doesn’t let any opportunity pass her by!


Hometown: Hamburg, N.Y.
Sign: Taurus
Style: Hip, Artistic with a side of fun!
Favorite Color: gray
Favorite Drink: Captain and Diet

Jill has been at La Galleria for 13 years attending to bridal couples making sure every detail is fulfilled the day of the wedding. She gives energy to us all with her innovative ways to capture a couples love story on their special day. When you ask creative thinking people how they create, they never know. They just visualize, and that is Jill. In addition to being an enthusiastic Event Coordinator, Jill holds a BA in Fashion Design and is our go-to creative seamstress. Laughter is certainly the best medicine and Jill can diffuse any situation with just her humor. All our staff agrees that Jill could be a standup comic. Knowledgeable, empathetic, passionate……. And an outstanding team player!

Married with two fabulous children, you will often find Jill enjoying her favorite comedian or baking a specialty dessert for a co worker’s birthday. Did we mention her love for Reeses pieces….?


Event Coordinator
Hometown: Orchard Park, NY
Sign: Capricorn
Style: Simple Elegance
Favorite Color: Blue
Favorite Drink: Chocolate Milk

Julianne joined the La Galleria team in 2005 and has enjoyed well over a decade of planning and coordinating special events. Her passion is weddings! She loves making sure all of the special details couples plan for their wedding day are executed perfectly. She truly enjoys getting to know La Galleria’s couples and works hard to make sure their day is everything they hoped for and more.
Julianne has a degree in Public Relations from Fredonia State University. In addition to her work at La Galleria she works as the Public Relations Director in a local school district.

Julianne is looking forward to her next big adventure as she and her husband will be welcoming a baby boy to their family this May!


Owner and Head Chef, Ardwin Carducci!
Style: History enthusiast & world traveler  
Hometown: Hamburg, N.Y.
Sign: Taurus
Favorite Color: Blue 
Favorite Dog: Tibetan Terrier
Favorite Drink: Muddled Old Fashioned
Favorite Quote: “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.’ Hippocrates

Ardwin was 8 years old when his parents purchased the vacant land that La Galleria Events presently occupies. The property was a thick forest to the road and he helped clear the trees, design and build the space with his family. 
It was originally built as a fine dining restaurant but over the years has undergone MANY renovations to the space to create it what it is today – the best Rustic Chic Wedding Venue! He is the brains behind the beautiful remodeling and was way ahead of his time with sophisticated architecture, food fashions and decor that every bride wants. 

His passion for the business goes far beyond just the rustic look of the venue. He believes La Galleria has some of the best food in the industry, insisting on a kitchen that has fresh ingredients and scratch recipes. Ardwin grows a vegetable and herb garden outside his kitchen door where fresh herbs are only a reach away!

People are surprised to know that Ardwin attended Colgate University and UB- graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in History and Political Science. He is total history geek and you will often find him giving a lesson while prepping for an event.

Ardwin loves to travel, especially with his two daughters and wife of 35+ years. Did we mention that he loves soup? Pho is his favorite and he make a great one at that!