Meet the Team

Christy Matthews | Director of Room Sales

Christy Matthews joined the Emerald Grande team in 2015. Christy grew up in the Destin/ Ft. Walton Beach area and her love for this area and roots run deep. After joining the Emerald Grande Reservations team, She was quickly recognized for her commitment to the highest level of customer service being awarded Guest Services Representative of the Month and Reservations Employee of the Year. Christy is dedicated to making the booking process for wedding guests and groups as seamless as possible.

Crystal Yeabower | Catering Sales

Crystal Yeabower, as acting Sales & Catering Administrator for Emerald Grande, is your go-to contact from first inquiry to finalization of your wedding or event. Crystal has been with the Emerald Grande Weddings Team for over 4 years and has over 20 years in the hospitality field on the Emerald Coast. Crystal’s vast knowledge and experience bring a professional yet personalized touch to each event. Her communication skills and attention to detail ensure your wedding and event are a great success. 

Emily Owen | Director of Catering 

Emily Owen was searching for an internship opportunity online when she landed on the Emerald Grande at HarborWalk Village website. Moving from Buffalo, New York, Emily was determined to build a career in weddings and special events. She started as an intern within the Food & Beverage department and 6 years later, she is the Director of Catering Sales. Emily is focused on building a relationship and connecting with each bride and event planner so she can customize every event for her clients. Emily developed the Wedding Coordination program at Emerald Grande and she continues to study industry trends so she can seamlessly aid brides in the planning process. With an eye for detail and a passion for guest service, Emily is dedicated to making your experience Grande.

Annette Peterson | Wedding & Event Coordinator

Annette Peterson is the newest member of the Emerald Grande Wedding Team. She previously worked with a renown wedding company in the Florida Panhandle as a senior wedding planner and lead day of coordinator for 16 years. Annette is passionate about her work and her expertise lies in in-depth communication with all involved leading up to the event, taking even the smallest details into consideration, and executing a stress-free wedding day for our couples.