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How do you stay motivated?
I always try to keep my goals on the horizon. It reminds me why I’m putting in work now.
Where did you get that pink dress?
Revolve! It’s the Nookie Divine Midi Dress.
How can I prepare for a career planning events?
Gain as much real-world experience as you can. Look for internships, volunteer work and shadowing opportunities with agencies or boutique planners. I have always found the most valuable learning opportunities from working on-site and behind the scenes.
What’s your favorite type of event to plan?
I once heard Colin Cowie say his favorite type of event to plan is always the next one, and I have to agree. There’s something in the air when I’m working on a new event. If you’ve ever stumbled upon a photo, phrase or item that sparks immediate interest and you suddenly start to brainstorm all of these different ideas for a new event, you’re probably in the same boat!
How often do you throw your own parties?
Not counting more casual hosting for occasions like Friendsgiving, I’ve gotten into a groove of planning one bigger party each year. It’s usually 6-8 months in the making, and I have a lot of fun with it!
Do you ever have downtime when traveling for work?
It really depends on the lead-time for the event, and the to-do list once I’ve reached the destination. I’m usually able to explore a bit, and I love to take that time to find unique mementos. When I visited Ravello, Italy for a wedding, I brought back a collection of pasta bowls and serving platters that I purchased from a local artisan. I wrapped them in my clothes and packed them super tightly in my carry-on to avoid any damage on the trip back home. It was the heaviest carry-on bag ever, but it was so worth it!
How do you decide where to splurge, and where to save with your events?
When I’m planning an event, my client’s goals are the priority. If a wedding client wants to prioritize food and beverage, and photography, for example, more funds would be allocated to those budget categories. Whereas, stationery might not be a high priority, and we’ll save in that category by choosing a lower ply paper and opt for economical printing methods. I also put myself in the guests’ shoes. I question, “If I were attending this event, would I view this as a high-impact moment, or memorable experience?” That typically dictates whether to splurge or save. It’s a balancing act, depending on which elements are most important to the host, and most memorable for their guests.
How would you describe your home style?
Minimalistic, modern, maybe a bit farmhouse inspired? I’m a big fan of experimenting with interior design, so it’s constantly evolving!
Where do you find recipes for the events you host?
A mix of mediums… I’m subscribed to The New York Times cooking newsletter, and receive their weekly emails on recipes to try. I also have quite the collection of cookbooks. Try Half Baked Harvest Cookbook by Tieghan Gerard or Magnolia Table by Joanna Gaines and Marah Stets. Pinterest is great for cooking inspiration, but I typically search for the best rated versions of those recipes on Google.
What is your earliest memory of a party you went to?
A birthday party at my childhood home. There was an inflatable jumpy castle, but I spent most of the party running around the house in circles with my friends. It’s the simple things, right?
If you could revisit any destination that you’ve traveled to, which would you choose?
Amangiri, an Aman property in Utah, because it was seriously amazing. I remember landing in Las Vegas and taking the 4+ hour drive through the desert to reach the resort. It was set so far back in the canyons, that my colleague and I had to backtrack several times to find the entrance. The sheer architecture and seclusion of the property is breathtaking. I would love to return at some point in my life, but this time as a guest!
Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh.
Do you have a favorite moment from a wedding?
An awesome speech by the best man; it was effortless, heartfelt and made the whole room laugh.
How do you make connections with other event professionals?
The hospitality industry boasts a lot of great networking groups. Organizations like the International Live Events Association (ILEA), Wedding International Professionals Association (WIPA), and Meeting Professionals International (MPI) host monthly or quarterly meetings for members and non-members to connect. There’s typically an educational component with remarks from a keynote speaker, the host venue or meeting sponsors. 10/10 recommend joining a networking group!