Episode 365 REVISIT: JES GORDON – Bringing Personality to Every Event

How do you truly entertain without boundaries? Just ask event designer, producer, and planner Jes Gordon. Designing and planning events that are constantly pushing creative and innovative limits is what she does best. From getting inspired by her clients and their families to seeing what’s on the streets of cities and incorporating that into her work, she’s got no short supply of amazing ideas. Though Jes technically started her career in the design world working in a floral shop at the tender age of 13, she hit it out of the park big-time at 19, where her innate ability to design and produce fabulous events became apparent. After a few serendipitous turning points in her life, she started her own business Proper Fun, which encapsulates what Jes’ style and process is all about.

Today, Jes and Andy delve into how the wedding industry has changed, and how there can still be a balance of professionalism and personality if you do it right. She shares what her most and least favorite events to produce are, why she deems herself an event producer rather than just a designer, and how her upbringing shaped her path to becoming a world-renowned event creator. Jes’ interview brings her splash of personality and vivid inspiration to listeners, showing that there’s always something new to create and be inspired by every single day. Check out the full episode right here.

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Episode 364 KRISTY RICE – Soul-Filled Event Stationery and the Joy of Fine Art

Tune in to this episode of the podcast as Andy interviews Kristy Rice – artist, author, stylist, and founder of Momental Designs. Kristy’s hand-painted events, stationary, and other work has been credited in People Magazine, Good Morning America, Inside Weddings and Brides Magazines, Vanity Fair, Martha Stewart Weddings, along with countless blogs. Kristy’s work has also crossed into fine art and lifestyle markets with licensing and the development of branded product lines for the top arts and crafts stores nationwide.

She is also the author of nine titles (most of which are about watercoloring and finding joy in art), with her tenth title about to be released (and an eleventh one currently being dreamed up!), and we talk about the process of writing books. She also talks about working on Sean Parker’s wedding and Jessica Simpsons’s wedding. We talk about the difficult aspects of what she does, and we also discuss building structure and process within a highly artistic brand, building a team, and licensing branded product lines.

Kristy reveals that her love and passion for art began at a very young age when she was only about six years old and found herself copying Garfield cartoons. She was later the art nerd in school and ended up getting a college degree in Art Education. She shares how Momental Designs ended up being born and where it has progressed over time, and she even digs into how she balances her time between being an artist, an events planner, a writer and illustrator, and a mother! Andy had such a fun time talking to and getting to know Kristy and encourages you to reach out to her and her business online. It would also be helpful if you share the podcast with a few friends and/or family members who might find it interesting as well as leave a good review of the podcast!

Have you heard about the brand new show on The Wedding Biz Network, Stop and Smell the Roses with Preston Bailey? Listen as Preston shares the secrets, tools, and technologies behind his extraordinary ability to create a theatrical environment out of any space. Also, don’t forget about Sean Low’s podcast The Business of Being Creative, where Sean discusses the power of being niched, pricing strategies, metrics of success, and so much more. You can find both shows on The Wedding Biz Network.

 

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Time Stamps

[0:53] – Andy reveals the guest of this episode of the podcast – artist, author, and stylist Kristy Rice.

[2:32] – Kristy reveals when her passion for art began.

[4:39] – We learn how Kristy made the transition from retail management to events planning.

[6:23] – Kristy talks about making the leap to entrepreneurship.

[8:30] – Kristy describes what her career entails.

[9:14] – Kristy shares how she would describe her personal artwork style.

[10:05] – Kristy walks us through her typical process after first meeting a client.

[12:53] – Kristy talks about sometimes having to guide clients and help them express themselves regarding what they want artistically.

[14:18] – We learn how Kristy’s process of working with clients is an immersive one.

[15:08] – Kristy describes what it was like to help plan Sean Parker’s wedding.

[17:04] – Kristy reflects upon working on Jessica Simpson’s wedding.

[20:16] – We discover what the most difficult aspect of Kristy’s job is.

[22:38] – Kristy reveals how she builds structure around her artistic brand.

[25:21] – Kristy discusses the process of building a team.

[27:18] – We learn how Kristy fell into the licensing aspect of her business.

[29:09] – We discover how to appoint an art rep.

[30:43] – Andy and Kristy enthuse over Kristy’s career as a writer, focusing on her upcoming tenth book.

[32:20] – Kristy details how she finds time to write books on top of everything else that she does.

[34:15] – Kristy discusses how she has done a lot of teaching over time.

[36:00] – Kristy addresses how she balances being a parent while also being an entrepreneur, emphasizing the importance of being fully present with her children when she is with them.

[39:04] – Andy shares where online we can find Kristy.

 

RESOURCES

The Hand Painted Moment – Momental Designs (YouTube)

Flowers on Flowers on Flowers Epic Watercolor Wedding Invitation (YouTube)

Watercolor Wedding Invitations in Action (YouTube)

Architectural Inspired Pattern Wedding Invitation (YouTube)

 

Find Kristy:

Kristy’s Website

Momental Designs – Website

Kristy’s TikTok Page

Momental Designs – Instagram Page

Kristy’s Amazon Author Page



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Title Sponsor: This episode is sponsored by Kushner Entertainment & Party Slate.

 

Episode 363 REVISIT: ASHFER BIJU – Culinary Artist, Executive Chef at The Pierre New York

In today’s conversation, Andy talks with Ashfer Biju, the executive chef and food and beverage director at the iconic The Pierre, A Taj Hotel in New York City, responsible for all things culinary. To Ashfer, however, he’s more than his official job title; he’s a self-proclaimed “crafter of perishable art.”

After growing up in a small fishing town in India, Ashfer discovered his passion for food as a child and was driven to share his love with others ever since. With his entire family working in the restaurant industry in some fashion, Ashfer quickly dove into the hospitality industry and helped launch a vegetarian restaurant in India when he was only 18. He studied hospitality and pursued a degree at the Culinary Institute of America in Napa Valley, California. Soon after, Ashfer traveled to open restaurants around the world, from Berkeley to Mauritius and the Maldives. By 2009, when he had already opened numerous hotels and restaurants, the time for Ashfer to move to New York City had come.

Not surprisingly, Manhattan ended up being far more than the mere short-term piece of a working travel circuit as he’d expected; Ashfer found his calling in what he considers one of the three “maximum food cities” of New York, London, and Hong Kong. Extending beyond his current work at The Pierre, Ashfer and Andy delve into the “extreme form of art” that is food, the importance of food’s personalization in weddings, why food is an experience at heart, and even why turmeric is “the next kale.”

After their conversation, Andy had the opportunity to experience Ashfer’s food firsthand through a tasting at Perrine in The Pierre. Read about his experience below the links.

 

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“Following the interview, Ashfer was kind enough to offer me a multi-course tasting in The Pierre’s onsite restaurant, Perrine. The setting, it provided, was a perfect location for such a culinary endeavor. I proceeded to be served seven different dishes and I had to fight hard not to consume every drop and morsel in order to save room for it all! Each dish was presented beautifully, as shown in the pics, and I had to take a moment with each one just to take in the visual aspect.”

 

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Read Andy’s comments on each dish by clicking on each photo in the gallery.