Today we’d like to introduce you to Karli Jones.
Karli, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I’ve always been a planner in every aspect of my life – growing up I would plan birthday parties, small gatherings for friends and later on helped to plan social and school events in high school. I developed a passion for managing projects, overseeing logistics and knocking things off of my ever-growing “to-do” list.
I went to Texas Christian University for school and while on the executive board for my sorority, I planned all social and family events and was introduced to the world of wedding planning through an older friend of mine who mentioned that I should apply for an internship with the wedding planner she worked for. The wedding planner was based out of Dallas and she planned large-scale Indian weddings. I worked for her for a year and then spent two years at a marketing agency in downtown Dallas where I did corporate event planning for brands like Topgolf, Pepsi and Frito Lay. After two years of being in the corporate world, I started dreaming of starting off on my own – being my own boss, selecting my own clients and planning events that matched my personal style and aesthetic. I quit my full-time job to pursue my passion and haven’t looked back since!
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Starting your own business is a scary thing. Leaving the security of a guaranteed paycheck and going off on your own is intimidating, but I stuck to my vision and took advantage of the resources I had. I got a part-time job on the side to help me as I grew, and developed a spending plan to help me allocate my money as I purchased things to help me get started.
I also learned as much as I could – I listened to as many podcasts and read as many books as possible to help me acquire more knowledge of not only the wedding industry, but entrepreneurship in general. It definitely isn’t an easy road, but the hardships made me stronger and I am better for it today.
We’d love to hear more about your business.
Ivory & Vine Event Co. is a boutique wedding planning and design company based in DFW. I plan about 15 weddings a year and while most of them are in the metroplex, also have had the pleasure of planning events in some amazing destinations like Colorado, Charleston and California.
Ivory & Vine is special in that it’s a small boutique company, meaning that we only take on a limited amount of events per year in order to ensure that our clients get all of the attention that they deserve. Our goal is to give our clients a stress-free approach to wedding planning, and help them turn their vision into a reality. We take pride in infusing our events with the very essence of our clients, making sure that each wedding is a true reflection of the couple. From intricate design details to the overall big-picture logistics, we use our expertise to ensure that all events are beautiful, timeless and seamless.
What were you like growing up?
Growing up I loved to read – you could find me with my nose buried in a book at almost any time of day, which I think helped broaden my vision and enrich my imagination. I loved reading most anything but my favorite stories, were the love stories. Today my full-time job is helping my clients celebrate their love stories every day, and I am so fortunate to be able to say that!
- Website: http://ivoryandvineeventco.com/
- Phone: 720-427-5588
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @ivoryandvineeventco
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ivoryandvineeventco/
- Other: https://www.theknot.com/marketplace/ivory-and-vine-event-co-dallas-tx-974638
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