A nuptial maestro for almost a decade, josé specializes in bringing comfort to a process that’s famously filled with tough decisions and mounting stress. After his time at the Foundry, a luxury wedding venue in NYC, José went out on his own with the goal of leveraging his storytelling and relationship building abilities to create emotional and visual experiences for his clients. He quickly made a name for himself with his chill vibe and generous command, and his planning and design aesthetic has made him one of the top rising wedding planners in NYC. His work has been celebrated with the Best of The Knot, Essence Magazine, Sophisticated Weddings Magazine and New York Weddings. José lives in Brooklyn Heights with his three children, and as a single dad, has learned how to keep his cool under pressure.
- Building Business After a Life-Changing Moment
- Marrying Wellness and Weddings
- Being a Single Parent in the Event Industry
- Unconventional Approaches to Event Planning
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Getting to Know You
What topics do you enjoy speaking on the most?
Topics I enjoy speaking on the most is how to manage a work/life balance, particularly if you’re a parent or have been through any life changing events such as a breakup, divorce, or loss of any sort. Speaking on wellness also ties into all of these aspects. My personal journey as a single gay father gets to weave in and out of these topics.
What topic would you love to tackle next?
I don’t pretend our industry isn’t a wasteful one, so I’m looking forward to sharing my knowledge on ways to have an impact on our community and yours.
How would you describe your speaking style?
Equal parts of knowledge and heart, a dash of humor with a pocketful of charm.
What has been your favorite speaking engagement to date?
Believe it or not, my favorite speaking engagement was recently outside of the wedding industry speaking to high school students on the topic of LGBTQ Youth and gender identity. It was my way of giving back to my own community.
When heading to a wedding industry conference, I never leave home without my….
My iPad, essential oils (peppermint, lemon, and lavendar), a trashy magazine, and my favorite navy hoodie no matter the weather.
Where would you love to speak next?