Q&A with our Event Manager, George

George Martino joined our team in July as an Event Manager and has been busy managing weddings, social and corporate events. He has indeed won the hearts of our clients and we’re absolutely thrilled to have him at Karen Brown New York!

How did you get into the wedding and event industry?

George: I began a baking company in 2009 called Queens of Sweet. I was then introduced to Karen Brown and had the privilege of baking cakes for some of her events. Recently, I started a path of self-discovery and questioning my next career move then one day I received an email from Karen with an opportunity to be an Event Manager. I quickly made the call and so it began.

What do you feel are some important skills and qualities for an event manager?

George: The first skill that comes to mind is generous listening. You really need to hear what your client is looking for. Organization and calmness also come to mind, as well as a savvy knowledge of your venues, trends, and buzz of what’s happening in the industry. With these, you will have a recipe of success and make a lasting memory for your client. And in the end, a happy client is what counts.

What brings you the most joy and excitement about being an event manager?

George: Seeing the joy and love that the client is experiencing on the day of their event.

What do you feel are some of the challenges of being an event manager?

GeorgeStaying organized. On busy days, you can be handling multiple tasks while receiving several emails and phone calls from clients so it’s imperative to keep all the details straight.

Where do you get your inspiration from? 

GeorgeInspiration for me can come from so many places. When you live in a city like New York, inspiration can be walking down the street or just looking up sometimes. All the fashion, and architecture, and cultures can really inspire you to create. Television, Magazines, and Museums are also places that provide inspiration for me. You always want to be on top of trends and history because you never know where a client may ask you to go.

What advice would you give someone wanting to become a wedding and event manager? 

GeorgePASSION! The same advice I gave myself and friends about anything we do in life. Like the quote from Confucius says; “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”

Super Bowl XLVIII Party Planning!

I don’t know about you, but I think most of us in New York City are really getting excited about the Super Bowl being in our neck of the woods!

If you’re planning to host a Super Bowl party, here are some things to keep in mind:

  1. Make sure you have a well stocked bar! Kegs are a great option and work well for big groups, especially those watching sports. My ‘go to’ place for beer and keg delivery in New York City is Beerrightnow.
  2. Have plenty of food and make sure you consider guests with different dietary needs. If you want to stay in the theme of football you can make a few fun items like in the images below.
  3. Organize a few games such as Super Bowl Bingo, Guess the Score and Super Bowl Word Scramble.

Happy New Year from KBNY!

In less than 12 hours we will be ringing in the new year whist toasting to champagne and contemplating resolutions for 2014. I always look forward to the beginning of a new year for many different reasons. I love reflecting on all the accomplishments from the previous year, setting new goals which challenge me to grow both individually and within my business, and looking ahead at all the possibilities for creating special memories with my clients and those around me.

As I ponder on the weddings and events that Karen Brown New York has been part of the past year, I can’t help but feel overjoyed. I am extremely fortunate to have worked with so many amazing clients and supportive vendors. You have all made my job so easy, even in moments of crisis. Memories were made, charities have benefited and we partied way past our bedtimes. 2013 was most definitely an unforgettable year!

Here is a video recap of our year in wedding and event planning and the song “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz was inspired by a client’s wedding where the bride sang this song to her husband in a flashmob performance. Enjoy!

Stephanie & Steve’s Manhattan Wedding!

We could not have asked for a more beautiful day for Stephanie & Steve’s wedding which took place on the rooftop at Midtown Loft & Terrace. There was not a cloud in the sky and the temperature was perfect for an August day in New York City.

One of my favorite moments before a wedding ceremony begins is getting the bride ready to walk down the aisle. I love being part of that special moment before she says “I do” as I walk behind her, carrying her train. I’m the last person to see her face full of anticipation before the processional music begins, and I’m the last one to hug and congratulate her, other than her father, before she becomes “Mrs”. I can’t help but be overcome with emotion.

The style of the wedding was classic vintage and being that the bride thrives in creative concepts, she did a lot of DIY, even making her own flower bouquets for the bridesmaids and centerpieces. The bouquet she carried was made of antique brooches, including one from her mother on the stem of the bouquet.

During the speeches the bride had a special surprise for the groom – a flash mob she had organized with their friends singing “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz. He was definitely surprised and it was so moving to see the love surrounding them and radiating throughout the room.

It was another successful wedding for Karen Brown New York and as always, I feel honored when couples trust me to take care of all the details on their special day!

To see more pictures, please visit the Karen Brown New York Facebook page. Professional photographs by Lilian Haider will be up soon.

Robert Rose Cocktail Reception!

I was excited when I got the call from Robert Rose, a jewelry line that has been featured on such celebrity driven shows as Wendy Williams, E! Entertainment, Project Runway, Entertainment Tonight and the Insider and often found in magazines such as InStyle, Elle, Glamour, Lucky, Essence, O Magazine and the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition.

The owners needed help planning a cocktail reception on their showroom’s rooftop terrace during the New York Accessories Market Week and I was thrilled to help!

As luck would have it, the forecast showed rain for the night of the party and we had 48 hours to execute Plan B; tenting the terrace.

The party was a huge success despite the weather, which in the end never really rained! Regardless of having the tent, there was still a great view of the Empire State building.

Neuman’s did a fantastic job on the catering and the Milkbar cake was a hit!

74Events’ DJ, Duane, kept the party rock’n until the very end, finishing the night off with “We Are Family”, a tribute to the Robert Rose family.

To see more pictures, please visit the Karen Brown New York Facebook page.