Vendor Spotlight: Ramsey Jay Prince of Ashland Addison

Wedding FloristName: Ramsey Jay Prince
Title/Position: Senior Event Designer/ Business Development Specialist at Ashland Addison
Specialty: Creating a immersive environment with flowers, textiles and furnishings

CHEZ: How long have you been in the events industry?
R.J.P.: 20 years

CHEZ: Describe what you/your company does in one sentence?
R.J.P.: Ashland Addison creates an environment, with gorgeous flowers of course but we strive to provide a full service décor experience.

CHEZ: What sets you/your company apart from others?
R.J.P.: Our diverse staff and 100 year roots in the floral industry. We can boast having both seasoned designers and delivery personnel, as well as fresh new talent.

CHEZ: What is your most memorable moment from past events?
R.J.P.: Being asked to join one of my bride’s family for Thanksgiving dinner at their home a few months after their wedding.

CHEZ: What event trends do you love right now?
R.J.P.: I love the use of exotic foliages in conjunction with and in lieu of floral blooming.

CHEZ: What is the most unique request a client has ever had?
R.J.P.: For a native of France, I constructed vintage linen flowers, hand-calligraphed love poems on each petal in French, and mixed them in with wild and fresh floral in the table arrangements.

CHEZ: What does a typical event day look like for you?
R.J.P.: Wake up early, have coffee and a snack with my crew then off to event venue to monitor load in, then construct any larger scale floral installations on site, do a final check and then the reveal to the bride/client.

CHEZ: Name three things you couldn’t live without (besides the obvious!)
R.J.P.: Amazon, house music, carrot cake.

CHEZ: Name three things people probably don’t know about you.
R.J.P.: I am also a fashion and costume designer, I have a degree in Biology, I have a background in performance and cabaret.

CHEZ: What is the best piece of advice you can give someone planning an event?
R.J.P.: Trust the industry professionals and let them use there past experience to guide you in achieving the perfect outcome. We do know what we are doing so let us help and give you realistic guidance.

CHEZ: What do you love about Chez?
R.J.P.: Chez is a blank canvas for a designer it is beautiful in its simplicity but also refined, it can host all or nothing so to speak. You can fill the venue and create a new environment or utilize its clean stark atmosphere to host a sleek contemporary event.

Photography: Amy Aiello Photography


Trends For An Unforgettable 2017 Holiday Party

2017 holiday trendsFollow these guidelines from Chicago event experts for an unforgettable 2017 holiday party. We reached out to industry pros to learn what they’re hearing and seeing on trends for the upcoming holiday season.

1. Consider a January Holiday Party
With December dates booking up fast for venues and social calendars, it makes sense to look towards non-traditional, January dates for your company holiday party. Your team will thank you! “Companies are having their holiday parties later in January instead of during the usual holiday season” — Beth Bracco, VP of Business Development at Blue Plate.

2. Make Your Holiday Party Interactive
An engaging experience makes for a more memorable celebration. “Most of our clients are looking for fun, interaction and engagement rather than a traditional sit-down dinner. Incorporating buffet stations that integrate action and engagement provides an experience that expands the food ‘memory’ of what they actually eat or drink. Mixology stations where guests get to learn how the make their own holiday cocktail, wine tastings or even dumpling stuffing and rolling!” — John Rudy, VP of Catering at Food For Thought.

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3. Add a Twist on Traditional Holiday Flavors
Jewell Events Catering’s Executive Chef, Ben Holt, is taking traditional winter flavors like cranberry and rosemary and giving them a unique twist. Imagine a rosemary biscuit topped with gingered cranberry relish, smoked turkey and aged white cheddar – the flavors of a traditional holiday dinner in a one-bite canapé.

4. Make Your Holiday Event Shine with Metallics
According to event design experts at Revel Décor, the days of flat color are gone. Metallics are the new neutrals — subtle, yet iconic. These alloys convey glamour and dimension with their texture and add artful appeal to food presentation and venue decor.

Are there any trends that you’re excited to see this holiday season? Leave us a note in the comments below.

Photo: Amanda Hein Photography