MEET JENN, parties are my thing.
Above photo by Erica Ann Photography
MORE ABOUT OWNER, JENNIFER REYES (aka Jenn... and sometimes J-REY):
I started AWE Productions in 2014 to serve as an alternative to traditional norms in event planning. I have a diverse background in project management that to some's surprise translates *really* well into the world of weddings! I have been planning some kind of party or event since I was in high school (P.S. that was in the early 90's! But I’m a young AF ‘over the hill’). I have planned weddings in the Portland area since 2007. I am your hype girl ("You look stunning"), gatherer ("Let me put that on the calendar") and intent on guests having a good time ("No worries, I'm picking up another keg").
I worked in high tech (and still dabble in the winter months) since 2004. I learned early on that I thrive being part of a team to reach a larger goal. I enjoy connecting people, teaching, mentoring and helping others - often leading me into functional operation roles as a: recruiter, hiring coordinator, welcome wagon, trainer and promoter of fun things. In 2011, I transitioned into business-to-business marketing developing content and planning product introductions. The fast paced environment and collaboration needed to internationally launch new products is still exciting --- whether its a new technology OR a newly wedded couple. :) And bonus, if you're on the nerdy side, I am semi-fluent in IT and engineer speak!
I enjoy the wedding industry so much, I've also started working for other fellow vendors when I am not helping my own clients. I am a DJ for NW Mobile DJ Service and also operated photo booths for venues and photographers. Occasionally, when other planners need an experienced, hit-the-ground-running helper, I work as a site coordinator or event assistant. This first hand experience in a variety of vendor roles only complements my expertise in overall planning and executing your wedding vision.
Do I only plan weddings? Heck no! I plan all kinds of parties. Life is full of events, many are life changing --- so why not celebrate with your nearest and dearest? One of my personal favorite ways to celebrate is with casual (but classy and thoughtful) cocktail party. Cocktail parties can range from an elaborate catered event at a venue to an intimate gathering at your favorite bar. In fact... you could even have a cocktail party AS your wedding reception! Past clients know I have a thing for customized giant ice cubes and welcome cocktails or punches!
Recap... I'm a party person but I also get things done in a variety of roles & settings. I have 20+ years of experience as an event planner & project manager for private, non-profit, & corporate events, all with drastically different budgets. I dig in and get things done on event day to make any event fun and fantastic. I have a wonderful network of local vendors that I recommend specific to your desires and needs for your event. I will be honest and direct but we will have plenty of laughs along the way, too.
In my free time, I enjoy trying the latest food & drink spots in Portland (Fernet!), discovering new music, crafty projects and regular meditation practice… I may have a slight obsession with teen soap operas (shhhh). When not planning client events, I volunteer with the Q Center, Portland’s LGBTQ2SIA+ community center (#iDoAtTheQ, SHINE gala). I’m a former dog mom of three furkids so when the need arises, I help transport surrendered dogs for basset hound rescues in Oregon & Washington.
And all of that IS #AWEPDX - phew!