Leslie Jones: Leslie Marie Events and 1010 Wine Bar & Events
It would be putting it lightly to say business is booming for Leslie Jones, the founder and Lead Planner of Leslie Marie Events, an events company specializing in weddings.
Like many other event planners across the country, Jones' business was turned upside down when the world shut down last year. In addition to owning a busy wedding planning company, Jones partnered with her sister to create a new wine bar, 1010 Wine & Events. Inglewood's first wine bar was slated to open during the pandemic, but amid various delays and setbacks, both Leslie Marie Events and 1010 Wine & Events came to a screeching halt. Forever a creative, Jones pivoted and got to work.
"We created an elopement package, which was literally just some of the top vendors in Los Angeles. Florals, photography, officiant, hair, and makeup were included at a flat rate for all of these things that you can do on an elopement for up to ten people." She continued, "That was very helpful for us because it kept us creative, and then it kept some money in our pocket." When it came to 1010 Wine & Events, the pause allowed Jones and her sister to dedicate their undivided attention to the restaurant since a busy wedding season was no longer a distraction. "After a couple of months, we were able to pick back up and get into all of the design aspects and get into construction again and all of those things." By August 2021, 1010 Wine & Events was celebrating its Grand Opening.
"The couples or the weddings that we have gotten published are [chosen] simply based on aesthetics. It's not necessarily that something was incredibly grand, but sometimes it's just uniqueness."
From a young age, Jones always knew she would be involved in events. While an undergrad at Arizona State University, she prided herself on becoming the go-to person who created community events for numerous clubs and organizations. After graduating, she returned to Los Angeles and began interning for a wedding planner, where she wound up falling in love with the industry. "Two years into interning with her, my sister was getting married. She asked me to plan her wedding, and it ended up being a $150,000 wedding," shared Jones, recounting her first big break. "It was at the Vivianna in downtown Los Angeles, and it turned out really great." It turned out so well that the event was published! From there, word-of-mouth and referrals began pouring in, more articles were published, and it wasn't long before Jones had a flourishing wedding and event planning career. By 2011 Leslie Marie Events was born.
Jones prides herself on creating special moments with a stylish approach that makes her weddings and events stand out from the crowd. "The couples or the weddings that we have gotten published are [chosen] simply based on aesthetics. It's not necessarily that something was incredibly grand, but sometimes it's just uniqueness." She continues, "We did a backyard wedding photoshoot in December of last year, and I just got a notification yesterday that it has been published for the fourth time. It was very simple and low-key... but it just was something that hadn't been done, and people hadn't seen."
Moving forward, Jones is excited for all the growth and opportunity that is developing. In addition to supporting her booming new wine bar and event space, she has a growing team of new employees to help keep all of the recent delayed weddings that have been rescheduled. To remain vital and inspired, she remembers her late mother, an incredible nurse and entrepreneur in her own right. "My mom is the guide. I'm always moving and working with her on my mind."
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