We had the good fortune of connecting with Ashley R. Jones and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Ashley R., can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
The thought process behind starting my own business was my friends. Throughout my adult life, I was the friend who planned everything. While studying in law school and working upon graduation, I continued to plan events in my “spare” time. After many years of encouragement from friends, I formally began LoveJones Events, a boutique event planning company.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am actually a lawyer, but I use my degree in a very unique way in education. So LoveJones Events is actually my second job. I planned events even in law school and just thought event planning would be a retirement thing. However, I have been able to make it work on the side of my professional career. It does mean long hours and multitasking more often than not, but it is so worth. Being able to tap into my creative side gives me an outlet from my 9-5. One thing I have learned is to ask for help. This may sound simple, but when you are a Type A, Virgo, get-it-done type of person, it is sometimes hard to ask for help, but I have found that more often than not, your core group will be right there ready to assist.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Living and working in New Orleans, there are a lot of things to do, see, and EAT! My must-eat list is pretty extensive, but we would definitely hit some of the staple restaurants: Commander’s Palace, Port of Call, Drago’s, Cafe du Monde; just to name a few. We would definitely visit the French Quarter, but get away from the tourists by listening to music on Frenchmen, Visit some of the museums, walk along the river, get a daiquiri, the list goes on and on. Just know if you’re coming to New Orleans, I am the person to contact for recommendations.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I definitely have to shoutout my friends for their encouragement to start my business as well as their support by hiring me or referring me for events as well as getting their hands dirty and helping setup for events. Also, I have to shoutout my family because they always have my back. Especially my dad who has built some of my decor rental items and is there for most of my events, even when I cannot make it sometimes.

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