Wow by Design

By Gloria Vaquera, Photo by Damacio Bernal

From glitz and glamour to casual sophistication, hardly enough can be said about finding the right event designer when attempting to pull off a picture perfect event. To the guests these occasions should seem as though they happened at the snap of a finger; when in reality every aspect takes months of meticulous planning and preparation. 

For the past 19 years, Jesse Lopez has created stunning décor for hundreds of events including weddings, quinceañeras, birthday parties, award ceremonies, gala fundraisers and other corporate social events. With the use of creative lighting, elegant fabric draping, dramatic floral designs, themed props and his attention to detail, Jesse can transform any event into a stunning affair. Because he knows the industry well, and he partners closely with each client from concept to execution, his professional recommendations make for a stress-free celebration.

Today, he proudly serves the community as the Regional Catering Director at Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces. Hotel Encanto is home to some of the most important and special events in this community for which Jesse is at the forefront of planning and décor. Working for Heritage Hotels and Resorts, the parent company of Hotel Encanto, during the past five years has been significant to his career as it has given him the opportunity to be a part of many celebrations and milestone events in the community.

“To lead one of the largest event operations in the city is a dream come true for me,” expressed Jesse. He added that working at Hotel Encanto and being a lifelong resident of Las Cruces has allowed him to truly celebrate his Hispanic heritage. It has been the perfect landscape to put into play all the ideals and morals he was taught about working hard, staying humble and being of service to others.

Both of his parents were born in Mexico and Jesse admits that his work ethic and inspiration comes from what they modeled all his life. “I was always amazed by my parents. My father always gave the shirt off his back and was the first to roll up his sleeves. My mother’s love was in her kitchen and she amazed her guests with her one-of-a-kind cooking. I remember they had such a passion for serving and helping anyone and everyone. Being hospitable was something that ran in their blood. Serving was something they did with all their heart,” illustrates Jesse.

Jesse Lopez’s passion for planning and designing events began as a young child. One of his earliest memories is working for several weeks creating paper flowers for his cousin’s quinceañera. His zeal for event design was ignited from that point forward. While other children were out playing, Jesse was already strategizing on how he could make the world a more beautiful place by putting the “wow factor” into every event. 

To this day, every time there’s an event Jesse works endless hours helping his clients personalize their special celebration with calculated precision and patience. He has built a strong reputation of delivering events that are nothing short of spectacular. Perhaps it’s because it has always been his favorite thing to do. It’s the one thing he does that makes him feel like nothing else in the world matters. Jesse’s ultimate reward has always been to make people feel special through his work and seeing them smile at the outcome. 

Spring 2017

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