We had the good fortune of connecting with Ashley Lachney and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ashley, what do you attribute your success to?
Being authentic. Seriously. Everyone says it, but it’s so easy to get caught up in what you view as successful and try to emulate it. Your success will come in tenfold when you start tapping in to what makes you uniquely you. You’ll start to be amazed at the amount of people coming through your inquiry forms that are truly aligned with your values and (most importantly) are the type of person you WANT to work with. It’s truly a beautiful thing.
What should our readers know about your business?
AME was born out of a deep desire to give back to couples what I experienced on my own wedding day. All I had to do (after making a few choices), was show up and get married.
The strong relationships I build with your vendors, and my strength in leading a team day-of are two qualities that any planner should possess that you hire for your day. I will say that one of the things I’m MOST proud of, is the amount of times that I’ve been referred by a vendor partner. Referrals are always the highest honor, and when they come from folks within the industry that work within this space day in and day out, it affirms that I’m in the right place doing exactly what I’m meant to be doing.
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?
For a quintessential PNW trip, one must hit the city, the coast, and wine country. Luckily, Oregon has all of this within two hours of each other. We’d first stay downtown in PDX (perhaps the new Ritz Carlton will be finished by then!), and hit up Q Restaurant, Petunia’s Pies & Pastries, Chart House for an amazing view with our meal, and of course do some shopping in Pioneer Courthouse Square.
From there, we’d jet out to Cannon Beach for a couple of days at The Stephanie Inn, hitting up Neptune Creperie, Sleepy Monk Coffee, Pizza a Feta, and Cannon Beach Bakery. There’s lots of shopping and beach time to be had, as well as many art galleries, breweries, and distilleries to tour as well!
To wrap everything up, we’ll head out to wine country and stay at The Allison Inn & Spa. Between our spa visits onsite at the resort, we’ll fit in meals at Jory, The Painted Lady, and coffee/ice cream at Chapters. For wineries, we’ll visit Argyle’s tasting room, Sokol Blosser, and Ponzi Vineyards.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Hugely thankful always to my husband and Mom, who have been my biggest cheerleaders throughout the adventure of entrepreneurship. Also want to give some love to the Portland vendor community. Event professionals in this area are SO welcoming, SO kind, and always willing to help lend a hand.
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