Meet Racquel Kristi
Racquel Kristi is a Hospitality Expert, Experience Curator, Event Producer, Popup Event Guru, and CEO of RKristi Modern Hospitality™. Inspired by a dream, she founded the revolutionary PopBliss® brand, a pop-up wedding experience that has taken the event industry by storm. PopBliss® has garnered widespread acclaim and has been recognized as a groundbreaking concept that challenges the traditional wedding industry. With over a decade of experience in event planning, Racquel has established herself as the premier planner for one-of-a-kind events, including weddings, corporate events, and private parties. Her company, RKristi Modern Hospitality™, is renowned nationally and internationally for its innovative approaches to event planning and has been hailed as one of the fastest-growing hospitality businesses in the country. Racquel's visionary leadership and unique approach to event planning have contributed to her continued success, and her reputation as a trailblazer in the industry has only grown over time. She has been featured on the Today Show and in numerous publications, including Marie Claire, New York Observer, Dujour Magazine, and the New York Times.
Racquel's passion for excellence extends beyond her work as a planner, as she regularly provides professional development classes for her employees and mentors aspiring hospitality entrepreneurs. Her achievements in the industry serve as an inspiration to many, and she is a true icon of success and innovation. As a native New Yorker and first-generation American from her large Jamaican family, Racquel takes pride in representing her heritage and blazing a trail for future generations of entrepreneurs. When she is not planning the next PopBliss, Racquel is somewhere in the country public speaking, consulting or smiling on Television.
I had a dream, literally...
It is funny how this came to exist, it literally came from a dream. Years after starting my special event business, I started to feel unfulfilled and had no idea why. I had a random call from a soldier who wanted to propose and marry his girlfriend within 24 hours of calling me. I took the challenge and produced a very sweet and intimate popup wedding for them.
About 2 weeks later, a dream of a group wedding happening on Valentine’s Day came to me. I quickly jumped out of my sleep and scribbled what was similar to a step-by-step blueprint of what is now known as PopBliss!
It took over 3 years of trial and effort, research, investment, passion, support and manifestation before we got to the point of producing the very first celebration which debuted in New York City Spring of 2016.
“I dare to say every idea started with a brave person willing to go against the grain, with naysayers behind them but a vision only they can see. It’s your vision, not theirs so as my dad would say “pull up your socks” and step on that good foot! It’s go time!”- Racquel Kristi