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Leila Ryan Events – Vendor Spotlight

Leila Ryan Events is a boutique event design company located in beautiful Newport, RI. This talented duo is passionate about events, but more importantly, they are passionate about making YOUR event one to remember…

1. How did Leila Ryan Events come to be?

Sarah Heaney and Katie McLaughlin have been in the event industry for 15 years, having a strong background in event operations and planning, people often refer to us as the “Dynamic Duo”.  We chose to leave Corporate America with the dream of creating a business that focused on personal relationships built with our clients and our passion and love for events. For us, it’s a lot more than just creating someone’s dream wedding. It’s more than just a job and a business partnership. For us, it’s about creating something unique for each of our clients, something that really reflects the couple we are designing for. We genuinely enjoy getting to know the people we work with and we certainty want people to get to know US! We’re fun ladies who are truly passionate about planning, design and about having FUN along the way and about making each experience with our clients an enjoyable one!

2. What services do you provide?

We are a full service wedding planning company. Knowing that clients needs vary Leila Ryan Events offers a range of packages to our couples.  Our services range from assistance with “popping the big question” all the way to planning every aspect of your wedding weekend.

3. Which weddings trends do you think will continue to be big in 2019? Any trends that are fading out? 

The special moment of having a first look with Dad has become quite popular and we see continuing for years to come along with long stunning head tables and mixed styles and color tones for bridesmaid dresses. A couple trends that we see fading are traditional wedding cakes that are turning into fun dessert tables and donut walls and also the tradition of not seeing each other before the ceremony has turned into sneaking a first look and joining in on cocktail hour!

4. How far are you willing to travel to provide your services? 

Leila Ryan Events is a Newport, RI based wedding planning firm but we travel all over New England and beyond!

5. Any advice for our brides? 

When selecting your wedding vendor dream team, make sure you make a great personal connection with each vendor. We ultimately spend a lot of time together so building and wonderful team that you are comfortable and confident with is extremely important in the planning process. We always say “One team, one goal!”

Images by Melissa Stimpson