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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

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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 […]

Refined Glamour – Style Defined.

Refined glamour… stately styles that embody luxury, grace, and opulence. We have rounded up a few of our favorite things that evoke this very style. Happy scrolling BLISS loves! 

This regal invitation suite with a custom-designed crest in shimmering gold sets the tone for a black tie affair. Designed by Paper & Pearl.

Opulent architecture sets the vibe for this elegant table design featuring golden candelabras and lush white floral arrangements by Sayles Livingston Design. Photographed by Bénédicte Verley Photography at Rosecliff.

Spice up your table setting with gilded china from art-deco to traditional patterns from Party Rentals LTD.

Defy tradition and rock the Kelly Faetanini Gwendelyn gold embroidered strapless gown on your wedding day. Available through A Little Something White.

Vintage-inspired glamour is defined by this dainty hairpiece from A Little Something White.

Fairy tales come true when you walk down the aisle in this stunning Mira Zwillinger silk bridal gown featuring a floral drape cap sleeve. Available at A Little Something White.

A diamond halo engagement ring is a classic cut that never goes out of style. Available at Long’s Jewelers.

A magnificent 7-tier cake crafted by Something Different Cake Couture features glittering layers mixed with layers adorned with sugar flowers.

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Refined Glamour – Style Defined.

Refined glamour… stately styles that embody luxury, grace, and opulence. We have rounded up a few of our favorite things that evoke this very style. Happy scrolling BLISS loves!  This regal invitation suite with a custom-designed crest in shimmering gold sets the tone for a black tie affair. Designed by Paper & Pearl. Opulent architecture […]

Jodi Raphael Events – Vendor Spotlight

For as long as she can remember, Jodi has loved to plan parties. She transformed that passion into a thriving career and business the Boston area has come to know as Jodi Raphael Events… 

How did Jodi Raphael Events come to be?

My career started back at WCVB-Chanel 5 News as a television producer until I took some time off to start my family. With two children, I found myself planning celebration after celebration. I was able to follow that passion and broaden my experience working for two event companies.  But my clients needed more; they needed my one-on-one attention when planning their special events. After putting the word out and connecting with contacts and vendors in the Boston area, Jodi Raphael Events was born.

What services do you provide?

Jodi Raphael Events is a full service event planning company. We specialize in planning special occasions for social or corporate clients. With each client, we take great pride in having our arms around the entire event. One never knows what may happen while in the process of planning; our experienced and creative team is ready for anything.

What is currently trending in wedding design?

We are starting to see a shift from the rustic wedding look to more a more bohemian feel. Something a bit more nature-driven with a larger amount of greenery and a deeper color palate. Jewel tones can now be found in the décor as well as the florals, quite the opposite of the very recently popular white and clear.

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

For our clients, we are always open to the possibly of extensive travel!  Note: How about — Destination weddings are very popular and a lot of fun to plan. For our clients, we are always open to travel as far as they need us to go!

What do you think will be a big event design trend in 2019?

In 2019 we see a big opportunity to showcase a bride’s personal style through mix and match place settings. This can include a variety of chair options, changing up the chargers and even different glassware. The options are endless and it can really make an event on-trend and so unique.

Emily Tebbetts Photography

Person + Killian Photography

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Jodi Raphael Events – Vendor Spotlight

For as long as she can remember, Jodi has loved to plan parties. She transformed that passion into a thriving career and business the Boston area has come to know as Jodi Raphael Events…  How did Jodi Raphael Events come to be? My career started back at WCVB-Chanel 5 News as a television producer until […]

Industrial Glam – A Styled Shoot

The raw elements of the Waterfire Arts Center juxtaposed with fresh green foliage & modern décor created an ethereal vibe for this industrial glam styled shoot. 

Bright natural light flooded the preserved industrial framework of the former rubber manufacturing facility, bouncing off the exposed steel beams and weathered bricks. The raw authenticity and muted colors of the space inspired Karen Taddei of Lilacs to choose her signature green and white floral palette with pops of burgundy and silver accents. “This was a natural palette not to compete with, but respect. The simplicity of the green pear branches turning burgundy with the season combined with the acid green viburnum and hanging amaranthus infused the industrial space with fresh beauty,” Karen described. An airy canopy of chiffon draping and three beaded chandeliers designed by floated above the zinc-top table, softening the space with warmth and romance.

“The draping installation combined with the beaded chandeliers over the tables added a dreamy, airy quality that was illuminated by the gorgeous light that streamed through the large windows. We kept the look flowing and romantic with a touch of drama to soften the space,” Christen of Ryan Designs described.

Soaring arrangements of earthy, autumn-kissed branches and hanging flora in silver fluted vases added a touch of drama while the clean lines of the transparent ghost chairs completed the modern look. The bouquets and headpieces were designed with lush peonies, ranunculus, and sweet pea to reflect the romanticism of the Midsummer’s Night inspired fashions from Modern Trousseau.

Raw-edged paper painted with icy blue watercolor by The Paper Perfectionist embodied the industrial glam vision flawlessly.

Mouth-watering tempura lobster & duck confit nuggets drizzled in blueberry bbq sauce crafted by Russell Morin Catering & Events.

Lemon lilac petit four topped with a mini macaron crafted by Emily Bridges, Pastry Chef at Russell Morin Catering & Events made the perfect bite-sized treat.

 

 

 

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Industrial Glam – A Styled Shoot

The raw elements of the Waterfire Arts Center juxtaposed with fresh green foliage & modern décor created an ethereal vibe for this industrial glam styled shoot.  Bright natural light flooded the preserved industrial framework of the former rubber manufacturing facility, bouncing off the exposed steel beams and weathered bricks. The raw authenticity and muted colors […]

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