Hello! We are The Leila Ryan Team
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 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!
We often are mistaken for sisters, but we are not. Our personalities are polar opposite but when it comes to planning events, we just happen to be two professional women who look alike, think alike and have the same passion for creating unforgettable events and memories that last a lifetime. Yup, it’s no surprise the planning Gods brought us together! With our combined experience in operations and event planning we are a powerhouse duo in the events industry!
We believe that relationships are the most important part of the job! “One team, one goal” is not just a saying; through our experience, it IS how successful events are created. Our personal relationships with the most talented vendors in the industry take the guess work out of the process to create teams that have your best interests at heart as well as the same “One team, one goal” philosophy to ensure flawless events.
We don’t want to create cookie cutter weddings and call it a day. We also do not want to own a wedding planning factory either – there is no fun in that! We want to use our planner brains and to CREATE something different. Something FUN. Something FABULOUS. Something we are proud of and our clients love!
We love who we are, and we truly enjoy what we do!
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TEAM Meet LRE
Katie Ryan McLaughlin
Katie McLaughlin has over fourteen years of operational experience in the hospitality and event industry. Her love for events flourished when she joined Longwood Events based out of Boston in 2012. She jumped into event management running Longwood’s stunning Newport, RI double property Belle Mer Salon and Island House for three seasons gaining invaluable experience. Having executed over nine hundred weddings in Rhode Island, it was time for a change. Katie accepted a position in NYC as the Director of Special Event Operations at The Refectory in the High Line Hotel where she coordinated and executed celebrity weddings, galas, fashion shows, movie premieres, photo shoots and corporate events.
Katie’s sense of humor, creativity and passion brings so much joy to her couples wedding day. Her vast experience, honesty, attention to detail, and “we will make it happen” attitude helps her clients relax and understand the process, so they can truly enjoy this special time.
Sarah Leila Heaney
Sarah Leila Heaney has been creating and producing exquisite luxury Weddings & Events for over ten years. She is originally a Maine native, but grew up summering on Martha’s Vineyard and fell in love with the events industry.
She started her career at Rafanelli Events in Boston but was quickly drawn back to Martha’s Vineyard and its undeniable charm where she planned and executed many wonderful weddings, social and corporate events. She had the pleasure of planning a celebrity wedding that was featured in Vogue Magazine in 2014. Sarah’s career then brought her to Newport, RI where she has planned and executed over 500 events many featured in publications such as Style Me Pretty, The Knot, Well Wed, Bliss Magazine and Southern New England Weddings.
Sarah resides in Newport, RI and in her her free time she loves to travel and spend as much time outdoors being active with her husband and Bernese Mountain Dog Moose.
Having a videographer ensures that you are able to relive the emotions of your big day for years and years to come!
Dana & Zake
Videographer: Mike Piccard Motion Pictures
Ceremony Location: Trinity Church
Reception Location: The Bohlin