Etiquette and Good Design Married With a Checklist

I wear many hats (er bow ties.) I'm a diplomat, designer, advisor, counselor, sounding board, dreamer… The list goes on.

I've dabbled and directed everything from catering sales and management for the Crescent Hotel and Rosewood Mansion, to wedding planning and floral design for Bella Flora of Dallas. And along this 15 year journey here’s what I know is true… 

There's a right way.

I subscribe to the Platinum Rule of treat others as they would like to be treated. And as a Washington School of Protocol-trained expert, I've learned that etiquette is about making others feel comfortable.

That’s why, I'll meet you wherever you are on this planning journey. And we'll walk the path together. With discretion and good judgement.

After all, the way you feel determines how your guests will feel. And I want them to feel fabulous!

And that way is whatever way makes you most comfortable.

Meet Sarah.

lead planner

Achieving the right result requires assembling the right team. And when it comes to executing that fabulous experience we just discussed, there’s no team member I trust more than Sarah Kane.

Sarah has spent over 10 years planning and designing unforgettable events in Dallas and destinations across the globe. For the record, I’ve spent just as long attempting to hire her. Similar to my own journey, Sarah has previously held roles in sales, food and beverage, design, and operations for nationally-recognized planners, catering companies, and venues alike—work that has given her an unsurpassed understanding of luxury event production.

As an on-and-off professional baker since the age of 14, Sarah also happens to be one of the most well-rounded creatives I know. Plus, she’s fun. Really fun.

In 2020, our paths finally coalesced. The rest is history in the making. 

I've always had a strong desire to explore the world. To be completely transparent, though, I started actualizing my travel goals during college because doing so provided a form of (healthy) escape from an adolescence marred by trauma. Thankfully, what was intended to be my “disappearing act” actually initiated a journey of healing and self-discovery.

Over time, travel became less about leaving and more about learning. I lived abroad for a time and continue to travel extensively for work and pleasure. And every time I do, I fully embrace the culture, the food, and the customs of the region.

Great events create a little wanderlust...

...and the best journeys rarely follow a straight path.

I've always been a bit obsessed with mazes. I never start at the end. No, I've always been able to see very far down the road. To picture every twist and turn. To see the clarity through the chaos.

Events are a lot like mazes - lots of twists and turns.

The good news is I know exactly what needs to happen, and when, to see that you make it down the aisle with a smile on your face. And I know exactly who to align with in order to bring your vision to life.

My desire is to bring this sense of curiosity and authenticity to each and every event. To transport guests to an alternate reality. If only for a few hours.

With every event I seek to find the journey we can all go on together.

see the possibilities

A good challenge often creates something beautiful.

I like people and situations that push the limits. Ones that challenge me to look at the world a little differently or to come at a problem from a new angle.

It's one of the things I love most about events. No two events are alike - and even if they're similar, I challenge myself to make them appear totally different.

When a couple has a certain vision, an idea of creating something for the first time or hosting an event somewhere that's never been done, I love putting those pieces of the puzzle together to create something truly one-of-a-kind and beautiful.

Yes, every wedding. And you should know, if your wedding is in Dallas, that I'll be enjoying a little Velvet Taco at the end of your big day.

Specifically a #3 and #12.

Ready to dive a little deeper?

Every wedding should end with tacos.

Let's get better acquainted...

...then let's get started.

With the right steps, the right decisions, you’ll naturally have an amazing celebration - and have a little fun along the way too.

Let’s dream together.

I see a world of possibilities for you.

And that’s a pretty fun place to start.

let's get started

“I have been in a handful of weddings and truly have not seen one wedding planner be as organized and efficient as Julian. We will forever be thanking him for his time, his talent, and his infectious energy for making our wedding the most perfect weekend.”

-kasey

I'm Julian Leaver.

After 15 years in event planning and luxury hospitality, not only can I see the end goal but I know the path through.

And together, I’d love to walk that path with you

let's get started

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