I am described as a zealous person with an insatiable curiosity, a trendsetter in the world of colour (see blog), and an adventure seeker with an admiration for world libraries, beautiful architecture, and delicious food. I believe that beauty is found in the tiniest and most unexpected details and it is these beautiful things around me that fuel my inspiration to do what I do.
As a teen I loved hosting birthday and holiday parties for my family and friends. I was fully involved in all aspects of event planning such as handwriting invites, decorating the house, cooking, baking, and organizing games and activities. Despite my love and enjoyment of planning events at this time, I graduated with a university degree in Criminology and pursued a career in law enforcement instead. Unhappy in this field of work, I left and found work decorating for weddings and assisting local planners in day-of coordination gigs. From then on a passion blossomed, I earned a degree in event management, and my journey into weddings began.
If there’s anyone that is here reading reviews for Leslie, wondering whether or not they should bite the bullet and get a wedding planner/day-of coordinator, the answer is a resounding YES!
Leslie, thank you so much for everything – you made our special day exactly that – so incredibly special! Regardless of whether or not there were any hiccups, you dealt with them like the pro you are, and we didn’t have to worry about a thing (in fact, we didn’t even know there was anything to worry about!)
You were there from our first steps in wedding planning, holding our hands through everything, and offering us suggestions whenever we had any questions. Thanks to your contacts, we had some amazing vendors that we wouldn’t have known of otherwise.
Everyone was so impressed with our wedding – often times people just focus on the caterers/the decorators/the bar etc., but what they don’t realize is that in order for everything/all the vendors to run smoothly alongside one another, there needs to be someone in the background pulling all the strings – and in this case, it’s definitely Leslie.
When people start to plan their big day, they often overlook hiring a wedding planner/day-of coordinator because they’re trying to save some money. If we had to pick one lesson that we learned from planning our wedding, it’s that everyone needs to have a “Leslie” – someone to keep everyone and everything in check so that you can actually enjoy your day. And Leslie is the best of one of them all – always ready with a huge smile (even when the groom becomes a Groomzilla…), and never a complaint. She started her day before we did, and stuck around to the crack of dawn just to make sure that the venue was just right. 10/10 would recommend – THANK YOU LESLIE!!!
Helaine & Matt
Nikkei Cultural Centre, Burnaby B.C
My husband and I recently got married and we hired Leslie as our Day-of coordinator. She was instrumental in making our big day a success!
Approximately 6 months before our wedding, Leslie made efforts to visit our venue on her own time. She familiarized herself with the venue and met the on-site coordinator.
We met up ~3 times before the wedding and regularly communicated via email. She was prompt with her responses and thorough with her answers to our questions.
We bought the majority of our décor and Leslie made good suggestions all through the process designing our look. She was also very encouraging about our decisions and was upfront about how much things would cost. During décor set up, Leslie was very creative in the way she laid things out and was able to match our theme and atmosphere very well. On the day of our wedding during set up she noticed one of our visual pieces was not as pretty as we anticipated so she made the last minute call to change it. In the end, it looked really great!
Before our ceremony, Leslie took care of all the setup details. She communicated directly with all our vendors and managed all the last minute decisions. From our perspective, we had quite a care free night. If there were any proverbial speed bumps along the way, we didn't notice because Leslie took care of it!
If you are thinking of a day-of coordinator, I would highly recommend Leslie!
Carmen & Jason
Robert Lee Alumni Centre – Vancouver, B.C
We hired Leslie to be our Day of Coordinator for my wedding on July 16 @ Bridges Restaurant. My hubby and I live in Calgary so we knew we definitely needed help with our wedding planning and making sure everything went smoothly. As I was feeling overwhelmed with my planning...I hired Leslie (a la carte styles) to plan my flowers as well! And I'm so glad I did and here is why…
Leslie went above and beyond for us! She is super organized, professional, creative and reliable. I had a very tight budget for flowers and when I couldn't find someone to do my flowers for me at that budget, Leslie pulled through. Not only did she understand my vision and relayed that to the florist, they also met my budget!!! And needless to say, they turned out wonderfully!
She did frequent check in's with us and reminded us of things we didn't even think about! As I was having a mini panic attack out in Calgary, Leslie would call me and reassure me and go over details with me. She always knew what to say! She made us feel at ease and there's a very calm demeanor to her.
She takes initiative and is focused on getting the task done. Her ideas are great and I did already mention...very efficient!! A lot of my guests had mentioned..."they didn't even notice I had a planner because she moved so seamlessly in the room" and "she moves around in the room like a ninja...super quietly and gets things done!" She noticed candles got blown out and would relight them, rearrange the room to get ready for the first dance...all without making a commotion.
Leslie handled everything! She created a very detailed timeline for us and coordinated with the kitchen staff to time out dishes. She made sure everyone was on the same page, knew where they had to be and what to do. She stayed until the very end (1:30 am) and helped us pack up everything in the room and cleaned up. My hubby and I TRULY got to enjoy the night worry free!!! She is worth every penny and more! We can't thank her enough!
Alisa & Jesse
Bridges Restaurant – Vancouver, B.C
Leslie is a true professional who was always easy to work with. She is extremely well organized, knowledgable, conscientious, and personable which made our experience with her worth every penny. I would highly recommend her services to any couple that is going through the wedding planning process as she made everything so much easier to deal with. Thanks Leslie!
Anders & Nikky
The View on Lonsdale – North Vancouver, B.C
Leslie is amazing at what she does. I highly recommend her to anyone who needs help planning a wedding! She took off a lot of stress and always made herself available whenever I had any questions. Thanks so much for planning our wedding!