Every one of our couples deserves a personally designed, exceptionally planned celebration that reflects their personality as a couple. Most of all an entirely stress-free, unforgettable, and fun planning experience. It’s all about your story and we are here to bring your vision to life.

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Imagine, from the moment your guests receive your Save the Date to walking into your venue and experiencing the wedding day you have dreamt about unfold to perfection. You will have a stress-free and fun planning experience and we guarantee you will enjoy every second along the way!

Imagine, on your wedding day being able to focus on enjoying the experience with the love of your life. Popping the bubbly and focusing on having fun with the people you care about most while we handle all the details for you!

Imagine having the dream team of the most talented vendors in the industry… a rockin’ band, jaw dropping venue, top notch cuisine, stunning florals and flawless execution to wow your guests from start to finish. Your team will have a “one team, one goal” philosophy to ensure a flawless extraordinary event weekend

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We create extraordinary experiences that are timeless and elegantly designed that you and your guests will never forget. 


Leila James Events is a luxury event planning and design company based out of Newport, RI, committed to creating one of a kind extraordinary events. Our team is devoted to providing and designing personalized experiences for each and every one of our couples that are authentically “you” and speaks to your personality as a couple. Every couple deserves a stress-free and enjoyable planning process that is fully customized to their needs and style.

On your wedding day, we believe that every emotion, moment, and detail is important. From champagne toasts with your girls, teary-eyed vows with your love, and dancing with your dad – each joyous second should be executed perfectly.

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“As a bride from NYC, having a local wedding planner was so important to help plan our big day. Sarah took care of EVERYTHING! She is hyper-organized, detail-oriented, and was my biggest advocate in making our vision come to life.”

- Evie B. 

“I am going to be very honest here: when I got engaged, I had BBE (“Big Bride Energy”). I was convinced I could plan a wedding on my own. After all, I manage partnerships, events and collaborations for a living. I’ve got this, right?! I kept telling myself that. But let me be very clear for all brides: YOU DON’T GOT THIS. No matter how capable and how determined you are, you need guidance, and you need support. I was hashtag humbled real quick on the process of managing vendors, negotiations, details, etc. 

I spoke to multiple wedding planners, but I swear fate brought me to Sarah. (Just kidding, it was deep research. But also, yes, it was also the stars). I wholeheartedly mean this: every bride needs Sarah—not “a Sarah”—this Sarah, in their life. I first connected with LRE in Winter 2019. Sarah was with me in 2019, 2020, 2021 and ultimately in 2022. And oh my goodness, did she ever show up for me, for us.” 

- evan c.

“We cannot say enough amazing things about working with Sarah! We were at ease with her in our corner - Sarah was extremely organized and kept us in line throughout the entire process. Their knowledge of all vendors and venues in Newport was apparent from Day 1 and was even more important when the big day finally came. They made our vision come to life at Castle Hill Inn and the wedding day surpassed our wildest dreams!”

- alexandra v.

“The best thing I ever did was hire Sarah to help with my wedding day. She is not only an expert planner, but she is one of the nicest, most organized professionals to work with. Sarah and her team had every aspect of my wedding planned to perfection, and they carried out every detail effortlessly. Not only did they keep myself and my husband on top of everything so we didn’t fall behind, they also took the stress off of our shoulders and literally handled everything - and I mean everything! Throughout the planning process my husband and I would often think how we could not have done this without them. Every idea we had they made happen, and on the wedding day, all of our guests (and of course my husband and I) were so impressed with how smooth everything went! Everything we needed on the day of they had on hand, they went above and beyond to make sure everyone at the wedding was happy and comfortable, and they literally made my wedding day dreams come true!  
If you are contemplating hiring a wedding planner, do it, and you have to hire Leila James Events. Sarah and her team are wedding experts. Their recommendations, expertise, and eye for design is unmatched and I would not have had the wedding I had without them!”

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