Vendor Spotlight: Julian Leaver

Vendor Spotlight

On typical Tuesdays, we’ve been known to highlight travel experiences around the DFW Events social-sphere (you’ll see what we mean by searching #TravelTuesday on any of our accounts). But this is no typical Tuesday. Since we’re shining the spotlight on our dear friend Mr. Julian Leaver today, we’re officially adopting his signature #BowTieTuesday hashtag! Keep reading for the inside scoop on what’s happening with the Rosewood brand, little-known facts about Julian’s musical background, and where his love for those signature bow ties first began.

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photo: courtesy of Julian Leaver

MEET JULIAN

Name: Mr. Julian Leaver, CWP

Title/Position: Area Director of Catering Sales and Events for Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek and Rosewood Crescent

Years in business: 12

How did you first get involved with the wedding/event industry? “I started my own business at university, Method Events, doing sorority parties!”

Favorite thing about what you do: “Having the chance to meet so many new and interesting people and to play a little part in one of the biggest moments in their lives.”

Most memorable moment on the job: “Booking a 450 person buyout of Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek with a massive tent on our back lawn. We don’t see those every day and they are certainly something to look forward to!”

Rosewood Collage

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A DAY IN THE LIFE

What does a typical day in the life of Julian Leaver look like? “Every day working for Rosewood is exciting and different. Generally I start at one of the hotels and work through the inquiries that came in from the night before. Then I try to have lunch with a wedding planner or vendor, followed by more back and forth between the two hotels, doing site visits, having meetings, and assisting in managing the large catering staff at both properties. This is usually followed by a cocktail party, fashion show, or gala for the various charities I support here in Dallas!”

We have to know: How and when did your Bow Tie Tuesday tradition first begin? “It began in the first grade! I wore bow ties and penny loafers. My mom actually gave me my original bow tie framed this year as a memento for winning Caterer of the Year through NACE.”

And what about your famous hashtag, #TheDapperDiplomat? “The Dapper Diplomat started thanks to Modern Luxury Brides Magazine. In the Fall/Winter issue they did a great story about me and coined the term, so I have adopted it and there are several things in the works to ensure you see more of it in the near future!”

What do you most appreciate about the Rosewood brand? “Rosewood is the brand to watch in the luxury market currently. We are growing by leaps and bounds, expanding our reach across the globe, and working locally to synergize our two properties and enhance the service level for both our clients and vendors! It is an exciting place to work at a very exciting time!”

Three things people probably don’t know about you: “1. I am an Eagle Scout. 2. I’ve lived in both Israel and China. 3. I played the Cello for 13 years.”

Vendor Spotlight: Maitee Miles

Vendor Spotlight

We are thrilled to introduce a brand new, reoccurring feature to the DFW Events blog: Vendor Spotlights, a category dedicated to highlighting the incredible people we partner with to make our clients’ dreams come true.

For our debut spotlight we managed to snag a few minutes with Maitee Miles, a Dallas-based, world-traveling hair and make up artist who creates iconic looks for our brides on a regular basis (and just so happens to be an iconic beauty herself). As January is the season of fresh starts, we asked Maitee to help us tackle one of our biggest beauty goals for 2015: revamping our skin care routine. Read on for Maitee’s go-to DIY treatment, career highlights, and the secret to maintaining a flawless complexion while on the road!

Maitee Miles by Edmonson Weddings

photo: David and Luke Edmonson, Edmonson Weddings

MEET MAITEE

Name: Maitee Miles

Title/position: Owner, Maitee Miles Hair and Make Up Artistry

Years in business: 28

How did you get involved in the wedding and event industry? “A close friend of mine ‘gave me’ as a gift to a co-worker who was getting married. It was the first wedding I had ever done. I was instantly hooked.”

Favorite thing about what you do: “Easy—making people feel better about themselves without having to totally change the way they look.”

Most memorable moment on the job: “I recently did a wedding where the mom had terminal cancer. I went and did the bride and her mom’s hair and make up in her hospital room. Hearing her mother say ‘I almost look like myself’ will be something I will carry with me forever.”

Maitee Miles Collage

see more behind-the-scenes beauty photos by following Maitee on Instagram: @maiteemiles

BEAUTY TALK

What are your top tips for women looking to revitalize their skin care in 2015? “Cleanse, exfoliate, treat. Always! Get to know your skin and what works for you and don’t shy away from all the new and innovative lasers and treatments that dermatologists have to offer!”

Two bad beauty habits to lose this year: “STOP TANNING! STOP SMOKING!”

Two new healthy habits to pick up: “
Juicing and exercising!”

How can we keep our skin beautiful when we are on the road/traveling? “Carry travel sizes of your favorite products, especially under three ounces so you can keep them in your carry-on. Staying hydrated is the single most important thing when you are traveling!”

Are there any DIY remedies you recommend? “To firm my skin and minimize pores quickly I will wash and steam my face, mix egg whites and honey to make a mask, let it sit for 15 minutes, then rinse and pat dry. It leaves my skin both firm and hydrated.”

Final thoughts: “There are a plethora of new non-invasive treatments that many dermatologists/aestheticians offer now. Many of them offer both immediate and long-lasting results. If you start treating things early it will make a huge difference in how you age!”

Vendor Spotlights

Celebration

We are incredibly thankful to have the opportunity to work with so many dynamic vendors. To celebrate all of the wonderful moments we’ve brought to life together, we’ll be celebrating our event partners by putting them in the spotlight! Look for fun Q&As and behind-the-scenes event details…coming this January!

vendor spotlight - main DFW Events group photo

Mary-Frances with Nardos Imam, Mackenzie Brittingham Sumrall, and Nelson Robinson. Photo: John Cain Photography