Local Wedding Planner Julian Leaver Ties the Knot Himself in a Moody and Romantic Affair

Julian Leaver & Francisco Diaz
November 12, 2022

“The timing was never right,” says wedding planner Julian Leaver of his on-again, off-again start with Francisco Diaz. “And then all of a sudden, it was.” Five years into their relationship, Julian proposed on a boat tour in St. Barts. Francisco had a hunch about what was in store but became doubtful, he says, “because there wasn’t a photographer on board, and we all know Julian would have a photographer at the ready.” Julian got down on one knee as the shutterbug—disguised as a deckhand—snapped away. A delightfully surprised Francisco said yes, and the newly engaged duo sailed off into the sunset. On November 12, 2022, the pair said “I do” in a moody and romantic affair that celebrated their love story many years in the making. —Lydia Brooks

Mix and Match

The grooms chose matching Q Clothier tuxedos styled with Seigo bow ties for their ceremony ensemble. Later, at the reception, they changed into grey dinner jackets and Dior sneakers—Julian in high-tops and Francisco in a low-slung style. 

Grand Ideas

The pièce de résistance of GRO Designs’ flowerscape was a set of floating florals that welcomed guests to the reception. Of GRO’s creative director, Nathan Johnson, Julian says, “Nathan is just a genius. He was relentless in wanting to do something cool in that space, and it more than paid off.”

Guests: 220

First Dance: “Over and Over Again” by Nathan Sykes

Signature Cocktails: A mocktail Mambo Taxi and the “Pixie-rita”—a spicy margarita named after the couple’s dog

Honeymoon: The Maldives


  • Ceremony/Reception Site

    Hall of Lights

  • Photographer

    Abby Jiu Photography

  • Hair & Makeup

    Maitee Miles

  • Groom’s Attire

    Q Clothier; Christian Louboutin; Dior; Seigo New York (ceremony); Suitsupply; Dior (reception)

  • Groomsmen’s Attire

    The Black Tux

  • Flower Girl Dress Designer


  • Flowers

    GRO Designs

  • Stationery

    Southern Fried Paper

  • Cake

    Fancy Cakes by Lauren

  • Catering

    Blue Fire Total Catering

  • Music

    Justin Cash; Garrett McGrew (ceremony); Jordan Kahn Orchestra; Mariachi Fiesta USA; DJ Hooligan (reception)

  • Lighting

    Jacob Co Creative

  • Videographer

    Candlelight Films

  • Getaway Car

    DFW Vintage Cars

  • Transportation

    Premier Transportation

  • Wedding Rentals

    Bella Flora; Center Stage Floors; Nüage Designs; Party! Dallas; Perch Decor; Sandone Productions; Top Tier Event Rentals

  • Wedding Planner/Designer

    Sarah Kane, Julian Leaver Events

  • Additional Vendors

    The Pictsy Booth

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