Finally! Ta da… the blog has arrived! It has been a labor of love and although there have been challenges along the way I’m thrilled to finally get this beauty up and running and ready for readers! So welcome everyone and thank you for being a part of this.
For those of you who are now being introduced to me, my name is Leila Khalil, and I am the proud owner of Be Inspired Public Relations, a boutique marketing and PR firm with an expertise in the wedding industry. I have created this blog to be the voice that reaches out to teach about Wedding PR, to connect brides to vendors, to share vendors with the media (and visa versa). There will be amazing wedding industry talents highlighted as well as a behind the scenes look into many respected wedding magazines, television shows, and blogs and the people who run them. It will be a unique read for my wedding industry enthusiasts and hopefully something that each of you can learn and take inspiration from!
image courtesy of Amelia Lyon
While on my professional journey I’ve worked on weddings and events with budgets that can boast the “crafty do it your self” intimate affairs to the over the top $1M dollar productions. I’ve been a part of teams and organizations that have put together masterpieces in the industry and in 2007 I found my true passion: Mags, Media, and Marketing united with of all things WEDDINGS. You can read more about what I do today as a wedding publicist on the “about this” section of my blog as well as more information about what we do at Be Inspired PR.
Some personal tid bits about me: I’m a Los Angeles native, currently residing in one of Southern California’s coastal towns- yes, I’m a true Californian. I am an avid traveler, wine enthusiast, and posses a healthy zeal for literature. I am the oldest of 5, and am a product of my well rounded, very close knit, loving and albeit entertaining family. They keep me grounded, they keep me motivated, and they keep me striving to be the best I can be.
Most of you don’t know that I have a special guy in my life and am recently engaged! Tony took me to one of our favorite spots in the California wine country and asked me to marry him-it was one of the sweetest proposals I have heard ( and I’m not being bias! well maybe a little!) and now it’s time for us to plan our wedding ( I’m already overwhelmed by all the choices. HELP!). Here are some pictures from that fabulous day.
What’s inspiring to me? Wow, there is really too much to list it all. Aside from my loved ones as I’ve already noted, one of the points I’d like to highlight is that quiet time and quality time are near and dear to me. There is no time like the present, and we have to live in the moment. I’ll be sharing some more of my favorite inspirations with all of you in the days and weeks to come.
I’ll be posting daily (Monday- Friday) and I’m thrilled to bring you a unique perspective on the wedding industry. Each day I will share something different: Wedding PR tips, vendor highlights, gorgeous weddings, featured clients, media interviews and magazine, blogger, and TV show highlights. Aside from this “get to know me” monstrous post today, I am a big promoter of blog posts being short and sweet. That is just how I like them. Other blogs may give dissertations on “how to” (design, plan, tweet, etc…) but one thing you’ll notice about my posts is they will not be super heavy on text but in contrast a nice balance of insights and inspirations. When I am blog surfing I love reading highlights but being visually captured by stunning images… That’s what you can expect from me. I like to think of it as short blasts of information that will incite, excite, and inspire!
Special thanks to Mint Wich Design for Jordan’s help with taking my vision for the blog’s design and bringing it to life- Follow her on Twitter ! And thanks to my tech wiz brother Jacque and good friend Jonathan who took the designs and turned them into the blog i have today. Couldn’t have done it without all of their help.
In closing here is one of my favorite inspiration boards from snippet and ink. It just brightens up the day…enjoy!