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When you plan your wedding with Robert Ryan Catering & Design, one of the first people you will meet is one of our event planners. Their goal? It’s to build strong relationships with our clients so that each wedding will be a reflection of the couple’s personal style.

Here’s one event planner you may encounter — meet Leigh McIntyre!

Where did you grow up? What did you want to be when you were growing up?

I was born and raised in West Chester. I went to Temple University for college and studied digital media and graphic design, but I really always wanted to do film. After I graduated, I didn’t find a job right away and was getting a bit sick of city life. I took a trip to visit friends on Martha’s Vineyard and fell in love with the island. I ended up becoming a live-in nanny for a few years.

What is your job title? What do you do day-to-day?

I’m an event planner for all of the venues as well as off-premise. So, you’ll find me corresponding or meeting with people who’ve booked events. I also handle potential clients who inquire about possibly booking events.

How long have you worked for Robert Ryan Catering?

I started working for Robert Ryan in June 2015. I had worked in the restaurant industry in Philly, managing some restaurants. I’d recently become a mom to my daughter, Ella. Working in the industry just wasn’t the best hours for me. I started to think about my skills and interests, knowing that I would need to find different employment. I’ve always loved planning events and having a deeper connection with clients and regulars, so I did some research on catering companies both inside and outside of Philly. I noticed there was a job opening for an office manager at Robert Ryan Catering & Design. I got hired as office manager with the hopes of eventually moving to an event planner position. That one day was just two weeks after I was hired! I became an event planner at Barn on Bridge; in January 2016 I moved to Philander Chase Knox!

What do you love most about your job?

For our clients, it’s the happiest time in their lives! They’re planning fantastic weddings where they’re being celebrated by their loved ones. It’s a great feeling to be around that kind of positive energy. I love the perfect mix of office work and facetime with clients. Every event is different, and that keeps me on my toes. Also, I come to work every day and have a view of a national park from my office window. How amazing is that?!

Philander Chase Knox Estate is a pretty special venue. Do you have any favorite spots around the property?

I love the atmosphere in the ceremony area. The wildflowers are so pretty and there is a water feature, too. It’s definitely my favorite spot — and, I get to see it every day when I pull into my parking space!

What are your favorite things to do when you aren’t working?

Time with Ella. I love to take her to the playground, the park, the pool and museums. She’s amazed by everything and anything right now and it is so fun to watch. I love to go out to eat and try different foods — there isn’t much I don’t like! I exercise on a daily basis and try to stay fit. I love hanging out with my friends, listening to music and seeing concerts, too.

What would be your desert island last meal?

I will eat anything, and I love trying new stuff. I’m a meat-and-potatoes girl, but I also love Indian and sushi. I worked at several Mexican restaurants and always loved the food. I guess my last meal would be really great nachos with a huge bowl of sour cream.

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Ready to learn more about our menus and events? Schedule a consultation with one of our event managers today!

Robert Ryan Catering and Design plans and executes over 400 events each year, boasts a five-star rating on WeddingWire and has received WeddingWire’s Couple’s Choice/Bride’s Choice Award seven years in a row. Learn more about Robert Ryan Catering & Design and tour our venues. Subscribe to our e-newsletter for exclusive offers, up-to-date news and recipes from our executive chef.

Nina Malone

All photos courtesy of Leigh McIntyre