Dear Leone is an artful and considered wedding designing, planning & styling business, based in Tasmania. But beyond this, Dear Leone strives to embrace something greater. It endeavours to serve, to create and to hold space for people of all walks, and of all loves. Eternally welcomed, and more importantly, listened to.
Dear Leone is an ode to Gelisa’s sister, Leone. A brave and courageous woman of strong Pasifika heritage, who in her own journey, seeks to imbue the world with her light and identity; despite many encountered challenges. It is the story of being true to oneself and in being true to your own journey; fostering hope, self-discovery and learning.
An unbridled creative as well as a maker and doer of all things fun and adventurous, Gelisa enjoys nothing more than tearing up the design playbook and experimenting with textures, colours and spaces. Her previous career included 10 years as a social worker, primarily working with asylum seekers, refugees and migrants across Australia and overseas in Nauru and Papua New Guinea. This was incredibly fulfilling, however, once Gelisa became a mother she felt it was time to pursue a more creative path. She arrived in Tasmania in 2017, two weeks before her son was born, and soon began laying the foundations for HONEYFIG which has now evolved to Dear Leone. Settling into a new home, becoming a first-time mother and launching a business from the ground up proved to be a challenging but ultimately rewarding experience that was full of fun and excitement.
And above all, Dear Leone pays homage to two important pillars of life; family and cultural heritage. In being proud of who you are, of how you look and where you come from- regardless of what or how your journey may look like. Most importantly, knowing that you have a sense of home with us.
DL celebrates you and your love, through the medium of purposeful and intentful design and curated experiences. Thoughtfully crafted and artistically considered; it is the fine art of sharing your truth and your story. Our promise, to you.
Gelisa herself, married her best friend life Omar in May of 2021. An intimate wedding enriched in personalised sentiments and enriched in cultural elements that honoured Gelisa’s Maori and Samoan family and ancestors as well as Latin inspired food and music to honour Omar’s side. Omar founded his passion in Wedding and Elopement photography, so whilst they both can busy in the industry and supporting each other’s dreams, they find stillness (and home) with the biggest love of their lives, their son, Israel.
Because of Gelisa’s own experience, she is committed to providing couples with the ultimate experience of connection, entwining it with her unyielding love of the spaces and the natural world. The result is bold, dynamic and immersive design, a multi-sensory experience that connects with people on multiple levels. She is also an avid traveller (25 countries and counting!) and uses these experiences as inspiration for her design work, whether it’s drawing ideas from a snow-capped mountain vista or chasing one last sunset across an endless silver beach.
We love, love. In all its form and glory.
We welcome couples from culturally diverse and First Nations background; LGTBQIA+ and persons with all abilities. All love are welcome here.
'Haere mai, ngā manuhiri tūārangi (welcome, strangers from afar)! '
We are very proud to be a lead Tasmanian Wedding Planner and Styling business who loves nothing more than supporting our other fellow Tasmanians.
Our handpicked vendors are the best Tasmanian creatives who align strongly with our own values. From your private caterer with fresh Tasmanian produce, photographers and right down to our local floral growers, everyone plays a part.
We want you to have an everlasting experience embracing everything Tasmania.
Dear Leone's ethos and core values are integral to the work that we do.
We believe strongly and will continue to be committed to:
A little bit of my whānau (family) who brings joy to my everyday. X