Willow Oaks Plantation Wedding {Ashley + Joe – Part 2} | Richmond, VA Wedding Planner

Thank the¬†heavens, it finally stopped raining after¬†Ashley and Joe’s wedding ceremony. They were able¬†to enjoy the property at Willow Oaks¬†and with¬†Anna Paschal in tow, it made for some beautiful portraits. ¬†Back at the¬†reception,¬†Holly Tate put together a wonderful Southern buffet with¬†some of the best mac and cheese this side of the Mason-Dixon. One of my favorite details of the evening was the beautiful (and tasty!) cake from Maxie B’s Bakery. They expertly copied the font from Ashley and Joe’s paper details and added a monogram on the top¬†tier. It was easily one of my all time favorite cakes.. simple, sweet, and oh¬†so¬†good!¬†Enjoy y’all and leave A+J some love!! P.S.¬†If you missed it,¬†check out their feature on Wedding Chicks!!

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Planning, Design, Coordination: Leigh Pearce Weddings | Photography: Anna Paschal Photography | Venue: Willow Oaks Plantation | Catering:¬†Holly Tate Fine Catering | Florist: Just Priceless | Rentals + Lighting: White’s Rentals | Paper: Confetti¬†Grey | ¬†DJ: K2 Productions |¬†Hair + Makeup: Carla White | Cake: Maxie B’s

Willow Oaks Plantation Wedding {Ashley + Joe – Part 1} | Richmond, VA Wedding Planner

Be still my blush and bashful¬†heart.¬†Ashley¬†and I immediately¬†hit it off because of our mutual love of the color pink. We planned a beautiful lace, rustic, and oh so Southern affair at one of my favorite venues, Willow Oaks Plantation. ¬†And thank goodness we¬†had a really¬†good rain plan. I always tell my brides our Plan A is rain and Plan B is sunshine. I want to make sure everything we do in one plan can not only be used in the other plan, but look just as amazing. It absolutely down poured off and on all day, so we scraped our outdoor ceremony and cocktail¬†hour and prepped for the entire event to¬†happen¬†inside. The candles on the mantle and lush floral wreath were the perfect back drop for Joe and Ashley’s vows. ¬†My dear friend¬†Anna Paschal Photography was there to capture all the lovely details and beautiful moments. Stay tuned for part two tomorrow!

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Planning, Design, Coordination: Leigh Pearce Weddings | Photography: Anna Paschal Photography | Venue: Willow Oaks Plantation | Catering:¬†Holly Tate Fine Catering | Florist: Just Priceless | Rentals + Lighting: White’s Rentals | Paper: Confetti¬†Grey | ¬†DJ: K2 Productions |¬†Hair + Makeup: Carla White | Cake: Maxie B’s

Perks of a Planner Vol 8 | Greensboro NC Wedding Planner

Good Earth Films | Blaire + Matt’s Revolution Mill Studios Wedding in¬†Greensboro, NC

Today, my friend, Alex, who is¬†one¬†half of the amazing duo that makes¬†Good Earth¬†Films, is sharing¬†her¬†thoughts on the perks of a wedding planner. Alex and¬†her¬†husband James are so wonderful to work with. One viewing of the film above¬†will convince you that a wedding film isn’t just a splurge.. it is a necessity!

As a videographer, I probably spend more time than any other vendor analyzing the play by play of weddings. In order to create a meaningful film, I not only have to pay close attention to every detail, and every emotion on the day of the wedding, but I then have to go back and re-watch all the footage over and over to make sure I am capturing what truly made the day special.  Through this process I have learned that brides who take the jump and hire a planner are always grateful they did.

 Sometimes I think folks forget that a wedding is a milestone for the entire family. A wedding is inspired by the love between a bride and a groom, but it grows into a celebration that encompasses far more than that. A wedding is also about the love between best friends, moms and daughters, fathers and sons… it is the one time in our culture when everyone we love comes together to celebrate life! I find that when we film weddings where there is a planner everyone is able to really take in the importance of the moment.

 A planner allows for the logistics to be taken care of so that not only the bride and groom, but also the moms and dads, bothers and sisters, and best friends can be truly present in the celebration.   The best advice I can give a bride and groom is do whatever it takes for you to be present on your wedding day.   Be there in the moment.  Realize that, yes it is just one day, but if you are intentional with your decisions the memory of that day can be a priceless reminder of the truly meaningful things in life.

Inspiration Monday | Fayetteville NC Wedding Planner

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Anna Paschal Photography | Sidney + Shawn’s Hodgin Valley Farm Wedding in Pleasant Garden, NC

I still swoon every time¬†I look back at images from¬†Sidney¬†and¬†Shawn’s wedding. It was¬†definitely one of my all time favorites.¬†Sidney was a dream bride.. so relaxed and fun. She¬†was barefoot the whole¬†day!!¬†¬†So¬†how do you¬†get this sweet¬†heirloom farm look?¬†Sidney and¬†her mom, Carol, were master thrifters. They spent the year leading up to the wedding collecting vintage linens for cocktail table overlays,¬†silver pieces like that beautiful candelabra, and props¬†for their¬†sweets table. You are definitely¬†going to want to click over to their full¬†wedding day recap (link above!) for even more amazing details!

Happy Anniversary {Lacie + Clay} | Durham, NC Wedding Planner

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Autumn Song Photography 

Happy first anniversary this weekend to Lacie+ Clay!

{See their sweet wedding here}

Adaumont Farm Open House | Greensboro, NC Wedding Planner

Please join me this Sunday from 1 to 5 PM at Adaumont Farm for an open house (cough cough, that means free, people!). You can tour the venue and meet some wonderful vendors. Even if you are just along for the ride (I am talking to you, Father of the Bride), you can have a leisurely afternoon on the porch and relax.  I hope to see you there!! Email me for details and any questions :)

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Liz¬†Grogan Photography | Susan + Ben’s Adaumont Farm Wedding in Trinity, NC

Throwback Thursday | Asheville NC Event Designer

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Perry¬†Vaile Photography | Jamie + Brandon’s Old Salem and Brookstown Inn Wedding in Winston-Salem, NC

Fruit, seasonal greenery, patterned linens, and brass table numbers? Yes please! I absolutely loved putting together this table design for Jamie and Brandon. I loved our modern twist on a holiday color palette!