Throwback Thursday | Winston-Salem NC Wedding Coordinator

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Autumn Song Photography | Lacie + Clay’s Winmock at Kinderton Wedding in Winston-Salem, North Carolina

My favorite things from Lacie and Clay’s wedding last year: 1) these adorable wreaths and 2) Lacie + Clay.  How dreamy is this barn shot from my friends at Autumn Song?

Graylyn Estate Wedding {Meghan + Brandon} | Winston-Salem NC Wedding Planner

I love all kinds of weddings, but a classic affair will always have a special place in my heart. I absolutely loved working with Meghan and Brandon (winners of the most organized couple for sure!!) on their May wedding at Graylyn Estate.  We put together a timeless, yet super fun day for their family and friends traveling from across the country. Thanks to Sara and Melanie at Whitebox for capturing every little detail!

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Meghan’s bouquet smelled SO good. We incorporated lavender into her bouquet as well as Brandon’s boutonniere for a little something special just for the two of them!

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How CUTE are these two?

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Home Moravian Church is one of my favorite churches in the Triad. Not only is the church itself beautiful, but the surrounding Old Salem Museums and Gardens make for the perfect backdrop.

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I just loved the pops of astilbe and mixed metals at cocktail hour!

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M+B love dessert so we ditched the traditional multiple tier wedding cake for cake squares and an ice cream cart!

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One of the [many] reasons I love Graylyn: the beautiful grounds. Guests were able to mingle inside around the food stations or enjoy their dinner in the sunshine on the terrace or in the garden.

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I don’t think I will ever get tired of cafe lights.

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Planning, Coordination, + Styling: Leigh Pearce Weddings | Photography: Whitebox Photography | Church: Home Moravian Church | Reception Venue + Catering: Graylyn Estate | Florist: Bo-Ty | Band: In the Pocket | Rentals: Hauser | Lighting: Sound Illusions | Bakery: Maxie B’s | Hair + Makeup: Carla White  | Ice Cream Cart + Cake Squares: Dewey’s

Perks of a Planner Vol 2 | Asheville NC Wedding Planner

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Perry Vaile Photography | Jamie + Brandon’s Old Salem and Brookstown Inn Wedding in Winston-Salem, North Carolina

 Today my dear friend, Amy of Amy Lynne Originals, is sharing her insight on the perks of a planner from the perspective of a floral designer. I absolutely LOVE working with Amy and I always know our weddings together are going to be nothing short of amazing. This woman is crazy talented!!

From Amy: There are many identifiable ways a professional wedding planner makes a floral designer’s job easier.  For starters, I love it when the time line appears in my inbox.  With the click of a button I know what time the church is unlocked, when the linens are on the tables, and when the cake I must decorate arrives.  Big timesaver!  Yes, this is an obvious perk.  What really matters and why I value the profession so much is this. 

A good planner: 1) recognizes and utilizes the talents of the individual vendors and brings them together so each can shine! 2) provides detailed information, yet allows enough freedom so creativity can flow 3) is a leader and quick decision-maker.  Lets face it, sometimes things don’t go as planned.  A professional planner makes decisions and moves on so the vendors can do what they do best! 4) is welcoming.  I love that familiar face on the wedding day – that planner that is happy I arrived and is genuinely trying to make it a special day for their client.

Finally, I wanted to end this blog post with a story of wedding mishap.  Thinking back on all my Leigh Pearce Weddings events…I come up with nothing…no crazy story.. no unhappy client moments.  There is nothing that stands out in my mind because all of our weddings together have not only been beautiful, but also seamless.  And, isn’t that the point of hiring a professional wedding planner?  

Inspiration Monday | Durham NC Wedding Planner

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Alisha Silver Photography | Amy + Matt’s Revolution Mill Studios Wedding in Greensboro, North Carolina

I may be a little biased, but this is still one of my all time favorite weddings. When your bestie gets married, how can you not love it? Amy and Matt love sports and it plays a huge role in their lives. Amy is also not a huge flower gal so we took that into consideration as well! So, how do you get this look? We created boxes of wheat grass (to mimic turf) as centerpieces. The table numbers were black and white images of all the ball parks they have visited over the years. We also surprised guests with ball park food in the way of pop corn, cracker jacks, and bite sized hot dogs at cocktail hour.  When you go with a style that is a little outside of the box like this, you want to keep it clean and simple so it still feels elegant.

Happy Anniversary {Blaire + Matt} | Greensboro, North Carolina Event Designer

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Autumn Song Photography 

Happy first anniversary this weekend to Blaire + Matt!

{See their Revolution Mill wedding here and here}

Featured on Every Last Detail | Charlotte NC Wedding Planner

I love when Lauren over at Every Last Detail asks for advice for brides! I, along with some other awesome members of The V List, shared some tips on communicating well with your vendors. Proper communication helps avoid a lot of mistakes!!

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You can see the whole article here! Thanks, Lauren, for including me!!

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Michael Moss Photography | Erin + Cameron’s Revolution Mill Studios Wedding in Greensboro, NC

I love this shot by my friend, Michael Moss. It perfectly proves two things: 1) that less is more when you have beautiful surroundings and 2) unplugged weddings are the best. Not an iPhone/iPad/digital camera in sight. Just your nearest and dearest fully present and alert to the most important moment in your life. Pretty awesome. See more of Erin and Cameron’s beautiful day at the link above and here!!!