Southern Weddings V9 Launch Party at The Carolina Inn | Chapel Hill NC Event Planner

When the ladies at Southern Weddings Magazine asked for an extra hand for their V9 launch party, I jumped at the chance! I simply adore the magazine and knew that anything those talented ladies had dreamed up would be amazing. I chatted with Marissa about her initial ideas to create a love letter wall based on the key editorial in the latest issue. From there, we collaborated on this lovely, interactive wall that was such a fun edition to the party!

My partner in crime, Anna Paschal Photography, helped me assemble the project on site because what are friends for? We started with this beautiful white wall from Paisley + Jade and added ribbon then soft blue envelopes with mini white clothespins (lots of measuring y’all!). Next up, Serendipity Designs Raleigh added the final touch – a lush greenery garland and fresh blooms. The result was stunning and is such a great idea to translate into escort cards or a guest book at a real wedding. File that one away, friends!

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Jessica of Simply Jessica Marie reached out to me a few days before the party with a top secret surprise for the SW ladies. She had painted this beautiful portrait of them and needed the perfect spot to place it!

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Loved working with these two talented ladies, Marissa and Jessica!

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Here are a few more sneak peeks of the party from the fabulous AJ Dunlap for those of you that weren’t able to join us!

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Love Letter Wall Planning + Styling: Leigh Pearce Events | Photography: AJ Dunlap | Vintage Rentals: Paisley + Jade | Venue + Catering: The Carolina Inn | Floral Design: Serendipity Designs Raleigh | Calligraphy + Artwork: Simply Jessica Marie | Swag Bags: Bash Bags, Belle and Union Co., All She Wrote Notes, The Paisley Ribbon, Laurel Calligraphy, The Virginia Artisans, Canvas HQ

Kind Words from the Bride | Greensboro, NC Wedding Planner

Sweet Hannah was so kind to write a few words about our services. Thank you, Hannah!:

From start to finish, Leigh was fantastic. Planning a wedding from out of town is extremely stressful, but she did an incredible job keeping me in the loop and on schedule to pull off the wedding of my dreams. She took the time at the beginning to really hone in on my vision and took it to the next level, our wedding truly was above and beyond expectations! Leigh handled the (many!) ongoing adjustments and last minute changes with ease, and I went into my wedding weekend completely confident that everything would be taken care of, allowing me to truly be “present” in the moment and just enjoy the experience. Even my less detail-oriented father and husband couldn’t help but admire all the “little” details that created an absolutely gorgeous ceremony and reception. Months later we are still getting comments from guests about our beautiful wedding, and I wouldn’t change a thing! Thank you Leigh!!

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Hannah + Kyle on their wedding day!

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Grandover Resort Wedding {Hannah + Kyle} | Greensboro NC Wedding Planner

When Hannah described her dream wedding, words like classic, natural, elegant, Southern, and festive came to mind. Looking back on her beautiful May wedding to Kyle, I’d say we hit the nail on the head! From the refreshing color palette of raisin, dusty lilac, and gold to the lush and natural florals to the custom chuppah by Just Priceless, all of the design elements were simply stunning. But more importantly than the details, it was a heartfelt day that was truly reflective of Hannah, Kyle, and their families. I hope you enjoy these images from Justin Cook as much as I adored working with the new Mr. and Mrs. Spinrad!

How stunning is Hannah in her lace gown?

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Hannah and Kyle opted for a first look before the festivities began. So sweet!

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A little rain can’t keep these two down and I have to say, you would never know this was our Plan B, would you? Thank you to Sami from Just Priceless for making our vision for this chuppah come to life. It was even more beautiful in person! I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed witnessing this wedding ceremony. You could just feel the joy and happiness between Hannah, Kyle, their parents, and guests radiating throughout the room.

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After the ceremony, guests moved to another area of the Grandover resort for cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres of fried green tomatoes with pimento cheese, truffle macaroni and cheese, and arugula pesto flat breads. Once moving into the main ballroom for dinner, guests were seated for a delightful plated dinner. For a refreshing start, the salad course was a beautiful Boston bibb salad with fresh watermelon, micro greens, and goat cheese with an orange blossom dressing. For dinner guests selected either pecan crusted trout or quinoa stuffed eggplant accompanied by au gratin potatoes and asparagus.

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Let me tell you, this reception was a PAR-TAYY. Liquid Pleasure knocked all of our socks off and brought the house down. Also, can we talk about how cool Kyle is? He changed into a white dinner jacket for supper. So dapper!

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To end the night on a sweet note, in addition to a decadent cake by Maxie B’s, guests were treated to a variety of desserts on display. On deck was everything from mini key lime pies to lemon curd with mixed berries to chocolate mousse to mini chocolate whoopie pies.

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Thank you, Hannah and Kyle! It was such a pleasure to play a part in your big day! xoxo

Planning + Event Design: Leigh Pearce Events | Photography: Justin Cook | Venue + Catering: Grandover  Resort | Floral Design: Just Priceless | Ceremony Music: Rob Massengale Entertainment | Band: Liquid Pleasure | Rentals: Party Reflections | Cake: Maxie B’s | Lighting: Kenneth Eller | Videography: One Love Productions | Hair + Makeup: Carla White |

Featured on Every Last Detail | North Carolina Wedding Planner

Thanks Every Last Detail for featuring Rachel and Justin’s sunflower inspired wedding on your best of 2016 weddings line up! We are so honored. You can see the full feature here!

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Alexa’s Photography | Rachel + Justin’s Summerfield Farm Wedding

Spring Salisbury Train Depot Wedding {Sara + Alex} | Charlotte NC Wedding Planner

Goodness. I sure love these two. Sara and Alex are one of those couples that you just can’t help but have fun when you are around them. I know Anna Paschal Photography and I agree — they are easily one of our all time favorite couples (and weddings!). They are both easy going, but know what they like which made wedding planning a breeze. I have been itching to share their beautiful day for several months — but how do you narrow down the images when every.single.one. is amazing? I just can’t hold this beauty of a day to myself anymore … I am so excited to share Sara and Alex’s classic and colorful Salisbury wedding with you!

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Look at those lashes! All the heart eyes for Sara’s glam squad, Face Forward!

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Sara and Alex tied the knot on the most perfect, sunny May afternoon surrounded by family and friends in the church that Sara’s great grandfather helped build. We kept the design at the church clean and classic with fun preppy touches to tie into our overall look. Green Bee Floral Designs created the most beautiful mixed green garlands to adorn the church!

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I simply adore the color palette we created for Sara and Alex. We gave the typical blush and bashful inspiration a punch of personality and ended up with a palette of peony, blush, peach, and metallic gold with black and white stripes for a Kate Spade touch.

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Such a great way to bring a pop of personality to a classic tuxedo — colorful socks!

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There are two sanctuaries at Sara’s home church — a modern one that can accommodate the large attendance of today’s congregation as well as the original that Sara’s great-grandfather helped build. When she showed me both spaces, I just *knew* this was the spot for their nuptials.

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My favorite portrait of the day! Sara, Alex, and their wedding party took the Salisbury Trolley from the ceremony to the reception. It was a great time in the day to enjoy their friends before getting swept up in the reception.

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The Salisbury Train Depot was a new venue for the LPE team to work in. The verdict? We LOVED it!! It is such a unique space in that it is still an actual working train depot. While a train doesn’t stop during the event, one or two are likely to pass by while guests mingle outside for cocktail hour. To keep guests cool while they socialized, Buttercup Cafe + Catering served up libations as well as refreshing cucumber mint infused water. Hors  d’oeuvres of watermelon and feta skewers, fried green tomato crostini, and buttermilk biscuits with Virginia ham and apricot chutney where tray passed. With a pretty blank slate for the cocktail hour space, we wanted to bring in some personality and I think these fun striped linens did the trick!

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Jen Brannon of Green Bee Floral Designs is my hero. I wanted a living wall-inspired piece for the seating chart wall and boy, did she deliver! It was hands down my favorite element from the wedding design.

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These colorful tablescapes were so fun to design! We started with an overall classic look, added some pops of color inspired by our color palette, and lastly some touches of personality like the striped ribbon napkin ties and the gold striped votives.

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Dinner was served buffet style as it was important to Sara and Alex to provide their guests a variety of selections while also all sitting down to dine at the same time. Guests enjoyed shrimp and grits, arugala and baby spinanch salad with sugared pecans, strawberries, and mandarin oranges, apricot dijon grilled chicken, and herb roasted beef tenderloin with rosemary au jus.. just to name a few!

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Can we all just take a moment to ooohhh and ahhhhh over Sara’s wedding gown? It has easily become one of my all time favorites.

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Sara and Alex kicked off the reception with a sweet first dance to “Take The World” by Johnnyswim. It was the perfect song for them!  After dinner, DJ Joe Bunn kept the dance floor rockin’ with a mix of the couple’s favorite tunes.

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Maxie B’s always exceeds my expectations .. but this cake .. oh my word! It was absolutely beautiful. They took my rough sketch along with the duogram from Sara and Alex’s wedding invitations and created this masterpiece. And of course, it was delicious too! The layers were pink lemonade, raspberry lady (one of my favs!), and devil’s food cake.

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I love to utilize design elements in more than one way if possible. The escort card wall transitioned into a great photo booth once the party got started!

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Design + Production: Leigh Pearce Events | Photography: Anna Paschal Photography | Ceremony Venue: Tyro United Methodist Church | Reception Venue: Salisbury Train DepotCaterer: Buttercup Café + Catering | Floral Design: Green Bee Floral DesignsDJ: Bunn DJ Company | Rentals: Southern Event Rentals | Transportation: Salisbury Trolley + Holiday Tours | Cake: Maxie B’s | Hair + Makeup: Face Forward

Highland Presbyterian Church + Forsyth Country Club Wedding | Winston-Salem NC Wedding Planner

This wedding has everything that makes my wedding planner heart go pitter patter: a wonderful and fun couple, blush and bashful details as far as the eye can see, and fantastic vendor team. It was one of those weddings and planning experiences that I wish I could relive over and over again — and I actually get to! This time with Lauren’s sister, Taylor; and so far, it is shaping up to be just as amazing!

Thinking back to earlier this year on the most perfect May day, Lauren and Thomas tied the knot with 200 of their closest family and friends at Lauren’s home church. Later they danced the night away at the Forsyth Country Club and it was one rockin’ party. I am so excited to finally share this beautiful day and some of my favorite details thanks to Samantha Laffoon’s talent. Enjoy!

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These Badgley Mischka’s are the perfect bridal shoe — not too white, a touch of texture, a bit of bling, and jussstttt the right height.

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Hands down, these bouquets are my all time favorite! I even included some of these photos on my own wedding inspiration board. Jen of Green Bee Floral Design is brillant and added just the right amount of pink to the bridesmaid bouquets while only giving Lauren her requested “whisper of pink.”

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Highland Presbyterian never disappoints! Just look at all that architectual detail.

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After the ceremony, guests moseyed over to the reception for hors d’ouerves and cocktails on the terrace of Forsyth Country Club. We tented this area in case of inclement weather (which we had during the ceremony!) as well as the bright May sunshine.

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Charlie Band kicked off the reception with some favorite oldies tunes and the party officially started. From there, guests dined and danced all evening! The food station menu offered a variety of selections from a vegetarian display of balsamic grilled vegetables and hummus to primavera pasta and shrimp and grits to crab cake and pulled pork sliders with shoe string french fries. The showstopper of the menu was definitely the beautiful four tier wedding cake from Delicious Bakery.

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Planning + Design: Leigh Pearce Events | Photography: Samantha Laffoon Photography | Ceremony Venue: Highland Presbyterian Church | Reception Venue + Catering: Forsyth Country Club | Floral Design: Green Bee Floral Design | Band: Charlie | Hair + Makeup: Carla White | Rentals: Party Reflections | Cake: Delicious Bakery | Get Away Car: Fantasy Limo | Invitations: Minted

Featured on Carats & Cake | Virginia Wedding Planner

Rankin and Brent’s wedding was one for the record books. Amazing couple, picture perfect weather, a stunning Sperry tent, luscious blooms … there is no wonder that Carats & Cake reached out and asked to feature it! You can see the full feature on C&C here and my detailed recap with all the details and memories here. Happy Thursday!

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