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Traditional North Carolina Wedding at Proximity Hotel

I always look at the Groom. At the moment when the entire guest list turns to focus on the Bride as she walks down the aisle, I turn my head in the opposite direction to look at her soon-to-be husband. And it never fails to make me shed a tear or two. But I do believe Julie Livingston captured one of my favorite reactions to date of this Groom’s first look at his Bride. It’s a look of overwhelming emotion, and that carries out through every picture perfect moment planned by Leigh Pearce Weddings in this gallery.


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From Leigh Pearce WeddingsNatosha and Justin’s Proximity Hotel wedding in Greensboro was one of my all time favorites. It was an absolutely perfect day without a single hiccup or cloud in the sky. Natosha and Justin’s love for one another is palpable and my staff and I were simply honored to witness their day. And don’t even get me started on their design. I was completely head over heels for every last detail from the custom menu cards we created to the gorgeous textured bouquets to Natosha’s “blue suede shoes” to the herb and boxwood aisle marker wreaths that smelled amazing. My favorite detail was our gold feather ceiling installation. It was absolutely stunning and caught the light in the most beautiful way. Julie Livingston captured every fabulous detail and soul touching moment.

Photography: Julie Livingston Photography | Event Design: Leigh Pearce Weddings | Event Planning: Leigh Pearce Weddings | Floral Design: Brenda McLamb Of Proximity Hotel | Cake: Maxie B’s | Ceremony Venue: Proximity Hotel | Reception Venue: Proximity Hotel | Catering: Proximity Hotel | DJ: K2 Productions | Officiant: Reverend Gerald Donnelly | Cinematography : Twenty One Films | Hair + Makeup: Carla White

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Graylyn Estate Wedding from Nancy Ray Photography + Erin McLean Events

When I heard that the groom leaned over to Nancy Ray Photography in between shots to ask “What are the chances we get this featured on Style Me Pretty?” I died. First of all, the fact that his bride loved us THAT much made us all blush. And second, how sweet is the groom for knowing exactly what will make his bride happy? I can’t even get to how amazing the wedding was, planned perfectly by Erin McLean Events, because I just love this couple SO much so you’re just going to have to click here for the gallery!

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From the groom… From the moment Katie began planning the wedding her goal was to make the event personal and charming; to stay away from the systematic and ordinary.… and she did an incredible job. The wedding was large, but had an intimate personal feeling. Katie worked and researched tirelessly to find the vendors and touches that would ensure our day was perfect. There were many times that I would get a quick e-mail at work with nothing but a Style Me Pretty link. The wedding was a perfect portrait of us… From the his and hers food (Sushi Chef et all) to the 12 piece band; the night was a celebration to the life we are looking forward to and the friends and family who helped us get there. Katie is and will continue to be my life’s greatest accomplishment… and the wedding was the perfect acknowledgement of that.

From the bride… Christian and I got engaged in Paris on July 27. It was truly one of the happiest days of my life and the excitement of planning instantly began. Secretly, I had already planned out our wedding using the SMP boards. I found out that my groom had been promoted and that we would be moving to Texas six months before our North Carolina wedding… NOT IDEAL. With the help of my sweet mother, dear friends, and Erin, we were able to plan most of the wedding before I moved. I found Erin using the Style Me Pretty Vendor List and she was an instant help in transforming our ideas into a reality. 

My idea was to make the wedding personal by doing a “His and Hers” theme and exhibiting all of our favorites. For the cocktail hour, we served tomato soup and grilled cheese (my favorite) and sushi rolls (Christian’s favorite) among other things. The Graylyn staff was amazing and courteous. They made sure that all of our guests were well fed and comfortable. As the guests were transitioned to the tent on the front lawn, Christian and I got to share a quiet moment, sampling all of favorite foods that would be served for dinner.

The twelve-piece band, led by Andrew Thielen, was the perfect fit for our large crowd. They kept everyone dancing and even played some Disney songs for the little ones. The food was by far the most thought out part of our night. We served an array of our favorite dishes, from chicken pie (Her’s) to fish and chips (His). After dinner, we served the most delicious cake from Maxie B’s (Her’s) and a variety of milkshakes (His). Our photographers, Will and Nancy Ray, and videographers, Heart Stone Films, were able to capture every moment. They were such a joy to work with. Our wedding was a wonderful time of celebration and it was exactly what Christian and I had hoped it would be.

Photographer: Nancy Ray Photography / Ceremony Venue: Centergrove Baptist Church / Reception Venue: The Graylyn Estate / Wedding Planner + Event Designer: Erin McLean Events / Floral Design: Fleurtations Weddings and Events / Officiant: Groom’s Father, Pastor of Center Grove Baptist Church / Cake Artist: Maxie B’s / Caterer: The Graylyn Estate / Band: Andrew Theilen Band / Videography: Heartstone Films / Hair Stylist: Silk Road / Makeup: Bobbie Brown / Trolley: Olde Raleigh South / Linens: CE Rentals / Vintage Getaway Car: Sterling Carriage Vintage Limo / Invitations: Maria Scheel / Bride’s Dress: Hayden Olivia / Bridesmaid Dresses: J. Majors / Tuxedos: Christopher’s Formal Wear / Shoes: Jack Rogers / Programs: Wiregrass Weddings

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Summerfield Wedding by Scott Piner Photographer

We are going to bring today’s festivities to a close with a gorgeous slice of North Carolina nuptials as seen through the golden lens of Scott Piner. And honestly, we can’t think of a better photographer to capture such lovely greenery. Not only is this wedding stop your heart beautiful in such an effortless and elegant way but it’s also full of sweet sentiment and that, my friends, is a stellar combo. Be sure to stop by the gallery for more from this love fest!

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From Scott Piner PhotographerA couple of months ago, I had the pleasure of travelling to Summerfield, NC for Sara & Corey’s wedding. I have been in and around Greensboro quite a bit but never to Summerfield. My goodness, I love that place with it’s rolling hills, lakes, and horse estates. I also have to say that Sara and Corey are one of the sweetest couples I have ever met. I mean….genuinely kind people with fun friends and family.  And, yes, I did tear up when Sara’s brother brought down a bouquet during the ceremony in memory of their mother. This is the kind of day I could shoot over and over again.

Ceremony + Reception Location: Private Residence / Wedding Photography: Scott Piner Photographer / Event Planning + Design: Megan Harvey, Events by Details / Wedding Dress: Sara’s Mother’s Dress (Sara’s mother recently passed) / Flowers: The Bride / Wedding Cake: Le Cake Cafe