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Colorful Classic North Carolina Wedding

M’dears, this is what happens when traditional elegance meets modern whimsy. Designed by Leigh Pearce Weddings, this Southern soiree is brimming with color, most notably in the cheerful florals from Amy Lynne Originals. And the reception? It’s a casual elegance like no other with crisp linens from La Tavola, gilded pretties here and there and candlelight sprinkled throughout. Anna Paschal made sure no detail went un-captured and you can see them all right here!

From the beautiful Bride… Once we got engaged, Andrew (my now husband!) and I discovered that we had two very different visions of how we wanted our wedding to look. Andrew wanted formal and traditional and I wanted informal and unique. However, we both agreed on how we wanted our wedding to feel: fun, joyful, and celebratory. We wanted our guests to experience our joy and love. We wanted them to feel comfortable enough to let loose, dance and enjoy each moment of the ceremony and reception.

With the help of our wedding planner Leigh Pearce, we found a beautiful middle ground in the design of our wedding. Everything came together in a way that represented both of our personalities. For the ceremony we were able to combine the traditional feel of Phillips Chapel with the lively colors in the flowers and bridesmaids dresses. The reception was held at Revolution Mills, an old renovated cotton mill. This location gave the reception the unique touch that I was looking for with the industrial elements of the building while still providing Andrew with the classic look of the rich dark wood and exposed brick that ran throughout the venue.

Of course, it was the décor that truly melded our styles together. Soft whites, pinks and mints were punctuated with golden yellows, bold pinks, and sumptuous teals. Milk glass and gold vases, soft patterned linens, and candlelight made the tables feel luxurious, timeless, and airy. Prior to the wedding everyone warned me to enjoy my food tasting because that would be the last time I’d get to taste my wedding food. WRONG. I was actually able to sit down at my wedding and eat our delicious dinner of elevated southern comfort food!

Then came the dancing! One of the many reasons that I chose Revolution Mills was for the dance floor. Many previous brides who had enjoyed their receptions at this venue opted for a dance floor upstairs with the dining area. However, there was a beautiful downstairs area that was framed in by the large double staircases. I loved the idea of having something different than any other wedding I had ever been to. We decided to make that downstairs area our dance floor and string Edison bulbs across the banisters making a canopy over us as we danced the night away. It was a brilliant idea! I loved being able to see our guests surrounding us as they stood on the bannisters to watch our first dance.

I’m sure that I’m forgetting a million important details as I’m describing one of the most beautiful days of my life. However, what really stands out to me when I think of my wedding is how the day felt. I remember taking a moment to pause during dinner to look around the room. All I saw were smiling, laughing faces. The room felt relaxed and full of joy! I was sitting next to my amazing husband and surrounded by people who loved us very much. While the entire event seems like somewhat of a blur, I will always remember that feeling. That feeling of being unbelievably blessed, loved, and grateful for it all.

Photography: Anna Paschal Photography | Event Design: Leigh Pearce Weddings | Event Planning: Leigh Pearce Weddings | Floral Design: Amy Lynne Originals LLC | Wedding Dress: Nitsa's | Cake: Maxie B's | Invitations: Smitten on Paper | Ceremony Venue: Phillips Chapel At Canterbury School | Reception Venue: Revolution Mill Studios | Catering: Painted Plate | Hair And Makeup: Carla White | DJ: K2 Productions | Accomodations: Proximity Hotel | Programs, Cocktail Napkins, Escort Cards, Table Numbers, Menu Ca: Confetti Grey | Rentals: Triad Event Rentals | Rentals: Simply Put Vintage Rentals | Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental

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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.


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

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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!

For those of you who thought you couldn’t adore these two any more… Heartstone Films is here to prove you wrong.

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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