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When a Wedding Planner Gets Married, This is the Beautiful Result.

We’ve long admired Leigh Pearce for her ability to infuse pretty into many a wedding. But today? We get to relish in the beauty of her very own Big Day. And boy are those details lovely—but she sure does steal the show. Don’t miss her story below and when you’re done, head to The Vault for the full gallery by Anna Paschal!

From the Bride, Leigh Pearce EventsAfter tossing around some ideas about destination weddings, my high school sweetheart, Bryan, and I decided on a local wedding with a small guest list of only 65 of our closest family and friends. We chose the Weir-Jordan House in downtown Greensboro for our venue and set the date for October 22, two days after our 14 year dating anniversary. We loved everything about the Weir-Jordan from it’s Southern antebellum feel to it’s rich history (it is one of the oldest houses in Greensboro). It checked every box for us — an outdoor ceremony space, a spot for a tent, and an amazing in-house caterer.

Next step – select our bridal party! We ultimately decided not to have a large party — all of my girlfriends are married with children or pregnant so I wanted to make the day as relaxed and enjoyable for them as possible. We all got ready together and it was SO much fun. Surprisingly, my best friend from high school went into labor in the middle of the night before the wedding and obviously had to miss the wedding. I took my wedding dress and crashed her newborn session a few weeks later so we could have pictures together! My sister was my maid of honor and looked beautiful in her Jenny Yoo gown .. the fabric and layers of her dress tied in with mine perfectly. Bryan’s best man, in true Southern fashion, was his father. They looked so dapper in their black tuxedos! Some of my other favorite fashionable details were my pearl necklace and my shoes. My two favorite movies are Steel Magnolias and Father of the Bride. My mom, sister, sister-in-law, and best friend hosted a Steel Magnolias themed bridal shower for me, complete with red velvet armadillo cupcakes! As an homage to Father of the Bride, I was on a mission to find some cool sneakers and fell in love with these lace high tops from Anthropologie.

Funny enough, Bryan is the one that brought up the idea of a first look! I am wedding planner so in all my sharing about work, he must have picked up a thing or two. Their is an upstairs, private, Charleston-esque porch at our venue that was an ideal location for a first look. Although we decided not to give each other wedding gifts, I surprised Bryan during our first look with my dad’s gold cuff links. He passed away a few years ago and I thought it would be the perfect way to have him there in spirit. After our first look, we hopped in the car for photos at a favorite local spot, The Proximity Hotel. We really enjoyed having some alone time together before the craziness set it. We highly recommend it!

For our design, we kept everything elegant, timeless, and classic. Our florist, the Farmer’s Wife, has always been our family florist so it was a no brainer to work with Stacy on our wedding. She is truly like family and created floral magic for us! Maxie B’s made my wedding cake dreams come true with our stunning cake (and Bryan’s dream come true with a layer of Devil’s food cake!). One of my only major must haves was a clear top tent with big chandeliers and a black and white dance floor that I could twirl on. Mission accomplished!!

Our ceremony was absolutely perfect and by far, my favorite part of the day. I loved our music selections: an instrumental version of Rivers and Roads by The Head and The Heart for our parents and wedding party and an instrumental version of Amarillo by Morning by George Strait, my dad’s favorite song. We had two special readings. A scripture reading by one of our very best friends as well as poem read by Bryan’s sister. We walked back down the aisle to a mash up of Ants Marching and Ode to Joy.

After the ceremony, we sent our guests inside to warm up and for cocktail hour and dinner. Stacy with Savory Street Catering created an amazing custom menu for us! Some of the highlights were pulled pork and collard egg rolls with mango chutney, crab hush puppies with Cajun aioli, butternut squash ravioli, beef tenderloin with white cheddar grit cakes, and mini tomato pies.

After dinner, we danced the night away! Our first dance was “You & Me” by Dave Matthews Band. We have been to countless DMB concerts so it was only fitting that we danced to Dave. The chorus is also perfect for a few twirls! Later in the evening while cake was served, we offered a few more desserts. Bryan has a serious sweet tooth and is, hands down, the biggest Pepsi addict you will ever meet. We offered ice cream float shooters along with cake.. three kinds: Pepsi, Sundrop, and Cheerwine. So good!!

We ended the night with a glowing sparkler exit and hopped in a London taxi cab headed for O. Henry Hotel. It was the perfect day and we couldn’t be more grateful for the experience!

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Photography: Anna Paschal Photography | Event Design: Leigh Pearce Events | Event Planning: Leigh Pearce Events | Floral Design: The Farmer's Wife | Wedding Dress: Southern Bride | Cake: Maxie B's | Catering: Savory Street | Hair + Makeup: Carla White | Mens Attire: Gordon's Menswear | Wedding Venue: Weir-Jordan House | Bride's Sneakers: Anthropologie | Bridesmaid Dress: Jenny Yoo | Rentals: Party Reflections | Rentals: Southern Event Rental

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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 Events | Event Planning: Leigh Pearce Events | 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 Events | Event Planning: Leigh Pearce Events | 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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