Sedgefield Country Club Wedding {Noel + Tom} | High Point NC Wedding Planner

Noel and Tom were married earlier this year in Greensboro, NC at Sedgefield Country Club on a picture perfect day! This wedding is truly out of a scene from an enchanted garden. In fact, Noel and I were actually inspired by a famous Monet garden painting that drove a lot of our design and tied in perfectly with our color palette of navy, hydrangea, cream, blush, and peony.

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Noel kept her bridal party small – just her number one gal and daughter, Madison. They each had coordinating bouquets of garden roses, peonies, ranunculus, and jasmine vine.

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One of the things that sets Sedgefield Country Club apart is the stunning lawn in front of the club. It’s the first thing you see when you drive up and is the go to spot for ceremonies. We added a clear top tent with antique white chandeliers and soft draping to create an intimate feel while also keeping the beautiful view. Our focal point and WOW factor of the whole ceremony was the unbelievable floral archway created by Just Priceless. We added a few small personalized touches like an Arnold Palmer station (to keep guests cool and as a nod to Tom’s love of golf) and custom aisle markers with a favorite scripture.

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Live music greeted guests as they entered the ceremony tent featuring a mix of classic and modern music. Tom is an avid golfer and has a great sense of humor so before the ceremony started, a family friend had a “call to tee” to kick of the processional.  sedgefield country club wedding by leigh pearce events greensboro north carolina wedding planner and wedding designer sedgefield country club wedding by leigh pearce events greensboro north carolina wedding planner and wedding designer

Noel and Madison were escorted to the ceremony site in a vintage 1965 Rolls Royce. Our something blue!

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What a heartfelt ceremony! A family friend officiated on behalf of Noel and Tom before they each read their own vows. It was very important to both Noel and Tom that Madison was included in the ceremony. A sand ceremony was the perfect fit for them!

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After the ceremony, guests entered the club for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Servers tray passed asiago stuffed potatoes, bacon wrapped shrimp with clover honey, miniature crab cakes with remoulade sauce, and caprese skewers.  My favorite cocktail hour detail were these custom napkins. Tom is a HUGE Bruce Springsteen fan so we *had* to find a way to include The Boss in the wedding.

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Jamie Lynn Photography did a beautiful job with Noel and Tom’s portraits. It was HOT y’all and you’d never know looking at these.

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The paper for this wedding is easily one of my favorites of all time. Amanda Day Rose created a delicate floral pattern inspired by our design that we incorporated throughout. It was very important to Noel to include scripture in the tablescape in some way. I worked with Amanda to create 5×7 menu cards that listed the menu on the front with a beautiful scripture print on the back. Guests took them home as a favor! Speaking of the menu, guests enjoyed a plated dinner starting with a fresh Summer berry salad of baby spinach, candied pecans, fresh strawberries and blueberries, and local goat cheese drizzled with a champagne vinaigrette. For dinner, guests were treated to a choice of French chicken breast with a butter caper white wine sauce served with risotto and Parmesan asparagus; a New York strip with a port wine reduction served with Yukon gold mashed potatoes and Parmesan asparagus; or asparagus, rainbow chard, baby carrots, cauliflower, and haricot verts over quinoa with lemon compound butter.

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Our reception design was feminine, slightly vintage, and elegant with vibrant flowers and mixed metals. I love how all the elements came together from our mercury glass table numbers to the luxurious linens.

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If you haven’t noticed yet, the florals for this wedding were the centerpiece of the design. I worked closely with Maxie B’s to translate that into a delicate sugar flower design combined with a rosette design that Noel loves. It tasted even better than it looked! The layers were a mix of lemon almond buttercream and devil’s food cake.

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Noel wanted to include some golf touches for Tom and one day I had a light bulb moment. There is a patio outside of the ballroom that we didn’t quite have a plan for. Knowing that this was a family friendly reception with lots of children, I proposed to Noel that we have putt putt on the patio! She loved it and it tied in perfectly with our customized golf ball favors. It was a HUGE hit!

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Point200 captured the day beautifully on film! Kick back and enjoy!

Noel and Tom, thank you so much for allowing the LPE team and I to be a part of your wedding experience!

Planning + Design: Leigh Pearce Events | Photography: Jamie Lynn Photography | Videography: Point200 | Venue + Catering: Sedgefield Country Club | Cake: Maxie B’s | Floral Designer: Just Priceless | Rentals: Southern Event Rental, The Prettiest Pieces, Eventful | DJ: K2 Productions | Vintage Car: Sterling Carriage | Lighting: Kenneth Eller | Hair + Makeup: Laura Bray Hair + Makeup | Invitations: Invitations by Dawn | Day of Paper: Amanda Day Rose | Custom Ceremony Signs: Design by Laney

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Leigh Pearce is the owner and creative director of Leigh Pearce Events, a boutique wedding planning and design company specializing in luxury weddings and highly personalized events. LPE is based in Greensboro, NC, and serves Greensboro, Winston-Salem, High Point, Raleigh, Chapel Hill, Durham, Asheville, Wilmington, and the rest of North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and destinations beyond with impeccable and exclusive wedding experiences. Connect with Leigh today at 336-552-5645 or leigh@leighpearceevents.com about your special event.

Kind Words from the Bride {Elana} |Greensboro, NC Wedding Planner

Oh how I love this beautiful (inside and out!) lady. Elana was so sweet to share some kind words with the team and I after she and Will’s big day. Thank you, Elana!! xoxo

I can’t even being to say how thankful we were to have Leigh as our wedding planner! She did such an amazing job and exceeded every expectation! I can’t imagine how we would have ever done it without her! We’ve had so many people say it was the best wedding they’ve ever been to and we wish we could go back and do it all over again because we had so much fun!! We highly recommend her to anyone who is considering hiring a wedding planner, you won’t be disappointed!!!!

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Elana + Will (and Miss Lilly!!) on their wedding day!

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Leigh Pearce is the owner and creative director of Leigh Pearce Events, a boutique wedding planning and design company specializing in luxury weddings and highly personalized events. LPE is based in Greensboro, NC, and serves Greensboro, Winston-Salem, High Point, Raleigh, Chapel Hill, Durham, Asheville, Wilmington, and the rest of North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and destinations beyond with impeccable and exclusive wedding experiences. Connect with Leigh today at 336-552-5645 or leigh@leighpearceevents.com about your special event.

Kind Words from the Bride {Ashley} | Raleigh NC Wedding Planner

This two. Insert all the heart eyes. I can’t gush enough over how amazing Ashley and Ryan are. They were ideal clients, so fun, and I am grateful to now call them dear friends. I cannot WAIT to share their beautiful wedding with you soon. In the meantime, Ashley was so kind to share some words about her experience with Leigh Pearce Events. Thank you, Ashley!!:

You need Leigh. You really do. Leigh made our wedding day just perfect.

There were no issues, everything went perfectly. She is so organized and well connected which translates into your big day being even more amazing than you’ve imagined! I was hesitant to add a wedding planner to my wedding budget, but it was the best money I have ever spent! Leigh has such a great rapport with so many vendors that she actually ended up saving us a lot of money. Not to mention she took the headache out of planning. Leigh is such a visionary that she added many great things to our wedding which made it just spectacular! We had a winter wedding on New Year’s Eve and I have had several people tell me it is the best wedding they have ever attended; I can assure you that is thanks to Leigh!

Leigh is a selfless miracle worker. She jumped through so many hoops (legally speaking and much more) to get fireworks approved for our wedding- it was no small feat! We also had confetti cannons and a live streaming of the NYC ball drop, all of which was Leigh’s doing! Leigh is also super organized (which I am not!) and kept everything on track with various timelines and friendly reminders. She was also my sounding board for everything.. and I mean everything! If I sent her a random e-mail in the middle of the night I would always wake up to a response, she is very attentive.

There were several times when little details needed to be determined and I was not concerned with the little details so I let Leigh pick which she thought was best. She has amazing taste and can envision exactly what you want, so I trusted her to make many decisions for me. This was a good idea on my part because, turns out, she has way better taste than I do! Haha!

This all being said about Leigh’s work capabilities, she is also an amazing person. She is very kind and loving to everyone involved during such a stressful time. I am so proud to also call her my friend and was so lucky to have her by my side!

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Ashley + Ryan on their wedding day!

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Leigh Pearce is the owner and creative director of Leigh Pearce Events, a boutique wedding planning and design company specializing in luxury weddings and highly personalized events. LPE is based in Greensboro, NC, and serves Greensboro, Winston-Salem, High Point, Raleigh, Chapel Hill, Durham, Asheville, Wilmington, and the rest of North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and destinations beyond with impeccable and exclusive wedding experiences. Connect with Leigh today at 336-552-5645 or leigh@leighpearceevents.com about your special event.

LPE named a finalist in The Best of the South Awards!!!!!! | North Carolina Wedding Planner

What an unbelievable surprise and honor! I woke up this morning to a cheerful email from my friends over at Southern Weddings with some great news.

Leigh Pearce Events has been nominated by YOU, our friends and family, as a finalist for one of the best event planners in the South! It is truly an honor to be nominated beside some of our nearest and dearest friends (#weddingplannerfriendsarethebestfriends).

Now we need YOUR help to make it to the tip top and bring this award home! We would love your vote at the following link .. you can vote once a day until June 9!

Thanks friends!!

VOTE: http://southernweddings.com/2017/05/25/best-south-wedding-awards-finalists-voting-day-4/

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Guilford Green Foundation Gala at Cadillac Service Garage | Greensboro NC Event Planner

The quote from the movie Gatsby, “A little party never killed nobody,” was definitely the heartbeat of this event theme. And boy did we party!

This was the second Guilford Green Foundation (GGF) gala I have had the pleasure of being a part of and to say it gets better every year is an understatement. The theme for the gala this year was Speakeasy meets Gatsby and I’ll say, I think we knocked it out of the park! From the downtown restored warehouse to the music to the flowing champagne, every detail was meticulously planned by the amazing committee and myself (shout outs to come!).

Before we get into the fun details and lively party, it is worth noting that the party was amazing but the cause in which we came together for was the true shining star. If you aren’t familiar, GGF creates unity through programming and philanthropy that advances equality and inclusion for LGBTQIA communities. In short, the gala raises thousands of dollars every year to support these organizations and programs and I am so proud to say that we exceeded our goal!!

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Event Design: Leigh Pearce Events | Photography: Katie Klein Photography | Catering: 1618 On Location | Venue: Cadillac Service Garage | Accommodations: Proximity Hotel | Floral Design: Plants & Answers| Musical Direction: Jessica Mashburn | Rentals: Southern Event Rental | Vintage Rentals: The Prettiest Pieces + Triad Stage | Lighting + Sound: Audio + Light | Paper: Party Chick & Paper | GGF Gala Planning Committee: Evelyn Day, Nancy Vaughan, Sarah Poole, Jessica Mashburn, Evan Olson, Tony Doles, Debbie West, Ivey Ghee, Sabrina Jones, Leigh Anne Kincaid, Stacy Calfo, Leigh Pearce and so many more!

**GGF Friends: If you want to see more photos from the gala, please visit http://www.enjoyphotos.com, and fill in the following information:

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Leigh Pearce is the owner and creative director of Leigh Pearce Events, a boutique event planning and design company specializing in luxury weddings and highly personalized corporate, social, and charitable events. LPE is based in Greensboro, NC, and serves Greensboro, Winston-Salem, High Point, Raleigh, Chapel Hill, Durham, Asheville, Wilmington, and the rest of North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and destinations beyond with impeccable and exclusive event experiences. Connect with Leigh today at 336-552-5645 or leigh@leighpearceevents.com about your special event.

Featured: Best Wedding Planners in Greensboro | Leigh Pearce Events

What a treat! Expertise named Leigh Pearce Events one of the best wedding planners in Greensboro, NC. We are in great company as well .. love seeing some of our dear planner friends alongside! Thanks, Expertise!

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Leigh Pearce is the owner and creative director of Leigh Pearce Events, a boutique wedding planning and design company specializing in luxury weddings and highly personalized events. LPE is based in Greensboro, NC, and serves Greensboro, Winston-Salem, High Point, Raleigh, Chapel Hill, Durham, Asheville, Wilmington, and the rest of North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and destinations beyond with impeccable and exclusive wedding experiences. Connect with Leigh today at 336-552-5645 or leigh@leighpearceevents.com about your special event.

The Best Southern Cities to Tie the Knot

I may be a bit biased, but there really is nowhere better to tie the knot than the Southeastern United States. The South has everything you could ever want in a wedding location – charm, hospitality, history, fun things to do, warm weather… the list is endless. It truly is the most magical place on earth! Today I’m sharing my three favorite Southern cities to host your destination wedding!

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P.S. If you want some of my top tips and tricks for planning your destination wedding, you can find that right here!

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Charleston: No question. Charleston is without a doubt the Southern wedding mecca. And for good reason! Some of the most beautiful wedding locations in the country can be found within the Holy City. Not only are the wedding venues breathtaking, but the city has so much to offer in regards to your experience as a whole. Charleston has everything from an award winning food scene to amazing hotels to a variety of fun activities all a short drive from the beach. There is a reason Conde Nast has named Charleston the best city in the US multiple times.

If you are looking to say I do in the most magical of Southern cities, here are some of my favorites venues:

Lowndes Grove

Middleton Place

Boone Hall Plantation

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Charlottesville: If you love history, great beer, and music, Charlottesville is the perfect spot to say I do. The University of Virginia, founded by Thomas Jefferson, calls Charlottesville home as did other founding fathers James Madison and James Monroe. If you are full on history but in need of a good drink, you can find a plethora of great craft- and microbreweries around town. Add in top notch street music and concerts and you have one picturesque wedding weekend.

If the home of Dave Matthews sounds like the perfect spot for your nuptials, these venues in and around Charlottesville are major eye candy:

Pippin Hill

Keswick Vineyards

Montalto

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Highlands + Cashiers: These two mountain resort towns is just as luxurious as they sound. A short drive from one another, they feature some of the most beautiful venues this side of the Mississippi. Also within a few hours of Asheville, Greenville, or Atlanta, Highlands and Cashiers are easy for get away weekends with big groups driving in from a nearby city. This area of the North Carolina mountains offers hiking, fishing, golf, art life, and relaxing spa services. Truly something from everyone!

If this secluded spot sounds like your speed, you *must* consider these venues for your big day:

High Hampton Inn

Old Edwards Inn

Lonesome Valley

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Now that you know some of my favorite Southern cities for weddings, I would love to hear yours!! And .. spoiler alert!!! .. there are so many Southern cities that the LPE team and I love that there is sure to be a 2.0 version of this post sooner than later!

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Leigh Pearce is the owner and creative director of Leigh Pearce Events, a boutique planning and design company specializing in luxury weddings and highly personalized events. LPE is based in North Carolina and serves all of North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and destinations beyond with impeccable and exclusive wedding experiences. Connect with Leigh today at 336-552-5645 or leigh@leighpearceevents about your special event.