Sunday, August 13, 2017

My Sweet Leigh

I can remember the very first time meeting this Southern Bell Planner who little did I know would eventually “ROCK” my world upside down.  See I was site managing a venue in Mebane and she was their planner.  Her style was something new I’d never seen before out there, and I was intrigued.  We instantly hit it off.  She’d always share the story a little differently as remembering me flapping in the wind as I closed the flaps of their tent as “hurricane” force winds blew in… (really it wasn’t that bad) but I may have dangled from the ladder a few times lacing the panels up…LOL!  I can still see the menu cards on the table of peach/coral and mint green color scheme with woven burlap… YES Burlap!  Back in the day Leigh really knew how to enhance burlap and boots and take it to an elegant level.

I can even remember having lunch with her and having her slip her boots on for meetings afterwards if they were out at barn or farm… little did they know she really was more “Grits & Grace” than “Boots & Burlap.”  She’d eventually retire those boots and fully showcase her inner “Charleston Roots.”  She truly was our Southern Bell who loved her sweet tea & pimento cheese anything! 

She graduated about 7 years after me at UNCG, and although she was younger…she
was far beyond her years in wisdom.  She inspired so many throughout the wedding community.  I always asked her to come and speak to my class at UNCG because she showed that you COULD succeed after graduating… she’d always share her story how she worked several part-time jobs while starting her business and then finally got to where she could work less and less.  “Leigh, I hear you in my ear RIGHT NOW! I’m focusing more and more on our company and working less and less with my part-time gigs.”  She always pushed me to go solo and only do my company.  She always told me I should charge what I’m worth and never settle for less.  She’d always say to JUST BE YOU and YOUR clients will hire you because of YOU.  And she’s never been more right.  The more I showcase our designs, our style and our personalities…the more couples LOVE US!  I can also hear her in my ear every time I post: Give credit to every vendor in that photo!  And we’d have long debates about inspiration photos off of Pinterest vs creating a style shoot that’s all your idea… And I’d do anything to have one of those debates RIGHT NOW!!! Don’t worry Leigh, all the photos in this post were taken with my crappy camera phone lol! 

This past Saturday morning, my day was rocked after receiving news that one of my friends and mentors had passed.  Like many, I quickly questioned the information, Googled, searched, called and emailed to verify…. I went through every emotion I could…shock, questioning, and then numb for most of the day.  How could someone so incredible be taken so soon when she had so much left to do…. But then again Leigh did more in the few short years she was on this Earth than most do in a lifetime.  She enriched so many lives, impacted the wedding and event industry to strive and be better through networking, not to mention the numerous memories she created for couples, families and friendors.  I can remember grabbing dinner one night last year after speaking to my class and how much she would push me to inspire others.  So Leigh, I’m gonna do just that! 

This is the part that gets difficult and hard… How do you say goodbye to someone that has impacted your life so much and in so many ways?

You DON’T!  I refuse to actually.  Instead, I’m telling myself she WON the BIGGEST client… GOD just needed a kickass Party Planner up in Heaven… so Leigh, hold my RSVP, I’ve got to go out and do as you told me too  and inspire others a little more!  I’m going to do my best to be at your service… but honestly I don’t know how to say goodbye to someone who forever changed me, inspired me and encouraged me to be the best version of me.  So I may only make it the parking lot but know you are forever in my heart.  May tea be a little sweeter up there and may peonies forever be in season…and when the sweet tea ain’t hitting it…. May they have slushy bubbly easily accessible!  

I would love to ask friends, family and friendors to donate their love and support to:

The world will forever be changed since you embraced our presence…even if it was short lived!  See you soon my sweet friend.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Brunch Please!

This wedding was a change in pace for our staff as it was slightly more traditional than previous weddings. The ceremony was held in a gorgeous Catholic church. The exterior of the church was so beautiful and provided the bride and groom with a great background for their photographs. The weather was gorgeous and because the ceremony was in the morning, it wasn’t too hot outside. The bride made her grand entrance into the church and was escorted by her brother. 

The reception was held at the Weir-Jordan House, where guests were greeted with appetizers, tea and lemonade. There were games to occupy their time while Stephanie, Matthew and their bridal party took photos after the ceremony.

Photo: KYAE Facebook

Photo: KYAE Facebook

It was a little tricky setting the room to the floor plan because their were two poles in the room and a piano, but our team made it work. We managed to set 7 tables, a DJ booth and a gift table in the room and still had space for guests to dance and mingle with one another. We placed pictures and other decor on the piano and created a space for the couples' memories. During the reception, guests were served brunch! Guests were treated to fruit, quiches, veggies and cornbread! 

Photot: KYAE Facebook

Photo: KYAE Facebook 

Photo: KYAE Facebook

Stephanie and Matthew were such a great couple to work with. They were very easy going and really enjoyed their special day. We were so grateful to be apart of their wedding and have the honor to celebrate with them. 
(photos by KYAE (left) Ross Photography (right))
Thank you to all our wonderful vendors that helped make this day special for Stephanie and Matthew:

Ceremony Venue: Our Lady of Grace
Reception Venue: Weir-Jordan House
Flowers/Centerpeices: ABBA Designs
Cake: Delicious
Minister: Father Kowalski
Limo Service: A Formal Affair
Photographer: Ross Photography
Party Favors: Loco For Coco
Programs: DIY
Hair & Make-Up: Instinct Salon

Until Next Time,
Intern Q J