Justin and Rachel’s beautiful North Carolina wedding at Summerfield Farms is the epitome of rustic, summer, and happiness! Rachel adores sunflowers, and that love was the main point of inspiration while she and Justin were working with our incredible V List Member Leigh Pearce.
While planning, Leigh presented some of the prettiest ideas to florist Amy Lynne Originals, and it’s safe to say she knocked every detail out of the park! The bouquets and centerpieces were filled with roses, sunflowers, peonies, hydrangeas and more in a pink, yellow, ivory, and blue palette, plus Leigh styled all of the escort cards on a sunflower flower wall that turned into the perfect place to take selfies.
Guests boarded a hayride to the ceremony where a custom chuppah made by the groom’s mom looked stunning as it was perched over R+J while they recited their vows. Post ceremony, guests boarded the hayride again, except this time their ride was complete with champagne!
Between the happy sunflowers, heartfelt details, and incredible dessert display by Maxie B’s (y’all, just you wait!), we could not love Leigh or Alexa’s Photography more for planning, capturing, and sending us such a fabulous day to share with you!
What (or who) helped you most in your planning process and/or on your wedding day?
Our wedding planner, Leigh Pearce, was the biggest help in keeping me organized and up to date on everything. I would have completely forgotten half of my things to do without her! She also took a lot of the stress away by piecing things together one chunk at a time. On the day of, Leigh was the big help again, stepping in to take care of any last minute changes (including a chuppah holder!). All of my bridesmaids were helpful the day of as well, keeping me distracted and full, no one wants a hangry bride! I also loved working with Alexa from Alexa’s photography. She did an amazing job directing us for photos before and after the wedding and keeping everything running smoothly, especially during family drama!
What was the most important thing to you when deciding who to work with for your wedding?
I needed to work with fun, organized, and upbeat people. I know that I am indecisive, and having people to work with who were able to take charge but also guide me into making decisions was wonderful.
What was your inspiration for your wedding details and/or design?
I absolutely love sunflowers and wanted them to be the main flower, but not too overpowering. Fortunately, Amy Lynne was awesome for showing us how to soften the sunflowers but still have that pop. I knew that with using sunflowers, it just had to provide a bright, airy, whimsical and cheerful feeling for the whole day.
What was your favorite thing about your wedding?
My husband and I didn’t write vows, but we did write a letter to talk about our relationship and how we fell in love. I absolutely loved standing under the chuppah and listening to the letter my husband, Justin wrote. It was absolutely perfect.
What is your best piece of advice for other brides?
Working with a wedding planner was amazing. There were so many things that I did not know I needed to do that she helped plan. She was also a wonderful resource to find all the amazing vendors we worked with. I cannot recommend that highly enough! Pinterest is awesome, but it is overwhelming. Once you have an idea of what you like, stop searching or else you will begin to second guess yourself.
Vendors who made it all happen…
Planning + Event Design: Leigh Pearce Events // Photography: Alexa’s Photography // Floral Design: Amy Lynne Originals // Venue: Summerfield Farms // Catering: Fresh Local Good // Cakes: Maxie B’s // Hair and Makeup: Carla White // Invitations: Smitten On Paper // Paper Details: Confetti Grey // Guest Book: Bleu de Toi // DJ: K2 Productions // Officiant: Virginia Wood // Transportation: Holiday Tours // Get Away Car + Accommodations: Proximity Hotel
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