Elizabeth & Kevin

As much as every planner wishes they could control the weather, superstition has it – rain on a wedding day is good luck. So, as a planner what do you do when unexpected thunder clouds threaten to crash the wedding? You keep calm and make it work.


Elizabeth and Kevin’s early October wedding brought plenty of good luck as unexpected showers started early in the morning at the gorgeous Berry Hill Resort and Conference Center in South Boston, Virginia. Luckily, from the very beginning Elizabeth had her heart set on a white sail cloth tent so the reception setup was able to continue, on schedule despite the rain.


Also as luck would have it, Elizabeth and Kevin had decided to honor a longstanding family tradition and have their ceremony inside at St. John’s Episcopal Church. If that wasn’t lucky enough, the clouds parted and skies cleared just as Elizabeth dawned her wedding dress and everyone made their way to the church.




Beautiful floral elements were added to the already stunning church, and under clear skies and what felt like an entire town’s worth of family and friends, Elizabeth and Kevin both said  their “I do’s.”


Guests arrived back to Berry Hill just in time to grab a cocktail and watch the storm clouds roll in. Not a beat was missed as guests enjoyed dinner, desserts, and dancing all evening long. After thinking about it, I really don’t know if I believe in luck brought by rain on a wedding day, but I can tell you that I believe in love. And when you mix the love of two soulmates with a Planner’s love of weddings, nothing can stand in your way. – Tara

No wedding would be possible without the help of an amazing team of vendors.

Venue: Berry Hill Resort and Conference Center

Flowers: Photosynthesis

Rentals: Party Reflections

Photographer: Jack Looney Photography

Reception Band: Soul Expressions

Meredith & Endrit

Have you heard the term “Fairy Tale Wedding?” because that is exactly how I am going to describe this next wedding. Ladies and Gentlemen, let me introduce you to Meredith & Endrit.

Meredith and Endrit came to us after attending another wedding that Premier Party Planners coordinated and personally, I couldn’t have been happier to dive into another Greek wedding! For those of you who have never attended a traditional Greek Orthodox wedding, it is comprised of multiple rituals, each designed to unite the couple as one. There is a lot of movement, a lot of symbolic pieces (including candles, rings, and my personal favorite, crowns) and if that wasn’t enough, the wedding party members are active participants throughout the entire ceremony. Meredith and Endrit chose to have their ceremony at the beautiful Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Raleigh.

After the ceremony, guests were whisked away via private motor coach to The Bradford in New Hill, NC which had been transformed into a European Oasis for the evening. Upon arrival, guests were greeted with signature cocktails, hor d’oeuvres, and lawn games. The best part? The entire property smelled of olive branches and roses thanks to the amazing work of Brides & Bouquets.

Shortly after the Bride & Groom’s arrival, guests enjoyed a plated dinner prepared by Donovan’s Dish followed by a sweet treat from Edible Art. The festivities them moved into the ballroom space where DJ Stylus SE had everyone up and dancing to both modern hits and a few traditional Greek classics. As the day faded into night and the night slowly slipped away, no one could deny that Meredith & Endrit were without a doubt enveloped in love, friendship, and their very own “Happily, Ever, After.”

Be sure to check out the teaser video for this event here!


Again, a very special Thank You to all of the vendors that made this magical day possible:

Venue: The Bradford

Photographer: F8 Photo Studios

Videographer: Charis

Florals: Brides and Bouquets

Catering: Donovan’s Dish

Rentals: CE Rentals

Decor: Greenhouse Picker Sisters

Cake: Edible Art

Kayla & Nathan

Just like any profession, Wedding Planning definitely has busy seasons and off seasons. Last year, Nicole and I decided to take advantage of some time during our off season and attend the 2016 Wedding Affair at North Hills. Not only were we able to have some fun designing and creating our own styled booth to show off our creative flair, but attending a Bridal Show is really a great way to network with fellow industry professionals (florists, DJ’s, stylists, caterers, etc.) and meet potential clients.

After a busy morning of setting up, networking, and sampling some of the best cake and desserts around, I ended up chatting with one of the sweetest bride-to-be’s ever. Kayla stopped by our Premier booth and shared with us a little bit about her fiance Nathan, her love for NC State (go Wolfpack) and her dreams for her future wedding day (in that order too lol.) Right from the beginning, I knew I wanted to be the planner for Kayla and Nathan’s big day, and hoped I would be seeing them again soon.

As luck would have it, Kayla would go on to be the winner of our raffle from the show for a discounted Day-of Coordination package, and so my planning dreams came true!

At our first real meeting, I was able to sit down with Kayla, her mother, and her grandmother, and get to know them a little bit better. It was really important to Kayla that the entire wedding day incorporate not only her and Nathan’s love for each other, but also their love for family.

Over the next few months, I worked closely with Kayla and her mother to create a ceremony that included the most adorable junior attendants you have ever seen, a slew of personal touches, and just the right amount of soft romantic decor from Brides and Bouquets to make anyone fall in love all over again.


Because Kayla and Nathan were utilizing the same room at the North Ridge Country Club for the the ceremony and reception, cocktail hour and post-ceremony pictures took place outside, while an amazing team of vendors and staff members “flipped the room” into the gorgeous reception space you see below:


Flipping a space can be difficult under certain circumstances, especially when you have a large number of tables and decor items like we did that day. Careful planning and coordination are essential in pulling it off without a hitch. My advice to any bride wishing to flip a space on her wedding day would be to make a detailed list of everything that needs done in the time allotted, determine who is responsible for moving what, and definitely make sure you have enough hands on deck.

When it was time for the reception to begin, guests were welcomed back into the Ballroom and Patrick from PC Productions led everyone in a few special dances followed by dinner. Guests continued to dance the night away as they enjoyed snacking on a super tasty cake crafted by Edible Art Bakery.


Wishing Kayla & Nathan many years of happiness and love!


If you are planning your own big day and want to reach out to any of the vendors we used for Kayla & Nathan be sure to check out their websites below.

Venue: North Ridge Country Club

Rentals: CE Rentals

Florist: Brides and Bouquets

Wedding Cake: Edible Art

Photographer: Jamie Blow

Videographer: Morgan Scott Films

DJ: PC Productions

Hair Stylist: Becca Studio Salon

Makeup Artist: Julie Robbins


Happy Planning!



Abby & Patrick

Hey all,

I’m so excited to share another wedding from this past spring with all of you!

As some of you may know, the Premier team consists of a trifecta of wedding planners. Nicole is the owner of our amazing company and a Senior Planner, Tara (that’s me!) specializes in Day-of Coordination, and Melissa is our fabulous Assistant Coordinator.

I love all of my brides, but when I get the chance to work with someone close to a member of the Premier team, it makes it all that much more special. For this wedding, the bride, Abby just happened to be a friend of Melissa’s!

The couple reached out to Premier looking for a Day-of Coordinator for their spring wedding. Both Abby and Patrick had a lot of ideas for their big day, and with the help of a spectacular team of vendors (see links below) their navy and coral wedding dreams came to life at the gorgeous Umstead Pines Country Club.

Guests looked out onto the 18th hole of the golf course for a sunny ceremony on the green, followed by a fun filled reception inside the ballroom where guests danced the night away. Sequin linens and large floral arrangements helped transform the space.

Check out some of the photos below and as always, happy planning,



Ashley & Jonathan

Although Premier Party Planners is based out of Raleigh, North Carolina, our brides come from all over the Tar Heel state and beyond. One of my favorite things about working with an out-of-town bride is getting the chance to work with new vendors and explore new venues. For Ashley and Jonathan, they knew right away they wanted their special day to take place at Carlee Farm in Oxford, NC.

Carlee Farm, for those of you who may not know is a real working farm! I am talking live animals, beautiful pastures, and just filled with that warm southern charm that I have come to love during my time in the south. (That’s right folks, I’m another northerner who migrated south, fell in love, and never left.) Now, I know what you must be thinking, a wedding, on a farm?! Let me assure you, this venue is nothing short of amazing. The owners, Gena and John have gone to great lengths and thought of everything when turning their property into a wedding venue. As you come down the small, wooded drive and arrive at the front of the property, you are immediately greeted with bright sunshine, and a beautiful barn that is straight out of every southern girl’s dreams. Once you step inside the barn, you would never believe you are standing where animals once slept.

We started working with Ashley and Jonathan fairly early in the planning process and helped them come up with a design and decor concept that would be elegant, and yet still let the natural beauty of the wood barn shine through. By using a lot of greenery, personal items that were special to the couple, and a few pops of the bride’s favorite color, fuschia, we were able to create a fun and elegant space which defined the couple perfectly.

The ceremony took place in a small clearing surrounded by mature trees which made it the perfect spot for this couple’s intimate ceremony. Throw in the cutest ring bearer in history and a couple of tears from the groom as he saw his bride walk down the aisle, and even I couldn’t help but get swept away in the moment.


The cocktail hour and reception followed the ceremony, and consisted of the bride and groom’s favorite dishes served alongside ice cold glasses of sweet tea and lemonade. Although the day was surprisingly warm for a mid spring wedding, it didn’t stop the guests from dancing until the little one’s started falling asleep under the stars on the porch rockers. With weddings like this, it’s no wonder the “elegant barn” trend is here to stay.

Be sure to check out more pictures from Ashley and Jonathan’s Big Day as well as the list of vendors that made the whole thing possible below. And, if you are thinking about having your wedding at a new and exciting venue and are looking for a planner, we would love to hear from you! Just click the “Contact Us” link at the top of the page.

Thanks and as always,

Happy planning,



Venue: Carlee Farm

Rentals: Queen Bee Rentals

DJ: Play That 1 DJ

Photographer: The Indie Image

Florist: The Purple Poppy

Caterer: Captain Bob’s