Bess and Beau is a concierge wedding planning company. We’re designers, we’re planners, we love the excitement and intimacy of weddings! As designers it’s our job to understand your vision and your personal style. We’ll spend time getting to know you, what inspires you, what you love and traditions that mean the most!

Serving The Triangle, The Triad, and Northern NC

After more than 20 years in the wedding industry we started seeing a trend toward smaller and more intimate weddings. The more clients we helped plan these events, the more we fell in love with the intimacy of them. With larger weddings it’s often a struggle for couples to greet and speak with each of their guests in a meaningful way. With intimate weddings guests and the couple alike are able to spend so much more time with each other and it all feels so much more authentic and personal!

Q: What’s your title/position in your business?

A: Terry Smedley – Owner/Lead Designer

Q: What’s a fun fact about yourself?

A: I owned a dessert company for 6 years creating upscale dessert tables for weddings and events

Q: Tell us about your favorite elopement!

A: One of our full plan clients was set to have a huge 2 day wedding when Covid hit. When it became apparent we were going to need to reschedule (they had guests flying in from all over the world), our clients asked us to help them put together an elopement with just their parents, officiant, photographer and us in attendance. We quickly shifted gears and found the perfect spot at Raleigh Rose Garden. On their original wedding date, our couple said I do under the arbor with both sets of parents looking on. It was so special to them because it was their original wedding date, and to us because 6 months later our bride was diagnosed with breast cancer and they’ve had to postpone their big wedding indefinitely. We feel so honored to have been able to make their wedding day happen and to witness them exchange their vows.

Q: Is there a wedding detail on your bucket list?

A: We are obsessed with new trends in escort displays! We have some new options we will be offering clients soon!

Q: What is your favorite thing about elopements?

A: We love the intimacy of the event – it’s truly all about the couple and their love!


“My husband and I hired Bess and Beau for full service planning including design for our wedding. They were so easy to work with and made sure we were kept up to date on everything. They handled all the details and the design was everything we wanted and more. Our day definitely wouldn’t have been as perfect without them by our side. We recommend them to anyone looking to hire a planner for their wedding!”