If you’re seeking an award-winning Raleigh wedding planner who celebrates your individuality, values your needs, and remembers every single detail you share—you’re right where you belong.

We built Lauren O & Co, a North Carolina event planning business, over a decade ago with curiosity as our why and creativity as our way—and while our portfolio and accolades have expanded ten-fold since then, we still lean into those same two traits every single day. 

We’re deeply invested in knowing your story—because we believe it’s the only way we can create something singularly spectacular on your behalf… and because we truly care. From your favorite childhood memories to the pop-culture style moments that speak straight to your soul—we’ll unearth the gems that define you, and then use all of that goodness to curate an inspired event experience that radiates your personality.

North Carolina Event Planner


Our Story

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will always start with yours.

The Pages & Publications our Parties have Graced

Whats Real

At the heart of the Lauren O & Co brand is a deep-rooted desire to showcase love stories of all forms—particularly the kind that are underrepresented in the wedding industry. Before it was ever a hashtag (way before), it was our reason for being. Here, you won’t just find award-winning Raleigh wedding planners—but caring people and creative partners who see you, appreciate you, and maybe even look like you. Because it’s not too much to ask.


Our Mission

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Lauren O'Brien

So, when a wedding planner I followed announced she needed an assistant, I naturally applied. Turns out, she loved me...and I loved planning weddings. (And you can bet I waved a real quick goodbye to the insurance industry.)

Today, I have over 13 years of experience under my belt and a serious penchant for planning under pressure. As someone who lives for the smallest details and thrives when I’m working toward something meaningful—I love how wedding planning allows me to constantly take on challenges, meet new people, and exercise my love of logistics on a daily basis (I never met a complicated timeline or large guest list I didn’t love).




Above all, I’m a big believer in efficiency—you don’t deserve anything less. I’m not going to waste your time or sugarcoat things. Instead, I’m here to get it done in a way that exceeds even the highest expectations. Because, like you, I’m all about making meaningful things happen (and happen fast).

Transforming discerning dreams into remarkable revelry across Raleigh, North Carolina & beyond

Owner | Creative Director | Raleigh Wedding Planner 

Let’s start with this: I’m an awful corporate employee. I spent years working in project management for a health insurance company—and, while I loved managing the distinct personalities and moving pieces, the lack of creativity left my spirit longing for more.

Bubbling beneath the surface the entire time was my lifelong obsession with weddings. (I have Steel Magnolias to thank for that.) I was enamored with the idea of using my creativity and organizational expertise to help couples celebrate their partnership—and, as a minority and someone in an interracial marriage, I was particularly interested in serving the underrepresented in an industry where I didn’t see a single professional or bride who looked like me.

Confident and clear communicator. More organized than anyone you’ve ever met (I promise). Part sass, part sophistication...all leopard print (trust me—it’s a neutral).

it's all in the details



My husband, Sean, and our two beautiful children will always be the center of my world (and on the periphery, you can find a healthy obsession with Real Housewives of Atlanta and Married to Medicine).

The Off-the-Clock

Ask me about the time I planned an unreal party for a well-known NBA player and 40 of his closest friends in just six weeks—or pulled off a high-end wedding in a full-on hurricane (never underestimate the power of a rain plan, people).

The Accomplishments

I’ve been a featured educator and industry expert for Refine for Wedding Planners—and a mentor for The Knot. I love empowering up-and-coming wedding planners with everything I’ve learned over my 13 years in the industry (it’s a lot). 

The Extracurriculars

Our award-winning work has been featured everywhere from B Collective Magazine and Munaluchi—to Black Brides Daily, Heart of NC Weddings, Style Me Pretty, and Martha Stewart Weddings. 

The Accolades


You deserve everything

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Here’s how we give it to you…

Our Driving Promises

Our Driving Promises

We’re here to help

(and then some)

Step away from the spreadsheet and get back to celebrating.

We’re here to put the planning back in wedding planning. While we love luxe wedding design and are known for building some seriously show-stopping events from the ground up—here, logistics always come first. After all, what good is a stunning celebration if it didn’t deliver an extraordinary guest experience?

 In logistics we trust

Smooth Celebrations


Ours is a deeply personal design journey that puts you and yours front-and-center. From the initial concepts we present—to the details that make the final cut—everything our team does is informed and inspired by you. The end result? A luxe event that honors your love story, puts Pinterest to shame, and leaves your guests raving. 

Intentionality over empty trends

Personalized Design


You don’t spend 13 years as a wedding planner and not learn how to make the process incredibly efficient. From impactful meetings with clear objectives—to defined deadlines that keep you on track—ours is a high-efficiency, low-stress process where everyone has a clear understanding of their role and responsibilities. 

Every minute matters

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