Board Members

Severine Utiger, President

Born and raised in Switzerland, Séverine has lived in a number of countries before settling to North Caroilna.  She has over 15 years of international experience in Marketing, Sales and Events and is currently the Director of Sales at the SpringHill Suites by Marriott Pinehurt/Southern Pines.  Séverine speaks 5 languages, loves traveling, reading and cooking and owns Tiger Lily Custom Gifts where she enjoys creating candles and bath & body products.


Nicole Smith, Vice President

Nicole is the Owner & Lead Planner with Vision Events Wedding & Event Planning.  She is a Senior Certified Wedding Planner from The Bridal Society with over 12 years of event planning experience. She graduated from East Carolina University in 2001 with a Business Degree in Marketing. Nicole started out as a Banquet Server at The Sanderling Resort and Spa then moved up to Sales Manager of the Wedding market, she has seen every aspect of the event planning process. She can relate to both the vendor and the client. Also, Nicole has spent over 7 years with a Marriott property perfecting large scale events. Vision Events was started by Nicole’s passion to provide hospitality, service, and expertise to every event.  Nicole attends many continuing educations courses and conferences through The Bridal Society and Wedding Wire for professional development.  She is actively involved in networking events to stay connected with local vendors. Nicole is also a Manager within The Bridal Society coordinating national networking events.

Sonja Lawrence, Secretary

Sonja is owner and has been with Brides, Etc. for 27 years. Sonja, along with her husband Phillip and three daughters have always considered customer service a top priority of a successful business. As a leader in the Bridal and formal industry, Sonja continually strives to bring fashion forward designs to the Sandhills.  With a wonderful selection of attire for the complete wedding party, Brides, Etc. also carries designer lines for Prom, Tuxedo, Pageant and Social Occasions.  With over 75 years of combined experience, the staff of Brides, Etc. is prepared to handle all of your formal occasions.