10 Things I Learned as Stephanie’s Intern

Hi y’all, Lea here, for my last post! Over the past 7 months as Stephanie’s intern I have learned SO much about weddings, blogging, styling and more. It has been such an incredible experience and I am so thankful for Stephanie for allowing me to learn alongside her. To wrap up my time with Stephanie Shaul Events I want to fill y’all in on 10 things I learned throughout this experience.

  1. Wedding planning is not as glamorous as some may think! Yes, there is glamour and glitz to it, of course, but on wedding day it is strictly business. There is so much that needs to get done that you must stay on schedule and on top of things in order for the day to go off without a hitch!
  2. There are so many factors and details that must be considered. The wedding planner does WAY more than just help select linens and flowers. A wedding planner is the orchestrator on wedding day leading and managing all of the vendors and piecing together all of the parts of the puzzle. The wedding planner must know what needs to be happening at all times and have the day perfectly mapped out to ensure everything is on track and done correctly.
  3.  How vendors work. I hadn’t really thought much about this factor prior to this experience but I learned a lot about the process of choosing vendors, what you want in a vendor and what they do on wedding day.
  4. In continuation, your vendors can make or break your big day. After helping Stephanie at many weddings I witnessed great vendors and not so great vendors. It was amazing the difference in how smoothly the day went based on the vendors. I think this shows how important it is to listen to your planner and read reviews to know what kind of service you will be receiving!
  5.  Don’t stress! I am so stress prone so the chaos of wedding day was a little overwhelming at first. If things are not on schedule or going as planned I immediately get stressed and worry, Stephanie is not like this at all. Watching her handles the ups and downs on wedding day was such a good lesson for me. She handled every obstacle with grace, which is something I need to work on!
  6. Different types of flowers. Before this experience I knew your basic roses, daisies, tulips, peonies, etc. and that was about it on my flower knowledge. After my time with Stephanie I am much more well versed on types of flowers, flower care, and flower usage.
  7. Blogging is not as easy as it seems! I am extremely active with following bloggers and reading blogs and I was definitely guilty of thinking “how hard can it be to blog?”. Well let me tell you, it is not easy!! Writing the blogs is not necessarily the tricky part, it is the matter of creating new and exciting content and fitting blogging into your schedule that is tricky! It is a lot more time consuming than one may think so this was a great experience for me to see that.
  8. It is okay for everything not to go as planned. I am a huge sucker for a strict plan and sticking to it, and as I said above I tend to get stressed when things are not going as planned or on schedule. It was so good for me to see wedding days have hiccups or be running late and to see how Stephanie handled them and did not even let it phase her.
  9. Weddings will never not be magical, no matter how many you go to. I have always been a sucker for weddings and I can now testify that each one is as special as the next. At these weddings I didn’t know the couples like Stephanie or know their story or their families but that didn’t stop me from tearing up at every single one!
  10. HIRE A WEDDING PLANNER!!! I have always thought about hiring a wedding planner one day but have thought I am too controlling. However, after this experience I realize everyone should hire a wedding planner or at least a day of coordinator. Wedding day is HECTIC and you should be focused on getting ready and relaxing not on whether your florals are arriving on time or if table 7 has the right amount of chairs. I think it is so important to have someone to do everything for you on your day so you can focus on YOU!

Once again, I am so grateful to Stephanie for providing me with such an amazing learning experience, I can’t say enough good things!


Y’all, Lea is the BEST, and she has been an utter blessing for Stephanie Shaul Events over the last many months!! I am so grateful for her sweet presence, hard word ethic, ability to handle it all with grace and kindness, her heart for serving my clients wholly, and how much she loves wedding cake! Yes, the girl loves that wedding cake!! Seriously though, interning for a wedding planner can be a lot of hard work, and I am incredibly thankful for Lea and her impressive contributions to the team! And I think all that she’s learned and shared with you in so spot on – I loved reading through her list here.

Savannah and Alex’s Magical Downtown Raleigh Disney Wedding


Savannah and Alex’s October 7th wedding was nothing short of a fairy tale! Literally, it was Disney themed, and their wedding day consisted of a horse drawn carriage, a plethora of Cinderella touches, a love straight out of a fairy tale, and the sweetest, most fun family and friends.

Savannah wanted her special day to be completely Disney and Cinderella inspired, and everything down to the menus and their dessert had touches of Disney magic. The Virginia Dare Ballroom in downtown Raleigh was decked in gold flitter and flatware, pumpkins, light Cinderella blue, and crystal. It was truly out of a movie! Savannah’s mom (with Savannah’s input, of course!) dreamt up all of the stunning details and design, and it was our privilege to bring the wedding day to life and to execute their vision. From the light blue bridesmaid dresses to the lush white florals to the ceremony harpist to the horse and carriage getaway to the first dances to the surprise appearances by both the UNC and NC State mascots to the sparkler exit… it was all a fairy tale for these two!

Savannah and Alex said their “I do’s” at the All Saints Chapel where the aisle was lined with greenery, lanterns and candles, and a stunning gold detailed runner adorned with “And they lived happily ever after.” Savannah’s ball gown dress was absolutely breathtaking, and she fit the role of princess perfectly – as sweet as a belle!

It was such an honor to work with such an amazing couple and see their dreams come to life! It was a tremendous joy to be a part of their big day from start to finish. I met with Savannah and her mom throughout the year, and we always talked nonstop, have so much on common, and were so excited about every detail of this wedding. They are the sweetest family, and their wedding day radiated joy, love, classic elegance, and the wonder and magic of Disney and Cinderella. The photographs from Your Still Life Photography are beautiful, and I can’t get enough!



A huge thanks to all of the wonderful, talented vendors we had the privilege of working alongside to bring this wedding to life!

Photography Your Still Life Photography

Videography Sugar Shack Films

Wedding planning + styling Stephanie Shaul Events

Venues All Saints Chapel + Sir Walter Ballroom

Catering Southern Harvest Catering

Florals Tre Bella

Rentals Chrisabethella

DJ 360 Vision Events

Hair + makeup Silver Ceiling Beauty

Cake + cake pops Raleigh Cake Pops

all photos by Your Still Life Photography!

Under $50 Christmas Gift Guide

With holiday prep well under way, I have been seeing tons of gift guides from bloggers all over Instagram! I love reading gift guides whether or not I buy the actual products. They always spark my creativity and get me excited to shop for gifts! Today, I want to share with y’all an under $50 gift guide with goodies that can be used for friends, stocking stuffers, or family.

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Previously, in my Fall Decorating post I expressed my love for DW Home candles. They are amazing, and there are always so many of them at Homegoods and TJ Maxx. My new favorite discovery about these candles is their mini candles! They are so so cute, and perfect for a little gift or to add to any gift. DW Candles also has endless scents, and metallic holiday smells and colors. I am a huge fan of these candles, but obviously any candle that you like will do the job!

Next is something that is all the rage right now: an essential oil diffuser. Diffusers and essential oils have been in the spotlight for a while now, and they are amazing! If you have someone in your life who loves essential oils and already as a diffuser, you could always get them a few new oils. But if you want to get a gift for someone who has a few oils or doesn’t know what to do with them, get them a diffuser!! They range from $20-$30 and are so worth it!

This next gift is one of my favorites, because who doesn’t love a good cheeseboard?! These cheeseboards or serving trays are so cute and affordable! They are the standard wood but have rose gold and marble handles (swoon!!). This would be a great gift for a mother, grandmother, or hostess gift.

Now obviously no holiday is complete without wine, so why not gift wine glasses to add to your holiday cheer? These are also a perfect hostess gift but would be great for a friend gift as well. These gold detailed stemless glasses are wonderful (I own them myself), and they are such good quality but also so pretty looking and add so much dimension to any bar cart!

This next gift is a little more personal and heartfelt. Whether you have a sweet friend, mom, or sister, Mantra Bands are a perfect gift! Mantra Bands are sweet little bracelets in either silver, gold, or rose gold and they have dozens of phrases and sayings to choose from. They are the daintiest bracelets and make such a great gift.

Now, back to yummy smells! If you haven’t smelled the Volcano scent by Capri Blue, stop what you’re doing and go to Anthropologie now… no seriously, you need to smell this scent. It is seriously the most to die for, it’s my absolute favorite. I have been using the candles for a while now but last Christmas they came out with a hand cream – count me in. I received the hand cream last year in my stocking, and I have gone through 4 in the past year (oops). I keep one at home and one in my purse, and I seriously put it on at least 3 times a day! I promise you anyone in your life would love this as a gift.

Okay, so many people might not have heard of this next gift but trust me on this. Champagne gummy bears – yes, you heard me right. Sugarfina created these tasty little morsels a few years ago, and let me tell you, they are good. They have rose, champagne, and even bourbon. They come in the most adorable packaging and are such a fun gift for friends.

The last under $50 gift is a tea tasting set. I recently have taken a liking to tea so this stood out to me as such a unique and awesome gift! This one I featured is just a little set of 5 different teas in a pretty floral package. I think this is such a great gift because it is so different and has such a fun little element of getting to taste test a bunch of yummy drinks! If you have a tea lover in your life, I’m sure they would love this. But even someone who isn’t an avid tea drinker would still enjoy this gift.

I hope y’all enjoyed this gift guide and got you excited and inspired for your gift shopping! Below I have linked all of the products listed so you can buy them for your sweet friends and family.

Let the holiday shopping begin!

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DW Candles

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Essential Oil Diffuser 

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Cheese Board 

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Stemless Wine Glass 

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Mantra Band

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Volcano Hand Lotion

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Tea Tasting Set