Published on Magnolia Rouge: an organic, romantic Merrimon Wynne wedding in Raleigh

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Featured on Magnolia Rouge today is the romantic, organic, joy-filled, and absolutely beautiful wedding of Alexia + Corey! We are utterly ecstatic to see this incredible day shared on the front page of Magnolia Rouge (after waiting for a whole year for it to be published!), and it was a deep honor to work alongside a true dream team of wildly talented vendors to bring such a magical wedding day to life for the sweetest and most stylish couple! I’m unbelivably excited and really honored that this wedding that Stephanie Shaul Events planned, designed, and styled last June is on Magnolia Rouge, one of my favorite wedding sites!!

Head on over to Magnolia Rouge for the full feature, captivating images, and marvelous stories from Alexia and Corey’s summertime wedding — you definitely won’t want to miss this!

You can also read their wedding story and some of my favorite moments and details from the day on A+C’s wedding blog post here on my blog, if you’d like even more images, stories, and details (and a few behind the scenes moments)!

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There’s nothing better than having a front row seat to such beautiful love stories and witnessing such joyful starts to marriages, and it’s an honor I don’t take for granted! There was so much beautiful, candid emotion throughout Corey and Alexia’s wedding day, and it was so touching and heartfelt in every way. Congrats, you two!!

Endless thanks to a complete dream team of vendors (many of whom we used at our own wedding!) who were utterly phenomenal! I say it all the time, but it definitely takes a village to bring a wedding day to life with such beauty, ease, and seamlessness, and I am grateful for mine!

Photographer: Ally and Bobby Photography
Planning, design, and styling: Stephanie Shaul Events
Venue: Merrimon Wynne
Caterer: Beau Catering
Rentals: Cottage Luxe + CE Rental
Florals: Wylde Flowers
DJ: Bunn DJ Co.
Ceremony music: Arioso Strings
Invitation suite: Gatherie Creative
Dessert: Two Roosters
Cake: The Cupcake Shoppe
Hair + makeup: Wink Hair and Makeup
Officiant: Randy Taylor Weddings
Transportation: Raleigh Trolley
Bridesmaid dresses: Jenny Yoo
Bride’s dress: Lovely Bride
Day of paper details: Alexia, the bride

Summer 2019 To-Do List

Summer is unofficially here, though it’s felt like summer for weeks now in North Carolina! Summer signals the arrival of endless pool time, jaunts to the beach, cookouts and grilling, nostalgia for childhood summers, ice cream date nights, hanging our American flag and celebrating the 4th of July, catching fireflies, lots of watermelon, hosting friends, and enjoying all that nature has to offer this time of year. I love summertime so much, and the possibilities for this summer are endless. I adore making seasonal to-do lists (as evidenced in 20182017201620152014, and 2013), and Rob and I have been brainstorming what we want to check off this summer’s annual bucket list of fun! Wedding season, for me, is definitely in full swing til the beginning of August, but we’re definitely going to be embracing time when we can to seek out new adventures, explore our area, revisit old favorites, and soak up all this happy season has to offer.

Without further ado, here is this year’s Summer Checklist:

  • celebrate the 4th of July, one of my all-time favorite holidays!
  • pick blueberries
  • visit Lavender Oaks Farm – all that heavenly lavender!
  • enjoy a beach week with family
  • hang patriotic bunting on our front porch
  • travel to and enjoy three friend weddings this summer (all three in the DC area!)
  • read lots and lots of books
  • go to the farmer’s market often + cook lots of seasonal meals and desserts
  • walk around Lake Johnson (where we had our second date!) and kayak
  • go to Umstead Park for a long walk and picnic
  • take a spontaneous day trip (or three!) to the beach
  • visit the sunflowers
  • outdoor movies at the NC Museum of Art
  • Fridays on the Front Porch at the Carolina Inn
  • go shag dancing at North Hills on a Thursday night
  • go to a Durham Bulls game
  • visit Mapleview for ice cream + to sit in the rocking chairs
  • check out lots of local festivals
  • explore the Eno River State Park
  • make ice cream
  • visit Jordan Lake
  • play tennis 2x a month (and mixed doubles, too!)
  • host a cookout

I think that’s more than enough to include on this year’s edition of my annual summer checklist! We are so lucky to live in an area that has so many fun activities going on, and I love getting out an exploring new-to-us areas and events, seeking out adventures, and spending time with loved ones during such a beautiful season.

What are you most looking forward to this summer Do you have anything new you’re itching to check out or try? And if you have any local favorites (in the Triangle of NC), you know I’m all ears to hear more suggestions and ideas!

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