Bride Spotlight: Amy

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Amy and Joel are getting married so soon, and I am over the moon excited for them!! I have been looking forward to this day for over ten years now, actually — Amy is one of my dearest friends from college, and knowing that she is mere days away from marrying the love of her life makes me so incredibly happy for them! Amy and I have been close for many, many years, and Rob and I even attribute us meeting to Amy, so you know she’s someone amazing in every way.

I know how excited Amy and Joel are for their wedding day to be here and to become husband and wife. It’s been so special to not only celebrate Amy and Joel as friends but to also be intimately involved in their wedding planning. Getting to talk with Amy almost every day since they’ve been engaged has been so sweet for me (though I’m sure she’s more than ready to wrap up wedding planning!), and I love getting to know them as a couple more and more. Amy and Joel are such steadfast, thoughtful, wise, and giving people, and they bring out the very best in one another. I love getting to witness a love like theirs, and it brings me the deepest joy knowing that we’ll get to be a part of their ceremony and vows to one another, celebrate such a joyful occasion with their beloved family and friends, and kick off married life for Amy and Joel in such a beautiful, marvelous, romantic way! It’s going to be so special, meaningful, gorgeous, and oh so remarkable in every way for two people who were clearly made for one another.

Amy and Joel, your wedding week is finally HERE, and I hope you feel nothing but an abundance of love, peace, and joy as you two are married and are celebrated with such happiness!

I’m so excited to share Amy’s bride spotlight with you today, where you can learn more about the two of them, their love story, and what they’re most excited about on their wedding day! Also, are they not the most attractive couple just bursting with joy?! Their love and happiness simply radiates in their engagement session by Erin Kranz Photography — swoon!!

EKP-AJ-engaged-371. Tell us a little bit about you and your fiance, Joel!

We met in the fall of 2016 on Match.com, and we both lived happy, busy lives before we met…but we quickly found that life is even better together!  We both share a love for good food, wine, exercise, and information/data (self-proclaimed nerds 😊).  Although we make the most of our time together, maintaining our separate activities and interests has been a large component of our success as a couple.  One of our goals for our marriage is to take at least one trip a year together…Napa and Hawaii are on our short list, and we will spend our honeymoon in St. Lucia.

2. What are you most excited for about your wedding day? Do you have a moment of your wedding day that you’re most anticipating?

Besides the obvious of marrying Joel – seeing everyone I love in one place, getting to enjoy the pay-off of our hard work and planning, and I’m excited about our cake from Whole Foods!

3. What was your biggest inspiration for your wedding design? 

I don’t know because Stephanie and my mom handled all of it for me, which was a godsend to this accountant whose design aptitude leaves much to be desired 😉.

4. Are you doing a first look or saving it for walking down the aisle? 
Saving it for the aisle, but I am doing a first look with my dad.  

 

5. Describe your style in one word. 

Graceful.

 

6. What’s your favorite way to relax and unwind? 

A massage or pedicure, a wine and dessert night in with girlfriends, snuggling on the couch with my sweet boy cat, Simba, and a favorite show or book.  

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7. What is something you’re passionate about? What are some things you and Joel love to do together?

Joel is an avid runner, loves watching sports and is a history and nature buff (based on his Netflix history 😉).  I love to cook and volunteer at the Salud cooking school at Whole Foods.  Together, we both love day trips to wineries, Saturday night church, and eating awesome food in or out.
8. What has been the biggest surprise in the wedding planning process?
How kind and generous people have been in celebrating us – I already knew “our people” were kind and generous, but we have been overwhelmed by all the love! 

9. What is your favorite part of your wedding design? 
Combining all my favorite pastel colors (but the real answer is: Stephanie doing it all for me 😉).   

10. What is your favorite thing about Joel?

His kindness and stability.  From the beginning, our communication has always been strong, and much of that is attributable to Joel’s confidence and affirmation.  I always know he’s on my team, and I’m incredibly lucky to have him for life.

EKP-AJ-engaged-28Stayed tuned this weekend for lots of sneak peeks of their wedding on my Instagram! I already can’t wait to see it all come to life for Amy and Joel as we celebrate this joyous, gorgeous day!

all photos by Erin Kranz Photography

PS: read more bridal spotlights here + here + here + here + here + here!

Sarah + Jay’s Merrimon Wynne Wedding

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Sarah and Jay… where do I even begin?! They are celebrating their FIRST anniversary this weekend, so I figured it was more than time to share their wedding day with you!! I’ve tried to start writing their wedding blog post so many times, but I keep getting stumped at where to start in describing these two and their epic wedding day and all of the incredibly special memories I have! I am truly, truly blessed to work with couples whom I come to know, love, and adore, and Sarah and Jay are one of a kind, and they have become dear friends of mine. Their love for one another is SO real and so inspiring. They are somehow the most down to earth people but also two people who are filled with so much talent, wisdom, and all-around awesomeness. They are so inspiring both as individuals and also as a couple, and I have learned so much from them: they are such generous spirits, they have such a zest for life, they love their people so deeply, they are so thoughtful and kind, and I could go on and on.  Suffice it to say, their wedding day went above and beyond all of my wildest expectations, and getting to plan and design their wedding was such a deep honor and privilege for me. I still vividly remember so many details and so much joy and love from their wedding a year ago, and I mostly know that it overflowed with sheer excitement, anticipation, happiness, love, and fun!!

When Sarah reached out to me right after they were engaged, we clicked immediately. She made the entire process so much fun and so easy (seriously!!), and I’ll never forget almost daily emails from her expressing her gratitude for me. When you work alongside someone for over a year, this means the world. I absolutely loved getting to know Sarah, Jay, and their families so well throughout their engagement, and everything came together so seamlessly and so beautifully. It didn’t hurt that I got to work alongside a true dream team of vendors (so many vendor friends who go above and beyond in countless ways!) to bring their vision and big day to life! With a soft, organic, and romantic palette of dusty French blue, creams, soft grey, and neutrals with lots of pops of navy, fun textures, and greenery, it was such a dreamy, stunning wedding.

It’s hard to believe this joyous wedding day was already one year ago! What a privilege it is to walk alongside my couples throughout the engagement and on their wedding day. Getting to witness their palpable joy, excitement, and love so closely is far and away one of the happiest parts of my work, and I adore getting to know my couples so well, to plan and design meaningful, personalized details for their wedding, and to celebrate with them as they are married. And Sarah and Jay are the real deal: there were so many intimate, genuine moments throughout their wedding day that brought tears to my eyes and the biggest smile to my face!

From Sarah’s bridesmaid reveal and her first look with her dad… to their first look (we were all crying happy tears watching them!)… to the groomsmen digging up their buried bourbon… to having her cousin officiate their heartfelt, personalized ceremony… to their amazing and fun wedding party… to the toasts that showcased how special Sarah and Jay are… to the absolutely packed dance floor and killer dance moves… to witnessing SNOW in North Carolina on March 24th… it was most definitely an incredible day filled with so much pure joy and unending love!

Even the pouring rain couldn’t dampen the pure elation from these two on their wedding day (and adding on a clear top tent helped a ton, of course)! That, my friends, is the heartbeat behind the work that I do: to celebrate the joyous start of strong marriages in the company of treasured family and friends! This day was pure magic; that’s for sure.

Happy, happy first anniversary to Sarah and Jay — and wishing you two a million more years of love, laughter, and joy! I am so, so thankful that you chose me to plan and design your wedding, and in the process, to get to know you both so well, to be constantly inspired by you, to have amazingly fun wine and cheese nights with y’all, and to get to witness your love on your wedding day… and now in your marriage. Cheers to y’all — I love you guys!

A million thanks to such a stellar team of vendors — y’all are absolutely amazing!!

Photography Anagram Photo

Videography Twenty One Films

Planning, design, and styling Stephanie Shaul Events

Venue Merrimon Wynne

Floral Wylde Flowers

Catering Beau Catering

Band The Shakedown

Cake The Cupcake Shoppe

Rentals Cottage Luxe

Rentals CE Rental

Tent Party Reflections

Hair and makeup The Makeup Culture

Bridal gown Tre Bella Bridal

Bridesmaid gowns Jenny Yoo

Invitations + paper goods Haylily Designs

Trolley Great Raleigh Trolley

Rickshaw Raleigh Rickshaw

endless thanks to Anagram Photo for all of these stunning images!