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!

Bride Spotlight: Anna

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Anna and Kyle’s much anticipated wedding week is officially here!! (And yes, Stephanie Shaul Events planned back-to-back February weddings this year!) Oh my goodness, I am utterly ecstatic for these two to become husband and wife in mere days!! I know just how much Anna and Kyle have been anticipating their wedding day and being married to one another, and it brings me the deepest joy knowing that we’ll get to witness their vows to one another, celebrate such a joyful occasion with their beloved family and friends, and kick off married life in such a beautiful, memorable way! It’s going to be epic, meaningful, gorgeous, special, and oh so remarkable in every way for two people who were clearly made for one another.

Since the moment Anna reached out to me to inquire about becoming her wedding planner, I have felt like we’ve been friends forever. She’s a kindred spirit; that’s for sure! Every single day for the last many months, Anna has emailed me the most thoughtful, appreciative, generous, loving, encouraging notes of gratitude, and I tell my husband almost every day just how fortunate I am to know Anna and to be a part of this magical season. She has become such a blessing to me, and I have simply adored getting to know her and to work with her — and to celebrate Anna and Kyle in this sometimes overwhelming and hard, yet joyful and hope-filled, season of their engagement and wedding planning as they prepare for marriage. The thoughtful emails and conversations I’ve had with Anna showcase just how much she and Kyle love one another, how amazing of a man she gets to marry, how much she loves her family and friends, how excited she is to celebrate on her wedding day, her deep faith and treasured relationships… and how much excitement and peace she has about marrying Kyle and beginning the rest of their lives together. These two have spent their engagement season loving one another with such intentional, thoughtfully loving on and serving their family and friends, giddily anticipating becoming husband and wife, wisely preparing for marriage… and goodness, being even a small part of this day just gives me chills.

Anna and Kyle, your wedding week is 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 Anna’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?! Their love and joy simply radiates in their engagement session — swoon!!

1. Tell us a little bit about you and your fiance, Kyle:

We are extroverted introverts who love to be at home – but also love a good adventure.
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?
I am most excited to be with all of our favorite people on such a special day. Walking down the aisle – no question!
3. What was your biggest inspiration for your wedding design? 
Winter & rich colors (merlot, sapphire blue, etc.)
4. Are you doing a first look or saving it for walking down the aisle? 
Saving it! One of the very few things we were in complete agreement on from the beginning.

5. Describe your style in one word. 

Classic

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

Reading

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

Helping kids and their families. We love visiting breweries, watching movies, being with our friends, cooking, traveling, and going to concerts together.
8. What has been the biggest surprise in the wedding planning process? SO.MANY.DETAILS. I like to plan something in one sitting, get it all done, and keep on moving. Wedding planning requires a longer time frame and more patience than I naturally have.  I am also big picture person – so, the details were truly the worst part for me. Thankfully my mom and Kyle are VERY detail-oriented people (and so is Stephanie – thank God) – so I leaned on all three of them A LOT.

9. What is your favorite part of your wedding design? 
The flowers + my something blue.

10. What is your favorite thing about Kyle?

Tough to pick just one. A tie between his sense of humor, his patience, and his integrity.

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Stayed 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 Anna and Kyle… and then to see how Megan captures their joyous, gorgeous day!

all photos by Megan Kerns Photography

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