Published on The Knot: Ali and Logan’s Merrimon Wynne Wedding

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I am so pleased to share that Ali and Logan’s wedding was just published on The Knot! We are all so excited to see their incredible wedding day featured on such a renowned wedding website, and we’re very grateful to the wonderful team at The Knot for reaching out about sharing Ali and Logan’s wedding! It was such an amazing, heartfelt, joyful wedding day back in early March, mere days before the world (and wedding industry) shut down. I am so, so thankful that we barely batted an eye during their wedding day and that it unfolded exactly as planned for Ali and Logan – and their families and friends! These two were married on a sunny, late winter day in downtown Raleigh, surrounded by eighty or so of their closest family and friends. It was perfection, and it was a privilege to witness so much love and happiness interwoven into every moment of their wedding day! You can see their original wedding blog post here, along with some more gorgeous photos below – and don’t forget to head over to The Knot to read more from Ali’s perspective, including her incredibly sweet words about why it is so important to bring a wedding planner on board and how hiring me was their best investment!

Ali and Logan’s wedding day was stunning and incredible in every way, from the weather to the bold, lush flowers to the historic, grand venue and design to the food and dance party. But even more than all of those things, there was so much genuine, heartfelt emotion, so many happy tears and huge smiles and bouts of laughter, so much love between and amongst both families and all of their friends, and an air of joyful celebration and excitement for Ali and Logan as they became husband and wife. And now they’re MARRIED! It was such a fun fusion wedding that perfectly melded Ali and Logan’s family histories and traditions together: Miami touches meets the North Carolina South! Ali’s family is from Miami (with Cuban roots), whereas Logan’s family is from North Carolina. The menu was planned to perfectly fuse these together: pulled pork BBQ empanadas, a grapefruit paloma signature cocktail, dulce de leche wedding cake, a dual entree with influences from both cultures, lots of fun dancing (the Conga definitely broke out!), and so many more personalized touches to truly reflect them as a couple.

It’s hard to put into words just how special Ali, Logan, and their families are and how utterly thrilled I am for them to be married. It was such an honor and joy to be a part of the wedding planning process and their wedding day, as well as to be entrusted to bring their dream wedding day to life (alongside so many utterly talented wedding industry friends!). I have absolutely, positively loved getting to know Ali and Logan as a couple more and more throughout the wedding planning process over the last year, from wedding planning meetings to wedding dress shopping and alterations to tastings to design meetings and so much more. Ali is an extraordinary designer and calligrapher herself, and she lovingly created and designed every single element of their save the dates, invitation suite, day-of paper details (menus, place cards, and more), and signage. I am blown away by her sheer talent, and it’s incredibly special and meaningful to have made everything for her own wedding!  Hop over to Ali’s bride spotlight to learn more about Ali and Logan, as well as their love story.

Ali and Logan are such fun, vivacious, loving, and generous 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 seeing their wedding day unfold and their marriage begin. Their March wedding day at the beautiful Merrimon Wynne House in downtown Raleigh was the most joyful, spectacular, meaningful, personal, and beautiful day for two people who were clearly made for one another. As you’re about to see from the stunning images below from the incomparable Jordan Maunder, Ali and Logan’s wedding day was wildly special, meaningful, gorgeous, and oh so remarkable in every way, and it was the perfect way to celebrate their new marriage with their beloved family and friends.

I am so grateful to have worked alongside a true dream team of vendors over the last year to create and design a plethora of custom, bespoke details and surprise touches for their guests, and oh my goodness, it was epic! Everything unfolded exactly as planned and without a hitch, and you could just sense how special every moment of their wedding day was.

Ali and Logan, you’re married!! I hope you two feel nothing but an abundance of love and pure joy as you were married and celebrated with such profound happiness and excitement! Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for welcoming me into your engagement and allowing me to be a part of your wedding planning process and wedding day. You two and your families make me fall in love with wedding planning all over again, and I am forever grateful for y’all, your families, and the happiest memories from your wedding. So, so much love to you two!

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It was an epic, incredibly fun, and stunningly beautiful celebration for Ali and Logan amazing people as they because husband and wife in downtown Raleigh back in early March! I can’t rave enough about Ali, Logan, their families, and their friends — it was such a remarkable, amazing wedding, and I am eternally grateful to have been a part of it. This wedding, and these people, hold a very special place in my heart!

Cheers to the new Martinezes, and endless congrats, you two!! I adore you both — and wishing you a lifetime of joy and love as you begin your married life together!

It was such a joy working alongside some truly fantastic vendors, and we had an incredible dream team. There are so many people and teams who worked tirelessly to selflessly serve this couple on their wedding day, and I can’t thank them all enough!

Photography Jordan Maunder

Wedding planning, design, and styling Stephanie Shaul Events

Venue Merrimon Wynne

Florals Bowerbird Flowers

Catering Beau Catering

Rentals CE Rental

Rentals Greenhouse Picker Sisters

DJ Bunn DJ Co.

Cake The Cupcake Shoppe

Officiant Heidi Gessner

Invitations, calligraphy, all day-of details AM Paperie, the talented bride herself!

Wedding published on The Knot

some more highlights from their wedding can be found here, and all images here are by the incredible Jordan Maunder Photography!

Bride Spotlight: Emma

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Happy  wedding week to Emma and Bob!!! Their wedding week is officially here, and I am incredibly excited for Emma and Bob to be married this weekend! Emma and Bob are the sweetest couple with such giving, generous hearts, and I have loved getting to know them (and Emma’s mom!) throughout their engagement and wedding planning process! Their ceremony is going to be such a special, personalized, faith-filled, and joyous time that reflects who they are as a couple, their hearts and faith, and God’s abundant, unconditional love for all of us. I already know there are going to be so many happy tears and big smiles as Emma and Bob become husband and wife!

Their ceremony is taking place outside under a clear top tent, which is such a beautiful, organic addition to their ceremony location. Top it off with a wooden cross, soft draping, an abundance of flowers in white and soft mauve, organic greenery installations, dove grey programs, and their beautiful bridesmaids and dapper groomsmen… perfection!

As you may imagine, 2020 is a hard year to be a bride to be and to plan your wedding! Emma and Bob’s graciousness, flexibility, joy, and understanding during this hard, unprecedented time is truly admirable, and I couldn’t ask for a sweeter, more trusting couple (or parents)! We’ve pivoted a lot of their original wedding plans many times, and I am so, so excited that their wedding is almost here and that they are able to celebrate with their families and friends. Though their ceremony is not quite what any of us ever imagined when we started planning a year ago, it’s going to be an incredibly joyful, meaningful, and truly memorable first day of marriage as Emma and Bob are married and celebrated by their loved ones! It has been such an honor and joy to be a part of their wedding planning process and to get to know them. Emma and Bob are incredibly genuine, thoughtful, dedicated, passionate, loving people who clearly bring out the best in one another. I also love that they met online like we did!

At the end of the day, even with some changes and updates (and plenty of safety precautions, of course!), it’s going to be the sweetest, most faith-filled, and most beautiful day as Emma and Bob are married! It’s such a joyful occasion to celebrate with their beloved family and friends and to kick off married life for them in such a special, heartfelt, memorable, and meaningful way. Emma and Bob, your wedding week is finally here, and I hope you feel nothing but an abundance of love, excitement, and joy as you two are married and are celebrated with such profound joy and excitement! You were clearly made for one another, and your love is so inspiring.

I’m so excited to share Emma’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 and for their ceremony! Also, are they not the most attractive couple just bursting with joy?! Their love simply radiates in their engagement session by the amazing Kelsey Nelson Photography — swoon!

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1.Tell us about you and your fiancé, Bob, and more about your love story.

Bob is a Matthews, NC (near Charlotte) native, but moved to Raleigh for college where he attended NC State University. Bob is the oldest of 5 children, and his family resides in his hometown of Matthews, NC. Bob graduated college and began a job with a Bio Pharma company in Raleigh where he still works today as a Manufacturing Lead. I am a Raleigh native, but attended UNC Wilmington for college where I graduated, and worked for about a year and a half following as a Child Protective Services Investigative Social Worker. I am the second of 4 children, and my family resides in Raleigh, NC.  During my senior year of college, a Raleigh friend convinced me to download a dating app “just for fun” while home in Raleigh on Christmas break. I downloaded the app, and matched with Bob that same night.  We officially met a week later in January of 2018. I returned to Wilmington following Christmas break to finish out my senior year of college. During this time, Bob would reach out regularly and we would go on dates whenever I was in Raleigh visiting family and friends.  Following college I accepted a job in Wilmington, NC and by this time I was sure Bob probably just wanted to be friends.  However, he had other plans and continued to patiently pursue me even through distance. In May 2018, Bob and I made it official and began our dating relationship.   Bob’s consistency, patience, and commitment through the many challenges that come with dating long distance and working opposite schedules are just a few of the things that I grew to love in Bob.  On January 26th, 2020 Bob proposed at Jones Chapel, Meredith College in Raleigh where our wedding reception was formerly set to be held. I moved to Raleigh several weeks following our engagement.  On October 18th, 2020 Bob and I will start our life together as husband and wife and live in Raleigh.

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2. How have your wedding plans changed due to the pandemic and what did you and Bob decide to do? How has it been for you?

Bob and I originally planned to get married at Jones Chapel with the reception at Merrimon-Wynne, however, due to the pandemic we ultimately decided to move our ceremony to Merrimon-Wynne and our reception to an outdoor venue. The planning process has been difficult with many twists and turns, but it has also had many sweet moments of remembering that this day is ultimately about our love and commitment to one another.

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

Bob and I are not doing a first look, so we are both greatly anticipating the moment we first see each other when I am walking down the aisle. I am also so excited for the morning getting ready at Merrimon-Wynne with my mom and best girls.

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4. What was your biggest inspiration for your ceremony?

Bob and I wanted our ceremony to be faith-focused and to showcase our love for each other and God’s love for us.

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5. What advice do you have for 2020 brides and for planning a wedding during a pandemic?

My biggest advice to 2020 brides is to just enjoy the ride no matter how bumpy and to keep your love for your fiance as your number one priority.  While there is always something to be done, prioritize time with your fiance preparing for your marriage and remembering why you wanted to get married in the first place.  It is so easy to lose sight of this in the stress and excitement of planning, but coming back to this each time will make it all worth it!

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6. What is something you’re passionate about? What are some things you and Bob love to do together?
I am passionate about child welfare and trauma recovery, and hope to return to school to earn a clinical licensure as a trauma therapist.  Bob and I love to spend time with our families and friends, take hikes, travel to the mountains, eat Mexican food, and watch TV series together over a bucket of popcorn.

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7. What has been the biggest surprise in the wedding planning process?

The biggest surprise for me has been how many details there are. I never knew all the planning and decisions that need to be made to pull off the day!

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8. What is your favorite part of your ceremony design?

My favorite part of our ceremony design is our floral arrangement/wooden cross made by a family friend!

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9. What is your favorite thing about Bob?

My favorite thing about Bob is his genuineness and loyalty.  With Bob, what you see is what you get, and all those close to him know that they can rely on him to show up when it matters.  He is a friend to many, and I feel very blessed to get to call him my forever best friend!

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Stayed tuned this weekend for lots of sneak peeks of their ceremony on my Instagram! I already can’t wait to see it all come to life for Emma and Bob as we celebrate this joyous, gorgeous day!

all photos by the wonderful Kelsey Nelson Photography


As a note, this wedding ceremony is taking place in accordance with all current state and local government mandates and ordinates and CDC recommendations for wedding ceremonies in North Carolina. We are all taking countless health and safety precautions for both guests and vendors and adhering to all required and recommended safety measures for their ceremony. I just had to add in this little caveat that their wedding ceremony, which is the only part of the day Stephanie Shaul Events is planning, is very much legal and allowed in North Carolina and at their venue – and that the health and safety of their families, friends, and vendors are incredibly important concerns to all of us.

Four year engagement anniversary

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Four years ago today, on October 1, 2016, Rob and I got engaged! The last four years have been filled with more joy and love than I ever imagined or thought possible, and I am deeply blessed to have been married to this man for 3.5 years now – and a million more years to go! Our engagement anniversary simultaneously feels like it happened just a year ago… and other moments, it feels like a lifetime ago. Through the ups and downs of life, the exciting milestone days and the everyday routines, through the joys and sorrows, in the abundant love and the fleeting tiffs, in every moment, I am so grateful for Rob and the man that he is. He is the best husband, friend, and lifelong partner I could ever imagine, and I am incredibly blessed to be Rob’s wife and to share this life with him. 

In honor of our four year engagement anniversary, I thought it would be fun to share our engagement story and reflect on it.

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Rob and I met online on Coffee Meets Bagel in March of 2016. He was about to give up on online dating (luckily his friend convinced him to stick it out for one more week!); I was pretty thrilled that Rob was my very first match on the very first day I signed up for the service. Within half an hour of being matched with one another, Rob had asked me out on a date for the very next day! I loved that his profile showed his faith and that he said he was one of the nicest guys you’d ever meet.

(Funny story: Before meeting Rob, I wanted to learn his last name, since I happen to have a brother-in-law named Rob. My Rob wrote back, saying that his last name was Shaul… which is nearly identical to my maiden name, Scholl. What are the odds?! I have loved being Stephanie Shaul for the last few years; only a slight departure from my maiden name!) 

Our first date was wonderful, and a second date was planned before the first even ended. Rob and I have been inseparable since day one, knowing that wherever our relationship was headed was GOOD. Countless dates were spent walking around the lake, cooking, playing tennis, taking road trips, enjoying picnics, visiting family and friends, hosting game nights, throwing dinner parties, watching football, and trying new restaurants. Early on, it was clear to us both that we wanted to be together forever.

After being single for so much of my life, learning to find contentment in singleness, trusting in the Lord’s perfect timing and wisdom, trying to wait patiently, and living life to its fullest through all of that, I sometimes had to pinch myself that I would get to marry Rob and spend forever with him! Loving Rob is such a gift, and we are so grateful to have found each other. And if you’re doing the math, you’re correct: we dated for six months, were engaged for six months (October 1, 2016 – April 1, 2017), and got married one year after we met (on April 1, 2017!).

Everyone asks if I was expecting Rob to propose when he did. I did, and I didn’t, all at the same time! We had talked at length and prayed about getting married, and we knew for certain that we definitely wanted to marry one another. Rob and I had discussed a general timeline (I am a planner, after all!), and how we might accommodate our own wedding in the midst of all of my wonderful clients’ weddings already scheduled for 2017. Although I expected a proposal sometime in the last three months of the year (around the holiday season), I was absolutely not expecting it to happen exactly when it did.

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There were only two things I had mentioned in passing to him about a proposal: I wanted it to be private, and I wanted to be totally surprised. On October 1, I worked a 12+ hour day in Chapel Hill at one of my weddings, then drove home to Raleigh. As soon as I pulled up to my home (yes, still wearing my vendor apron from the wedding, and yes, it was 11:50pm), I saw Rob outside waiting for me. He was wearing my favorite shirt that I got him for his birthday, but I was still completely oblivious.

Rob immediately came over and got down on one knee, pulled out a diamond ring, and said the sweetest things in the world. I was still in shock and a little speechless, asking him “wait, what?” a couple times as he told me how much he loves me, how excited he was to spend the rest of our lives together, and how much he wanted me to be his wife. By this point, I was shaking and crying (happy tears, of course!) and beaming! I remember saying “yes, yes, a million times yes” when he asked me to marry him. Rob got up and we were simultaneously laughing, crying, and hugging each other when I remembered that I hadn’t actually looked at the ring yet. I told him he still had to put the ring on my finger, and it was perfect. Classic, timeless, and dainty: exactly what I wanted.

We went inside, relishing in the fact that we were officially engaged! I made him tell me the entire story behind ring shopping, asking my parents, and planning our proposal. We were in Ohio the weekend before our engagement for my grandmother’s funeral, and my mom and dad happened to be alone in a room as Rob was walking by. He was able to ask them in person (something I have always wanted!), and they joyfully gave their blessing. He also called my sister, who is my best friend besides Rob, to ask for her blessing, which is a touch that I especially love.

As for my ring, Rob and two of his good friends went shopping the afternoon I headed off to the wedding (the day of the proposal!!), found the perfect ring for me, and have lots of fun stories to tell about the ring-buying process.

I couldn’t wait any longer to share the biggest news of our lives with our families! We knew that my sister and her husband (funnily enough, also named Rob!), my parents, and Rob’s parents were all awaiting a phone call that night, despite it being 1:00am! I accidentally called my sister before my parents, because she had texted me most recently and she popped up on my phone first, but it was so, so much fun basking in our engagement and virtually celebrating with those who have been our biggest supporters and encouragers.

Rob came back over to my apartment the next morning so that we could share our engagement news with everyone, and we made countless phone calls that day (over 60!). I’d always dreamed of what it would be like to be proposed to and get to share this news with loved ones, and it was even better than I had imagined. The incredible, overwhelming joy and excitement from everyone was so humbling, surreal, and touching, and we are eternally grateful to have so many people who love and celebrate us deeply.

We called dozens and dozens of people that day, got to see several friends in person to surprise them with the news and celebrate (their reactions were priceless!), and couldn’t stop calling each other “fiancé” all the time. We celebrated with dinner at our first date spot that evening after church, and then we got dressed up and went out for a fancy dinner and champagne the next evening. It was such a whirlwind and so incredibly amazing.

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That wonderful day was four years ago today, and I love reminiscing on how elated, giddy, and in love we were. It really is a little surreal that it’s been four years, and I have to say: the cliche is so true. I fall more and more in love with my husband every passing day; something I didn’t know was even possible. Our marriage is home. It is warmth, comfort, joy, unparalleled love, abundant laughter, gentle, adventurous, selfless, sacrificial, and peace all in one. 

Rob is the answer to every prayer and is the biggest blessing in my life. In all things, our prayer is that our marriage glorifies Him, and praise Him from whom all blessings flow!

“We love because He first loved us.” 1 John 4:19

And if you’d like to read more, here’s when we announced our engagement, the story of how we met, our engagement photos, ALL about our wedding & wedding planning, and our third wedding anniversary & thoughts on marriage!