Today is a very, very exciting day because Stephanie Shaul Events officially celebrates FIVE years of business! Wow!! It’s pretty surreal that it’s been five whole years since I launched this little business… and to see just how far it has come. For the last five years, since January 2014, it’s been my biggest joy and honor to plan, design, and style weddings for dozens and dozens of the most incredible couples imaginable, to be surrounded by love and beauty on a daily basis, to literally work my dream job, to have the pleasure of creating alongside the most talented and kind professionals and friends in the wedding industry, to mentor and coach small business owners, to grow creatively, and to have clients turn into dear friends. I’m SO wildly thankful.
I cannot believe that this little dream of mine has become what it is today, and it really does feel so surreal sometimes. I feel like I’m able to use the talents and passions the Lord has blessed me with to serve others well, to spread as much love, joy, and beauty as possible, and to celebrate life and love! I’m so grateful to every single person who has been a part of this exciting journey (especially those since day one), those who’ve encouraged and supported me, and those who have entrusted me with their wedding days. It takes a village, and I’ve got the best one imaginable!
I started this business more of a creative outlet, never knowing that just 1.5 after launching, it would become my full-time job. I started with a very basic website, a logo I created in Microsoft Word, two friends who asked me to plan their weddings, and my “office” was my bed at my house in Washington DC. I was single, desperately craving more creative and fulfilling work, and pinched and saved my salary to be able to launch my business (and then take it full time as I moved to Raleigh!). I’ve run 100% of my business debt-free, something I am incredibly proud of – especially since for much of the life of my business, I was single and relying on simply myself to make it work. I definitely think that’s something to be proud of, and I’m so grateful for the ways this business has provided. I’ve shared pretty much all of my business journey throughout the years on this blog (and I’ve linked to many of those relevant blog posts below!), and it has been such a fulfilling, challenging, wonderful, growth-filled, and beautiful journey.
Did you see that I launched by brand new website yesterday?! Head over to stephanieshaul.com to see the heart behind my business and a new face of Stephanie Shaul Events – I couldn’t be more proud of this website and the front porch of my business!
Endless thanks for following along and celebrating with me! I am so deeply, deeply grateful, and cheers to the next five years of Stephanie Shaul Events! To God be ALL the glory.
If you’d like to take a peek into my wedding planning and small business owning journey, here’s a quick round-up:
Launching Stephanie Shaul Events (formerly Stephanie Scholl Events, my maiden name!)
PS: Check back here on Monday for yet ANOTHER super exciting announcement and celebration!!
“We love because He first loved us.” 1 John 4:19