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!

Anna + Jeff’s Classic Chapel Hill Wedding

Anna and Jeff’s photographs from the fabulous Blue Barn Photography team have finally arrived, and I cannot wait to share these stunning images with y’all!! Their timeless southern wedding was perfectly captured, and I am so excited for you all to get to experience the magic that took place on July 22nd at the beloved Carolina Inn.

Anna and Jeff’s special day was nothing short of perfection. The classic color scheme, exquisite florals, and flawless signage was enough to make anyone swoon. The day was filled with touches of Carolina blue, plenty of classic black & white, and stunning greenery. Needless to say, it was flawless. This wedding was extra special to me, because I was not only the wedding planner but the florist! It was such an honor to be Anna and Jeff’s florist, and it was so rewarding to see all of the gorgeous bouquets and arrangements come to life. (I couldn’t have done it without my incredible team, by the way – or my husband who let our home be filled with over a thousand flowers for several days!)

Anna and Jeff’s big day took place in Chapel Hill, and it did not disappoint! Their ceremony took place at the University United Methodist Church where they said “I do” and performed communion surrounded by the sweetest friends and family. Afterwards, everyone headed to The Carolina Inn for an outdoor cocktail hour complete with a bluegrass string band, and a gorgeous reception filled with delicious food, college mascots (UNC and UGA!), and the best company. The dance floor was packed all night long, and it was such a fun celebration for these two dearly loved people.

This precious couple is so special to me, and I am so honored and humbled to have gotten to plan and be such a huge part of their special day. We spent over 1.5 years dremaing up, designing, and planning this incredibly special day, and I loved getting to know Anna so well along the way – what a treasure she and Jeff are! The highlight of the day was sitting down with Anna during the reception and eating a slice of wedding cake together (so sweet – and her idea!!). It was an incredible day, and I wish these newlyweds the happiest of marriages!

I can’t get enough of these breathtaking photos so I hope you enjoy them as much as I am!

 

 

Vendors:

Photographer Taylor and Andrew Lovette of Blue Barn

Planning, design, styling Stephanie Shaul Events
Venue + catering Carolina Inn
Videographer Dogwood Media
Florist Stephanie Shaul Events
Band 10 Spot Band
Bluegrass band Counterclockwise String Band
Rentals CE Rental
Hair + makeup Teighla Norris
Cake Simply Cakes
Invitations, signage, calligraphy Haylily
Bridal gown La Belle Mariee Bridal