Alexandra + Chris’ Duke Chapel + Cotton Room Wedding

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Oh happy day!! Alexandra and Chris were married in August in Durham at the Duke Chapel and The Cotton Room! This wedding was utterly spectacular in every way, and I was absolutely blessed to be a part of Alexandra and Chris’ wedding over the past year. I have countless happy memories throughout their engagement, leading up to the wedding day, and on the big day itself, and I could go on and on about how incredibly special these two, their families, and their friends are. The second I met with Alexandra and her amazing mom, Janet, it was an instant connection and wedding planning was just SO darn fun with them. Alexandra and Chris were clearly made for one another, and their love for each other zest for life, deep love for others, servant hearts, and generous spirits were evident time and time again. They love their family, friends, and community deeply, and their personalities and love story were brought to life so beautifully on their wedding day! Over the past year, I’ve gotten to know these two, and Alexandra and Chris are kind, warm, hilarious, passionate, wise, inspiring, loving, generous, and so intentional and thoughtful. Their love is inspiring, and they are so deeply in love! Their new marriage was celebrated so well by their amazing family and friends on their wedding day, and we packed in so many personalized, meaningful, and beautiful surprises and touches.

Alexandra and Chris’ wedding gallery from the amazing Kelsey Nelson Photography has arrived in my inbox, and I’m ecstatic to be sharing their magical, meaningful wedding day with you! Every single image is breathtaking and perfectly captures how joyful, stunning, magical, and love-filled their entire wedding day was. I am absolutely loving re-living their wedding day again (and trying not to cry too much or favorite every photo…)! Y’all, it was just the best, and their wedding day will forever live in my heart and in my memories. Some of my favorite moments of the day include: a sweet, calm, fun wedding morning with Alexandra and her bridesmaids while we styled details, the cutest flower girls and ring bearers, the evident love and closeness of Alexandra and her amazing parents, the magnificence of their Duke Chapel ceremony, sending Alexandra down the spectacular aisle with her daddy, the ecstatic beams as they were pronounced husband and wife and recessed down the aisle, wedding party photos with the trolley, their reception reveal, many joyous hugs with Janet and Alexandra, the sweetest first dances, and so much more! These two (and their families and friends) are one-of-a-kind, and I’m so grateful to have been a part of it all and to have witnessed such a dreamy, joyous wedding day for one incredible couple!

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As you can see, Alexandra and Chris’ entire wedding day overflowed with so much pure joy, love, and magical moments and details. Alexandra and Chris’ wedding was an epic, incredibly fun, and stunningly beautiful celebration for these two amazing people as they because husband and wife on such a pretty August day! Their Duke Chapel ceremony was so meaningful and touching, the weather was perfectly beautiful, the white trolley was such a photogenic hit, dance floor was packed all night long, the donuts were such a delicious addition (Alexandra is from Winston-Salem, the birthplace of Krispy Kreme), their family and friends were the sweetest, the love and joy was so very palpable, and their sparkler exit was such a special end to their wedding day. I can’t rave enough about Alexandra, Chris, 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 Sheehans, 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!

I can’t thank our wedding dream team enough for the ways in which they brought Alexandra and Chris’ wedding to life so perfectly; I’m grateful to have worked with so many people whom I adore and love working alongside:

Photography: Kelsey Nelson Photography

Planning, design, and styling: Stephanie Shaul Events

Ceremony venue: Duke Chapel

Reception venue + catering: The Cotton Room

Florist: Bowerbird Flowers

Rentals: CE Rental and Petal & Oak

DJ: Mark from Bunn DJ Co.

Cake: Edible Art

Seating chart + bar menu: Mason-Dixon Designs

Invitations + calligraphy: Reaves Engraving and Calligraphy by Carole

Hair and makeup: Tease and Blush

Videography: Steve Creel Video

Trolley: Great Raleigh Trolley

Late night snack: Krispy Kreme

Wedding gown: Nitsa’s

Bridesmaid dresses: Azazie

all images by the wildly talented Kelsey Nelson Photography

Palm Beach Elegance for the Merrimon Wynne House Bridal Showcase

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I’m over the moon ecstatic to share a few sneak peeks from the Merrimon Wynne summer bridal showcase that Stephanie Shaul Events had the opportunity to plan and design just the other day! You can read all about my design inspiration, palette, and vision here, and it’s one of the best feelings in the world to see it all brought to life and captured so exquisitely by Adelyn Boling! I am so proud of how each and every detail came to life for the event and for the couples and families who were able to attend, and I think it’s inspiring Palm Beach elegance at its finest.

From start to finish, it was incredible day filled with so much joy and beauty! Being able to plan and design the main house and the lawn for the Merrimon Wynne House bridal showcase was a total dream come true, and I’ve had the best time dreaming up so many bespoke, marvelous, and memorable details over the last couple months. I simply love what I get to do and the wonderful people I get to do it with! This old world Palm Beach elegance is brought to life in many ways but especially through the styled tabletop that I absolutely loved designing. With breezy island hints with an understated, glam sophistication, touches of rattan and relaxed stripes, juicy hues in the perfect late-summer palette, lush florals and colorful taper candles, gorgeous blue patterned plates, this design is vintage Palm Beach elegance in a fresh, polished, and fun way for brides today. What a fun, fun day meeting so many lovely people and working with an incredible team! I’m really grateful to each partner who contributed to the event and to the details of the day; they’re so passionate and talented at what they do.

Can you believe these are just a few sneak peeks?! I can’t stop scrolling through the gallery and audibly gasping at the sheer beauty, and we’re all so excited to share so much more!

Planning, design, and styling Stephanie Shaul Events

Photography Adelyn Boling

Venue Merrimon Wynne House

Florals New Creations Flowers

Rentals Cottage Luxe

Rentals Party Reflections

Catering HL Catering

Signage + calligraphy Ivy and Linen Design

Cake The Cupcake Shoppe

Hair + makeup Mena Garcia Beauty

Gowns Coastal Knot

all photos by Adelyln Boling