Alexia + Corey’s Merrimon Wynne Wedding

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Goodness, I don’t even know where to begin with this incredible wedding! Alexia and Corey were married this past June at the beautiful Merrimon Wynne House in downtown Raleigh, and I couldn’t be happier for these newlyweds as they married and celebrated with their loved ones! Alexia and Corey radiated joy their entire wedding day, and each and every detail was so thoughtfully chosen and gorgeous. It was the most special, remarkable day with a team of truly phenomenal vendors who brought it all to life so exquisitely! Alexia and Corey’s love is contagious and inspiring, and they didn’t stop beaming the entire day. It was such a fun celebration for these two as they tied the knot!

Alexia and I worked closely together for more than a year to bring their wedding design to life, and it was such a fun process as their wedding planner. We actually got engaged just days apart (in October 2016!) and both had our weddings at the Merrimon Wynne! Corey and Rob are also both from Buffalo, and it was so special getting to know Alexia and Corey as we planned and designed every single detail of their dream day. Alexia is also incredibly stylish, has worked in the wedding industry herself, and has the best eye for design!

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Styling a couples’ invitation suites is just too fun — and you can’t help but make some magic with a bespoke invitation design from Gatherie Creative in the faintest dusty blue with a blush envelope, lush florals from Wylde Flowers, my favorite velvet ring box from The Mrs. Box, vintage stamps + a wax seal, and with Ally and Bobby Photography behind the lens! Visually telling this bride + groom’s love story through their wedding design — and seeing all of these elements come together so cohesively, beautifully, and meaningfully — is the heartbeat behind my work.

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Alexia’s sheer joy on their wedding day was simply contagious, and I love how Ally and Bobby candidly captured her giddiness and excitement here! There’s nothing better than having a front row seat to such beautiful love stories and witnessing such joyful starts to marriages, and it’s an honor I don’t take for granted! There was so much beautiful, candid emotion throughout Corey and Alexia’s wedding day, and it was so touching and heartfelt in every way.

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I simply adore the way these two look at each other. And you’d never guess, but there was a torrential downpour and severe thunderstorm mere minutes after Alexia and Corey’s dreamy first look and romantic portrait session. We were so lucky to capture so many sweet, intimate moments in the sunshine before their ceremony, and then a double rainbow broke out during the reception!a&balexiacoreywedding142a&balexiacoreywedding139a&balexiacoreywedding34a&balexiacoreywedding28a&balexiacoreywedding48a&balexiacoreywedding25

The prettiest bride and bridesmaids in the most gorgeous palette with those lush, stunning bouquets and trailing ribbons! Through the sunshine, humidity, torrential downpour, and even a double rainbow over the venue, it was truly the most beautiful, heartfelt, fun, and celebratory day!a&balexiacoreywedding6a&balexiacoreywedding62a&balexiacoreywedding71a&balexiacoreywedding76

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Their faces say it all — this ceremony was so heartfelt, memorable, beautiful, and overflowing in love in every way! Corey’s reaction when he saw his stunning bride Alexia walk down the aisle was priceless (I love it when grooms cry!), and the greenery growing out of the wall was sheer, organic perfection; exactly how we envisioned it!a&balexiacoreywedding86a&balexiacoreywedding105a&balexiacoreywedding123

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Now this is how you make a statement at your wedding! Wylde Flowers created the most breathtaking display of flowers that looked as if they were literally growing out of the Merrimon Wynne House staircase, and it’s far and away one of the most stunning, impactful, and memorable details we’ve ever designed. I barely had words for it as the incredible Wylde Flowers team brought this staircase to life with abundant flowers and greenery. Alexia had her first look with her daddy right here, and it was also the first thing guests saw as they entered cocktail hour — and it was truly so special and gorgeous as a backdrop for so many meaningful moments!

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This is, quite possibly, one of my favorite unique floral elements we’ve ever incorporated into a wedding design! Wylde Flowers brought these stunning cloche arrangements, dreamt up by the bride herself, to life so exquisitely, and these delicate floral arrangements enclosed in glass cloches were just divine! We used them as centerpieces on some of their rounds, and this one adorned their escort display. Have you ever seen anything so gorgeous?!

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This head table design is everything we could have dreamt of + so much more! Alexia and Corey said their vows in this same spot, and we were able to repurpose the organic greenery trailing along the wall as a backdrop for both their ceremony and reception head table. And with those lush, colorful florals, bronze chairs, tapered candles, and all the other details… perfection! We had so much fun bringing this bespoke, organic, romantic design to life.a&balexiacoreywedding185a&balexiacoreywedding184a&balexiacoreywedding181a&balexiacoreywedding179a&balexiacoreywedding176a&balexiacoreywedding173a&balexiacoreywedding164

Layering looks for this beautiful head table design: fresh wood farm tables, marble chargers, linen napkins, pottery plates, an heirloom caprese salad, goodness groups glassware, custom place cards and wooden place card holders, colorful and tall taper candles, and the most lush, shows topping centerpieces. This look from Alexia + Corey’s wedding reception was so fresh, romantic, and memorable, and we painstakingly curated each and very detail with some incredible vendors to bring this vision to life! Alexia and her dad worked together to create and make the custom place cards, wood place card holders, and even the mrable and copper taper candle holders — wow.a&balexiacoreywedding163a&balexiacoreywedding161a&balexiacoreywedding160a&balexiacoreywedding154a&balexiacoreywedding153a&balexiacoreywedding57

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How delectable does this semi-naked fresh strawberry cake from The Cupcake Shoppe look, adorned with lush blooms (that peony!) + macarons?! Alexia and Corey had a cutting cake for tradition’s sake at their wedding over the weekend, and then we had an ice cream truck (their longtime fave!) for all of their guests for this summertime wedding. They were the perfect sweet treats, for sure, and I adore when couples choose details (and vendors!) that are the perfect reflection of who they are as a couple.

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Two Roosters ice cream (and their adorable ice cream truck!) was the absolute best way to treat Alexia and Corey’s wedding guests at the end of their hot summertime soirée at the Merrimon Wynne! The hand-dipped cones were such a delicious hit, and we’re all huge fans of this favorite local ice cream shop!

Cheers to the new Mr. and Mrs. Crossman!! Wishing you two a lifetime of happiness, love, and laughter together — you two are so very loved!

Endless thanks to a complete dream team of vendors (many of whom we used at our own wedding!) who were utterly phenomenal! I say it all the time, but it definitely takes a village to bring a wedding day to life with such beauty, ease, and seamlessness, and I am grateful for mine!

Photographer: Ally and Bobby Photography
Planning, design, and styling: Stephanie Shaul Events
Venue: Merrimon Wynne
Caterer: Beau Catering
Rentals: Cottage Luxe + CE Rental
Florals: Wylde Flowers
DJ: Bunn DJ Co.
Ceremony music: Arioso Strings
Invitation suite: Gatherie Creative
Dessert: Two Roosters
Cake: The Cupcake Shoppe
Hair + makeup: Wink Hair and Makeup
Officiant: Randy Taylor Weddings
Transportation: Raleigh Trolley
Bridesmaid dresses: Jenny Yoo
Bride’s dress: Lovely Bride
Day of paper details: Alexia, the bride

Lauren + Grant’s Goldsboro Wedding

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2018 was a year filled with truly incredible, gorgeous, special weddings — that’s for sure! Lauren and Grant’s Goldsboro, North Carolina wedding was on for the books, and I am so excited to share the images from their wedding today. In every single way, this was one wildly meaningful, Christ-centered, stunning, joy-filled wedding for a couple whom I adore tremendously. Lauren and Grant chose to be married in their hometown, and they also chose to hold their reception in the newly renovated and historic Firehouse in downtown Goldsboro. Not only were they the very first wedding in this space (so cool!), but the owners of the venue are dear friends of the bride and groom. It felt like such a hometown celebration of love in all the best ways, and what a monumental, happy, and beautiful day it was as Lauren and Grant became Mr. and Mrs. Sasser in front of all of their loved ones!

Lauren reached out to me days after they were engaged (which was an unbelievable honor + blessing!), and we’ve been busy planning and designing their dream wedding day for almost a year now. Lauren and Grant have been dating for over six years, and they were so, so unbelievably ecstatic to marry one another – and to celebrate their loved with their treasured family and friends. If you know these two at all, you know just how important their faith is to them, as well as how much they value the relationships in their lives. Lauren and Grant exude graciousness, love, and fun, and their wedding day was so beautiful, so joyous, and filled with an incredible amount of love. Who they are as individuals and as a couple was reflected in each and every detail and element of design that we planned and brought to life, and these two wanted a day that brought full glory to God, that celebrated their commitment, love, and vows to one another, and that generously celebrated their family and friends.

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There were countless memorable moments throughout the day that are so vivid in my memory, and it was so sweet to witness so much love and excitement surrounding these two. Their bridesmaids and groomsmen are such amazing friends to them, and you can easily tell just how loved they are. From all of the girls getting ready together to opening the most generous gifts from her girls to seeing her bridesmaids’ reactions when Lauren revealed her stunning wedding dress to her best friends to Lauren and her dad’s first look to Lauren and Grant praying together before the ceremony (without seeing one another!) to Lauren reading aloud her card from Grant to the bridesmaids prayer before the ceremony and then to their incredible ceremony and reception… these moments and memories will be ingrained in their minds forever – and captured exquisitely by Ally and Bobby and also by Muddy Trail Films! (These two husband and wife teams are truly incomparable, and I adore when we get to work together. Having vendors who love their couples and love their jobs so well is where the magic happens, and it’s always an honor to work with these two teams!) The entire day was truly overflowing with excitement and joy, and it’s such a sweet reminder of what weddings are really about: marriage and all of the days that are to come – together as husband and wife.

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This is just a recap of some of my favorite parts of their wedding day, but you can be sure that we have so many more stories, moments, and memories to share, as it was such an amazing day from start to finish. It was also pretty awesome to be the very first wedding or event in the brand-new cocktail hour and reception space at The Firehouse in downtown Goldsboro. This venue was completely renovated, and it was the perfect spot to bring their wedding the life. I couldn’t be more in love with this wedding design we dreamed up over the last year for Lauren + Grant’s epic wedding! Lots of organic touches, soft greys with plenty of white, brass, and black, abundant greenery, gray taper candles, and so many personalized, meaningful touches scattered throughout. And filling this space with almost 200 of their closest family and friends?! Priceless. It was the most perfect fall day – sunshine, a cool breeze, and the most magnificent sunset to cap it all off. They ended the evening with Krispy Kreme donuts (their fave!) and a romantic, jubilant sparkler exit! It was a marvelous night in every way!! Endless thanks to a dream team of vendors who worked tirelessly to bring this all to life (including my three wonderful assistants!).

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Happy, happy wedding and MARRIAGE to the incredible Mr. and Mrs. Sasser! Goodness, as you can see, I couldn’t begin to narrow down images from their marvelous wedding day. I am so, so grateful to Lauren and Grant for entrusting their wedding to me, and it was such a deep joy and honor to be a part of such an exciting season and joyful day. These two are so deeply love by countless people, and it’s easy to see why — their hearts of gold are so evident, and they love big.

Cheers to the Sassers, and wishing you two a lifetime of love, laughter, and joy! xoxox

It takes a village, and I am so deeply grateful to every person who poured their heart into bringing this wedding to life for a couple that we all love and adore so much.

Photographer Ally and Bobby Fine Art Film Photography

Planning, design, and styling Stephanie Shaul Events

Videographer Muddy Trails

Venue The Firehouse

Catering + rentals Funky Fresh

Bartending Brewmasters

Florist Flowers for You

DJ Tommy King

Linens + draping CE Rental

Hair Heather Weeks

Makeup Jessica Davis of Awakened Beauty

Invitations + day-of details Oaks and Gray Paper

Bridesmaid gowns from Bella Bridesmaids

Bride’s gown from Pronovias