Five Years of Stephanie Shaul Events!

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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.

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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!)

The Road to Full Time (which happened in July 2015) and Part Two

Announcing my move to Raleigh, NC + taking SSE full time

Old school: my business brandinglogo design – and the reveal!

2017 behind the scenes of wedding days

Our own wedding, April 2017!

Four years of Stephanie Shaul Events

2018 behind the scenes of wedding days

A brand new website for Stephanie Shaul Eventsw, which debuted yesterday!

 

PS: Check back here on Monday for yet ANOTHER super exciting announcement and celebration!!

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

August 2015 Goals

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Well. July was an incredible month FILLED with some huge announcements + changes! I don’t even know where to begin, but let’s just say I am thankful!! I wrapped up a two week vacation at the beginning of July, came back from vacation and resigned from my non-profit job, finished up my last days at that job I’ve been at for three years, took Stephanie Scholl Events full-time!announced my move to Raleigh, NCspent four days in Charlottesville doing a huge SSE wedding, found a new apartment & signed a lease, went kayaking and also went tubing with friends, and had an epic surprise going-away party thrown by my best friends! WHEW!!

I had known for a while that July would be a big month, and it certainly lived up to that. It’s hard to believe the month has come and gone now, and what an exciting, amazing, roller coaster of a month it has been! I’m currently in Charleston for a week for The School of Styling + a few days playing tourist with friends, and then I’ll head back to DC to finish packing up my house. I’m moving to Raleigh in just over a week & have a to-do list a mile long! I haven’t moved in six years, so it’s going to be quite the under-taking. I cannot wait to get the show on the road, and settle into a new chapter. (But… don’t get me started on how much I’m going to miss DC and my friends!!)

And on to my goals for August! I’ve decided to make both business and personal goals, and I’m excited to begin doing so…

PERSONAL

1. Move to Raleigh, North Carolina!

2. Try not to cry too much when saying good bye to DC friends, and enjoy the last couple days in this incredible city I’ve called home for six years

3. Really and truly get back into a routine with exercise (tennis, running, and biking)

4. And cooking meals again

5. Find time to read at least four books – and get a new library card

6. Enjoy the process of decorating my new home without rushing into purchases or thinking it all has to be complete right away

7. Start looking for a new church home (any local recommendations?!)

8. Dig into the new Write the Word journal from the Lara Casey Shop

9. Start meeting new friends! I also want to join/start a supper club and a book club!

BUSINESS

1. Assist at The School of Styling in Charleston and serve the attendees well

2. Pull off a fabulous wedding in Charlottesville later this month (I’m doing the full floral design, too!)

3. Officially make Stephanie Scholl Events an LLC

4. Connect, connect, connect!

5. Explore 17 Hats and decide if it’s the right fit for streamlining my business (any insight or recommendations, friends?)

6. Finish planning out a styled shoot for September & get rolling on a few new ones, too

7. Set up a functional, intentional, inspiring home office (finally! and with a desk!)

8. Set a schedule (and stick to it) for working from home/productivity/work-life balance

9. Bring 2016 brides on board with Stephanie Scholl Events!

10. Decide on client gifts and refine the SSE client experience

I think those are plenty of goals to begin with, and I’m looking forward to seeing what this month brings! I would love to cheer you on, too – link up to your goals, if you’d like!! And… what’s the one thing you’re most excited for in August?