I moved to Raleigh two years ago!! And what a wild and wonderful two years it’s been! Though I’d been planning weddings on the side for 1.5 years prior, I took my business (then #stephanieschollevents + now #stephanieshaulevents) full-time with my move and haven’t looked back since! I’ve planned and designed dozens of styled and editorial shoots, had every one published in blogs and magazines I’ve admired for years, added styling, mentoring, and coaching to my business, worked with dozens of incredible brides and grooms on their weddings (I have the best clients in the world!), brought several wonderful interns on board, have spoken at a few conferences and workshops, worked alongside incredibly talented vendors, became friends with and formed a community of inspiring creatives, and so very much more! As long as I can bring more beauty, joy, and love to the world, I know I’m doing my job right.
Oh, and I met, fell in love with, got engaged, and got married to the most amazing man in the world!! That is, hands down, the very best part 🙂 Rob, I love you with my whole heart! Planning and designing our own wedding was a dream, too.
It’s been a full two years, and I have endless things I’m deeply thankful for. Raleigh, I sure do love you, and it feels so good to know I’m doing the work the Lord has called me to do in the city that He’s purposefully placed me. Grateful doesn’t even begin to describe it!!
Happy June, y’all! I blinked and May was over; I simply do not know where the month went!! May was a wonderful, fun, & busy month filled with so much goodness. I planned lots of weddings, brought a few new clients on board, met with several of my sweet brides in person, brought an intern on board (more soon!!), met with my business groups, had two shoots featured, went on loads of coffee dates, pulled off an editorial shoot, planned + hosted the Sugar Euphoria storefront grand opening party, and had a few excellent mentoring + coaching sessions with clients. Whew! It was a full month of business fun, but it was also balanced out with plenty of personal life fun. I have been really good about turning off my emails on the weekends & not working during the weekend (which I know will change once my weddings kick off this month!). In May, I went to the farmer’s market, played tennis tons, learned disc golf, ate most meals outside, went on a bunch of picnics & to lots of cookouts, spent time at the pool, took a trip to the beach, roadtripped with Rob to Pennsylvania to meet his parents, visited stunning botanical gardens, had a blast with friends, and so much more. Yes… May was a full & fabulous month, indeed! And I simply cannot wait to see what June has in store!
Join a mixed doubles tennis team (this is proving hard than we thought!)
Host a cookout at the pool
Read two books
Work on a super secret surprise project (cannot wait to share!)
Go to a Durham Bulls game + explore Durham more
Make ice cream from scratch
Buy flowers for someone, just because
Shag at North Hills on Thursdays (we’ve been practicing – ha!)
Be outside as much as humanly possible (running, tennis, meals, walks, adventures)
Learn something new
Finish training my intern, introduce her to y’all, & lead her well
Pull off a wonderful, beautiful, seamless wedding in Charlotte
I have several out of town brides who all happen to be coming into town in June for day-long planning/vendor meetings… go into those organized & full of information
Debut my 2017 Pricing Guide
Update my business journal regularly
Publish blog posts every week (hopefully twice a week!)
Share on of my very favorite editorial shoots on one of my all-time favorite websites
Follow up with all of my past coaching + mentoring clients to check in & encourage them
What about you? I’d love to hear your goals for the upcoming month & see what you’re up to! June is a favorite month of the year, and I’m eagerly anticipating all that it holds!