Sarah + Jay’s Merrimon Wynne Wedding

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Sarah and Jay… where do I even begin?! They are celebrating their FIRST anniversary this weekend, so I figured it was more than time to share their wedding day with you!! I’ve tried to start writing their wedding blog post so many times, but I keep getting stumped at where to start in describing these two and their epic wedding day and all of the incredibly special memories I have! I am truly, truly blessed to work with couples whom I come to know, love, and adore, and Sarah and Jay are one of a kind, and they have become dear friends of mine. Their love for one another is SO real and so inspiring. They are somehow the most down to earth people but also two people who are filled with so much talent, wisdom, and all-around awesomeness. They are so inspiring both as individuals and also as a couple, and I have learned so much from them: they are such generous spirits, they have such a zest for life, they love their people so deeply, they are so thoughtful and kind, and I could go on and on.  Suffice it to say, their wedding day went above and beyond all of my wildest expectations, and getting to plan and design their wedding was such a deep honor and privilege for me. I still vividly remember so many details and so much joy and love from their wedding a year ago, and I mostly know that it overflowed with sheer excitement, anticipation, happiness, love, and fun!!

When Sarah reached out to me right after they were engaged, we clicked immediately. She made the entire process so much fun and so easy (seriously!!), and I’ll never forget almost daily emails from her expressing her gratitude for me. When you work alongside someone for over a year, this means the world. I absolutely loved getting to know Sarah, Jay, and their families so well throughout their engagement, and everything came together so seamlessly and so beautifully. It didn’t hurt that I got to work alongside a true dream team of vendors (so many vendor friends who go above and beyond in countless ways!) to bring their vision and big day to life! With a soft, organic, and romantic palette of dusty French blue, creams, soft grey, and neutrals with lots of pops of navy, fun textures, and greenery, it was such a dreamy, stunning wedding.

It’s hard to believe this joyous wedding day was already one year ago! What a privilege it is to walk alongside my couples throughout the engagement and on their wedding day. Getting to witness their palpable joy, excitement, and love so closely is far and away one of the happiest parts of my work, and I adore getting to know my couples so well, to plan and design meaningful, personalized details for their wedding, and to celebrate with them as they are married. And Sarah and Jay are the real deal: there were so many intimate, genuine moments throughout their wedding day that brought tears to my eyes and the biggest smile to my face!

From Sarah’s bridesmaid reveal and her first look with her dad… to their first look (we were all crying happy tears watching them!)… to the groomsmen digging up their buried bourbon… to having her cousin officiate their heartfelt, personalized ceremony… to their amazing and fun wedding party… to the toasts that showcased how special Sarah and Jay are… to the absolutely packed dance floor and killer dance moves… to witnessing SNOW in North Carolina on March 24th… it was most definitely an incredible day filled with so much pure joy and unending love!

Even the pouring rain couldn’t dampen the pure elation from these two on their wedding day (and adding on a clear top tent helped a ton, of course)! That, my friends, is the heartbeat behind the work that I do: to celebrate the joyous start of strong marriages in the company of treasured family and friends! This day was pure magic; that’s for sure.

Happy, happy first anniversary to Sarah and Jay — and wishing you two a million more years of love, laughter, and joy! I am so, so thankful that you chose me to plan and design your wedding, and in the process, to get to know you both so well, to be constantly inspired by you, to have amazingly fun wine and cheese nights with y’all, and to get to witness your love on your wedding day… and now in your marriage. Cheers to y’all — I love you guys!

A million thanks to such a stellar team of vendors — y’all are absolutely amazing!!

Photography Anagram Photo

Videography Twenty One Films

Planning, design, and styling Stephanie Shaul Events

Venue Merrimon Wynne

Floral Wylde Flowers

Catering Beau Catering

Band The Shakedown

Cake The Cupcake Shoppe

Rentals Cottage Luxe

Rentals CE Rental

Tent Party Reflections

Hair and makeup The Makeup Culture

Bridal gown Tre Bella Bridal

Bridesmaid gowns Jenny Yoo

Invitations + paper goods Haylily Designs

Trolley Great Raleigh Trolley

Rickshaw Raleigh Rickshaw

endless thanks to Anagram Photo for all of these stunning images!

Summer Wedding at The Parlour at Manns Chapel

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watercolor + design by Haylily Designs of The Parlour at Manns Chapel

We are gearing up for this weekend’s wedding for Angela and Jason at The Parlour at Manns Chapel in Chapel Hill, NC, and I couldn’t be more excited for these two as they get married on Saturday!!

It’s been so, so wonderful working with Angela and Jason, and I’ve absolutely loved being their full wedding planner and designer for their wedding! We had so many superb vendors coming together this weekend at The Parlour, and I am incredibly excited to see their wedding and design come to life. You can see our original wedding design and floral inspiration plan below, and we’ll be working with my dear friend Alana from Serendipity Designs as she brings it all to life through florals. We have lots of greenery and garlands, lush Southern blooms in blush and white, pops of dusty blue/Carolina blue throughout, and the most romantic touches being brought in.

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Haylily Designs has brought our vision to life perfectly through the day-of paper goods, like bar signs, quotes of beloved F. Scott Fitzgerald passages on love, and custom fans for the ceremony program. How gorgeous is this watercolor of the venue that she did?!

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calligraphy + watercolor by Haylily Designs

We have beautiful rentals coming from Cottage Luxe (their Hemingway Bar + bar back for a courtyard bar!), Southern Vintage Table (blush and blue vintage glassware), and CE Rental (linens and farm tables)! Christy Clewis Photography will be on hand to capture gorgeous images of it all, and it’s going to be so special, meaningful, and beautiful!

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Angela and Jason are the world’s sweetest, most genuine couple, and I’m especially excited for their wedding! It is the second marriage for both of them, and you can tell just how perfect they are for one another. During our first meeting together, I asked Jason if he had any must-haves or what his priorities were for the wedding. He said that he just wanted to be sure he never saw a frown on Angela’s face and that he wanted her to have a perfect wedding. That’s our goal, for sure! Their wedding is so, so heavily focused on family and community, and there is so much meaning behind every detail and decision. You can so clearly tell how important family and their community are to Angela and Jason, which is something that I adore. They’ll have an intimate wedding of about 60 guests, and many of them are children: their three children included! Angela and Jason have known each other much of their lives, and they lived in the same town when they were younger. They want their wedding to focus on the love that surrounds them daily, on celebrating love, family, and friends, and on ensuring all of their guests have fun at the wedding!

I can’t wait to share tons more details and gorgeous photos from their wedding day, and be sure to stay tuned to my Instagram and Insta Stories all weekend long for sneak peeks!