Sneak Peek | Anna and Jeff’s Chapel Hill Wedding

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I’m so, so excited to be sharing a few sneak peeks from Mr. and Mrs. Whitlock’s wedding this past Saturday! I can’t say enough amazing things about these two lovebirds, their incredibly kind families and friends, and how beautiful, meaningful, and fun their wedding day was. I’ve been planning Anna and Jeff’s wedding for quite some time (Anna actually hired me before I ever even met Rob – that’s how long we’ve been planning!), and it’s truly been a dream bringing their wedding to life. Anna texted me the morning after their wedding with the kindest, most thoughtful words (I cried, as usual!), ending her text saying how she and Jeff were so grateful to have become friends with me. And ditto!! I’m so blessed to know and love my brides and grooms, and they truly become friends. It’s an honor to bring this monumental day to life, to witness the happiest moments, to see the nerves and excitement, and to ensure every last detail runs as smoothly and flawlessly as possible!

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Their head tables (for 40!) were one of my favorite elements of the day: camellia + magnolia leaf greenery runners, boxwood topiaries, and bud vases of garden roses set the scene for their classic black + white striped table numbers, calligraphed place cards, and menu cards. The escort cards were calligraphy on magnolia leaves, which was the most stunning touch! I love how we were able to tie in so many elements of who Jeff and Anna are and what they love into every little detail… it makes their wedding wholly “them!”

I’m pretty darn proud of this bouquet I had the complete honor of making for Anna! Magnolia leaves, garden roses, ranunculus, and a touch of greenery rounded out her bouquet (it smells so good!). It’s been a blast turning our home into a short-term floral shop + getting to bringing all of the florals to life for Anna + Jeff’s big day! Being a florist (in addition to wedding planning and styling on the day of the wedding!) is a lot of hard work, but when you’re surrounded by so much beauty, you know you’re in for a treat. All of the flowers were classic white (garden roses, ranunculus, roses, and hydrangea) with touches of greenery (boxwood, magnolia leaves, Italian ruscus, and garlands of camellia and magnolia leaf). And I’m a huge fan of the black and white stripes we incorporated throughout the day, from the ribbons on the bridesmaid bouquets and bouts to the table numbers to the large ribbons tied around the cocktail tables.

Classy, elegant, Southern perfection. These bridesmaids are the most kind-hearted, fun ladies ever, and they’re so beautiful complementing Anna so exquisitely! It was such a joy to talk with these sweet friends of Anna’s, and they took care of her so well throughout the day. I had a large wedding party, too, and I know just how fun it is to be surrounded by so many of your best friends as you get married! Their mix and match long black gowns were so gorgeous and elegant.

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This wedding was filled with excited friends, lots of laughter, classic elegance, Southern charm, the most memorable wedding ceremony (I’ll share more on that someday!), a bluegrass string band during cocktail hour, really meaningful details, surprise appearances by UNC + UGA’s mascot, a really fun band and packed dance floor, and a million happy and love-filled memories!

What a wedding!! Wishing you a lifetime of love, laughter, and joy, Anna and Jeff! Love you guys!!

I can’t wait to share a million more stunning photos from Blue Barn Photography in the near future, and I’ll definitely be sharing more stories and details with those images!

And it was such an honor and joy working alongside these incredibly talented vendors to bring this beautiful wedding to life – a million thanks to each of you!

Planning, design, styling Stephanie Shaul Events
Venue + catering Carolina Inn
Videographer Dogwood Media
Florist Stephanie Shaul Events
Band 10 Spot Band
Bluegrass band Counterclockwise String Band
Rentals CE Rental
Hair + makeup Teighla Norris
Cake Simply Cakes
Invitations, signage, calligraphy Haylily
Bridal gown La Belle Mariee Bridal

all photos iPhone photos

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!