Bride Spotlight: Melissa

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Happy wedding week to Melissa and Jonathan!!! Hooray! I am so, so excited for these two lovebirds as their wedding day quickly approaches, and it’s going to be such a magical, meaningful, and beautiful day as Melissa and Jonathan are married this weekend!

It has been such a joy to get to know them throughout their engagement, and M + J were clearly made for one another! I love how much they complement each other, bring out the best in each other, and have such a strong bond and foundation. Seeing them together is so sweet, and I love the way Jonathan looks at Melissa (as evidenced in their engagement session by the amazing Megan Kerns Photography!). We had Melissa’s bridal portrait session just a few days ago, and WOW. She is so, so radiant, so breathtaking, and so excited — and I can only imagine how Jonathan will react when he sees her for the first time walking down the aisle. There is already so much anticipation and excitement for their wedding day, and I couldn’t be happier that they’re mere days away from becoming husband and wife!

I’m excited to share Melissa’s bride spotlight with you today, where you can learn more about the two of them, their love story, and what they’re most excited about on their wedding day!

1. Tell us a little bit about you and your fiance, Jonathan!  We are both dorky, silly homebodies, but we also love doing anything outdoors, going to local breweries, and spending time with my, soon to be our, dog Layla.

2. What are you most excited for about your wedding day? Celebrating with friends and family and starting our lives together.  Do you have a moment of your wedding day that you’re most anticipating?  Walking down the aisle.

3. What was your biggest inspiration for your wedding design?  The venue and playing on the winter theme.

4. Are you doing a first look or saving it for walking down the aisle? Saving it – one of the few things we were in complete agreement on!

5. Describe your style in one word.  Classic?

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6. What’s your favorite way to relax?  Reading.

7. What is something you’re passionate about?  Working out/being physically active. What are some things you and Jonathan love to do together? Hiking, camping, anything outdoors and spending time with Layla..

8. What has been the biggest surprise in the wedding planning process? So many decisions!  Thankfully Stephanie has helped us narrow those down so much!

9. What is your favorite part of your wedding design? The mix of dark and light shades combined in the flowers.

10. What is your favorite thing about Jonathan? His patience.

Stayed tuned this weekend for lots of sneak peeks of their wedding on my Instagram! I already can’t wait to see it all come to life… and then to see how Megan captures their joyous, gorgeous day!

all photos by Megan Kerns Photography

Giveaway Week | Day Two: Marriage

Y’all, it has been such an exciting few days over here at Stephanie Shaul Events!!

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With the launch of my brand-new website at stephanieshaul.com, the five year anniversary of launching SSE, and a slew of stunning 2018 wedding blogged last week (Lauren + Grant‘s, Alex + Graham‘s, and Alexia + Corey‘s!)… there’s no better time to CELEBRATE this with you!! I’m absolutely thrilled and oh so excited that I’m hosting a giveaway with all of you to celebrate five years of Stephanie Shaul Events! And, in true celebratory fashion, why stop at one giveaway? That’s right: I’m hosting five days of unbelievable giveaways to celebrate five years of business!! Cue the confetti, friends! There’s no better way to thank all of you for your support, love, and encouragement over the years.

Each of the five giveaway days (Monday – Friday of this week, over on my Instagram) will focus on one of the five “pillars” of the Stephanie Shaul Events brand: weddings, marriage, home, faith, and serving others + learning.

I truly cannot wait to share all of the meaningful, special goodies I’m gifting and giving away throughout the week! You can see DAY ONE: WEDDINGS here, and you still have several days to enter!!

Without further ado, DAY TWO: MARRIAGE!

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That’s right! One very lucky winner (chosen next Monday, January 28th) will receive several of my very favorite “marriage” related items from today’s giveaway:

  • The Meaning of Marriage book by Tim and Kathy Keller (our favorite marriage book, and I think everyone should read it: single, dating, engaged, newlyweds, those married fifty years… it’s that good!)
  •  $50 to Vita Vite for a date night (our favorite local wine bar + art gallery)
  • one date night to The Cupcake Shoppe (where our wedding cake was from!)

Hop on over to the Stephanie Shaul Events Instagram for all the details and to enter this MARRIAGE giveaway! Even if you’re not a bride-to-be or married, chances are you can use this for a best fried date or gift it to anyone!

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Check back tomorrow for all of the “home” goodies I’m giving away, and good luck!