Alexia + Corey’s Merrimon Wynne Wedding

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Goodness, I don’t even know where to begin with this incredible wedding! Alexia and Corey were married this past June at the beautiful Merrimon Wynne House in downtown Raleigh, and I couldn’t be happier for these newlyweds as they married and celebrated with their loved ones! Alexia and Corey radiated joy their entire wedding day, and each and every detail was so thoughtfully chosen and gorgeous. It was the most special, remarkable day with a team of truly phenomenal vendors who brought it all to life so exquisitely! Alexia and Corey’s love is contagious and inspiring, and they didn’t stop beaming the entire day. It was such a fun celebration for these two as they tied the knot!

Alexia and I worked closely together for more than a year to bring their wedding design to life, and it was such a fun process as their wedding planner. We actually got engaged just days apart (in October 2016!) and both had our weddings at the Merrimon Wynne! Corey and Rob are also both from Buffalo, and it was so special getting to know Alexia and Corey as we planned and designed every single detail of their dream day. Alexia is also incredibly stylish, has worked in the wedding industry herself, and has the best eye for design!

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Styling a couples’ invitation suites is just too fun — and you can’t help but make some magic with a bespoke invitation design from Gatherie Creative in the faintest dusty blue with a blush envelope, lush florals from Wylde Flowers, my favorite velvet ring box from The Mrs. Box, vintage stamps + a wax seal, and with Ally and Bobby Photography behind the lens! Visually telling this bride + groom’s love story through their wedding design — and seeing all of these elements come together so cohesively, beautifully, and meaningfully — is the heartbeat behind my work.

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Alexia’s sheer joy on their wedding day was simply contagious, and I love how Ally and Bobby candidly captured her giddiness and excitement here! There’s nothing better than having a front row seat to such beautiful love stories and witnessing such joyful starts to marriages, and it’s an honor I don’t take for granted! There was so much beautiful, candid emotion throughout Corey and Alexia’s wedding day, and it was so touching and heartfelt in every way.

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I simply adore the way these two look at each other. And you’d never guess, but there was a torrential downpour and severe thunderstorm mere minutes after Alexia and Corey’s dreamy first look and romantic portrait session. We were so lucky to capture so many sweet, intimate moments in the sunshine before their ceremony, and then a double rainbow broke out during the reception!a&balexiacoreywedding142a&balexiacoreywedding139a&balexiacoreywedding34a&balexiacoreywedding28a&balexiacoreywedding48a&balexiacoreywedding25

The prettiest bride and bridesmaids in the most gorgeous palette with those lush, stunning bouquets and trailing ribbons! Through the sunshine, humidity, torrential downpour, and even a double rainbow over the venue, it was truly the most beautiful, heartfelt, fun, and celebratory day!a&balexiacoreywedding6a&balexiacoreywedding62a&balexiacoreywedding71a&balexiacoreywedding76

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Their faces say it all — this ceremony was so heartfelt, memorable, beautiful, and overflowing in love in every way! Corey’s reaction when he saw his stunning bride Alexia walk down the aisle was priceless (I love it when grooms cry!), and the greenery growing out of the wall was sheer, organic perfection; exactly how we envisioned it!a&balexiacoreywedding86a&balexiacoreywedding105a&balexiacoreywedding123

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Now this is how you make a statement at your wedding! Wylde Flowers created the most breathtaking display of flowers that looked as if they were literally growing out of the Merrimon Wynne House staircase, and it’s far and away one of the most stunning, impactful, and memorable details we’ve ever designed. I barely had words for it as the incredible Wylde Flowers team brought this staircase to life with abundant flowers and greenery. Alexia had her first look with her daddy right here, and it was also the first thing guests saw as they entered cocktail hour — and it was truly so special and gorgeous as a backdrop for so many meaningful moments!

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This is, quite possibly, one of my favorite unique floral elements we’ve ever incorporated into a wedding design! Wylde Flowers brought these stunning cloche arrangements, dreamt up by the bride herself, to life so exquisitely, and these delicate floral arrangements enclosed in glass cloches were just divine! We used them as centerpieces on some of their rounds, and this one adorned their escort display. Have you ever seen anything so gorgeous?!

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This head table design is everything we could have dreamt of + so much more! Alexia and Corey said their vows in this same spot, and we were able to repurpose the organic greenery trailing along the wall as a backdrop for both their ceremony and reception head table. And with those lush, colorful florals, bronze chairs, tapered candles, and all the other details… perfection! We had so much fun bringing this bespoke, organic, romantic design to life.a&balexiacoreywedding185a&balexiacoreywedding184a&balexiacoreywedding181a&balexiacoreywedding179a&balexiacoreywedding176a&balexiacoreywedding173a&balexiacoreywedding164

Layering looks for this beautiful head table design: fresh wood farm tables, marble chargers, linen napkins, pottery plates, an heirloom caprese salad, goodness groups glassware, custom place cards and wooden place card holders, colorful and tall taper candles, and the most lush, shows topping centerpieces. This look from Alexia + Corey’s wedding reception was so fresh, romantic, and memorable, and we painstakingly curated each and very detail with some incredible vendors to bring this vision to life! Alexia and her dad worked together to create and make the custom place cards, wood place card holders, and even the mrable and copper taper candle holders — wow.a&balexiacoreywedding163a&balexiacoreywedding161a&balexiacoreywedding160a&balexiacoreywedding154a&balexiacoreywedding153a&balexiacoreywedding57

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How delectable does this semi-naked fresh strawberry cake from The Cupcake Shoppe look, adorned with lush blooms (that peony!) + macarons?! Alexia and Corey had a cutting cake for tradition’s sake at their wedding over the weekend, and then we had an ice cream truck (their longtime fave!) for all of their guests for this summertime wedding. They were the perfect sweet treats, for sure, and I adore when couples choose details (and vendors!) that are the perfect reflection of who they are as a couple.

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Two Roosters ice cream (and their adorable ice cream truck!) was the absolute best way to treat Alexia and Corey’s wedding guests at the end of their hot summertime soirée at the Merrimon Wynne! The hand-dipped cones were such a delicious hit, and we’re all huge fans of this favorite local ice cream shop!

Cheers to the new Mr. and Mrs. Crossman!! Wishing you two a lifetime of happiness, love, and laughter together — you two are so very loved!

Endless thanks to a complete dream team of vendors (many of whom we used at our own wedding!) who were utterly phenomenal! I say it all the time, but it definitely takes a village to bring a wedding day to life with such beauty, ease, and seamlessness, and I am grateful for mine!

Photographer: Ally and Bobby Photography
Planning, design, and styling: Stephanie Shaul Events
Venue: Merrimon Wynne
Caterer: Beau Catering
Rentals: Cottage Luxe + CE Rental
Florals: Wylde Flowers
DJ: Bunn DJ Co.
Ceremony music: Arioso Strings
Invitation suite: Gatherie Creative
Dessert: Two Roosters
Cake: The Cupcake Shoppe
Hair + makeup: Wink Hair and Makeup
Officiant: Randy Taylor Weddings
Transportation: Raleigh Trolley
Bridesmaid dresses: Jenny Yoo
Bride’s dress: Lovely Bride
Day of paper details: Alexia, the bride

Wedding Invitation Trends | Basic Invite

Invitations are the first impression that your guests have of your wedding, which means it is so important to make them embody you and your wedding perfectly! Throughout your entire wedding, you want to ensure you have a visually cohesive design that’s reflective of your wedding, including florals, attire, decor, invitations, all day-of paper goods, and more. So many details and decisions go into a wedding day! Picking wedding invitations can be such a daunting and overwhelming task, for sure. There are hundreds of options on the market, and narrowing it down can be quite difficult. There are custom or bespoke wedding invitation design companies to sort through and choose from, many paper goods businesses offer semi-custom designs, and then there are online websites that offer fully customizable wedding invitation suites and paper goods. Basic Invite is a great company to help you make your wedding invitation journey a breeze!

Basic Invite is a wedding stationery brand that allows you to fully customize and design your wedding stationery from start to finish, an aspect that many brides prefer and love. They have endless color options, styles, sets and trends to choose from, and their products and designs are absolutely gorgeous! Not only are their invites luxurious and unique, but their website is also incredibly user friendly. It makes choosing your wedding invites fun, and you truly get to personalize every aspect of your invitation suite.

How gorgeous are these invitation suites?! They are all so unique, which is ideal for brides looking for affordable one-of-a-kind invitations without a hefty price tag of completely custom invitations from a bespoke designer and artist. Whether you’re looking for a classic or fresh or trendy or clean look, their curated collection of wedding invitations is just for you. Basic Invites has endless options of timeless styles, and they also have designs that are a little more trendy, if you’re in the market for that.

There are a few wedding invitation trends that are everywhere in the wedding world right now, and many of these you’ve likely seen this year. The first trend is rose gold details (or rose gold anything!). This trend is a funky spin on a standard gold metallic that adds an unexpected, fun, and glamorous element to printed piece or stationery design. Metallic foil has been around for a few years, but rose gold foil is gaining popularity quickly! Basic Invite has just launched their rose gold foil invites, and we are swooning over so many of their bridal invitations, wedding designs, and customizable details.2017-Foil-Homepage-Banner

The next trend in the wedding invitations is calligraphy. Of course, calligraphy isn’t new to the world of wedding invitations and isn’t a new-to-us feature… but it’s definitely on the “hot” list these days! We are seeing calligraphy all over the place, which we absolutely love. In the past, a professional calligrapher was hired to create a custom invitation with ink, but now there is a vast array of calligraphy fonts that can be utilized for a less expensive alternative (and with a much faster turnaround time). There are so many marvelous, glamorous, Southern, elegant calligraphy fonts to choose from, and adding calligraphy to your invitation suite gives it a lighter and more sophisticated feel that is wonderfully elegant and classic – but with a certain freshness to it!

One style that you will also see on Basic Invite is the idea of color coordinated/corresponding envelopes! Basic Invite is perfect if you are looking to add an extra touch to your invitations by veering from a traditional white envelope. They have over forty envelopes colors to choose from, ensuring that every invitations suite will have a perfectly complementary envelope to match its design! Adding colorful envelopes gives your guests a touch of your wedding before they even open the invite, and it helps showcase the cohesiveness of your wedding design and color palette.

The last trend is acrylic invitations, which is also my favorite trend right now! So unexpected, modern, and creative, right?! Acrylic (or clear) is all the rage right now, and adding this trendy element to your wedding invites is jaw-dropping and will definitely wow your wedding guests. You definitely have to check out these modern, fresh, unexpected acrylic wedding designs that Basic Invite is highlighting, as they’re sure to set the tone for the rest of your wedding and leave your guests excited to see the rest of your wedding design!

How incredible are these styled acrylic invites?! I am obsessed with all of them! The beauty of the acrylic invite is that your options are limitless. They allow you to add outside organic or natural elements to your invitations when styling them (such as the featured wood grain and marble), or you can make it simple and just include colored paper to put your acrylic invite in front of. And think of how many other places you can carry the acrylic design through with other details and design elements! From acrylic table numbers to place cards to an escort display to drink/signature cocktail menus to acrylic chairs for guests at dinner… there are so many ways to creatively bring in this beautiful, moden trend into various corners of your wedding design, starting with your invitations.

One of the very best perks of selecting a site like Basic Invite is that they address your envelopes for you! This saves so much time and money, and it’s so easy to do. As a bride, you can use their in-house address collection system, track down addresses of all of your guests, and then they print your guests’ addresses on your envelopes for you. Simple and oh so effective!

Above all, though, your wedding invitations should mirror the two of you, what’s most important to you, and the overall design and aesthetic of your wedding. It is your guests’ first look at what your wedding will be like, and you want it to be a “wow” moment when they open their mailbox. Basic Invites is such a wonderful website and company to find your perfect wedding invitation suite, simplify and streamline the process for you at an affordable price, and allow you to customize so many aspects of your dream invitation!

Thanks so much to Basic Invite for partnering with me on this post; all opinions are fully my own!