Creative at Heart Conference in Raleigh

photo by Shay Cochrane

As I mentioned in my August goals the other day, the Creative at Heart Conference is coming to Raleigh! Sunday through Wednesday, I’ll be at the stunning Merrimon-Wynne House in downtown Raleigh (our beloved wedding venue!) for four action-packed days of reuniting with friends, meeting lots of new wedding and creative industry friends, sharing and hopefully inspiring others in the wedding planning business as a panelist, learn from some of the best of the best, absorbing so much knowledge and best practices, and savoring the entire experience of this remarkable conference that brings together creatives from everywhere, in every field.

I attended this conference almost two years ago in Charleston in November of 2015, and it’s pretty exciting to see just how much has changed for my business and in my personal life since that conference happened. I learned so much while I was at Creative at Heart in Charleston, having just moved to Raleigh and had taken my wedding planning business full-time only three months prior. Now I get to be back in attendance as a wedding planning panelist, and I couldn’t be more grateful or honored for the opportunity to share all that I’ve learned with others. It’ll be so nice to invest in my business and in my work, to learn how to better serve my clients intentionally, and to turn off my emails for a couple days so that I can really invest in the conference, the people there, and all the new things I’ll be learning!

If you’re going to be there, I’d love for you to say hi – don’t be shy!

Meet my newest intern, Lea!

Hi y’all! My name is Lea Burton, and I am one of Stephanie’s newest interns! I have worked with Stephanie on two weddings already, and I am beyond excited to begin creating content for her blog as well! Before we dive into the good stuff I want to tell y’all a little bit about myself.

I am from Asheville, North Carolina and I have lived there my whole life, however, I am living in Raleigh now for school. I will be a senior this year at NC State where I am majoring in Public Relations and minoring in Interior Design at Meredith College. Interior design is my passion, and I am thrilled to be pursuing a career in a field that I love. I am so excited to be able to combine my knowledge and love for interiors and tie that into weddings, style and everyday life (there is more to it than Pinterest)! I am a lover of golden retrievers, all things sweet, and spending time outdoors!

In terms of blogging, I will be posting content relating to interior design/styling, as well as how to take content/images/designs you like and how to use them as inspiration for your own space, personal style, or, of course… your wedding!


As I mentioned, I have already assisted Stephanie at two weddings and… WOW!! Growing up I was always one of those girls who dreamt about my wedding day and watched all of the TLC shows about weddings, but being on the other side of the process was unlike anything I could have imagined. All of the work and details that go into every single aspect of the big day is remarkable. Being prone to stress, I was blown away by how calm Stephanie stayed throughout the day (something I need to learn from). The two weddings were so different in so many ways, but each one was just as beautiful and special in its own way, which I think is what makes weddings so magical!

My next wedding with Stephanie is July 22nd, and I am thrilled to get to be apart of another couple’s big day!

I am so excited to have Lea on board as one of my interns this summer and fall, and she has been a tremendous help already! She was also sorority sisters at NC State with last summer’s intern, Janna, so it makes it a seamless transition and such a great fit. One of the very first things I tell all of my interns is that wedding planning is not – at all – glamorous most of the time. And I think Lea has learned that firsthand! I deeply, deeply love my job, which I think all of my clients know, but the role of a wedding planner is often glamourized to the outside world. When a potential intern comes to me and is interested in weddings and/or becoming a wedding planner, I love to show them the ins and outs of my job and my role, and they learn very quickly how much work wedding planning is… and how physically demanding, strenuous, and busy a wedding day is. It’s not for the faint of heart! Lea has picked up countless skills already and has been such an asset to my team, and I’m so grateful for the selfless ways she’s served my team and my couples on their wedding day. Stay tuned for lots of fun content from Lea over the coming months!