Wedding | Leslie & Graham

Goodness… where do I even begin? My dear, darling friend Leslie was married to Graham earlier this Fall, and their wedding radiated joy, love, and Christ’s abundant presence in this marriage. Not only was it the wedding of such a close friend, but it was a wedding I helped plan and coordinate from the beginning. I suppose you could say it was the biggest Stephanie Scholl Events wedding thus far! It was a complete honor to help Leslie and her family plan so much of this wedding, and it couldn’t have been more perfect in every way.

I think I could write a novel about my experiences in planning their wedding, about my friendship with Leslie, in how everything miraculously came together, and about what a special day it was. I’ll try to spare you that novel, but I was so happy to help them out, and they were so easy to work with in return. I adore all of the meaningful details, time-honored traditions, family presence, and Christ-honoring ways that this couple infused into the wedding and their entire engagement, as it was truly a reflection of who they are as a couple. Graham and Leslie are so evidently in love, and it was such a blessing to watch their relationship bloom from the very beginning and to be there for their wedding day. Their ceremony and entire wedding weekend was overflowing with grace, beauty, faith, and love, and it was all-around stunning and personal. Leslie was a breathtaking, radiant bride and was so eager to marry the love of her life!

One of my favorite moments of the day (there were countless, really!) was being there with Leslie and her dad; sending them down the aisle to her groom. It was such a special, tender moment, and I couldn’t have been more excited for them. The details and decor and personalized touches were so meaningful and were chosen with such care, and it was all so beautiful. Despite a call for rain the entire wedding day, and for an outdoor ceremony, it never did rain. The sun came out about an hour before the ceremony, and I can only take that as a sign from God. Seeing all of the bridesmaids and groomsmen gather together with the minister, bride, and groom to pray over their marriage was such a testament to the kind of people Graham and Leslie are and to what their marriage will certainly be like. Sweet and heartfelt words, happy and nervous tears, laughter, and giddiness overflowed throughout the entire day, and it was a wedding day filled with so much sheer joy.

Personally, it was one of the best days of my life, as well. I had so many ‘pinch me’ moments throughout the entire 16+ hour day, and I can hardly call it ‘work.’ I felt so sure of myself and my skills (in the most humble way!), and I was just so excited to be there for Leslie and Graham as both a friend and as their wedding planner. I had so much fun the entire day, to put it simply! And I hope that all of the guests were able to enjoy themselves the entire afternoon and evening, too. It’s hard not to when you’re surrounded by such a loving couple & wonderful family and friends.. plus an incredible atmosphere. Every single person and vendor I worked with and encountered was wonderful, from the amazing bridesmaids (such dear friends of mine now, too!) to the chair rentals to the families to the church to the Boy Scouts who helped me set up 160 chairs in 100% humidity – and everyone in between. To me, weddings are a compilation of the things I love most in the world, as well as it being the start of a beautiful marriage and the couples’ married lives together. Leslie and Graham were a dream to work with, and I couldn’t have been more blessed as a wedding planner – and as a friend.

Planner: Stephanie Scholl Events

Photographer: Erin Kranz Photography

Ceremony: Forest Hill Church
Reception: Renaissance Charlotte South Park Marriott
Dress/designer: Poffie Girls/Maggie Sottero
Bridesmaid dresses: Donna Morgan
Rings: Diamond’s Direct
Shoes: TOMS
Makeup: Cynthia Carrington
Suit: Men’s Wearhouse
Ceremony music: Gentry Eddings II
Caterer: Renaissance Charlotte South Park Marriott
Cupcakes: Deb’s Cakes
Flowers: Party Blooms Inc.
DJ: All the Right Grooves
Stationery: Tim Stopar Designs
Calligraphy: Leelyn and Company

All photos on this post were taken by the talented Erin Kranz Photography, and check out her blog post of Leslie & Graham’s wedding here!

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Here’s to a lifetime of love, joy, & laughter with one another, Leslie and Graham! Thanks for being amazing – love y’all!!

“We love because He first loved us.” – 1 John 4:19

BHLDN Wedding Fair

Like I mentioned here, I attended the BHLDN Wedding Fair at Anthropologie in Georgetown; what a beautiful event it was! I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect from the fair, but I had a great time, though it was more geared toward brides and the newly-engaged. You can’t go wrong when you’re greeted at the door with a glass of champagne! Several prominent, wonderful vendors from Washington, DC were there to mix and mingle with guests, and their varying table displays were marvelous. Almost every aspect of wedding details were there, from a calligrapher, bridesmaid dresses, wedding dresses, wedding planners and designers, florists, photographers, a photo booth, caterers, makeup and hair artists, and more. There was great representation from all facets of the wedding industry, and I was impressed by the quality (and friendliness!) of every business there. And, in addition to the champagne, there were appetizers and hors d’oeuvre, macarons and cupcakes, and handmade marshmallows in every flavor. I was able to pick up a slew of business cards for my future brides, as well as hand out a few of my own. Inspiration and beauty was everywhere (clearly, as this was in Anthropologie/BHLDN!), and the floral arrangements were especially exquisite. I had a great time, and all local brides should definitely be on the lookout for future events with BHLDN!

Some of the fabulous local vendors there were:

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District Weddings

Maggie Austin Cake

Succulents and Saffron Floral Design

Meant To Be Calligraphy

Evoke Planning and Design

 

Wedding Inspiration | Dahlias

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Ahh, dahlias. They are one stunning, perfect flower, and I can’t get enough of them lately! I was out for a run the other day, and I stumbled across this one magnificent pale, pale pink dahlia bursting out of a neighbor’s garden (the picture below). It was huge and stunning – enough to make me stop and document its beauty, for sure. As the last of the dahlias fade away this season, I created a simple inspiration board with pale pink and cafe au lait dahlias in mind. Some dahlias can be absolutely staggering in size, and I love how utterly perfect each and every dahlia is. We have quite a marvelous Creator, indeed! Dahlias are certainly a showstopper of a flower. The soft, billowing movement of the bride’s dress and veil, the ribbon curls of the floral invitation suite, and the calligraphy backdrop of the wedding ceremony all work in harmony to complement the dahlias in the floral bouquets and centerpieces. This inspiration board combines the romanticism and the sweetness of a dahlias with natural accents, soft lighting and candles, and gold accents.

BHLDN Wedding Fair

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Eeeks! Tonight I’m headed over to Georgetown for the BHLDN Wedding Fair at Anthropologie! It promises to be a great evening, and I’m so looking forward to being inspired, checking out more gorgeousness at BHLDN, and meeting top local wedding experts. There are going to be plenty of awesome industry leaders there, and I can only expect marvelous things when it involves BHLDN and its wedding line! I’ll be sure to report back about the event. Are any of you going to be there?!

Holiday Show & Expo

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I’m so excited to share this amazing event with you all, and I do hope you local friends with attend! My wonderful church, McLean Bible Church is having an incredible Holiday Show and Expo… and you’re invited!

holidayshow2Save the date for Saturday, November 15th… it’s going be an INCREDIBLE experience that you won’t want to miss!

I’m doing a lot of volunteer work on the creative team, and I couldn’t be more excited about this event (I mean, it seems MADE for me… Etsy, Pinterest, Christmas/Christ… and gold everywhere!). I know it’s going to be such a cool day in so many ways, and we would absolutely love for you to join us for the holiday show, meeting local experts, shopping, workshops, and so much more. Lots of surprises are in store, and I cannot wait to see it unfold! There are lots more awesome details on the Holiday Show and Expo website, and please let me know if you have questions.

You can purchase $10 tickets online here… and bring your friends and family!

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Stribling Orchard Apple Picking

I was able to cross lots off of my Fall to-do list with our annual apple picking day (here is last year’s Fall day!) recently, and boy, was it fun! A couple years ago, when we were apple picking beginners, my friends and I realized a little too late that prime apple-picking season is in September and early October in Northern Virginia… whereas we had assumed it would be later in October. So since then, we kick off Fall by going apple picking in September, and the weather on this blissful Sunday was a whopping ninety degrees. Now you know why I was wearing shorts on that day! Despite it being an unseasonably hot afternoon, it was great to get out of the city and drive out to the mountains of Virginia for a day filled with apple picking, pumpkin choosing, apple eating, and winery visiting. The apples, of course, are so fresh and crisp, and it’s such an inexpensive option to pick your own. I’m pretty positive they taste better that way, anyway! We love visiting Stribling Orchard in Markham, Virginia, and there are also several great wineries (Chateau O’Brian and Naked Mountain Winery) right down the road, too.

Five on Friday | 8

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This week has simultaneously gone by slowly and quickly, and another weekend is upon us! It was a good week, filled with wonderful chats and happy hours with friends (every hour should be a happy hour, right?), great discussion at small group, patio sitting, and pretty sunsets. And this afternoon, I’m headed to Ohio for the long holiday weekend to visit my four amazing grandparents and see some other family & family friends. Despite the long car ride, I cannot wait to hug my family and catch up with them. There is really nothing like quality time with my grandparents, and I am so incredibly thankful to spend time with them.

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A Cup of Jo has long been one of my favorite blogs to read, and Joanna’s recent post on 10 Lessons I Learned in My Career really resonated with me. It’s such a wise, well-written, thoughtful article, and so much of it I’ve also found to be incredibly true, too, despite just a few years in the working world. You should definitely check her post out, as it’s inspiring and encouraging, as well as knowledgeable.

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I showed you my Fall mantle last week, which I love, but I also adore this simple, chic look (and you can’t go wrong with a roaring fire, either!).  I love all of the pumpkins lined up on the mantle for such an effortless and stylish look. White brick fireplaces are just the best & are a perfect focal point for a room.

FOUR

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It was a beautiful week in Washington, DC for lots of walks during work. I’m lucky that my walks often take me by the White House and through gorgeous, flower-filled parks. The sunshine and cool breezes aren’t too shabby, either! And as part of my job, I’m always visiting schools throughout the week, and I love walking by playgrounds filled with laughing children! I hear it’s supposed to rain for the next several days, so maybe it’s good timing to head out of town. Where are your favorite places to stroll?

FIVE

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I just finished reading “Start Something that Matters” by Blake Mycoskie, the founder of TOMS. I’ve long loved the TOMS shoe movement and philosophy: One for One. Simple – yet so very, very powerful and life-changing. For every pair of shoes (and now eyeglasses) purchases, TOMS donates one pair of shoes to a child in need. This book was really an excellent read, and I’d highly recommend it. This quote very much resonates with me, and there is so much all of us can do to make a difference in the world.

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