I've always been the girl who loved weddings and who planned all of the parties and events, so it's only natural that I'm now a wedding planner! It's funny, though, that I never considered wedding planning as a career until late into my 20s. I graduated from UNC Chapel Hill in 2009 with a double major in Psychology and Sociology, and I fully intended to go to grad school a few years later for social work or counseling. I moved to Washington, DC right after college and spent six years living and working in our nation's capital - and I loved it! I planned events for several organizations throughout college, so it was only natural that my love of serving others, organization and design, and planning events came to fruition in my first job out of college. I was the conference planner for the US Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs and learned quickly what it was like to plan national, full-scale events with large budgets for thousands of federal employees. I also worked (and volunteered) for several years as a program manager for a mentoring and literacy non-profit in Washington, DC for inner-city elementary school students. During those years, I attended 33 weddings in 3 years and was a bridesmaid numerous times! To make a long story fairly concise, I realized my deep love of weddings, of event management and logistics, evolved into a designer and stylist, and launched Stephanie Shaul Events (formerly Stephanie Scholl Events, my maiden name) in January 2014. I moved to Raleigh, NC in 2015 when I took Stephanie Shaul Events full-time, and I've never looked back! This business of mine is the culmination of my talents and heart, and I can't imagine doing anything else. I adore serving engaged couples wholeheartedly and loving them well, and I feel like wedding planning brings together everything I am best at to plan, design, and style weddings with beautiful details, meaningful design, and a joyful process and experience!
I married my incredible husband Rob in April of 2017, and it was absolutely the best day of our lives (and yes, I planned and designed every bit of it and loved doing so!). You can read all about our wedding day here! As perfect and joyful as our wedding day was, marriage is truly just that much better. I know how important it was for us to have a marriage more beautiful than our wedding, and that’s what I want each and every one of my couples to experience, too!
Being a recent bride and newlywed has tremendously impacted and shaped my business and how I serve my couples. I know our wedding vendors went above and beyond throughout our engagement and on our wedding day, which is something I’ll never forget and am forever grateful for. And that’s precisely the kind of care, attention, expertise, and love I always want to ensure my couples experience from start to finish (and beyond)!