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Hi belles! Our friend Stephanie Scholl is the newest gal to take you through her wedding process here on the blog! Stephanie will be blogging for us every two weeks or so until her wedding in April. In case you missed her first post, be sure to check it out here! — Emily

Hi friends! We’re a mere six weeks (!!!) away from our wedding day, and I’m feeling both incredibly joyful at the thought of marrying my best friend so soon… and a little bit overwhelmed by all that’s left to do! Luckily, I’ve planned more than a few weddings, so I know we’re at a great place in the grand scheme of things and what’s left on our to-do list are the little details you’d expect as our wedding draws closer. RSVP cards are filling my mailbox every day (it’s a highlight of our day to open them together in the evening!), I have a final dress fitting tomorrow, travel plans have been booked for our guests, our wedding bands are picked out, and Rob and I are both excitedly counting down the days til we’re husband and wife!

Photo by Jenna Walker via Style Me Pretty

I’ve been keeping the design and details of our wedding day pretty private, as I really want to surprise our family and friends when they arrive to celebrate our marriage. I’m also known for my love of surprising people, so it’s only fitting that we keep many elements of our day under wraps! Today, however, I want to share with you some ways we are making our ceremony and reception personalized and meaningful, all while on a budget.

I’ve learned more and more throughout planning our wedding how important it is to us to stick to our budget, which also helps us (me, especially) prioritize what’s most important to us and what novelties we are able to do without. It’s been both demanding and liberating to stick to our set budget, knowing that we could easily spend much more money… but also knowing that we do not want to do so. We’re sticking to our biggest priorities: loving our family and friends well, showing them genuine Southern hospitality, celebrating our marriage alongside our loved ones, and glorifying God through it all!

Bouquet by Philosophy Flowers and photo by Landon Jacob from this editorial

We chose to work with Alana from Serendipity Designs as our wedding florist, and I couldn’t be happier with our choice! Flowers are one my favorite wedding details, and they’re also something I notice right away as a guest. I love (love!!) flowers, and I have no doubt Serendipity Designs will make all of my floral dreams come true on our wedding day.

Many of my very favorite Southern blooms (most of them with great meaning to me) will be present in my bouquet and throughout our wedding design. We’ll be using O’Hara garden roses as a nod to my paternal grandma, as she and I share a deep love of the book Gone With the Wind and all things Scarlett O’Hara. And to pay tribute to my maternal grandma, who passed away a few months ago, we’ll be using Queen Anne’s lace, a beautiful flower that reminds me of her. My sweet mama is also letting me use a ribbon of lace from her wedding dress to tie around my bridal bouquet, as my sister did a couple years ago. I love knowing that I’ll be carrying such significant, sentimental nods to the most important ladies in my life as I marry Rob!

Photo by Amy Arrington from Lauren and Kristian’s wedding

For our ceremony, we hoping to portray our faith and God’s love for us in all aspects. One of the very first things I did after getting engaged was to rent a wooden cross for our ceremony (local Triangle brides, check out Homemade Bride!), as we want Christ to be the center of our wedding and our marriage. Even though we’re getting married outside under the trees, as I’ve envisioned my entire life, we know that we can still have a church-like ceremony, especially with a cross at the center of it all. And, as a nod to our engagement session under the Spanish moss and my love of Spanish moss, our florist will be adorning the cross with Spanish moss, a little detail I’m incredibly excited about it.

Photo by Nancy Ray Photography from Callie and Jamie’s wedding

During our ceremony, as one of our first acts together as husband and wife, we will be serving communion to all of our guests. This is something I’ve wanted to do for a very long time, and I tear up when I stop and think about the ceremony: walking down the aisle with my daddy, having our best friends stand by our side, saying our vows to one another and marrying Rob, praying with our pastor and our wedding party during the ceremony, singing our favorite hymns, and serving our family and friends communion. I can only imagine how many times I’ll cry happy tears on our wedding day!

Photo by Davy Whitener from this editorial

One of our biggest hopes for our details is that they showcase our love of our family. Rob and I both are blessed to have marvelous families, and we are grateful for the legacy of lifelong, abundantly loving marriages for all of our grandparents and parents. All of our grandparents and parents (and their marriages) have made a profound impact on us, and paying homage to those marriages at our wedding is something we’re very excited to do. Our beautiful venue, The Merrimon-Wynne House, has gorgeous white mantles in almost every room, which are the perfect spaces to display wedding photos of our grandparents and parents. I am also working on compiling marriage advice from our families, and we will be displaying their wisdom in a beautiful way, too.

Photo by Haley Sheffield from Emily and Joe’s wedding

Goodness, designing all of these details is something that makes my wedding-loving heart so happy, and knowing they are for OUR wedding is icing on the cake! I am truly giddy about the thought of it all and seeing these meaningful details come to life on our wedding day.

Tell me: if you already got married, what were the most personalized details you chose to incorporate that are a nod to your love story? And if you haven’t planned your wedding yet, are there any details you are absolutely set on having? (I used to want a black and white checked dance floor (and I still do!), but it simply isn’t in our budget and wasn’t an absolute priority for me!)

P.S. In case you missed a post:
The proposal
Venue and photography
The dress
Bridesmaid style
Engagement photos

Landon Jacob, Amy Arrington, Nancy Ray, and Davy Whitener are delightful members of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

emily Written with love by Emily
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Happy Valentine’s Day, friends! We have been hard at work over the last few months making the Southern Weddings Shop an even lovelier and more helpful resource for y’all, and today is an exciting day! Our shop has a brand new, easy to navigate look, new features, and some mighty fine new products. Let’s take a look around!

It’s true, we’re smitten with our shop’s new look, but she’s even prettier on the inside, if you know what I mean. Y’all now have the option of leaving reviews for our products, which will be so helpful to future brides and gift-givers! Thank you to everyone who has already left a review (and if you’d like to leave your own, we would so appreciate that!).

In addition to our signature products like the Joyful Wedding Planner, the Memories of Us prompted journal, and the Welcome Home guest book, today we’re excited to launch a library of wedding planning e-books! These e-books, priced from $6-$18, are meant to either accompany our wedding planner (they go into more depth than we could in the planner, or cover entirely new topics), or stand apart from it (for example, if you’ve already purchased a different wedding planner but want our take on a topic).

Today, we’re so happy to share our first two e-books: All About Southern Wedding Traditions ($6) and the Ultimate Guide to Budgeting for Your Wedding ($12). You’ll be hearing more about both in the weeks to come, as well as other offerings! Shhh… a little birdy told me a guide for mothers of the bride is up next :)

To celebrate Valentine’s Day and our shop’s relaunch, we’re celebrating with 14% off EVERYTHING for today only with code ILOVESW. Plus, we’ll throw all of y’all who purchase something from the shop TODAY into a hat and draw one winner for a $50 Visa gift card, which we’ll mail in time for a date night this weekend! So fun.

So, go take a click around, and tell us what you think! I’d also love to hear: what would you love to see in future e-book topics?

emily Written with love by Emily
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We love featuring a wide range of Southern home styles in our Southern Newlywed column, from Hope and Michael’s serene neutrals to Meredith and Nic’s modern farmhouse. Stacie (owner of the Parlor at North Ridge) and Nick are such a fun addition to our Newlywed crew, bringing their own mix of palm prints, leather details, dark paint, leopard print, needlepoint, and dotty wallpaper to the table. And family photos! If there’s anything you take away from this tour, it will probably be an urge to frame your precious memories. Lots of inspiration below if you’re ready to do just that!

Thanks to our friend and Blue Ribbon Vendor Nancy Ray for these photos, and to Tidwell Interiors for helping Stacie with her home’s design!

The couple: Stacie (28) and Nick (28) Patrone
Years married: 5
Tell us a little bit about yourselves. Family is everything to us. We are thankful to be in business with family and we strongly believe in entrepreneurship. We try to live life by the “slight edge mentality”–that small actions, compounded over time, produce large results. Galatians 6:9 helps sum it up.

Tell us your love story in one sentence. God led our paths perfectly to each other by a thin thread.
What has been the most surprising thing about marriage? Even though this sounds cliche, we loved each other when we got married, but we are surprised every day by how we fall more and more in love with each other the longer we are married.
Tell us a little bit about where you live. We love our home in North Raleigh, very close to friends and family. It has a great floor plan (a ranch with a room above the garage!). Our future plans include building a house we design from scratch on land with my family.

Which room in your home is your favorite, and why? Our gathering room off the kitchen. We knocked out a wall to open this room up to the kitchen and we use it all the time. It’s so cozy, and we love to enjoy our bullet coffee there each morning while we do our morning reading. It’s where our daughter sits in her high chair, and where we sit to unwind at night and share about our days.
What most makes your house feel like home? Of course, the people in it! But other than that, all the sweet things that have been passed down to us from our families, our pictures on the wall, and the style of the space around us. It’s comfortable, neat, and functional, with some quirks and flavor thrown in.

What are some of your favorite sources for home things? We save on trendy items at HomeGoods, flea markets, and on Craigslist. We splurge on classic pieces that we will keep and love forever. I buy things from all over, because I like our home to have an eclectic flair. I love our crib from Bratt Decor, and the Ethan Allen bed I found on Craigslist is a favorite! My Pottery Barn wingback leather chairs will be somewhere in our home forever.

What is your favorite memory from your wedding? Stacie: Dancing on the battleship. Nick: the drive to the battleship from the ceremony site. It was 45 minutes alone right after being married.
Which items from your wedding registry do you use the most often? A cozy Pottery Barn blanket we got from Nick’s mom. We fight over who gets to use it most of the time!
What different decisions, if any, would you make for your registry if you knew then what you knew now? Register for good frames! You will want to put up so many pictures!

Who cooks dinner? I do… though Nick likes to tell people he does since he’s Italian. (But it has only happened once in five years.)
What is your go-to weeknight meal? Weekend meal? Weekend meal: nachos on a cookie sheet with all the fixings–guac, sour cream, salsa, cheese, and taco meat. Weeknight meal: sweet potatoes, asparagus, and roasted chicken.

How does your family handle finances? Do you use a set budget? We don’t spend more than we make! Period.
What’s your best tip for balancing your relationship and other life priorities? We respect our calendar. We have full, packed lives, so if it comes down to it, we put family time on the calendar, too!

What is your favorite part of being married? Having sleepovers with your best friend every night!
Do you have a favorite date night idea to share? We like to work out together! But we also love the chocolate mousse cupcake at Fresh Levant Bakery. It’s gluten-free and one of the best desserts in Raleigh.

What is one small way you love or serve your spouse? I make Nick bullet coffee every morning. Nick makes the bed for me, and serves as the technical support department of our house :)

Do you have children? Yes, our daughter, Poppy! We want a house full of kids. We love the chaos of big families!
Before getting married, I wish someone had told me… read marriage books before you need them. We recommend The Five Love Languages, Love and Respect, Sheet Music, and The Story of Marriage. Someone told us to do this, and we listened–it was such wise advice!

Thank you so much for sharing your hearts and home with us, Stacie and Nick!

A little reminder: we’d love to hear from you! Our hope is to feature REAL couples in the South – not just folks who write blogs (though we love them, too!), but also your inspiring friend, super talented cousin, or neighbor with the cutest house – the kind of person everyone would love to “e-meet.” If that sounds like you or someone you know, take a peek at our Southern Newlywed submission page and shoot us an email!

emily Written with love by Emily
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