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Hi belles! Our friend Stephanie Scholl has been documenting her wedding process for the last few months here on the blog! She is getting married on Saturday (!!), so this is her final post! Please join us in wishing her well! — Emily

Y’all, our wedding is THIS Saturday!! The next few days will be filled with our family and friends arriving to town, attending to last minute details, soaking up time with loved ones, and kicking off our wedding festivities tomorrow! Rob and I truly couldn’t be happier that we’re going to be husband and wife in a few short days, and we are unbelievably excited to celebrate the start of our marriage with loved ones on Saturday.

It’s been such a joy and honor to share our wedding planning journey and a peek into our engagement with you all, and I’m so grateful you’ve followed along! For my last post as a bride-to-be, I wanted to share what Rob and I are most looking forward to right now.

Ally and Bobby Photography

First off, we both are most excited to become husband and wife! As much as we’re looking forward to and eagerly anticipating our entire wedding day, it’s the bond and covenant that we make to each other, in front of God, our family, and friends, that makes us giddy. We cannot wait to be joined together as one, and we’ve tried to keep this the focus of our relationship and our wedding planning. I know the days, weeks, and years to come are going to be even better than I ever imagined because I’ll have Rob by my side as my husband and best friend.

He is the greatest blessing this side of Heaven, and thinking about the life we want to build together, the big and little moments in the years to come, and having him by my side throughout it all makes me beam with excitement and joy. I cannot wait for the moment when we hold hands and pray together around a door (no first look for us!) before our ceremony begins, and when I picture us meeting eyes for the first time on opposite ends of the aisle, I definitely tear up. We are both so, so excited for that moment.

Photo by Julie Cate via Style Me Pretty

It truly takes a village, don’t you think? Rob and I are surrounded by the most loving, supportive, and encouraging family and friends, and I can’t even fathom the feeling of having all of them together in one place – and celebrating us! A majority of our guests will be traveling into town from all over the country, and it’s humbling to know how many people are coming together to celebrate our marriage.

In addition to our family and friends being the best of the best, I also truly believe we have the world’s best wedding vendors. I call them my dream team! Many of them are close friends of mine, and their palpable excitement and joy for us is unreal. Thinking about the film photos from Ally and Bobby, especially, makes me weak in the knees – if our engagement session was any indication, then we’re going to be blown away by our wedding images!

Ally and Bobby Photography

The ceremony is the most important part of our wedding day, and we’ve tried to really focus on making it meaningful and reflective of our love – and most importantly, on Christ’s love for us and for all. We want to infuse our personalities into the details, as well as keep things reverent and holy. From our vows, to the song choices, to the wedding party prayer, to our pastor’s homily, to serving communion together as our first act as husband and wife… we are so excited for our ceremony and all that it symbolizes.

One of the elements of the day I’m most excited about is our ceremony exit! We’ll still be doing an exit at the end of the night, but we have a surprise or two up our sleeves for our grand exit down the aisle at Mr. and Mrs. Rob and Stephanie Shaul!!

I’m a wedding planner and stylist, so I’ve been envisioning our wedding and reception design since the moment we got engaged and started planning! I think I’m most excited to see my bridal bouquet and the overall reception design. When I think about Alana from Serendipity Designs bringing me my bridal bouquet on our wedding day… well, I cannot even imagine how stunning and perfect it will be!

Photo by Ali Harper via Once Wed

Our entire wedding design is so reflective of Rob and myself, and we tried to incorporate “us” into every single detail, as well as include meaningful and memorable details throughout. I can’t wait to see the Carriage House at The Merrimon-Wynne House transformed into our wedding reception, which will be like seeing all of my longtime wedding dreams come to life! We’re doing a reception room reveal so that I can soak it all in a little before our guests enter. Oh my goodness, the thought of it all makes me so happy!!

We are so, so excited about every moment of the day, really, but these are a few highlights that we’re eagerly anticipating. I have a feeling April 1st will be the best day of our lives so far, and I can’t believe our wedding day is so soon! My big goal this week is to truly relish and soak in every moment, to not worry about the little details, and to be present with Rob, our families, and our friends. Rob and I are so grateful for every bit of all this, and we cannot wait to become husband and wife!

Photo by Nancy Ray via Southern Weddings

Thank you all, from the bottom of my heart, for following along throughout our engagement and for your excitement and kind words as I’ve shared a peek on our wedding planning journey. I’m truly grateful and so very humbled for your support, encouragement, and well wishes for Rob and myself!

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

emily Written with love by Emily
5 Comments
  1. avatar Annie – XO, Annie reply

    We’re having our Engagements taken this Saturday :). I’m definitely most excited about our Ceremony Mass this Fall as well. Have a beautiful week and April First!

  2. avatar Lisa Hays reply

    Best Wishes to you both! Enjoy your special day!

  3. avatar Molly Dansby reply

    HAPPY WEDDING WEEKEND STEPHANIE!!! xo

  4. avatar Bri A reply

    I’m sure the ceremony was beautiful! I’ve loved following your journey, Stephanie, and am sending you both good wishes for a happy, joyful life together.

    Xo

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In connection with our current Cozy Fall theme, we recently asked four Southern fashion bloggers to style our favorite tee from the Southern Weddings Shop. Wearing the “Love Never Fails” tee can be such a sweet reminder of what matters most, and since it’s neutral and super soft, it can easily be dressed up or down. While Cynthia went the “dressed up” route last week and rocked the tee on date night, our Southern Bride Blogger Whitney of Whitney Blake focused on the “cozy” aspect of Cozy Fall. I love the snuggly, but still put-together, look she came up with that would be perfect for low-key evenings or casual weekend escapes!

Thanks so much to Sara Logan Photography who snapped these fun photos at the Leslie-Alford Mims House (the venue where Whitney and her beau are tying the knot next spring)!

From Whitney:

The Love Never Fails tee is one of my favorite closet staples when I want an easy, girly outfit (and need a gentle reminder that love is also patient and kind)! To transition the tee into fall, I decided to pair it with my favorite black skinnies and a glam statement necklace! I made sure that the statement necklace matched the “v” shape of the neckline, and kept in with the neutral palette of my outfit. Lastly, I pulled the look together with a pop of my favorite lipstick (NARS Schiap) and tall leather boots! Happy fall, y’all!

lisa Written with love by Lisa
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  1. avatar Rhiannon reply

    Whitney is the cutest! I want to reach out and squeeze her :)

  2. avatar Victoria reply

    What a inspiring post! I love the idea of a statement necklace with the T-shirt!

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A big part of what makes this time of year feel so cozy is what you wear. It doesn’t feel like fall has officially started to me until I pull my scarves and favorite boots out from the back of the closet! With this in mind, we asked a few sweet, Southern bloggers to style our favorite “Love Never Fails” tee from the Southern Weddings Shop for fall, and I’m delighted to introduce the first gal today. Cynthia blogs at Darling Down South, and along with being a fabulous Atlanta blogger, she’s also a bride-to-be! Since she and her beau are tying the knot in just a few short weeks, I especially love that they took this chance to steal away for a little date night to relax before the big day.

Shelby Rae Photographs

From Cynthia:

“One of my favorite colors to wear is pink. When autumn comes around, most people opt to start pulling out their neutrals and deep olives, but I can’t give up the vibrancy of the color pink: there’s something about it that is just so uplifting for the soul during the cloudy weather! When my fiancé (we’re getting married on October 23!) and I decided to have a little date night the other week, I couldn’t wait to dress up this Love Never Fails tee with a Two Penny Blue fuchsia blazer, distressed denim from DL1961 and the perfect fall neutral: leopard heels. One of our favorite areas to have date night is Historic Decatur in Atlanta. With a vibrant restaurant scene and buzzing with eclectic individuals, it not only has great food options for all palates, but offers some amazing patio-side people watching as well. I think the color pink is timeless so long as you chose the right pink for the season. This Two Penny Blue blazer comes in a lot of colors, but I went with the darker jeweled tone fuchsia, which is perfect an autumn wardrobe and contrasts nicely against the yellows and reds of changing leaves. It was the perfect evening out before our big day!”

Love the tee as much as we do? Pick one up for yourself here!

lisa Written with love by Lisa
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  1. avatar Darling Down South | Atlanta Fashion Blogger » Shelby Rae Photographs reply

    […] LOVE photographing my fashion bloggers. I was SO honored to capture her session that is featured on Southern Wedding Magazines Blog […]

  2. avatar Emily reply

    So cute, Cynthia! Pink looks great on you! :)

  3. avatar Pink Blazer for Fall – Darling Down South reply

    […] also want to share with you guys that you can see the full outfit post on Southern Weddings Blog here! I was extremely ecstatic that they asked me to be a part of this project, as they have been one of […]

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