Author: Alex Watkins

29 Jun Jordi & Craig – The Pavilion at Carriage Farm

Jordi Miles & Craig Hili

April 22, 2017

The Pavilion at Carriage Farm

Raleigh, North Carolina

When I met Jordi and Craig I knew that this wedding was going to be one for the books! They were fun and easy going and you could tell the most important thing about this day was that they were together and marrying each other! The photos from their wedding could not sum up the fun and love they have for each other any better! It makes me laugh and relive all of the moments with them going through these pictures! This day could not have been possible without all of these amazing vendors as well! We are only as good as the people we surround ourselves with and I want to give some love to all of our awesome vendors!


Shawn Schindler Events

The Pavilion at Carriage Farm

Rocky Top Hospitality

Fresh Affairs

Ashley Cakes

Bunn DJ Company

Common Dove Photography

CE Rental

White Horse

Careaux Cartier


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05 May Melissa & Michael

Melissa and Michael

October 29th, 2016

The Cloth Mill at Eno River

Hillsborough, North Carolina

Being apart of a couple’s big day is always a joy for our team because we LOVE what we do! Having the pleasure to help plan and coordinate one of your longest friends wedding to her soulmate is something we don’t get to do everyday. I (Alex) have grown up with Melissa and her family and the emotions that were felt that day were indescribable, to see the magic and love Michael and Melissa have for each other is one that we all long for one day. This was such a special wedding in so many ways and I am so happy to get to share their photos on the blog today!

Amazing Vendor Team Includes:

Shawn Schindler Events

The Cloth Mill at Eno River

Beau Catering

CE Rental


Amy Allen Photography

Expressions of Love Florist

On the Rocks Bartending

Stick Boy

Ultra Mix Events

White Horse

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03 Feb Madison & Cody

Madison and Cody

July 1st, 2016

The Stockroom at 230

Raleigh, North Carolina

Middle school sweethearts, Madison and Cody Hartley, became husband and wife after many years of prayer and many years of friendship filled with love and faith. These two young lovebirds became one on July 1st on a Friday evening at the Stockroom at 230. This wedding venue was the perfect fit for a romantic chic wedding with elegant blush pink and champagne colors, candle lit lanterns, baby’s breath flowers, and lots of chalk art. Family and friends joined together to witness a beautiful ceremony including washing of the feet, exchanging of vows, and many other traditions. Once the reception started, everyone got on their feet to dance the night away while enjoying a delicious assortment of dessert. Shawn Schindler Events has known this family for many years; it truly made this a special and sentimental wedding that created everlasting memories for all.


Shawn Schindler Events

The Stockroom at 230

The Freezing Pointe

Expressions of Love

Brian Mullins Photography LLC.

CE Rental

Videography by John Schlicter

Musicians/DJ’s Kane & Kohl


Hair by Salon Blu

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04 Jan Making a holiday perfect ..

The third year may have been the best yet! With another successful veteran’s luncheon we would like to thank again all of the vendors and volunteers who participated as well as share some photos of the fun day!

This event has become truly one of the high light of our Christmas season.  We are overwhelmed each year by the outpouring of love and generosity shown to this special group of people from our business associates, friends and family.

Vendors & Volunteers who made the lunch happen:

Shawn Schindler Events

1705 Prime & Rocky Top Hospitality

Carolina Ale House, LM Restaurants

Unforgettable Food Affairs

Expressions of Love Florist

IWP Photography


Ashley Cakes


Robin Montgomery, The Montgomery Trio

Members of Mid-Way Baptist Church

The Better Sleep Store


Also we would love to thank the following people for graciously adopting our family in need and making this Christmas one to remember for our veteran and her family!  Shawn was able to actual assist with the delivery of the gifts this year.  Tears of joy flowed from the mother’s eyes when she realized her children were experiencing a true Christmas miracle!

Marti & Kirk Leone – The Manor at Carriage Farm

Jeffrey Surles – Jeffrey’s Florist

Women in Networking Hope Valley Chapter

Mica & Tesh Parekh- IWP Photography

Archie & Allyson Cook – Signature Smiles Cary, NC

Aversboro Restaurant and Sports Bar

Melissa Reynolds – Proforma Springboard Promotions

Mid-Way Baptist Church Members


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06 Dec Monique & Gregory: Duke Chapel & Bay 7

Monique & Gregory Starks

August 6th, 2016

Durham, NC

We are so excited to FINALLY share these photos of Monique & Gregory’s wedding day. Working very closely with Monique through the entire process I loved getting to know her and becoming great friends with her. With this team of amazing vendors we were able to give them both the wedding they both dreamed of.


Ceremony: Duke Chapel

Reception: Bay 7

Catering: Bay 7 (The Angus Barn)

Florist: Floral Dimensions

Hair & Make-Up – Belloviso

Photography: Martha Manning Photography

Videography: Thomas Blake Films

Rentals: CE Rental

Transportation: Academy Bus & Washington Duke Inn

Band: The Dickens

DJ: Terrence

Bakery: Sugarland Bakery

Invitations: Floral Dimensions


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30 Nov Our Veterans, A Family in Need ..

In addition to giving 100 veterans a wonderful lunch to celebrate this holiday season we have been asked to help a veteran family in need. The family is a single mother with 7 children and we would love to help give this family a wonderful holiday. We asked her to give us wish lists for each child (and asked for her wish list too) and what we would like to do is have our industry partners or anyone who wants to give choose a specific child or mom to give to.

We hope to find 8 people/companies/families to adopt one of the family members to make this Christmas wish come true.  As you can see, they are requesting very basic items.   I already had one of my favorite photographers “adopt” the 9 year old girl.  Huge thanks to Mica and Tesh with IWP Photography and Videography!!

We at Shawn Schindler Events will keep up with who has chosen each child and keep you updated on who still needs items. You can drop your items off at 1705 Prime on December14th or at Shawn Schindler Events’ office before December 20th.  We would like to be able to present the gifts to the mom on the 21st of December.  Please give Shawn a call at (919) 417-0460 or email at to participate.

Below are the wish lists for each child and their mom:

Mom: size 12 pants, Med top, 9.5 shoe, scented candles, comfortable socks, fleece, cozy comfy stuff (would love an eye mask) or anything to pamper her. She would like to cook  Christmas dinner and is in need of groceries, and treats for the holiday meal.

The family needs a computer and printer.

7 children: studious, honor roll, love books.

  1. Girl:  age 20, size 5 ladies pants, medium top, shoe 8.5.  Is in college and needs mini fridge.
  2. Girl: age 21, size Med top, bottom 7 shoe 7.5. Is in college, needs a microwave.
  3. Boy: age 15, 32×32 pants and men’s size small top, shoe size 11, likes adidas T-shirts and other athletic clothing, loves UNC Tar Heels.
  4. Girl : age 14, size 16 in girls sizes, size 2 or small in adult sizes, shoe 8.5. She likes jeans, hoodies, is a tom boy, no dresses, cute style but not prissy, sport head bands, athletic clothes.
  5. Girl: age 9, size 10 slim bottoms, 10-12 tops, 4.5 shoe. Is a  “diva” loves nail polish and headbands and lip gloss and girly stuff.
  6. Boy: age 8, size 8 pants and top, size 4 shoe. He likes reptiles and wants to play club softball, would need glove etc.
  7. Girl:  age 4, size 6 pants, size 5 top, shoe size 10. Is hoping for a bike w/training wheels.

Practical clothes and necessities for all, dress up for the high school boy for sports events. PJ’s, socks etc for everyone including mom.

Wrapping paper and supplies needed for the gifts donated above.


We absolutely love working with this group who is so deserving of a special holiday so any donations will be welcome. You may also still donate to our giveaways for the veteran luncheon if you would like, just contact Shawn.

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29 Nov Celebrating Our Triangle Veterans – Giving Back this Holiday Season

Shawn Schindler Events is proud to announce the industry professional’s participating in the 3rd annual Holiday luncheon for the Raleigh Vet Center on December 14th at 1705 Prime at 1705 E. Millbrook Drive in Raleigh.  The event will begin at 11:30am.



This year we would like every veteran in attendance to leave with a gift. We are accepting door prizes for males and females. Suggested gifts are gift cards to restaurants, grocery stores, gift baskets, etc.

If you are interested in helping us say thank you to our veterans, you can contact Shawn Schindler at 919-417-0460 or email to let Shawn know how you would like to be a part of “giving back”!

Let us join together in these efforts so you too, may share your appreciation with us!

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19 Sep Kristen & Mike


Kristen & Mike

June 18th, 2016

Bennett Place & Bay 7

Durham, North Carolina

Kristen and Mike were married at the historic battleground, Bennett Place in Durham, North Carolina on a beautiful Saturday evening. This venue created a very peaceful and intimate setting for family and friends to witness the celebration of the couple’s love for one another. The reception at Bay 7, carried on the rustic tone of the wedding with high-end signature food and drinks, scotch tasting, and a night full of dancing under string lights. Shawn Schindler Events with the help of prodigious vendors were able to facilitate every last detail to ensure this event ran smoothly and joyously. This wedding brought together a loving couple that both share a carefree and wanderlust personality. With each table number at the reception, came a different country in which the couple has traveled to together. May their everlasting love bring them many more adventures together!


Shawn Schindler Events

Bay 7


Band: The Outliers

Vox DJ Company

Expressions of Love Florist

CE Rental

The Make Up Team

Neil Boyd Photography



White Horse

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16 Jun Nikki & Josh


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Nikki and Josh

May 21st, 2016

The Manor at Carriage Farm

Raleigh, North Carolina

Nikki and Josh’s classic southern wedding took place at the rustic, yet elegant Manor at Carriage Farm on what turned out to be a beautiful Saturday afternoon after many calls of rain. Nikki majestically made her grand entrance into the ceremony side saddling her horse, Seven, with a diamond-studded saddle and mane adorned with flowers while her beloved Josh, family, and friends gazed upon her beauty. This bride’s bouquet was sentimentally crafted to contain a memorial rose made of her father’s cowboy boot. Shawn Schindler Events worked closely with local renowned vendors to exude an intimate southern comfort-themed wedding. Nikki and Josh’s wedding was a dream come true.

Lead consultant, Shawn Schindler, states, “It thrills me that after 15 years of helping bride’s celebrate their special day, that we can still experience new and special moments.”


Shawn Schindler Events

The Manor at Carriage Farm

Rocky Top

Ashley Cakes

Ultra Mix Events

Expressions of Love

Kate Pope

CE Rental

Makeup by Lauren Hux


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03 Jun Suzanne & John








Suzanne and John

April 16th, 2016

The Gingerbread Meeting House

Shelby, North Carolina

Suzanne and John say their “I Do’s” at the soft and romantic Gingerbread Meeting House, sharing laughs, faith, and lasting memories with family and friends. Shawn Schindler Events brought together this loving couple in an elegant and intimate atmosphere, bringing the couple’s vision to life. Weddings are special, but family weddings are extra special, and that is what made this wedding so unforgettable and sentimental.

All weddings are special to us, but we have known Suzanne for many, many years.  It was an honor to be a part of her special day…the day she married her prince charming!



Shawn Schindler Events

The Gingerbread Meeting House


Expressions of Love Florist

Hair by Julia Tanner

Photography by MPA Weddings

CE Rental

Take a look inside Suzanne & John’s highlight video!

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