Whew! This series of posts may be my longest to date. Why? Because so much goodness happened over the course of the three days we spent in Richmond. And it was so beautifully captured by Rachel Linder of Blue Barn Photography! Each workshop is so unique, and this was no different. The energy of this workshop was invigorating and inspiring! I’m so thankful to know each and every person who attended, spoke, and contributed.
Before we jump in, I have to first recognize the amazing team of Paisley & Jade. P&J went out of their way to make it an incredible and seamless week for us. It was hands down the easiest set up and tear down experience we’ve had as a team thanks to them! They hosted and furnished the entire week, so if you see something beautiful, chances are it’s from them.
Sweet Root Village did the amazing flower installation (hello, English garden!) and really brought the workshop vision and aesthetic to life. A little rule of thumb when it comes to greenery: you can never have too much.
Every attendee had a beautiful welcome box awaiting them at their seat. Simply Jessica Marie did all of the hand-lettered details for the week, including the custom gift tags. In each box was a Rifle Paper Co. notebook, a Scarlet & Gold print, a pack of Malvi Mallow (so good, y’all), and a spool of ribbon from Honey Silks & Co among other goodies.
We began the day with introductions and a few sessions! Shanna Skidmore, Morgan Montgomery, and Emily Thomas began our week. Emily’s session was a fun hands-on flat styling session, so the attendees were able to play with their own compositions.
At the end of the hands-on session, attendees gathered in smaller groups to discuss their work and others. It’s so vital to talk about what does and doesn’t work in our compositions so we can continue to grow as artists and designers.
After our sessions finished, we moved into the next room for cocktail hour and a little thing I like to call speed dating 🙂 It’s such a fun way to quickly have mini conversations with other attendees that can be continued later in the week!
And how lovely is that floral backdrop By Brittany Branson created?! It was such a stunning piece.
Mosaic Catering took such great care of us all week long (just wait until I show you our final dinner!!), and the cocktail party was no exception. Sitting underneath the cluster of chandeliers with new friends was definitely a highlight of the week for me!
Check back tomorrow for a recap of day two with even MORE beauty (if it’s possible!). A big thank you to our wonderful photographer Rachel Linder of Blue Barn Photography for capturing the week perfectly!