I had so much fun spending an afternoon in Carlton Landing at Pursue: the workshop with a fabulous group of ladies! If you haven't been to Carlton Landing, I would encourage you to do so. Mark my words, someday I WILL live there. As if the lake views and stunning coastal-like architecture wasn't enough, they even have their own farm, school, community park and pool! So dreamy!
Pursue Workshop was put on by Kylie Swanson and Molly Perkins. These girls are just too cute and sweet for words. I kind of adore them. I went to the event by myself and I felt as if I left with 10 new friends. We started the day in The Humphrey's (developers of Carlton Landing) beautiful home where we drank mimosas and indulged in yummy doughnuts and croissants. Lindsey Gibson of Gibson Events led a group discussion on vendor relationships and the importance of collaboration while we ate our gourmet boxed lunches from Sharing Thyme.
Shortly after we began one of my favorite sessions of the day.. brush calligraphy. Molly led the class and we created menus and other fun doodles. I have to say, since that class, I really haven't quit playing in the paints.
After brush calligraphy we went to the park and played in mounds of blooms provided by Poppy Lane Design. At the time, I was actually working for Poppy Lane so I had a sneak peak and even prepared the biggest bucket of peonies I'd ever seen in my life! Talk about a dream! :)
There were so many beautiful blooms to choose from. Jesse and Kelly from Poppy Lane Design went over the triangle theory and encouraged us to think outside of the box. I'm pretty proud of how my arrangement turned out!
My grandfather had passed away about a week before the workshop. I was leaving straight from Eufaula to San Antonio, TX for his funeral the next day. It wasn't long before my grandpa passed away that he was asking me about the flowers I favored and complementing my designs. I taught him how to pronounce ranunculus and it has been my favorite flower since that moment. This arrangement was placed beside his urn during the ceremony and before they closed up his niche, I placed a single ranunculus inside. Somebody grab me a tissue because I'm getting teary eyed just thinking about it.
Can we just talk about how much talent Amanda Watson has? Her film images blew my mind. It was such a great experience to get to learn the difference between film and digital images.
After we finished the floral session, we headed back to the main house and refreshed ourselves with ice cold water. Kylie Swanson went over her creative process with us and holy moly.. I fell in love. I always thought I was weird for wanting to spend ours styling details that most people overlook. I can't count how many times (even family members) have asked.. why are you doing that? If you're not a creative mind, it may be hard to comprehend. Let's just say I felt right at home here. We used our centerpieces to flank our styling sessions and had a bounty of pretty things to choose from to encourage everyone to think of something unique and different. It was so neat to see how different yet beautiful everyone's styling was! I wanted to go with a bridal brunch theme.. I think it turned out pretty on point!
And yes, that's a croissant from our breakfast earlier in the day. :) They said anything was fair game, lol.
Going to workshops has been a big part of my creative development. I am so thankful I have taken the leap of faith to chase my dreams and so grateful for all of the other creatives that have encouraged me to do so!