It’s hard to believe that two weeks ago we were prepping the Union on Eighth for the arrival of twenty-seven beautiful attendees. I can barely put into words the power of a week like this one. You have women from all over the country (and world!) eager and excited to learn, grown, and basically kick butt when it comes to business + styling. Shalyn of Love, The Nelsons perfectly captured the entire event, but today we are going to start with a recap of day one!
Jenny of Graceline teamed up with Paperbirch Designs to bring my vision of marble place cards to life! Y’all – I can’t get over how talented this pair is. Rifle Paper Co. was so generous to provide our attendees with the perfect notebooks to keep track of all the information that we squeezed into three days. B is for Bonnie Design provided the “Choose Joy” pencils and the “Never Settle” prints, both such sweet reminders for our attendees. And Natalie whipped up the gorgeous flower arrangements that were sprinkled around the space!
It’s so important to us that the speakers, attendees, and staff know and invest in one another. Our workshops are intimate, meaning one-on-one conversations between speakers and attendees is the norm. We started the event with some introductions and it was such an exciting moment for me! Getting to hear the hearts of all these women got all of us so excited for the rest of the workshop.
After we wrapped up introductions, I began the workshop with a talk on the Fundamentals of Design. Coming from an art background, it’s really important to me that our students have a solid foundation to build off of the remainder of the week. Jenny followed me by discussing how to brand from your core. This talk was so crucial for our students to hear the first day, as so much of what they created the rest of the week was informed by the idea of creating a consistent, heartfelt brand.
After getting our toes wet with a few talks, it was time to relax and continue to build relationships. We had a yummy cocktail hour that was catered by Pink Avocado Catering. I seriously can’t say enough great things about them! I’m not sure which was my favorite – the Blackberry Smash or Cucumber Jalapeño Margarita. It’s still up for debate.
Once everyone had a full tummy, we started a fun game of “Speed Dating.” This was seriously one of my favorite parts of the whole week! It was all I could do to quiet everyone down to read the next question. So many sweet friendships were formed around the table that night – and it was only the first day!
Day one was full of so much laughter, so many real conversations, and it set the tone for the rest of the week. As the staff and speakers left the venue that night we all knew we were in for something really, really special with this group of ladies. Day two + three will be coming soon!
Photography by Love, The Nelsons