Honestly, I am still speechless as I am putting these photos together in a beautiful blog post. Yesterday I hosted my second workshop, The Prosper Workshop, at Old Homestead Farm. I had been planning this event for months, both eager and excited to put on an awesome learning experience and styled shoot for all of the amazing women who attended. To see it all come together and witness everyone get so excited over the end result was pretty unreal and I am still trying to find a way to express my true feelings about it all!
After I hosted my first workshop back in April, I was feeling inspired to continue pouring into others right away. There is so much that I had to “learn the hard way” over the past couple of years that I’ve been in this business, and I wish I would’ve had a resource like this to help guide me along the way (and maybe save me some hard hours of work). So I decided to put together The Prosper Workshop — an all inclusive business and photography workshop for female entrepreneurs! The fact that ANYONE wanted to sign up and attend meant the absolute world to me.
We covered everything from how to start your legal business, to finding your “why” and your ideal client. Even the not so fun stuff was included– such as taxes, finances, and important business principles. We were so lucky to have Chrissy Denoyer of DC Financial come to teach us everything we needed to know about those things! Then, my sweet friend, partner in g0-getting, and podcast co-host Kathryn spoke all about social media marketing and how to best use it in business. Everyone had such a blast with the activities she put together, which included a little Instagram story production. 🙂 Later in the afternoon, we heard from Barbara of Bridal Artistry. Barbara is a makeup artist that has been in the wedding industry for many years. She touched on the importance of vendor relationships and shared her expertise with our participants on how to set yourself up for success. I am so grateful to all of these amazing ladies who added SO much value to our attendee’s learning experience throughout the entire day!
Perhaps what made the day the MOST exciting was the STUNNING styled shoot that came together. One of the things I LOVEEE most about this community and industry is the ability to collaborate. I really enjoy supporting other local businesses and getting inspired by the talent and creativity of other vendors around me. This shoot went from a Pinterest mood board to one of the most spectacular set ups I have ever had the honor of photographing! My sister-in-law, Leah, helped come up with the idea behind the entire design. As soon as she sent me the Google doc “mood board” she had put together, I was immediately on board with this citrus-inspired wedding idea. She has such an amazing eye for design and also happens to have years of experience in the wedding planning industry. What a perk of having awesome family! She and my brother also volunteered to be our bride and groom models for the day which made everything so much more fun. 🙂
The months leading up to the workshop, I reached out to all of our sweet vendors, shared what we had in mind for this styled shoot, and asked if they would be willing to work together. And I was soooo excited that they were all on board. Each and every one of them went ABOVE AND BEYOND and I was absolutely blown away by how amazing they all were to work with! I was especially impressed with our floral designer, Meghan. As she arrived with the stunning bridal bouquet and began setting up the table scapes and bar cart, I’m pretty sure my jaw hit the floor. I have a COMPLETELY different design for my upcoming wedding, but this made me wish I could have a second wedding just so I could have her put together this beauty again.
I think this styled shoot completely exceeded the expectations of our workshop participants and I am so so so thankful to all of the amazing vendors who made this happen for us!
Lead Photographer: Chelsea Allegra
Venue: Old Homestead Farm
Gown: Coastal Knot
Bridal Hair: @shearandthesparrow
Bridal Makeup: Bridal Artistry
Floral Design: Petal Provisions
Rentals: Martha My Dear Rentals
Invitation Suite/Stationary: Ivy & Linen Design
Favors: Savory Spice Shop Raleigh
Vision/Design: Leah Bartholomew
Bride + Groom Models: Adam + Leah Bartholomew
And, I am especially thankful that the Lord gave us a tiny little period of the day without rain so that we were able to do some portraits outside. 🙂 Here is what I was able to capture yesterday afternoon. I hope you are as inspired as I am when you look at these colors!