Just a few more days until I’m off to the mountains of Tennessee for CAMP’s Pick With A Pro Retreat. We have campers coming from as far as California! I can’t wait to meet each one and shop together through miles and miles of treasures. It’s about this time that I start to really get excited. I imagine all of the vendors pricing their pieces, packing up their stuff, getting ready for the big sale. I can’t help but to wonder what we’ll find – each day’s a new adventure!
This year will be especially fun with the awesome ladies I have joining me. Some of them are professional pickers themselves. It’s going to be so great to swap stories and share pickin’ secrets. We have a big CAMP dinner planned the first night where we’ll relax at the lakehouse and get to know each other. Then we’ll have a little “class” time where we share tips, secrets and lessons learned. The talented Ginny Branch will also be on board to share a little about prop styling. Then bright and early Friday and Saturday morning we’ll hit the trail in search of some really awesome finds. It’s pretty much the ultimate girls weekend!
Above are a few Instagram peeks of the fun that’s happening behind-the-scenes for this retreat. I’ve been busy putting together lots of special touches and hand-crafted goodness for this year’s campers. They’ll even get some special items reserved only for our overnight retreats.
So if you’re sitting there kicking yourself for not signing up – there’s good news – we have 2 spots available! Just hop on over to the CAMP website to sign up and be sure to follow along on our adventure at #pickwithapro.
You don’t have plans Wednesday night? Perfect!
Join us at Sun in my Belly for CAMP‘s Summer Supper. Free food, free drinks and a room full of local artists, designers, photographers, stylists, creatives, makers, movers and shakers. It’s sure to be a good time!
New cookie for Dottie Mae.
New summer hat for me.
New canoe for Blue Eyed Yonder.
I hope everyone has had a fantastic week! I’ve been busy, busy behind the scenes planning some awesome things for CAMP this summer and meeting with brides (plus an awesome Mother of the Bride) for some gorgeous weddings this Fall. With Father’s Day this weekend, I plan to spend some time away from work and with my sweet Daddy. We’re cookin’ up a low country boil to celebrate – yum! What are you guys doing for all those sweet Dads out there?
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I (along with some of Atlanta’s best wedding vendors) traveled to Sea Island to style and produce three different shoots for the workshop. Each day was different – new colors, new props, new dresses, new locations. These images were from Day 3 of the workshop – The Gilded Wedding. Ginny Branch did a phenomenal job of creating the most inspiring mood boards for each of the vendors to pull inspiration from. She orchestrated and styled each of the different shoots – it’s like pure magic watching her work. I’m so flattered to have been a part of this dream team.
On the final day of shooting, all of the workshop attendees were surprised to find out the 24-foot farm table spread was created especially for them – complete with red velvet cake and champagne for a Southern send-off!
For more lovely images and to check out some beautiful shots captured by some workshop attendees, visit Martha Stewart Weddings The Bride’s Guide.
Photography: Elizabeth Messina // Prop and Fashion Styling: Ginny Branch // Floral Designs: Amy Osaba // Vintage Rentals and Set Design: Krista Janos // Printed Collateral: Wiley Valentine // Hair and Makeup: Erin Skipley & Claudia Mejerle // Calligraphy: Maybelle Imasa-Stukuls // Custom Spoons: Monkeys Always Look // Champagne: Cupcake Vineyards
And if you’re coveting the fashions, here’s the scoop, on who wore what in the last image above, clockwise from the upper left: Ivy & Aster dress and bolero, Claire Pettibone floral clip; Jessica Fontaine dress,Chelsea Rose Bridal bolero, Construct Jewelry necklace; Billy Reid suit, shirt, and bowtie; Sarah Seven dress; Myra Callan dress, Claire Pettibone headpiece; Claire Pettibone gown, robe, and cap; Carol Hannah Whitfield dress, Twigs & Honey hairpiece.
“Where do you find your stuff?” has got to be the #1 question people ask me. While I’m constantly on the lookout for cool pieces to add to the inventory, there are a few special places that I keep coming back to year after year. On this exclusive 3-day CAMP retreat, I’ll take you into mountains of Tennessee on a weekend pickin’ adventure! We’ll “camp” together at the lakehouse, shop ’til we drop along the 127 Corridor (World’s Longest Yardsale) and have a few class sessions where I’ll spill my pickin’ tips and secrets! We’ll hunt for heirlooms, trinkets and treasures and hang out together in true CAMP fashion.
We’ve rented an amazing lakehouse where we’ll sit on the dock or relax on the porch and swap tall pickin’ tales. Each day, we’ll hop in a 12-passenger van together and hit up all the good spots and plunder through lots of cool stuff.
Lakehouse lodging (2 nights)
Thursday Welcome Cookout
Breakfast each morning
Two days of pickin’ alongside Blue Eyed Yonder
Fun class sessions
Transportation during the retreat
Plus! BEY will haul any large items back to Atlanta for you!
This retreat is only open to 8 lucky campers so hurry and reserve your spot today!
Photo by Ali Harper