Two years ago, I posted an Instagram of the following words: Crazy big goal: teach a workshop in France. - And then we did it. - This frame's from the morning before our girls arrived in Versailles for @thesignatureatelier. It looks easy and carefree, but only because @katherinebignon and I (and our husbands, to an extent) spent the six months beforehand planning carefully, prepping for every possibility we could imagine, to make sure that things ran smoothly. - There were hundreds of late-night texts, phone calls, Skype dates, and products ordered online. Dozens of hours spent deliberating possibilities, designing the workshop website, and creating an experience our attendees would never forget. - I guess the reason I'm telling you all is this: don't ever be afraid to dream big. And once you've started, don't be scared of the work that will accompany those big dreams- it is WORTH IT. All those meetings, the stress of planning, everything that went into #thesignatureatelier, it was worth it. You musn't be afraid to dream a little bigger, darling.
Happy, happy birthday, darling! I love your bald, bearded self so much, I'm SO excited to spend the day celebrating you! There's a blog post up just for you, @mattygracephoto. - Photo by our incredibly talented friends, @anchorveilphoto, from our anniversary session a few weeks ago at our spot, @stonetowerwinery (more to come from that soon!)
What do you get when you bring 13 photographers at 5:35 AM to the most popular tourist attraction in France, possibly the world? A whole lot of PRETTY. - Also, a few potentially irritated tourists who are slightly huffy about the fact that we staked out the best spot possible at Trocadéro but... #sorrynotsorry. You'll have to get up earlier than that to beat me and @katherinebignon! - From our sunrise shoot during @thesignatureatelier, with a stunning custom blush gown by @katherinebignon, jewelry by @bekah_anne_accessories, and the always flawless @arienneswinson and her hubs Kevin.
I'd like to pretend that this is what my Friday looks like. Instead of this pretty little French vignette, I'm staring at a suitcase that has (rudely) not unpacked itself yet, a messy office, and an inbox in some need of attention. I think this must be what a @creativeatheartconference hangover looks like... - Workshop: @thesignatureatelier by myself & @katherinebignon Gown Design: @katherinebignon Florals: @floresie Stationery + ring box: @jennhellerdesignco Makeup: @trinejuel Jewelry: @bekah_anne_accessories Ribbon: @ruffledlane Lab: @thefindlab #thesignatureatelier
If you've never visited the blog, TODAY is the day to do it- this stunning ballerina, that French blue circle skirt by @katherinebignon, and a backdrop of the Musée du Louvre are all making an appearance and I AM FREAKING OUT. This is, hands down, one of my favorite sessions of all time!! Peyton in Paris is on the blog- link in profile!! #abbygraceballerinas
Because I just really wanted to have a pair of pointe shoes in my feed, alright? #abbygraceballerinas - Today was day 1 of #creativeatheartround7 and I'm already so wonderfully overwhelmed by everything this conference has to offer (like surprise appearances by @laracasey- WHAT!) So, #herestothecreatives- we've still got two more days, and I'm so ready for the rush of information, connection, and tough questions.
Want to know one of the best ways to test if a friendship is going to go the distance? Plan an international, week-long workshop together, then spend 8 days living in the same room throughout said workshop (@thesignatureatelier). Make sure to stay up WAY past your bed time each night, add in a glass or two of pinot blanc, and BOOM. Lifelong friends. - I met @katherinebignon at the very first @creativeatheartconference, sitting across from one another at dinner, bonding over a love of all things French & chic. So, naturally, I'm a HUGE advocate of this conference, because I've seen the immeasurable growth in our business AND in the relationships we've come to treasure throughout our industry! - We're heading down to Raleigh this morning for #creativeatheartround7 (my seventh time attending as a speaker and/or panelist!) and I can't WAIT to see what the next few days hold. I hope these attendees and my fellow speakers are ready to have their worlds ROCKED! - Photo by wonderful @katiemcgihon at Versailles!
Fridays: best spent with brie, charcuterie, a baguette, and some sparkling rosé. Can I get an amen? Styling by @katherinebignon at @thesignatureatelier, because my scans from @thefindlab are here!