by jessica, 04.12.12

joy thigpen’s styling workshop

Everyone should have a hero in their industry, someone they respect and admire professionally.  For me, that person is Joy Thigpen.  She’s a creative genius and I’ve always adored her work.  So when I saw that she was offering her first ever workshop, I knew I had to go!

You can’t really go to school to be an event stylist.  It’s something instinctual.  But you can learn ways to improve your talents and increase your skill set.  That was my goal for attending Joy Thigpen’s styling workshop.

We had 3 gorgeous days at Serenbe.  I met some amazing people and I’ve since had a hard time putting into words everything I learned and felt that weekend.  I didn’t really think I could respect Joy anymore, but now I respect not only her work, but her heart.

The workshop was the first of it’s kind.. focused on styling and creative direction.  The information presented was invaluable, but even greater than all the practical application was the inspiration Joy gave us to follow our dreams.

Joy’s encouragement stirred up some BIG changes for my business.  Truly, the weekend was nothing short of a gift!  And since I’m certainly not a photographer, I am so grateful to Rylee Hitchner for sharing these gorgeous images with me.  I am so impressed with Rylee and can’t wait to work with her again this year!  If you aren’t familiar with her work yet, get to know her.  She’s a beautiful person with so much talent!

We also put together bouquets… I was pretty nervous about this part of the workshop since it was my first stab at a bouquet, so I’m just excited it didn’t fall apart!  We all had 10 minutes to style our bouquet photos with the Rylee.  Here is how my first bouquet turned out… what do you think?

 

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    • April 12, 2012

    Wonderful setup!!!!

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    • April 12, 2012

    Pretty Flowers. Pretty Images.

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    • April 12, 2012

    Love this post! Such an incredible experience! I've said it 100 times already and could say it 1000 times more- SO glad to have met you! That workshop was such a blessing!!! So excited to see what's in store for you this year!

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    • April 12, 2012

    beautiful bouquet! the last shot is AMAZING. rylee just emailed mine today too - so excited to share :) enjoyed reading your post!

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    • April 12, 2012

    I know what you mean about not being able to fully articulate what a special experience being with all of you in Serenbe was! But reading your lovely words and seeing the beautiful images brings the essence of it back! So excited for what's ahead for you :)

    • Joey
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    • April 12, 2012

    Super lovely!!!!!

  • So lovely to revisit the weekend through this post. Thank you for sharing. Your bouquet turned out beautiful! Exciting to see your new direction with your business. xo

    • jessica
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    • April 15, 2012

    thanks everyone!

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