Alright, alright (oooh I just Mcconaughey’d it!!) ….here it is!! The mega workshop recap!!
We met up yesterday for our full day workshop with Gene Higa at Chamard Vineyards. Bridget and her whole staff at the winery were just AMAZING and took such great care of us, including putting on a full-fledged wine tasting for us during lunch. If you are in need of a good new bottle of wine, I highly recommend hitting them up!!
We had a full day of classes on everything from life balance to marketing to finding your signature style. Gene is SUCH a brilliant business man, and it was so amazing to just sit and soak in all of his incredible wisdom. I know that we learned just as much as all of the attendees, and it was such an honor for us to be up there with him!
After our sessions, we wrapped up with one pretty crazy cool shoot that Julia & I have been working on all week. A few weeks ago, we came up with a “laundry theme” for the shoot and spent the past few weeks brain storming. Then this week it was time to put it all into action, so we hit the stores with limited budget and time. It was AWESOME!! It was like we were on some new reality show or something: “Plan My Wedding in Four Hours or Less.” Kind of a long name I know, but pretty catchy if I do say so myself!
Of course, we knew there was no way that we were going to be able to take this shoot to the level we had in our heads on our own. So we did exactly what you should do in that situation… we called in the best!! And I have to say, they took our already super high expectations and just blew them out of the water. Like they had dynamite and a fishing net. And we were the trout. Hmmm….or is that just a West Virginia thing?
So without further delay, I proudly present to you the “You wash, I’ll dry” shoot!! (***For more background on the name of our shoot, be sure to check out the “About J&M” section at the top.”)
Theme & Design by Mary Marantz & Julia Gargano
Location: Chamard Vineyards – Clinton, CT
Styling & Coordination: Sarah True – True Events
Rentals: Rentals Unlimited
Flowers: Yumiko Fletcher – Hana Floral
Dresses & accessories provided by The White Dress by the Shore
Bride’s dress: Melissa Sweet
Bridesmaid dress: Vineyard Collection
Models: Bride & Groom: Esther & JC Bridesmaid: Lindsay Milan Mamula
Make-up: Jennie Fresa Beauty Library
Beth at The White Dress by the Shore provided us with this beautiful dress (as well as the awesome bridesmaid’s dress below). They are having a HUGE sample sale this weekend, so be sure to check them out if you’re in need of some fabulousness!
Yumiko burned the flowers UP!!! Dude, check out this little antique tea towel that she used on the bouquet!! She actually went out to an antique store to track this little baby down and hand cut it to fit the bouquet. AMAZING!!
Julia & I had a super-glue field day putting all of these details together! I still can’t feel my fingers!
The incredible Gene Higa in action!!
Our attendees rockin the details
Strike a pose
Thank you to all of the attendees, vendors and models for making this workshop such a success and inspiring us more than you’ll ever know. You gave more than you had to and went out of your way to help us out. And we will never forget that.
And a HUGE special thanks to Julia who in such a short time has become our right hand girl. She worked tirelessly and endlessly and gave all of herself to making this workshop a success, and it simply would not have come together without her. We love you Julia!!!
And of course, the biggest thank you of all goes to Gene for traveling through 4 airports to get here and putting it all out there. You are, simply put, incredible. You push us and inspire us and demand the best of us. We are honored to call you our friend. Be safe going home!!