May 4, 2012

Thirst Relief Walk Through Recap

A little over a week ago, I hid in my office clutching on for dear life to my coffee….and tried to access my funny bone.

Our first floor was filling up fast with 20 attendees from all over the country-spanning Charlotte to California- so in about five minutes time, all eyes would be on us. And at 9:30 in the morning, I’m guessing they were hoping for funny.

Two very blurry, heart-filling and super emotional days later, I stood in our kitchen gently holding on to a glass of wine….and tried to slow down time. The minutes were passing fast now, so I sent out 20 hugs out into the world- spanning Charlotte to California- because I knew soon they would all be making their way home. For the two days I spent with them, I was just hoping not to fall on my face. But what I ended up walking away with was so much more.

Because what I found…was 20 new friends to catch me when I do.

To each and everyone of the amazing attendees- turned- friends who came to the Thirst Relief Walk Through…thank you. Thank you, thank you, thank you. You pushed me, challenged me. And didn’t get too mad at me when I challenged you in return. :) I know that we’re all better for having spent those two and a half days together. Me probably more than anybody. And from now until the end of time, whenever I hear anyone say “strip and cry” I will think of you. And I will smile. I love each and every one of you.

So much love,

HUGE thanks to the amazing creative powerhouses who made these two days possible:

Stylist, coordinator & in house miracle worker: Julia Gargano
Artist, visionary, and whizard with a paint brush: Lucinda Wesson, Chocolate Creative Design
Venue: Elihu Island
Church: Union Baptist Church
Beautiful Blooms: Yumiko Fletcher of Hana Floral Design
Makeup Artist Extraordinaire: Jennie Fresa
Models: Heather Colt, Mike Wirsing, Hannah Colt, Emily Colt
Paper: Chocolate Creative Design
Gowns & Accessories: The Wedding Embassy
Thank you to Anna Sawin who pitched in and helped out! We couldn’t have done it without you!
And finally, a very special thank you to Chad Freeman, the MacGyver of Elihu Island!

If you would like to join us for a future Walk Through, you can get more info/ sign up on the website HERE or just fill out the cart below.. We just unveiled the theme for our Australia Walk Through: True Blue & Tweed. And we are now so excited to unveil our June Walk Through theme & design board: Love is Sweet!! See you there!

{Photo Credits: Row 1: Jen Huang Photography, Martha Stewart Weddings, Greige Design, InStyle Weddings, Tanja Lippert Photography, Coastal Living Row 2: My Girly Side, Martha Stewart Weddings, BHLDN, Style Me Pretty , J.Crew, Always a Blogsmaid
Row 3: Ariella Flowers, Endless Simmer, BHLDN, Martha Stewart Weddings, Wedding Chicks, Shop Bouchique

  1. Emilia Jane

    Absolutely beautiful!!

  2. Abby Grace

    AHHHHHH!!!! Words cannot express how pee-in-your-pants excited I am to attend the June WTAW!!!!

  3. Alicia


  4. molly

    this is STUNNING.

  5. Nancy Mitchell

    Awe….love you guys! I can’t say how happy and blessed that I am for attending! I can’t wait to hug you again in October Mary! xoxo~nance

  6. malika luthra

    So–o excited, Arjun and I just signed up for June’s WTAW!!

  7. Heather colt

    J&M (&J2) –
    Words cannot explain what wonderful people you are and what a great time Michael & I had. You are such fun, easy going and loving people that I cannot WAIT for my real wedding to be spent with you! You truly make everyone you meet better people. For my camera shy, non spotlight Mike to have said "wow! That was so fun! I really like that I feel like I’m helping people learn…" while 20+ photographers circled us… is astonishing! We love you guys and respect so much what you are doing out there to help our photog community… And it was our extreme pleasure to be a small part of it :)
    Love you lots!
    Heather & Mike

  8. maggieb

    …wow…that’s all…wow!

  9. Christina Dely

    Time of my life! Cannot thank you enough for this experience! XO

  10. Jade

    Arrgghhhhh how did I miss that you were coming to AUS… OMG I am missing this!!! When are you coming back!!

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