You know that feeling you get when you leave a place and you're convinced you forgot something? That's how I felt as I drove away from the Explore North Workshop last week. We all arrived greeting each other with handshakes and big smiles, anticipating the excitement the days ahead would bring. Spend a few days in the middle of the woods with some ridiculously kind, talented, and encouraging folks, and you leave saying goodbyes with BIG hugs. No longer to strangers, but to dear friends. What a wonderful community. I think, for a moment, I thought I might forget all of its magic.
I went into the weekend as a person who struggled with confidence and comparison, often believing the lies my thoughts would speak, "I'm not as good as others, can I even call myself a photographer?" It's a struggle I know many creatives deal with. But for a full weekend I never once doubted my talents. It was so refreshing to be surrounded by such encouragement.
The Explore North Workshop was a weekend I am not quite sure I will ever be able to fully put into words. When I first saw it advertised I just KNEW it was something I needed to be a part of. And boy was my instinct right! I learned SO much from this weekend and left with new dear friends, and rejuvenated in my passions and purpose. I truly left as a new person.
Today on the blog I'm sharing the Written in the Stars Bridal Session styled by Mint and Lovely. They did an amazing job putting together all the gorgeous details. I still can't get over how beautiful everything was, and our bride and groom couldn't of had been more fun to work with! Tomorrow I will be sharing Part 2 to the weekend including the styled engagement session, behind the scenes images of the weekend, love for our sponsors, and more of what I learned from the Explore North Workshop.
Mollie is an amazing makeup artist! It so wonderful to meet her last weekend!
I fell in love with this dress!
Isn't this table linen gorgeous! It's hand-dyed by Aeva
I loved these florals by Saffron & Grey so so much!
The wonderful Emilee + Haley of Mint And Lovely working their magic!
Thank you to all our vendors that made this workshop SO amazing and a weekend I will truly never forget!
Event Stylists + Stationary: Mint & Lovely | Dress Designer: Leanne Marshall supplied by Flutter Bridal Boutique |
Floral Designer: Saffron & Grey | Engagement Ring Designer: Alyssa and Anna | Hair + Makeup: Mollie Kae | Cake Designer: Cake and Cookie | Hand Dyed Linen: Aeva | Lasercut names on table: Everlaser | Rentals: Event Essentials
| Jewelry: Lizziebeth | Venue: Lake Superior Barn