A LOVELY WORKSHOP
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it is hard to put into words all of the incredible beauty & inspiration that was tucked into a few precious days at the SEA ISLAND RESORT in GEORGIA – from the stunning FLORALS by the insanely talented AMY OSABA to the stunning FASHION & SET styling by the ever gracious GINNY BRANCH to the truck load of treasure from BLUE EYED YONDER – it was literally my DREAMS coming to life before my eyes….

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the attendees were embraced by SOUTHERN HOSPITALITY that embraced us at every turn at SEA ISLAND RESORT – they learned & created side by side with each other & with ME – they finger painted with WAX from incredible artist, encaustics master & book maker LEAH MACDONALD -

elizabeth messina_a lovely workshop_instagram0003they sat with MARTHA STEWART WEDDINGS photo editor, SHIRA SAVADA & soaked up her insights on publishing & got a bit of her fantastic sense of humor along the way…they enjoyed treasures from BENEFIT COSMETICS, WILEY VANETINE, ARTIFACT UPRISING, VELVET RAPTOR, MONKEYS ALWAYS LOOK, CUPCAKE VINEYARDS, CACAO, FUJI FILM, PRETTY PLUM SUGAR, TIBI, RUCHE, YOU SMELL all tucked into beautiful custom made totes by the one & only WEDDING CHICKS – & our staff wore handmade aprons by ICE MILK APRONS -

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elizabeth messina_a lovely workshop_instagram0005then we dined on scrumptious SEA ISLAND RESORT meals while lovely LA TAVOLA linens covered the tables – as a handmade chalkbroard sign by SOUTHERN SPROUT sat beside us & LOVE LETTERS & such were artfully written by incredible calligrapher MAYBELLE -we laughed, we cried – it was everything i LOVE about collaboration – the end result was much bigger than all of the parts -

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i think the thing that truly touched my heart the most was the incredible group of people that came to A LOVELY WORKSHOP to learn from me & my fantastic group of collaborators…all of the attendees brought something special to our group…they are all ARTISTS & it was a pleasure to share time with each & every one of them -

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websites of the 2013 LOVELY WORKSHOP attendees

MARISA HOLMES
LINDSAY MADDEN
GREER GATTUSO
DANIEL PEREZ
KATHERINE EMERY
TRICIA WHITMER
LIZ ROBERTS
JULIE PAISLEY
RABIAH KHWAJA
VERONICA RAMIREZ
NICOLE MASON
KELLY SAUER
JESSICA MORRISY
SERENA SEVERTSON
TIFFANY BENDER
LAUREN ROSENAU
REBECCA STANLEY
SARAH PIRKRYL
GINA MOORE

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A LOVELY WORKSHOP 2013
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is coming to GEORGIA – the workshop this year will be hosted at
the amazing 5 star SEA ISLAND RESORT in SEA ISLAND, GEORGIA
i’m happy to share that VELVET RAPTOR & ARTIFACT UPRISING will
be sponsoring the LOVELY SOUTHERN WORKSHOP & attendees  will
each receive books from both beautiful companies – my dear friend & amazing
artist LEAH MACDONALD will be conducting an intimate ENCAUSTIC class
during the workshop – many more collaborators to be announced & many
details & surprises along the way – this workshop is will include
education & guidance on….

NATURAL LIGHT & PHOTOGRAPHY & BUSINESS & ART &
STYLING & BRANDING & PRESENTATION & SO MUCH MORE

there will be a fantastic welcome reception on a BOAT
monday April 1st (this is not a joke;) & the workshop will be three full days
tuesday-APRIL 2nd & wednesday – APRIL 3rd & thursday – APRIL 4th

the fee is $3500 per person / digital & film shooters are welcome
& the workshop is open to photographers at all experience levels
space is limited – if you want to be part of this workshop please email

TIFFANY (AT) ELIZABETHMESSINA (DOT) COM

wishing everyone a LOVELY & LUMINOUS day…xoxo

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(tiffany will answer any questions & provide registration forms upon request)

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a couple of months ago…..my sweet friend LEAH flew from the east coast to personally teach me one of her passions….encaustic painting….now LEAH has been covering my photos with wax for years (she even appeared on the MARTHA STEWART SHOW & taught martha how to paint with wax, with one of my photographs…amazing)….it was wonderful to learn how to do the proccess myself….we were like two kids with finger paints & no parents…..it was wonderful…..beeswax is so beautiful…

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so now i am completely & irrevocably smitten….my images want to be covered in wax, they are in love….in fact i have an urge to cover everything in wax(i am hoping this urge fades soon, because although quite beautiful, perhaps not totally appropriate)….alas my photos want to marry wax….here is a little sneak peak into my studio after an art making experience with the incredibly talented LEAH MACDONALD….for those of you who do not have the time or inclination to learn this proccess yourself….you can have LEAH turn your photographs into works of art at WAX WORKS PHOTO….

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may your studio be a big beautiful mess…..xoxo

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artforlife

one of my new year’s resolutions was to learn something new…i am so happy to say that i have learned encaustic painting…and i was taught by my amazing friend & wax artist Leah MacDonald…i spent the weekend in my studio melting wax & pouring it over some of my favorite photographs…i felt like an artist & a little kid all at once…i am smitten….i think my images have met their mate…i am now working on creating a body of encaustic work….if you are interested in owning a handmade encaustic piece of art, please contact me directly (info@elizabethmessina.com)…and is you are interested in turning your own images into encaustic art visit WAXWORKSPHOTO….and for those of you with the time & inclination your can hire LEAH to come to your studio & teach you all the beautiful secrets of hot bees wax…so now on to my next resolution…more balance in my life…wish me luck…xoxoxo

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A LOVELY WORKSHOP IS GOING TO FRANCE

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this lovely chateau will be the home for elizabeth & the attendees of the 2010  LOVELY WORKSHOP there will be insightful & inspiring instruction by elizabeth messina as well as some of her fabulous collaborators….all attendess will have the opportunity for a porfolio review with amazing Jaqueline Tobin, the author of WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY UNVEILED and the deputy photo editor at PDN….

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the chateau is nestled in the french countryside about an hour outside of paris….in addition to the beautiful ground surrounding the chateau, we will have access to an eleventh century church (seen below) that is also on the property….we live in & photograph a little piece of french history….and…

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the incredibly talented LEAH MACDONALD, one of the founders of WAXWORKS will teach all the attendees how to make their very own encaustic wax photograph…we will study & learn, be inspired & inspire others, as we dine on french cuisine….& even with all os this amazing talent & opportunity, elizabeth’s very favorite part is THE KISSING TREE that sits beautifully in front of the chateau….

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there will be more images and details featured all week long here on KISS THE GROOM….so come back soon and for more information about how to be an attendee visit  A LOVELY WORKSHOP…..

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au revoir

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some things are hard to describe with words…waxworks pieces are the most beautiful evocative treasures…the technique is know as encaustic painting…the images are literally covered in hot bees wax & paint….waxworks is the love child of two amazing artists…leah macdonald & susan beard….they are also amazing photographers, but it’s this unique company they’ve created together that makes my heart skip a beat…feast your eyes on these divine wax paintings…the images don’t even do them justice….what is really amazing is the texture & feel of the surface…the images are mounted on wood (or paper) & then painted….they are simply scrumptous…..seriously dreamy…..

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waxworks markets their pieces of art to photographers….they can take ANY image and turn it into a work of art…so ask your wedding photographer…anyone can order a piece….you can also contact them directly & have any personal images transformed….i have done so many of my images this way…i adore them…in fact i’d let them cover me in wax if it were possible….

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waxworks has been kind enough to offer this encaustic image of the eiffel tower as a giveaway….i took this image at a wedding a little while back….and it soon became one of my favorites….the encaustic painting makes me love it even more (it’s a 9×12 photograph mounted on wood & painted with bees wax)……here is how to win this lovely piece of art; simply write a comment telling us about your day dreams….something you just adore, like paris or chocolate…ummm…enough about me….

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share your dreams & win this beautiful piece of art by waxworks

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