elizabeth-messina-cover-9it is always such an indescribable pleasue to photograph
CLAIRE PETTIBONE’s stunning gowns & this spring in SEA ISLAND
was truly magical – i am honored to to be gracing the cover of the newest
issue of UTTERLY ENGAGED – their is also a beautiful 30 page spread inside -

xoxoxoxo – elizabeth


styling by GINNY BRANCH 

florals by AMY OSABA

props by BLUE EYED YONDER

hair & makeup by
ERIN SKIPLEY & CLAUDIA MEJERLE

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i love this beautiful RUCHE DRESS & i
am beyond thrilled to be giving one away

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i recently photographed a BEAUTIFUL LOOKBOOK for
RUCHE’s lovely & very affordable VINTAGE inspired wedding gowns

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this dress really caught my eye because i thought it’d be perfect DRESS
to wear as a guest to a wedding or to a brunch with family or date night
with you favorite person – it is feminine &  oh so flattering -so simply

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HOW TO ENTER CONTEST:

1) pick your favorite image from the RUCHE
LOOKBOOK i photographed “Forever & A Day”
and share it on INSTAGRAM

2) your caption must include @shopruche & @elizabethmessina

3) add hashtags #RucheBridal & #ElizabethMessina

we will pick the lucky winner of this pretty RUCHE DRESS soon – xoxo

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A LOVELY WORKSHOP
INSTAGRAM PHOTOS

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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 -

elizabeth messina_a lovely workshop_instagram0004Tthey photographed stunning fashion by CLAIRE PETTIBONE, TWIGS & HONEY, CHELSEA ROSE BRIDAL, THE SENTIMENTALIST, and IVY & ASTER which hung beautifully from the frames of five stunning models KAREN, SARAH, JESSICA, GINA & ANNA…whose beautiful hair & makeup were carefully tended to by ERIN SKIPLEY & CLAUDIA MEJERLE

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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i love that REVERIE chose this sweet image of mine for their new cover….i was a mother when i got married…i was a girl in a dress with a baby on my hip & two other little ones running around….i felt every much a bride…being a mother did not lessen the sweetness & joy of exchanging vows & celebrating our love….this image & the beautiful spread inside REVERIE magazine feature my dear friend MYRA CALLAN’s new dress line as well as her beautiful TWIGS & HONEY veils & headpieces….all images were made at the stunning STOW HOUSE in santa barbara….xoxo

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hair & makeup by
CHRISTINA BURNS

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i am truly thrilled to have shot the cover of the new issue of MUNALUCHI BRIDE – not only is it a beautiful magazine with pages of inspiration & loveliness – MUNALUCHI BRIDE is also stunning celebration of woman of color – this is especially close to my heart, because the woman the grace the pages of MUNALUCHI BRIDE could be my daughters – my hope is that other magazines follow suit – that diversity will be seen on a regular basis on the covers of mainstream magazines all over the world – from fashion to news to bridal – lets make this dream a reality – wishing everyone blessings – xoxo

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to see some incredible exclusive images of this cover shoot
you must spend some time on the WEDDING CHICKS todday -
they will be sharing images ALL DAY LONG from this shoot -
also be sure to check out INSPIRED BY THIS too – they are doing
a beautiful feature today too –  the beautiful dress is by the talented
CLAIRE PETTIBONE – hair & makeup by ERIN SKIPLEY – florals
by DOLCE DESIGNS – the location was at one of my favorite places
on earth (& my dream home) THE VILLA AT SUNSTONE WINERY

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100 LAYER CAKE & THE KNOTso thrilled to share my newest editorial cover shoot for THE KNOT
is being featured today on one of my favorite blogs 100 LAYER CAKE
please take a moment & check out the exclusive images on THE KNOT
& on 100 LAYER CAKE – i love my job so much….xoxoxo, elizabeth

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