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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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 -

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 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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KAT FLOWER

to say i “love” KAT FLOWER does not really begin to express my respect & appreciation for her…recently i had the honor of shooting the national cover & fashion spread for THE KNOT…yes THE KNOT…i still can hardly believe it (keep an eye for the fall cover & you’ll see what i mean)…anyhow, KAT FLOWER was kind enough to fly out to LOS ANGELES from NEW YORK on a moments notice to do the floral styling for THE KNOT editorial shoot…we worked a long beautiful day…anyhow, after most shoots i head home & leave all the flowers & decor behind…but this was different…you see KAT FLOWER was staying with me…so her and ALL the flowers came home with us…the next morning KAT conducted a impromptu flower class with my daughters…it was a thing of beauty…what i most loved was how KAT treated them like adults, explaing how & where to cut the flowers etc…she offered her thoughts on arranging but mostly encouraged my girls to do whatever they wanted…the end result was just perfection & everything smelled as beautiful as it looked…thank you KAT FLOWER…xoxo

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LES FLEURS

today’s SILVER LINING is FLOWERS…personally am lucky enough to work around beautiful flowers much of the time…but truth be told i am often not enjoying them, but rather working…so between the focusing, exposure & perfect angle i have to remind myself to just enjoy their beauty…& today i am reminding you…FLOWERS are lovely…mother nature’s gift to us…so take some time to “smell the roses” & lilacs & lavender & whatever else you can find…for life is hard & flowers are beautiful..wishing you a beautiful day full of SILVER LININGS & LES FLEURS….xoxo

 

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JULY 10th, 11th & 12th 2012

….on an 800 acre farm nestled just outside of philadephia….

A ONE OF A KIND workshop & retreat with
ELIZABETH MESSINA & her creative collaborators
spend a beautiful three days creating art & learning on a farm
with 100′s of horses & some of elizabeth’s favorite people…xoxo

ABBY LARSON of STYLE ME PRETTY

SHIRA SAVADA of MARTHA STEWART WEDDINGS

CLAIRE PETTIBONE GOWNS

TWIGS & HONEY HEADPIECES

ADRIENNE PAGE of VELVET RAPTOR

LEAH MACDONALD of WAX WORKS

WILEY VALENTINE

and oh so much more

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TO REGISTER

simply go to A LOVELY WORKSHOP
& click on REGISTRATION….fill out the
form & voila…you will be notified if you
have spot in the workshop…resgistration
does not guarantee your spot…..space is
limited to 20 attendees…fingers crossed

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see you on the lovely east coast…xoxoxo

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