the details & planning of a photography workshop takes many moons & minds to plan & come up with the creative concepts that are transformed into a series of (hopefully) breathtaking photo shoots, that are at once an artistic expression of the artists (myself included) who collaborate to create such beauty & also wonderful education oportunities – it was over a year ago that i began working with an incredible group of GEORGIA PEACHES to help me develop that concepts for A LOVELY WORKSHOP in SEA ISLAND, GEORGIA – fashion stylist GINNY BRANCH & floral stylist AMY OSABA & prop stylist BLUE EYED YONDER – working with these creative girls was wonderful -

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GINNY & I spent hours on the phone (girl talk really) about flowers & colors & overall ideas for the photos shoots – one of the first ones we agreed on was something GREEN inspired mixed with the concept of my KISSING TREE – love letters, botanics, leaves, tress, all grounded in a feeling of life & love – BOTANICS – seriously GINNY has the most incredible BOTANICAL PINTEREST BOARD -


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i am obsessed with backdrops – when BLUE EYED YONDER said she could make a BOTANICAL BACKDROP that we could place among the moss laden tress i almost fainted – & then with AMY’s real life florals to ice the already bountiful botanic cake – i was indeed smitten – even after our endless talks & mutual excitement there is no way to describe what it feel like to see a vision come to life – it was truly beautiful – a green field full of old growth trees, dripping in spanish moss & there in the middle of it our BEAUTIFUL BOTANIC BACKDROP – a piece of art born out of girl talk  -

elizabeth messina - botanic backdrop 3this beautiful BOTANIC backdrop will be featured in the next issue of FLUTTER MAGAZINE – so keep an eye out – this is such a sweet & beautiful way to have a backdrop literally anywhere – it would be the perfect photo booth at a wedding or ummmm photo shoot – many thanks to the amazing GINNY BRANCH & AMY OSABA & BLUE EYED YONDER for making my dreams come true – xoxo

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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
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 HEART the beautiful designs of WILEY VALENTINE so much

their style is clean & elegant with an array of options in all color palettes…

i was lucky enough to have all of their beautiful paper goods & designs
last year at the 2012 A LOVELY WORKSHOP at LAUXMONT FARMS

& i am beyond thrilled to say they are working on even more loveliness
for the upcoming  2013 A LOVELY WORKSHOP at SEA ISLAND RESORT

if you are planning your wedding or just looking for some beautiful
cards or personalized thank you notes WILEY VALENTINE is amazing

i saved some of their invites & have them displayed in
my office just because i want to see them every single day

their designs are THAT pretty

so do yourself a favor & visit WILEY VALENTINE today

i promise their pretty designs will bring a smile to your face


xoxoxo

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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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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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this lovely film was created during A LOVELY WORKSHOP in france by the
very talented KRISTEN* of BLISS VIDEO PRODUCTIONS….it is a wonderful
look into the inspiration & grace of MYRA from TWIGS & HONEY….xoxo

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DELYSIA CHOCOLATIER

DELYSIA makes the most amazing parisian style artisan truffles…each flavor is preservative-free and created with the utmost care and attention to detail…..they offer over 60 flavors, from the classic milk or dark chocolate to the unique curry or honey….i have not yet tried every flavor, but i intend to…seriosly these truffles are delicious little works of art….and i was lucky enough to have DELYSIA as an official sponsor of A LOVELY WORKSHOP in france…which meant that every attendee & collaborator got to enjoy some of these lovely melt in your mouth truffles…it’s with bittersweet

generosity that i’m now giving away my last 3 boxes to 3 lucky chocolate lovers…

we all need a little sweetness in our lives…..

NICOLE owner & creator of DELYSIA is a loving mother & chocolate entrepreneur…

“Delysia Chocolatier was launched in late 2008, but our first truffles were created in December 2006 when I was eight months pregnant with Sebastien.  Exhausted and too tired for holiday shopping, I made truffles as gifts for our family and friends.  (Sebastien was born a few days later, four weeks early.)

My first truffle flavors were hazelnut, peanut butter, and mint.  Much to my surprise, they were delicious!  I found myself making them for every holiday, birthday party, and potluck dinner.  With my loving husband’s encouragement, we slowly created a business.

In April 2009, when I was four month pregnant with Colin, I was laid off from my full time job as an industrial/quality engineer.  I was devastated.  I loved being an engineer.  But life had determined a different path for me.  I needed to focus on what was important – our family and my ‘dream’ to grow my chocolate truffle business.  In May 2009, Delysia Chocolatier became a full time venture.”

NICOLE PATEL

DELYSIA also partners with vineyards to create unique truffles with their wines….which could be a wonderful addition to a winery wedding…or you could just hang out in your backyard & eat truffles right out of the box, just saying…i feel its important to mention here, chocolate is good for your soul….so i am inviting you to join my love affair with DELYSIA chocolate truffles…that right, simply leave a comment & i will pick three lucky winners next week….good luck ladies and…..

bon apetite….xoxo

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this is an special post for me…i usually show just a few images from a shoot….i never want to show too much….to overwhelm or bore someone…i’ve had the honor of photographing this beautiful girl for many years….gina worked tirelessly in france for our many long shoots….i adore her & felt i should share all her splendor & beauty….i also want to thank from the bottom of my heart the incredible creative crew….LAUREN NAPIER the amazing make up artist who’s skill & ability to work under pressure was amazing….ERIN SKIPLEY the hair stylist extraodinaire….our lovely & talented stylist EDEN….the designers…DELPHINE MANIVET….CLAIRE PETTIBOONE….TWIGS & HONEY….LOVELY BRIDE….KIRSTIE KELLY….& the sweetest assistants a girl could have…LEAH MACDONALD & BLISS BOOKS….KIRSTEN*….YVETTE ROMAN….KIM from JUNEBUG WEDDINGS…and our amazing location in france CHATEAU SAINT JULIEN L’ARS….i am forever humbled by all of your grace, talent & generousity….thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you….all images created by me ELIZABETH MESSINA….au revoir….xoxo

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