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Check out Part I of my Atlanta adventure… Read on for more!

Atlanta breezed by in a whirlwind way leaving me with sore feet, good memories and a few remaining red velvet cupcakes made by the lovely Sharon.  But seriously, my trek to Atlanta was less about the food I ate of the laughs I had and all about the people I connected with.  Your besties on Twitter become real people face to face and suddenly you feel like you’ve know them forever, in a small but real way.

Starting the day with 3 Claire Pettibone gowns staring you down is never a bad thing.  Creating shade in a Tuscany-esque courtyard and kneeling on hard stone until your knees are numb, to get that stationery shot just right isn’t glamorous but all part of a shoot day.

Amy Osaba is one fun gal.  Incredibly open to collaboration, she welcomed us all to be part of her creative experience.   She is a true artist with a friendly spirit.  Very much looking forward to working together again.

P3 Lab rocked makeup and hair for three models, while Christine chased the sun and shade all day with her camera.  I’m pretty sure she is the most tired of us all, after a marathon day of shooting!

The first stationery shot of the day and still my favorite.  Pencil sketched blooms filled with delicate watercolor washes and Moya’s calligraphy…this is my heart.  Some styling pieces from Four Inch Fold made this look a moment.

A trip to Atlanta, I learned, is not complete without an order at The Varsity counter.  Slaw dogs and fried pies were my dinner.  Big hugs to Sharon for being my tour guide and personal supplier of THE best Red Velvet cupcakes.

So, this is about all I can share for now.  Keep an eye out for the fruits of our labor in an upcoming Occasions issue!

Lastly and most importantly is a thank you to the team.  I never tire of mingling talents and am so grateful for the passionate work, time and…well sweat that all of you put into the day.   Until next time! XO


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Today’s post comes late as I sit in my sweet little hotel room in Atlanta, surrounded by the first quiet of my day.  Over the years I have traveled… a lot while meeting talented folks along the way.  I make it a point to soak in my travel; meet people, talk long and dream big.  So a few years ago I did just that at an industry party with two ladies from Atlanta; Sharon, who makes brilliant cakes and Christine, who captures life with her keen and artful eye.  We spoke about a big project with loads of inspiration, delicate cakes with sugar blooms and painted paperie everywhere.  So finally, tomorrow our big ideas are coming to life in an editorial shoot designed just the Atlanta based magazine,  Occasions.

So over the next few days you may want to pop in to see a bit from my days in this gorgeous city.  The weather is fine and the people are friendly…and tomorrow we get to indulge in some artistic-just-because, all with hopes of inspiring both brides and party-throwers alike or maybe those who simply love a romatic, lacy gown and the prettiest of paperie.

My journey began in the studio, at the painting table surrounded by calligraphy from Moya Minns, at Atlanta native.  New bloom watercolor paintings unfolded with the fresh-picked aesthetic of Amy Osaba as my muse.  You guessed it, she is an Atlanta gal and part of our artistic team.

Today, while just minutes of the plane I stepped into a day of site visits and selecting last minute dinnerware pieces for our imaginary table-top design about to unfold.  A stop at Four Inch Fold was like coming home to shelves of old books and stacks of vintage plates.

Tonight I’m sifting through the Hand Painted Invitations and such I created just for our shoot.  All inspired by Claire Pettibone Gowns, these, my newest creations indulged my most fussy and romantic sensibilities…

So I log off for some much needed sleep, thinking of all tomorrow will bring.  Good people, with the best of ideas and innovative talents.  We’re not just making pretty here, we’re making connections.  Artists who create together are linked in small ways for life through the memory of sweet glance caught on camera or the swoosh of a brushstrok’s perfect color.

Let’s you and I conjure together. You watch me and I’ll watch you and I will show you how to show me how to show you how to do our marvelous human tricks together. –  Courtney Milne


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