Whew! What an amazing experience. I’m still collecting myself from all the emotions and prep that went into the first Darling Wedding Workshop. It’s something I’d dreamed about for years. I’d basically planned the whole workshop in my head before I even announced it. We spent the last months planning every aspect of this thing, and it all came together better than I had even dreamed.
Seeing that first car pull into the venue on day one, I almost lost it. Finally this was happening. I attempted to pull myself back together as the ladies showed up, but I don’t hide my emotions well. Looking back, I’m glad they saw my passion for them. I really believe in each of these girls! I saw lightbulbs going off in their heads and ideas coming to them on how to take their businesses to the next level. I saw connections being made that will last the rest of their careers, and there is nothing that makes me happier than that. They grasped on to the vision behind Darling, and this community they’ve built is going to lift each of them up more than they even know.
Those two days were filled with everything technical and emotional about running a business. We covered licensing, camera settings, lighting, marketing, timeline planning, and so much more. Many of the ladies had even attended photography school and had never heard some of the things we talked about!! Their heads are still spinning I’m sure, but in the best way possible.
We did our best to spoil these girls too with plenty of food, sponsor gifts, 2 styled shoots and an engagement session for them to leave with gorgeous new portfolio images. I’ll be sharing more from the shoots later. Today is all about the behind the scenes. Seeing inside a Darling Wedding Workshop. These ladies trusted me when I said it was going to be awesome, but not future attendees can actually see. It really is an amazing workshop! I’m not saying that because it’s my vision. We created here what we wish we could have attended in the first years of our business, and I think the attendees will agree it was worth their time.
Before we get to the pictures though, I need to say thank you to so many people. First off is Kyle. He put up with my late nights, emotional days and ran everything behind the scenes for the workshop while I hosted it. I honestly couldn’t have done this without him. Most of the photos you see below are his : ) Then there’s my mom and my sister who helped watch our baby, and helped with a lot of the crafting for the attendees! I came up with ideas, they made them happen. I have quite the talented family!! My sister’s friend Faith of The Love Other’s Box, thank you for helping serve dinner to these ladies. You and Carter allowed me to enjoy time with the girls without worrying about everything else going on behind the scenes there!
The biggest thank you goes to the ladies of C & D Events, The Bradford, and Green House Picker Sisters. They donated their time and supplies, styling every single moment of the workshop. I didn’t have to do a thing other than tell them my ideas. Dana, you made my life so much easier these past few months! I don’t know how I’ll ever repay you for all your help, energy, creativity & vision with this! Thank you!!!!
There are so many other vendors & sponsors who contributed to this workshop. To all of you thank you!!!! You made this come together perfectly, and I’ll forever be grateful. See the list below to see some of the best vendors in the industry!
Twenty-One Films, we love you guys, and can’t wait to see the promo film you are putting together. Your friendship is so valuable to us, and we’re honored to have you as part of the Darling team!
All our models, thank you for not complaining in the 100 degree heat, having smiles on your faces, and not running away when all those cameras pointed your way. The pictures are looking amazing, and I can’t wait to show you how beautiful you all looked on camera!!!
Last, but definitely not least, to the 10 ladies who trusted me enough to sign up and join me for two days of learning, you will forever hold a special place in my heart. I love each and every one of you, and can’t wait to see where your businesses go from here! Thank you for making Darling a community!
Venue: The Bradford
Styling & pretty much everything else: C & D Events
Decor & Styling: Greenhouse Picker Sisters
Lighting & pergola: Get Lit Special Event Lighting
Hair & Makeup: Makeup For Your Day
Cupcakes for the styled dinner: Cinda’s Creative Cakes
Calligraphy: The Littlest Paperie
Catering: Cafe Luna
Bouquets & Additional Floral Decor: Artfully Arranged
Linens & China: CE Rental
Stationery: Jess Creates
Desserts & Cake for the styled shoot: Sugar Euphoria
Bridesmaid Gowns: Bella Bridesmaids