I truly cannot believe Branches and Light has come and gone already! It’s already been one week since Caroline and I hosted the photography workshop for ladies at the beautiful Sutherland in Wake Forest, NC. This is the 2nd year we have hosted this workshop (our 3rd workshop together), and this year I was blown away at how unique, fun, and amazing our group of ladies was. Truly, I was honored to be part of such a wonderful group!

I of course couldn’t show up at 7am without a vanilla latte in hand, since we arrived bright and early to prepare for the day ahead. I was definitely full of excitement! After a year of preparation, all our hard work had paid off. The Sutherland was the perfect place to host our workshop : a quaint venue with antiques and warmth. I felt like I was at home.

Above : these two men pulled off everything behind the scenes, including shopping for food, setting up, carrying our equipment, caring for me while I was sick the weekend before, setting up the photobooth, filming the workshop… I could go on an on. Truth be told, we couldn’t have pulled off Branches and Light without Will and Aaron! We have the best husbands ever. We were honored to have a guest speaker, Emily Ayer, the art director of Southern Weddings Magazine. She shared on the importance of “Getting Published,” and it was so inspiring and informational! Many hugs to you, Emily, for adding such incredible value to our workshop! [Side note : I am loving her personal blog, Em for Marvelous. Check it out… I’m sure you will love it too!]

We also incorporated a beautiful styled shoot into our workshop (more images to come soon!), a delicious panera lunch, homemade goodies for breakfast, and delightful giftbags. We ended the day with a Photo Booth, and a delicious Southern dinner at The Pit in downtown Raleigh!

Many thanks to every person involved in making this day possible. Caroline – you are an inspiration and a joy to teach with. You motivate me and challenge me all the time, and I am truly grateful to call you a friend! To each of the girls who attended… always remember to set your course by the stars.  xoxo!

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I am so thankful that, yet through another connection with Jimbo and Joan Perry (it seems they are the Kevin Bacon in Eastern NC), I was led to your work. You and Caroline truly inspire me and the excitement from B&L has not worn off (and I hope it never does!). Just wanted you to know that. Also, I am definitely bookmarking this blog post and I will be back often when I need some inspiration.

Awe. I love it. It was such a great day. I wanna go back and do it again. :) It was so much fun.

Nancy :) You’re so great. And these photos are sooo fun!!! Hope to see more soon? E-mail everyone or on facebook?!!

<3, Kristen

I love this, Nancy!! It was so great, and I felt very honored, to spend the day with you and Caroline and all of the other amazing women at the workshop. Two extremely inspirational people who have such a great outlook of life. Thanks again and I hope to see you both again soon. xo, jennifer

So much fun to be a part of this lovely workshop! I loved meeting all the ladies and really enjoyed our chat over lunch! :)

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