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Jul 22

Trouvaille Workshop 2016 Top Ten Highlights

It’s been a whirlwind of a week recapping the entire past #workshopwithaheart. I’ve been reliving memories, seeing some moments for the first time through the Nancy Ray Photography team’s eyes, and counting my blessings that this is what I get to call my work. To wrap up the week I wanted to share ten of the moments from our recent experience that stand out to me the most. And today is our special gift away with Jamie of Marigold & Grey! Be sure to head over to Instagram and let us know who you would love to send a lovely curated gift to.

Rhiannon’s Top Ten Trouvaille Workshop 2016 moments!

10. This farewell gift everyone parted with. The gals at Thanks A Latte and Mrs. Freund & Co contributed to this gift and everyone went home with a delicious chocolate bar and a set of blush pink sequin pillow cases. Also included in the gift was a set of Thank You note cards for the attendees to use upon returning home. Jamie was so wonderful in making EACH part of Trouvaille so special with her beautiful vision and presentation.

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9. The fact that magnolias were JUST at their peak of blooming. #yesweforaged

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8. The friendship I have with this girl. Nancy, I’m grateful for you!

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7. These breakfast treats. Fruit in a waffle cone?! Belle’s Catering, we adore you!

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6. The conversations shared in this circle. The best.

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5. These gals who unintentionally color coordinated their outfits (even if it was on our ‘pink day‘ :)

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4. Spending a week with my crew.

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Betsi and Jess, I love you both so much. If anyone has ever worked with Betsi and Jess either at Trouvaille or at a HGE wedding you know exactly what I mean when I say these two are the hardest working, most reliable, and kind hearted women out there. I hit the jackpot in a big way when these two came into my life. They hustle hard, always anticipate the next need, keep me laughing, and treat everyone with love and respect. Trouvaille and Hey Gorgeous Events would not be the same without either one of them.

3. These send off mason jar salads. I’d like these for lunch every single day please and thank you.

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2. My heartbeat. My entire world. If we could just photoshop Zoe into this photo…

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And finally, THIS incredible video by 314 Productions. Nicole and Ty, we love you.

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Stay tuned for our date release for Trouvaille 5.0 coming in the next month. And BIG news; we are headed back to North Carolina to The Leslie Alford Mims House! I cannot wait to share more on our next and fifth retreat which will be a celebration in and of itself. Have a beautiful weekend, everyone! Xoxo

Trouvaille Day One recap over here.
Trouvaille Day Two recap over here.
Trouvaille Day Three recap over here.
Trouvaille Day Four recap over here.

Jul 21

The Trouvaille Workshop, Holly Springs {Day Four}

Today I am going to switch up our recap series a little bit. And share with you what I like to call:

The Faces of Trouvaille

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I get emotional when I look at these photos of everyone from Trouvaille. I see such joy and passion and life in everyone. And to think all of these people came out to be a part of something I believe so passionately in is humbling. Day four of our retreat was one of everyone’s favorites. We had a casual start to the morning with a biscuit bar for breakfast while Sam of LULA Hair + Make Up touched up our attendees for their headshots. While Nancy photographed everyone around the Mims House, we all mingled and had conversations with one another. Then for an hour we sat in a circle and shared stories, asked questions, and hugged one another as each guest departed one by one. Nancy wrote a bit about this in her post here; I couldn’t have said it better myself!

The faces of Trouvaille are the heartbeat of the experience. I’m so grateful!

Join us tomorrow for a top ten highlights post from yours truly xoxo

Trouvaille Day One recap over here.
Trouvaille Day Two recap over here.
Trouvaille Day Three recap over here.
Trouvaille Highlights recap over here.

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Venue: The Leslie Alford Mims House / Photography: Nancy Ray Photography / Planning, florals and host: Hey Gorgeous Events / Linens: Nuage Designs / Rentals: American Party Rentals / Vintage rentals: Paisley & Jade / Select accessories: Gemma Jewel Shop / Videography: 314 Productions / Film processing: Indie Film Lab / Make up services: Sam Ray of LULA Hair + Make Up

 

Jul 20

The Trouvaille Workshop, Holly Springs {Day Three}

Welcome to the recap of day three from The Trouvaille Workshop, Holly Springs! This day was a good one.

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Our day started out with another delicious breakfast from Belle’s and the most amazing muffins as a treat to have during the sessions. Since Wednesday was our longest day as a group and one full of sit down education sessions, I wanted to make sure no one went hungry! It was also what I liked to call our ‘pink day’ so you can see many people took that pretty seriously when selecting their outfits. Wednesday was a really really fun day.

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To get relaxed and start off on a high note we had a fun little cupcake decorating class from Randi of Sugar Euphoria! Have you ever thought what it would be like to have a different job in the industry? I have and thought why not tackle something we don’t normally do as creatives. Some of the attendees were REALLY good at decorating too, which isn’t surprising! Thanks for the fun morning, Randi.

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Up next, we had Michelle Loretta of Sage Wedding Pros. Michelle has been a four time Trouvaille speaker now and for good reason. Her discussions on money, pricing strategies, hiring, and more always resonate so well with others and me even after seven years of business. I love being a part of the discussions that arise from her presentations because the questions that come from attendees are GOOD.

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For lunch we enjoyed a fresh and delicious boxed picnic lunch outside under the portico and it was another home run by Belle’s. The bonus was sharing Cheerwine with all of my Midwest friends who had never heard of it! And here’s a fun story: I had bought some blankets from Home Goods a few weeks before Trouvaille. The blankets caught my eye at the store because they were covered in pineapples and I knew pineapples are a symbol of Southern hospitality. I grabbed them as quick as I could and knew they would be perfect for attendees to use during the picnic part of the retreat.

Belle’s rebranded their company around the same time I found the blankets and imagine my excited surprise to see their new logo centered around a pineapple! Seeing Brooke’s vision come to life with her catering company is such an honor and I can speak on behalf of everyone at Trouvaille when I say that the food was simply out of this world. Oh! And the blankets were a BIG hit too.

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After lunch we had a very special guest join us; the amazing Lara Casey Isaacson.

I can tell you her hour spent with everyone was special, impactful, and one of those had-t0-be-there experiences. And the fun part is at the end of her discussion I had the honor of handing out copies of her book and Powersheets to each and every person in the room. It was a really fun way to come back from lunch outside and dive back into working on the business side and goal end of our brands and businesses.

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Hi Heather! If you don’t know Heather Crabtree then you need to.

This lady sure knows her stuff. Having her wisdom and huge heart with us for four days was a blessing.

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And before we sent everyone home to freshen up for dinner, we had a little cake and champagne party in the women’s lounge. Randi brought my cake tasting bar dream to life! With four different cake flavors and frostings, everyone was able to grab some sugar and bubbly, and mingle with their friends before our dinner together.

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And finally! Our finale dinner.

This was one of my favorite parts of the entire workshop. Our dinner was a really intimate, beautiful and delicious celebration of new friendships, business successes, and hope for the future. There were many special details including the stunning cake from Sugar Euphoria, a cocktail hour full of delicacies, and my favorite detail of all, that giant bay leaf garland heart on the wall to celebrate #workshopwithaheart.

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To everyone who sat around those two tables that night, I love you!

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Trouvaille Day One recap over here.
Trouvaille Day Two recap over here.
Trouvaille Day Four recap over here.
Trouvaille Highlights recap over here.

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Venue: The Leslie Alford Mims House / Photography: Nancy and Callie of Nancy Ray Photography / Planning, florals and host: Hey Gorgeous Events / Catering and drinks: Belle’s Catering / Stationery and calligraphy: Moya Minns of MM Ink / Curated welcome gifts: Marigold & Grey / Linens: Nuage Designs / Rentals: American Party Rentals / Vintage rentals: Paisley & Jade / Rhiannon’s earrings: Gemma Jewel Shop / Silk ribbon: Tono & Co / Videography:314 Productions / Film processing: Indie Film Lab / Cake and sample bar: Sugar Euphoria / Powersheets and Make It Happen book: Lara Casey Shop / Cosmetic pouches: Parris Chic Boutique / Eye masks: Plum Pretty Sugar

Jul 19

The Trouvaille Workshop, Holly Springs {Day Two}

Welcome to our second Trouvaille Workshop recap! You can catch our first recap over here to catch up!

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Day two of our experience started off bright and early at the Mims House and we had the pleasure of having Olivia of Nancy Ray Photography join us for the morning. Each person was greeted with another custom gift from Marigold & Grey and I think it was my favorite of the week! Since Tuesday was our floral design day I wanted the gifts to be not only beautiful but practical too. Wooden handle clippers, a floral frog, and hand died silk from Tono & Co were all included in each gift for use that afternoon. A gray tea towel and lavender satchel (plus a beautiful seating card denoting breakfast seating assignments) rounded out each gift.

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But first it was time to devour the most delicious and beautiful two course meal from Belle’s.

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Our first session was with the beautiful Emily and Lisa of Southern Weddings. They joined us for an hour discussion on submission protocols, editorial questions, and more on the SW brand and mission. Southern Weddings is one of my personal favorites so it was a treat to have them share so openly about their magazine.

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But then. It was time to dive into all of THIS. If only you could smell this picture!

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Our bloom room (as we lovingly called it) was absolutely full of some pretty spectacular flowers. Each attendee would be making their own bouquet and compote that day after a demonstration from myself and Steve of Sinclair and Moore. Steve and I have similar aesthetic values but very much our own sense of style so I loved having him by my side again to share his unique techniques. Once my demonstration was complete, the attendees were free to go flower shopping and pick out their own product to use in their creations. It’s always so much fun watching everyone select their favorite textures and colors.

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Hi Leigh and Brandy!

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Hi Mallory! I love this action shot of an attendee styling her placesetting for portfolio photos.

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Lunch was again back outside and it was hands down the best meal of the week. Belle’s! We love you.

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In lieu of centerpieces for lunch we actually let the food steal the show!

Served on wood platters, tray pedestals, and in wood bowls with metallic handles, the family style lunch of salads and flatbreads was truly divine. I wish I could have this lunch prepared for me every day! Paired together with that beautiful linen choice from Nuage Designs and the stunning paper from Moya of MM Ink, it was a really wonderful hour full of conversation and good food out under the portico.

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And surprise! Mama Bird’s Ice Cream did NOT disappoint for an afternoon surprise treat.

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Meanwhile we had Sam Ray of Lula Hair + Make Up upstairs working her magic on our two beautiful models.

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Nancy came back for the afternoon and we had the entire rest of the day to work on getting each attendee a selection of beautiful photos to use in their portfolio. With two gorgeous models to choose from (Hi Hannah and Kevie!), three gowns from the amazing Ivory and Beau, accessories galore from Gemma Jewel Shop, the backdrop of the Mim’s House, silk runners from Tono & Co, and of COURSE the incredible creations all of the attendees made; well, it made for a pretty spectacular day full of pretty! I mean just LOOK!

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I’m seriously blown away by the talented of our students.

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And of course our models who made everything look so flawless!

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It was a perfect day that ended on a perfect note with a pool side chat led by Melissa Jones of Creative Chics (which I hear was pretty wonderful!) Tomorrow, I will be sharing more on day three which included many educational sessions from our special speakers, lots of sugar, and our intimate farewell dinner.

Be sure to check back, and as always below is a list of our sponsors and suppliers from day two! Xoxo

Trouvaille Day One recap over here.
Trouvaille Day Three recap over here.
Trouvaille Day Four recap over here.
Trouvaille Highlights recap over here.

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Venue: The Leslie Alford Mims House / Photography: Olivia and Nancy of Nancy Ray Photography / Planning and host: Hey Gorgeous Events / Catering and drinks: Belle’s Catering / Stationery and calligraphy: Moya Minns of MM Ink / Curated welcome gifts: Marigold & Grey / Linens: Nuage Designs / Rentals: American Party Rentals / Vintage Rentals: Paisley & Jade / Jewelry: Gemma Jewels Shop / Gowns and veil: Ivory & Beau / Silk ribbon and runners: Tono & Co / Ice cream cart: Mama Bird’s Ice Cream / Hair and make up: Sam Ray of Lula Hair + Make Up / Videography: 314 Productions / Film processing: Indie Lab

Jul 18

The Trouvaille Workshop, Holly Springs {Day One}

How do you possibly put a big piece of your heart into a few blog posts? Truthfully, I don’t think you can.

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So while it’s next to impossible to tell you ALL THE THINGS about our four days in Holly Springs this past May at Trouvaille 4.0, instead I’ll be sharing some really beautiful images from Nancy Ray Photography and my own commentary here this week to illustrate the goodness. After hosting four workshops now and learning a boatload with each one, I can confidently say we have a groove and unique position in the workshop industry. We educate, we inspire, and we love really, really well on the women and men who have become family.

With that I say to you, welcome to Trouvaille Week!

Let’s start with Day One shall we?

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Hi Keri! Keri is a three time Trouvaille attendee and watching her business grow and change over the past few years has been incredible. But Keri isn’t our sole repeat attendee! There are plenty of other women who have returned to Trouvaille multiple times and this is one of the best testimonies I could ever receive. Hugging Keri, and each and every other person who walked through the Mim’s House doors that Monday was the best!

Infused waters, fruity lemonade and sweet tea awaited everyone upon arrival. In some of the rooms we had various vignettes set up with beautiful pieces from the Paisley and Jade inventory so everyone could mingle and get comfortable. You can probably tell from this collection of images, but our first day was designed around a palette of gray, blue, ivory and sage. This was all purposeful when we selected the lounge furniture, stationery, and even the double faced satin ribbon for the gifts. All of the details are so important in the big picture.

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As Nancy, Jamie, and I put finishing touches on some of the styling details that afternoon, everyone found their seats prior to an official welcome from yours truly. The excitement was so evident in everyone that day!

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Oh! But first, please meet Priscilla and Brooke. These two beauties are the owners of the Mims House and the best hosts in the South. Brooke is also the owner and director of Belles Catering who was responsible for the simply amazing food and drinks served throughout our four days in Raleigh. Honestly, in my seven years of planning events I’ve only ever truly loved one caterer and Belle’s Catering changed all of that. I now love TWO.

The HGE Team loved you ladies!

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I also need to talk a little about the gorgeous invitation suites that were sent to everyone.

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Working with Moya Minns for all of the Trouvaille stationery and calligraphy was an honor and highlight. The invitations were laser cut word pieces completely penned by Moya. Included in each box was also a super fun and information booklet from the team over at Guesterly. This was helpful for everyone to get to know each other ahead of coming to NC. Everything was wrapped in soft silk ribbon from Tono & Co and adorned with a beautiful custom tag from Paloma’s Nest. It truly takes a village to make something so special. I am so grateful.

While I greeted everyone outside the front of Mims, my team waited inside to greet everyone with a warm smile and a treat box of North Carolina themed snacks as a gift from Belle’s. Melissa Jones joined us again as our chief encourager and having her there was truly one of the highlights of the week. Her zest for women in business, relationships that matter, and networking that means something is exactly what our industry needs.

There’s a heartbeat behind Trouvaille and this is a big part of it!

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And the gifts! If you know me well you’ll know I love gifting to others. I also have built the Trouvaille experience on a foundation of loving well and that includes through giving to others in tangible and intangible ways. I want everyone at Trouvaille to go home with a full brain AND full heart. For our last experience I also knew I wanted to take the gifting experience to a new level so I called up Jamie Kutchman of Marigold & Grey to help do just that. Working together with Jamie to bring my ideas to life and to allowing her to utilize her impressive talents was very fulfilling. And the gifts were as beautiful as they were special.

Here is what greeted each person as they sat down to our opening sessions.

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Hearing everyone share why they decided to come to Trouvaille was a highlight of day one for me. I will be sharing all of my favorite moments on Friday but I had to mention it here too. There really ARE some special special people in our industry. And those people give back to couples across the world, and then those couples give back to others in THEIR life and the cycle goes on and on. How cool is that?

Here is Valerie from Sapphire Events looking on during introductions. Hi sweet Val! Val is a two time attendee of Trouvaille and I was honored to have her as a speaker at 4.0. She is so wise and honest which was evident in her presentation on pricing your services as a wedding planner and designer. I feel so lucky to know her.

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Our littlest attendee was just shy of five months! Isn’t he the best?

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Our welcome dinner was hosted outside at Mims under a tent strung with bistro lights (which also happened to protect us from the rain that hit North Carolina that weekend!) Belle’s created a delicious menu for us including a cocktail hour full of Southern inspired bites and a signature peach drink that was as tasty as it was lovely. From the stunning linens provided by our sponsor Nuage Designs and the calligraphed paper goods by the talented Moya of MM Ink, the tables were the cherry on top to the dinner we enjoyed together that night.

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Look at that peek of soft blue letterpress detailing! Moya, you’re amazing.

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And here is the whole group minus Andrew (hot hubby alert!), Nancy (who took this photo obviously!), and Nicole and Tyler of 314 Productions who were getting footage of us all! I know I’ve said it before, but this was such an incredibly diverse, talented, and kind group of women and men. I look at this photo and that’s honestly the first thing that comes to my mind. I wish I could bring together ALL of the last four Trouvaille classes for a reunion because I think some really special and BIG things would come out of it.

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I don’t think I have ever shared this publicly, but the inspiration behind Trouvaille is two fold.

Years ago when I was searching for the perfect workshop to attend as a multifaceted wedding planner, I couldn’t find what I was looking for. I wanted a space where I could learn more about how to run my business smarter. I didn’t need to learn how to work harder but was hoping I could learn from others who were willing to share their processes. I also wanted a space where I could feel safe and accepted. Some past workshops I had attended left me feeling quite the opposite and I craved an experience that allowed me to feel confident in myself and my worthiness as a professional and a colleague. Where I could ask questions and engage in conversations without being judged or ignored. And I wanted to go to a retreat where I could get away! With yes, pretty things! Gorgeous meals, beautiful gifts, little surprises, having all senses catered to. This really didn’t exist and if it did I didn’t know about it! So I seized an opportunity and made it my own.

Moreover, it was around that same time Andrew and I started talking about growing our family. We decided that should we become parents we would find a way for me to take on less weddings and instead supplement those weddings with one or two workshops a year. If I could take my passion for serving others and slightly shift who was on the receiving end of my efforts (e.g. other professionals and fellow colleagues versus more brides and grooms) then this would be ideal for the work life balance I dreamed of as a mama. I also wanted to find a way to allow Andrew and I to work on the business together so our time could be spent together more intentionally as family. I had a lot of really big goals to meet after getting Trouvaille off of the ground because there were (as you can see) so many driving forces behind my efforts.

But all of that to say this; it was very sweet and fulfilling to have my entire little family at this past retreat. It felt like things had come full circle from those days where Andrew and I first started talking about both parenthood and creating a retreat like Trouvaille! If you were there in Holly Springs you’ll know how big of a part of the experience Andrew was and is; he’s Mr. Dad tending to Lachlan’s needs all day so I can make sure I meet the needs of our attendees. He is the epitome of supportive and very much on board with me so we can make this vision possible. So I will end this first recap post with these two images below. My sweet baby fell asleep at the welcome dinner just like that in my arms with his thumb in his mouth.

Being around so many wonderful women is exhausting, I suppose!

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Sponsors, suppliers and vendors from day one can be found below. And what a powerhouse of a group! Xo

Trouvaille Day Two recap over here.
Trouvaille Day Three recap over here.
Trouvaille Day Four recap over here.
Trouvaille Highlights recap over here.

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Venue: The Leslie Alford Mims House / Photography: Nancy Ray Photography / Planning, florals and host: Hey Gorgeous Events / Catering and drinks: Belle’s Catering / Stationery and calligraphy: Moya Minns of MM Ink / Welcome guestbooks: Guesterly / Curated welcome gifts: Marigold & Grey / Linens: Nuage Designs / Rentals: American Party Rentals / Vintage rentals: Paisley & Jade / Candle sponsor: Riles and Co / Custom notebooks: Five Dot Design / Rhiannon’s earrings: Gemma Jewel Shop / Silk ribbon: Tono & Co / Videography: 314 Productions / Film processing: Indie Film Lab