Wedding Stationery Collective Retreat Recap

Photography by Heather Chipps Photography

Photography by Heather Chipps Photography

 

How cute is the Quirk Hotel?! I flew to Richmond, Virginia for the Wedding Stationery Collective Retreat hosted by Amanda Rose and Chloe Minyon. I arrived a day early because of the flights and timing so a few of us found an AirBNB and stayed in a house. It was so fun to talk stationery, business, and life with six ladies I didn't know before I stepped on the plane.

 
 

The retreat was two days with great speakers, awesome swag, family-style dinners, cocktails, calligraphy, styling, watercolor painting, and new friends. Education sessions kicked off with Shalese Danielle Photography speaking on the importance of photography in our businesses. Kate Hickman shared the importance of the client experience. There will be some changes to my client experience coming in 2017 and I couldn't be more excited.

 
 

The evening portion began with cocktails at the rooftop bar overlooking Richmond. 

 
 

Then headed into this beautiful set-up for a family-style dinner. A pj party followed with champagne and macarons for stationery chats in Amanda and Chloe's suite. 

 
 

We learned about getting published from Megan Acosta, owner of Glamour & Grace. It was fun to ask questions and learn about getting our work published. We then moved to my favorite part of the workshop...styling! Taking photos and styling my own work is really hard but it's really expensive to hire someone every time I need photos taken. It was fun to learn some tricks and tips and try it out myself. I feel more comfortable styling and taking those photos but I will definitely hire a photographer at least once a year to keep a consistent portfolio.

 
 

In addition to some other great speakers, the retreat concluded with Kat Schmoyer from Dear Sweetheart Events. Her motivational presentation was a tear-jerker. She spoke on "The Lies We Believe." Oftentimes, we scroll through little squares and compare ourselves to others when we're not seeing the whole story. I am guilty of the scrolling and comparing. It makes me think I'm not good enough to do what I do or I don't have it all when in reality, that's not the truth. It's a lie that I tell myself time and time again. Kat's presentation gave me the confidence to know that we are all in this together.

 
 

Side note: This courtyard is to die for. The lighting was perfect for styling stationery photos and it has a white brick wall (insert all the heart eyes). If my brand was a courtyard, it would be this one...I mean just look at my website! 

 
 

The Wedding Stationery Collective is offering a retreat next April, so if you're a wedding stationer, I highly suggest it (no I'm not paid to say that, I truly believe it)! I am going to have major FOMO because I have chosen to find a floral workshop instead. The education was awesome but the #wsctribe was even better. I know I can reach out to all of these awesome ladies when I have a question, get excited about an idea, or just need a friend in the industry. I have found a tribe and it feels so good!

Photos by Heather Chipps Photography