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i’m not positive i’ve taken the time to express quite adequately my love for joy thigpen.

if you haven’t heard of her, you need need need to go look at her work. and if you don’t know her personally, you should make that a life goal. <3

joy thigpen is not only amazing at what she does (design & wedding photography), but she is one of the loveliest personalities to be around and get to know.

i had the delightful opportunity of meeting her (and her way-too-cool assistant, brittany) at love affair, as she was the designer behind our “sweeten” theme for this year’s workshop.

her unique way of pulling in details and pairing elements to make a room, space, or entire event come to life is absolutely brilliant. everything she touches seems to turn into a dreamworld.

i worked along side her to prepare for the finale night and got SO unbelievably excited when she shared with me that we would be re-creating something similar to that of confetti system’s handmade, colorful streamers. {if you haven’t read my blog about confetti system, read about them here!}

to top off the streamers, joy brought in a collection of mix and match tea lights, all kinds of the most delightful flowers in sweet little vases, home-made jams, and we scattered paper-punched hearts anywhere possible.

it was the most beautiful night i have ever been apart of.

thank you joy, for your remarkable brain, your eye for color, your delight in details- and for letting me be a part of all that you do!



{details by lauren clark}


Picture 2

{photos by the beautiful nancy ray, love affair attendee!}


images from love affair this year are slowly but surely trickling in to the photo studio the last few weeks…

it’s been so great to see all of the amazing aspects of the workshop tied together and made tangible in all of these creative and remarkable photographs.

love affair was the creative brain child of my mega-talented boss, millie holloman, in collaboration with 3 other unbelievably gifted photographers- lauren clark, kelly moore, and davina fear.

love affair was designed to help women build their business, reignite their passions, and learn how to have a love affair with everything they adore in life- never letting business push out the small joys of living.

i’m so proud of the amazing things love affair has done for so many women worldwide. and this year’s workshop in midtown, atlanta was our BEST yet.

we had 60 of the most beautiful, talented, loving, thriving women. we all walked away blessed and encouraged.

below is a small peak of miss olivia used in a photoshoot that kelly moore grabbed!



hello from atlanta!

i’ve been creating some headpieces for the models while here and am really excited about them!

here is a peak at one of my new favorites, miss gwyneth. isn’t this lovely so dreamy? i love the yellows and rich browns…



i’m currently off in midtown, atlanta for love affair workshop 2009!

i can truly say this is the beginning of one of our best photography workshops yet. it’s been so refreshing being surrounded by a thriving city and busy nights, creativity, and too much love to go around in five days.

we’ve spent way too many hours laughing and shopping together, we’ve eaten somewhere interesting and eclectic every night, and we’ve let the loud sounds and heartbeat of the pulsing streets sink into us.

and to top the entire trip off, even though it’s just starting, i bought a $3.50 cardigan and mustache mug, and there’s no other way to explain their amazing-ness.

i love this life. {many more photos and blogs about love affair to come soon}



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