A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of leading a breakout session at The School of Styling in Greensboro, North Carolina. I used to speak at conferences and workshops somewhat regularly in my magazine editor days and loved it, but this was the first opportunity I’ve had to speak on behalf of Lisa Kirk Writing. It was such an honor! I couldn’t have asked for a lovelier venue or group of women to share with, both of which made this experience such a sweet one.
One of the most exciting parts of attending TSOS was getting to see The McAlister-Leftwich House in person. It has been lovingly restored over the last two years by Kaitlin Holland (the founder of TSOS), her husband, and her mom, and they have done an incredible job updating the space for stylish, modern couples, while still maintaining the historic charm of the property. I can hardly wait to see photos of all of the celebrations that will take place here in the coming years!
I arrived just before lunch on day two of the workshop, and after catching up with a few friends (including Shalyn Nelson–the last time I saw her was right before I graduated from college!), I got to sit in on the end of Laura Hooper‘s presentation. Once it was over, I explored a few of the rooms nearby, chatted with a few of the attendees during lunch, and admired the centerpieces everyone had created earlier in the day, under the instruction of Kaylyn Hewitt…gorgeous, right?
Finally, it was time for my breakout session. About a dozen women gathered in the lounge, and I shared some of my thoughts and insights on elevating your client experience through blogging and social media. While I don’t have all of the content I shared available online, I did draw a bit from this post and this interview. I also distributed my new Wedding Day Social Media Checklist, which you can download when you subscribe to The LKW Post! (Note: I’ve recently decided to change the newsletter frequency from monthly to seasonally, in an effort to deliver better quality over quantity. The next edition will be going out in September.) The women in attendance asked such great questions and I loved the discussion we shared.
Before I headed home, I convinced Kaitlin to give me the grand tour of the house. It was so exciting to see the results of what she and her family have been working on over the last two years! They have incredible taste, but even more so, they have such a heart for making couples feel loved, cared for, and encouraged. When it comes to a wedding venue, they truly offer the whole package. Here’s a peek at one corner of the bridal suite!
Thank you so much for having me, Kaitlin! If you’re looking for a workshop that perfectly balances business and creativity, facilitates amazing community, and is incredibly fun to boot, I can’t recommend The School of Styling highly enough. 2019 dates and locations will be announced here later this month!