2018: What a Year it Was!
Author: Chelsea Head
How we're already at the end of 2018 is crazy! It seems like we were just starting the year off with some amazing events and open houses! As we look back over the year, we can relive all of the awesome weddings, corporate events, styled shoots, and parties that we were a part of! It was a privilege to be a part of so many events (around 400 this year!!) We love working with you all and we cannot wait to see what 2019 will hold!
Below, we will post just a few of the wonderful events that we did this year and explain why they were so important to us!
First off, we held some BEAUTIFUL events for the first time in our Marketplace. This was our first full year in our new building and we had the honor of hosting engagement parties, bridal and baby showers, photoshoots, and more in our space! Our very first event, besides our grand opening, was an engagement party for Jenna and Patrick. The theme was a starry night and was full of moody purples, black, gray, and gold. A.J. Dunlap was there to photograph the event and it was one to remember!
This year was the first year that we could use our space to host events for the community and to bring local women together to celebrate each other and just to enjoy themselves! We hosted our very first Hocus Pocus Party and I believe it will be the first of many! We decked the space out in full Halloween decor, got all dressed up, and had an amazing time with some women of the local community. It was a great time to enjoy one another's company and have a night out!
To wrap the year up and to celebrate the end of the busy wedding season, we hosted our first employee Friendsgiving in our marketplace. This was a way to relax and to celebrate all of our success from the year! Sam Floyd Photography was there to capture the evening! Everyone brought their favorite Thanksgiving dish, dressed in their holiday best, and we laughed and ate until late in the evening! We love hosting events in our space, but being able to enjoy the space ourselves is something that we never get to experience. This was a great way to wrap up the year and we can't wait to see what kind of events we get to host in 2019!
With all of the events that we were a part of this year, there's no way I would be able to write about all of them! They were all beautiful and we loved being a part of each one, but for this post, I will pick a few out that were very memorable!
In March, we had the honor of designing a wedding for Ashton and Josh at Oaks at Salem. We loved being a part of this beautiful wedding and we even built some new items for this event! This image by Hartmann Outdoor Photography features our new 16 foot long truss that went over two of our David Farm Tables. Decked out with greenery and hanging candles, this piece was truly stunning!
In August, one our brides Sarah had the brilliant idea of having 10 lounges in the Stockroom for her wedding! We have never brought so much lounge furniture for a wedding, but the end result was incredible! Sarah wanted all of her guests to feel cozy and at home, and I believe she achieved just that!
In September, we were thrilled when Ashlee and Austin asked us to be a part of their special day at the Bradford! Ashlee's vision of a boho wedding even featured a llama! We were honored to use our brand new Black Industrial Farm Tables (image by Blest Studios) at this wedding and they definitely added the perfect touch to Ashlee and Austin's day!
In April, we started our wonderful partnership with Compass Rose Brewery and hosted a styled shoot there with The Wandering Moose Food Truck and Live View Studios. We proudly offer our decor there for weddings and corporate events, and we love to see what clients do in that industrial space!
In July, we were honored to be asked to participate in The School of Styling at the McAlister-Leftwich House! We brought all of the decor for the workshop, including styling pieces, lounge furniture, Bentwood chairs, and our new Isabelle Bar. This image by Shayln Photography shows off our stunning new bar in their beautiful venue!
Our last image is one of a wedding in last December, but it was such a fun event that we had to include it! Maggie and Lee were such a fun couple and they let us bring our brand new rope swings for them to use for pictures! We love this image by Blest Studios of our vintage lounge because no matter what new inventory we get, we will always have a special place in our heart for our vintage items! They were the pieces that started this company with and we will always love them!
This year we so excited to add some amazing new pieces to our already large inventory. We received a shipment in July with all kinds of new pieces for all of our clients to enjoy! Below are some images of our just some of our new pieces! We added Bentwood Chairs and Bartstools, Allie Chairs, new linen lounge pieces, industrial lounge pieces, new farm tables, and more! We love adding to our collection to always bring the best to our clients and we hope that you continue to enjoy our new inventory in the next year! (Images: Timmester Photography, Shalyn Nelson Photography, Images by Amber Robinson.)
This year, Holly and Amanda began sharing their heart and souls with this community by speaking at local events. This is something that they have always felt strongly about and they love to share their story and to encourage other women in their own walks of life. With events like Illuminate Raleigh, Restored, and even speaking at our own Marketplace, Holly and Amanda bared their soul and shared their experiences. It is something that they love to do and they cannot wait to continue lifting others up with their story and with their love in 2019!
Vision for 2019
We are wrapping up this blog post and 2018 with the first annual Greenhouse Picker Sisters Vision Retreat. Holly and Amanda headed to Colonial Williamsburg to reflect over the year and the business, to look at the good things in this business and the things that need improvement. It was a great time to refresh and to focus on all of the great things that will happen in the new year! We thank you for following along with us on this journey and we cannot wait to see what 2019 will bring for all of us!
Love and a Happy New Year -
The Greenhouse Picker Sisters