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The Art of Hand Lettering

Kathryn McCrary knows a lot of talented ladies; from the painters to the crafters of beautiful hand lettering (ahem Ashley Buzzy we’re talking about you). It might be an Atlanta thing or a creative people flock together thing. But, whatever the case, we love to catch a glimpse of these talents at work. Have a look at Ashley’s Lettering Workshop and stay tuned for a tutorial + awesome giveaway up next.

From Ashley… I started teaching workshops in the summer of 2014. It really came to me by request: a lot of my current clients were interested in what I did and curious to see if they could do it too. I knew I wasn’t the best calligrapher in the world, so I made sure that it was a class for beginners: basics that I knew I could teach. I held my first class at my studio with a few flower arrangements I made myself and a high priority on making sure everyone had a mimosa. My thought process was that calligraphy is harder and more frustrating than anyone expects, and I wanted the students to have fun, take in some beauty and enjoy themselves while they worked.

What I didn’t know is what teaching would spark inside of me. I realized that teaching calligraphy made everything in my own heart and mind click into place. I learned how to explain what I did, which made me realize different ways that I could be doing it better. It made me eager to seek more information so that I could give those students as much knowledge as possible. It cut through the fog of competition and comparison that so many artists struggle with. I wasn’t working against these people, I was coming alongside them. Their victories had something to do with me. I helped! I’ll never forget the first time that feeling washed over me – from that point onward I realized: I am a teacher.

Coming from a weddings and events background, I am also a hostess. I thought if I subjected my students to six hours of calligraphy drills, I wanted to treat them with surprises in their supply kits, amazing food at lunch, fresh cinnamon-covered doughnuts, the good coffee, and yes – more champagne. From that, traditions were born! My assistant and I have now hosted ten workshops to date, and we always eat, pop some bubbly, and get to know the people who learn with us. This experience has introduced me to some of the most beautifully creative people, it’s motivated me to travel to meet them and it’s improved and inspired my work like nothing else has. It motivated us to move into a beautiful new space in Atlanta where we could have people over for pour-over coffee and some good old shop-talk. I sincerely can’t wait to meet the people who take our classes this year – the adventure awaits!

Photography: Kathryn McCrary | Food: Homespun | Artist/Host: Ashley Buzzy | Dessert: Sugar and Slate | Dessert: Sugar and Slate | Drinks: Reuben Bidez | Florals: Martha McIntosh | Location: Foster

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Waterfront Nautical Country Club Wedding

In a stunning waterfront fete (mere steps away from where their love began), these third generation sailors became life-long first mates. Between their Australian Shepherd acting as flower girl, to gifting guests jars of moonshine pickles, to a vintage getaway car, every detail captured by Scobey Photography was meaningful, and it’s all right here!

Yacht Club

From Sara D Harper For Scobey Photography… Camden and Gavin’s families crossed paths over 30 years ago. They continued to see each other throughout their childhood at various sailing competitions. Little did they know, a courtship would blossom in the summer of 2008 and continue to grow in the coming years.

From the beautiful Bride… Little did our parents know that their meeting over 30 years ago would eventually spark a romance between Gavin and I. Throughout the years we had brief encounters at sailing events as we both traveled around the southeast to compete and continue the family tradition of racing sailboats. Not until memorial weekend 2008 did something change…a slightly older, very funny sailor caught my attention…and it was apparent I had clearly caught his as well. A few spins on the dance floor later, we migrated to a dock under the moonlight and stayed up laughing and talking until 2 am. The weekend closed with Gavin asking if I’d come back to Atlanta in a few weeks to sail with him. Unforeseen to me, 6 years later I’d get to marry the man who had become by best friend.

After the engagement we started discussing the type of wedding we wanted. It was clear our sailing heritage had to play into the theme as not only were we both third generation sailors but it was what brought us together. We then started to plan a rustic nautical-infused outdoor wedding just steps from the dock where it all began. Immediately we knew there was no other option than to say I do waterfront at the Atlanta Yacht Club in front of Gavin’s parent’s cabin.

From the very beginning I knew I wanted a romantic look using neutrals, navy, and burlap. But what was most important was that our wedding day truly represented Gavin and I as a couple and gave us a chance to share our love story. Throughout the entire weekend we included personal touches to truly make the occasion memorable. Between wearing my grandmother’s vintage watch, our Australian Shepherd rescue, Coco, as our flower girl, and gifting the guests a jar of our family’s moonshine pickles. I was most touched by my father driving me to the ceremony site in his restored 1952 MG TD.

After reading personal letters to each other, we exchanged traditional vows, shed a few tears, and shared a first kiss as husband and wife. Before joining friends and family at the reception to enjoy delicious southern cuisine and dancing late into the night, we shared our favorite moment as just the two of us on the dock amongst the setting sun.

The whole day was truly indescribably perfect, from getting ready with my mother and closest friends to dancing the night away with my husband. Our guests are still talking about what a beautiful and fun weekend we shared. To Gavin and I, it was “our” day, the best day of our lives, and the dream wedding we never could have imagined.

Photography: Sara D Harper For Scobey Photography | Event Coordinator: Lettie Nicole Events | Florist: Amanda Jewel | Band: A Town A List | Atlanta Yacht Club: Atlanta Yacht Club | Bride's Hair: Wedding Hair By Jillian | Cake And Tarts: Miss Mamie’s Cupcakes | Paper: Paper Daisies Stationery | Ring Bearer’s Suspenders & Bowties: Sweet N Swag

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Behind the Scenes with Britt Bass Turner

A life filled with color, creativity and a super cute dog is a life well spent in my humble opinion and I think Britt Bass Turner  would agree. Through the images of Kathryn McCrary, we’re catching a glimpse of STUDIO STUDIO. It’s the cozy spot where Britt creates those wildly beautiful paintings of hers, holds fun Studio Sessions (click here for a glimpse) and carves out a little time to chat about life, work and wearing bras. Click here for more!

SMP: Some words you live by?
“Comparison is the thief of joy.” Theodore Roosevelt

SMP: Any guilty pleasures?
HBO’s Girls

SMP: What is your favorite item in your home?
This changes with each new acquisition, naturally, but right now it’s a giant 4×4′ weaving made by my childhood best friend and talented artist Liv Grant of Liv + Work

SMP: What’s your best tip for balancing work and personal life?
Work is a part of life, but not life. Work is a part of my identity but not my identity. These two truths drive my decision making, help me to create boundaries, and allow me to remove the emotion and separate work and personal life, this is crucial and so important to me!

SMP: What is the hardest lesson in business you’ve ever learned?
Learning how to say NO, I’m still practicing!!

SMP: What color do you think will stand the test of trend time?
All the colors! I have no trend time! Every color is the best!

SMP: If you could buy yourself a single gift of any cost, what would it be?
Unlimited massages! Yes please.

SMP: Three things every home should have?
A dog, a growing art collection, fresh flowers

SMP: Your secret to success?
No fear!

SMP: Best moment of your career so far:
Opening party of STUDIO STUDIO.

SMP: What would you do differently if you knew nobody would judge you?
Never wear a bra, and always where a robe while sipping champagne.

SMP: Your favorite instagrammers?
@moeblake, @carolinebrewer

SMP: What’s one thing you really want to do, but have never done?
Get a tattoo! Don’t tell my in-laws!

SMP: The best advice you’ve ever received?
Only you can be you, so do you.

SMP: Where do you see yourself in five years?
Painting in a white studio with lots of natural light, maybe a few more puppies, in a robe with a glass of champagne….

Photography: Kathryn McCrary | Artist / Owner: Britt Bass Turner | Studio: STUDIO STUDIO