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DECember 2ND - 5th, 2019

Middleton Place - Charleston, SC

what is the elevate series?

The Elevate Series is a new and unique take on what the industry knows “workshops” to be. Knowing the power of teams who lift each other up with their individual talents and gifts, The Elevate Series, puts an emphasis on working together with three cohesive team elements. Wedding planners and designers, Florists, and Photographers are all given the opportunity to grow together and individually through teaching, and hands on development. A three day retreat at the breathtaking Middleton Place in Charleston, South Carolina, the annual Elevate Series Retreat is unlike any other learning experience available. Classes concentrated on foundational business practices, the beauty of building a team of creatives in your area, honest and in depth round table discussions, and break out sessions per specialty, leave retreat attendees feeling refreshed, challenged, and capable for their next season. Attendees work alongside Wendy, Charla, and Maxine to produce two incredible shoots, learning alongside us, and gaining hands on experience, while gathering insight into the work it takes for each component to come together, and produce a cohesive and uplifting product for all involved to flourish. Stunning visuals are created to elevate attendees portfolios, while relationships are formed to grow deep roots in community. Every evening is spent breaking bread in breathtaking locations, laughing, learning, and getting to know one another. With three experts in the top of their field truly laid open to share their knowledge, secrets, and passions, this event is an immediate “level up” for those who come eager, willing and ready to lean in, and learn. Interested in Elevating your brand with The Elevate Series in 2019? Save your seat for December 2-5th in romantic South Carolina.

group sessions & round table topics

Each morning, after breakfast and plenty of coffee, we will begin our days as a group. Discussing topics that effect us all as wedding professionals, we will grow together in knowledge that can help us all toward our goals. Before we dismiss for our specialty break out sessions, we will share time in open discussion and Q&A. From marketing, to branding, all the way to styling 101, and social media, nothing is off limits during these times together. Previous times together have left attendees feeling like they already got exactly what they were hoping for, no shoots needed. These times together are the bread and butter of true growth before we put what we have learned into practice. Our hope, above all else, is that our attendees leave feeling like they grew and did more than create beautiful things. It is these sessions that ensure that beyond the beautiful moments made together, our attendees can leave, now able to create for themselves and their clients again and again.

venue & accommodations

A National Historic Landmark, Middleton Place is an unforgettable setting for one-of-a-kind weddings – and an enduring, vibrant, essential part of the American experience. Its sweeping views of the Ashley River, iconic House Museum, moss-draped, centuries-old oak trees, meticulously manicured gardens bursting with color and sculpted terraces, an array of unique indoor and outdoor spaces for both the ceremony and reception, plus a 54-room Inn make Middleton Place one of Charleston’s most treasured wedding venues.


The Inn at Middleton Place resides on 110 vibrant acres of Middleton Place, a National Historic Landmark that includes 65 acres of America's oldest landscaped gardens - floral allées, terraced lawns, a pair of ornamental lakes shaped like butterfly wings - as well as a House Museum, Eliza's House, working Stableyards with artisans and heritage breed animals, a Restaurant, and Organic Farm - all just waiting to be explored.





  • Arrivals
  • Welcome party with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres


  • Morning group session and round table
  • Breakout sessions
  • Group lunch
  • Breakout sessions
  • Engagement shoot for photographers
  • Reconvene for a group session to end the day of classes
  • Cocktail hour and dinner


  • Morning group session and round table
  • Breakout Sessions
  • Group Lunch with instructor Q & A


  • Morning group session and round table
  • 2 styled shoots
  • Farewells

Friday - optional add-on

  • Individual one-on-one sessions with Wendy, Charla, and Maxine to review portfolios, offer advice and discuss questions specific to your business. More information on this will be sent to you after registering for the workshop.

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