It's true. Mornings Like These is exactly one year old. Can you believe it? Oh, how I've grown. Oh, how WE'VE grown. I've made so many unbelievable friendships over the last year with so many profoundly wonderful people that I'm filled to the brim with gratitude. I'm blessed to continue moving forward this year with more events on the roster and with many more exciting things to come. I'm fortunate that the last year has introduced me to some of the women I was able to team up with for Blog Brunch DC. I don't know where I'd be without Rebecca, Lauren and Rachel. Want to know what I mean? Read on.

As some of you may know, Rebecca of A Daily Something and I teamed up with a fantastic crew of sponsors to host Blog Brunch DC last Sunday. After hosting the first one and getting to know many of the fantastic women involved in the local blogging scene, it's safe to say we are both so anxious to begin planning the next brunch in the series. This event would not have been as wonderful as it was had it involved anyone other than Rebecca. Not to mention that Rebecca helped style my wedding this past March, her eye for styling just gets me every time! It was such a blessing to host an event with her.

The event took place at The Studios at 112 S Patrick in the beautiful studio space of Sweet Root Village. Sweet Root Village was one of our amazing sponsors for the event by donating their space, photographing the event (all of the photos in this post are taken by them!), and providing locally sourced flowers from Wollam Gardens and Capital Flower Growers. Some of you may remember that Sweet Root Village provided flowers and flower crowns for my wedding and for that, they'll always have a very special place in my heart. Lauren and Rachel, I love, love, love you.

We opened the event to about 20 people and I must say the people who came were amazingly strong, driven, and inspiring women. We started the event by inviting our guests to eat and mingle, seeing as that is at the heart of what Blog Brunch DC is all about... The food and the connections. I got to put faces to so many followers and friends that I had made over social media in the last year. We feasted on the yummiest food; Dips and spreads by Cava Mezz, quiches and pies by Dangerously Delicious Pies in DC, blueberry lemonade and green juice by Purée Juice, Muesli by Seven Sundays, gluten free cinnamon raisin bread with cardamom by Goldilocks Goodies, and paleo-friendly gluten free blueberry peach tart by Out of the Box Bakery. Everything was SO delicious. We truly hit the jackpot with the people we chose to partner with. Take a peek at some of the food:

After we ate, we took turns going around the room and introducing our blogs and brands, telling our story and sharing our thoughts. Looking back, it's probably one of my favorite parts of the whole event. Everyone felt this strange and familiar connection with one another once we began sharing about ourselves and what we hope to do with our blogs and businesses. To all who attended, thank you so much for opening up and sharing with us. The local community here is so strong and we growing TOGETHER.

We offered our guests take home gifts from some truly amazing sponsors. The beautiful Amanda of Trouvé Mag donated copies of Issue One. If you missed the brunch, you can purchase the amazingly designed magazine here (Psst, one of my essays is in it!). We also offered our guests beautiful paper goods from Rifle Paper Co., yummy smelling soaps by Lollia, and a DIY planter kit from Uncommon Goods. Krystal of Esther & Harper was one of our guests and she donated a sweet gift to all of the take home bags, as well. All attendees also went home with a set of antique trolley coins courtesy of Krystal's vintage shop. Once AGAIN, truly hit the jackpot with sponsors. I adore all of these brands and we were so excited to offer these things to our guests. 

I am so grateful for the new friendships with local creative women as well as with our sponsors. I can truly say I love each brand that was represented on Sunday. We are looking forward to hosting another Blog Brunch DC and this time, we will announce it farther in advance. ;) Rebecca and I were over the moon hosting this event and we hope you enjoyed it, too.

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Happy fourth of July to all! May your hearts be opened to love and gratitude today as you remember the sacrifices made in the name of our freedom. I love you, America; Land of the free, home of the brave.