Some people know how to (tea) party!

I don't specialize in event photography therefor I don't photograph a lot of events.  However, when Maggie Blair Boyd, party planner/interior designer/illustrator/a million other things, asked me to photograph her tea party it was an easy yes!

The tea party's attendees would be none other than the women of The Super Royal Tea Society for Fancy Ladies, a group in Atlanta.  Imagine a costume party with a wide variety of creative minds and talent, then add tea.  Kind of a classic tea party from the 1950s with a costume twist.  This particular social event was called the White Rabbit Tea giving a nod to Alice in Wonderland.

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After each lady received her invitation (illustrated and written by hand) she started planning her outfit.  Some ladies had flower wreaths, mushroom or teacup rings, spectacles, pocket watches, pinafores, crowns and there was even a pair of bunny ears.  Hair was coiffed, nails were painted and lips were reddened.   Everything had to be just so.

As the ladies planned their attire, Maggie planned an afternoon that none would soon forget.  Everything was planned to the T(ea).  There were delicious goodies including meringue mushrooms and teabag cookies.   Everywhere you looked there were flowers, little trinkets, signs (some that were of no consequence at all!) and even a live white rabbit.  It was a lovely afternoon of camaraderiemerriment and imagination.  If this event sounds a little over the top but you still find yourself wondering what it would be like... and then you start to wonder if you have gone mad for wanting to attend then remember the words of Lewis Carroll.  "Have I gone mad?" "I'm afraid so, but let me tell you something, the best people usually are."  Alice in Wonderland

Check Maggie's work out through her instagram.

“Yes, that's it! Said the Hatter with a sigh, it's always tea time.” 
― Lewis CarrollAlice in Wonderland

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