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Karastan Rugs | Mohawk Flooring | High Point Furniture Market | Spring 2018 | ©Glessner Photography_0003.jpg

The High Point Furniture Market just wrapped up this past weekend, and I was thrilled to once again be a part of all the excitement. After a nearly two year hiatus due to our time abroad, it was great to warm back up to event photography with something fun and low-key. For those who aren't familiar with the furniture world, Market is a time when the otherwise quiet and calm little city we call home turns into a bustling metropolis of furniture makers, buyers, designers, and magazine editors. There are parties and events galore and don't you dare actually drive and park your car in downtown High Point (I've learned that lesson the hard way).

This year, I was approached by Karastan, a division of Mohawk, to photograph a tour and 90-year anniversary event they were hosting as a sponsor of the Design Bloggers Tour. The showroom featured a Roaring 20's theme as a nod to this special anniversary.

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Karastan Rugs | Mohawk Flooring | High Point Furniture Market | Spring 2018 | ©Glessner Photography_0002.jpg
Karastan Rugs | Mohawk Flooring | High Point Furniture Market | Spring 2018 | ©Glessner Photography_0005.jpg
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Karastan Rugs | Mohawk Flooring | High Point Furniture Market | Spring 2018 | ©Glessner Photography_0008.jpg

For a complete list of the design bloggers, pictured above, included on this year's tour by Esteem Media, see the links at the end of this post. The attendees were greeted with swag bags including the following Karastan branded materials.

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Karastan Rugs | Mohawk Flooring | High Point Furniture Market | Spring 2018 | ©Glessner Photography_0010.jpg
Karastan Rugs | Mohawk Flooring | High Point Furniture Market | Spring 2018 | ©Glessner Photography_0012.jpg

A cocktail reception followed the tour, including indulgences from local favorites including Maxie B's and Josephine's Catering in nearby Greensboro, and I can't go without mentioning the beautiful florals by the always fabulous Just Priceless.

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Karastan Rugs | Mohawk Flooring | High Point Furniture Market | Spring 2018 | ©Glessner Photography_0016.jpg
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Karastan Rugs | Mohawk Flooring | High Point Furniture Market | Spring 2018 | ©Glessner Photography_0023.jpg
Karastan Rugs | Mohawk Flooring | High Point Furniture Market | Spring 2018 | ©Glessner Photography_0018.jpg

Members of the Spring 2018 Design Bloggers Tours were as follows: Monica Benavidez of MonicaWantsIt.com, Courtney of FrenchCountryCottage.net, Heather French of FrenchandFrenchInteriors.com, Cindy Hattersley of CindyHattersleyDesign.com, Joanna Hawley of Jojotastic.com, Kyla Herbes of HouseOfHipsters.com, Mary Ann Picket of ClassicCasualHome.com, Ivonne Ronderos of Dkorinteriors.com, Danny Russo of DannyRusso.com, and Claire Staszak of CenteredByDesign.com.

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happy birthday josh :: greensboro event photographer

For those of you who don't know my husband, let me let you in on a little secret. Josh is a technology nerd. And an information junkie. And an Apple fanboy. Want to know the latest specs on the new iPhone? He can tell you. Looking for a surround sound system? He'll give you A+ recommendations on which ones are the best. He spent months researching which television we were going to buy for our house. And he was talking about the new iPad 3 prior to its release for what seemed to me like an eternity.

Each evening, for no fewer than 6 weeks, he updated me on the new features that the latest version of the iPad would possess. And how badly he needed it. And how sad he was that I wouldn't tell him it was okay to buy it because we already had one and it wasn't a necessity right now. And how utterly distraught he was that I told him he was absolutely NOT getting it as a birthday present.

So, of course, I ordered it for him the day it was announced with every intention of, once it arrived, stashing it in the deepest, darkest corner of my closet until today, when we would celebrate his 28th birthday and I would be proclaimed the best wife to ever walk the face of the earth.

And for those of you who know me, I hate ruining a surprise. My grandmother, who I know as Mamaw, is the type of woman who'll read the last chapter of a book first to see if she wants to read the rest of it, and she always loved to have me open Christmas gifts in early December when most people haven't even begun their shopping. And what kind of kid doesn't love getting to open her gifts early? This one. I've always wanted to prolong the surprise and joy that I knew would ensue until the latest possible moment.

Until a month ago, when that Apple package arrived in the mail, and I knew I had to make a decision on which would be the greater surprise for Josh... giving the iPad to him immediately and allowing him the joy of having it at the same time as all of the other Apple addicts or waiting until his birthday and listening to him continue to talk about it for a full month?

After getting some bad advice from one of Josh's friends who shall remain nameless who told me I should wait until his birthday to present him with the iPad, I called my mom, who like me, also doesn't care for early gifts and ruined surprises. I asked her what she thought I should do, and her answer was simply,

"You never know what tomorrow brings."

She then proceeded to tell me that my giving the iPad to him early was also like a gift to myself as I wouldn't have to endure another month listening to Josh's first world problem of why it was so important for him to have the device he so coveted, which really sold me on the idea.

So like any good wife, I stashed the wrapped iPad in the diswasher and waited for him to get home. As soon as he walked through the door, he began trying to convince me why he should get the new iPad, and I promptly yelled at him to go load the diswasher.

Some surprises are just too good to wait :)

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Happy birthday to an amazing, loving, supportive husband and my very best friend!