I recently had the honor of photographing Hosanna Industries Annual Enchanted Tea Party, held at the Gibsonia campus of Hosanna Industries, located on Dickey Road.
For those of you who may not know, Hosanna Industries is a “faith-rooted, non-profit mission whose work involves a variety of charitable initiatives aimed at helping [their] impoverished neighbors.”
Founded in 1990, their program activities include leading volunteers in home repair and construction, providing vocational training for unskilled workers and even getting relief workers to areas of disaster and poverty. They rely 100% on donations to provide these services and the contributions from this annual event go toward supporting these vital programs.
The morning of the Tea was cool and cloudy, but the warm spring sunshine showed up with ideal timing and the event turned out beautifully. Attendees included a gathering of generations, with mothers, daughters, grandmothers, and even great grandmothers. I was lucky enough to have my own mum and daughter attend this very special, annual Mother’s Day event.
All of the guests showed up dressed in their “Sunday best” and with lots of spirit and enthusiasm. The generations came together and enjoyed shopping with local vendors, including D.C. Scraps, ThirtyOne, Perfectly Posh, and even a Style Truck! The laughter and joyous chatter were backed up by the sweet melody of strings performed in the main hall.
The venue looked amazing, as well. Adorned in gentle pastel hues, flowers and tulle, many of the decorations were handmade at Hosanna. The linens and centerpieces pulled everything together, flawlessly, creating an elegant setting for the women attending. Outside, in the rock garden, bubbles floated in the air among purple, ribbons, tulle and flowers- all setting the tone for a lovely afternoon.
The guests gathered at their tables attired with china provided by Pippa’s Pieces, to enjoy light refreshments provided by the Johnston Tea House. They enjoyed a variety of hot teas as they were served dainty finger foods, including cucumber sandwiches, quiche, chicken salad and artichoke hour d’ouvers.
Of course, no Pittsburgh event would be complete without a cookie table, and this was no exception! Along with the cold creamy sweetness provided by Wexford’s own Graeter’s Ice Cream, Cookiedoodles put out a display of dazzling pastel cookies and treats that were almost too pretty to eat! (Almost…)
After lunch, I gathered up the young ladies and some of my Fairytale Foto’s props for dress up. We laughed and carried on together as I captured the smiles and giggles on camera.The afternoon wrapped up with a chinese auction, complete with splendidly wrapped baskets donated by local businesses and vendors. Several lucky ladies went home with a prize- and everyone got to leave with a lovely, handmade, rose brooch as a memento of this lovely Mothers Day celebration.
I’d like to extend an extra thank-you to the lovely ladies of Hosanna who organized this wonderful event. They truly deserve a round of applause for all that they do! I’m so grateful to have been there for this incredible event, and I’m thrilled to be sharing it with you here.
Hope you enjoy the photos!!