Community over Competition – The Rising Tide Society

Put your hands up if you like brunch!!

When I moved to San Diego I learned of The Rising Tide Society movement around the same time I learned about the Gals that Brunch movement. Two initiatives that focuses on networking and encouraging community over competition.

Gals that Brunch is an initiative that was started by a very talented, very driven female by the name of Tiffany. The first Gals that Brunch movement was actually started in 2015 in Virginia Beach. The founder had recently moved cross-country and wanted a way to meet new friends.

"[...]They all met as complete strangers with one common goal: to find the best brunch spots in their city while making new friends, networking and establishing community amongst each other.

At every brunch, we see an incredible mix of women from all stages of life. From young professionals to industry leaders; single sistas to supermoms. Some are new to the city and others are just looking to get out, enjoy a mimosa (or two) and meet new faces. While we begin each brunch as strangers, acquaintances, and friends – we end each brunch with a full belly and a full heart." - from Gals that Brunch website

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The Rising Tide Society

The local RTS chapter here in San Diego has been a wonderful place for me to network with local creatives. To help grow my wedding photography in San Diego I like to meet other entrepreneurs in the area. The Tuesday's Together group is perfect for that. While I haven't been able to make it to any of the monthly meetings as of yet I've had the opportunity to part take in some other fun events.

Alas, when the opportunity arose in my local Rising Tide Society chapter to be part of a big collaboration that included my favorite thing - Brunch! - I was all for it. The queen Tiffany was the organizer of the entire thing. She got all the vendors together, planned it all out and hosted it at her grandparent's house in Bird Rock/La Jolla.

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Sunday Brunch with mimosas

The collaboration included three different setups. We had a English Tea breakfast, a Moroccan/bohemian inspired brunch and a mimosa bar. Three very different ways to feast, but with one common denominator - to meet, eat and have fun!

And boy did we have fun! The entire afternoon just flew by and before we knew it sun was setting and it was time to go home. But not after a flora of champagne bottles had been popped, food had been indulged, and cake pops had been devoured.

A huge thank you to all the models from the local Gals that Brunch group for coming over and graciously being our "brunchers". An incredible shout out to Tiffany for putting it all together. And lastly, to the beautiful and smart female entrepreneurs who all came together with their vastly different talents to make this happen - THANK YOU! I bow down to your creativity, abilities and generosity!

There are a ton of pictures, so keep scrolling to see all of the beauty from this day!

Every successful individual knows that his or her achievement depends on a community of persons working together.
- Paul Ryan

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Vendor Love

Coordinator | Gals That Brunch  | Flowers |Petals & Pollen Floral Design
Caterer | Koko's Catering | Dessert | The Cake Pop Shop
Photographers | Studio Freyja | Life Alive Photography | Shari Anne Photography | SamErica Studios | Beauty Concierge | E.C. Stylebar | Hair and Makeup | Smokin' Colour Beauty |Hair by Alex Nikole | Jewelry/Table Decor | Wild Cloud
Stylist | Black Tie Optional | Style By Charlotte
Jewelry | Stella & Dot | Champagne | One Hope Wine
Bamboo Platters | Totally Bamboo | Tableware | House of Andaloo
Calligraphers | The Vintage Nib | Four Paper Things

16 Responses

  1. OMG Johanna!!!! I've been absolutely DYING to see these since you posted the sneak peaks a couple weeks back! These are AMAZING!!!!! Looked like so much fun and I LOVE that the champagne you used was from One Hope!!!
    • jkitzman
      Ahhhh thank you!! It was so much fun. I love all the colors that were used and how well it all came together!
  2. What a fun event! The pictures are so lovely. xx Cristina www.timelessoptimist.com
    • jkitzman
      It was a great event and so well put together by the coordinator. Thank you!
  3. Wow! Gorgeous styling, beautiful colors, stunning ladies, and I am so in love with the desserts and decor. Not to mention the amazing jewelry pieces. Definitely the best brunch I've ever seen!!!
    • jkitzman
      Definitely the best brunch inspiration I've seen as well! That Mimosa bar still has me dreaming of my own mimosa party!
  4. Oh my goodness. This is amazing. So much gorgeous inspiration. Love the styling, details, photography - basically every single part of this. Great colors too!
    • jkitzman
      Thank you Brenda! This was a gorgeous event put together by so many amazing creatives in the San Diego area!
  5. I feel so fortunate to know you, what an eye!! You are amazing photographer and a true joy to work with <3! These are amazing!!!
    • jkitzman
      Ahhh thank you dear! You made all of this happen. Such an amazing day! Thank you for being so wonderful!!
  6. Wow! A truly wonderful post! Never heard of Gals that Brunch. I'll have to look into it in my area (New England). The RTS brunch looked spectacular. Never seen a sequin encrusted bottle of champagne! Very cool!
    • jkitzman
      It's a really cool organization. I have yet to make it to my first brunch outing but from what I've seen and heard they are a lot of fun!
  7. The best looking brunch we've ever seen! Gorgeous inspiration - love the colors, so vibrant! Now wondering if there's one in LA, it looks like so much fun!
    • jkitzman
      I'm pretty sure Gals that Brunch have an LA Chapter. Go check out their website www.galsthatbrunch.com and see if you can find one :D
  8. This looks like such a great time and all of the vibrant colors are gorgeous!
    • jkitzman
      It really was! We had a blast all day!

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