"No matter how big or small, it’s a powerful and life-changing thing to believe in someone, and to give them and their dreams a voice," Gaines wrote of their meeting.

By Perri Ormont Blumberg
March 29, 2019
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Even Joanna Gaines can get a little starstruck.

This week, Gaines had a very special meeting with the woman who helped catapult her to fame: "No matter how big or small, it’s a powerful and life-changing thing to believe in someone, and to give them and their dreams a voice. Back in 2012, Gabrielle Blair featured my home on her blog @designmom. I had been following her for years and couldn't believe she was reaching out after a friend had submitted photos to her of my house. Within a week of the blog going live, we got a call from a production company asking if we were interested in filming a show and the rest is history," Gaines writes in a reflective Instagram post.

"After all these years we finally met in person for the first time this week when I had the honor of speaking at her amazing conference, @altsummit. Thank you Gabrielle for inspiring the world with your beautiful talents and creativity," she signs off her thoughtful note.

Blair also took time to share her thoughts on their long-overdue encounter. "Two days ago, I had the opportunity to do something really, really fun: I interviewed @joannagaines for the Opening Keynote at @altsummit. I’ve been a fan a {of} Joanna since 2012 when I shared her lovely home in my Living With Kids series on #designmom. (This was back before the Fixer Upper days!) But Monday was the first time we met in person, and it was seriously such a treat. Joanna is as gracious, kind and lovely in person as you’d expect. (And Crew is the cutest!)," she captioned a series of photos of the duo.

"Interviewing her was like sitting down for a good chat with an old friend. As you know, Joanna has a lot going on, and it was so cool of her to take time and come all the way to Palm Springs. She’s the real deal, folks. I feel very lucky to know her."

What great photos! Indeed, the two look like decades-old friends, even in their first rendez-vous.

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The event's photographer, Justin Hackworth, also shared some amazing photos of Gaines in her bright yellow attire and gold statement jewelry at the Altitude Summit.

Want more of JoJo? Read How Joanna Gaines Slows Down to Create Family Traditions in 2019.

Gabrielle Blair, we can't thank you enough for ushering in the Gaines family to our television screens and hearts.