Many of the events we attend have impressive backstories. I think these narratives are interesting and also important. To understand the myriad behind-the-scenes undertakings and moving parts that are involved in orchestrating a successful soiree heightens our enjoyment and appreciation.
A few months back I was blessed with a complimentary table for eight at the Woodford County Humane Society Gala, held at the Keeneland Racetrack. The only request in exchange for the seats (priced at $150 each) was that I invite those inclined to promote the Society’s noble mission.
Wheels in Motion
I had tucked Aisha’s suggestion away. But my enthusiasm was reignited when she asked me to showcase my newly launched mobile photo booth: The Big Events Photos. By that time she had Danielle Meadows of Octane Design primed for graphics, design and decor. I had recently met Danielle at the photo shoot and marketing campaign for Ranada’s Bistro & Bar on Lexington’s Old Vine Street and witnessed the exceptional quality of her work. I knew then I wanted to be a part of the budding Award Blogger Bash.
Located on Court Street in the heart of downtown Versailles, Kentucky, The Galerie is a former church erected in 1922. The elegant metamorphosis of this historical building, realized by Jordon and Jessica Kite is simply phenomenal. To view the “before” and “after” photos is unbelievable! The first event held in this grand space was for Jordan and Jessica’s lovely wedding.
The expanse is truly amazing and so much more is provided. An area overlooking the venue serves as a small cocktail lounge. But the pièce de résistance is situated downstairs. Beautifully appointed, photo worthy rooms have been designed for the bride and her guests. The groom’s suite boasts a pool table! The bridal party accommodation is lined with large mirrors and comfortable seating, perfect for completing make up, hair and accessories. Upon renting this venue, the client receives use of the entire building. No other functions will take place that day.
I’ve worked with Sweet LiLu’s in the past on my Visit Woodford County blog and was blown away by the delectable hors d’oeuvres, not to mention their striking culinary presentations. Located just a couple doors down from the The Galerie, they were a no-brainer! Sweet Lilu’s menu is creative and extensive. We opted for easy finger foods. Our offerings consisted of a scrumptious, caramelized onion and goat cheese tart; a tempting Kentucky Hot Brown tart; tasty, buffalo chicken dip and chips; an appetizing charcuterie board and skewered kielbasa with juicy, pineapple slices. For dessert we chose traditional Kentucky bourbon balls; acreamy, raspberry tart and mini salted caramel cheesecake.
The only item missing from my side was photography. When I organize a blogger event, I try to secure a professional photographer. This allows the attendees to enjoy themselves without the worry of taking pictures. High quality, professional photos are provided for participants’ posts and blogs following the party.
Photo Booth Fun
I arranged my welcoming The Big Events Photos booth near the entrance. I’ve recently purchased some terrific backdrops and we chose the “gold disco” for this gathering.
I’m proud and honored to be among the nominees and winners.
Travel Blogger of the Year Marie Pullen (@BluegrassBlog)
Lifestyle Blogger of the Year Kayla Pigg (@PolishedPiggy)
Mommy Blogger of the Year Angel Isabel (@TheBluegrassMom)
Food Blogger of the Year Alex Allamon (@lexfoodguide)
Most Inspiring Blogger of the Year Kayla Weber Nord (@kaylaweberart)
Most Innovative Blogger of the Year Sarah Weedman (@ClassandContrast)
Rising Star of the Year Miranda Stewart (@SassintheBluegrass)
Photographer of the Year Michelle Franzetti (@m_franzetti)
Best Collaborator with Local Businesses Sarah Caton (@Spaceplaceandgrace)
Fashion Blogger of the Year Porscha Lynette (@Porschalynette)
Local Business of the Year The Nail Shop (@thenailshoplex)
Blogger of the Year Leela Atchison (@LexEats)