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May 8, 2019
I love the chance to get outside my state’s lines. So, when repeat clients The Gray Family called me with only nine days to finish planning and designing their parents’ 50th anniversary party in Dothan, Alabama, I jumped! I love getting to work with clients again, and this celebration would be extra special. We put our heads together to create an elegant evening where family and friends could gather to celebrate a couple that has touched so many lives.
Inside the stunning Bella’s Ballroom, the scene was set as guests were instructed to wear all black. We focused on designing around that bold statement, crafting a Golden Anniversary party in complementary shades of black, white, and gold – with pops of purple, Mrs. Cotton’s favorite color.
Table settings included bursting gold chargers on detailed black linen with menu cards trimmed in rich purple paper. Floral bloomed with white poppies, pink roses and purple tulips – a spring scape to dream about, and one that added the perfect amount of pop against a dramatic black-and-white setting.
The room was gorgeous and sophisticated, but my favorite design element was the custom step-and-repeat made from a black acrylic wall printed with the couples’ monogram and trimmed in a beautiful flower arrangement. It was a statement piece for guests to pose in front of, and set the tone for an incredible event.
The evening included incredible performances by Tasha Cobbs Leonard and Isaac Carree, lots of story sharing, laughter and hugs, and each guest left with delicately wrapped favor boxes that included gold leaf decorated sugar cookies and custom scented candles. Full of goodies for both guests and the guests of honor, the evening made even more memories for many more years together.
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