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SF NACE Gala at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel

We had the distinct honor of being asked by the San Francisco NACE Chapter (National Association of Catering and Events) to be the designer of the 2014 Gala.  We were just absolutely thrilled!  The gala was held at the prestigious Sir Francis Drake Hotel so we dreamt up an inspiration board that was inspired by Marie Antoinette, The Duchess and chandeliers from the San Francisco Ballet production of Giselle!

We put together a color palette of light duchess blues, pinks, cremes and golds and paired the palette with textures of lace and flowers to create the look.

The gala started with a cocktail hour on the mezzanine floor and guests were instantly welcomed to a champagne reception to set the spirits right!  Guests were then invited to pick up their key for the event, which was set against the gorgeous backdrop with our event name "Rococo" with a jaw dropping floral curtain created by my pal, Amy Burke Designs.

The gala itself was held in the main ballroom of the second floor of the Sir Francis Drake Hotel.  This venue was absolutely perfect for the design that we had in mind as it houses the most beautiful chandeliers in place, waiting to be showcased!  We draped the room to create a romantic and luxe atmosphere upon entry and proceeded to dress the room using duchess blue linens from our friends at  Napa Valley Linens.  Our friends and floral visionaries from Nicole Ha and The Petal Company created luscious blooms in pinks, cremes and golds to adorn the tables and the china and colored goblets from Frances Lane were to die for!  Along with the help of Classic Party Rentals and Blueprint Studios in providing the chairs and additional china and glassware, our design came to life!  

One of my favorite accents were the menus that we designed along with Curlicue Designs' hand scripted calligraphy for the event.  They were perfect for the place settings we created along with the napkins that we hand tied with lace.

This event was a true beauty through and through and I am so humbled and honored that the SF NACE Chapter asked us to design this event for their members.  This event also goes to show that when crazy talented and creative artisans come together to collaborate, AMAZING happens and I am, again, humbled by each and every creative vendor that put in their talent and art to work alongside with me on this one.  Our industry is truly an amazing one.

Photography by:  Kevin ChinColson Griffith and Gustavo Fernandez