Ghosts aglow

Ghosts aglow

The ghost chairs sparkle in the candlelight – creating a crystal filled room throughout the space.

The crystal chivari chairs add a well designed secondary element of sparkle. Tablescapes and Halls – thanks for the ghostly glamour tonight.

DL

Bandshell Beauty

Bandshell Beauty

Navy Pier’s Grand Ballroom dates back to the early 1900s. Beautifully preserved from the hardwood floor to the 80 foot tall bandshell dome, everyone has stopped and photographed the room as they find their tables.

The bandshell dome is beautifully aglow with a wash of 30 red uplights, and the arch is covered in brocade heart patterns.

Divine!

DL

Awash in Candlelight

Awash in Candlelight

The candletower centerpieces are filled with over 500 pillar candles, softly flickering throughout the space.

The base is a tight, packed arrangement of brilliant Charlotte Red Roses, Black Magic Roses and Sprays with Ti Leaf wraps.

A dozen petite votives add the finishing touch – the room looks like pure magic.

DL

Ground control

Ground control

Here is the AV and lighting control booth – with Freeman’s team of tech gurus micromanaging down to the nano second.

There are 30 some AV staff, almost 4000 lightbulbs in the event, and 100s of volunteers.

The fun has begun!

DL

Focal Point Power

Focal Point Power

I am obsessed with the focal point table. Set just inside the entry, it grabs every guest’s attention and sets a dramatic first impression that takes everyone’s breath away.
Do you believe, just after I personally set this entire display, I came back to light the candles and passersby had eaten half the fresh fruit! My compote bowls were empty…

Thanks goodness Chicago Signature catering jumped in and helped me replenish on the spot!

DL

Countdown to Heart Ball

Countdown to Heart Ball

Tonight is The 2010 Heart Ball for The American Heart Association, one of the city’s largest and most successful fundraising galas.

850 black tie guests will be here in a few hours – and we are dressing up The Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier to the nines in lovely RED glamour.

Shown above, the entire auction bidding process will be done using iphone like keypad devices from IML throughout cocktails and dinner. We have been charging the 500+ keypads for 24 hours, so they are ready to raise over 1 million dollars for heart treatments, research programs, education and prevention.

Wish us luck!

DL

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