November 9, 2012

Event design. It blows my mind.

In one night alone an event designer turns a hotel room in to a whole new experience. Those of you who are new to reading this blog, my other passion is helping victims of domestic violence. 19 years ago I co-founded with my friend Cheryl Masri Knock Out Abuse Against Women and we hold an annual event that raises $ 600,000 in one night to local area shelters. It’s become the most popular girls night out event in DC. And this could not happen without our super talented event designer- Andre Wells. As an interior designer you think you have a lot of work to do to finish a home in a few months, and even spending a year designing your home you can feel stressed out. Just imagine the pressure when you have one day to make a giant ball room look like the Moulin Rouge…

Talk about pressure!

Andre makes sure every single details purveys the feeling of the theme.  And he does such an amazing job!

The result was stunning! Black walls, and amazing arrangements.

And my favorite part…

Moulin Rouge inspired dancers from SAX’s restaurant and lounge in DC.

Image via events by Andre Wells

Andre and his team have a couple of months to plan it out. However they plan and design an event almost every single night of the year!!

The day of the event, things start to arrive. Hundreds of people are scurrying about making it happen.

Items get built my local talented people and then installed.

In a matter of hours you feel like you are at the Moulin Rouge.

Walking in to a ballroom like this, it’s really hard to not get swept up in the moment which is the whole point of event design. To make everyone forget about their lives for a night and enjoy the moment!

And of course the nothing was complete without the male models who added to the decor!!  I know…it’s reversed sexism at it’s best. A group of nice men donate their time to escort the women in to the room, and another group are models are dressed to suit the theme.

Andre Wells and Cheryl Masri.

Amazing Andrea Roane from Channel 9 hosted again. This year perhaps because everyone had been cooped up with hurricane Sandy without power the room was rowdier than perhaps ever….

Every detail was amazing.

This is Cheryl and me addressing the super loud crowd!

Our lovely speaker Carre’ Otis came to share her story with domestic violence. I’m reading her book right now, Beauty Disrupted, highly recommend it. It’s a riveting read. Things in people’s lives are not always what they seem.

Anyway thanks for letting me share this.

Have a great weekend!

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  • Comment by Stacey — November 9, 2012 @ 5:12 PM

    So true re things are not always what they seem. Andre(who btw has the same name as my hubs:-)) did and AMAZING job! Stunning transformation. I would've loved to be a part of that rowdy crowd:-). You looked stunning too btw. Thanks for your lovely note my "little event":-). Have a great weekend! Oh and I love what your organization represents. XX

  • Comment by Splendid Willow — November 10, 2012 @ 10:26 AM

    You have your priorities right, girlfriend! Everything you get yourself involved in, turns into a success.

    Big heart, stunning and talented. You have it all!

    Ringer naesta vecka. Herregud saa sjuk jag va! Och ser fortfarande ut som ett troll…

    ox, Mon

  • Comment by LiveLikeYou — November 10, 2012 @ 10:50 AM

    Doesn't he do an amazing job? It's such a fun thing seeing the room turn in to a fantasy world!

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    Hoppas du mar battre! Sa trakigt att ha influensa!!

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    That's a pretty cool interior design! It strangely reminds me of the parties from The Great Gatsby. Well done!

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