Happy fool’s day, y’all! And what better to spend this day celebrating Anniversary #2 of our showroom space with a blog post celebrating Anniversary #1. Last year around this time, we hosted an epic Gratitude Gathering with some of our favorite Clients and friends from the wedding industry.
We centered the night in further celebration of the second (yes, you read that right) full moon of 2018. At the start of 2018, we had two months (January and March) with Blue Moons. They are Blue Moons by the monthly definition of the term: the second of two full moons to fall within a single calendar month. The first Blue Moon came on January 31, 2018, and the second on March 31, 2018. I reached out to the uber talented Sarah Parrott Bianculli of Garden Gate Lettering to set the stage with some incredible letterpress invitations with a gorgeous galaxy style envelope liner. I plan to share the outcome of the invitation as soon as we acquire images (very unfortunately, my invite did not reach me where it could be photographed). You will see a peek of her work in the table scapes below…I swear, they were pure magic and lended to an amazing turnout for us.
A very special thank you to the New Gloucester Village Store and the Frisky Whisk for providing us with some beautiful and delicious bites for the event!
We were so proud to work with so many talented vendors on this very special event. We truly wanted to show our gratitude for the support of our industry friends. Carolyn Snell produced some sweet blue and lavender floral designs in our antique brass vases, and pampas grass and pussy willow in our large blue bottle vases. They were the perfect touch with shimmery gold mercury glass globe votives.
How perfect is this Moroccan copper chandelier? John and Dana from Griffin and Griffin Illuminated completely transformed the space with dark blue velvet draping, soft purple uplights and twinkle lights for a starry effect.
Both long tables were wrapped in copper metal and covered with custom sewnblue ikat runners. Low seating at ottomans in dark blue and soft green made for cozy seating.
I love the way our vintage amethyst goblets look on this table setting! The dinner plates were a stoneware lined in a beautiful watercolor blue along the edges.
Sarah very thoughtfully hand lettered each person’s place card and provided a most beautiful card explaining each guest’s favor: a velvet bag containing prosperity and abundance stones, tied with a beautiful mulberry silk dyed ribbon and adorned with a golden bee charm. We sourced the bag from The Common Shaman located in Stockton Springs, Maine and the ribbon was sourced from Golden One Two on Etsy.
Our blue fringed napkins were the perfect textured backdrop to the place settings.
These incredible letterpress cards by Sarah explaining the Lunar Phases of the moon were also so beautifully special and helpful for us to learn more about the awesome moon cycles.
I am so pleased to intro you to Ahura Diliiza, also known as “Z”. This is the man that truly helped bring this whole event together. In my search for the perfect person to help us to better understand and take advantage of the power of this incredible second blue moon, I first came to find The Unicorn School of Metaphysics in Casco, Maine (YAAAASSSS an actual unicorn school you guys. In Casco!). Here, I learned about the school’s founder, Z, and after an initial call with him I knew I was going to love working with him on this. He first came to the showroom, did a full assessment and spiritually cleaned the space of any negative energies. During this time, I learned about his teachings, his near reality TV show experience and some truly incredible stories about his life and his love of theater and video production. He told me to get a water fountain for the event to bring positive energies throughout the gathering, and he created soothing custom music specific for the party.
Z spoke with us about the significance of the bee: a strong symbol or how hard work and diligence lead to prosperity. He spoke about how the stones (garnet, apatite and pyrite) and crystal (citrine) can be placed in the moonlight to soak up some of the moon’s powerful energy and could then be placed outside around our homes in the soil, or carried with us in our pockets to keep that energy with us. Each piece was hand selected to help us to all clearly define our goals, provide us with positive attitudes and prevent us from the hang ups that keep us from continued prosperity.
Then of course, without warning, he singled out almost each person in the room and provided mini readings that brought so much nervous laughter (I am sort of hiding in the corner here worried the group was thinking I hired Z to put a spell on them).
Thankfully laughter ensued for the remainder of the evening! I can’t wait to do this again!
Man, I love this crew!! A super incredible thanks toJamie Mercurio Photography for capturing this good time and these fun pics with this posse.
Z also owns a no sodium bakery in Naples called Daily Bread. If you haven’t been, you absolutely need to check it out! Please tell him Paula sent you!
Thank you to all of the amazing attendees: Heidi of SHE Luxe Wed, Sarah of Watershed Floral, Eliza of Pretty Flowers, Meghan of B Merry Events, Lani of Lani Toscano Events, Cassie of Doting and Details, Nicole of Nicole Mower Events, John, Josie and Dana of Griffin and Griffin Illuminated, Carolyn of Carolyn Snell Designs, Sarah of Garden Gate Lettering and Parrott Design Studio and Jamie of Jamie Mercurio Photography,