I do some driving and every now and then you need some extra help on car repairs and maintenance. Some huge semi truck had a rather large rock roll off its uncovered cargo and it found my windshield to land on and bounce from leaving a rather large crack in my windshield. Safelite AutoGlass repair came to the rescue. As it was being repaired this Monday morning, I was in and out of the office to check on things and had the idea for this particular theme; of out of bounds.
A new MTV Reality Show called Siesta Key premieres July 31st. The scene on the street was nothing short of a gallant Great Gatsby.
Maria Brady of Wedding & Event Design & Coordination and Beth Bronson-Kompothecras of So Staged Event Design + Rentals put on a black-tie fundraiser that was recently held at a gorgeous estate on Siesta Key and was by far the best event I have ever been to. The details astounded and delighted every guest. Women were adorned in bejeweled gowns and roaring twenties headpieces and gloves. Dr. Gary and Beth Kompothecras and their son Alex hosted over 150 guests at their estate home on Siesta Key to help raise funds for autism. Beth and Alex came up with the theme and had some fun planning it all for the lucky few to attend and experience.
As we arrived to the valet, we were greeted with Bellini’s in old fashioned champagne coupes and then asked to take the red carpet which was a true live red carpet. With a female model dressed fully wearing the red carpet! We followed her skirt path past a pristine, very-well cared-for 1933 Rolls Royce Silver Phantom II as old-fashioned paparazzi with the old flashbulb cameras interacted with guests upon arrival. Bellow sounds formed from a jazzy saxophone player playing busker style music. Yes, the tone had been carefully set.
Once we walked up the winding rising entry to the estate, two female models were positioned to each side of the main entry wearing gold lame evening gowns and crystal chandelier headpieces. Both were standing on high risers smiling away as they greeted each guest.
We entered and the entire home had been done in 1920’s décor style. The details simply took our breath away. Everywhere one looked, exquisitely designed décor met your eyes. Beautiful vintage furniture was strategically placed. So Staged has amazing pieces and Maria rents from Beth often. So Staged also built the larger-than-life champagne tower as guests entered their home.
The lavish event provided a menu reminiscent of a 1920s party and included favorites from that era such as ‘Classic’ Deviled eggs, Blinis with Sour Cream & Black Caviar, Baked Oysters Rockefeller, Whole Poached Salmon, and enormous Antipasto and dessert stations. The catering crew wore bowties, suspenders, and arm garters as they did in the 1920s! As you grazed the decadent array of food, a living female statue painted in metallic gold held a large white globe light and assisted in serving sliced lamb to guests.
Cigarette girls dressed in 1920’s style attire handed out candy cigarettes and chocolate cigars. The pianist played old Ragtime music and later as the champagne flowed, the music changed over to a DJ who continued the ragtime theme then onto everything popular today. The florals were done by staff from So Staged. The arrangements were chosen to go with all white Phalaenopsis orchids as they were very Gatsby like. Cameras were flashing as were the smiles. And as a one last big surprise to push the event way over the top, Maria Brady crafted and coordinated a metallic foil gold confetti drop. It was definitely New Year’s Eve on a Thursday evening on Siesta Key!
AC/DC lead singer Brian Johnson and his wife, Brenda, donated an undisclosed amount of money to create the “Brian Johnson Music Therapy Center” at Sarasota Memorial in the Pediatrics unit. Sounds like incredible music to our ears.
She is a stray but doesn’t act like one. Her name is Stormy but she is extremely calm. Her green eyes are so expressive she mesmerizes me. I see her almost weekly and she has a serious but sweet message in her eyes. Do you see it?
Little Luke (Wittle Wuke!) loves fire trucks and wants to grow up to be a fireman. So on his sixth birthday on November 6th, I made him this miniature fireman pumpkin. Straight from my heart to his home. He is such a fireball and just cracks me up! He is definitely my entertainment at our staff holiday parties as he blazes from room to room making us all laugh!
Funny how I’ve been trying to arrange a horseback riding outing in Florida for years and it takes my little sister in New York to coordinate a ride while I’m visiting her there for my summer vacation!
Horseback riding offers many things. Quiet, quality alone time in the woods to be one with nature, fast gallops when you feel the need for speed, therapy for those that might need assistance due to medical conditions or just plain relaxation for the pure love of horses and the wilderness for people like me!
I was literally “back in the saddle” and was riding while I shot this image and many others. Felt so good to be out there riding horses again!! I had a hard time deciding which was more fun, taking photographs, scuba diving or riding again. Pretty special when you truly love more than one hobby. I consider myself lucky!
My post on June 6th explains the rare opportunity I was presented with to do research with Mote Marine Laboratories staff and interns. One of the teenage interns had a camera in an underwater casing and jumped in the water numerous times to capture some of the rays we studied or saw that day. It’s always fun to see another photographer so passionate about getting the best possible photographs no matter the obstacles, weather or difficulty of the shot!