Street Scenes

Street Scenes

Street Scenes

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!

Repeating Patterns

Repeating Patterns

Repeating Patterns

Recently broke a trip up by stopping off at St. Mary’s on the Florida/Georgia line. One must take the ferry ride over to Cumberland Island to witness some wild horses running free! You can only experience the island on foot or bike. We chose foot and stopped at one of the campsites to check it out. Loved the repeating patterns in this campsite bathroom of all places! I know, you really wanted to see the running horses, didn’t you?

 

 

 

Beam of Light

Beam of Light

Beam of Light

A recent trip to the Keys, my first ever during the month of September, showed many places closed after a hectic season of tourists and afternoon into evening showers but luckily sunsets always presented themselves somehow each evening. Surprised to find this special beam of light after reviewing my plethora of fun photos capturing the trip down. “See you at sunset!”

 

Shot at 9:00A.M.

Shot at 9:00A.M.

Shot at 9:00A.M.

This kitten needed a loving home so naturally my mother brought her home from the winery. She’s just a couple of weeks old and not afraid of anything. She played hard when she was awake and slept soundly when she needed her rest. Climbing was new to her but she did it in spectacular form and fashion. It was impressive and she didn’t even ruin the screen.

Common Cliché Phrase: Back in the Saddle

Back in the Saddle

Back in the Saddle

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!