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This is Quite A Club!

(aka “Live from Abiomed‘s Annual Sales Meeting)

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“WOW. From now on my rider will include a 300-foot ceiling and
an insane bike sculpture…this is quite a club!” Comedian Dana Carvey quipped at the start of his set last week.

 

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The glorious MFA was all decked out in fancy finery as a funky upscale nightclub for Abiomed’s Opening Celebration. It was a magical transformation…the first of its kind at the MFA! Glittering lamps from Tommy Wholesale and stunning floral sculptures from Marc Hall Design sparkled in jeweled lighting by High Output.

 

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Magicians strolled the floor mesmerizing guests with sleight of hand tricks, while other groups gathered to enjoy the red-clad torch singer from Music Management nestled in cozy lounge seating from Be Our Guest.

 

 

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The evening was filled with surprises…from the enormous marquee A-B-I-O-M-E-D letters created by New England Country Rentals, to Bailey’s milkshakes and truffle fries, to the appearance of Dana Carvey himself (the headliner is a tightly held secret)…this company knows how to thank its team.

 

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How fitting it is that the night was such a brilliant transformation, since transforming lives is exactly what Abiomed does.  This year’s meeting celebrated the unprecedented success of its Impella heart pump, and the unparalled mission of the company to “Patients First.”

 

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A company that does such serious, life-saving work deserves to kick back with a night of laughter…cheers to you, Abiomed!

 

 


We heart BCHL!

Valentine’s Day is upon us and we are enveloped in red and pink… to honor it we were trying to think of something fun to write or show you.  What better than to share one of our past events?  Who says red and pink are only for Valentine’s Day?  They can be used as a beautiful accent for your decor, without being over the top or seemingly girly and childish.

But, as usual, we are getting ahead of ourselves… let’s go back to November, 2014 – the Boston Children’s Hospital League Gala. This one was hosted at the Fairmont Copley and the theme was “Under the Big Top.”

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Yes, this event is to support kids and programs for them while they are at the hospital, but it’s also a night for adults!  So to walk that fine-circus-tightrope-line between childish and chic, we designed the cocktail hour to be a fun and festive filled room with oversized balloons, bright pink and orange accents – complete with an elephant over the bar!

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As guests finished cocktails, they moved across the hall to the Grand Ballroom, where they entered a space that was a bit more grownup – portraying a vintage circus vibe – with golds, blacks and pops of a whimsical red (see – I knew we’d circle back to red and Valentine’s Day). Winston Flowers helped us to create these fun centerpieces – the co-chairs couldn’t believe that red carnations could look so good.  (Sorry, carns, you guys have a bad rap, but things are looking up!)

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This client even had fun adjusting their logo to fit the theme.  Overall, it was a great event that you should consider looking in to for this year!  Planning is just in the works, but it’s sure to be a fun-filled event for everyone!

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Many thanks to all of the vendors who helped to make this event possible (plus Allegro Photography for these great shots).  Added thanks to the Big Apple Circus Clowns and stiltwalker Big League Brian, who are part of the BCHL programming and were added entertainment for our guests!

 


Vendor Spotlight – Allegro Photography

I should probably start with a disclaimer: We love all of the vendors that we work with, but can only blog so much!

You have probably seen samples of their work on our website and through events that we have produced – today’s vendor spotlight shout-out goes to Allegro Photography!

Husband and wife team, Jo and Dave, moved to Boston a few years ago from California and settled in Wellesley. Their work has a distinct West Coast vibe that is reflected in the fantastic images they take and the beautiful spirit that they capture.  One outstanding quality is their ability to capture the right mood at any given moment.  You may think at a wedding or a fundraiser this would be easy, but the task is much harder than it seems when trying to capture an emotion on top of the action taking place.

Their upbeat attitudes and willingness to stick around to “get the shot” are one reason we love to have them on site with us at events.  From weddings, to portraiture, to a wide variety of events both social and non-social, they are reliable and fun to work with.  Plus, they always manage to find such flattering light for everyone!

Thanks Allegro Photography for being so great!

Ok, now I’ll let the images speak for themselves (kind of).

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Catching that adorable moment during a wedding?! check.

 

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Capturing the AE staff at the Celebrity Series 75th Anniversary Gala? check.
L to R: Chrissy, Christine, Danielle, Aubry and our [former] intern Emma (we miss you!)

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Making our tabletops look cooler than we remembered
(this one from Rosie’s Place Safe and Sound Gala)? check.

 

 

Thanks Allegro Photography!  We love working with you!

XO,

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