A Peek Behind-the-Scenes + Highlights From The Knot Gala 2013

1376451_10151895636204014_811987820_nHey Ya’ll,

Last Monday morning came very early as my YourBash! partner Jaime Geffen and I began to load all of our design elements for The 2013 Knot Gala in to the New York Public Library. If you have not been, it is a stunning historic building and many of you may remember it from Sex and the City, the movie during the scene where Carrie Bradshaw almost married Mr. Big.

Screen Shot 2013-10-15 at 3.05.14 PMVendor after vendor pulled into the loading dock to unload truck after truck of sound equipment, lights, truss, tables, furniture, linens, food, decor, and even a few mannequins!

image3image4image2These mannequins became giant, 12′ tall brides wearing dresses that I designed using leather, upholstery fabric, and sheet drape material to create towering brides at the library’s entrance and flanking the stage inside.

Screen Shot 2013-10-16 at 9.43.49 AMScreen Shot 2013-10-16 at 9.44.41 AMCarla Ten Eyck

KarenTranThe talented Anna Fearer of More Paper Than Shoes created giant paper flower bouquets for the mannequins to finish off the brides polished look. BEFOREimageAbove is a before shot of Anna Fearer’s hotel room where her team assembled the bouquets and below are a few individual shots of each mannequin.
AFTERA giant video wall went up and five different bands did their sound checks (Hank Lane Music provided the entertainment – see below for details), all while thousands of flowers were arranged by famed floral designer David Beahm and his team. 1378184_10151895638719014_1196366443_n1381549_10151895636239014_718411077_nimage5

1380363_10151895635729014_166102027_nLights by the truckload were installed by Fusion Lighting, and stunning furniture vignettes from Taylor Creative and Luxe Event Rentals were positioned around the library.1238380_10151893696609014_1638071034_n1381751_10151895756379014_356531969_nIncredible linens from La Tavola were the finishing touch on all the tables and by 7pm the doors were ready to open and guests made their way into the library for a full fledged party. Screen Shot 2013-10-15 at 3.13.42 PMI brought my mother as my date and enjoyed hanging out with some friends that ya’ll should recognize from my blog, including: Annie Lee of Daughter of Design, Urvi Tejani of Tejani Jewelry, and of course the one and only Ceci Johnson of Ceci New York!Screen Shot 2013-10-15 at 3.12.55 PMFor those of you who saw my sneak peek post and were wondering how her invitations for the gala turned out, here they are in all their glory:994936_10151892858854014_247670856_nClick HERE to watch Ceci’s very first Instagram video showcasing the invitation and her stunning design.

1378084_10151895637089014_384148906_nIncredible vendor after vendor delivered all day to make the gala one to remember. Cases of Chandon arrived along with St.Germain for specialty cocktails at the four different bars.

1381764_10151895756449014_1183763557_nCouture Candy BuffetsFabipops and Fluffpop all showed up with enough desserts an sweets to fill over thirty feet of buffet space.

1391833_10151893696539014_487339469_n1377380_10151895756149014_949199413_nAnd check out this lovely dish by Abigail Kirsch Catering, who built out their own kitchen and started cooking bright and early! Click HERE to read my recent post about this fantastic NYC-based catering company and snag their yummy fall cocktail recipe!

1383655_10151895792759014_1697655689_nAnd as promised, Hank Lane Music Productions did not dissapoint with a fantastic line-up of five different bands that played throughout the night.1382029_10151895793134014_42582487_nThey kept everyone on the dance floor all night long! Click HERE to read my recent post about Hank Lane Music’s amazing arsenal of event musicians and DJs. Guests also enjoyed making their own slow-motion movies courtesy of the I Do Films video booth and were able to take home instant photos from the Tap Snap photo booth. Check back soon to see I Do Films’ stunning video footage from the event!

1381386_10151895635054014_573355628_nBy the end of the night, it was obvious that we had all created a truly extraordinary event. A big thank you again, to all of the vendors and people that helped make this year’s gala a success. I am very proud of the design and enjoyed the entire process from beginning to end.
-Brian

Photography Credit: Carla Ten Eyck
Click HERE to view the full event photo album via The Knot

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