Tuesday, September 26, 2017

My First Promotional Video!

Recently I decorated a wedding reception for a client at the Banquets of Minnesota located in Blaine.  This is a beautiful venue accented with ceiling draping and lights  I recently upgraded my chair covers, and I was really happy with the outcome of the centerpieces that I had designed, and the color palette that the bride chose.  Usually, I would just take pictures and call it a day, but then I thought this would be a great space to shoot a video!  So I contacted my husband's friend Mike Johnson, and he agreed to record me during the process of setting up. I am pretty excited with the results!  Check it out!

Friday, August 18, 2017

Styled For Good!

Remember when I said I was a little busy, and that I forgot to post a few things?  Well, this is one of those post! ;)  All the way back on May 11th of this year, I was asked to be part of an awesome event called  "Styled For Good", hosted at the Machine Shop.  This event brings the best of the best wedding professionals together to donate their time and talent back to the community.  This year was the first year that they had a runway bridal fashion show, and D.Balentine Events was selected to execute this part of the event. Above is an aerial view of the grand finale, you can't see but I'm backstage behind those balloons. ;) I must say this was by far one of the BEST experiences and BEST events that I've been a part of!  The co-founders Janae Saltzman and Kelly Bolman were great to work with, the models, hair and make-up team, bridal boutique designers and vendors- all professional, and did excellent work!  It was great to return to my roots of fashion show production, and to know that I still got skills! lol!   I haven't been backstage of a fashion show for years!  To find out more about "Styled For Good", please visit their website @ www.styledforgood.com. Oh, I and almost forgot to mention, all of the models were women of color!  This was a priority for the co-founders, and they were very successful in achieving this goal!

I captured this photo backstage right before the show started.  The models were just waiting patiently, chatting amongst themselves.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Sherree Ellis Book Signing


There are times that I get a little busy, and I forget to post events! So, I am posting this one now!  I had the opportunity to decorate and plan a family friend's book signing event this past June.  The venue wasn't very big, but I prefer intimate venues anyway! Each guest was greeted and welcomed with a glass of sparkling cider, which was a great personal touch!  The evening was filled with love and support from family and friends, it was a great success! 

Congratulations to Sherree Ellis on writing her first book, "God Created Me".

Simple centerpieces for the guest tables.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Backyard Transformation!

This past weekend I had the opportunity to decorate for a poolside baby shower, the guest of honor was Minneapolis Mayoral candidate Nekima Levy-Pounds.  As we all know, hosting events outside can have its challenges especially with the weather. Although it was a beautiful sunny day, there were a few issues with the wind.  So I used lots of tape (and a few rocks) to secure everything in place!  The expecting mother chose the colors of her sorority Alpha Kappa Alpha, which is pink and green.  The shower was a success, and the guest of honor and her guests love the decorations!  This was also my first time creating the life-size baby blocks, I was pretty happy with the results!  

Here is the before picture of the backyard prior to me decorating.

And here is the after!  It's amazing how white tablecloths and chair covers can really transform a space!

And of course, I used my favorite paper poms for the centerpieces! 

This wall of the garage was a perfect canvas to add a focal point for the baby shower.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Stars & Stripes/Black+White

I am very fortunate and honored that my services are requested often by my church.  This gives me the opportunity to always try something new and execute new ideas.  For this event, I used black tablecloths instead of the standard white.  I also used rhinestone chargers to compliment the centerpieces, black and white striped chevron runners, and gold accents.  And of course, my beloved paper poms! 

Friday, May 26, 2017

Styled Photo Shoot

Recently, I had the opportunity to be part of an AMAZING styled photo shoot at the beautiful Whitney Bistro & Onyx Bar.  I want to extend a special thank you to the talented Aimee Barnett of Aimee Barnett Photography for inviting me to be a part of this project.  If you are in need of a wedding photographer, please visit her website at www.aimeebarnett.com.
Enjoy the photos!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Milestone Birthdays!

So I have been a little busy since the new year!  Two events that I provided decor for were milestone birthdays.  One was for a 70th and the other a 40th.  For the 70th birthday party I chose white and gold.  The color gold is the color of SUCCESS, ACHIEVEMENT and TRIUMPH. It is also associated with ABUNDANCE
SOPHISTICATION and ELEGANCE.  I love using gold as an accent color, and it definitely made the white pop for this special occasion!

The second event that I decorated for was a 40th birthday celebration.  The guest of honor loves the color purple, so I wanted to be creative for these decorations.  I did not have a lot of space to work with, but still wanted to make a strong statement with the color palette of black, silver and purple. I used black as base with the table cloths, purple as the main color with the runners and table centerpieces, and silver as an accent. She loved it!