Referrals are EVERYTHING! About seven weeks ago, we got a text from a friend who had a friend who needed a planner. The very next week, we had a new client. #BOOM Six weeks later on a dark, stormy and sleet-filled night, a group of brave women (and men) traversed the Atlanta city streets to attend the inaugural event for The Go Generation where we celebrated the launch of the Mbali Experience.
When we first got the call, we did a little research to see what The Go Generation was all about. What really got us interested was that they’re a lot like us! The Go Generation focuses on Luxury Experiential Travel, where they custom design individual or group trips based on your personal travel dreams! How cool is that?! #SOLD So, I called the owner, Jason Elliott, to get the deets about the event. He explained that it would be centered around the Mbali Experience that was designed specifically for ladies “seeking a deeper connection with a destination, its culture, and its community in the company of a small group.”
Three things that guided the style and theme for the event were
- Mbali means “flower” in Zulu
- The first destination for the Mbali Experience is South Africa
- This beautiful inspiration image featuring a field of yellow flowers
Well, it was obvious that yellow was a must have in the color scheme. We decided to pair it with a rich charcoal grey, champagne gold for a bit of sparkle, wood grain for a natural element, and feathers for texture. Here’s the inspiration board:
Here’s the before picture of the room:
Now, let’s see the transformation:
The venue for the evening, Trees Atlanta, had a sculptured tree built right into the center of the room. It was a gorgeous addition to the design. It really gave the impression that guests were having dinner outside under beneath this beautiful tree.
The buffet featured an abundance of deliciousness, including some South African themed items that coordinated with the event theme including Biltong, a S. African jerky and chicken skewers with a spicy peri peri sauce.
And each guest received a complimentary Mbali wine glass to remember their Mbali Experience here in Atlanta.
Before the event was over, Jason shared a little bit more about his company and the Mbali Experience. You can watch part of the presentation video and find out more information here.
You check out more photos in the event gallery in my portfolio.
Before it’s all done, we couldn’t have done it without our SUITE vendor team:
Planning, Florals, and Design: Suite14A
Venue: Trees Atlanta
Photography: The IvyArts Gallery
Catering: Zest Atlanta
Lighting: Uplighting America
Drapery: A Touch of Drapery
Audio/Visual: Pro Sound Rental of Atlanta