After three-and-a-half months of planning GRunveiled, Joy'l and I were more than ready for March 11th to roll around. Load in & set up went smoothly throughout the day, and at 3:30, I headed home to print out the final pre-sale ticket list. We sold 182 tickets ahead of time and could have have been more excited!
After getting cash to make change at the front door, I headed back downtown to do a final walk through, and got ready to greet our guests. At 6pm on-the-dot, our first guests arrived, and until about 9pm, that is how it went! With the tickets we gave away to the media, the ticket sales at the door, plus family attending, (minus a few no-shows) my best tally is around 230 guests with us on Thursday evening! About 130 more people that we hoped for!
After guests left the main floor of St. Cecilia's, they made their way up the grand staircase to the Dexter Ballroom. This is a snippet of what the evening looked like upstairs. The Pearls Events space was strategically placed on the landing (top image), which I loved because I had a bird's eye view of the entry way, and had the advantage of greeting many of our guests as they made their way upstairs.
Look for one more blog post today with people images. I love how our official photographer, Nicole Haley, captured our exhibitors interacting with our guests!
[all images copyright Nicole Haley Photography]