Tom Douglas’ Palace Ballroom beats a community center. Right Dad?

Last night I was generously treated to a truly spectacular evening. Sharlane Chase, who already had my admiration, created a masterpiece of an event aptly named, Urban Unveiled. Granted, Sharlane didn’t work alone. She used the NW renowned ambiance genius, David Galliett of Rented Elegance. His metal and birch trees dangling streams of oranges created a focal point for the entry and was vividly enticing from the street. Orange flowed into the brightly designed, somehow both urban and cozy lounge area, which was packed the whole night through. Upon peeking through the window and then entering, I was immediately in the mood for an urban and sophisticated party. David is a visionary. To think, I left my camera in the car out of respect for the hosting photographers.

Creation of the conceptual mood was in the hands of the gifted team True Colors Events. Travis and Jesse exemplify personable professionalism, with smooth, luxurious energy added to the mix. This event was smooth. It’s thrilling to witness a packed-house Urban Unveiled in only the first year. True Colors had a huge hand in creating this roaring success!

The scene itself was vivid-urban. The Palace Ballroom is directly across from the Palace Kitchen on 5th Avenue, one of my favorite night-on-the-town settings. Tom Douglas Catering provided the scrumptious hors d’oeuvres. This event was all about opening the creativity box, even for those that thought we had! It never occurred to me TD would cater a wedding. He’s now on my preferred caterer list.

The star of the night was Luly Yang. Once you’ve seen her sensual, fabulous designs in person, I need only write the first sentence in this paragraph. “Oh Luly”, we’d then share in hushed tones. Luly herself looked incredible, in her perfectly fitted black dress. (Hmm, I wonder how to download those cell phone images.)

Kudos to our wonderful hosts, Sharlane Chase, Clare Marie, Della Chen, and Sandra Coan. Thank you for extending your generosity in my direction!

More OH WOW choices. Martha E Harris had a gorgeous stacked glass and floral display at the dessert buffet. Tiara did her usual glamorous yet natural (yes, both) hair and make up for the Yang models. Yes she comes to the wedding to treat you like a model too. Opulent Occasions had an “opulent” table display, where I suggested we move the floral over a bit, and lay down one of the brides for a truly gorgeous environment. (Why would anyone choose to be only a documentary photographer? So many missed opportunities!) Aria Style had an eye-catching table setting and floral display. I loved the shimmery silver and blue program design by Ilee Custom Invitations. Classy, sophisticated. As was the wine and sparkly selection from the ever-popular Columbia Crest Winery. Besides enjoying the Cabernet, those were the best dressed bartenders I’ve ever seen!

So what do The Palace Ballroom and a community center have in common? When Sharlane’s dad arrived from Canada to partake in his wee-daughter’s event, he exclaimed, “And I thought it would be held in a community center!” Well, they’re both Urban. Will we ever grow up in the eyes of our fathers? I hope not.

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