Architectural designer's launch party | New Canaan, CT | July 2017

We could not have been more excited to have been hired to plan and design this fabulous launch party for the Maiden Lane Group in tandem with them hosting an open house for one of their pristine and perfectly restored New Canaan, Connecticut homes. 

The home was designed with such thoughtfulness and detail; the lighting fixtures, the fabric wall paper, the flooring, the array of paint colors, tiles, knobs, built-in book cases and other nooks - total perfection. You always want to work with what is already there at a venue, or in this case a home, and build from there. This is not the time to reinvent the wheel, just make it better and more WOW for a party's sake! Lucky me, the owner of The Maiden Lane Group also loves grey, blue, silver, brass, coper and white as much as I do! Also, lucky for us he has wonderful taste and was all for pushing the button to make the design, and the party's flow, more perfect. Modern with a tad of hollywood regency were in order and, in true OCD fashion, we worried about guests clashing with the decor. We knew pretty fast the guest count was going to be high so we made the invite to be an All White party.  Listen to me - you can never go wrong with an all white party and in July no less! White always looks right! 

Inside the home and on display, and for sale at the open house tours, were one-of-a-kind paintings by renowned and local artist Paul Balmer. We've had real art in a tent before so the opportunity jumped out at Ashley when she first entered the home and saw most all of the works were from the same artist. Yes, rain plans were in place and people on hand - no art was put in danger! Thank you to Paul Balmer for being so generous and accepting of the offer, and entrusting us with your beautiful canvases. 

Thank you to the fabulous team that helped bring our vision together - Social Decor, Belle Fleur, Laurence Craig Catering, Okamoto Studio, Luxe Event Rentals, American Furniture Rentals, Party Rental LTD and Greenwich Tent Co.  Huge Kuddos to Katie Fischer Design for bringing everything together with The Maiden Lane Group's new branding, website and also the invitation, and other day of paper details. This invitation was just exquisite! And a shout out to Ryan Oak Productions for their jaw dropping mentalist and Jarrell Entertainment for spinning the tunes! 

Please scroll the beautiful photos captured by Melani Lust Photography! 

Planning + Design | Ashley Douglass Events

Florals + Design | Belle Fleur

Photography | Melani Lust Photography

Catering | Lawrence Craig Catering

Band | Jarrell Entertainment


Lighting | Social Event Decor

Lighting | Millers Rentals

Tent | The Greenwich Tent Company

Invitations | Katie Fischer Design

Mentalist | Ryan Oakes

Cigars | Martinez Cigars

Rentals | Gather and Lounge

Rentals | American Furniture Rental

Rentals | Luxe

Rentals | Party Rental LTD