Monday, April 22, 2013

Grand Rapids Ballet Company, Spring Gala

Lola and I were so excited to attend the Grand Rapids Ballet Spring Gala, An Evening in Verona. And was it ever an evening in Verona! The minute we arrived on the red carpet I felt like I had landed in Italy. This gala was the Grand Rapids Ballet’s annual fundraiser and we were honored to support such a fabulous company. It was an incredible evening of mingling, dinner, performance, and dancing!

Eloise's Kay Unger gown

When I saw that the gala was set to a Verona theme I immediately knew Leigh’s would have the perfect gown for the evening. So Lola and I headed to Leigh’s where we found marvelous Kay Unger dresses. Since this was a special evening, and I knew I had a few spring and summer weddings around the corner, I found an eye-catching statement necklace that would not only match beautifully with my dress, but also would compliment other pieces in my closet. My dress was a wonderful Kay Unger pink-multi colored gown; it matched the coral Verona theme wonderfully!
Lola's Kay Unger gown
Lola also wore a Kay Unger gown that matched the tablecloths perfectly! Of course she wasn’t really fazed by that because she only noticed the open bar and assortment of men in lovely black tie tuxedo's. Lola had a good time talking to the ballerinas that were mingling with us for a majority of the night, they were so sweet! Made me miss my kids at home.
Dancers at the Grand Rapids School of Ballet
After mingling we saw a special performance that showcased excerpts of the Company’s highly acclaimed, commissioned work, “Romeo & Juliet.” It was amazing to see the girls dance! After the performance we joined the dancers in the beautifully decorated studios for an authentic Italian dinner catered by Amore Trattoria Italiana.

Beautiful decorations that made us feel like we had entered Verona!
Following the wonderful meal, Lola and I enjoyed the rest of the evening with dancing and some desserts, although we were careful not to ruin our gowns! Of course, Lola enjoyed the cocktails while she did her best to dance the night away. Her ballerina skills really started to shine through as the night went on.

Our friend, Kim Waltman was dressed in Leigh's from head to toe! Love the Magaschoni wrap.

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