Photography by Erin Feinblatt
Merryl Brown Events produced the award-winning Green Gala for the Community Environmental Council of Santa Barbara. A large outdoor rotunda was filled with fairies, pixies, wood nymphs, and satyrs as guests entered a twinkling, enchanted forest glen. Over 400 trees of all sizes abounded, dripping with vines that hung down over statues, flower-filled fountains, moss-covered statuary and giant mushrooms. Guests encountered incredible, elaborately costumed creatures of the woodlands as they enjoyed organic wines and green-hued cocktails, accompanied by canapes inspired by the forested landscape. Just as guests were seated, a unicorn carrying a fairy queen was led into the dining room by her costumed royal servant, as Kenny Loggins serenaded the 350 attendees. In keeping with the client's wishes, the event was sustainable, with a spectacular 97% diversion rate (meaning that 97% of the waste produced by the event was diverted from the landfill to recycling or to a food waste composting facility.) Merryl Brown Events was the winner of four highly-competitive event design competitions for this gala.
"What a wonderful evening. You blew everyone away and what an expression of creativity that people rarely, if ever get to experience. From the entry welcome to the luscious desserts, and of course the fantasy world you created, what a treat."
—Cord Pereira, MD Brandentertain