On December 30, 2021, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Merrit Lane III invited friends and family for dinner and dancing at Antoine’s in celebration of their daughter Isabel “Izzy” Susan Lane for a festive Fab Four tribute. The family’s love for the Beatles was reflected throughout with the evening’s theme “Come Together.”
A vibrant, pop-art-inspired covered walkway featuring notable Beatles hits welcomed guests, who entered to find themselves among Strawberry Fields. Abby Road markings on the floors and a video backdrop of the Beatles’ memorable New Orleans City Park concert delighted all.
Urban Earth Studios, along with Pyramid Productions and Elizabeth Kelleher (In Any Event) crafted flowers and props creating different zones with a Yellow Submarine, Strawberry Fields, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band Room and an Izzy in the Sky with Diamonds area – as well as a special University of Virginia room with hand-rolled “Coming Together” Cigars.
Antoine’s served favorite dishes including shrimp and grits, crabmeat, crawfish cardinal, souffle potatoes, a yellow submarine Baked Alaska, champagne with strawberries and chicken and waffles for late-night fare.
Upon arrival, guests were greeted by Ben Toman trumpeting notable Beatles tunes. Next came the sounds of Big Night Dynamite, who entertained for the first few hours. The Future Birds, from Athens, G.A., closed out the main floor (where Izzy was convinced to join the group on stage to sing). The Future Birds ended their performance with a rendition of “Come Together” before Mannie Fresh provided late-night DJ tunes.
Revelers included grandparents Susan and Jimmy Gundlach and Nickie Lane, Charlie Heidingsfelder, Mary Lucie and David Lane, Susu and Andrew Stall, Liz and Poco Sloss, Susan and Robert McKay, Katherine and Robbie Saer, Brett and James Lapeyre and John and Boo Kallenborn.
Invitation: Papellerie (Houston)
Floral design: Urban Earth Studios
Photography: Norris Gagnet