Garden Party Homecoming
“Sentimental Journeys” returns to Longue Vue for the first time in more than 20 years.
The 13th “Sentimental Journeys,” Co-Chaired by Stephanie Laborde and Anna Schaefer, featured a “Coming Home to Longue Vue” theme, since it was the first major nighttime event to be held at Longue Vue in two decades. The event’s “progressive party” was held at three different locations on site: the Main House, Portico Terrance and Spanish Court.
More than 275 patrons in attendance were excited to drive up to the house and see so many people on the second floor gallery socializing and having fun. “This is where ‘Sentimental Journeys’ is supposed to be held” was frequently overheard throughout the event.
Three bands provided music throughout the night at the various locations, concluding with BRW rocking in the main tent provided by Event Rental. A champagne tower provided by Taittinger was something that hadn’t been seen in years – a six-liter bottle filled the seven-layer tower to the brim!
The playful garden party décor reflected the invitations designed by Margaret Jones and Rachel Turnage of Scriptura. Ambrose Gardens filled two large urns with giant pink arrangements of flowers, and long-time Longue Vue supporter Pam Hayne created beautiful table arrangements with iris from the Wild Garden. The Ramelli family donated a vintage Rolls-Royce for photo opportunities on the grounds.
A silent auction primarily consisted of fine artwork, luxury home goods and exclusive experiences in and around New Orleans. A raffle included rare finds such as an Edwardian pearl and diamond drop necklace by Friend & Company.
Proceeds benefitted Longue Vue’s historic eight-acre estate and home and community-focused educational programming.
EVENT AT A GLANCE
What: “Sentimental Journeys 2016: Coming Home to Longue Vue,” benefiting Longue Vue House and Gardens
When: Friday, April 8
Where: Longue Vue House and Gardens