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Taking It On The Road

August 9, 2017

We’ve been making our lists and checking them twice. Actually, we’ve been making many, many lists and checking them over and over again. The Alchemists have been hitting the road this summer and a lot like the late great Johnny Cash*, we feel like we’ve been everywhere, man!

*Actually, Johnny covered “I’ve Been Everywhere” which was first recorded by an Australian singer and then later adapted by Hank Snow, known as the “The Yodeling Ranger.” Must be accurate and honest – no fake news !

We Alchemists crossed the desserts bare, man, for work in Las Vegas. We also breathed the mountain air, man, for work at North Carolina’s gorgeous Old Edwards Inn. And to round out the summer fun, we also headed to the Yellowhammer State for a fabulous wedding in Birmingham and swam in the Atlantic during downtime for events at The Cloister.

Venue: Old Edwards Inn | Photo: Lady A Photography

Left Venue: Callaway Gardens | Right Venue: The Cloister

We really do enjoy taking our party show on the road. We are all ready to fly into the wild blue yonder, but more often than not, Ashley gets behind the wheel of the big rig and Olivia plays passenger and navigator. The rest of the team travels behind at a safe distance. There are snacks, laughter, and a lot of camaraderie. There is also a bit of carsickness upon occasion and we’ve been ranking rest stops and roadside attractions all along the way.

 

Where will we be this fall? Much is still to take shape, but we do have some fun excursions planned. That being said, we’ll be happy to stay put and create some gorgeous affairs in the ATL, at least for a little while!

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On-site Style

March 22, 2017

It’s a glamorous job, this event planning and event designing. Every day is different and every day is nothing like what we thought it would be! It involves hanging out alongside nasty reeking dumpsters and grease pits on venue loading docks. It involves crawling on all fours in ballrooms, backyards, and boardrooms. Sometimes it even involves scraping dirty dishes in hastily rigged prep tents and then frantically searching the scrap bins for lost client jewelry. That being said, we also have to speak with clients and potential clients while looking like professional women and smile as gorgeous brides float down aisles. It’s yin and yang. So, what to wear for such dichotomous duties that often times mix the sacred and the profane all in the same day? Well, it can be a conundrum.

We Alchemists have a few “uniforms” but our on-site style is still evolving. All black is the gold standard, but we wanted to mix it up a bit. We took the advice of our clever friend and fashionista Sanders Hulsey with Party Tables when he suggested we get shirts with our “Class Of” on the back. People often ask what the numbers on the back of our shirts mean, and here’s the scoop – each Alchemist’s number is the year she first got into this business. Now you know. High numbers mean old knowing event hands at work. Low numbers mean youthful energy!

Alchemy Jerseys

Now, those in the biz know that nothing can cramp your style on event day quite like when your dogs are barking. We don’t mean when Stella and Samson are barking like they do at the FedEx driver, but when your feet really hurt. Working a party you can easily log 10,000 steps before lunch. Smart and comfortable footwear is a must. We love our teal colored Converse. We love simple black Yosi Samra flats. We even love our black Frye boots in winter and a super sassy pair of Birkenstocks with a good pedicure in summer. Variety is the spice of life, but comfort is our watchword and everyone’s feet are different. Kate would also remind everyone about arch support. She has arch issues…

Once the body and the feet are covered, the remaining details for our on-site dressing are really all about semi-stylish task efficiency. We Alchemists used to carry a bag with many MANY pockets for all we thought we might need on-site. The bags looked OK, but we were forever misplacing things inside the bags. You might be shocked at how many times you can you lose your phone while actually having your phone. Our new on-site tool belt – a small black Baggallini – seems to have helped a bit with that issue. The bag is very lightweight and can carry our pins, laser measurers, gaff tape, etc., but is it our last stop? Will this change again? Very possibly. Probably. If you have ideas for something else, the suggestion box is open!

So, are there any other Alchemist demands for on-site preparedness? In the end, it all comes down to the honest and cheesy truth that the best thing to wear on event day is a smile and an air of confidence from knowing that you’re prepared for whatever might come your way. The only way to get those things, however, is to do all the work beforehand and behind the scenes. You have to walk the nasty crusty loading dock before you get to welcome the client into the gorgeous atmosphere you created for them. If you do it right your feet won’t hurt in the process.

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Who needs sleep ?!

March 21, 2016

And the beat goes on…

It has been a doozy of a week and it doesn’t seem to stop, which is exciting and a great deal of fun for us ladies of Alchemy Event Studio. Sleep ? Who has the time for that ?

This past week allowed us Alchemy gals to wear so many different event hats ! For our client who asked for “classic and traditionally pretty,” we created a gorgeous wedding prototype with our friend and uber-planner Helene Popowski. On the other end of the spectrum we were proud to be part of the team that put together a small 1500 person affair for the Atlanta Hawks. The weekend then finished up with a combination of hip food trucks, Dennis Dean Catering, an amazing eleven-piece Cuban orchestra, and a lot of wonderful people contributing to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta in a never before used warehouse which needed a big facelift to get her ready for her party debut.

United Distributors Beer Well

With just three of us in the AES office none of this could be done without our amazing friends and partners who literally do all of the heavy lifting… literally. What do you do when you need almost 600 linear feet of black taffeta hung from the 40 foot ceilings of the United Distributors beer well ? We called our sweet Sanders Hulsey with Party Tables who said, “no problem”. When we needed multi-dimensional graphics with built in light elements, Cross Creek stepped up and made amazing things happen for us and for our clients. Looking for creative menus, fun and talented bartenders, and delicious sweet and savory treats ? Dennis Dean Catering made our clients so very happy… All in all, this week alone allowed us to partner with sixteen different companies in order to make our events exactly what our clients expected. That’s a lot of organization, but that’s also the result of a great deal of relationship building and nurturing. Thank you everyone !

This week we’re taking the Alchemy magic on the road to execute events for another of our fantastic clients. We’re very pleased to have the business. We’re also pleased to be able to make connections with other event professionals and expand our circle of partners. It’s what allows our events to be ever-changing and exciting. It also keeps the Alchemy life interesting. We’ll sleep in August !