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Our friends at EarthShare of Georgia recently held their Leadership Breakfast at the Georgia Aquarium and their 19th Annual Earth Day Party at the historical Defoor Centre in Westside Midtown. The talented Jason Hales and I were lucky to be on hand to document both.140424EarthShareAuctionJHaLRM--3225107368-O

The 12th Annual Earth Day 2014 Leadership Breakfast was held in the Oceans Ballroom. The awards presented at the Leadership Breakfast were gorgeous, but weren’t to be outshined by the sparkling aquatic setting. What a perfect backdrop for celebrating Georgia’s environment and sustainable business practices. 140416EarthShareBreakfastJHaLRM-0001140416EarthShareBreakfastJHaLRM-0073

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The Defoor Center decked out for the Earth Day Party was no less stunning — and guests took time out to snap their own shots.140424EarthShareAuctionJHaLRM--3225123384-O140424EarthShareAuctionJHaLRM--3225114016-O

Event chairs Linda and Steve Edwards clearly know how to throw a party, and ensured this benefit for Georgia’s only dedicated environmental fund hit — or more likely exceeded — the mark.140424EarthShareAuctionJHaLRM--3225124713-O

One highlight of the evening was a silent auction offering a magnetic variety of eclectic items. EarthShare VIPs rushed to snap some up in record time! There truly was something for everyone to bid on–from the exotic to the more…”practical” eco-products–and deals on many other beautiful, delicious and enticing offerings in between! All proceeds benefited EarthShare of Georgia.

It wouldn’t be a party without great food and the Defoor Centre’s catering team, led by Michelle Davidson, didn’t disappoint. Guests enjoyed an array of locally sourced organic foods and beverages.140424EarthShareAuctionJHaLRM--3225118778-O140424EarthShareAuctionJHaLRM--3225118688-O

Entertainment provided by The Pergantis Trio encouraged guests to linger and listen.

The smiling faces we encountered throughout the evening were a joy to photograph, especially knowing that the fun was benefiting a worthy cause.

We’d like to extend many thanks to Andrea Hansberry at EarthShare of Georgia for inviting us to support the event!

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We recently covered a very special Spring concert from the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra honoring our city’s much-deserving public safety officials. The Orchestra performed Mark Grey’s “Fire Angels,” which was originally written for the 10th anniversary of 9/11.EDITB140320ISOFireAngelLRM-006-3142253101-O-2

Atlanta’s public safety heroes were well represented at a pre-concert reception at the Galleria at the Woodruff Arts Center. It was moving to see so many being honored and celebrating together!EDITB140320ISOFireAngelLRM-005-3142252073-O

Just about every vehicle imaginable was on-hand from motorcycle to SWAT van. Even mounted police were there with indisputably the most charming and lively mode of transport ever!EDITB140320ISOFireAngelLRM-000-3142247983-O140320aISOfireAngelLRM-5-3134400813-O

We were treated to a truly moving, expanded version of Fire Angels, led by ASO Musical Director Robert Spano. The Orchestra was joined by Soprano Jessica Rivera--who premiered Fire Angels at Carnegie Hall in 2011–and acclaimed Tenor Stuart Skelton.EDITB140320ISOFireAngelLRM-014-3142259252-O

Composer Mark Grey was also in the house to enjoy the performance along with noteworthy Atlantans such as Stanley Romanstein, President of the ASO, and Mayor Kasim Reed.140320aISOfireAngelLRM-34-3134402708-O

Thank you, Kimberly Nogi, for allowing AEP to be part of this beautiful event.

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We were honored that Families First asked AEP to cover the 16th annual Dining for a Difference event, their largest fundraiser of the year. The event drew community leaders, corporate sponsors, advocates and other guests — more than 500 in total — to a celebration of the Families First mission: To ensure the success of children in jeopardy by empowering families.

InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta was host to a cocktail hour, dinner and presentations including client reflections and videos. Families First CEO Kim Anderson was a busy lady but glowed all night!

Author and playwright Pearl Cleage signed her books and shared inspiring words as the event’s special guest. Her work spans books including Things I Should Have Told My Daughter: Lies, Lessons & Love AffairsWhat Looks Like Crazy On An Ordinary Day and Seen It All and Done the Rest and many plays, like Flyin’ West and Other PlaysA Song for Coretta and The Love Project. Her titles alone could hook any reader!

One of the most uplifting portions of the evening was the presentation of scholarships to five deserving Metro Atlanta students. Families First leadership and the entire audience made them feel very special.

With the tremendous turnout and the heartwarming success stories shared at the event, there was a lot to celebrate.

InterContinental Buckhead provided a delicious meal and beautiful tablescapes worthy of the event.

Thank you, Families First, for allowing us to capture the smashing success of your special event!

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We love photographing fresh faces nearly as much as historical gems, and had the pleasure of both at the Grand Opening of the newly refurbished Imperial Hotel on Peachtree Street. Jason Hales led the AEP team in getting to know the Hotel, renamed “The Commons at Imperial Hotel,” which now provides permanent housing units for residents who have special needs or are working to overcome homelessness.

Mayor Reed and other community leaders and were on hand to laud the developers who made this possible: Atlanta-based Columbia Residential and National Church Residences of Ohio. A huge benefit of preserving the building for apartment homes is its downtown location, which gives residents access to public transportation, community services and jobs.

More than 200 guests enjoyed tours of the building. We all saw first-hand how supportive housing can function well–and look great!

I was amazed that a building first designed in 1911 as mid-priced lodging for business travelers could be reborn as LEED Gold-certified housing with up-to-date floor plans to suit modern life. We were especially impressed by the common and specialized areas, like a dedicated suite for case managers, a job training office and fitness facilities for residents. The remodel also prioritized energy efficiency to ensure affordable energy bills for residents and long-term sustainability.

The celebration recognized the value of the Imperial’s history and its important purpose going forward, which led to a night of toasts, good food and meaningful conversation. Talk of the Town Catering personalized their presentation with adorable cookies inspired by the building’s former life as a hotel. The pretzels were so good they were nearly half gone by the time we got to them! Peachtree Tents and Events provided much-needed cover on a rainy night.

Kudos to Nikki Graham at FDG Creative for coordinating a successful grand opening event!

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Atlanta was fortunate to host the fourth annual Design Bloggers Conference, held at the Grand Hyatt Buckhead from March 2-4. The AEP team was even luckier to cover both the Cocktail Kickoff Party and the Conference After Party! Both the talented Sara Speert and I got to take part in the photo action.

The opener was sponsored by Sunbrella and Traditional Home at the “Fishbowl” at Atlantic Station Lofts. Attendees enjoyed cocktails and an Oscars theme while exploring how designer Alex Gaston used Sunbrella to create a modern and chic space at the loft. Alex is the star of Perspective Atlanta, a reality web series produced by Sunbrella, and Director of Design for Mark Cunningham Inc. in New York City.

The fabulous food sustained the guests through a lively scavenger hunt in the loft. Most attendees also joined the quest to win a “Sunbrella Oscars” gift bag.

On Monday the mixing and mingling moved to Alpharetta for the official conference after party at the newly redesigned Ethan Allen Design Center. Guests took a private tour of the showroom and enjoyed hors doeuvres catered by A Divine Event.

Dave Moore, Ethan Allen’s DVP and chief brand officer, spoke to the group. Traditional Home editor in chief Ann Maine mingled as well.

Ethan Allen highlighted their current focus on furniture as fashion and eclectic accents with bold displays mixing colors and styles. I hadn’t been to the showroom in a long time, and one thing immediately became clear: This is not your grandmother’s Ethan Allen!

Thanks to Meredith Corporation and Design Bloggers for including us. Next year’s conference will bring these new media moguls back to Buckhead, so we hope to be there to capture another vibrant event.

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