Happy Fat Tuesday, y’all! We hope wherever you are, your heart is in Louisiana today! Ours most definitely is so in honor of Mardi Gras we wanted to share a festive charity event we photographed this past Fall for the wonderful Love for Lily non-profit foundation. In honor of the little girl they lost much too soon in 2011, Sahra & Ted created their foundation to provide personal and financial support to other Denver-area families who are having to go through a similar, often devastating experience when they have children in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Make sure you read their story in their own words though, as we could never do it justice.
Their largest and, one could argue most fun, fundraising event takes place annually and is the Masquerade Ball. Guests purchase tickets and there’s a great silent auction, as well as a little live one. They get dressed up, don their favorite fancy masks and come out to celebrate a magical evening with cocktails, delicious bites, sweet treats and of course, a photo booth! A local DJ provides the tunes and the party often goes into the wee hours of the a.m. There are also locally made and handmade masks available for purchase if you “forgot” yours.
Sahra (pregnant with her second!) is owner and lead designer of Swoon Jewelry based in Louisville, here in Colorado. Both of us have purchased some of her gorgeous work at the many local arts & craft fairs. Bill’s purchases might have been for Anne (lucky girl!), but she also makes manly stuff for men like cuff links and sterling silver monogrammed guitar picks! (Wouldn’t those just make fantastic groomsmen gifts?)
When we learned they didn’t have a photographer for the 2014 ball, we jumped at the chance to help out. Little ones born too soon have had a close place in our heart ever since our friends, Stephanie and Karl lost their twins and created the Jack & Abby Foundation in their honor. (Side note, we took photos of their third, Matthew, just after he was born and the two butterflies you see in his crib photos represent his brother and sister who will always be with him in spirit.)
We loved getting to be a part of it this year – what a fun and fabulous idea for a party. Who doesn’t love a masquerade ball?
Now don’t let this Mardi Gras pass you by without a hurricane or at least a sazerac, y’all!