Rosa Garden at The Palazzo Hotel, Montecasino was the location for this celebratory birthday lunch in honour of our special friend, Karen. It’s her big “five-oh” (50th Birthday), and she wanted to do it in style, surrounded by the people that mean a lot to her (and yeah, not everyone could be present – but at least they’ll get a feel for this lovely afternoon through the blogpost). So, despite being winter, it was warm and sunny, despite a forecast for a cold front… Happiness, of course, since that meant I’d have pretty light to work with, and we could enjoy the gardens and outdoor space. Anyway I digress… This event, was an interesting one for me, as I photographed the event, but was also a guest… and it took quite a bit of discipline to focus on the two areas – i.e. socialise and capture moments – I think I managed well, but hope I didn’t offend anyone in mid sentence, if suddenly something was happening, that I had to get up and capture 😉 So everyone gathered at the Rosa Garden venue (part of the Palazzo hotel), and sipped on champagne, chatted away and enjoyed some truly exquisite canapes (I tried the mini chicken wrap and a fish cake – both delicious btw, but in hindsight it was silly, as I didn’t realise what a feast lay ahead :-)). The venue itself caters for small group functions – it’s a simple structure with natural textures, and Boston Ivy growing up the main wall, a wonderful skylight, and pretty, pretty chandeliers. Eventually we all moved indoors to enjoy a truly sumptuous lunch! Karen gave a heartfelt, yet light hearted speech of thanks to those present and those absent, and it included a shot of tequila (there’s an interesting story to that one). And in her mischiveous, fun filled, spirited way, Karen partied the afternoon away. Ladies, enjoy the preview (which is a selection of images from the day). Karen, my darling friend, happy, happy birthday, and I wish you a year filled with love and abundance!
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