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Here at GigMasters we love it when clients put their personality into their parties. So we were excited to see how the members of Loudoun Hunt West (a Virginia hunting club) were able to take a formal event and build a theme fit for the Virginia hunting club. This unique celebration transported guests out of the woods and onto the dance floor. When Loudon Hunt West turned to us for the entertainment needs, we decided to hunt for further details on this unique event.
The Loudoun Hunt West Formal Hunt Ball was a black tie affair with a scarlet twist. Members came out in their suits and dresses for the formal dinner dance. Red hunting jackets were worn by men in attendance and many women wore red gowns. In keeping with foxhunting tradition red coats were worn strictly by male members of hunts who have earned their "colors" or by hunt masters. Etiquette and tradition are important to this group, and that feeling was carried through in the design and styling of this formal ball.
This elegant event was hosted in a beautiful renovated mansion. Homeowner Rita Kaseman emphasized that it was important to make the event inviting and comfortable. Several bars and buffets were set-up throughout the venue in order to maintain a nice flow to the evening.
The ball included two very different entertainment elements. GigMasters members and chamber music string quartet, Altra Strings performed classical and Broadway selections in the two-story foyer where guests had their photos taken on the grand staircase upon arrival. This event also featured GigMasters cover band, The Razors, who were booked to play fun party music to keep everyone dancing.
While the plan to have the classic rock band The Razors perform outdoors was cancelled due to the bad weather, this change allowed for a creative party solution. The band played upon a balcony bridge that connected two second floor wings of the house. “They were actually above the dance floor and it worked out wonderfully for sound and for the fact that everyone could see them at all times. The band was great! The dance floor was full almost all night,” said Rita. From their perched position The Razors were able to get the crowd going with hits such as Bruce Springsteen's "Born to Run," Marvin Gayes' "Let's Get It On," Ray Charles' "What'd I Say" and The Rolling Stones' "Satisfaction". This observation was also echoed by band member Steve Moore who stated that although the party was scheduled to end at 11:30, people were dancing well past midnight.
Both the band and club described an exciting night of celebration, with all of the unique touches of music, décor, and color that made it distinctively their own.
What do you think of this unique and sophisticated Hunt Ball? Let us know in the comments below.