Last fall I met with Karen Whitt about styling for the 2014 Turks and Caicos Gourmet Safari. I was expecting this November event to be held somewhere special on property at the beautiful Regent Palms Resort The previous year I had heard rave reviews from guests describing the elaborate set-up at the spa. Imagine my shock when informed there was to be a surprise in store for, not only the guests, but the entire staff, in that they planned to host this elegant evening at a construction site! We planned a site visit to the Shore Club to evaluate. I arrived in my work boots and dutifully put on the assigned hardhat before entering. As I cautiously stepped over rubble and rebar, I must have thought of every negative imaginable. How on earth would guests in gowns and stilettos manage it, let alone enjoy it? As I was collecting my arguments against the idea, Karen continued to sell it. Referencing the safari style and the element of surprise, steadying herself amongst the concrete and construction chaos in her typical work dress of heels and high fashion. Once we climbed a few flights of stairs and soaked in the gorgeous view I began to see why the Hartling groups wishes were to hold the event here.
As the photos above can attest, it did turn out to be a magical night! Kudos to the Hartling group and Karen who took the risk in doing something unexpected and insisted on a unique experience for their guests. It may be the first and last time I have to climb scaffolding all day to decorate but it was well worth it! We all are anxious to see the Shore Club project completed. I look forward to seeing this exquisite render below turned into reality and the wait is soon over!