Deco + Dogs at The Deco Ball – Photos from Bella Rose

at Wrightsville Manor

Presented by Kusek Financial Group
Event Producer : Jess James
Event Planning: Gather Events NC
Photography: Bella Rose Photography

This enchanted event, my sixth annual event inspired by the joie de vivre,
design & decadence of the Jazz Age era, came to life October 13th.

When my friend Helen asked what my favorite moment was from The Deco Ball, two things came to mind: the arrival of the puppies from Animal Avengers (our charity partner) AND the moment artist Michael J. Kowalski of Ice Sensations unveiled his masterpiece Deco Ball ice sculpture!

For me, it was the crowning jewel that embodied not only the Art Deco era but all the beauty, the detail and hard work that went into bringing Wilmington its first Deco Ball at Wrightsville Manor. Thank you Michael and Lisa Brown of Bella Rose Photography for capturing this feeling of gratitude and wonder.

And without further adieu, here’s the first glimpse at a magical evening in Wilmington which may or may not happen again —

The Deco Ball at Wrightsville Manor
(Graphic Art by Kristen Martinez)


Event lighting by Illuminating Events


Furniture / Props: Relic Vintage Rentals
Event Decor: A Ribbon Runs Through It





Silent auction proceeds ($1,600) + 10% of ticket sales were raised to benefit
Animal Avengers of NC, Wilmington’s newest dog charity.
And, all these gorgeous puppies have found fur-ever homes!



Food elegantly presented by Chef Lori Eaton of Eaton at Home


Vintage 1929 Model A Ford from Bluewater Transport Limousine & Yacht Charter


Deco Ball illustration by Kristen Martinez
(inspired by our Deco Ball photo shoot)



Arriving in Style:
Jess James + Paper Moon / Event Designer Legare Simpson of A Ribbon Runs Through It


Matt Potter & Brandi Vaughan at the VIP Cocktail Hour in the Garden


Shopping with A Vintage Vagabond


Andrea of Wholesome Journey Massage (center) seeking out some vintage treasures


Beautycounter by Jenna Watkins Malowany
BeautyCounter is the only makeup line that guarantees its products are 100% safe.


L: Moroccan Wedding Blanket donated by Gathered
R: Illustration inspired by The Deco Ball Photo Shoot
by Artist Kristen Martinez / frame donated by Jess James


Dreamy, romantic frocks from Elizabeth’s Tres Chic


Elizabeth’s owner Joan Denning Smith & her husband




L: Creator Legare Simpson of A Ribbon Runs Through It in her feather adorned Paper Moon
R: Jazz Singer Nnenne Terzian in her vintage velvet jumpsuit from Style Girl Vintage


Admiring Kelly Pittman’s flapper beads from Ziabird
with Wrightsville Manor owner Chrissy Sweyer and Robin Riggs


Burlesque Dancer Meka La Creme heating up the ballroom



Live music from the Ryan Mulder Jazz Band + Singer Nnenne Terzian


Jazz Age dancers – featuring the Cape Fear Swing Dance Society and Rachael Goolsby



Industrial Lighting by Brad Benton at Seaglass Salvage Market


Emily Siezar of Relic Vintage Rentals


Lynn Manock (blue headpiece), owner of Ziabird (Deco Ball Sponsor)


Happy Tail: Little “Bella Fitzgerald” made her way home with the beautiful Amy Hammond. It was love at first smooch!


Prohibition era Method + Standard cocktails by Astral Craft Cocktails



Candi Terry of The Cape Fear Swing Dance Society putting her fringe to work!




Kirsten Cunnings as a perfectly turned out deco darling


Coveted silent auction prizes from Beanie + Cecil and Precious Gems


Chris Capone, Luke Waddell and our Deco Ball
graphic designer & illustrator Kristen Martinez



L: Makeup Artist Tess Wheatley of Meraki Beauty and Hair Stylist Rachel Capone



Prohibition era Method + Standard cocktails by Astral Craft Cocktails




Furniture / Props: Relic Vintage Rentals


Selfie with Lady Mary (aka: Chef Lori Eaton)




Presenting Sponsor Patricia Kusek of Kusek Financial Group &
Sponsor Dr. Michael Hasson of Wilmington Oral Surgery



Trying to convince Joel that Dakota desperately needs a sister






Colleen McGregor sipping a “Strawberry Blonde
in her new vintage blonde mink from Style Girl Vintage


Photographer Lisa Brown of Bella Rose Photography
with Jess James & Amy Hammond



R: R: Jazz Age beauties Carly Brooke Forman, Mollie Edwards, Kirsten Cunnings



Floral Design by Valerie Stinson of Blossom Bay Botanicals






Best Dressed Winner – the dazzling Edie Senter (center) in Bagdley Mischka




It Don’t Mean a Thing, If It Ain’t Got that Swing, right Mike?
(Rhea in the background rocking her new vintage turban)



Meka la Creme and beau Joel Cabrera


Grand Cru Food & Wine
( next door at Lumina Station)

Nnenne, Lisa, Jess, Elena having a nightcap at Grand Cru


The party continues with wine & spirits at Grand Cru…

See more Deco Ball photos & the link from
Bella Rose Photography to purchase your Paper Moon
portrait in the next FASHION FIX

Kusek Financial Group
Wilmington Oral Surgery
Bella Rose Photography
A Ribbon Runs Through It
Grand Cru Food & Wine
Style Girl Vintage
Elizabeth’s Tres Chic
A Second Time Around (A Vintage Vagabond)
Ziabird At Lumina
Front Street Optometric Care
Jenna Watkins Malowany / BeautyCounter
Seaglass Salvage Market
Gather Events NC
Illuminating Events
Relic Vintage Rentals
Blossom Bay Botanicals
Bluewater Transport







Jess James + Co.

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WHERE: 511 Castle Street in the antiques district

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