Governor’s Palace Garden Party 2018

In early May, Mike and I had the opportunity to attend a new (to us) event at Colonial Williamsburg, Mr. Jefferson’s Palace Garden Party. This was an evening reception held on the grounds of the Governor’s Palace. We started with mingling and hors d’oeuvres, followed by some dancing and entertainments in the garden. Then we were treated to a concert by Betty Buckley, whose credits include originating Martha Jefferson in 1776 and Grizabella in Cats on Broadway. The evening ended with a fireworks show.

I wore a yellow Italian gown that I had first made in 2015, but had not brought back out in a while. I paired it with a collet necklace and matching rhinestone earrings from my Etsy shop.
Palace Garden Party

While we were waiting for the doors to open, we watched a procession of carriages pull up to the Governor’s Palace gates. Mike went over to take photos, and was lucky enough to get a picture of Betty Buckley (in the green waistcoat and sunglasses) as she arrived.
Palace Garden Party

Palace Garden Party

As guests filed in through the front entrance, soldiers fired muskets from the roof.
Palace Garden Party

Once we were let in, we walked through the palace to the gardens out back.
Palace Garden Party

The spring flowers were in full bloom! We were worried it would be oppressively hot in the garden, as it had climbed up to around 90 degrees F during the day, but once the sun started setting it cooled off quickly to a pleasant temperature.
Palace Garden Party

Palace Garden Party

Mike set up this shot perfectly to get light from the setting sun. Also, the combination of yellow and red kind of makes it look like I was cosplaying Belle. I’ll take it!
Palace Garden Party

Palace Garden Party

Me chatting with Glynnis, who looked lovely in her chemise gown
Palace Garden Party

Palace Garden Party

On a side note, Colonial Williamsburg marked admission with wristbands. I wish they hadn’t, as it was a bit obtrusive for a historical event. I ended up having to Photoshop a lot of these out.
Garden Party

I hadn’t realized that Jenny-Rose, her sister, and mother were attending the party as well. It was good to see them!
Palace Garden Party

Jenny-Rose’s mother was drafted to be the maypole in a skit by The Chownings.
Palace Garden Party

Palace Garden Party

Jenny-Rose’s hair was fabulous!
Palace Garden Party

Palace Garden Party

Palace Garden Party

Governor Jefferson giving a speech to the gathered party
Palace Garden Party

Palace Garden Party

Mike gave me his cell phone to hold while he was taking a photo of Governor Jefferson. This is the face I make when I see a phone notification informing me that the Boston Bruins are already down two goals in a playoff game. *Sigh*
Palace Garden Party

Guests were required to come dressed in some sort of historical clothing. It was a well appointed party, in my opinion!
Palace Garden Party

Glynnis and Mike M. dancing
Palace Garden Party

Palace Garden Party

I got to meet Jennifer for the first time. I love her silk suit!
Palace Garden Party

Me, Glynnis, Britney, and Stephanie
Palace Garden Party

This was also my first time meeting Britney, after having corresponded online for a while. Her lovely Francaise was made by Lindsey.
Palace Garden Party

Palace Garden Party

The garden looked magical after the sun had set, and the torches were lit.
Palace Garden Party

Palace Garden Party

Palace Garden Party

Betty Buckley. She sang a number of old favorites along with some newer songs. I really loved her performance.
Palace Garden Party

Concert selfie
Garden Party

Garden Party

Fireworks!
Palace Garden Party

The fireworks were very low to the ground, which made them quite dramatic!
Palace Garden Party

Palace Garden Party

We had a lovely time! All of our photos are here.

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3 thoughts on “Governor’s Palace Garden Party 2018

  1. Fun! Thanks for sharing! I’ve been thinking that this event might be a good excuse to visit Colonial Williamsburg some year. I wish it was in late May rather than early May, as the timing would work out better for me. We’ll see! In the meantime, it’s exciting to live vicariously through your and Mike’s gorgeous photos.

    Best,
    Quinn

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