The Kentucky Derby was this event’s inspiration. I wanted a more elegant name, so Triple Crown fit perfectly, as the university’s logo is a crown. Several levels of Kentucky and the Derby were used in the design: roses, colorful jockey silks, bourbon barrels, and chalk boards for vintage betting boards.


Each element of the design was brought to life throughout the venue. Roses engulfed the event in several ways. Every table had a patterned tablecloth or runner to reflect the jockey silks. Whiskey barrel hightop tables littered the cocktail prior to dinner, with “chalkboard” directional signs.


A bluegrass band played during the cocktail hour before a trumpeter played the Kentucky Derby’s Call to the Gates to announce dinner. The main band was all dressed the part as though they were also attending the Kentucky Derby. The video screens consisted of a loop of some of the most iconic Triple Crown races.

food & drink

Kentucky was prevalent in the evening’s meal, from bourbon meatballs to pimento deviled eggs to roasted chicken and cheesy grits. Mint juleps were the signature drink of the night.


The following photography courtesy of Michael A. Anderson Photography.