It was an incredible night to remember at the Clipper Mill Pool on August 22, 2015. Over 200 people rallied to support Melissa at ILLUMINATE LOVE + LIGHT FOR MELISSA. Through the collective hands of countless volunteers, sponsors, friends and family we raised nearly $25,000 in ticket sales and silent auction! It was truly a night full of love, light and beauty.

Stephanie Bradshaw‘s team of event planners, designers and craft people brought last year’s event to new heights (literally, we have the photos of her BF on top of the stone wall to prove it) with dozens and dozens of handcrafted dreamcatchers hung everywhere. Her team spent nights and weekends making each one by hand and much of the fabric came from Melissa’s remnant fabric and Shine Collective. There is a bit of her in each one. To add to their incredible contribution, Stephanie’s team sold all of the dreamcatchers to attendees and are donating proceeds to Melissa’s recovery fund.

Special thanks goes to all of our food and drink vendors: Woodberry KitchenThe Local Oyster w/True Chesapeake Oyster Co., BirrotecaWaterfront KitchenCunningham’s Cafe + BakeryThe CharmeryTapas Teatro and Flying Dog Brewery. The food, drink, music byDJ Impulse, candles, dreamcatchers, flowers from Flowers & Fancies made for the most magical night! On behalf of Melissa and her family, we are incredibly grateful for the support and love from all. Thank you!

 If you couldn’t make it, but still would like to donate to Melissa’s recovery, please go to her Crowdrise site.  

All of the stunning photography is by Laura Ferrara.

It was a beautiful night designed by the Stephanie Bradshaw team. Photographs by Laura Ferrara.