The weather was glorious for the second running of the Marque event at Albert Hall on Melbourne Cup Day. The women looked stunning and the men looked dapper as they walked the red carpet and were snapped by the photographer from Even Dots Creative.
Champagne awaited upon entry and the guests mingled as the venue started to fill. The finger food was expertly served by the staff and all were in good spirits. Guests could relax in one of two outdoor areas, in the beer garden or the lounge area, or socialise inside where they could watch all the races from Flemington.
There was many a familiar face from the Canberra business community and there were lots of great conversations happening; some of them even focussed on achieving returns from their planned equine investments.
Fashions on the field, always a hotly contested and widely debated activity,attracted some great entries and they paraded on the grand stage for all to see.Yet there can only be one winner and they took home a $500 voucher from Carla Zampatti and Roger Bartholomew.
As the day moved on, and a freshen up was in order, the bathrooms were amply stocked by L’Occitane and Nak, with all the essentials to help keep one looking their best. For the ladies who needed a little more, autoco sponsored the ‘Touch Up Booth’, with makeup artists on hand to help ensure that they kept their lips coloured, face powdered, cheeks blushed and eyes bright.
It was important to look your best on the day as Peroni ran a photo and hash tag competition, to win a $500 gift voucher,so there were lots of selfies taking place.If that wasn’t your thing then you could help support Lifeline Canberra by buying a raffle ticket to win a wine fridge kindly donated by Harvey Norman Commercial and stocked by Jim Murphy Market Cellars.
Throughout the day, the guests were amply catered for with tasty food from around the world. Those wishing for another beverage did not have to endure the dreaded lines so often associated with large events as the bar staff were well stocked, organised and prepared.
The event was a huge success thanks to the support of all the partners in Affinity Electrical Technologies, Autoco Group,Even Dots Creative, EY, Harvey Norman Commercial Division, Jim Murphy, Morgans Group, Popes Electrical & Data Supplies and Ray White.
The day struck the perfect balance in enjoying oneself in a great venue with a respectable crowd and it is for that reason that it is sure to continue to become the hottest ticket in town on the first Tuesday of November.
The high spirits continued for some as they made their way to the Duxton for the official after party and discuss how “I almost put money on Prince Of Penzance!”