B = Black Tie Formal

During my career, I had the privilege of attending many galas and black tie events, including ballets, operas, and the Symphony.  There was however, one occasion that stands far above all others as THE. MOST. ELEGANT. event I’ve ever attended.

The year was 2003 and our company was host to a North American industry conference being held in Quebec City.  The final evening of the 3 day event was a formal dinner held in a tiny historical chapel in the heart of Old Quebec.

Several hundred delegates and their partners – all dressed in formal attire – walked in an escorted procession through closed streets, from the Chateau Frontenac where we were staying, to the former chapel a few blocks away.  The entire time the chapel bells were ringing.  For me, it had the magic of a fairy tale.

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The event not only included a gourmet dinner and an evening of dancing, but a private performance of selected material from the Phantom of the Opera.  The acoustics in this beautiful little chapel, combined with its magnificent organ and the brilliant performances of the 2 central characters, gave me goose-bumps.

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This would turn out to be the last black tie event our company would sponsor, but I will always remember the magic of this evening.


Thank you so much for visiting.  Please help yourself to a Biscotti before you go.


Photo from michaelfkay.com

April A to Z Challenge 2015

About Joanne Sisco

Retired but not idle. Life is an adventure - I plan to continue to embrace it.
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87 Responses to B = Black Tie Formal

  1. This certainly does sound fairy tale like…very classy photo of you and your beloved! What fun to dress up on occasion.


  2. Mrs. P says:

    I don’t mind dressing up on occasion but I much prefer casual. Florida weather is very suited to casual, lightweight material attire…lucky me!


  3. mel says:

    I am not a fashiony type but you’ve reminded me how nice it is to dress up and feel princessy (sometimes). I also wish my husband would be more open to dancing. LOVE YOUR DRESS.


  4. Sounds like an amazing night and you both look gorgeous 🙂


  5. Oh, you two look simply spiffing! I’ll pass on the biscotti so I can have a double helping of what I hope is coming tomorrow.


  6. badfish says:

    You’re making me wish I had done this event. It seems I need a prompt to begin to write??? What’s up with that? This is how polished and professional I am: I have never been to a black-tie event. Yours had all the bells and whistles!!


  7. bikerchick57 says:

    Beautiful dress and event! I’ve never been to a gala like that, so you were absolutely fortunate to have the opportunity.

    PS: I don’t like biscotti. Unless it’s covered in chocolate.


  8. bkpyett says:

    What a charming memory and such a romantic setting. You look a very handsome couple and I love your dress! 🙂


  9. M-R says:

    You have me putting on weight again ! 😀
    What an absolutely sumptuous place, Joanne ! – no wonder it stays with you. Wonderful to have not only the memory, but images, too !


  10. treerabold says:

    What a beautiful evening that must have been.

    And the biscotti was tasty!


  11. Heyjude says:

    Biscotti? Thank you. I will 🙂


  12. Loved it, really looks like a magical fairy tale, what a fascinating life, enjoy.
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  13. Now I’m sure you’ll remember us talking about living in a house full of men and what it might be like to have a house of girls instead….I think this would be it…..lots of fairytales and tons of dressing up! And you look LOVELY in this photo. Joanne, this month is going to be so awesome getting to know you through your posts!


  14. Sue Slaght says:

    The two of you look fabulous! Definitely fairy tale material.


  15. NotAPunkRocker says:

    I’m loving these glimpses into the past via your stories so far 🙂


  16. Lynn says:

    BEAUTIFUL Joanne! Looks like it was truly a gorgeous event all round!


  17. Lynn says:

    BEAUTIFUL! What a lovely event that must of been, it sounds magical indeed.


  18. NancyTex says:

    That sounds like an incredible event! You both look stunning!


    • joannesisco says:

      Thanks Nancy. I admit I LOVE dress up events. They just don’t happen often enough any more.

      You’ve survived your move ok with sanity intact?


      • NancyTex says:

        Not exactly. Have been having some scary health stuff occur – the most recent the night of the move. Finally broke down and saw a doctor Tues afternoon. He was sufficiently concerned he sent me for a battery of tests. I’m awaiting results today. heading over in a couple of hours. When it rains, it pours.


  19. Gorgeous dress Joanne! Yes, sadly there were very few formal events I was invited to. In fact the only one I can think of was a formal wedding and I think I was all of 10! Even my own wedding was casual. Sometimes I get wistful thinking about an event I can really dress up for…


  20. Norm 2.0 says:

    Wonderful pic of you two, and hey anytime there’s an excuse to get all fancied up you can count me in 🙂
    Having just been there at the end of February I can actually imagine the scene you describe in my head. The Château Frontenac, the cobblestone streets, the old chapel… 🙂


  21. Sammy D. says:

    Charming, elegant and delicious!! You look gorgeous with a dashingly handsome ‘date’. What a lovely evening – doesn’t get much better that a historic chapel, The Phantom and … Biscotti 😧


    • joannesisco says:

      Thank you … I’m just glowing with all your compliments 🙂
      I have to admit I love getting dressed up!
      …. and I’m wishing I had a biscotti or two to savour with my morning coffee today. My ever-growing backside suggests it’s Just as well I don’t 😉


  22. Alex Hurst says:

    Sounds like an amazing time! I would be so nervous at something so fancy… but I certainly wouldn’t mind the opera! How fun!

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    • joannesisco says:

      Funny – in spite of doing it so often, I get quite nervous too. I guess it’s something to do with being on ‘best behaviour’ 😉

      I can’t say I’m a fan of opera. I actually fell asleep during my first one, but I did love Phantom of the Opera. I guess it’s not really an opera 🙂

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  23. BTW. I believe I’ve gained five pounds between the almond cookies yesterday and this amazing Biscotti. I don’t even do cookies and sweets. 😮


  24. I remember those days. Does anyone do black tie anymore? Used to be an occasion. Something exciting to look forward to. Hotel Frontenac: we used to send all our businessmen to overnight there too when in town for a conference.
    Wonderful pictures, Joanna and lovely memories. You and your main squeeze make a smashing couple. ❤ ❤


  25. sinewavelife says:

    Beautiful photos! What a lovely couple.


  26. Well, well, well. You’ve been holding out revealing the glamorous side of yourself to us. And you totally rocked it! Most impressive to me is the ability to walk on those old Quebec streets in high heels without taking a tumble. Beautiful!


    • joannesisco says:

      Thanks Barb – I do have a dress-up side of me that loves to come out and play!

      It was that rare and wonderful feeling of looking good and feeling good at the same time 🙂
      …. but I did cheat. Many of the ladies, myself included, wore flats for the procession and carried our heels. Walking to the chapel wasn’t so much our concern … it was walking back in the dark after an evening of drinking and dancing. We were a little on the giddy side 😉

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