Gail’s 50th Birthday Bonanza

I was hired for Gail’s birthday party through the fabulous Jen Peterson from Jen Peterson Events. She told me it was a birthday party for some people in the entertainment industry, so I expected it to be a little more fun than most. To my surprise, the party was a full dress up party; the theme, come us a Rock Star. The birthday girl was the 2nd person I photographed and her husband the 3rd, I had no idea who they were, but their costumes brought me to tears with laughter. Gail was a perfect Bret Michaels, actually pretty scary how much she looked like him. And her husband, wow, now that is love man. He went full on Cher 1989 “If I Could Turn Back Time” style, complete with fishnets, heels and yes, a thong. The man even went so far as to serenade his love with the Cher classic song, which again brought me to tears of laughter. There were some excellent outfits that night and I’m sure the party raged on even after I left. What a fabulous party, definitely the most unique I have ever photographed. Enjoy the photos people:



And the birthday couple are, Bret Michaels and Cher:

Some reactions to Cher:

David Bowie + Groupie and Slash:

Some more guests:

And more:

Bob and Janis:

Sid and Nancy + The Village People:

Bret doing a little rock out with Slash:

And the party moves indoors:

A cool photo booth was set up:

where people then put their pics into an album like this:

Bill finally sat his lady down for a touching slideshow of pics over the years:

And then some magic started happening:

“If I Could Turn Back Time….”

“I’d take back those words that hurt you and you’d stay…”:

“If I Could Reach the Stars, I’d give them all to you….”

“Then Baby, Maybe, You’d Stay…”

Now that is love my friends:

And we’re dancing:

Some people were really feeling it:

And a cake toast to top off the night:

But a true rockstar themed event wouldn’t be complete without a last serenade song, this one was “You Can Leave Your Hat On”:

Happy Birthday Gail, you were an amazing Bret Michaels and well, you gave me something to believe in, Rock On Girl!

  • Gabe Statsky - August 4, 2010 - 9:13 am

    Wow! You weren’t kidding- I feel alot better now. Great photos, Marisa!

  • Carlie - August 4, 2010 - 9:56 am

    Oh how I love a good dress up party…and love that you were the one to document so amazingly well! Think I’m gonna have to steal their idea, as my life would be complete if I could se Gabe in that Cher costume.

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