The Pacific Pride Foundation's first-ever Royal Ball is a evening filled with glamour, opulence and a lot of campy fun. The highest-end sponsors were given prime placement in "Kings and Queens" boxes--this one designed by Camilla Svensson Burns. Each of the sponsored boxes was created by a different designer, which gave a unique look to each environment. "In many cases, the designers knew the major donor whose box they were designing, allowing each box to be customized to fit the personality and style of the client," Merryl Brown explains.
A view of the terrace at the Coral Casino at the Four Seasons Biltmore in Santa Barbara, Calif. Fusion Event Rentals provided lounge furniture.
At left, one of three big LED screens, from 721 Productions, used to showcase sponsors for the Royal Ball. The event raised funds for the Pacific Pride Foundation, which provides HIV/AIDS and LGBT services to a wide population.
The elegant ballroom. Rentals came from Classic Party Rentals and linen from La Tavola.
A closer view of ballroom floral.
The Prince and Princess box from NLC Productions.
The Prince and Princess box from Marc Normand Gelinas.
Floral fit for a princess.
A view of the Pacific Ocean through one of the four "rooms" created by Percy Sales Events.
A beautiful view from S.R. Hogue & Co.'s Kings and Queens box.
The S.R. Hogue box overlooks the ocean.
A closer view.
A flamboyant floral arrangement from Louloudi Design.
A tailored royal box by John Daly.
Camilla Svensson Burns fills a piano with flowers and covers a chair seat in blooms.
Pretty pink floral.
A closer view of the chandelier.
Floral and votives grace a table in another Royal Box.
As night begins to fall, Images by Lighting lights up the ocean.
Evening view of the NLC Productions box.
Side view of a Kings and Queens box.
A tabletop glows.
A feather detail.
More lighting magic from Images by Lighting.
An elegant tablescape by Louloudi Design.
Pretty lighting patterns from Images by Lighting.
A happy guest is flanked by two handsome "royal butlers."
A royal butler shares a smile.
And more from Louloudi.
Entertainers from Screaming Queens Entertainment include "Sparkle" ...
... who wears a strolling table with party book items for guests to sign up for.
A guest poses with Marie Antoinette-style stilt-walkers Eros Biox and Lexi Pearl.
Flamenco dancer Timo Nunez impresses guests.
A flourish from Timo Nunez.
R&B singer Frenchie Davis performs ...
... and then stays at the party after her show to dance and party with Royal Ball guests.
A royal butler--provided by Darvik Productions--rocks out in front of an LED screen. Darvik also provided sound for the event.
Event co-producers David Merrell and Merryl Brown share a quiet moment after many months of planning and hard work.
Co-producers Merryl Brown Events and AOO Events oversee elegant "royal boxes" and outrageous entertainers to help the Pacific Pride Foundation celebrate its first-ever Royal Ball. Photos by Isaac Hernandez.
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