Silhouettes of the guest of honor serve as seating guides. The venue: an 18th century-style mansion in Beverly Hills.
The 350 guests were instructed to dress in proper period attire--and they did. The invitations included 25 fancy cupcakes and a DVD of the movie "Marie Antoinette."
A closer view.
A 30-person flash mob--composed of former backup dancers for Michael Jackson--shows their stuff. All 250 staff were also in period dress.
The facade of the mansion used for the event; it has been honored for its architectural integrity.
Photographer John Ganun creates an elegant interior outdoors for period photo shoots. Guests are immortalized in a formal portrait, which then is used in the background for a second shoot. And in a nice detail, rented lapdogs add the proper accent.
The photo crew at work.
Guests find an elegant garden party awaits.
The lounges lead the way to three elegant Raj tents.
A bit of history is woven into the bar: In the 18th century, Russian traders visited the French court to trade furs, caviar and vodka. Here, two good-looking "Russian traders" helped guests with vodka shots and caviar nibbles at the branded ice luge.
An interactive "muddle bar" lets guests get creative.
The old-fashioned look of the tents, including ropes, adds to the mood.
A beautiful interior.
The colors yellow and blue add to the cheerful scene.
Chandeliers are suspended above.
An ice bar with the guest of honor's silhouette--the event's brand motif.
The rich look includes candelabras and an abundance of floral.
A beautiful tabletop ...
and another ...
An overhead view.
A close-up of a place setting with custom menu card.
Cake stands with mini cakes adorn tables.
The mini cakes get their close-up.
Even the signage for the restrooms stays in proper style. And no surprise--this event won a Gala Award at The Special Event 2013 for "Best Event for a Private Individual: Budget $1,000 and Above Per Guest."
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