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 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.
Guests find an elegant garden party awaits.
The lounges lead the way to three elegant Raj
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.
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 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."