A Drool-Worthy Bridal Shower by Lauren Hillary
, wedding photographer, and Karla Flores of Elegant by Design
What was the inspiration for this bridal shower? What vibe were you trying to achieve?
The inspiration was the Patisserie at the SLS Hotel
in Beverly Hills, designed by Phillipe Starke. I can best describe it as a whimsical dessert bar with a bit of Hollywood flair.
Lavender and purples are the brides favorite colors so the decor accents and flowers
were chosen accordingly. The window boxes in my garden were even filled with lavender and exuded the most wonderful aroma, and matched the color scheme.
The black accents
including the black Murano glass chandelier were added to "glam" up the event
as the bride-to-be loves high fashion and opulent details. She fancies herself sitting front row at Fashion Week or sampling La Duree macaroons in Paris. Thus, the vibe was set to achieve a feeling of glamour
, yet was set outside to not only create something unexpected but also to take advantage of a beautiful day.
Dish which details were your favorite!
My personal favorite was the chandelier fashioned outdoors. Especially since it took some brainstorming to figure out just how to erect it. The poles covered in black satin turned out beautifully.
I also loved the beverage and champagne bar. The big plexi-glass box was custom made and filled with a variety of goodies for champagne cocktails. Even the champagne itself, Sofia, was selected specifically. The packaging is perfectly girly and went well with the theme. Different juices were transferred into vintage
beverage containers and put on ice with the champagne. There was even "spa" water in an apothecary dispenser with cucumbers and strawberries for the ladies to treat themselves.
In keeping with the "sweets" theme, the party favors were lacy panties in the theme colors or lavender and black stuffed into a mini vintage candy jar. The bride-to-be of course got a white one.
Lastly, the food was a favorite detail. Its always difficult to find foods that won't be too "heavy" or "messy" for ladylike events like showers. The dainty mini foods prepared by my friend and caterer CJ Daley, were simply divine.
Your Top 5 Tips or Tricks to help our brides-to-be achieve a similar look?
1. Keep things personal
and really focus on what the guest of honor likes. This way you don't have to spend so much time or money to really impress her.
2. Stick to one theme or color palette
, it really makes a difference if you keep things cohesive. A strong accent color, such as black in this case, really pops against contrasting colors. I even made the wait staff wear lavender ties.
3. Pick one "wow factor."
Guests were enamored by the chandelier. You can acheive this with one elaborate centerpiece or some other item.
4. Think about details.
For instance, the invitations
were decorated with tiny onyx rhinestones. The vases were wrapped in lilac dupioni silk and adorned with black rhinestones to match.
5. Bring the indoors outdoors.
I love when things like chaise lounges, luxurious silk linens, etc. are placed outdoors. You can really transform a space and create a feeling of pure luxury.
Photographer: Lauren Hillary Photography
Florist, Decorations, Rentals: Karla Flores with Elegant by Design
Caterer: Personal friend and freelance caterer, CJ Daley