An Elegant, French-inspired Affair in Los Angeles

Modern Dame’s Janet Pae, was asked to host and style an engagement dinner for LA-based wedding photographer couple, Steven Steinhardt and Hannah Bergman. This picture-perfect event shows you what happens when you combine on-trend greenery, great styling techniques, and two seriously good-looking sweethearts.

When I heard news that my good friend, Steve Steindhart, proposed to his girlfriend of 10 years, Hannah Bergman, I was over the moon!  Like my husband and I, the couple had been dating for more than a decade and I couldn’t wait to see them married.

Steve and Hannah have always had a special place in their hearts for France and all things French. Steve proposed to Hannah on the bank of the Grand Canal in the gardens of Versailles. The couple has even taken up French lessons too! This inspired me to plan a French garden-themed dinner that would convey the couple’s personalities and the story behind their dreamy proposal.

For a dose of Parisian chic, I chose French blue as the event’s main color, elevated by touches of gold. From the couple’s printed monogram and desserts, to the chinaware and vases, the different shades of blue gave a timeless, romantic look.

I introduced an eclectic mix of gold antique dining chairs and upholstered lounge furniture that came together beautifully. Natural elegance took center stage with eucalyptus table runners and vases overflowing with lush greenery and white garden roses. A combination of marbled and crystal vases created visual interest and added texture to the table settings. I also got creative with the stationery and desserts too, by incorporating “Fleur de Lis” motifs in their designs. Translated as “Flower of the Lilly,” these ornate symbols were traditionally used to represent French royalty and lent a regal touch to the couple’s invitations.

A champagne tower of crystal glasses was set above an antique chest of drawers, which wowed the guests. Long tables were dressed in beaded, floor-length linens. Candles placed in mercury gold holders accented the tables, while pillar candles standing as centerpieces gave an intimate glow to the airy, loft venue.

Personalized French macarons continued the theme and made pretty, flavor-filled treats for guests. The macarons were decorated with the names of each guest written in calligraphy and then plated under a mini glass bell jar. Music from the guitarist who played French love songs set the right tone and entertained guests as they dined on French food and cocktails crafted by Haute Chefs. We danced among the candles and city lights of downtown LA that highlighted the French garden fête around us.

With personalized details and a distinct theme, it was a memorable, stylish, and intimate affair that reflected Steve and Hannah both as individuals, and as a couple.

Photo By: Steve Steinhardt

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