Having been in the event industry for the past 8 years, I have been fortunate to meet some of the most creative and talented individuals in the business. Two of them are my dear friends, Hannah Bergman, and her fiancé, Steve Steinhardt, a prominent wedding photographer. I’ve always been a fan of his style of photography and have featured much of his work on my blog, as he is my main shooter for all my events. Aside from being a picture-perfect creative couple, Hannah and Steve are two of the most generous, kind and caring individuals I know.
When I met his lovely soon-to-be bride, Hannah, there was instant chemistry between us and we’ve been good friends ever since. I was super thrilled to attend her bridal shower hosted by a mutual friend of ours, Pat, at her home in West LA.
For someone who is not in the event industry, Pat’s hosting and styling techniques are truly impressive. She is the ultimate Girl Boss with a touch of Martha Stewart in her. For starters, she arranged all the stunning décor herself. Like myself, Pat enjoys hosting parties and entertaining, while spending quality time with family and friends. Her passion and talent for hosting truly shined through the shower’s impeccable details.
The event’s garden setting took advantage of the gorgeous Californian sun. Wooden tables were dressed in white lace cloth, while glass vases filled with peach roses and white anemones served as pretty centerpieces. Geometric copper holders filled with roses hanging from the canopy added natural beauty and fragrance.
Pat paid special attention to the shower’s food as well. The menu was filled with brunch favorites like: spring pea frittata, Belgian waffles with Nutella, homemade yoghurt parfaits with white peach jam, open-faced sandwiches, quinoa tabbouleh salad, kale Brussels sprouts salad, Pat’s pretty citrus fruit salad with vanilla and mint, and an assortment of breakfast pastries, cheese, and charcuterie.
A rustic bar cart placed under a lemon tree doubled as a beautiful beverage station. Pat used vintage pink coupes to serve guests bubbly rosé and peach Bellini cocktails. Coffee, tea, sparkling water and elderflower soda were also on offer.
Pat also has a passion for baking, which she has really proved at the shower. From the cake to the artisan chocolates, the hostess with mostess made all the desserts herself! Not only were they impressive to look at, they tasted absolutely incredible. I hope she turns her passion and talent into a business one day and I’m sure her guests would agree!
The dessert table was overflowing in gorgeous, decadent treats. These included white chocolate pyramids topped with cookie crumble, pralines with edible gold leaves, chocolate bonbons filled with strawberries and cream, pumpkin cardamom cake topped with Dulce de leche, and sea salt and vanilla bean-flecked whipped cream. Other highlights included chic French macarons and a tower of mini cream puffs. The piece de resistance: mini chocolate mousse domes filled with raspberries and coated in chocolate glaze, sitting atop a layer of Génoise sponge.
Throughout the day, we played fun games, such as ‘pin kisses or bowties on the groom’, ‘don’t say the word “bride” or “wedding,” and ‘lose a diamond ring.’ A photo station was also installed, where guests could take photos and write down date night ideas or blessings to wish the couple.
As a token of thanks to guests, Pat offered pouches filled with nail polish to the ladies and chocolate cigars to the men.
Needless to say, it was a photo-worthy, fun, and intimate bridal shower. Pat and her husband, Andres, were amazing hosts who threw a tasteful celebration of Hannah and her new life to come. Congrats to the perfect couple!