A "Grand Budapest Hotel" Bridal Shower for Guest Blogger Jenny Bernheim of Margo & Me
Ever since seeing The Grand Budapest Hotel (and rewatching it nearly a dozen times), Jenny Bernheim of Margo & Me has felt inspired to create something wedding-related that echoes filmmaker Wes Anderson's colorful, quirky style. The bridal shower was the perfect opportunity to play around with the luxurious elements in the movie—from the color palette to the ornate cakes and pastries. Her maid of honor, Paige Newell, and planner Leslie Kaplan, of Encore Event Design, brought the bride's dream to life at the intimate pary on April 9, 2015, at The Peninsula Beverly Hills in California. Twenty guests celebrated the bride-to-be in a festive fête designed in pretty pastels, light grays, and pops of fuchsia, French blue, and mixed metallics.
The stationery featured cheeky wording and whimsical designs. Prim and Pixie designed the pieces, which were letterpressed and tucked into a coral-colored paper sleeve finished off with an illustration of the hotel that inspired it all, the date of the event, and the saying "love and laughter before happily ever after." The suite was delivered in boxes boasting a band printed with each recipient's address and a custom postage stamp.
Though many brides opt to wear white at their bridal shower, Jenny wanted her look to fit in with the theme of the afternoon and instead went with a colorful ensemble. After seeing this Monique Lhuillier look walk down the Spring 2015 runway, she was enamored with its structure and the delicate floral pailettes.
The Peninsula Beverly Hills with its opulent chandeliers and rich textiles—and its lobby boys!—was a natural choice to mimic the feel of the film.
Surrounded by Love
Jenny was joined by her mother and sister, who is her matron of honor.
Cheers to the Bride
A "Blushing Bride" cocktail made of Champagne, peach schnapps, and grenadine was served on a bar cart set up on the patio. The ladies also sipped on rosé and lavender-infused Champagne, while hors d'oeuvres were passed.
A Parisian Touch
Reminiscent of the bridge in Paris to which lovers make a wish and affix a lock, guests were asked to write a love note for Jenny and her fiancé, Freddie.
Locked and Loaded
The wishes were locked to a birdcage. "Reading each one after the shower, with Freddie, was the best part," Jenny recalls.
Please Be Seated
A large table was set up in The Peninsula's Magnolia room.
One of Jenny's bridesmaids handled music—queuing up the Nouvelle Vague radio station on Pandora so that artists like Billie Holiday, Telepop Music, and La Tienda accompanied the seated lunch. Another fun touch? Each of the ladies went around the table and said one word that they felt described the bride-to-be.
Even the sconces were adorned with fresh blooms.
The Place Cards
"I love the element of a secret society from the movie," Jenny says. "So the keys represented my bridal shower secret society." Tassels and shield-shaped tags finished off the look.
The Place Settings
A trademark of the hotel, the napkins were custom embroidered with each guests' initials.
Straight Off the Big Screen
The pastry chef at The Peninsula re-created Mendl's Courtesan au Chocolat towers and topped them with delicate shavings of gold foil. "They were almost too beautiful to eat!" Jenny says.
Mismatched vintage pieces were used to set the table. Lilla Bello created the arrangements of tulips, ranunculus, garden roses, spray roses, and peonies that ran down the center. A wide selection of foliage (including umbrella ferns, rose hips, oregano flowers, and chocolate geranium) was mixed in for extra texture.
Fragrant bundles of lilacs, hyacinth, and ranunculus in small footed vessels were interspersed among the larger centerpieces.
A triple berry cake by Sweet Lady Jane was the centerpiece of the dessert table. Key lime tartlets and meringues were also on offer.
Cupcakes for Days
Flower-topped cupcakes were another element of the over-the-top dessert table.
No Grand Budapest Hotel-themed shower would be complete without Mendl's boxes. These were used to pack up pastries from the dessert buffet as a take-home treat.
Photography: Jana Williams
Location and Catering: The Peninsula Beverly Hills
Event Planning: Leslie Kaplan of Encore Event Design
Flowers: Lilla Bello
Stationery: Prim and Pixie
Cake: Sweet Lady Jane
Hair and Makeup: Nikki DeRoest of Hello to Beauty
Flipbooth: Flipbooth LA