Phantom of the Opera, Paris

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He lives and breathes.

Le Fantome de l’Opera.

 

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As I stepped through oversize, gilded doorways, and arches, and marble staircases, snapping away at every single square inch of Paris’ famous, incredible Palais Garnier Opera, his spirit and presence, magically captured in each photograph.

These images – which I thought were so clear and magnificent capturing the exquisite decor…so hauntingly beautiful.

 

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I first fell in love with the gothic Phantom of the Opera, by French writer Gaston Leroux back in college.

 

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I was studying at Richmond College in London, and instantly fell in LOVE one night upon seeing the Andrew Lloyd Webber version live onstage.

 

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I couldn’t wait to see the Paris Opera myself, up close and in person.

 

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The story opens in Paris in 1911 at an auctioning of the contents of the Paris Opera House.

The contents include a fabulous chandelier in which the auctioneer proceeds to tell the story of the legend of the Phantom of the Opera.

 

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Suddenly you are transported back a time when the Paris Opera House was at the height of its powers.

 

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At that time, the opera house is, claimed by many, inhabited by a phantom.

 

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If he is in anyway offended or annoyed then he will cause mayhem in the opera house.

 

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The phantom decides to help a lowly chorus girl, Christine, by giving her music lessons through the wall of her dressing room.

He pretends to be the spirit of her dead father, and eventually she becomes a talented singer who is then thrust into the limelight.

 

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Phantom worships Christine and is determined to make her a star.

When she isn’t given the lead in the new opera, he is angry, and decides to cause chaos in the opera house.

You tell me…

Do you still see him?

 

Join us – Bloomingdale's Wedding Party tonight!

Pre-Wedding Wedding Party Evite

How time does fly by…

Tonight’s the night!

Bloomingdale’s Wedding Party, 6-8, in the landmark Medinah Temple Home Store.

You won’t want to miss our glorious wedding party vignettes…paired with the most gorgeous china, silver, crystal and more beautiful Bloomies Bridal Registry has to offer.

We even snuck into the sanctuary like sacred stock rooms with them last week to ooh, to ahh, to pull, and to pick.

It was heaven on earth!

Kate Spade, Marchesa, Scalamandre, Villeroy and Boch, Juliska, and Jasper Conran…

Just to name but a few.

It’s like idol worship tomorrow, pretty, patterned china style.

Plus BBJLinen, Pure Kitchen Catering, Baked the Bakery, Elysia Root Cakes, Glazed and Infused and more.

See you tonight night, at six!

A Perfect Event eMagazine!

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Did you miss me?

We’ve been up to our EARS in eMagazine.

But finally, at long last, here is our premiere September Issue!

What do you think?

We’d love your feedback…comments…suggestions for next issue…

Which, by the way, is November 1st.  Holidays, oh happy holidays, throughout.

Cheers to all of your fall celebrations.

Now, we’re going to go take a quick September launch nap…

Speakeasy Style

 

I had the BEST Mother’s Day.

And I hope you did too.

 

 

Here is how I spent my day.

Chicago Speakeasy style…inside one of the city’s most breathtaking spaces, The Museum of Contemporary Art.

 

 

We partied it up Prohibition chic style.

Complete with fedoras, pinstripe suits and secret passwords at the door for entry.

 

 

Vintage trolleys transported our favorite RCI Rogers guests from the ITW, International Telecoms Week conference across the Chicago River from their front door to, to our party front door.

 

 

Chicago sweet treats and namesakes were found inside…from a five flavored Garrett’s Popcorn Bar complete with custom branded tins for take away…

To Speakeasy themed Cocktail Cakes set in an artful display to compliment the colorful, bold, modern galleries.

 

 

Guests were seeing RED – from glowing bars, brilliantly illuminated high boys and coffee tables, silk pillows on tufted lounges, ostrich plumes, to a turn of century twenty four foot long dining table.

 

 

And perhaps my all time favorite party detail – the bootleg bottles of Speakeasy Spice.

Served by Wolfgang Puck Catering on silver trays, but of course.

Inside brown bottles wrapped in paper bags we mixed up Whiskey, Ginger and fresh mint.

Let me tell you – they were a HIT.

 

 

But the BIG attraction?

The legend herself – Shirley King – BB King’s daughter.

She rocked that house like no other.

Grabbed those guests right out off the floor, brought them up to sing, a la doo wop Temptations Motown style.

It was too cool for school.

A-mazing.

Don’t throw a party without her, or Steve Biossat or Chicago Live Music.

 

 

As we always say at A Perfect Event, no extra charge for the perfect weather.

The grand terrace overlooking the MCA’s gorgeous, lakeside sculpture garden was the perfect perch to enjoy our Speakeasy stations:  from Antipastis, to Steakhouse: carved Chicago Steak with Frites and mini creamed spinach tarts, to Vesuvio Chicken and the most beautiful old school salads you have ever seen.

 

 

Thank you to my dear friend and uber talented photographer Jason Geil for shooting all our party pics yesterday, and spending the day with Rogers at their conference.

Click here to see Jason’s gorgeous blog post: Jason Geil.

MANY more decadent party details and inspiring images to come.

This is just to wet your whisky-d whistle…

 

Style me Pretty Feature

I am in love.

 

 

Totally, completely, absolutley, absurdly SMITTEN in love with Caily and Paul’s wedding from last New Year’s Eve.

And it is featured today on SMP – the holy grail of wonderous weddings.

That BOUQUET, composed of hundreds of ivory rose petals into a Glamelia, to perfectly match her wedding gown.

 

The invitations…the menu cards…all designed in french brocade with an iconic chandelier icon.

 

 

The magical masks for the midnight masquerade.

 

 

And the programs!  Our best seller.

 

 

The ceremony garden arbor – covered in Hydrangea, Hanging Amaranthus, Garden Roses, and Orchids.

 

 

The hundreds upon hundreds of candles…from tall pillars, to petite votives in mercury glass, moroccan teacups, and silver leaf.

 

 

Mary Winslow‘s weekly work of art winter white wedding cake.

 

 

Ooh la la – The Ballroom at The Blackstone is just THE most romantic room in the city.

 

 

I had the best New Year’s Eve EVER.  And I was WORKING!

 

 

I bought these adhesive gold numbers at Office Depot the day before as a surprise countdown for the bridal party…and served them on a mirrored tray from my bedroom dressing table.

 

 

It has been six whole months now…and I just can’t get enough.

Thank you to Caily and Paul for including us in their simply gorgeous, elegant, turn of the century European celebration.

Thank you to our entire design team for the months and months of time and talent, Avery House for the breathtaking photography and Smilebooth, Debra Jenkins at Windy City Linens, Mary at Take the Cake, Ashley Sneddon at The Blackstone Hotel, Toni at Rendezvous, and many more.

To see the post on SMP, click here.

Enjoy!

Photography Avery House, as seen on Style me Pretty