Fabulous 50th Birthday Party at the Academy of Sciences

by Lara on January 20, 2010

I was so excited recently to have an opportunity to photograph a stunning event at the California Academy of Sciences. This was actually my first time visiting the new building, and it was absolutely breath-taking! Morgan Doan, of Morgan Events, one of my favorite event planners, put together an extraordinary 50th birthday party in a matter of weeks. The party rented out the CA Academy of Sciences for their private event, and Morgan created some amazing spaces. The African Hall was the location for the dinner, set up with one king’s table running the length of the room. It was visually stunning, to say the least. The theme of the event was wine with an autumn color palate. Jerry, the birthday boy, was “aged to perfection” and this concept was used on the invitations and menu cards. Every detail was perfect, from the gorgeous cork invitations, the wines selected from Jerry’s private collection, the centerpieces, textured linens, to the band. It was truly one of those parties people will be talking about years later.

The lighting for the event was done by Got Light? and was done so beautifully, I was able to capture most of the gorgeous details without flash-I love my primes!

The centerpieces by Soulflower Floral Design were perfect-the height worked really well for the king’s table design, yet did not interfere with conversation. I loved the “runner” of wine corks. The textures and colors of the floral design was a gorgeous compliment to the space.

The cocktail hour started downstairs in the aquarium. The cocktail tables were set up in a little aquarium alcove, and the lighting was incredible. The lighting you see here is all part of the CA Academy of Sciences everyday! I’m definitely going to have to go back there when I have more time to just wander around and enjoy the space and exhibits. Guests seemed to really enjoy mingling with friends, enjoying wine, and wandering through the exhibits.

Taste Catering put together an amazing meal, working closely with a wine sommelier to pair each course with wines from Jerry’s private collection.

White leather couches created a warm ambiance in the after dinner lounge area. Guests enjoyed an amazing cheese and desserts spread, along with an espresso bar from Travelin’ Joe Espresso.

And here’s the two women responsible for this amazing event, Jerry’s lovely wife and Morgan Doan, one of the Bay Area’s best event planners.

Lara White

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