The Music Box hosted the ball this time around. If you had to choose a setting for such an event, I don't think you could do better. After a bit of a wait outside, I entered a dimly light lobby. The walls were covered in all manner of sconces. It set the right mood. A sign proclaimed that it was the Edwardian Ball; just beyond that, the line for the bar was already stacking up. They were proudly serving absinthe. They set up cups underneath small jars of water with nozzles and let the water run over a lump of sugar on a special spoon. As it turns out, I enjoyed the preparation (ritual is good) more than the actual beverage. At least I tried.
The signs led to the rooftop. It was a beautiful L.A. evening and the fresh air was welcome. Vendors offered corsets, hats, gloves, feathered hair pieces, skirts, blouses, art, and jewelry. I'm not much of a shopper until you put me in place like that. Maybe it's something about shopping for period(esque) things while in costume? Not sure. Shopping on a rooftop also had a certain appeal. Adjacent to the shopping area, we stumbled upon the lounge. It was a closed in room on the side of the rooftop, and it was filled with couches. I've rarely been so happy to see a place to sit. It was relatively quiet too, even though the portrait area was inside.
I found the ball to be decadent and whimsical and relaxed. I'd go just to look at the costumes; the rest of the experience was the frosting. And it was damn tasty frosting.
I don't have a clue about taking photos in low lighting, but fortunately other people have it down. Check out these photos by an Edwardian Ball regular.
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