Frivolous Friday in Beverly Hills: Mansions, Murder & Macaroni

It’s Frivolous Friday!

Thought I would share some of the fun I squeezed in this week (in between all my portrait sessions and retouching work.)

Yep, this happened:

I spent Sunday in Beverly Hills!!!   Ooo la LA, right?

We were there to see one of the longest running site-specific productions in the city.    “The Manor” is performed inside the historic Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills (a.k.a. the Doheny Mansion.)

It is a fictionalized retelling of the infamous Doheny family and it’s staged at the scene of the family’s crimes—both Doheny’s involvement in the Teapot Dome scandal and the murder of a family member.

We traveled from room to room with the actors as they recreated the story from a wedding, to political deal, to murder.

This play has been on my radar for THREE years, and finally the planets aligned so we could go – so the hubs, along with my brother and sister in law set forth on an adventure!   And it didn’t disappoint!

These are photos from the theatre’s website – of course photography isn’t allowed during the show.


We did take time to explore the grounds after the show (these photographs are mine – cell pics but my photos none the less….lol)

And speaking of photography, I’m absolutely DYING to photograph a wedding at the Greystone Mansion – what a stunning location filled with Old Hollywood Glam!

This was largest home ever built in Beverly Hills  – it’s on 16-acres and has 55 rooms!

LOTS and LOTS of movies have been shot here including Star Trek: Into Darkness, X-Men, The Muppets, National Treasure: Book of secrets,  Body Guard, The Phantom, Witches of Eastwick, Ghostbusters II, Air Force One, and I could go on and on.

Even the famous marriage of “Luke & Laura” on TV’s “General Hospital” was shot in the gardens of Greystone.

Elton John filmed a music video there, Kirk Douglas was married there and Presidential candidate Barack Obama held a $28,500-per-plate fundraiser there– such amazing history!

Can’t you just picture a bride and groom walking up those magnificent stairs to their wedding ceremony?

And then the amazing Greystone Manor Romantic Wedding Photographs I could capture afterwards?

So many beautiful places and the view looking out over Los Angeles was stunning!

Yep, this happened:

Of course we had to enjoy a fun and fancy dinner in Beverly Hills too!    Italian food at Terroni was the perfect end to a great day.

We shared an olive appetizer (with breadsticks that weren’t sticks – instead they were shaped like giant cheerios….who knew that was a thing?)

I had the “Cavatelli alla Norma”
Handmade cavatelli in a light tomato sauce with deep fried eggplant, aged ricotta, basil and garlic.   And hubby enjoyed the “Spaghetti ca’ Muddica”

Homemade spaghetti with Sicilian anchovies, black olives, cherry tomatoes, capers, bread crumbs and parsley

And we shared a Lemon Tart with white chocolate ice cream for dessert.

What can I say:  I’m Feeling Blessed!

And do you know what else I’m blessed by?     Capturing amazing moments for you to treasure for a lifetime!


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