Mehndi Welcome Dinner at the Bacara Resort & Spa

October 21st, 2016

We are so happy to be back on our blog! We sure missed our readers. Due to website construction, which took a lot longer than anticipated, we were unable to post fresh content. We are back and better than ever with a month long feature of a breathtaking destination wedding that took place at the incredible Bacara Resort & Spa in Santa Barbara. img_4319
This wedding happened to be one of our favorite clients whose daughter's weddings were also planned by us and we have developed a very close relationship with them over the years. Needless to say these were multiple back to back events with intense planning that started six months prior. All the locations at the Bacara were chosen after giving a lot of consideration to the vibe, theme and decor elements as well as color palette for each event. img_4320
First to kick off the weekend festivities was a mehndi/welcome dinner that took place on the Thursday night. Guests checked in at leisure throughout the day and were welcomed graciously by the staff. Many had time to use the spa or treatments to get ready for the evening. img_4323 For this event, the space chosen was Director's Lounge which is a lovely space and is circular. We had decided on coral, peach and hint of butter cup yellow. The room was draped in soft peach with coral valance. A round dance floor in coral complimented the decor. A stage was built for musicians that had been flown from India for this very special occasion. img_4324 img_4326 Another stage was dedicated to bride for her henna application. Backdrop was ethereal and traditional with marigold garlands dripping down. The alcove above the dance floor was also dripping with flowers. The room was filled with Moroccan lounge furniture and when it got dark, the space looked magical with coral and amber lighting. img_4327 Outside in the foyer was a dedicated area for guests to get their mehndi and the Terrace was used for buffet dinner, scotch tasting and bar where the same coral color vibe was evident. img_4322
As guests arrived they were served specialty drinks and ladies got busy with the mehndi. The incredible musicians and dancers from India welcomed the bride amidst sound of drum and she with her family and friends was escorted to the stage. Ladies from the groom's family then came in a form of procession with pomp and circumstance carrying beautifully decorated trays of nuts, sweets, floral jewelry, mehndi and bride's clothes and jewelry. img_4329
At this time beautiful traditions that were close to groom's family took place and after that was all party with a lot of dancing, music and fun. Scotch tasting was a huge hit along with special Rajasthani food that groom's mother pain stakingly decided with the caterer and the ambiance that was created by Rajasthani singers and dancers in their ethnic attire was unparalleled. The first evening was a roaring success and lasted till much later than expected. img_4330

Bacara Destination Wedding Ceremony

October 14th, 2016

Today we share one of our favorite ceremony set ups at the Bacara Resort in Santa Barbara. It was special because it was a ceremony in the round for 500 guests with the Mandap in the center and the chairs all around. The decor was stunning with rose petals along the aisle, gorgeous draping in a mint color and a beautiful ocean view. roundtent exquisiteeventsceremony exquisiteceremonybacara-e1474653760245 Special thank you to our vendors:
Flowers: Square Root Designs
Rentals: Luna Party Rentals
Rentals: Town & Country Rentals
Venue: Bacara Resort & Spa
Photography: Callaway Gable

A Grand Reception for 700

June 6th, 2016

June 3rd, 2016 Yasmin and Aleem are such a sweet and loving couple. Being around them, one can instantly notice the love and respect they have for eachother! Their wedding had beautiful Muslim traditions that were witnessed by 700 guests at the Long Beach Hyatt Hotel. When designing the event, we took inspiration from the invitation which was a beautiful aubergine and gold so we decided to bring in those hues throughout the entire evening. The cocktail hour was on the lower level where there was an array of delicious appetizers and mocktails for guests to enjoy. After cocktail hour, we escorted all the guests into the main ballroom where we draped the room and made the stage the focal point. Wildflower Linen made the most stunning custom couture linen for the sweetheart and cake tables and the cake was not only gorgeous, but tasted incredibly delicious, as well! It was such a fun wedding starting out with a lively performance by middle eastern singers that set the tone for the evening. Guests enjoyed Middle Eastern and Indian food, took photos in the photobooth, and danced the night away. Most importantly, the couple had a great time and got to unwind in a limo ride at the end of the night. Congratulations to Yasmin and Aleem!

The Indoor Garden

June 5th, 2016

May 27th, 2016 This Exquisite couple could not have been more sweet or fun to plan a wedding for; you can almost see their personalities jump out of the pictures! Sanjay and Nesha’s wedding ceremony and reception were held at the Four Seasons Westlake Village 700 guests. They wanted an elegant, sophisticated event that would compliment the fun energy their friends and families had. We decided to create an indoor garden playing off the colors of the ballroom so we draped the room in ivory with a beautiful sea green valance and all the round tables had matching sea green linen. The 2 family tables on either side of the dance floor were 24? long mirrored tables that added interest in the room. For the flowers, we decided to go with statement pieces since the space is so large. The main piece was the band stage backdrop which was a wall of wisteria with ornate gold mirrors. On a few of the tables in the room, we had huge magnolia trees which made it feel as if you were dining under a tree and brought the eye up as you walked into the ballroom. Some tables had a variety of tall arrangements while others had low clusters of tulips, roses, and hydrangea. The idea was to make it look like a lit up garden at night. The band kept everyone on their feet and even managed to bring the couple and friends onto the stage. Fond memories of this wedding and beautiful couple!

An Intimate Affair

June 5th, 2016

May 20th, 2016 We love to do large weddings but it is also so nice to be able to do an intimate reception for 150 guests. Nawal and Bilal were such a fun couple and they wanted their wedding to be romantic and elegant. The design inspiration came from the existing Bay windows in the ballroom. That was the perfect place to put the couple’s stage and make it the focal point in the room so we designed a beautiful floral arch that go over the couple as they sat on stage to take pictures. . The colors were golds and ivories and in order to get a really cozy, intimate feel we had to carpet the ballroom which was completely necessary, as you can see. The idea was to make the space look as if you were entering someone’s home and sitting for dinner in their living room. There were beautiful Arab traditions throughout the entire evening and the dance floor was never empty. It was an Exquisite occasion :)

Exquisite Fashion Friday (French Riviera Edition)

May 13th, 2016

The start of the 2016 Cannes Film Festival did not disappoint as the red carpet glamour continued to make its mark on the fashion world. This Exquisite Fashion Friday, we are sharing our favorite looks from the French Riviera’s biggest week.

Happy Mother’s Day!

May 6th, 2016

There is no role in life that is more rewarding-It should be Mother's Month ;)

We wish you a very Exquisite Mother's Day with your loved ones! 

Exquisite Fashion Friday

April 29th, 2016

It is always fun receiving an invitation for your friends destination wedding!  Everyone can get together and decompress on a mini-vacation for a few days while celebrating love at a beautiful location.    Here are some of our tips that we have come up with over the years to make sure you are dressed for the occasion :)

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