The Bespoke Guide Spring/Summer 2017

April 24th, 2017


LOS ANGELES – Exquisite Events joins forces with Braja Mandala Photography to create The Bespoke Guide, a bi-yearly publication on fashion, trends, and Indian wedding traditions. The first issue is available to view online at It will be available to purchase in the upcoming weeks.

With a true love of designing and planning luxury events, Exquisite Events created The Bespoke Guide with the innate desire to share, educate and inspire Indian traditions and customs with brides, venues, planners, and industry professionals. All events featured are produced by Exquistite Events and photographed by Braja Mandala.

This issue gives an insight to the ladies behind Exquisite Events, Nikki & Madiha Khan, as well as showcasing the photographic journey with Braja Mandala. There is a look into an engagement party, Pithi party, Mehndi, Sangeet party, Milni, Baraat, Wedding, Vidai, and receptions. The beautiful photos capture personalities, special moments and decor details throughout the events. Royal elegance is showcased in the fashion photo spread at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles featuring bridal couture from Yasmin Boutique.

For more information on The Bespoke Guide, event planning services, and photography, please contact Madiha Khan at Exquisite Events.


About Exquisite Events
Exquisite Events is a full-scale event design and planning company based in Los Angeles producing weddings, gala affairs, and specialty events worldwide. The company was founded and started by Nikki Khan who has been in the event planning industry for over fifteen years. From intimate sit-down dinners to grand ballroom weddings, Exquisite Events is committed to producing a memorable and immaculate occasion for you and your guests. The experience and professionalism has been given praise from their growling list of clientele, while the beauty of their work has found recognition in numerous publications including Harper’s Bazaar India, Inside Weddings, Hello! Magazine, Tatler Philippines, Luxury Wedding & Style Russia, and Grace Ormonde, to name a few.

About Braja Mandala Photography
Recently named as “One of the Top 100 Inspirational People” by The Knot Magazine Braja Mandala travels the globe photographing weddings. From far away destinations such as India and Australia to destinations from coast to coast in the United States. Braja’s roots in the Hindu religion was the deciding factor to specialize in Indian weddings. Understanding the traditions and meanings behind the ceremonies is a major asset to getting the best images for her clients. Braja’s work can be seen in many national and international publications.

Madiha Khan, Exquisite Events

Hot Pink Mehndi at Casa Del Mar in Santa Monica

April 21st, 2017

Our bride Zara was a referral from a past client and it was a pleasure to work with her. Her family is originally from Lahore, Pakistan and there was an immediate connection as Nikki happens to be from that city as well. Zara wanted her mehndi to be super colorful and indicated hot pink to be her favorite color for this event.
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After searching on a few venues the couple decided on Casa Del Mar in Santa Monica as they wanted a very California beach vibe for their out of town guests. It was a destination wedding as bride's family is from Pittsberg and groom's family is from San Francisco and Casa del Mar provided that perfect backdrop for the guests. There were about 270 guests in attendance and they were all in the mood to party and have a good time. Groom's family arrived with show and pomp carrying decorated mehndi trays, sweets and gifts for the bride and settled in the Board Room. In the meantime the bride's side was practicing their specially prepared dances to beat the groom's family in competition.
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Ballroom looked very traditional with marigold back drop and stage furniture. Dance floor was hot pink with a gold mehndi pattern and lanterns in varying heights were placed all over the edge of dance floor and stage to add more drama. Low furniture vignettes in pink and gold bearing lots of candles and rose petals were all over the dance floor and the room and round tables and chairs were placed strategically behind the columns. Amber and pink lighting further enhanced the drama and flair.
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Our couple entered the room before guests arrived and were completely floored with the transformation of the space. Needless to say when we see that, our hearts just melt and all the long hours and hard work that goes in to the execution of these events is so worth it.
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Shortly after the guests entered the ballroom, groom's family made their entrance with a lot of dancing. Then the bride's family made their entrance with bride walking among her cousins and brothers. Some traditions of henna took place on the stage and the dance floor was opened soon after guests got to nosh on delicious buffet. After some skits, choreographed dances from both sides and more dancing the night came to an end at 12 am.
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Next week, we will give you a look into the wedding and reception.
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Special thank you to our vendors:
Venue: Casa Del Mar in Santa Monica
Florals: Square Root Designs
Linens: Wildflower Linens
DJ: Special Occasions DJ
Lighting: Images by Lighting
Photo: Beatrice Howell of Luna De Mare Photography
Videographer: Robert Michaels Films
Rentals: Palace Party Rentals
Decor: Edge Design Decor
Furniture: Etablir
Mehndi Rental: Mosaik
Sitar Player: Ronobir Lahiri
Hair/Makeup: Linda Chirac
Design/Planner: Exquisite Events

Dinner for Pakistani President at a Private Residence

April 14th, 2017

Every once in a while we get an inquiry which is different from a wedding. This one was exactly like that and when the client approached us, needless to say we were beyond excited. It was a dinner at the clients home for the President of Pakistan where all the prominent community members were invited. Client also expressed the wish for the event to be over the top.
Since this was in the backyard, first thing was to cover the pool and subfloor the entire lawn. Production started three days before the event. Tent was installed on the second day with deep gold liners which went in the day before the event. Multiple chandeliers were added with beautiful ambient lighting and the tent glowed like a beautiful bride. On the day of the event, tables and chairs were placed with custom linens and napkins which were tied with lovely napkin ring. Once flowers were placed atop tables, the end result was magical. Each table was named after a city in Pakistan Front of the house was also lit up and the red carpet runner made it look very regal. Upon guest arrival several entertainers enthralled with different performances from fire dancers to cirque acts. Inside the tent a delicious meal was served to the guests. President made a short speech and met with community leaders and exchanged dialogue. Post dinner client had arranged for a singer who entertained the guests with nostalgic songs and everyone got a chance to relax and enjoy the evening.
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Rentals: Classic Party Rentals
Linens: Wildflower Linens
Flowers: Nisie Enchanted
Design/Coordination: Exquisite Events

Nikki’s Tea Series: English Tea in the Dining Room

April 7th, 2017

Due to her love of afternoon English tea, Nikki decided to turn her dining table into an English inspiration. Atop an English floral table runner was her Royal Doulton dinner set in navy blue, white, and gold along with St. Louis crystal stemware. The candlesticks were all finds from a flea market in London. White Russians linen, mats, and napkins enhanced the place setting along with garden roses in pink. The flowers consisted of peonies, garden roses, daisies, and English ivy- altogether which provided a lot of texture and interest.
Chest lined with linens
Close detail of set up
Tea set on a silver Sheffield tray
Her favorite Lalique chandelier lit up the room

Special thank you to our partners:
Linens: Wildflower Linens
Flowers: Tic Tock
China/Silver: Nikki's private collection
Photography: Braja Mandala

Nikki’s Tea Series: Tea at “Versailles”

March 31st, 2017

The inspiration for this table top came from Nikki’s vast collection of silver. She wanted this table to become a conversation piece, and the elegant transformation was superb. The table was decked in Wildflower Linens, gray Carolyn lace, and blue and grey napkins and chair covers were incorporated. One of her favorite Wedgwood dinner sets was used along with christofle flatware, a melange of antique silver pieces, and Baccarat glassware. The end result was pure decadence.










Special thank you to our partners:
Linens: Wildflower Linens
Flowers: Tic Tock
China/Silver: Nikki's private collection
Photography: Braja Mandala

Nikki’s Tea Series: All In The Details

March 24th, 2017

Nikki's obsession for a good cup of tea is well known to her close circle of friends. Many friendships have been formed over a cup of perfectly brewed hot cup of tea. Not only does the tea have to be brewed to perfection but the kind of tea used is just as important. Any occasion she can set a table to treat friends to a cup of tea does not go to waste as was the case here. Here in the below photos she used two different vignettes for two separate groups of friends. On the smaller vignette she used her nesting tables with Royal Doulton China, some silver objects from her collection, beautiful custom made lace tea napkins that were tied with a satin ribbon and dainty broochby Wildflower Linens. Grand Eclair provided the flowers wrapped in burlap bearing fresh fruit with dahlias in shades of purples. The beautiful backdrop of hydrangeas provided a relaxed, simple and elegant setting. Needless to say tea was enjoyed by all amidst thought provoking and interesting conversation.
On the second vignette a small table was dressed with Nikki's favorite linen Carolyn Lace from Wildflower Linens. The table was placed on the edge of the pool and paired with blue ottomans. Nikki's favorite tea set in blue and white bone china which was actually purchased from George Cinq Paris shop many years ago ( they don't carry this pattern any more ) along with her most favorite Meissen piece, Bacarat stemware, Christofle flatware was simply breathtaking. Since she likes to brew enough tea for all her friends, she likes to use more than one tea pot as was the case with this table. Beautiful spring tulips in bright orange sat atop a group of boxes and the effect was inviting and ethereal at the same time. Good time was had by all amidst lots of laughs.

Special thank you to our partners:
Linens: Wildflower Linens
Flowers: Tic Tock
China: Nikki's private collection
Design/Decor: Exquisite Events
Photography: Braja Mandala

Nikki’s Tea Series: Afternoon Under The Orange Tree

March 16th, 2017

In one of Nikki's recent tea gatherings, she decided to pay homage to pantone color of the year, Greenery. The table was set under an orange tree in her backyard, where she used her wrought iron table and chairs. The table was covered with a geometric chartreuse and crisp white Russian linen, and napkins were used along with her white bone china from Villoroy and Boch. The set up was accented with sherbet colors, mixing light greens, lilacs, and pinks in stemware. The soft colored flowers further enhanced the serene and ethereal look, yet retained the elegance. A lovely afternoon tea was enjoyed with friends amidst lively conversation.
Special thank you to our partners:
Linens: Wildflower Linens
Flowers: Tic Tock Couture Florals
China: Nikki's Private Collection
Photography: Braja Mandala

Dinner at the Montage

March 10th, 2017

Every now and then, Nikki plans these special intimate evenings for her clients, and this year it was a collaboration with the amazing George Nickels of Montage Beverly Hills, YoungSong Martin of Wildflower Linens, and Alex Amidi of Square Root Design. This was a sit down dinner by invitation only, and invitees were treated to a superb guest experience.

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Upon arrival they were treated to live jazz music, and enjoyed the cocktail hour with delicious tray passed hors d'oeuvres, champagne, and wine. The hotel staff passed out escort cards to each guest on silver trays decked with rose petals.
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The reveal of the dining room produced awe in everyone present. The colors chosen were white and gold with hints of pantone green, up on the 9th floor of the hotel in the conservatory. Tables were set to the 9s with formal gold chargers, atop which sat beautiful china paired with black and brushed gold flatware from Borrowed Blu. The tables selected for the event were white lacquer top with gold legs and the chair covers were Nikki's design collaboration with Wildflower Linens. The focal point of the room were the two custom made structures from Square Root Designs, which were decked with flowers and had sparkling chandeliers to light up every table. Amber lighting in candle-lit coloring washed the room in gold, and the city views on the clear night were breathtaking.

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Guests were escorted to their seats where their names were printed on individual menus. A quartet played in the background, creating drama with the vocalists sultry voice along with the chello, guitar, and bass. Young and Nikki welcomed and thanked their guests and introduced George Nickels, who said a few words. A decadent three course meal was served, paired with tableside wine service. The service was impeccable and guests had quite the memorable dining experience. At the end of the meal, Nikki wanted guests to continue mingling at the dessert action stations, which consisted of churros and croquembouche- a big hit. The night ended with coffee and sweets, and as each guest departed, they were gifted with a personalized token of appreciation by the hosts.

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We would like to thank our following partners:
Montage Beverly Hills
The Replicas Music
Square Root Designs
Wildflower Linens
Avec Lumiere Productions
Borrowed Blu
Flowers and Invitations
Mike Colón Photography

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