Romantic Rooftop Reception (Part 3 of 3)

November 19th, 2014

Nishita and Mike are a fun-loving couple and the chemistry between them was very evident.  It was a great testament to both of their personalities as all their friends were there to truly honor their day and party with them.

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They had decided early on in the planning stages to hold their reception at London Hotel’s Rooftop and later moving their guests to the ballroom for the after party. Rooftop had a very sexy vibe and hotel guests kept coming up to check out the space and pay generous compliments.

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Our bride made her grand entrance in a custom creation and the dashing groom looked utterly handsome in Tom Ford.

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Their first dance was enchanting and family and guests joined them on the floor.

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Half way through the party Nishita changed in to her short dress and looked absolutely stunning.

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The guests moved down to the ballroom where the party lasted until the wee hours of the morning.  We have formed great fondness for this couple and know this will be an everlasting friendship.  Another great party for another great friend!

Testimonial from Nishita and Mike:

Nikki and Madiha you brought our vision to life and it was beyond our expectations.  Everything was simply perfect and all our friends and family enjoyed the festivities immensely.  Your staff was pleasant and respectful and handled all details beautifully.  Madiha is our friend for life now.

Have an Exquisite day and we will see you next Wednesday!

 

Photography credit: Lin & Jirsa Photography & Cinematography | Orange County & Los Angeles

Ceremony in Color! (2 of 3)

November 11th, 2014

Hi!

Nishita and Mike’s ceremony was so beautiful! It was held on the Hampton Court at the London Hotel in Hollywood. We decided to go with bright colors using fucshia and tangerine for the Mandap. The flowers from Hidden Garden were stunning and complemented the color scheme so well and since it was a bright, sunny day, it fit the theme perfectly.

All the guests gathered in the lobby of the hotel for the baraat. It was one of the most festive processions we experienced and we managed to shut down the London Hotel valet drive for the duration of the baraat ceremony where the groom led the procession on a white horse.

After the baraat, we led the guests up to the third floor for the ceremony. It happened to be one of the warmest days that day but luckily by the time the ceremony started, the sun had gone behind the buildings and the breeze was blowing. The live band was the perfect touch to bring the bride and groom out.

Nishita and Mike made such a stunning couple. Wishing them a lifetime of happiness!

Enjoy and have an Exquisite Wednesday!

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Mustache Mehndi (Part 1 of 3)

November 5th, 2014

Nishita and Mike held a Welcome Dinner/Mehndi at the Nirvana in Beverly Hills for all their family and friends. What a fun group of people!

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All their friends were dressed in traditional Indian attire and enjoyed getting their mehndi applied…so much so that there was a mustache theme for all of the guys.

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Our bride looked so beautiful wearing her custom creation.

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Beautiful colors filled the room from all of the gorgeous saris and colorful jewelry that the ladies were wearing.

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This was an incredibly festive party and from these pictures, you can capture the essence from the evening. Everyone was having such a great time.  Laughter and smiles filled the room all evening.

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Have an Exquisite day and we will see you next Wednesday for Part 2 of Mike and Nishita’s story!

Showcase at The Grand Del Mar Hotel in San Diego

October 29th, 2014

Paige, from The Grand Del Mar (which happens to be our favorite hotel in San Diego), approached us a few months ago to help get a list of Indian vendors based in LA and surrounding areas to showcase the hotel.  Of course, leave it to Paige and Charles to go all out.  It was a beautiful setting fit for Maharajas and Maharanis.

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Raj Tents did a superb job as always installing beautiful and colorful pergola tents all over the lawn.

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The built-in gazebo structure on the lawn is the perfect backdrop for a baraat and receptions and looked stunning with the draping and gorgeous flowers by Kathy Wright.

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Our own DJ, Ajay, from Special Occasions, filled the air with lovely background music.  Food stations were laid out beautifully and artfully all over the lawn and guests enjoyed the delectable ambiance and delicious food along with live entertainment provided by Sabrina Fox.

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You can see Madiha being very brave with the snake around her neck.

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All in all, it was a beautiful afternoon and nothing short of that can be expected from Paige and Charles of The Grand Del Mar.

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Here is more information about The Grand Del Mar in San Diego, taken from their website:

Basking in San Diego’s endless sunshine, The Grand Del Mar welcomes guests to a warm Mediterranean estate, replete with signature charm and Southern California style. Impeccable service delivers every Five-Star indulgence, including a championship Tom Fazio golf course, Five-Star spa, and exquisite dining.

Unrivaled by San Diego hotels, The Grand Del Mar shines as TripAdvisor’s #1 Hotel in the United States (#11 Luxury Hotel worldwide), California’s #1 Resort in Travel + Leisure’s “World’s Best Awards,” and is lauded by Forbes Travel Guide as one of only ten triple Five-Star resorts in the world.

Have an Exquisite Day and we will see you next Wednesday!

Homage to Oscar de La Renta

October 22nd, 2014

Our hearts are saddened to lose an artist, visionary, and fabulous creator. This week we pay homage to Oscar de la Renta. Nikki and Madiha have always been huges fan of Oscar.  News of his illness and passing came as a shock to them as it must have to many others.  They especially admired his classic and elegant gowns on the runway, his ready-to-wear lines, and of course his bridal collections. His work was seen countless times on the red carpet and in films, and has been an inspiration to fashion enthusiasts since he began his work in the 1960s. We hope you’ll enjoy this quick capture of his work and famous quotes throughout the decades…

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“I’ve lived every day to the fullest, and I’ve had a marvelous time. I’ve tried to be nice to the people I care about, and ignore the ones I don’t. I enjoy what I’ve done.”


From Biography.com

A Fashion Legend

While de la Renta expanded his lines and took them in a new direction in the 1990s, his pieces remained feminine and flattering. By the late ’90s and early 2000s, his work became the preferred wear of American first ladies. He dressed first lady Nancy Reagan in the 1980s, and then provided the gowns for inaugural events for both Hillary Clinton in 1997 and Laura Bush in 2005.

Besides his passion for haute couture, de la Renta has been a tireless patron of the arts. At one time or another, he has served on the boards of The Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall and Channel Thirteen/WNET. He also supports several cultural institutions, including New Yorkers for Children, the Americas Society and the Spanish Institute.

In 2002, de la Renta added his name to a whole new business venture: furniture. His 100 pieces for Century Furniture featured dining tables, upholstered chairs and couches. In 2004, despite the risk of lessening the value of his brand as a whole, he added a less expensive line of clothing called O Oscar. He said he wanted to attract new customers whom he could not reach before.

De la Renta had been diagnosed with cancer during the first decade of the 2000s. He died on October 20, 2014 at the age of 82 in Kent, Connecticut.

 

 

1982

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“Walk like you have three men walking behind you.”

 

1991

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1995

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“Fashion is about dressing according to what’s fashionable. Style is more about being yourself.”

 

2000

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2007

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“I design clothes for women to wear. I am not interested in shock tactics. I just want to make beautiful clothes.”

2009

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“The qualities I most admire in women are confidence and kindness.”

 

2012

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“Fashion is about the present and the immediate future. I think in terms of now.”

 

2014

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And of course, the wedding dresses…

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“Being well dressed hasn’t much to do with having good clothes. It’s a question of good balance and good common sense.”

 

2006

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 Sex in the City Movie 2008

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“Any girl from any walk of life dreams of that special dress, and I try to make that dream a reality for her.”

 

We hope you’ll remember with us the inspiration and fashion genius of Oscar de la Renta.

Have an Exquisite and Fashion-filled day, and we’ll see you next Wednesday!

Wedding Features!

October 15th, 2014

Hi Everyone,

We are so excited to have our weddings featured in the September issue of Harper’s Bazaar Bride,  Wedding Style, and  Hello! Pakistan. Putting together a wedding is a labor of love and we are humbled and honored to have our work recognized!

Have an Exquisite Wednesday!

XO

Nikki and Madiha

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DIL (Developments in Literacy) Gala in Los Angeles

October 8th, 2014

Developments in Literacy, or DIL, is an organization very close to Nikki’s heart.  The organization was founded over a decade ago by Fiza Shah, who is a close friend of Nikki’s, and has now established schools in many under-privileged areas of Pakistan.  The objective of DIL, to which they have been very successful, is to promote female literacy in the remote, under-developed areas of Pakistan.  Since Nikki strongly believes in female education, she has always been a strong supporter of DIL.  She was on the board at the Los Angeles chapter for many years and helped in whatever capacity she could, even after stepping down.  Each year, DIL holds its annual gala fundraiser and this year the President of the Los Angeles chapter, Tehmina Jesrai, approached Nikki about doing a fashion show.

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Needless to say, Nikki did not hesitate for a minute and was fully on board to provide help and get décor sponsorships like she did the previous year.  Tehmina invited three young and very talented designers from Pakistan: Nida Azwer, Misha Lakhani and Sania Maskatiya.

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Nikki was asked to donate her services and have her team of vendors sponsor and underwrite the event which they willingly agreed to. The logistics, layout and design elements were discussed during the initial walk through.  Throughout the planning process, there were countless emails, phone calls and in-person meetings.  September 12th was the date set for the gala.  The day of the event, Nikki got to the venue in the morning with her team to begin the install.  By 4 pm, everything from lighting, rentals, flowers and AV were in place.  Guests started to arrive at 6:30 pm, which was the invited time.  Everyone enjoyed taking photos in front of step and repeat.  After enjoying hor d’oeuvres and drinks, guests were escorted to the South Hall where the fashion show and auction was going to take place.  After a welcome note from the President and a few speeches, a live auction was held during dinner.

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A movie was shown of the progress DIL has made over the years and guests were asked to donate generously for this worthy cause.  The fashion show was a huge hit and the designers outdid themselves.  All three of them had a distinct style and flair.

 

DIL was able to raise a lot of money for this worthy cause and the evening ended on a high note.

Have an Exquisite day and we will see you next Wednesday!

Vivienne Westwood Rooftop Event in Los Angeles

October 1st, 2014

When I was approached by the Vivienne Westwood store in Los Angeles to design a sit down dinner for 50 of fashions most influential guests, I was incredibly excited! I have followed Vivienne Westwood for quite some time, and besides, who could forget Carrie Bradshaw’s wedding dress in Sex and the City?!

The dinner was to be on the rooftop of the LA store and it was in honor of the Blonde Salad’s Chiara Ferragni, a fashion blogger who will be moving from Italy to LA. The rooftop is dark gray and cream and knowing Vivienne Westwood’s style, I wanted to incorporate a lot of color and add her signature plaid to brighten it up.

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My favorite thing to do is mix table seating so the 2 long tables had tufted leather benches in primary colors as well as acrylic chairs to add interest and texture to the space.

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The place settings were really important to me so I chose a gothic style flatware and stemware that would go along with a rust color charger to again, give texture to the space.

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When I spoke with Bess of Celadon Celery, I explained my vision to her regarding the flowers and the vases and she nailed it! The vases were covered in a plaid fabric and we used bright colored orchids and dahlias with tall candelabras painted in a bright blue.

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I also added 4 large globe chandeliers to the 4 corners of the roof and a beautiful gilded mirror to soften everything up.

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At night, it looked magical with the candlelight!

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The evening started with a 3 course Italian meal served by Ago restaurant with a live performance by Youthquaker, who have a kind of trip-hop style reminiscent of Portishead (one of my favorite bands).

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Such a fun time connecting with some great people in fashion and being part of such a fun evening.

I absolutely loved designing and transforming the space!

Excited to share that the event was featured in LA Fashion Magazine and SpecialEvents.com

XO,

Madiha

Thank you to all my partners:

Photographer: Brady Puryear Photography, Décor: Blueprint Studios, Florist: Celadon Celery, Rentals: Town and Country

Rustic Barn Wedding in Northern California (Part 2 of 2)

September 24th, 2014

Sid and Ragina, our couple, had already booked Cayucos Creek Barn for their wedding and reception.  This was exciting for Nikki due to the sheer nature and location of the event.  Nikki decided to go up north to visit the venue in order to better understand the design aesthetics.  This trip was very helpful as she not only toured both properties for the sangeet and the wedding, but was also able to meet and have lunch at the Indian restaurant that was going to cater the food.  After the site visit, a story board was created with couple’s feedback.  We decided to incorporate elements that complimented and enhanced the environment.  A simple and earthy color scheme of tan, kelly-green and sand colors were chosen.

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The couple wanted their ceremony to be by the creek under a large tree with no mandap or raised stage.

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The set up began the day before at the venue with restroom delivery, lighting, furniture and tenting, etc.  By the end of the day, Nikki was very happy with the outcome and the next day was devoted to fine tuning the event and work on details.  The ceremony tent was swagged with ivory fabric to provide shade for the guests.

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Two large tree trunks were placed directly under a large tree and were loosely wrapped with greenery.

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A thick bed of white rose petals forming swirly pattern on the aisle created simplicity with elegance.

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Mason jars bearing olive branches, eucalyptus and succulents tied with string were hung on the chairs.

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Upon arrival, guests were served lunch and cold drinks that were set up on a ladder in the same area which was going to be changed to cocktail hour after the ceremony.

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The grassy area was dotted with dozens of market umbrellas, barn furniture and rustic tables and bars.

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Chalk boards bearing signs for the ceremony, bathrooms, gifts, lunch, bar menu and dinner/dessert menus were strategically placed all over creating a lot of interest and visual.

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A rustic bird cage wrapped artistically with greenery sat on a wooden table bearing a sign reading “gifts.”

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A musical quartet was hired to play during the ceremony and cocktail hour and created a magical and romantic ambiance.

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The couple arrived and mingled with the guests for lunch and then went away for a few minutes before ceremony started.

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As their favorite song began, they both came out in unison and met under the tree for their ceremony.

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Sid had asked his cousin to perform the ceremony which was simple, meaningful and touching.  As the couple exchanged their vows, their deep love for one another permeated the air.

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At the end of the ceremony, guests were served cold mango lassiy and moved to the cocktail area where the bars were open and live music was playing couple’s favorite songs.

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The guests were escorted to the barn for dinner which was set up simply and elegantly.

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Our couple was over the moon to see the dinner tables for the first time and kept saying we exceeded their expectations and vision throughout the night.  Outside the barn, a long buffet table bearing olive branches, succulents and seasonal flowers on burlap linen looked very appealing.

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Desserts were set up in the back on armoires, wrought iron furniture and rustic wooden tables.

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A large dinner menu sat on one side and small chalk board bearing signs for desserts drew the guests to those stations.

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Guests dined on a sumptuous buffet under the stars and market lights.

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Our couple was ecstatic and very happy and the DJ kept them and the guests on the dance floor for most of the night.  This was another “Exquisite Event” ending on a high note.

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Here is a beautiful note we received from Ragina:

 

Dear Nikki and Madiha,

 

Thank you so much for making our wedding weekend so fun, memorable and exquisite!!! You and Madiha lived up to your name is every regard! :)

 

All of our guests and loved ones had such a amazing time, and they were so appreciate of every detail you put into the decor as well as the utmost professionalism and kindness of your staff. I absolutely loved how the look and feel of Friday and Saturday came together and how unique and perfect each night turned out to be. In fact, I was blown away with the beauty of each event that was complimented so sweetly with the joy and love of our family and friends!

 

We are thoroughly happy with everything! We will stay in touch.

 

Not only are you and Madiha so talented but also very sweet people. We enjoyed getting to know you both too!

 

Warmest wishes and thanks again for everything,

Ragina

 

Have an Exquisite day and we will see you next Wednesday!

Photographer: Gene Higa Photography, Venue: Cayucos Creek Barn, Florist: Elegant Details, Decor: Haute Catering, Rentals: Luna Party Rentals, DJ: Special Occasions LA

Sangeet in Northern California (Part 1 of 2)

September 17th, 2014

This couple approached us in January to plan their sangeet and wedding in Northern California.  This was going to be a destination wedding as the majority of the guests were coming from San Diego and other places.  The couple is very low key and wanted a colorful sangeet, but a very simple barn wedding.  Nikki got very excited at the prospect of a barn wedding since Exquisite Events had never done one.  Nikki also felt very connected to the couple because of their simple and loving nature.  Since their guest count grew from 100 to over 200 for both events, a restaurant buy out (which was the original idea) in Cambria was not going to work.  Nikki reached out to various hotels and venues and finally Cambria Pines Lodge was selected for their sangeet.  The lodge is very charming and rustic and is surrounded by beautiful trees. The weather in this town is mild because it is of close proximity to the beach.   The Peacock Room was booked for this event and since the couple was looking for a traditional ambiance, we decided to use colors that had never been used in our previous events.  The room was draped in lime green with red valances along with a lime green dance floor.

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Saffron yellow and orange colors were incorporated in tents, furniture, linens and flowers.

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The existing chandeliers were swagged with orange and yellow flowers.

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Beautiful lighting completed the magical look and feel of the event.

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The bride and groom walked into the room and were beyond pleased with the design and colors and enjoyed the night along with their guests.

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There was a lot of dancing as well as Garba since the groom is Gujrati.

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The venue did an amazing job with food stations and passed appetizers.  Mehndi artists kept the ladies busy with mehndi application and the DJ spun the most amazing tunes, keeping the crowd on their feet until the wee hours of the morning.  The event ended on a high note.

Have an Exquisite day and we will see you next Wednesday for all the details of their wedding at Cayucos Creek Barn in Cayucos!

Photographer: Gene Higa Photography, Venue: Cambria Pines Lodge, Florist: Elegant Details, Tents and furniture: Raj Tents, Rentals: Luna Party Rentals, DJ/Lighting: Special Occasions LA

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