Rami and Dima, Four Seasons Westlake Part Two

April 16th, 2014

After the ceremony ended, guests were escorted through the hotel lobby to the foyer.  The first sight was a round table dressed in custom gold linen with multiple beautiful bird cages with live doves drooping with flowers.

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The couple had expressed the desire to have a dove release after the ceremony but since ceremony was going to end at sunset and birds cannot be released due to fear of losing their way back, Nikki decided to bring the live birds and make them blend with decor.  There were birds in cages spread throughout the cocktail area, some perched on pedestals, some on credenzas and some on the bars adding to the ambiance.

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Two plasma screens showed guests their seating assignment.

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A large mirror with the hand painted invite was placed strategically across from the entrance round table with the eye-catching birdcages.

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Because the clients were very specific about not using hotel furniture at all, all the furniture was removed.  In the center of the foyer was a large square mirror bar with the couple’s monogram.  The entire pre-function space was decorated with furniture vignettes for one hundred guests.

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Our involved groom wanted the color palette to be black, red, and gold therefore Revelry provided furniture vignettes in the three aforementioned colors.  Custom plexiglass cocktail tables with hanging chandeliers graced the space along with a few highboys in custom gold linens.

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There were 12 food stations including sushi, tapas, seafood, a Mediterranean station, Chinese stations, as well as tray passed hors devours.  A stringed trio played beautiful music and guests were treated to a lovely ambiance with decor, lighting and music.

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The groom was also very adamant that as soon as the ballroom doors opened and after the couple’s grand entrance, all the rented furniture was to be removed immediately.  This was to eliminate seating and bar for guests’ use outside the ballroom, to keep the party inside. The groom’s theory proved to be true, as the guests happily remained inside the ballroom for the remainder of the evening.

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A special thanks to our vendors:
Planner and Designer: Nikki Khan of Exquisite Events
Florals: Tic Tock
Furniture, mirror – Revelry
Chair covers – Wildflower Linen

Stay tuned for Part Three of this gorgeous wedding in our next blog.

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Have an Exquisite day and we’ll see you next Wednesday!

A Jordanian Catholic Wedding at the Four Seasons Westlake Village

April 9th, 2014

Rami and Dima are of Jordanian descent. The groom, who was very involved in the entire process, wanted to hang the Jordanian flag alongside the California flag outside the Four Seasons hotel.

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For the authentic Catholic ceremony, we mixed different styles of chairs and we placed a special sign on a chair for the bride’s late father.

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A huge mirror sat on the lawn with the couple’s invite printed on it.

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The flowers were in shades of champagne, cream and ivory to create a soft and romantic ambiance.

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Nikki designed the cocktail area and ballroom to be completely different in vibe and decor. After the ceremony, guests were led through Hamptons restaurant to the lawn. Nikki did not want them to feel like they were going out through a restaurant, so she decided to build a tunnel of ivory draping bearing beautiful crystal chandeliers and a carpet runner to give the feeling of “formal entrance.” Upon guest entrance on the waterfall lawn, a live pianist was playing beautiful music and servers stood carrying drinks for guests.  Madiha and  staff did a seamless job with the processional and recessional. Needless to say we became very fond of the couple through the planning process and are continuing this friendship.

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A special thanks to our vendors:

Planner and Designer: Nikki Khan of Exquisite Events
Florals: Tic Tock
Chairs, mirror – Revelry
Chivari chairs, aisle runner and lighting – Luna Party Rentals
Chair covers – Wildflower Linen

Have an Exquisite day and we’ll see you next Wednesday!

Tanya & Rahim

April 1st, 2014

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The wedding took place at Four Seasons Westlake and there were multiple events before the big day.  The bride wanted color pallette of black, white and red.  We transformed the ballroom by installing white carpet, draped the walls in white with tailored black valance and brought in different shapes of tables with custom white linens with black lace overlays.

The long head table which seated 20 bridesmaids and groomsmen was very dramatic with a runner of candles and red flowers going down the center.  Same lace that was used in the linens was incorporated into the cake.

The couple wanted to sit on stage for the first half hour so the stage was furnished with large mirrors framed in black and a french sattee in white with two wing chairs.  Amidst red flowers and the chandeliers that hung over the couple, the effect was magical.  Couple made their grand entrance accompanied by professional ballroom dancers and went straight to the dance floor for their first dance.

The father of the bride made an emotional speech and ballroom entertainment was provided to the guests during each dinner course.  We were honored to be a part of this celebration and have endured lasting friendship with the family which to us is the best part of doing these events.

Stay tuned for more pictures from this event on our facebook and instagram accounts and of course many more Exquisite Events!

 

Have an Exquisite Wednesday, and we’ll see you next week!

First Annual Luxe Hotel Wedding Event

March 26th, 2014

This was such an exciting planning process! Getting to know Renee Strauss was an inspiration. We also loved being fully taken care of by the Luxe Hotel each time we went there for meeting!

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Renee Strauss used to be a retail queen for high-end wedding gown designers. She left the retail business and became the wedding ambassador for Luxe Hotels all over the world. This was her first high-end wedding event with Luxe. She approached us to be part of the host committee, which entailed collaborate design of the event, influence in social media, getting to know the layout of the property, and communication with hotel staff.

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Planning and designing consisted of developing a concept for our 15 x 27 foot space. We decided on an ombre color scheme of radiant orchid pink, the color of the year. Our phenomenal table linens and chair covers were done by Wildflower Linens.

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We  really wanted to do something different than the typical floral centerpiece, so we created a tress atop square tables and hung flowers from top and bottom. Eddie from Tic-Tock flowers did an outstanding job. It was whimsical, but sophisticated. The zigzag effect of  the tables gave it a multi-dimensional look.

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Diann Valentine, a co-host and very creative and edgy designer, recently did a wedding at the St. Regis with a hanging cake structure, so we wanted to incorporate that cake and that created a very big WOW factor.

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On the sweetheart table, which was an Exquisite Events design, we used silver from the Exquisite Events line. This included jewelry boxes as favors, large silver bowls for the floral center pieces, and lovely silver chargers.
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The backdrop was also unique. Instead of the typical drapery, we wanted to do something a little different to cover up the back wall. We had panels in pinks light to dark accompanying tables of the opposite shade.

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Guests loved our space! We were so happy to hear comments all night with so much positive feedback.

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Another highlight of the night was the Sareh Nouri fashion show. The detail on her gowns is extraordinary – the French lace, the roughing, and the embellishments were gorgeous. Her line had old world charm and a Grace Kelly feel.

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About 300 brides and grooms-to-be were in attendance, and everyone enjoyed the fabulous hors devours, desserts, and open bar.

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The night was a great success, and we are looking forward to future events with Renee and Luxe Hotels.
Have an Exquisite day, and see you next Wednesday!

Travel Blog Part 3: Hong Kong

March 19th, 2014

As I promised, this week we continue Nikki’s travel blog, about her trip to Hong Kong!

From Nikki’s travel journal…  

Arrived in Hong Kong at 12 p.m. local time and checked into the hotel.

Nikki in front of Peninsula Hotel, Hong Kong

We had a spectacular view from the room. We freshened up and got ready for high tea at the Peninsula. What a stunning hotel; truly an institution!

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Since they don’t take reservations, it took us more than an hour to get a table, but it was all so worth it.

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Chocolate Confection at Peninsula Hong Kong

The hotel was built in 1928 and is the oldest hotel in Hong Kong. It is known as the legendary “Grande Dame of the Far East.” It was quite an experience.

Personal highlight for me waiting for High Tea at the famous Peninsula Hotel, Hong Kong

In the evening, we strolled around the fashionable area with every high-end designer boutique under the sun.

Hong Kong Shopping District

On our second day, we ate at a lovely Thai restaurant overlooking the ocean.  We went outside the city to see Great Buddha and spend the afternoon there.  We came back to the city and had a lovely dinner at the financial district at a French restaurant.

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On the third day, we took the bus, ferry, and tram to to the peak, which has magnificent views of the city and Victoria harbor.  There is a four-mile hiking trail that my husband and I took.  Amidst some of the most wonderful and unique flora and fauna and a cool breeze we enjoyed our hike tremendously.

Above Victoria Harbor in Hong Kong

The “peak” has some of the most spectacular homes that were built in the 1800′s and are still inhabited.  There is talk of a few being converted to boutique hotels but the residents are very unhappy.  After our two-hour hike, we had a nice lunch, and shopped for  souvenirs for the grandkids.  We went down the tram, took the ferry, and spent a few hours walking the streets of Hong Kong, where you heard every language under the sun. We experienced all different cuisines and incredible shopping opportunities for diehard shoppers.  Alas, this was our last night and the city had grown on me but I had an early flight to Jeju, Korea and so we went back to the hotel to retire.

Hope you have enjoyed adventuring with Nikki. Stay tuned for what’s to come…

Have an Exquisite day and see you next Wednesday!

Travel Blog Part 2: Shanghai

March 12th, 2014

As I promised, this week we continue Nikki’s travel blog, about her trip to Shanghai!

From Nikki’s travel journal…  

We arrived in Shanghai on Sunday at 12:30 pm. We checked into the hotel and were amazed by the spectacular view of the river and high-rise buildings from the 26th floor!

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We freshened up and walked to the local square for lunch. Then we took a taxi to Hancity for some gift shopping.

We went back to the hotel, and because my husband was craving Indian food, we took a thirty-minute taxi to Bukhara.

On the second day of our trip, we went to Suchou, a one-hour train ride from Shanghai and an hour cab ride from the station. We were blown away by the thousand-year-old village built on canals, bridges and waterways!

Tong Li ( called the Venice of the East ), a 2 hour train ride from Shanghai

No wonder they call it “Venice of the east!” There are several museums and courtyard houses to tour. We spend the entire day sightseeing on a rickshaw and got back to the city late at night. It was a full and exhausting day so we slept right away.

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Traditional Tea House in Tong Li

On the third day, we woke up at leisure and had a decadent breakfast on 31st floor of the hotel. We went to Hancity to get some more gifts and went back to the hotel to drop off bags.

For lunch, we walked to a little hole-in-the-wall Arab joint that we had spotted earlier in the taxi. We had spicy lamb skewers and hot bread on the sidewalk. Yum!

We walked to the square and spotted a spa.  Since we had been talking about how our poor feet ached, a foot massage sounded like a great idea.  We took the elevator to 5th floor and found ourselves in a serene heaven.  After checking in, we were both whisked away to a room in the back that had the most comfortable chairs.  Our masseuses were very experienced and had an amazing touch.  We were served flower tea throughout our one hour ginger rub massage.  Our feet thanked us profusely and we left with recharged bodies and light feet.  By now it was 4:30 pm so we decided to head back to the hotel because our tour guide was going to pick us up at 6:30 pm from the hotel to show us Podang and oo hi (which means east of the river and west of the river).  We were also going to take a river cruise that lasted an hour and a half.

By now, Shanghai had totally grown on me and I just fell in love with the city.  The financial street, fashion house street old French quarters were all beautiful.  We returned to the hotel at 10:30, went up to the roof top restaurant for late dinner and called it a night as next morn we were keaving for HK early.

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Shanghai skyline at night

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Stay tuned for Part 3: Hong Kong!

 

Have an Exquisite day and see you next Wednesday!

Travel Blog Part 1: Beijing

March 5th, 2014

The first day in Beijing, we enjoyed our time at the Peninsula hotel. We had a decadent breakfast at the hotel and met with Lily, our tour guide.

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We were off to the Great Wall of China, and on the way, we stopped at a village shop that does jade carvings. We learned that jade was discovered 7000 years ago, and when the Olympics began, they used to give jade medals to the winners. There were about 200 village artists working.

First day in Beijing at Jade Museum

I bought a few trinkets and we were on our way to the Great Wall.

Fresh seasonal fruit stands along the way to Great Wall

Fresh seasonal fruit stands along the way to Great Wall

We went up to the Great Wall on a ski lift and came down on a luge. The whole thing was a truly awesome experience!

Great wonder of the world, Great Wall of China

On our way back from Great Wall, a yummy local eatery for a relaxing lunch

 On our second day, we ate breakfast and headed to the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven, and the Summer Palace.

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The Forbidden City has four gates. It took one million workers, one hundred thousand artists, and fourteen yearsto build! All the emperors from the Ming Ching dynasty lived there.

 The Temple of Heaven was built for the emperor. He was the only one allowed there to pray for good harvests.

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Temple of Heaven

At the Beijing Silk Factory, we saw the amazing process of making silk. Four women stood around a square table constantly stretching silk padding used to make comforters.

Then we went to the beautiful Summer Palace.

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The next day, we left early for our flight to Shanghai.

Stay tuned for the details of the rest of the trip!

 

Have an Exquisite day and see you next Wednesday!

Ali and Sara Four Seasons Westlake Village

February 26th, 2014

Ali and Sara are both doctors and they met while working with a their professor one summer.  Sara also has an amazing singing voice and has sung opera at world famous venues. Their wedding was a beautiful ode to both Ali and Sara’s cultures and traditions.Their church ceremony took place at the stunning Wayfare Chapel in Palos Verdes, which was followed by the reception at Trump National Golf Club. The Mehndi was hosted by Ali’s family and Exquisite Events created a beautiful, colorful, exotic, and ethnic ambiance. Sara even learned to dance to a Bollywood song and wowed the guests!

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Indian Bride photographed by Joey Ikimoto at Westlake Four Seasons

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The grand finale was at the Four Seasons Hotel in Westlake Village with an outdoor ceremony.

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Sara also wanted deep purples and aubergines inside the ballroom with gold accents.  The room was draped in rich purple and stunning Wildflower Linens adorned the tables.  Hidden Garden created gorgeous centerpieces in deep reds and purples with gold accents.  Tons of candles sat atop the tables.

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Rosebud Cakes outdid themselves with a phenomenal gold and white cake.  As the ballroom doors openend and guests made their way to their seats, ballroom dancers waltzed around the dancefloor to Elan’s enchanting music.

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The couple made their grand entrance accompanied by the ballroom dancers to the dance floor where they did an elegant waltz.  The band continued to play amazing tunes and songs in between each course and guests enjoyed dancing.  The evening lasted until midnight and the event was a huge success.

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Thank you to all of our wonderful vendors!

Venue: Four Seasons Westlake Village
Planner, Designer, Coordinator:  Exquisite Events
Cake: Rosebud Cakes
Linens:  Wildflower Linen
Band: Elan
Photographer: Joey Ikimoto
Florist: Hidden Garden
Draping and Rentals: Luna Rentals
Lighting:  Ambiance AV

Photo credits: Joey Ikimoto

See you next Wednesday and have an Exquisite Day!

Pavni and Manu, Calamigos Ranch

February 19th, 2014

This event took place in January, 2014 at Calamigos Ranch in Malibu.  The bride and groom met in school during their residency and shared a similar vision about their wedding ceremony which took place at the Cottage under the large oak tree.  They both wanted something organic and simple and with yellow and orange colors.

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Nikki decided to build a stage on the raised surface and hung marigold garlands from the tree and covered birch branches with marigold flowers.

 

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The groom arrived amidst the sound of dhol and music on the horse on the long walk way which was covered with red carpet runner.  The greeting of the families took place by the fountain where the bride’s family awaited groom’s family with marigold garlands.

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Guests were led to the ceremony site under a floral arch.  Bridesmaids were wearing navy blue attire matching the ceremony programs.  The ceremony lasted for about an hour and was absolutely beautiful.

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Guests were then escorted to the Pavilion Lawn for cocktails which was set up with lounge vignettes, beautiful bars and cocktail tables where they sipped cocktails and enjoyed tray passed hors deovers amidst the sounds of live Indian band.

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For the reception, two large tent structures were created; one for food and one for guests.  The Regal tent from Raj Tents in deep blue and deep red flowers looked majestic and royal.  Every single element of the table decor came from an outside vendor from chargers, flat ware, stem ware to china etc.  Couple had created love notes that they wrote to each other that sat atop tables.

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Dancing took place inside the pavilion tent on the beautiful bronze dance floor bearing couple’s initials. The food tent was in champagne and gold colors and there were several food stations including brazilain bbq, tacos, chinese, continental and several more.  The couple made their grand entrance amongst thunderous applause and went to the smaller dance floor that was created specifically for their first dance, the father/daughter and mother/son dance.  They started with slow dance and then the groom just got down and did the most amazing dance moves and the bride kept up with him.  Needless to say guests were thoroughly entertained.

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After cake cutting and a welcome toast, guests were escorted to the food tent and after that it was a big party all night long.  The couple made their exit in a decorated Bentley amidst sparklers ( in this case two hundred lit candles ) and the evening came to an end.  The groom is currently doing his fellowship at Cedars Sinai and the bride is at UCLA.

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Pavni + Manu // Built to Love You / Same Day Edit from RainbowFish on Vimeo.

A special thanks to all of our outstanding vendors:
  • Venue: Calamigos Ranch, Malibu
  • Coordinator, Planner and Designer: Exquisite Events
  • Florist: Hidden Garden
  • Tent: Raj Tents
  • Rentals: Luna Party Rentals
  • Caterer: Pure Joy Catering
  • Photographer: Onelove
  • Video: Rainbow Fish Films
  • DJ: 3D Sounds
  • Band: Chili Beatz
  • Horse: Enchanted Carriage
Photo credits: Onelove Photography

 

See you next Wednesday and have an Exquisite Day!

Exquisite Events’ Top Ten Restaurants for Valentine’s Day

February 12th, 2014

Happy Valentine’s Day Exquisite Events fans! This week’s blog is for the lovers. The following are Nikki and Madiha’s favorite restaurants in Los Angeles for a romantic Valentine’s Day date. Get on it lovebirds! Make those reservations!

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1. Bazaar by Jose Andrés, Beverly Hills

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2. Spago, Beverly Hills

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3. Polo Lounge at the Beverly Hills Hotel

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4. Cleo

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5. Providence, West Hollywood

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6. The Ivy, West Hollywood

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7. Chinois on Main, Santa Monica

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8. Crustacean, Beverly Hills

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9. Scarpetta at the Montage Beverly Hills

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10. Cut at the Beverly Wilshire

CUT's Sleek Main Dining Roomhttp://www.wolfgangpuck.com/restaurants/fine-dining/3789

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See you next Wednesday and have an Exquisite Valentine’s Day! 

-Rebecca

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