Chanel’s Pre-Fall 2012 Runway Show

December 27th, 2011

Karl Lagerfeld's pre-fall runway show took place at the Grand Palais in Paris, with curved runways flanked by opulent long banquets decorated with beautiful fruits, flowers and crystal candelabras. The show's theme was Bombay-meets-Paris and it was fabulous! Classic Chanel tweed and chains were paired with bindi jewelry and the details of this collection were gorgeous. Overall, the proportions were in perfect balance and the rich fabrics in crepe wool, silk and mohair made everything look very luxurious. The dominant colors of the collection were cream, gold, white and black; but there were pops of color: hot pink and blue. Pretty colors for a Spring or Summer wedding! The flat legging boots were amazing with a nod to the 60s, but completely original with a jeweled design at the ankle. The boots went above the knee and had the signature Chanel black toe cap. Karl Lagerfeld included some very tailored and exquisite menswear pieces too. We hope you find this collection to be as inspiring as we do! Enjoy! Photos by Yannis Vlamos for www.GoRunway.com

Arti and Raj’s Wedding Video

December 22nd, 2011

Video by Imagique Weddings

A Modern Vintage Carnival

December 21st, 2011

This was a 1st birthday party and was so special for us to plan because we have planned many events for the family, including the baby shower last year!

We chose really sweet colors suitable for a little girl-pastel pink, green, and yellow, which were part of the design throughout the party. The inspiration was vintage carnivals which we incorporated in the stationery, vintage sodas, food stations, and the striped valances and umbrellas. So fun!

Hope you enjoy!

Photography: John Solano Photography

Custom Decor: Revelry Event Designers

Florist: Hidden Garden Flowers

Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

Caterer: Tres LA

Event Design: Exquisite Events

Ariana and Amardeep’s Engagement Party Video

December 20th, 2011

The engagement party of Ariana & Amardeep from Patrick Chakmakchian on Vimeo.

Arti and Raj’s Wedding: Part 3

December 15th, 2011

Arti and Raj's reception was filled with fun, laughter and of course, lots of dancing! The purple and fuchsia color scheme was rich and energetic and we draped fabric around the entire room to create a cozy, warm feel. Beautiful designs were illuminated on the ceiling and dance floor and the floral design was contemporary, while maintaining a lush and romantic feel. Coordination and Design: Exquisite Events Photograper: Joy Marie Photography Venue: (Henna and Sangeet) Soloman Estate in Rancho Mirage Venue: (Wedding Ceremony / Reception) JW Marriott Rentals: Classic Party Rentals (Soloman Estate) and Royal Events (JW Marriott) Florist: Shirvan Design Videographer: Imagique Weddings Horse: Enchanted Carriages Caterer: Jay Bharat (Soloman and JW Marriott for wedding and ceremony) Henna: My Fair Bride DJ: Special Occasions Dessert: French Corner Cafe and Over the Rainbow Cupcakes

The Wedding Symposium with Preston Bailey

December 13th, 2011

"The Wedding Symposium" at the 2012 Wedding Faire is fast approaching!  I can't wait to share my experience and socialize with my colleagues like the famous Preston Bailey! Preston started his career at only 19 years old as a model in New York City. He quickly realized his talent for design and this led him to the special event industry, where he has become known for his beautiful, theatrical style. Preston Bailey has produced many events over the span of his career for celebrities of all kinds like Oprah Winfrey, Liza Minnelli, Jennifer Hudson, Joan Rivers, Donald Trump and more! Preston has also picked up several brand endorsements, launch events and licensing deals by major corporations, including Sandals Resorts, Godiva, Hewlett-Packard and 1-800-Flowers. He's even the author of four best-selling books, Design for Entertaining, Fantasy Weddings, Inspirations, and Celebrations. His newest book, Flowers, was released in October. You'll want to learn as much as you can from Preston at "The Wedding Symposium". He'll be giving a lecture on Saturday, January 7 from 9:00am - 11:00am called Event Design - Start to Finish with Preston Bailey and from 12:30 - 2:00, don't miss The Wedding Lunch. On Sunday, you can catch Creating Your Dream Wedding with Preston Bailey from 12:00pm - 1:30pm. Don't miss "The Wedding Symposium"! It's an unparalleled experience that includes workshops, designer décor, mentoring sessions, a wedding luncheon and book signing. I will be teaching a special session called Creating Opulent Cultural Weddings on Friday, January 6 from 2:00 - 4:00 for event professionals and Sunday, January 8 from 10:30am - 12:00pm for brides. I hope to see all of you there! For more information on the symposium, click here.

Youngsong Martin of Wildflower Linen

December 8th, 2011

What name-brand designer decor items have graced all of the following:
  • The exclusive post-Oscars Governor’s Ball and Vanity Fair after-parties.
  • VIP events at several Presidential libraries.
  • World-premiere parties at the Venice Film Festival in Italy and the Sundance Film Festival in Utah.
  • A private dinner for the power foursome of Michelle and Barack Obama and actress-model Carla Bruni and her husband, French president Nicolas Sarkozy.
  • The pivotal wedding scenes of  The Twilight Saga's Breaking Dawn movie about the passions of young vampires and werewolves.
  • Gala nuptial celebrations at Seoul, South Korea’s most prestigious hotel.
  • Numerous reality TV shows about Hollywood celebrity lifestyles and wedding designers.
  • Countless pictorial spreads in major design-oriented fashion magazines.
  • Hundreds of glamorous parties, receptions and banquets at the nation’s most luxurious hotels, resorts and private clubs.
In each instance, the high-fashion hallmarks were luxurious table linens and chair covers from Wildflower Linen, designed by company founder Youngsong Martin. Martin, whose petite stature and demure bearing contrast with her entrepreneurial dynamism and business accomplishments, is the haute couture design veteran who changed career trajectories to propel Wildflower Linen into international prominence in the special event and wedding industries. Since launching Wildflower Linenin 2001, Youngsong has redefined the concept of "designer" rental linens while creating special event decor for presidential mansions, famed party planning professionals, style-conscious bride and grooms, the U.S. State Department, red carpet events of all kinds, and such entertainment superstars as Oprah Winfrey and Elton John. She has also developed a nationwide clientele for her Southern California-based company while launching six high-style Wildflower Linen showrooms in Orange County, Beverly Hills, San Francisco, Scottsdale,  and Utah's world-renowned Deer Valley-Park City alpine resort area. Youngsong Martin's international acclaim has grown meanwhile through such alliances as her exclusive wedding design consultancy for the luxurious Lotte Hotel Seoul, renowned as one of Asia's premier banquet venues and travel destinations. Media profiles of her linen designs, in everything from Wall Street Journal to fashion magazines, recently included a cover story feature about Youngsong in a "most innovative people" edition of BizBash, the special event industry's foremost trade publication. Youngsong also has appeared in several design-oriented reality TV and documentary series on U.S. and foreign broadcast and cable networks and on radio and TV talk/interview shows internationally. Additional prestige has come through numerous official commendations and awards for her accomplishments as an entrepreneur and manager, including accolades from the U.S. Small Business Administration, the U.S. Congress, the California Legislature, and noted business and charitable organizations. After Martin founded Wildflower Linen, the former women’s fashion designer was acclaimed for having reinvented the field of table linen and chair cover rentals, by virtue of her elegant designs, custom-milled textiles, hand-decorated accents, and haute couture attitude. Youngsong’s fashion-forward and classic decor signatures now regularly form indelible impressions of glamour and luxury at private estates, famed resorts, country clubs, hotels and other landmark venues that host high-society soirées, celebrity awards events, stylish weddings and corporate functions of all kinds. Youngsong trained as a fashion designer in her native South Korea and in San Francisco before creating namesake lines of women’s apparel that she marketed through upscale boutiques and department stores nationwide. She also was a senior instructor at the prestigious Otis/Parsons School of Design in Los Angeles. In devising the business model for Wildflower Linen, she melded her affinity for entertaining and fine dining with her expert knowledge of textiles and custom-tailored fabrications. Launched on a small scale, Wildflower Linen has grown to become a preferred source for celebrity event planners, leading hotel and catering executives, and discerning organizers of corporate and social functions. Youngsong’s custom table linens and chair covers have adorned gala affairs in country clubs and famed resorts, at private Grammy Awards parties, aboard charter yachts, in lavish alfresco nuptials at two Presidential libraries, even via export to the world-premiere party for a DreamWorks animated classic at the Venice Film Festival. Among Youngsong Martin’s newest business initiatives is her foray into retailing at the chic Wildflower Linen showroom in Costa Mesa, California, at the upscale South Coast Collection design center, which is home to the attention-getting OC Mart Mix of hip boutiques and epicurean cafes. On Saturdays, SoCo Collection also hosts Orange County’s biggest farmers market and gourmet-food-truck roundup. Catering to style- conscious residents of the neighboring Newport Coast communities, the newly refashioned Wildflower Linen showroom now offers an exclusive array of unique home decor items, gourmet tablewares and artisanal accessories – while still showcasing Youngsong’s extensive array of designer rental linens. Youngsong is now speaking at the Inspire Smart Success Experience in Riviera Maya, Mexico; a series of events for wedding professionals and small business owners to gain insightful information in order to grow their brand. Photography by Cean One and Gene Higa

Arti and Raj’s Wedding: Part 2

December 6th, 2011

Arti and Raj's ceremony was absolutely stunning! JW Marriott is the perfect venue for a wedding ceremony, with ample space and beautiful views. The guests sat shaded from the sun in a white canopy flanked with beautiful yellow roses. The mandap was decorated with columns of yellow roses and hanging crystals and orchids. As you can see in these amazing photos by Joy Marie Photography, no detail was overlooked for Arti and Raj's big day. It was a perfect ceremony filled with love and happiness! Congratulations Arti and Raj! Stay tuned next week for the gorgeous reception! Coordination and Design: Exquisite Events Photograper: Joy Marie Photography Venue: (Henna and Sangeet) Soloman Estate in Rancho Mirage Venue: (Wedding Ceremony / Reception) JW Marriott Rentals: Classic Party Rentals (Soloman Estate) and Royal Events (JW Marriott) Florist: Shirvan Design Videographer: Imagique Weddings Horse: Enchanted Carriages Caterer: Jay Bharat (Soloman and JW Marriott for wedding and ceremony) Henna: My Fair Bride DJ: Special Occasions Dessert: French Corner Cafe and Over the Rainbow Cupcakes

Madiha’s Baby Shower

December 2nd, 2011

Hi Everyone!

A few weeks ago we celebrated Madiha's baby shower at the beautiful Hummingbird Nest Ranch. Although rain was in the forecast, it could not have been a prettier day...Thank God!

When I was thinking of a place to host the baby shower, the first venue that came to mind was Hummingbird. It is just so majestic and one of Madiha and my favorite venues in Los Angeles. Since she is having a boy, the color scheme we chose to go with was blue and white. We used the gorgeous baja blue satin linen from Wildflower Linen which was complimented by the most adorable flowers from Shirvan Design. This was such a special day for us and we are all looking forward to welcoming Madiha's baby boy into the world very soon!
Love,
Nikki
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Photography Credits: Megan Stark Photography

Bryan Rafanelli and Nikki Khan at the Wedding Symposium

December 1st, 2011

Hi Everyone! I'm getting very excited to speak at "The Wedding Symposium"!  I'm also looking forward to seeing and teaching along side some of my colleagues in the industry. Bryan Rafanelli of Rafanelli Events will give a lecture titled: The Ultimate Brides Checklist: Tips for Planning Your Perfect Wedding on Saturday, January 7th from 2:30 - 3:30pm. And for all you wedding professionals who want to learn from one of the best in the industry, don't miss Bryan's Lessons Learned on Sunday from 3:00 - 5:00pm. Bryan Rafanelli launched Rafanelli Events in 1996 by himself and grew his business into a full-service event design, planning and production company. Rafanelli Events now produces over 100 events annually around the world. They've expanded from Boston and now have offices in Palm Beach, Washington D.C. and New York City. But, before you learn all you can from Bryan, you won't want to miss my lecture: Creating Opulent Cultural Weddings by Nikki Khan. The lecture for wedding professionals will take place on Friday, January 6 from 2:00 - 4:00pm and for brides on Sunday, January 8 from 10:30am - 12:00pm. I will give a brief background on the sub continent and talk about the opulent Raj Dynasty, Indian customs, traditions, cultural and relgious aspects of marriage and the design and decor of today's over-the-top Indian weddings. There are many things to learn if you are to plan a successful Indian wedding. In this lecture, you will discover the diversity of the Indian people, cuisine, religion, languages, traditions and sensitivities of the distinct regions. You'll also learn about the important history of the Indian wedding and design inspired by the Raj Era. Find out how to plan an elaborate Indian Wedding incorporating the trends of today while maintaining the integrity of the rich Indian culture and learn about the multi-day events that lead up to the day of the wedding ceremony. I can't wait to see you all there! Click here for more information about "The Wedding Symposium".

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