70th Birthday Party

September 22nd, 2017

When a good friend approached us to plan her husband's surprise 70th birthday party, we were ecstatic. The party was literally planned in one week. Everything that client loved was incorporated in the evening from the menu, desserts, favorite color, band etc.

Since red was his favorite color we decided to incorporate that in our flowers and lighting. Client's home is clean and modern with outdoors and indoors all becoming one area. Mirror tables accented with silver chivari chairs were used as an L shape extending from the inside to outside. Flowers in all shades and hues of reds lined the tables in various modern containers with candles dispersed throughout the center of the table. White chargers in marble along with flatware with white handles gave a masculine vibe while red napkins gave that pop of color. Pressed glass water goblets along with different champagne flutes further elevated the table setting. Once it got dark, red lighting created a romantic and elegant ambiance.

It was a beautiful night and when clients danced under the perfectly lit starry night to the song " unforgettable " it was pure magic. Couples danced to the live jazz band and enjoyed decadent food. Cake cutting was heartwarming with band singing happy birthday and the entire family who had traveled from near and far joining in. Needless to say our client was truly surprised and enjoyed the night immensely.

Thank you to our partners:
Flowers, Rentals & Lighting - Square Root Designs
Jazz Band - Rick Rossi
Cake - Susie Cakes
Napkins - Wildflower Linen
Tabletop Rentals - Borrowed Blu
Planner & Design - Exquisite Events

Fashion Fridays – NYFW Edition

September 15th, 2017

As New York Fashion Week comes to a close... the presentation of the upcoming Spring/Summer 2018 collections were nothing short of exquisite! With the Primetime Emmy Awards this Sunday and award season upon us, we definitely see some major contenders that will be worn by some of Hollywood's stars. Some of our favorites came from Marchesa, Michael Kors, Carolina Herrera, Alice + Olivia, and Naeem Khan to name a few. We look forward to hearing what your favorites were!

Marchesa's Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig continued their fairytale feminine style with a beautiful color palette and use of florals and pearl strands.

Michael Kors defined causal chic with a gorgeous collection that made you immediately want to take a beachside vacation.

Carolina Herrera showcased her timeless style with 50's inspired silhouettes and classic color hues and patterns.

Alice + Olivia gave us prints, prints and more prints.

Naeem Khan showed cases detail and embellishments such as fringe, florals, lace and so much more!

Exquisite Events in the Press

September 8th, 2017

The past couples months we have seen Nikki and Madiha in the news from their work to attending parties and more. Here is a recap just in case you missed it!

Hello! Pakistan - Jeff Letham Four Seasons Intimate Dinner

LA Confidential - If you check out the latest issue you can see two familiar faces. Nikki & Madiha both attended the Grand Opening of the Intercontinental Downtown Los Angeles.

Modern Luxury Weddings California - For attending the Wedding Industry Luncheon at Fig & Olive

Modern Luxury's Angeleno - Nikki & Madiha were both featured in the Modern Mom section.

Grace Ormonde Wedding Style - Designer profile on our mother-daughter duo!

Exquisite Icon – Princess Diana

September 1st, 2017

It is hard to believe it has been 20 years since that fateful night that Princess Diana died in a car accident in 1997.

She was someone who was admired by millions around the world for her poise, grace and style and I'm sure those are the same people that were glued to the TV in 1981 to watch her wed Prince Charles.

I was 1 when she got married so obviously do not remember the nuptials in real time but I remember visiting family in London in 1987 and watching their recording of the wedding- I was in awe! I distinctly remember that 25 foot train of her David and Elizabeth Emmanuel dress as she walked down the aisle of the church. And who could forget those long taffeta poofy sleeves which were so 80s quintessential!

Ever since then, Princess Diana has been someone who Nikki and I admire and was such an inspiration because of her style, grace in how she conducted herself within the royal family and her humanitarian efforts. She was the epitome of class and lives on through her sons who continue her work around the world.

Getting to Know Nikki Khan

August 25th, 2017

See how well you know our Nikki Khan!

How did you come about creating Exquisite Events? It might sound cliche but I always had passion for throwing parties and entertaining since my teen years. The seed was planted firmly when I attended Swiss Finishing School and resided in Switzerland with my family. I was actually thrown into event planning by default when a good friend approached me for her daughter's 16th birthday party and the rest as they say is history.

What is your background – education, college, event experience, etc? I got my degree in nutrition from UCLA and pursued the career of clinical dietician and worked in a hospital for a few years. I always knew that was not my calling as I did not enjoy that.

What separate Exquisite Events from the rest? We are extremely detail oriented and have a passion for what we do. Our motto has always been " you are as good as your last event " and we never forget that. We are also an event design, planning, coordination and management company and are very involved with every aspect of the event.

What has been your favorite part about working with your daughter? It is amazing when you get to work with your daughter who is as passionate about events as you are. We constantly bounce ideas off of each other. She brings a fresh, edgy and young approach to the events whereas my design aesthetic is more classic. She is also able to connect with the couples and I connect with the parents so in many regards we make a perfect team.

What has been your most memorable event(s) to date? There have been many over the years but from recent memory there are a few we produced in the last few years that have become our all time favorites.

Tell us a time when you had to trouble shoot or had an emergency at an event? Client had insisted on hiring their own lighting company and the poles were covered in black vinyl. Luckily our linen company had extra fabric on the truck and crisis was averted. It is vital for clients to trust us with our vendors and understand the relationship we have built over the years to understand expectations and never disappoint.

For all the future brides out there, what is your biggest advice when planning a wedding? Enjoy the planning process! Hire a planner you can trust and remember the bigger picture which is the sacred commitment you are going to be making to one another. Breathe and have fun along the way. Don't get wrapped up in details that are not important at the end of the day. Focus on the big picture and enjoy your big day to the fullest.

If you could plan an event right now, what would be your dream event? My dream event would be to plan a wedding in many places but the two cities that personally mean a lot to me are Florence and Paris. I would love to plan a wedding in either of these two cities.

Flower? Any orchid and peonies
Color? Black in clothes
Vacation Spot? Many! Top few are Paris, Venice, Florence, Milan, Côte d'Azur
Restaurant? Many! Top faves are Bazaar, Cleo, Polo Lounge and Blvd in LA
Dessert? Love most desserts but fave is creme brûlée and good macarons
Movie? Midnight in Paris
Beauty Item? My Sisley cleanser and moisturizer
Fashion Designer? Karl Lagerfeld. Obsessed with anything Chanel
Thing to do when you are not working? Love spending time with my grand children

Getting to Know Madiha Khan

August 18th, 2017

It's Q&A time with our very own, Madiha Khan!

What is your role at Exquisite Events? Event design and planner.

What is your education & event experience background? I graduated from college and went into finance. I was always helping my mom with events on the weekends and I loved it. I grew up seeing her entertain so it was and is second nature.

What separate Exquisite Events from the rest? Since we are a mother-daughter team it is nice when we meet families because we both relate to them in different ways. A lot of times we are not only planning with the couple but the parents are involved too and it is important to be able to connect with everyone during the process. You are also guaranteed either Nikki or myself to design and plan your event and for us, our events are not about how many we can do in a year but rather the quality that we can produce to exceed our client's expectations.

What has been your favorite part about working with your mother? Learning from her. I have been very fortunate to have someone like Nikki pave a path for me and do it with such grace. Women in business always impress me and the fact that she started Exquisite Events from nothing 17 years ago is incredible!

What has been your most memorable event to date? There are a few that stick out to me but I will say that last year we did a 4 day destination wedding at the One and Only Palmilla in Los Cabos that was absolutely spectacular and so fun. The couple was from New York and they were both so sweet.

Tell us a time when you had an event emergency: Once a client hired their own caterer who did not bring enough staff to plate the food so me and my staff put some gloves on and plated 200 plates of food. I'll never forget that one!

For all the future brides, what is your biggest advice when planning a wedding? We know that most of our couples are doing this for the first time and don't know what things cost. Budget is important. Once we have your inspiration we will be able to tell you what decor would cost. We are planners and we are here to help our client at the end of the day and trust is also very important.

Best day-of-wedding advice? Make sure to have someone in charge of photos and family portraits that way you ensure that all important people are in the photos.

If you could plan any event right now, what would be you plan? Cocktail party by the beach, fancy sit down dinner, etc. My dream event would be on a vineyard in Tuscany or Como. Basically anywhere in Italy would be a dream.

Vacation Spot? For a quick get away we love to do Cabo since it's 2 hours away. Beach vacations are the best with kids.
Restaurant? I would say Osteria Mozza is still my all time favorite.
Beverage? Water and a Greyhound.
Dessert? Not huge into dessert but give me a Butter cake from Maestros any day of the week! I am also a sucker for almond rochas.
Beauty Item? Anything skin care.
Fashion Designer? Pakistani - Élan // India - Sabyasachi // and then Elie Saab is my favorite gown designer
Thing to do when you are not working? Spend time with my 2 boys who are 5 years old and 6 months old.

If you have any questions you would like answered, send them our way info@exquisevents.com.

Fashion Fridays with Azzi & Osta

August 11th, 2017

For Fashion Fridays, we are taking a look at one of our favorite designers... Azzi & Osta.

There is so much talent in designing and fashion from Lebanon including our some of our top picks - Elie Saab and Zuhair Murad. Now our sights are set on Azzi & Osta who both interned with Mr. Saab for 18 months before starting their own line.

George Azzi and Assaad Osta had their sights set for fashion. Their pieces are so beautifully constructed with rich fabrics and beautiful textures. At such a young age, these two have really made a name for themselves dressing the likes of Aishwarya Rai Bachan and Guiliana Rancic to name a few. Look forward to what they have in store for 2018.

Here is a look at pieces from the 16/17 Promises of Dawn Fall/Winter Collection:

Photos from azziandosta.com.

The Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay

August 4th, 2017

This past weekend we were in Northern California for a destination wedding. The events were held at The Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay, which if you have been there it feels like you are at the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland.

The hotel is nestled on a cliff of the coastline in the quaint Half Moon Bay and is surrounded by lush greenery a lot of which is a 36-hole golf course.

It does tend to get a bit on the chilly side but the property has large communal fireplaces and a beautiful outdoor bar where you can sit outside over looking the Pacific sipping a glass of wine. It even has an indoor pool so this hotel is a great destination to go for a vacation or even a mini staycation if you are in the Bay Area.

Stay tuned for images from our Exquisite destination wedding!

Photos from The Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay

The Butcher, The Baker, The Cappuccino Maker

July 28th, 2017

Anyone that knows us well, knows we are obsessed with great brunch places in Los Angeles. We recently discovered The Butcher, The Baker, The Cappuccino Maker in West Hollywood by Sunset Plaza. The place is airy and exudes a chic and cheerful ambience with a really cute outdoor terrace overlooking Sunset Blvd. The two rooms on either side of the terrace are bright and modern and the entire restaurant presents a friendly vibe.

The food is more California casual and everything we ordered was delicious from clams to salads, The Butcher's Burgers, sandwiches and the best French toast in town which is served in various flavors. The Icing on the cake is the cappuccino which was so beautiful and reminiscent of cafes in France. Early afternoon can very easily progress into late afternoon sipping cappuccino, watching foot traffic and fashionable boutiques on Sunset Blvd.

Would highly recommend this place to our readers.

The Butcher, The Baker, The Cappuccino Maker
8653 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

Photos from The Butcher, The Baker, The Cappuccino Maker website

The Gulkand Collection by Sabyasachi

July 21st, 2017

Sabyasachi has been one of our favorite Indian couture designers for quite some time. His designs have adorned many of our brides. His latest collection, the Gulkand Collection is nothing short of stunning with deep tones and rich, luxurious fabrics. The embroidery and bead work alone is enough to swoon over.

All photos are from @sabyasachiofficial.

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