An Exquisite Look at 2017

2017 was an exciting and adventurous year for Exquisite Events! Amidst speaking engagements and design walk through which took us to Dubai and Korea, Nikki also managed to get some time to vacation in her favorite cities, Paris and Barcelona where she also checked out a couple of hotels for her future brides considering exotic locals for their destination weddings. Even though there were many events, here are some of our favorites of 2017 produced by Exquisite Events!

February was dedicated to an exclusive event which took place at Montage Beverly Hills. About sixty guests were treated to a fabulous evening of stunning décor, gourmet food, great music and unparalleled ambience. Needless to say guests were floored and enjoyed this evening to the fullest. Photography by Mike Colon.

Our first wedding of the year was a Pakistani Wedding of Zara and Danyaal which took place at Casa del Mar in Santa Monica. Sangeet and Mehndi night was infused with color per bride’s inspiration and had an ethnic look and feel about it. This destination wedding festivities began with Groom’s family carrying Mehndi trays decorated beautifully, carrying fruits and sweets and gifts for the bride. A drummer accompanied them and soon after amidst pomp and circumstance, our bride made her entrance. There was a lot of dancing from both sides and the night was enjoyed by everyone in presence. Photography by Luna de Mare.

Next day was the ceremony and reception took place at the Four Seasons Beverly Hills. Groom arrived with his family in a Baraat procession and was led to the stage where the ceremony took place. The bride walked down the aisle on the arms of her father while the sitar player played the iconic dirty dancing tune. A short Muslim ceremony ended within fifteen minutes and guests made their way to the cocktail hour where they were entertained with live sitar player. They were then escorted to the ballroom which was all done in blush, cream and gold accents. With hundreds of candles flickering and mood lighting done to the nines, it set the tone for a very elegant evening. Couple made their grand entrance and went to the dance floor for their first dance. The night was festive, fun and jovial and dance floor stayed packed the entire night. Photography by Luna de Mare.

Month of May, Exquisite Events entertained a few guests to the Four Seasons Beverly Hills and collaborated with Jeff Leatham and Edgar Zamora. Needless to say with these two giants in the industry the night was nothing short of spectacular. Guests were treated to a magical evening starting at Jeff’s studio with the sitar player perched high on a riser and playing magical tunes. They were then escorted up on the main floor for dinner where our duo was playing French music, gourmet four course meal was served that ended with a decadent dessert display. This certainly was a night to remember! Photography by Mike Colon.

We went off to the Bay Area for Sonia and Shaan’s wedding. The Sangeet took place at Fairmont San Jose and the room was decorated with coral and pink and had an ethnic feel to it. Raj Tents set up pergola tents which housed the bars and DJ booth. With all the new furniture that was shipped specially for the event, this room we were told by the hotel staff had never looked this beautiful. Sonia and Shaan enjoyed the night with their families and friends to the hilt and guests had a feast with various food stations set up in the ballroom. Photography by Matei Horvath.

Couple’s ceremony was one day later at Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay. Friday was spent in setting up the ballroom with carpeting, draping and lighting since Saturday was going to be a busy day with five back to back events. Bride wanted a very ethereal and organic look for her Mandap and chose a very open structure so not to inhibit the view of water. Groom arrived on a decorated golf cart at the Baraat procession. Ceremony was seamless and guests were then escorted for lunch. Exquisite Events team got busy with setting up the cocktail area which was going to take place at the ceremony site. All white furniture and a big round white bar was placed on the lawn with high and low boys covered in white linens. White flowers and tons of candles further enhanced the ambiance. Ballroom looked absolutely magical with long and round tables. Couple’s stage backdrop was candle walls embellished with flowers and candles. Since bride wanted to keep a very understated elegant feel, most of the flowers were low except for the long tables. A green magnolia leaf chandelier hung above the dance floor. Our ravishing bride wore red and added the perfect pop of color with the groom looking dashing in his black suit. The night festivities lasted until the early morning hours. Photography by Matei Horvath.

September was the month Paris and Alex had chosen for their Pelican Hill Wedding. Their 300 guests ceremony took place at the Rotunda Lawn and the other half of the lawn was decorated for the cocktail hour. Our beautiful bride’s inspiration was very European. The Rotunda was draped in ivory billowy chiffon and the chivari chairs were also covered in ivory chiffon. The eight piece orchestra played strings as guests took their seats. Our lovely bride in Vera Wang looked stunning while our groom looked dashing in his Ralph Lauren suit. Ceremony was touching and meaningful and at the conclusion guests made their way to the back of the lawn for cocktail hour where servers stood in line carrying glasses of champagne. Guests enjoyed listening to the orchestra, full bar and delicious hor d’oeuvres. Our decadent dinner was set up on the Mar Vista lower patio and exuded European charm. With dozens of chandeliers hanging above guest tables, stage backdrop for the band, behind couple’s head table and hundreds of candles flickering, end effect was pure romance. Our couple made their grand entrance from the stair case which was lined with lanterns and proceeded to do their first dance. The band played beautiful, nostalgic music while guests noshed on filet and lobster four course meal. Cake cutting indicated time to move up to the Mar Vista Ballroom for after party where a full bar, decadent desserts and the band and DJ awaited them. This after party lasted until 1 am and like all good things must come to an end, this night ended on a high note. We formed such amazing bond with this couple and their families and consider it our good fortune to know them. Photography by Lost in Love.

The last wedding of the year was also at the beautiful Pelican Hill Resort. Sim and Aron held their festivities including a Sangeet, Baraat ceremony, Luncheon, Cocktail Hour, Grand Finale Reception followed by an after party. It was a perfect ending to an exquisite year! Photography by Duke Photography.

From our family to yours, we wish you a warm, healthy and fabulous 2018! Happy New Years! Cheers!