Al Fresco Dinner Reception

July 12th, 2019

A few months back our very dear client approached us to plan a dinner reception in honor of her last child and his bride. That kind of trust and compliment, as gratifying as it is, also comes with a serious responsibility specially when you have build a history with that client. Having planned two of her children’s weddings and considering this was the last child, we were truly humbled and honored to be a part of this very special occasion.

This dinner reception was to take place at their estate. We immediately scheduled a design walk thru with the team. In order to accommodate her guests, we had to cover the pool which worked out beautifully as it gave an illusion of a large lawn. Couple’s and family table was set under the existing gazebo. Client expressed the desire to have something chic, elegant, lose and not stuffy. Keeping that in mind, a very pale blush linen was chosen with lose and airy flowers that blended with the surroundings and did not look over done. The effect was understated and ethereal. Guests were treated to delicious butler passed hor’s deouvres and beverages inside the house and were then escorted to the lawn for al fresco dining. Delicious dinner and interactive dessert stations added to the ambiance and with lovely jazz music, great company and interesting conversation, guests seemed to have had a fabulous time. Most of all our dear client and her family were over the moon.

We wish the couple life time of happiness and a blissful life!

Special thank you to all the partners who made it possible!
Florals: Hidden Garden
Rentals/Lighting: Luna Party Rentals
Servers/Staff: A1 Staffing Company
Valet: Galaxy
Donuts: Fly Girl
Cappuccino: Cappuccino Man
Pool Cover: Atlas Pool & Decking
Design/Planner: Exquisite Events
Photography: Christine Marie

Brilliance of Design Swarovski at MASS Beverly Hills

March 8th, 2019

A couple of weeks ago, Nikki was invited by a dear friend Peter Köppel to attend a lunch at Mass Beverly. This was soon after her trip to Austria and experiencing the grandeur of Swarovski up close.

The afternoon was fabulously curated and included A Panel Discussion On Interior Design Solutions moderated by Meyer Rus, Westcoast Editor Architectural Digest. Brilliant panelists included Nadja Swarovski, Tord Boontje, Designer and Swarovski Collaborator and Lars Hypko, Co-Founder Mass Beverly. It was an intriguing, informative and exceptional discussion and the afternoon showcased Swarovski lighting, Architecture and Interior Solutions, Alongside Atelier Swarovski's home decor and jewelry collections. Decadent lunch was served with mingling and socializing while guests walked around admiring the beautiful installations of lighting fixtures, Swarovski studded garments and beautiful objects for home decor.

Looking forward to attending more events from Swarovski in the future.

Valentine’s Day Dinner Party

February 15th, 2019

It is an absolute compliment when our past clients reach out to us time and again. Such was the case with this client. We had planned and designed his wife’s 40th birthday party with a fabulous Great Gatsby Theme where guests stayed and danced until the wee hours of the morning. This time he wanted to invite a few couples from his YPO group to his home.

Since the party was a day before Valentines Day, it was a natural progression to have the theme represented in full swing. Clients dining table was covered in the most elegant linen of cream and gold. Gold chargers, taupe napkins, pink and gold rim glassware and gold flatware exuded understated elegance.

Flowers were all in shades of pinks to deep reds and gold and pink candles added further to the decadence. Client’s credenza was filled with pink and gold votives and candles and flowers were placed everywhere in the house.

Our butler received the guests and escorted them to the family room where they enjoyed delicious canapés and champagne. Beautiful and soft jazz played in the background and guests were escorted to the dining room for a decadent dining experience.

After being served hot soup and salad, the entrees which looked like pieces of art were brought out and served to the guests. Wines were paired with each course and amidst brilliant conversation and laughs, the cuisine was enjoyed by all tremendously. Instead of serving dessert at the table, we had decided to have an elaborate dessert display with coffee and tea. This was so guests could enjoy moving about and chit chatting while having the desserts.

It was a beautiful night filled with magic, romance and elegance. Each couple was presented with flowers upon departing along with a book on LOVE and the menus that had been printed for this special dinner. Needless to say I would have loved to have been a guest at this decadent table!

We can’t wait to do more events for these special clients who have become our friends.

Vendors: Planning/Design: Madiha Khan of Exquisite Events
Linens: Wildflower Linens
Rentals: Luna Party Rentals
Florals: Hidden Garden
Table Top Rentals: Borrowed Blu
Cater: Crateful Catering

Exquisite Travels: Back to Lahore

February 1st, 2019

Lahore is a city that is very close to Nikki’s heart. She spent her growing years in this city and has always been inspired by the culture, architecture, thriving art scene and theater this city has to offer. It was no wonder when she visited this past December after a few years, it was nourishing for her soul.

From the crowded markets to museums, old buildings dating back to Mughal era as well as sights, smells and sounds that took her back to her childhood days.

Here is a little glimpse of what was accomplished in her first few days of arrival. Shaila and Tahir Andrabi are a couple who reside in Claremont, and Tahir is a professor at the University. They have been in Lahore for the last six months where Tahir is on a sabbatical at LUMS, a very prestigious university in Lahore. Shaila has innate desire to learn as much about the city as possible, and to my knowledge, no one has soaked up what Lahore has to offer than this couple. In other words, they have become “True Lahoris.” Their three children who reside in the States were visiting the parents in Lahore and the couple invited family and friends to a brunch inside the walled city. The menu consisted of most popular dishes from various restaurants and were served in the most authentic style. The venue was Shahi Hamam which literally means “Royal Spa“ and is about 400 years old. Guests were welcomed by a violinist playing nostalgic tunes. Our hosts had done up the venue beautifully and their warmth and love made it the most enjoyable day. Guests were given private guided tour of the Hamam as well as Wazir Khan Mosque which has been restored to its former glory. Below are a few images of the day.

An Exquisite 2018

December 21st, 2018

2018 started with a bang with our oversees wedding in Korea.  Our initial design walk through to Korea was in October 2017 under the helm of Youngsong Martin where we spend a few days meeting with the vendors, going over logistics and layout etc.  Since the wedding was early February of this year, the team got there a few days before and went directly to work.  The end product was breathtaking and the most important thing was clients were very happy.

Our next wedding was a few days later of the sweetest couple and the groom was kind enough to call us “Mozart of Weddings.”

We had a lovely baby shower at a private residence of a very dear client who has become a family.

Next was a fundraiser event for Korean American Council at the beautiful Intercontinental Downtown Los Angeles which was very successful.

One of our previous clients recommended us for her sister’s wedding which was at Padua Theater, a venue we had never worked at and were pleasantly surprised at the staff’s efficiency. Our clients were over the moon and the testimonial was absolutely awesome.

Our biggest wedding of the year was for the most darling couple. It took place at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar in San Diego. All the wedding festivities were beautiful, so royal and regal. Our bride’s testimonial just touched us to the core of our hearts.

Immediately following was a Turkish couple who got married at Montage Laguna Beach.

Our last event of the year was a formal dinner in honor of the famous Indian movie director Sanjay Leela Bhansali and was a huge success.
We wish each and every one of our readers and followers an Exquisite New Year!

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A few testimonials from our 2018 clients...

Dearest Nikki Auntie, 
Where to even begin... THANK YOU just doesn't seem enough to show how much Kevin and I appreciate all you have done for us. I am not going to lie, I do truly miss all the emails from you and our daily conversations! 

Kevin and I had such an unforgettable wedding weekend, thanks to you and your team. We danced our hearts out, enjoyed with guests, laughed with each other- memories we will cherish throughout our marriage. You made our wedding weekend so stress-free, to the point we felt like guests at our own wedding!! We both thoroughly enjoyed our wedding, as I am sure you noticed, and we could not have done so without your help. From start to finish, you made it such a lovely and fun process.

Our wedding was BEYOND BEAUTIFUL!! The hot air balloons, the elevated flooring, the carpeting, the tents, the mirrors, the dance floor, the chandeliers, the flowers, the music etc...EVERYTHING was out of a magazine. Thank you for introducing us to such amazing vendors that worked tirelessly to make all our wedding events look spectacular. You exceeded all of our wedding dreams! You truly did make it an EPIC, UNIQUE and BEAUTIFUL wedding!!

During our first phone call, I told you how you are family to us and that will forever hold true. Just like family, please do keep in touch!! We miss you already and hope to see you soon! If you are ever in the Fresno area, please do let us know!!

Love you always,
Kevin and Simrun Kaleka

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Hi Nikki!!! We are still in awe of last night and can’t believe it’s over. We are so grateful of the amazing vision you had and your ability to execute it with such ease. You, Madiha and Salima never looked stressed at any point yesterday, and it really helped me relax and enjoy the whole day. Darren and I want to thank you & your team again from the bottom of our hearts! We are getting so many kind words regarding the wedding and it would not have been possible without you.
Bindi & Darren

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Dear Nikki,
Me, Jaya, Anil and Kunjan would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for helping us and for creating two Outstanding Events. Everything looked gorgeous! We thank you for your beautiful vision. We will recommend you to all of our friends. Thank you again!

With warm regards,
Rao &Jaya

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Thank you Nikki. You and Madiha did really good job! WE are so thankful!
Esra and Emre

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Dear Madiha,

Thank you so much for the exquisite arrangements at the Thanksgiving dinner arranged in Honor of Mr. Sanjay Leela Bhansali.

Best, Shobha
From the CEO of BHANSALI Productions

Private Dinner for Mr. Sanjay Leela Bhansali

November 30th, 2018

Last Friday, we had the opportunity to design and plan a dinner party for one of India's leading director and producer, Mr. Sanjay Leela Bhansali who was in Los Angeles for a screening of his latest movie for the Golden Globes.

We had exactly 48 hours to put the event together with Thanksgiving being a holiday so the first thing we did was head over to the Houdini Estate where the dinner was to take place. It is a beautiful 5 acre property located right off Laurel Canyon Blvd in Los Angeles.

It was an intimate dinner for members of the press and some of Mr. Bhansali's close friends and family and we wanted to create something very regal that would compliment his stunning set design aesthetic. The idea was to bring in rich reds and golds with beautiful tabletop decor and lush flowers reminiscent of Rajisthan.

So grateful to our Exquisite Team for helping us turn this beautiful dinner around in just two days!

Madiha with Mr. Bhansali

Thank you to our vendors!
Venue: Houdini Estate
Florals: Square Root Designs
Linens: Wildflower Linen
Photography: Jeromy Robert
Town & Country
Luna Party Rentals
Design & Planning: Exquisite Events

Private Dinner Party in the Hollywood Hills

November 16th, 2018

We had the honor to design and plan a private dinner for Yumi, a baby meal delivery program that focuses on organic and nutritional super foods for the little ones. The dinner was co-hosted by Payal Kadakia, founder of Class Pass and Anjula Acharia, manager to Priyanka Chopra along with the founders of Yumi, Evelyn and Angela, at a beautiful estate in the Hollywood Hills.

We incorporated the Fall season into the table scape using yellows, ambers, and creams. Coupled with the candlelight on the tables and the built in fireplace it made for a truly warm and inviting ambience.

Crateful Catering prepared the delectable family style dinner including seasonal salads, pasta with black truffle sauce, filet mignon and black cod complete with a Caprese cake with homemade pistachio ice cream from Chef Luciano.

A special thank you to Anita Chatterjee of A-Game PR and Anjula Acharia for bringing us on board.

Venue: Private Estate, Hollywood Hills
Photographer: Luxe Event Photography
Florist: Hidden Garden Flowers
Caterer: Crateful Catering
Rentals: Luna Party Rentals
Designer & Planner: Madiha Khan, Exquisite Events

A Fairy Tale Wedding for Bindi & Darren

October 26th, 2018

It's Friday! And we have an exquisite wedding to share. We apologize as we have not been posting as frequent. Moving forward, look out for our bi-weekly blog posts. We are excited to be back!

We had met Bindi about four years ago when we planned her sister's wedding. Her bubbly, vivacious and easy going personality was very noticeable and made her sister's wedding all the more joyful. I got a call from Bindi about eight months ago when she gave me the great news of her engagement and that she wanted us to plan her own wedding. It is always very exciting to plan a wedding of a family member where you have developed a history and needless to say we were over joyed.

We met Bindi and her fiancé Darren for our first design walk through at Padua. It was an instant connection with Darren. It was apparent that Bindi had chosen him as her life partner as they both possess a calm demeanor. Their vision was to create a fairy tale wedding in soft colors and let lighting do the magic. We decided to hold the Hindu Wedding in the morning at the front courtyard of the venue and do the flip for evening reception.

The ballroom was dedicated for after party which worked great. The setting was magical amidst mature olive trees and weather cooperated fully. After the Hindu Ceremony, guests enjoyed a quick lunch and headed to the church for Christian Ceremony.

Front courtyard of Padua was now reset for dinner reception and the place looked straight out of fairy tale. Couple made their entrance and went straight into first dance.

Guests and families all had a great time. The transition from dinner to after party was a lot of fun when the couple lead their guests on a conga line. After party was a smashing success with dance floor and bar packed at all times.

Throughout the night we had guests approaching and thanking us. We wish Bindi and Darren a blissful married life.

Below is the testimonial from the bride which arrived early next morning...

"Hi Nikki!!! We are still in awe of last night and can’t believe it’s over. We are so grateful of the amazing vision you had and your ability to execute it with such ease. You, Madiha and Salima never looked stressed at any point yesterday, and it really helped me relax and enjoy the whole day. Darren and I want to thank you & your team again from the bottom of our hearts! We are getting so many kind words regarding the wedding and it would not have been possible without you."

Special thank you to all our partners!
Design & Planner: Exquisite Events
Photographer: Braja Mandala
Florals: Hidden Garden
Linens: Wildflower Linens
Rentals: Luna Party
Lighting: Entertainment Express
Caterer: Aroma Grill

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