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January | 2012 | California and International Wedding Planner

Marvelous Mandaps

January 24th, 2012

Designing a mandap is an artform all it's own. The mandap is the focal point and sacred four-pillared structure of the wedding ceremony, where the exchanging of wedding vows takes place surrounded by family and the sacred fire. The mandap is symbolic and represents the four Vedas and the four goals of a fulfilled life, which are Dharma, Artha, Kama, and Moksha. Each pillar of the mandap represents the support and strength of each parent of the bride and groom. The day before the wedding ceremony, an important ritual known as Mandap Mahurat or Mandap Ropan is held to bless the mandap. We put great care and thought into the design of our mandaps, working closely with our clients to ensure everything is absolutely perfect. We hope you enjoy these examples of beautiful mandaps!

exquisite events mandapPhotos by Joy Marie Photography, Florist: Shirvan Design

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Dolce and Gabbana Men’s Fall 2013 Collection

January 21st, 2012

Dolce and Gabbana's Winter 2013 men’s collection seems to have a touch of Indian inspiration in it; from the gold embroidery in beautifully tailored jackets of various cuts, right down to floor with gaiters worn over pointed and rounded-toe shoes. It seems they haven't only drawn from India for inspiration, but also England, and of course, being Dolce and Gabbana, Italy too. Looking closely at the embroidery, you'll see a Baroque inspiration and the pinstripes, herringbone and velvet feel very English. The colors for this strong collection are perfect for fall: grey, bordeaux, dark green and camel. (Also a beautiful color palette for a wedding!) dolce and gabbana mens fall 2013 collection dolce and gabbana mens fall 2013 collection dolce and gabbana mens fall 2013 collection dolce and gabbana mens fall 2013 collection dolce and gabbana mens fall 2013 collection dolce and gabbana mens fall 2013 collection

Hummingbird Nest Ranch

January 17th, 2012

Hummingbird Nest Ranch is one of our favorite venues! The views are breathtaking and the space is expansive. The ranch is located in the Santa Susana Mountains, less than a half hour from L.A. and it's outdoor spaces are great for ceremonies, receptions, and private events for up to 5,000 guests! The Spanish architecture and décor with it's olive trees, stone fountains is so beautiful and timeless. The staff at Hummingbird Nest Ranch are so accommodating and professional and they operate in an eco-friendly manner. The venue also has no noise restrictions or curfew (for those of you who like to dance all night long!) We've designed several weddings, events and photo shoots at Hummingbird Nest Ranch and we highly recommend this venue for your special day! Have a look at some examples of our work at Hummingbird. Sabrina and Osman's Wedding and Reception: Photos by Imagique Our tabletop design collaboration with Sunny Ravanbach, of White Lilac Inc., and Youngsong Martin of Wildflower Linen:

Our Favorite Hotel in NYC!

January 13th, 2012

The Carlyle in Manhattan is such an exquisite and timeless hotel! This beautiful classic has been around since 1930 and is located on Madison Avenue in Manhattan's Upper East Side. The Carlyle overlooks Central Park and the residential aesthetic of the hotel makes guests feel like they are living in luxury. The Carlyle has been named by Conde Nast Traveler's 2012 Readers' Choice as Best Hotel in New York. The Carlyle is filled with luxury amenities including a collection of art and antique show rooms, Sense® Spa, Fitness Center, Yves Durif Salon and Rose Buds™ for Children. Rose Buds™ is a program designed to provide young guests with special services, amenities and convenience items designed just for them (kids' menus to special events and fun activities). The Carlyle Restaurant, designed in the English manor house style by the late Mark Hampton, is luxurious and warm. The restaurant is famous for its Dover Sole and Lobster Thermidor and seasonally motivated menu from Executive Chef Jacques Sorci, a member of the prestigious organization, Maîtres Cuisiniers de France. The decor features plush chintz-covered banquettes, Aubusson rugs and mirrored alcoves. English hunting scenes by Fores hang on the walls, as well as engravings by Redoute and Liliacae. The Carlyle is famous for it's Sunday brunch where guests can people watch and experience the glamour of New York’s chic Upper East Side. Chef Sorci’s exciting signature dishes, which include Carlyle Lobster Bisque, Eggs Benedict and Beef Medallions, are not to be missed while staying at The Carlyle!

The Wedding Symposium: A Huge Success

January 11th, 2012

This past weekend, I had the distinct pleasure of participating at the Wedding Symposium in Santa Clara, CA. This conference was organized by the lovely Renee Monroe, who was an absolute joy to meet. It was truly amazing to be in the company of my esteemed colleagues whose work continue to inspire me. Preston Bailey, Sasha Souza and Bryan Rafanelli and Philippe Lee of Jade Studio Productions are all simply amazing! Their talks were all very inspiring and informative! And, as you can see, Philippe Lee's event photos are jaw-dropping. I walked away from the Wedding Symposium with fond memories and new friends.

Nikki Khan of Exquisite Events

Sasha Souza, Philippe Lee, Nikki Khan, Preston Bailey and Bryan Rafanelli

Preston Bailey, Bryan Rafanelli, Philippe Lee, Nikki Khan, Renee Monroe and Sasha Souza

Photos by Jade Studio Productions

What is a Mehndi?

January 5th, 2012

For those of you who are not familiar with the Mehndi, or Henna Ceremony, we'd like to explain this important tradition. The Mehndi typically takes place one or two days before the actual wedding day ceremony. The bride usually wears a green dress or yellows/orange for the Henna celebration. The groom will typically wear a casual Shalwar Qameez. The bride and groom are brought forward in the ceremony under a decorative dupatta by their close relatives. In the bridal ceremony, married women who are closely related to the bride apply henna to her hands, and feed her sweets. This ritual brings good luck and longevity to the bride's married life. Similarly, on the groom's side, oil is applied to his head and sweets are fed to him as well. A song competition also occurs in the Rasme Henna or Mehndi celebrations between the bride and groom's side. Young women and men will sing teasing songs about the other side (where the bride's side pokes good natured fun at the groom's side and vice versa). Elaborate musical and acting performances are a fun and colorful part of the Mehndi celebrations. Choreographed dance sequences and competitions between the bride and groom's families are also quite common these days and are a lot of fun to experience! Traditionally, the Mehndi was considered a women's event and men did not participate in it. The singing and dancing was left almost entirely to women. This has changed quite a bit and today, men participate in the Mehndi celebrations as well. Usually, a color theme for the Mehndi is announced and guests are supposed to dress up in a particular color. Commonly used colors are bright reds, oranges and yellows. Enjoy these photos of Sabrina and Osman's Mehndi! Event Coordinator: Exquisite Events Photographer: Imagique Weddings Tents and Furniture: Raj Tents Flowers: Shirvan Design Rentals: Royal Events Caterer: Shahnawaz DJ: Nick Datwani Venue: Westlake Hyatt

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