It’s a Wrap! Looking Back on 2014

December 31st, 2014

2014 was a quite a unique year because Nikki traveled the globe either as a speaker or a guest along with planning weddings.  Since Nikki’s goal is to expand Exquisite Events to an international market, it was a year full of discovery, fun, interest and a great learning experience.  Exquisite Events was also busy with planning Exquisite weddings in Las Vegas, Northern California and, of course, Los Angeles, which is home for Exquisite Events. Rustic Barn Wedding 1-2 calamigos ranch Las Vegas Nikki and Madiha also sponsored and planned, designed and coordinated a fundraiser for a cause that is very near and dear to their hearts for the second year in a row.   The organization‘s goal is to encourage female education so they can in turn empower the communities.  In the last eleven plus years, they have opened hundreds of schools and their students have gone on to get a higher education.  Luckily, the event was able to raise a lot of money for the cause which always brings insurmountable joy to her personally. Developments in Literacy Gala 3 Developments in Literacy Gala 153 In April, Nikki flew to Athens for a destination wedding planners congress where she was invited as a guest, got to meet with suppliers from several countries and came back with a wealth of knowledge.  Nikki and Madiha then flew to Miami for the ICE event that was planned by Sade Awe of Bridal Circle. They met up with some amazing industry peers and got to hear Jo Malone, Co-Owner of Gilt and some luxury properties from all around the globe to name a few.  The event was spectacular in every aspect and kudos to Sade for putting that on. PicMonkey Collage3 November was a busy month at Exquisite Events when Nikki flew to Cancun to be a speaker at ISSE and then to Moscow, Russia where she was invited to speak at the invitation of Wedding Business Summit.  The trip was informative, interesting and thought provoking. unnamed (2) Nikki's Talk in Moscow 6 As the year comes to an end, it is our goal to continue to serve our clients in the best way possible and continue to provide an unparalleled and unforgettable experience to all our clients. We are looking forward to amazing partnerships in 2015, lots of travels and of course lots of “Exquisite weddings.??? Stay tuned!!!! We wish all of you a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!!!!

Nikki Speaks at ISS Experience in Cancun

December 24th, 2014

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Nikki was approached by ISSE to speak in Cancun in the beginning of November.  The topic was "producing cross cultural weddings with ease."  She was also part of a break out session with Sarah Haywood and Diann Valentine and talked about "connecting with luxury clientele."  She got to Cancun on Monday evening and was able to meet the organizer, Stacie Francombe, and the speakers at the welcome reception.

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Nikki’s Talk in Moscow

December 17th, 2014

Early this year, we got a phone call from Russia.  Someone from the other end wished to speak with Nikki and identified herself as Kate from Wedding Business Summit.  This was regarding a conference they were putting together in Moscow in November and wanted Nikki to be one of the speakers. Nikki's Talk in Moscow 1 There were three other speakers from the U.S that were invited to be part of this Summit.  Once the agreement was signed and all the obligations were fulfilled, Nikki left Los Angeles on Nov 21st to go to Moscow not knowing what to expect.  Youngsong from Wildflower Linens was her travel companion and also one of the speakers.  They were greeted at the airport by a gentleman that was hired by the Summit.  After checking in the hotel, they decided to freshen up and explore the city.  The weather was cold and it was fun to walk around in layers of clothes. They had an early dinner and decided to call it a night. The next day they were driven to the venue where the Summit was taking place.  It was buzzing with the activity of enthusiastic planners eager to learn.  Nikki was introduced to the attendees and presented her talk amidst thunderous applause each time décor shots were shown and the background of each shot was explained. Nikki's Talk in Moscow 6 Nikki's Talk in Moscow 8 Nikki's Talk in Moscow 7 Nikki's Talk in Moscow 5 There were a ton of questions after the talk as well as a panel discussion. Nikki's Talk in Moscow 4 Nikki's Talk in Moscow 9 At the end of the Summit, the speakers were each given a plaque for participation. Nikki's Talk in Moscow 2 Nikki's Talk in Moscow 3 Since the talk was over, they decided to venture to the city with the car and driver that was provided by the Summit.  Sergue, their guide, spoke perfect English and drove them around the city. The next day, they decided to explore the city during daylight hours.  It had started to snow on Monday morning and the air was crisp and fresh. The first stop was the Kremlin. Nikki's Talk in Moscow 19 Nikki's Talk in Moscow 20 Nikki's Talk in Moscow 21 Nikki's Talk in Moscow 22 Nikki's Talk in Moscow 23 Nikki's Talk in Moscow 24 After spending a few hours there, they spotted the Four Seasons Hotel and decided to check it out. Nikki's Talk in Moscow 14 As luck would have it, the manager at the hotel had worked at Beverly Wilshire and was thrilled to show us around as well as treat us to a decadent afternoon tea.  What a small world!  He also remembered Nikki’s event at the Rodeo Terrace with tents and canopies and a fashion show.  It was great to be indoors sipping the hot tea and chatting with the staff. Nikki's Talk in Moscow 17 Nikki's Talk in Moscow 11 Nikki's Talk in Moscow 13 The hotel was officially going to open in three weeks but we fell in love with the Art Deco Interior and took some photos. Nikki's Talk in Moscow 10 Nikki's Talk in Moscow 16 Nikki's Talk in Moscow 18 Nikki's Talk in Moscow 15 Nikki's Talk in Moscow 12 After that it was a few more sights and back to the hotel. Stay tuned for Nikki and Young’s visit to Cancun next Wednesday! Have an Exquisite day!

Curious Zayn goes to the Zoo

December 10th, 2014

This weekend we took a family trip to the Santa Barbara zoo. We have been bringing Zayn here since he was 8 months old and now that he is almost 3, he is much more aware of all the animals that he reads about  in his books. This is one of the most beautiful, well maintained zoos with the most lush floral and fauna and it is perfect to get there at lunch time and have a picnic on the grassy hill overlooking the beach. I highly recommend a visit to the Santa Barbara zoo!

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Zayn was so excited for the reptile and insect display-Eeeww is right!

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8 foot long snake

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Imitation is flattery :)

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Mama had to participate too

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The giraffes have an unfair advantage of the ocean view

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Gorgeous greenery all around the property

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Zayn's reaction to the vultures

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The gorilla was not interested in visitors

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Monkeys hangin out

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The porcupine raised its quills right when we got there





After running around at the zoo, we headed over to the pier to catch the sunset. We lucked out with such a beautiful day!



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Cool as ICE!

December 3rd, 2014

We had the opportunity to attend the inaugural Inner Circle Experience (ICE) this year, a conference held at the St Regis Bal Harbour Resrot in Miami! Sade Awe, the founder of the Bridal Circle, invited 50 influential people in the event planning world to the first Inner Circle Experience and we were so happy to be included!

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The first day we had a meet and greet in the morning with Alexis Maybank, co-founder of Gilt (which we shop on quite often). The day was then full of sessions from social media experts, to strategic visionaries for luxury brands.

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Sade welcoming everyone to the Inner Circle Experience

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 Lunch was served at the J&G Grill where we were able to mingle and get to know the attendees over a delicious meal served family style by the restaurant

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Since the event is called The Inner Circle Experience, Jose Graterol created these sphere structures that were reminiscent of circles-very creative!

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After our afternoon sessions, we had the chance to go up to our rooms, relax, and get ready for the welcome dinner that was in the pool area. It was such a beautiful night with the breeze blowing and the full moon's reflection over the ocean right in front of us. The St Regis really outdid themselves on the food the entire stay. I loved the little gold faberge egg caviar cups-so thoughtful considering Geza von Habsburg was going to be speaking about the reign of Faberge the next day.

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The next morning day was packed with sessions from Geza von Habsburg, the specialist in Faberge, to Chris Austin who is the VP of Global Luxury for Starwood Properties to Shaun Rowan, Director of Education for Jo Malone London

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Another incredible lunch at the Atlantico Dining Room followed the morning sessions. Loved the linen provided by Nuage Designs!

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The finale night was so fun! After our sessions, we had the opportunity to get pampered and glammed by Blushing Beauty for the evening Fete.

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The room looked absolutely spectacular! It was as if we stepped into a modern day Gold and Mirror Gatsby party. As Sade mentioned, it is hard to "WOW" these attendees but we were all blown away! Hats off to Jose Graterol Designs, Redbliss, and Nuage Designs for making it all come together so beautifully.

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Stunning florals by Jose Graterol Designs!

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Gorgeous mirrored menus created by the talented Christine Traulich of Redbliss Design-such a great memento!

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Rock With U Entertainment managed to keep all of us on our feet the entire night! They were an incredible band and so unique...really looking forward to working with them


Such a great experience meeting new friends and seeing old ones! Can't wait for the Inner Circle Experience 2015 in Puerto Rico!

Photography Credit: Allan Zepeda

Photography Credit: Kismis Ink Photography

Thank you Stephanie Cross for some amazing shots on the Fete evening!

Destination Wedding at the St Regis Monarch Beach Hotel in California

November 26th, 2014

Lynda and Marc are from Texas and decided they wanted to have a destination wedding in California on the beach. They chose the gorgeous St Regis Monarch Beach Hotel which was perfect for all of their out of town guests who stayed at both the St Regis and the neighboring Ritz Carlton Hotel. Destination Wedding at the St Regis Monarch Beach Hotel 10 Destination Wedding at the St Regis Monarch Beach Hotel 11 The couple wanted to honor both cultures and religions so we held a Hindu ceremony on the grand lawn under the existing gazebo and then we turned it around an hour later for the Catholic ceremony. Destination Wedding at the St Regis Monarch Beach Hotel 1 Destination Wedding at the St Regis Monarch Beach Hotel 2 Destination Wedding at the St Regis Monarch Beach Hotel 12 It turned out to be such a gorgeous day and after the Catholic ceremony we had doves released which just made it magical. Destination Wedding at the St Regis Monarch Beach Hotel 4 Destination Wedding at the St Regis Monarch Beach Hotel 6 Following the Catholic ceremony we had a violinist escort all the guests to the Club 19 lawn which is where the couple made their Grand Entrance and had their first dance. Destination Wedding at the St Regis Monarch Beach Hotel 3 Destination Wedding at the St Regis Monarch Beach Hotel 16 For photo purposes they wanted to have their first dance outside with the ocean in the background and the sun setting and it was perfect! Destination Wedding at the St Regis Monarch Beach Hotel 8 We then escorted the guests into the dining area where the hotel set up the most incredible buffet with stations of seafood, sushi,  pastas, and dosas to name a few. Destination Wedding at the St Regis Monarch Beach Hotel 7 Destination Wedding at the St Regis Monarch Beach Hotel 15 There were henna artists and an incredible entertainment group who danced to bollywood songs and got the dance floor started. Destination Wedding at the St Regis Monarch Beach Hotel 13 Destination Wedding at the St Regis Monarch Beach Hotel 14 At the end of the evening the couple was sent off by all their guests with sparklers. Destination Wedding at the St Regis Monarch Beach Hotel 5 Destination Wedding at the St Regis Monarch Beach Hotel 9 It was such a great day filled with so much love from all of their friends and family who flew in for the wedding. Have an Exquisite Day and we will see you next Wednesday!

Romantic Rooftop Reception (Part 3 of 3)

November 19th, 2014

Nishita and Mike are a fun-loving couple and the chemistry between them was very evident.  It was a great testament to both of their personalities as all their friends were there to truly honor their day and party with them. Mike and Nishita's Rooftop Reception 7 Mike and Nishita's Rooftop Reception 8 Mike and Nishita's Rooftop Reception 12 Mike and Nishita's Rooftop Reception 11 They had decided early on in the planning stages to hold their reception at London Hotel's Rooftop and later moving their guests to the ballroom for the after party. Rooftop had a very sexy vibe and hotel guests kept coming up to check out the space and pay generous compliments. Mike and Nishita's Rooftop Reception 3 Mike and Nishita's Rooftop Reception 13 Mike and Nishita's Rooftop Reception 6 Mike and Nishita's Rooftop Reception 2 Mike and Nishita's Rooftop Reception 5 Mike and Nishita's Rooftop Reception 1 Mike and Nishita's Rooftop Reception 4 Our bride made her grand entrance in a custom creation and the dashing groom looked utterly handsome in Tom Ford. Mike and Nishita's Rooftop Reception 14 Their first dance was enchanting and family and guests joined them on the floor. Mike and Nishita's Rooftop Reception 9 Half way through the party Nishita changed in to her short dress and looked absolutely stunning. Mike and Nishita's Rooftop Reception 10 The guests moved down to the ballroom where the party lasted until the wee hours of the morning.  We have formed great fondness for this couple and know this will be an everlasting friendship.  Another great party for another great friend! Testimonial from Nishita and Mike: Nikki and Madiha you brought our vision to life and it was beyond our expectations.  Everything was simply perfect and all our friends and family enjoyed the festivities immensely.  Your staff was pleasant and respectful and handled all details beautifully.  Madiha is our friend for life now. Have an Exquisite day and we will see you next Wednesday!   Photography credit: Lin & Jirsa Photography & Cinematography | Orange County & Los Angeles

Ceremony in Color! (2 of 3)

November 11th, 2014

Hi! Nishita and Mike's ceremony was so beautiful! It was held on the Hampton Court at the London Hotel in Hollywood. We decided to go with bright colors using fucshia and tangerine for the Mandap. The flowers from Hidden Garden were stunning and complemented the color scheme so well and since it was a bright, sunny day, it fit the theme perfectly. All the guests gathered in the lobby of the hotel for the baraat. It was one of the most festive processions we experienced and we managed to shut down the London Hotel valet drive for the duration of the baraat ceremony where the groom led the procession on a white horse. After the baraat, we led the guests up to the third floor for the ceremony. It happened to be one of the warmest days that day but luckily by the time the ceremony started, the sun had gone behind the buildings and the breeze was blowing. The live band was the perfect touch to bring the bride and groom out. Nishita and Mike made such a stunning couple. Wishing them a lifetime of happiness! Enjoy and have an Exquisite Wednesday! Mike and Nishita's Wedding 1 Mike and Nishita's Wedding 2 Mike and Nishita's Wedding 3 Mike and Nishita's Wedding 4 Mike and Nishita's Wedding 5 Mike and Nishita's Wedding 6 Mike and Nishita's Wedding 7 Mike and Nishita's Wedding 8 Mike and Nishita's Wedding 9 Mike and Nishita's Wedding 10 Mike and Nishita's Wedding 11 Mike and Nishita's Wedding 12  

Mustache Mehndi (Part 1 of 3)

November 5th, 2014

Nishita and Mike held a Welcome Dinner/Mehndi at the Nirvana in Beverly Hills for all their family and friends. What a fun group of people! Mustache Mehndi 1 Mustache Mehndi 8 All their friends were dressed in traditional Indian attire and enjoyed getting their mehndi much so that there was a mustache theme for all of the guys. Mustache Mehndi 9 Mustache Mehndi 11 Mustache Mehndi 12 Mustache Mehndi 5 Mustache Mehndi 7 Mustache Mehndi 3 Our bride looked so beautiful wearing her custom creation. Mustache Mehndi 4 Mustache Mehndi 6 Beautiful colors filled the room from all of the gorgeous saris and colorful jewelry that the ladies were wearing. Mustache Mehndi 10 This was an incredibly festive party and from these pictures, you can capture the essence from the evening. Everyone was having such a great time.  Laughter and smiles filled the room all evening. Mustache Mehndi 2 Have an Exquisite day and we will see you next Wednesday for Part 2 of Mike and Nishita's story!

Showcase at The Grand Del Mar Hotel in San Diego

October 29th, 2014

Paige, from The Grand Del Mar (which happens to be our favorite hotel in San Diego), approached us a few months ago to help get a list of Indian vendors based in LA and surrounding areas to showcase the hotel.  Of course, leave it to Paige and Charles to go all out.  It was a beautiful setting fit for Maharajas and Maharanis. Grand Del Mar 1 Raj Tents did a superb job as always installing beautiful and colorful pergola tents all over the lawn. Grand Del Mar 2 The built-in gazebo structure on the lawn is the perfect backdrop for a baraat and receptions and looked stunning with the draping and gorgeous flowers by Kathy Wright. Grand Del Mar 9 Grand Del Mar 6 Our own DJ, Ajay, from Special Occasions, filled the air with lovely background music.  Food stations were laid out beautifully and artfully all over the lawn and guests enjoyed the delectable ambiance and delicious food along with live entertainment provided by Sabrina Fox. Grand Del Mar 3 Grand Del Mar 4 Grand Del Mar 5 Grand Del Mar 8 You can see Madiha being very brave with the snake around her neck. Grand Del Mar 7 All in all, it was a beautiful afternoon and nothing short of that can be expected from Paige and Charles of The Grand Del Mar. Grand Del Mar 10 Here is more information about The Grand Del Mar in San Diego, taken from their website: Basking in San Diego’s endless sunshine, The Grand Del Mar welcomes guests to a warm Mediterranean estate, replete with signature charm and Southern California style. Impeccable service delivers every Five-Star indulgence, including a championship Tom Fazio golf course, Five-Star spa, and exquisite dining. Unrivaled by San Diego hotels, The Grand Del Mar shines as TripAdvisor’s #1 Hotel in the United States (#11 Luxury Hotel worldwide), California’s #1 Resort in Travel + Leisure’s “World’s Best Awards,??? and is lauded by Forbes Travel Guide as one of only ten triple Five-Star resorts in the world. Have an Exquisite Day and we will see you next Wednesday!

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