Rustic Barn Wedding in Northern California (Part 2 of 2)

September 24th, 2014

Sid and Ragina, our couple, had already booked Cayucos Creek Barn for their wedding and reception.  This was exciting for Nikki due to the sheer nature and location of the event.  Nikki decided to go up north to visit the venue in order to better understand the design aesthetics.  This trip was very helpful as she not only toured both properties for the sangeet and the wedding, but was also able to meet and have lunch at the Indian restaurant that was going to cater the food.  After the site visit, a story board was created with couple's feedback.  We decided to incorporate elements that complimented and enhanced the environment.  A simple and earthy color scheme of tan, kelly-green and sand colors were chosen. Rustic Barn Wedding 1-1 Rustic Barn Wedding 1-2 The couple wanted their ceremony to be by the creek under a large tree with no mandap or raised stage. Patel_Johnson_Wedding_1245 (1) The set up began the day before at the venue with restroom delivery, lighting, furniture and tenting, etc.  By the end of the day, Nikki was very happy with the outcome and the next day was devoted to fine tuning the event and work on details.  The ceremony tent was swagged with ivory fabric to provide shade for the guests. Patel_Johnson_Wedding_1363 Two large tree trunks were placed directly under a large tree and were loosely wrapped with greenery. Patel_Johnson_Wedding_1255 A thick bed of white rose petals forming swirly pattern on the aisle created simplicity with elegance. Rustic Barn Wedding 5 Mason jars bearing olive branches, eucalyptus and succulents tied with string were hung on the chairs. Patel_Johnson_Wedding_1246 Upon arrival, guests were served lunch and cold drinks that were set up on a ladder in the same area which was going to be changed to cocktail hour after the ceremony. Rustic Barn Wedding 7 The grassy area was dotted with dozens of market umbrellas, barn furniture and rustic tables and bars. Patel_Johnson_Wedding_1278 Chalk boards bearing signs for the ceremony, bathrooms, gifts, lunch, bar menu and dinner/dessert menus were strategically placed all over creating a lot of interest and visual. Patel_Johnson_Wedding_1221 Patel_Johnson_Wedding_1210 Patel_Johnson_Wedding_1203 Patel_Johnson_Wedding_1016 A rustic bird cage wrapped artistically with greenery sat on a wooden table bearing a sign reading “gifts.??? Rustic Barn Wedding 10 A musical quartet was hired to play during the ceremony and cocktail hour and created a magical and romantic ambiance. Patel_Johnson_Wedding_1973 The couple arrived and mingled with the guests for lunch and then went away for a few minutes before ceremony started. Patel_Johnson_Wedding_2016 As their favorite song began, they both came out in unison and met under the tree for their ceremony. Rustic Barn Wedding 24 Sid had asked his cousin to perform the ceremony which was simple, meaningful and touching.  As the couple exchanged their vows, their deep love for one another permeated the air. Rustic Barn Wedding 21 At the end of the ceremony, guests were served cold mango lassiy and moved to the cocktail area where the bars were open and live music was playing couple's favorite songs. Rustic Barn Wedding 20 The guests were escorted to the barn for dinner which was set up simply and elegantly. Patel_Johnson_Wedding_1081 Our couple was over the moon to see the dinner tables for the first time and kept saying we exceeded their expectations and vision throughout the night.  Outside the barn, a long buffet table bearing olive branches, succulents and seasonal flowers on burlap linen looked very appealing. Rustic Barn Wedding 23 Rustic Barn Wedding 6 Desserts were set up in the back on armoires, wrought iron furniture and rustic wooden tables. Rustic Barn Wedding 15 Rustic Barn Wedding 14-2 Rustic Barn Wedding 19 A large dinner menu sat on one side and small chalk board bearing signs for desserts drew the guests to those stations. Rustic Barn Wedding 17 Guests dined on a sumptuous buffet under the stars and market lights. Rustic Barn Wedding 18 Our couple was ecstatic and very happy and the DJ kept them and the guests on the dance floor for most of the night.  This was another "Exquisite Event" ending on a high note. Rustic Barn Wedding 14-1 Here is a beautiful note we received from Ragina:   Dear Nikki and Madiha,   Thank you so much for making our wedding weekend so fun, memorable and exquisite!!! You and Madiha lived up to your name is every regard! :)   All of our guests and loved ones had such a amazing time, and they were so appreciate of every detail you put into the decor as well as the utmost professionalism and kindness of your staff. I absolutely loved how the look and feel of Friday and Saturday came together and how unique and perfect each night turned out to be. In fact, I was blown away with the beauty of each event that was complimented so sweetly with the joy and love of our family and friends!   We are thoroughly happy with everything! We will stay in touch.   Not only are you and Madiha so talented but also very sweet people. We enjoyed getting to know you both too!   Warmest wishes and thanks again for everything, Ragina   Have an Exquisite day and we will see you next Wednesday! Photographer: Gene Higa Photography, Venue: Cayucos Creek Barn, Florist: Elegant Details, Decor: Haute Catering, Rentals: Luna Party Rentals, DJ: Special Occasions LA

Sangeet in Northern California (Part 1 of 2)

September 17th, 2014

This couple approached us in January to plan their sangeet and wedding in Northern California.  This was going to be a destination wedding as the majority of the guests were coming from San Diego and other places.  The couple is very low key and wanted a colorful sangeet, but a very simple barn wedding.  Nikki got very excited at the prospect of a barn wedding since Exquisite Events had never done one.  Nikki also felt very connected to the couple because of their simple and loving nature.  Since their guest count grew from 100 to over 200 for both events, a restaurant buy out (which was the original idea) in Cambria was not going to work.  Nikki reached out to various hotels and venues and finally Cambria Pines Lodge was selected for their sangeet.  The lodge is very charming and rustic and is surrounded by beautiful trees. The weather in this town is mild because it is of close proximity to the beach.   The Peacock Room was booked for this event and since the couple was looking for a traditional ambiance, we decided to use colors that had never been used in our previous events.  The room was draped in lime green with red valances along with a lime green dance floor. Sangeet in Cambria 1 Sangeet in Cambria 2 Sangeet in Cambria 17 Sangeet in Cambria 26 Sangeet in Cambria 28 Saffron yellow and orange colors were incorporated in tents, furniture, linens and flowers. Sangeet in Cambria 12 The existing chandeliers were swagged with orange and yellow flowers. Sangeet in Cambria 3 Beautiful lighting completed the magical look and feel of the event. Sangeet in Cambria 13 Sangeet in Cambria 14 Sangeet in Cambria 16 The bride and groom walked into the room and were beyond pleased with the design and colors and enjoyed the night along with their guests. Sangeet in Cambria 31 There was a lot of dancing as well as Garba since the groom is Gujrati. Sangeet in Cambria 19 The venue did an amazing job with food stations and passed appetizers.  Mehndi artists kept the ladies busy with mehndi application and the DJ spun the most amazing tunes, keeping the crowd on their feet until the wee hours of the morning.  The event ended on a high note. Have an Exquisite day and we will see you next Wednesday for all the details of their wedding at Cayucos Creek Barn in Cayucos! Photographer: Gene Higa Photography, Venue: Cambria Pines Lodge, Florist: Elegant Details, Tents and furniture: Raj Tents, Rentals: Luna Party Rentals, DJ/Lighting: Special Occasions LA

Peru – a Land of Beauty, Love, Mystery, and Delicious Food

September 10th, 2014

As Exquisite Events blogger, most weeks I have the pleasure of uploading Nikki and Madiha’s amazing photos from their over-the-top extravagant events and editing the story behind the details of all of the pre-wedding functions, ceremonies, and receptions. I also get to blog about their travels, and food and fashion tastes. This week, we’re taking a little break from the norm, to bring you a look into my recent trip to Lima, Peru and Machu Picchu!

Our trip started when we landed at 6 a.m. at the Lima airport. My boyfriend, and I were visiting his cousin who lives and works in Lima and we were happy to have him as our guide. He showed us the parts of the city that any tourist would want to see like the city center, the ceremony of the changing of the guards, Kennedy Park - a park filled with flowers and cats, El Parque del Amor (the park of love), and the views of the ocean from just above the coastline in Miraflores. It's winter in Lima, so there was a romantic fog over the city the whole time we were there.







He also made sure that we ate some of the best food, as Lima is known to be the gastronomic center of Latin America. The famous sandwiches at “La Lucha,??? amazing ceviche at “La Rosa Nautica,??? and countless “menus,??? which are Lima’s 3-course-meals for about $3-$4.


La Rosa Nautica



We were only in Peru for 6 whole days, but we did not want to miss Cusco, the Sacred Valley, and Machu Picchu. We took advantage of every moment. The first day, we landed in Cusco, walked around the city center and local market, had breakfast - well their typical breakfast - a big bowl of delicious chicken soup, and were on our way in a passenger van to Ollantaytambo.





Ollantaytambo is the last stop in the Sacred Valley before Aguascalientes, the town of Machu Picchu. It’s a charming town with only two streets wide enough for cars, and many alleys just wide enough for people and horses. We spent the day among Inca ruins, sipping coffee in the city square, and admiring the majestic landscape.




The next day, we were off early on the train to Aguascalientes and Machu Picchu. The views of the Andes Mountains and dispersed Incan ruins were incredible and riding by the Urubamba River was tranquil.




We arrived and were ready for a steep hour and a half hike up to Machu Picchu mountain, the highest peak in Machu Picchu with a 360 degree view of the village and mountains around. At the top of the mountain, we met several fellow travelers, including a couple from Argentina. The boyfriend took the opportunity to get down on one knee and propose to his girlfriend at the top of the mountain! And he asked me to be the photographer! I felt so special to be a part of that moment, but I'm a little bummed I didn't take pictures on my own camera of the event. (Best wishes to both of you if you ever stumble upon this blog and Exquisite Events would love to plan your wedding!) The view was phenomenal and well worth the sweat!




Machu Picchu was only discovered a little over one hundred years ago, and not much is known about why or how the Incas disappeared from this place. It was fun to walk around a land of complete mystery. We explored the ruins for the rest of the day and ended up camping just below the ancient Incan village.






We had a truly amazing trip and enjoyed adventuring through the Peruvian Jungle. We fell even more in love exploring the world together. Maybe on our next adventure, he'll take a hint from the guy on the top of Machu Picchu mountain. ;)

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Have an Exquisite Day and we'll see you next Wednesday!

Beverly Hills Hotel Wedding Reception Grand Finale (part 5 of 5)

September 4th, 2014

After the ceremony was over guests were escorted to the Crystal Foyer for cocktail hour. A canopy swathed in sheer gauze ivory  fabric sat under the beautiful chandelier with lounge vignettes consisting of French furniture and a large pouff embellished with gorgeous florals.  Beverly Hills Hotel Reception 21 Beverly Hills Wedding Reception 10 Guests enjoyed signature cocktails and delicious hors deuovers as well as food stations paying homage to the bride's hometown of Manila, Phillipines.  A quartet played enchanting music and kept the guests entertained. Beverly Hills Hotel Reception 22 Beverly Hills Hotel Reception 23 At exactly 7 pm the ballroom doors opened to reveal a stunning set up.  Our bride wanted to create "Old Hollywood Glamour" to compliment the hotel.  We chose rose gold, dull gold and ivory colors. Beverly Hills Wedding Reception 2 The entire ballroom had a rose gold dance floor.   Beverly Hills Wedding Reception 9 The backdrop of the stage was the Camilla flower wall.  Beverly Hills Wedding Reception 8 Two long custom chandelier tables were set to the nines for close family. Beverly Hills Hotel Reception The couple had expressed the desire to be on a riser facing the stage.  A gorgeous half moon couch and a mirror top table were created for the couple's sweet heart area. Beverly Hills Hotel Reception 19 Beverly Hills Wedding Reception 4 The flowers were cream and ivory orchids and roses with garlands of fresh water pearls cascading down.  Tons of candles in mercury glass and other vintage votives sat atop tables creating a lovely ambiance.  Beverly Hills Wedding Reception 3 Beverly Hills Wedding Reception 5 Our nine piece band rocked the crowd.  The couple made their grand entrance and went straight to the dance floor for their first dance as husband and wife.  Beverly Hills Wedding Reception 6 Halfway through the reception, the bride changed into a Marchesa gown.  The band rocked the crowd all night long.  The evening lasted until the wee hours of the morning and guests left the hotel with fond memories etched in their minds forever. Beverly Hills Wedding Reception 11 Beverly Hills Wedding Reception 12 "Thank you Aunty Nikki! I really wish I could get married again (to Arshad of course). It was such a great experience having you and Madiha plan our wedding!" - Jasmin (the bride) Have an Exquisite day and we will see you next Wednesday!

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