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November | 2016 | California and International Wedding Planner

Happy Thanksgiving from Exquisite Events

November 25th, 2016

It's definitely not a secret that Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. Tradition is to host it at my house and have our entire family over and who ever else would like to join, which typically turns out to be around 20 people.

The first thing I think about is how I am going to dress up the table. Each year it's different and this year I was inspired by green and gold. I foraged around my neighborhood (apologize to any trees or bushes that were harmed in this process) for the greenery, spray painted my halloween mini pumpkins and gourds in gold, and with a little assistance from Home Goods and lots of candles, voila! The table was good to go.



Now on to the bird-For the last 8 years we have been ordering the Cajun Deep Fried Turkey from Neiman Marcus. Now some of you may be questioning this, but I am not kidding when I say this turkey will change your life. It is the juiciest, most delicious turkey and this year, we ordered 2 of them because, well, 1 is just not enough, along with my brother bringing 12 lbs of prime rib with a spice rub that you would want to put on EVERYTHING.

The sides were the usual decadent fare and of course, the dessert...3 different homemade pies courtesy of my sister-in-law.

I am so grateful to have all of the people I love under the same roof.


Hope everyone had an Exquisite Thanksgiving with family and loved ones!




Grand Finale Reception at the Bacara Resort & Spa

November 18th, 2016

Our epic grand finale was the reception that night. The inspiration for this event came from the client’s invitation which was white and gold and her wish to create something that was reminiscent of French Palace. 500-160813-gupta-wedding-19011
The invitation was absolutely gorgeous and gave me an idea to develop my own chair covers line in collaboration with Youngsong Martin of Wildflower Linens. 503-160813-gupta-wedding-18912
Production started in the ballroom on the morning of Thursday with draping and carpeting the room. Once these two important elements were in place, we brought in all the hardware on Friday which consisted of many chandeliers and a 50x24ft stage backdrop. Regal arches in white and gold were placed with panels in the back and hanging chandeliers. This gave a three dimensional illusion and looked spectacular. a8e011c0-9c8c-48de-8f26-4e9842c3272e
Stage front also consisted of custom boxes that were built to hold fresh flowers as well as give the stage a finished look. End result was absolutely dramatic. Dance floor was laid and all the tables were set around the room. We wanted to make sure enough time was given to each and every aspect of décor so the design was not compromised in the least. The entire room had four very impressive structures which were built for this event. Each structure consisted of six arms with custom crystal chandeliers and was strategically placed. The idea was to have twenty four tables with chandeliers hanging from above and low centerpieces. The four curved tables were for important family and close friends and had a lush runner of flowers going through the middle. Hundreds of candles cast a beautiful and romantic glow all over the room with chandeliers above the dance floor looking like a “ jewel box “. 510-160813-gupta-wedding-18969
Couple’s table sat in the middle of curved tables with the white and gold cake sitting atop a high gloss stage and backdrop of white and gold panels. Large mirrors were placed on both sides of the room and two bars that were again custom built for this event sat in the back of the room. 466c24d8-9a0f-47a8-a449-7aee557de24f
All the silverware and embellished crystal glasses were specially rented for this occasion and again added to the drama. Saturday morning was dedicated to placing linens, candles and flowers as well as focusing pin spots in the room. Resort was very candid in letting us know no one in the past had done such extensive lighting in their ballroom. We used each and every rigging point and hence were able to achieve an unforgettably gorgeous vibe. Linens were also custom designed with three different types of table linens and three different styles of chair covers complimenting these table linens. The collaboration of chair covers with Wildflower linens was personally an icing on the cake for me and the result was stunning. 505-160813-gupta-wedding-19131
Once the candles were lit, water poured in the glasses and servers all lined up by the main door, mother of the groom along with groom’s two sisters walked in. They had not seen the various stages of set up and this proved to be way beyond their expectations, there were a lot of happy tears. The team was told time and again how this had surpassed client’s expectations. A dozen electric violinists were on the dance floor for the opening and up on the balconies we had ballroom dancers performing for the grand opening. img_0230
At the sound of chimes, the ballroom was revealed to hundreds of guests who all gushed with ooohs and ahhhhs. It was an impressive sight to have the violinists playing French music, dancers moving gracefully on the balconies and the room completely awash in gold candle light as our lighting was in soft amber. Couple made their grand entrance and went straight to the dance floor for first dance. Guests noshed on carefully curated four course meal with wine pairing with different entertainment during each course from opera singers on the balcony to ballroom dancers to string instruments. After the cake was cut, dancefloor was open to guests who enjoyed a special band that was flown from India for the event. This epic night lasted till 4 am and finally came to an end. This never to be forgotten event will be forever etched in our hearts and minds. 542-160813-gupta-wedding-18837

Wedding Ceremony at the Bacara Resort & Spa

November 11th, 2016

Saturday was the wedding ceremony on Ocean Lawn.  Since Baraat is a very important aspect of wedding ceremony and client wished it be very grand, after much back and forth we were able to  acquire permission to use the lobby and front driveway for Sehra Bandi and Baraat.  This meant the use of entire lobby from 1:30-2:30 pm and closure of front courtyard from 2:30-3:30 pm.  Resort was very accommodating and  understanding and after much logistical planning on their end, all traffic was diverted to the back lot. c7ecf5c5-075b-4a0f-802b-d8d854418f34 img_0086 Groom's family and friends gathered in the lobby where a floral veil was tied on groom's face with a close family friend reading a poem written for this occasion.  Groom was escorted amidst shower of rose petals to the courtyard where a band was assembled with his horse.   160813-gupta-wedding-12966 Amidst all pomp and circumstance groom got on the horse with band playing festive upbeat tunes and family and friends dancing to make their way to the site where the bride's family awaited them.  Baraat took about twenty five minutes to reach the Milni site where an impressive tent was set up for greeting between the two families.   160813-gupta-wedding-12679 Guests were then escorted for a decadent afternoon tea hosted by the bride's family.  Ceremony was to take place on Ocean Lawn where a circular 72' tent was set up with mandap in the center and five hundred chairs in a circular fashion.  The idea was to have the ceremony rituals being witnessed by all the guests.  Multiple chandeliers hung over the mandap and beautiful French Regency styles furniture in cream and gold further enhanced the elegant vibe.   579-160813-gupta-wedding-11925 Colors chosen for ceremony were peach and gold with hint of green. As our string trio started to play, guests made their way to Ocean Lawn.  With soft breeze and clear blue ocean, it was truly a picturesque sight.   160813-gupta-wedding-14113 Groom made his way accompanied by his parents followed by bridal party who took their seats close to the mandap. Bride's favorite song was an indication for her walk down the aisle on her father's arm.  Ceremony was short and beautiful and at the conclusion both families took photos with the couple by the mandap.  Couple was then whisked away in their special golf cart which was decorated with fresh flowers by the photographer for photos.  Guests got on the golf carts  and some walked back to go to their rooms to change for the reception which was a couple of hours later.   Stay tuned for the epic grand finale jaw dropping reception which will take your breath away.

Sangeet Upstairs at the Bacara Resort & Spa

November 4th, 2016

Second phase of the evening which consisted of dessert bar, action stations, whiskey lounge and cigar roller in the Rotunda. The color palette was the same in deep reds and hint of aubergine. High tables accompanied by bar stools were set on either side of the terrace over looking the front courtyard and ocean. Tons of candles cast a romantic and sexy glow. Day beds, bournes and arm less couches and chairs with colorful pillows created intimate and sensual spaces. Innumerable candles were burning everywhere and the two bars stayed busy throughout the night. Highlight of the evening was the band in Santa Ynez room. This room is connected with rotunda through a common terrace and was converted into a night club. The entire room was covered with Merlot high gloss dance floor. 576-160812-gupta-sangeet-2655
An oversized stage sat in the center of the room with candle walls creating a lovely backdrop. Two huge flower arrangements in urns sat on either side of the stage. Custom orbs were hung on the ceiling to bring added drama along with intelligent lighting, patterns on the dance floor and ceiling. 585-160812-gupta-sangeet-2680
As soon as guests arrived on the upper level, many made their way to the Santa Ynez room where the band was playing high energy music. Some got comfortable with whiskey and cigars and a lot of them made way to dessert bar and action stations. The two bars also stayed busy throughout the night. 572-160812-gupta-sangeet-2637
Around 11 pm, late night snacks consisting of sliders, mac n cheese and truffle fries were passed. The best thing for us to witness is when the hosts are having a great time and this night was a true testament to that. Like all good things must come to an end, this one did too but at 3 am, sign of a true successful party. 555-160812-gupta-sangeet-2621
Stay tuned for our breathtaking Baraat, high tea, and exquisite ceremony next week.

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