Getting to Know Nikki Khan

August 25th, 2017

See how well you know our Nikki Khan!

How did you come about creating Exquisite Events? It might sound cliche but I always had passion for throwing parties and entertaining since my teen years. The seed was planted firmly when I attended Swiss Finishing School and resided in Switzerland with my family. I was actually thrown into event planning by default when a good friend approached me for her daughter's 16th birthday party and the rest as they say is history.

What is your background – education, college, event experience, etc? I got my degree in nutrition from UCLA and pursued the career of clinical dietician and worked in a hospital for a few years. I always knew that was not my calling as I did not enjoy that.

What separate Exquisite Events from the rest? We are extremely detail oriented and have a passion for what we do. Our motto has always been " you are as good as your last event " and we never forget that. We are also an event design, planning, coordination and management company and are very involved with every aspect of the event.

What has been your favorite part about working with your daughter? It is amazing when you get to work with your daughter who is as passionate about events as you are. We constantly bounce ideas off of each other. She brings a fresh, edgy and young approach to the events whereas my design aesthetic is more classic. She is also able to connect with the couples and I connect with the parents so in many regards we make a perfect team.

What has been your most memorable event(s) to date? There have been many over the years but from recent memory there are a few we produced in the last few years that have become our all time favorites.

Tell us a time when you had to trouble shoot or had an emergency at an event? Client had insisted on hiring their own lighting company and the poles were covered in black vinyl. Luckily our linen company had extra fabric on the truck and crisis was averted. It is vital for clients to trust us with our vendors and understand the relationship we have built over the years to understand expectations and never disappoint.

For all the future brides out there, what is your biggest advice when planning a wedding? Enjoy the planning process! Hire a planner you can trust and remember the bigger picture which is the sacred commitment you are going to be making to one another. Breathe and have fun along the way. Don't get wrapped up in details that are not important at the end of the day. Focus on the big picture and enjoy your big day to the fullest.

If you could plan an event right now, what would be your dream event? My dream event would be to plan a wedding in many places but the two cities that personally mean a lot to me are Florence and Paris. I would love to plan a wedding in either of these two cities.

Flower? Any orchid and peonies
Color? Black in clothes
Vacation Spot? Many! Top few are Paris, Venice, Florence, Milan, Côte d'Azur
Restaurant? Many! Top faves are Bazaar, Cleo, Polo Lounge and Blvd in LA
Dessert? Love most desserts but fave is creme brûlée and good macarons
Movie? Midnight in Paris
Beauty Item? My Sisley cleanser and moisturizer
Fashion Designer? Karl Lagerfeld. Obsessed with anything Chanel
Thing to do when you are not working? Love spending time with my grand children

Getting to Know Madiha Khan

August 18th, 2017

It's Q&A time with our very own, Madiha Khan!

What is your role at Exquisite Events? Event design and planner.

What is your education & event experience background? I graduated from college and went into finance. I was always helping my mom with events on the weekends and I loved it. I grew up seeing her entertain so it was and is second nature.

What separate Exquisite Events from the rest? Since we are a mother-daughter team it is nice when we meet families because we both relate to them in different ways. A lot of times we are not only planning with the couple but the parents are involved too and it is important to be able to connect with everyone during the process. You are also guaranteed either Nikki or myself to design and plan your event and for us, our events are not about how many we can do in a year but rather the quality that we can produce to exceed our client's expectations.

What has been your favorite part about working with your mother? Learning from her. I have been very fortunate to have someone like Nikki pave a path for me and do it with such grace. Women in business always impress me and the fact that she started Exquisite Events from nothing 17 years ago is incredible!

What has been your most memorable event to date? There are a few that stick out to me but I will say that last year we did a 4 day destination wedding at the One and Only Palmilla in Los Cabos that was absolutely spectacular and so fun. The couple was from New York and they were both so sweet.

Tell us a time when you had an event emergency: Once a client hired their own caterer who did not bring enough staff to plate the food so me and my staff put some gloves on and plated 200 plates of food. I'll never forget that one!

For all the future brides, what is your biggest advice when planning a wedding? We know that most of our couples are doing this for the first time and don't know what things cost. Budget is important. Once we have your inspiration we will be able to tell you what decor would cost. We are planners and we are here to help our client at the end of the day and trust is also very important.

Best day-of-wedding advice? Make sure to have someone in charge of photos and family portraits that way you ensure that all important people are in the photos.

If you could plan any event right now, what would be you plan? Cocktail party by the beach, fancy sit down dinner, etc. My dream event would be on a vineyard in Tuscany or Como. Basically anywhere in Italy would be a dream.

Vacation Spot? For a quick get away we love to do Cabo since it's 2 hours away. Beach vacations are the best with kids.
Restaurant? I would say Osteria Mozza is still my all time favorite.
Beverage? Water and a Greyhound.
Dessert? Not huge into dessert but give me a Butter cake from Maestros any day of the week! I am also a sucker for almond rochas.
Beauty Item? Anything skin care.
Fashion Designer? Pakistani - Élan // India - Sabyasachi // and then Elie Saab is my favorite gown designer
Thing to do when you are not working? Spend time with my 2 boys who are 5 years old and 6 months old.

If you have any questions you would like answered, send them our way

Fashion Fridays with Azzi & Osta

August 11th, 2017

For Fashion Fridays, we are taking a look at one of our favorite designers... Azzi & Osta.

There is so much talent in designing and fashion from Lebanon including our some of our top picks - Elie Saab and Zuhair Murad. Now our sights are set on Azzi & Osta who both interned with Mr. Saab for 18 months before starting their own line.

George Azzi and Assaad Osta had their sights set for fashion. Their pieces are so beautifully constructed with rich fabrics and beautiful textures. At such a young age, these two have really made a name for themselves dressing the likes of Aishwarya Rai Bachan and Guiliana Rancic to name a few. Look forward to what they have in store for 2018.

Here is a look at pieces from the 16/17 Promises of Dawn Fall/Winter Collection:

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The Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay

August 4th, 2017

This past weekend we were in Northern California for a destination wedding. The events were held at The Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay, which if you have been there it feels like you are at the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland.

The hotel is nestled on a cliff of the coastline in the quaint Half Moon Bay and is surrounded by lush greenery a lot of which is a 36-hole golf course.

It does tend to get a bit on the chilly side but the property has large communal fireplaces and a beautiful outdoor bar where you can sit outside over looking the Pacific sipping a glass of wine. It even has an indoor pool so this hotel is a great destination to go for a vacation or even a mini staycation if you are in the Bay Area.

Stay tuned for images from our Exquisite destination wedding!

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