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October | 2017 | California and International Wedding Planner

Planners Xtraordinaire 2017

October 27th, 2017

When the invitation came to speak at Planners Xtraordinaire, a conference on Luxury weddings and events, Nikki did not hesitate. Icing on the cake was that the event was taking place in Dubai. The congress started on October 3rd with a cocktail party to kick off with two days dedicated to speakers and panelists.

Nikki reached Dubai on the evening of October 2nd and was met with the driver who dropped her off to the hotel. Palazzo Versace Hotel is a new property and is located in the newer part of Dubai.

Next morning she met up with two friends who live in Dubai and had an insightful discussion about life in Dubai.

After checking out the hotel it was time for a quick nap and then get ready for the cocktail party. The group was picked up and taken to Palace Hotel where the party was held outside on the terraces surrounded by Dubai skyline and in front of the famous Burj Khalifa. The water show was spectacular and the tall buildings awe inspiring. The evening was all about saying hello to old friends, make new friends, enjoy great food, entertainment and city views.
Nikki and Toni Breiss at the Cocktail Party.

Next morning conference was kicked off with Nikki’s Friend Diann Valentine who spoke about “What is Luxury". With great panels and speakers, the conference was thought provoking and interesting.
Day one of the conference with Frieha Altaf who represented Pakistan.

Evening was our gala dinner at the Cavali Club which was very enjoyable and impressive band from Monaco who kept the guests on their feet.

Final morning of conference started with the panel which Nikki was a part of. The moderator did a fantastic job of asking relevant and intelligent questions and the conference ended with Toni Breiss’s talk.

Lunch was as always enjoyed by all with foods from various parts of the globe. A glimpse of our international table at lunch with friends from Italy, Pakistan, Ireland, Brazil and USA!

Nikki and another speaker and friend at the conference decided to hire a driver and guide to venture to Old Dubai and visit the Souk. Needless to say it was a very interesting experience. That night after the souk was a visit to Dubai Mall which puts every Mall to shame. The sheer size and variety of shops, restaurants etc is over whelming. Next morning on her last day she ventured out to Abu Dhabi to see the Grand Mosque and was awe struck by the architecture and sheer beauty of the structure.

Nikki & Marley on their way to old Dubai.

The Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi on Nikki's last day.

Next day was early morning flight back to LA with lovely memories of Dubai and the amazing group of professionals from Q and A who had organized the Congress. Kudos to the entire group for doing a great job.

An Ethereal Grande Finale Reception

October 20th, 2017

Our grand finale was icing on the cake. After the early morning Barat followed by breakfast, ceremony, lunch, cocktail hour on the same day came the evening hour of our grand finale reception.

The bride and Nikki had spend countless hours on the phone going over the design elements. She still wanted understated elegance which was also ethereal. The room was carpeted in ivory matching the ivory draping on the walls. Gold tassels added to the drama. Long smokey mirror tables with rounds were a perfect compliment to the design specially with tall centerpieces covering the middle of each table.

The stage backdrop was simple and elegant and ivory dance floor bearing couple's names was again tied to create a cohesive look. Lighting was in warm amber candle light color and added to the romantic vibe.

Bride popped in her beautiful red outfit while the groom was dashing in his tuxedo.

The evening from the time guests entered to the couple's grand entrance, first dance, welcome toast, cake cutting, speeches was flawless. Guests noshed on delicious meal prepared by Amber India while also enjoying the photo booth outside in the foyer. The evening had amazing energy and ambiance and the dance floor was packed the entire evening proving this was indeed a successful event.

Special thank you to our partnerss!
Venue: Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay
Flowers: Asiel Design
Rentals/carpet/draping/lighting: Luna Party Rentals
Design/planning: Nikki & Madiha Khan of Exquisite Events
Caterer: Amber India
Photo Booth: Midnight Owl

Napa-inspired Ceremony

October 13th, 2017

Sonia and Shaan's parents booked our services eight months before their wedding date in November of 2016. Month of July 2017 was decided and after much search on the two venues for their Sangeet and the main events, Fairmont San Jose and Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay were booked. Since the couple got engaged in Napa, they wanted to bring the Napa vibe for their wedding. After much deliberation and many phone calls, a color palette of ivory and green was decided for their ceremony and reception. A thorough design walk thru was conducted at Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay with the couple and not only did we discuss all main design components but also the flow of events from Barat, ceremony, post ceremony lunch, cocktail hour and dinner reception.

After returning from the initial trip, we went to work to create the story board incorporating all design elements and proposals based on those. After much deliberation and phone calls, final decisions were made around June when Nikki and team flew for the mock up. Actual linens, chargers and napkins were brought in from LA and the table had the ethereal and elegant vibe the bride was looking for. Upon bride's request even a section of mandap was shown with flowers and after some tweaking all was confirmed. Rest of the afternoon was spent in discussing time line and flow of events with the couple and both families. Nikki and her team flew to Northern California a few days before the event to manage deliveries and set up.

Ceremony site was Ocean Lawn and bride chose an open structure so not to block the ocean view. It was a simple and elegant set up and bride was a vision in Sabyasachi when she walked down the aisle.

Ceremony ended with couple and families taking photos while guests made their way for lunch. Ocean lawn was again chosen for cocktail hour and Nikki chose crisp white color for this setup. A huge circular white bar sat atop where the mandap was in the morning. There were white lounge furniture vignettes, high boys and cocktail tables adorned with white linens and flowers. Multiple large mirrors bearing guest names for seating were displayed on the lawn and guests noshed on delectable bites and beverages amidst beautiful music.

They had yet another surprise to come to which was the reception. Stay tuned for the reception in next week blog.

Special thank you to our partners:
Florals: Asiel Designs
Videographer: Avec Lumiere
Photographer: Matei Horvath
Rentals/Lighting/Dance Floor: Luna Party Rentals
Cater: Amber India
Cake: Cake Coquette
Photo Booth: Night Owl
Location: Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay
Design/Planners: Nikki & Madiha Khan of Exquisite Events

Sangeet with a Moroccan Twist

October 6th, 2017

We were so excited to plan Sonia and Shaan’s wedding since it was a destination wedding and we were thrilled to head up North to the Bay Area. Festivities kicked off with the Sangeet at the Fairmont San Jose. It was a Moroccan theme with festive colors like pinks, oranges, golds and turquoise. The colors really brought the celebration to life.

Gorgeous lanterns, candles and ornate pillows were brought in to decorate the room.

The furniture and tents surrounded a large custom designed dance floor that made such a statement in the ballroom.

All eyes let you to the couples stage. There was an assortment of golden lanterns hanging against the pink draped linen, accented by the golden curtains and tied with floral arrangements.

Guests danced the night away to a live band and were treated to the most delicious food stations that served international cuisines; one of which was our favorite Burmese dish, Kow Sway which they were making to order and was absolutely divine.

Stay tuned in the upcoming weeks as we feature the ceremony & reception!

Special thank you to our partners!

Florals: Asiel Designs
Videographer: Avec Lumiere
Photographer: Matei Horvath
Rentals/Lighting/Dance Floor: Luna Party Rentals
Decor/Tenting/Lanterns: Raj Tents
Cater: Jalsa
Design/Planners: Nikki & Madiha Khan of Exquisite Events

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