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Destination Wedding Planners Congress 2018

April 20th, 2018

We had the distinct privilege of being invited to speak at 5th Destination Wedding Planners Congress in Los Cabos, Mexico. The Congress was conducted in partnership with the Los Cabos Tourism Board and The Mexico Tourism Board and as always did not disappoint. The DWP Congress saw over 600 attendees from 70 countries and it was an honor and humbling to share this global platform with the esteemed speakers.

As soon as we landed, we were greeted by mariachi band and Mexican dancers. We were then whisked away to a private area which was set up by DWP to welcome attendees. Refreshments and snacks were offered and we were then driven to the resort in a town car. Cabo del Azul is a stunning resort and after we were met by the GM of the property, we were escorted to our penthouse suite. This was another highlight of the trip. The 3,000 sq feet suite is impeccably furnished by Mexican artisan resort employs 70 carpenters whose job is to create all furniture pieces and wood work and it is by far the finest I have seen.

Here is a peek at our penthouse!

We had a couple of hours before the opening cocktail party which was a 30 minute drive from the resort and decided to chill and take it easy. Opening party was at a golf course and it was nice to see old friends and make new ones.

Second day was the start of conference and as always check in was seamless. We got to listen to the most dynamic leaders in the industry and the scheduled meetings with the suppliers were extremely beneficial. Decadent lunch, and plenty of snacks hot coffee and tea were served all day.

Evening event was the opening gala which was again off site in a canyon. Vendors had gone all out from lighting, rentals, entertainment, flowers etc and a fabulous night was enjoyed by all.

Next day the conference started again by a dynamic speaker and afternoon was devoted to work shops and break out sessions. To our surprise, our session was so popular that the organizers ended up moving us back to the convention center.

After our talk, we rushed back to the hotel to get ready for the farewell party which was again at an off site location at Acre. What fun we had at this boho chic event. From the venue to food, entertainment, ambiance and everything else it was truly a unique and fun experience.

Like all good things must come to an end, such was the case with this night. We reluctantly said good buy to our old and new friends and boarded the plane next morning to head back to LA.

Can’t wait for DWP to announce the next location for the 6th Congress!!!!

Behind The Bride’s Inspiration: London WeHo Rooftop Ceremony & Reception

April 6th, 2018

Over the years, we have helped a lot of couples with interfaith weddings and such was the case with Nishita and Mike. They are both young professionals and wanted their ceremony to be along the traditional lines of festive colors and ambiance seen in Indian Weddings They also wanted to provide a different experience to their guests at the reception and wanted the feel and colors to be elegant and time less and for that reason the color palette chosen was cream and blush.

London Hotel rooftop was the site for our ceremony which was embellished and decorated with bride's favorite colors. Our beautiful bride walked down the aisle wearing a stunning lehnga in ( don't remember the exact colors but you can fill that when you see the photo ) and carrying a bouquet that matched her wedding attire and was a perfect compliment. It is very important to keep the cohesive look to ensure that the wedding attire and the bouquet the bride is carrying matches flawlessly. For this reason a lot of our Indian brides carry two different bouquets, one for the ceremony and one for reception. This bride was also very keen on preserving her wedding bouquet. Hidden Garden did a stunning job with adding the perfect amount of bling and choice of flowers.

Photographer: Lin and Jirsa
Location: London Hotel West Hollywood
Florals: Hidden Garden
Rentals: Classic Party
DJ: Special Occasions
Linen: Wildflower Linens

Catering Ideas + Giveaway

March 30th, 2018

As we head into wedding season, we have partnered with Patina Catering to show you their award-winning service and offering including custom menus and gorgeous locations. These are some great ideas if you are looking for a cater. For a full list of Patina Wedding Venues check out their website!

Some of our picks would be the Music Center in Downtown Los Angeles, Descano Gardens for the Greater Los Angeles Area and Bowers Museum in Orange County.

If you head to our Instagram page we are having a giveaway for $200 gift card. Make sure to enter before April 2nd.

Ethereal + Elegant Wedding Reception

March 23rd, 2018

Kunjan and Anil are the sweetest couple ever and planning their wedding was a fun and thoroughly joyful process. Anil’s family was from Los Angeles and had lived in Bradbury for many decades. Kunjan was from India and was living in the States when the two met online. Soon after Anil proposed, the planning process began. Kunjan was very sure of one thing and that is she wanted all the pre-wedding events such as Mehndi, Sangeet, Pithi, etc. to take place at Anil’s home in Bradbury. Hotel Irvine was chosen for their wedding reception for three hundred plus guests.
While all the preceding events were infused with color and traditions, the couple wanted their reception to be in soft colors and muted tones. Bride made a trip to India to select all her outfits for different occasions and a lovely soft green lehnga from Sabyasachi was selected for the reception.

On the day of her reception, she was the most relaxed bride, full of energy and smiles. Since photos were very important to the couple, they decided to go off-site and spend a couple of hours taking photos. The photographer was wonderful in suggesting the “Mission” that was close to the hotel and served as a perfect backdrop with it’s old world charm and classic architecture. It also complimented the bride’s classic Sabyasachi outfit and the groom’s formal tuxedo.

The ballroom was done in ivory and rose gold and looked romantic, ethereal and elegant.

Ivory draping finished the room and combination of long and round tables created interest and drama. Long tables in rose gold graced both sides of the dance floor and were paired with rose gold chairs. All round tables were dressed in pale blush and paired with rose gold clear chairs.

Cascading orchids, roses and hyacinths along with other fragrant flowers had an aura of romance. Couple’s stage backdrop was like a three dimensional painting with a stunning flower wall.

Dance floor was bearing the couple’s initials that were also on the couple’s invitations.

We wish this exquisite couple lifetime of happiness!

Special thank you to our partners!
Decor/Planners: Nikki & Madiha Khan of Exquisite Events
Florals: Square Root Designs
Location: Hotel Irvine
Rentals: Luna Party
Linens: Wildflower Linens
Lighting/DJ: Special Occasions
Photographer: Duke Images
Videographer: Impressive Creations

Destination Wedding Ideas: Tuscany

March 16th, 2018

As enchanting and romantic as Tuscany itself, Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco is the perfect setting for an Italian destination wedding. The 5,000-acre estate provides an unforgettable tableau, complete with breathtaking landscapes and Old World charm. Situated throughout the estate, an array of exclusive wedding venues includes the historic church of San Michele Arcangelo with its frescoes by Pietro Lorenzetti. Whether hosting an intimate exchange of vows, an exquisite ceremony or a beautiful reception, all wedding occasions are paired with personalized service and delivered with uncompromising sophistication. The hotel offers a wide range of suites from Junior to Terrace suites and Villa suites ranging in size from 700 ft to 2000 sq ft. We would love for any brides looking to get married in Tuscany consider this upscale hotel for their destination wedding to provide an unparalleled experience to their guests.

Closest Landmarks:
Bagno Vignoni 10.7 miles
La Foce 14 miles
Macinaie 16.3 miles
Cantore 16.4 miles
National Picture Gallery Siena 16.7 miles
Palazzo Chigi Saracini 16.8 miles
National Museum of Etruscan Archaeology 16.8 miles
Piazza del Campo 16.9 miles
Siena train station 17.9 miles

Exquisite Women Entrepreneurs: Karissa Bodnar of Thrive Causemetics

March 9th, 2018

As many of you know, Nikki Khan founded Exquisite Events over 17 years ago and we are proud to have grown the company from local weddings and events to designing and planning events internationally. We are constantly inspired by women in business and are so proud to know so many who have been successful in pursuing their passions. This is why we have decided to start our ‘Exquisite Women Entrepreneurs’ series on our blog. We will be reaching out to many of our Exquisite friends who are entrepreneurs and women in business to discuss their inspirations, how they started, what keeps them motivated, etc.

Our first Exquisite Woman Entrepreneur is Karissa Bodnar. Karissa is the founder of Thrive Causemetics, a beauty brand with a very good purpose. The company is based in Seattle and the thing we love about it most is that the company gives back to women survivors of cancer and domestic violence. For every product purchased, one item is donated to one of these women and we absolutely fell in love with the company and what it stands for. We LOVE the name too!

In honor of International Women’s Day, we are starting our ‘Exquisite Women Entrepreneur’ series with the beautiful Karissa Bodnar of Thrive Causemetics.

Exquisite Events (EE): When did you start Thrive Causemetics?
Karissa Bodnar (KB): I began Thrive Causemetics in 2015.

EE: Describe Thrive Causemetics and what made you start the company?
KB: ?Thrive Causemetics creates high-performance, luxury cosmetics that are vegan,cruelty-free and made without parabens or sulfates. Our makeup is available exclusively onthrivecausemetics.com. I was inspired to start Thrive after losing my friend Kristy to cancer at just 24 years of age. Her compassionate and vivacious spirit motivated me to create a brand that goes beyond skin deep beauty to truly empower women. For every Thrive Causemetics product you purchase, one is donated to help a woman thrive.

EE: What is your background? Where did you go to school? Degrees? Or did you know a cosmetics line was your passion from the start?
KB: I began my career in the beauty industry as a makeup artist at 18 and graduated from University of Washington with a business and communications degree. My love for beauty products began when I was a young girl and I’ve always been inspired by the way makeup helps women feel confident. When a woman is confident, she is unstoppable. Upon graduation, I began working as a product developer for various luxury cosmetics brands.

EE: What was the first product you developed for the line?
K B: ?Our first products were ?Vegan Silk Faux Lashes?, the first-ever false eyelashes that work whether you have lashes or not, along with ?Infinity Waterproof Lash Adhesive?, lash glue that provides 24-hour hold designed with sensitive skin in mind and free of latex and other irritating chemicals.

EE: How do you go about finding Thrivers?
KB: We partner with charities and hospitals to host Giving Events, where we donate Thrive Causemetics products and provide makeup lessons to empower women in a fun and supportive atmosphere. Through these Giving Events, as well as our amazing nominations and friendships that come from our Thrive Tribe online community, we have been able to meet so many incredible women who exemplify what it means to Thrive.

EE: What are your favorite thrive products? Why?
KB:I am obsessed with our Cosmo Power Strobing Blush; it is the first of its kind! You can wear it as an eyeshadow, blush, highlighter and it’s so hydrating, you can wear it as a matte metallic lipstick!
Our Sun Chaser Blur + Sculpt Bronzer is another one of my favorites because it is a super creamy powder that blends flawlessly whether you are contouring or just want an overall glow. Liquid Lash Extensions Mascara is one of our most popular products. Since launching in May 2017, it has sold out 12 times! Liquid Lash Extensions Mascara is made from our proprietary blend of liquid fibers that stay water-resistant and flake-free all day. It is also infused with Orchid Stem Cells that condition your lashes to encourage growth.

EE: Any successful thrive stories from donation from Thrive?
KB: We met the amazing Rowan Shoemaker through Instagram and donated product to her at the beginning of her journey and is the inspiration behind our Rowan Matte Legacy Liquid Lipstick. Rowan was engaged with her wedding date set for June 3rd, 2017 but after being diagnosed with neuroendocrine cancer, her and her fiance decided to postpone their wedding until they knew more about her treatment plan. As her treatment went on, her best friend nominated heron Instagram and we knew Rowan would be the perfect name for our Matte Legacy Liquid Lipstick shade. Once Rowan and her fiance set their new wedding date, we worked with her friends and family for months to plan the big Rowan reveal. While Rowan and her fiance thought they were at a photo studio in Houston for new engagement photos, the Thrive Team and all of her family and friends surprised her with her new lipstick. Rowan is the embodiment of rising against any obstacles that come in your way. In September she received the news that she had no evidence of disease and last week she finally got her dream of getting married to her husband.

E E: Where can someone go to purchase thrive products?
K B: ?We are sold exclusively on ??thrivecausemetics.com?.
EE: Advice for female entrepreneurs?
KB: When everything seems to be going against us, I always focus on my "why" and my why is our mission. Women that we've supported through our giving mission like Nalie Agustin, DionneWarner, Maggie Kudirka, Robin Roberts and more are women who constantly inspire me. My advice to young entrepreneurs starting out is to focus on your "why". When you know your why, anything is possible.

Some of Thrive's Products!


Thank you Karissa! Stay tuned for our next inspirational Q&A!

An Exquisite K-pop Wedding

March 2nd, 2018

On February 3rd of this year, Korea’s biggest K-pop star Taeyang got married to actress Min Hyo Rin at an intimate ceremony followed by a reception for about 200 guests at Paradise City in Incheon Korea. Bride was inspired by Twilight Movie and wanted to transform the ballroom reminiscent of that.

The ballroom was designed to be a beautiful visual escape as well as a source of enlightenment and inspiration about everything and more in that movie. The lead designer Youngsong Martin of Wildflower Linens made a trip to China to import a lot of decor items.

Our first design walk through to Korea was in October of 2017 followed by a final visit before the wedding on Christmas Eve. Six of us then flew from here the week of the wedding on different days under the leadership of Youngsong. About 24 interns from Korea worked tirelessly to bring Young’s vision to life. Production started one week prior to the wedding and the ballroom was finished on the day of the wedding on Saturday around 1 pm. Needless to say our sweet couple was over the moon and absolutely loved the decor and ambiance.

The long tables were flanked on either side of the dance floor for about 70 guests and were set to the nines in front of a stage which was dedicated for the couple’s sweet heart table.

A beautiful gazebo filled with wisteria and orchids behind them housed the wedding cake. Round tables were set on the outer perimeter of the room on both sides.

Three D mapping of forest, birds chirping and the sound of water on both sides added movement and an ethereal sensory experience. Lighting was done to perfection by the same company who was instrumental in doing all the lighting at the PyeongChang Olympics. Moss green table Linens with ivory chiffon chair covers added further allure and drama and the round tables with textured gold Linens and slightly different chair covers added interest and dimension. It was a stunning wedding reception and judging from the couple, their parents, close friends and family, an exquisite and memorable evening.

Youngsong Martin, masterful president and designer created the team which included Spark Events Sophia Kim Park, Exquisite Events Nikki Khan, Vivi K Floral Designs very own Vivian Kim and Natalia Jung of Grand Eclair.

We were truly honored to be a part of this special event and wish the couple an exquisite and blissful life ahead.
Congrats to the beautiful couple!

A Birthday Celebration

February 23rd, 2018

Since my teen years I have been passionate about entertaining and setting a beautiful table for the guests. This is something that has brought me immense joy and I gave actually found it to be therapeutic. I have entertained a lot in all the years I have lived in this beautiful city Los Angeles, I call home. Last few years I have cut down on entertaining at home a lot due to lack of time and it has become a norm to have close friends and family over for casual meals. Since February is a busy month at Khan household with four back-to-back birthdays, I decided to do up the table to the nines in honor of Madiha and her husband Osman’s birthdays, which incidentally are a few days apart.

It was just our family and I decided to seat everyone including the grandchildren at the table. Since I had not done this in some time, I went all out and brought my favorite pieces to grace the table. Flowers were arranged in Baccarat, Lalique, Daum and St Louis vases. A few of my favorite Herend pieces along with Meissen and antique silver Knick knacks added to the drama and lastly all the beautiful candle holders and votives further embellished and enhanced the romantic ambiance. Madiha’s favorite Limoges dinner set, St Louis and Mozer glass ware and Christophle flatware were an exquisite addition to the set up. My husband cooked Madiha’s favorite dishes and the family enjoyed a delightful evening together.

Happy belated birthday Madiha and Osman. Wishing you many more exquisite ones to come!

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