Deo Singh and Poonam Khangura

June 25th, 2010

 

Deo Singh and Poonam Khangura - Sikh & West Indian Documentary Ceremony from Robles Video on Vimeo.

Deo Singh and Poonam Khangura - Sikh & West Indian Documentary Ceremony from Reprinted from Robles Video Blog On November 27, 2009, Deo Singh and Poonam Khangura held their wedding celebrations at the Universal Hilton. They wanted to share their special ceremony memories with all their guest, so we created a same-day edit in 4 hours. The highlight was played at their reception as the guest entered the ballroom. We arrive at 7:00 am to cover the bride preparation coverage. It didn't take much to make her into a stunning bride! She wore a brilliant red lehnga, encrusted with colorful crystals and detailed stitching. Since the bride is Punjabi, they held a traditional Sikh ceremony in the morning. Nikki Khan, from Exquisite Events, did an amazing job with the decor. The canopy & aisle was lavished with large bundles of red roses & candles. The groom arrived on a white horse for his baraat, with a band playing West Indian music. The bride's family welcomed the groom's side with a milni ceremony (exchange of garlands). After the ceremony, all the guest were ushered out to the lobby area for breakfast. The second ceremony was held at 1:30 pm in the next ballroom. Because Deo is from West India, so it was only fitting that they would have a Hindu ceremony in the afternoon. Both ceremonies concluded by 4:00 pm, and we started working on the highlights. The bride chose "Agar Tum Mil Jao" as one of the songs for the highlights, it's one of her favorites, and I chose "Tere Ore", her first dance song (the highlights were played on two 10.5' x 14' Fastfold screens). (Vendors: Robles Video Productions, Harvard Photography, Exquisite Events, Manjit Cottage Flower's, Sikh ceremony was conducted by Vermont Gurdwara, Hindu ceremony was conducted Pandit Chunnilal Narine)

Taimur and Sana’s Dholki, June 5th. 2010

June 14th, 2010

On June 5th, a dholki was hosted for Taimur and Sana who will be getting married in Houston, TX in July. The event was at the Calabasas community center and the space....the community center rec room. The party was for about 100 people and we had to figure out how to get enough seating in the room and yet make it beautiful and interesting. The first thing we wanted to do was cover the walls and the best way to do so is to use textured lighting patterns. Lighting is such an effective way to add warmth to a room and is sometimes more cost effective as opposed to draping an entire room. With the tables, we decided to abandon the rounds and go for squares and rectangles and put lots of candles and little clusters of flowers everywhere. We also had a few low tables and cushions on the ground to allow the ladies to sit down during the actual dholki. This party was a lot of fun and the couple had a great time!      

Lighting, lighting, lighting!

May 18th, 2010

Lighting is a huge aspect of a wedding or party. It sets the tone for the entire evening and nowadays there have been so many new and innovative ways to incorporate it.  Whether its creating different patterns on the ceiling, floor, and walls, or using LED lights that change colors throughout the evening, these are amazing things to use to kick it up a few notches. I love to use LED lights and break up patterns in a room and it can be budget friendly and so effective.  It's one thing to tell a client how important lighting is, but entirely different to show them in pictures or in person what can be created. [caption id="attachment_326" align="alignnone" width="271" caption="Peacock wall pattern"][/caption]  

Hiding a Shoe?

May 13th, 2010

Some of you may have attended an Indian or Pakistani wedding where the bride and groom may be sitting on the stage taking pictures with family and friends or eating their dinner and all of a sudden you hear a commotion. Well, chances are, that is the bride's side of the family stealing the groom's shoe and hiding it. Why steal a shoe? Well, it's actually a very cute tradition that involves the close girl family members and friends of the bride. They take the grooms shoe in exchange for money and there is a lot of heavy negotiating by the girls with the boys side in order for him to get his shoe back. I have done a wedding for a couple where the bridesmaids and friends got off with $200 each. The shoes were obviously very important to the groom!!

It makes for a very fun and interactive ritual for the families.

 Traditonal Groom shoe

A Dining Experience

May 4th, 2010

On April 17th, I hosted a private sit down dinner party for a few of my clients who have now become close friends. This was the first time that I have done a sit down at my home so it had to be absolutely special. The first priority was the color scheme. Since it was going to be in my backyard, I gravitated to red since it would add color and flair to an already bright spring evening. I planned a sit-down affair, a perfect opportunity to break out some seldom used-China. A tip for those who plan dinner parties: dont be afraid to mix and match patterns on your china and stemware if you do  not have enough settings of the same style. Sometimes I find it adds more interest and character when patterns are mixed. 

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As the day of the event drew closer, the weather refused to cooperate. The evenings stayed cool, and the nights were cold to the point that I was concerned for the comfort of my guests. Appropriate arrangements were made, and we sat down to a fantastic six course dinner in the warmth and comfort of heat lamps and a beautifully designed tent, courtesy of Royal Events.  The tent in particular made a great difference aesthetically; the overall effect was dramatic and stunning with the chandeliers, the beautiful linen, chair covers, and flowers. My backyard has never looked so good!

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Next agenda….Food. It had to be something different and exciting that people were not used to. The first name that came to mind was Crustacean in Beverly Hills. My husband and I have been eating there since it opened over 10 years ago and we continue to enjoy their delectable cuisine and wonderful preparation at every opportunity. I have worked with Catherine An on many occasions over the years and can always count on her to create a sumptuous dining experience that is as  aesthetically appealing as it is a delight to the palate.  The appetizers were tray passed as our guests arrived and were accompanied by  delicious strawberry mocktail martinis that complemented the decor perfectly. For dinner, Catherine and I created a 6 course tasting menu that highlighted flavors and cuisines from around the globe, and were stunning in both taste and looks. Thank you to Chef Ryan who prepared everything in my kitchen, which by no means is a chefs kitchen!    

1st course

Lemongrass Lobster Bisque with Creme Fraiche

2nd course

Grilled Bosc Pear Salad with Mixed Greens, Carmelized Walnuts, Goat   Cheese Truffles and Champagne Vinaigrette

3rd course

Royal Tiger Prawns with Crustacean secret sauces and AN’s Famous Garlic Noodles

Intermezzo

Green Apple Sorbet

Fourth course

Roasted Halibut with Spinach and Red Rice

Fifth course

Ponzu Glazed Filet Mignon with Bird’s nest of Cippolini Mashed Potatoes

Dessert Trio

Molecular Strawberry Shortcake, Velvet Chocolate Mousse, and Pistachio Cheesecake Ball with Blueberry Compote (The chef came out and demonstrated how he made this dessert with liquid nitrogen-DELICIOUS!)

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A spectacular evening and a treat for my guests as well as myself . It was a refreshing change to be able to enjoy an evening as a particpant and a guest in my own home, given that I am usually the one orchestrating every aspect of the event. The food, flowers, lighting, linens and overall ambience were exactly as I had envisioned them.  I would like to thank all of the people who made that evening such a success. Not only do I have a professional relationship with all of them, but they have all become my close friends and I truly cherish them all. Crustacean of Beverly Hills, Royal Events Inc, Youngsong Martin of Wildflower Linens, Nisie of Enchanted Florist, Megan Stark Photography who provided all these beautiful photos, Argyle Event Staffing, and my wonderful family. Thank you all!

Grace Ormonde Book Launch Party

April 16th, 2010

On Thursday April 15th, a select number of individuals from the uber talented wedding industry were invited for a VIP book launch party. The event took place at the Four Seasons Beverly Hills and was hosted by Roberta Karsch of Resource One and Mindy Wiess.  An amazing atmosphere was created in the ballroom of the Four Seasons showcasing the most stunning table tops, breath taking décor, engaging music and delicious cuisine. Grace Ormonde was introduced and made a brief speech thanking everyone for attending the event. In particular she thanked the two hosts that had organized the event along with all the designers that were involved with the décor. Invitees were seen carrying the heavy but gorgeous book “Love Never Goes Out of Style???.[gallery link="file"]

Mona and Sanjay – Part One

March 29th, 2010

Mona & Sanjay's Arthouse Feature: part 1 of 3 from Elysium Productions on Vimeo.

Mona and Sanjay – Part 2

March 28th, 2010

Mona & Sanjay's Arthouse Feature: part 2 of 3 from Elysium Productions on Vimeo.

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