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DIL (Developments in Literacy) Gala in Los Angeles

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

Developments in Literacy, or DIL, is an organization very close to Nikki’s heart.  The organization was founded over a decade ago by Fiza Shah, who is a close friend of Nikki’s, and has now established schools in many under-privileged areas of Pakistan.  The objective of DIL, to which they have been very successful, is to promote female literacy in the remote, under-developed areas of Pakistan.  Since Nikki strongly believes in female education, she has always been a strong supporter of DIL.  She was on the board at the Los Angeles chapter for many years and helped in whatever capacity she could, even after stepping down.  Each year, DIL holds its annual gala fundraiser and this year the President of the Los Angeles chapter, Tehmina Jesrai, approached Nikki about doing a fashion show.

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Needless to say, Nikki did not hesitate for a minute and was fully on board to provide help and get décor sponsorships like she did the previous year.  Tehmina invited three young and very talented designers from Pakistan: Nida Azwer, Misha Lakhani and Sania Maskatiya.

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Nikki was asked to donate her services and have her team of vendors sponsor and underwrite the event which they willingly agreed to. The logistics, layout and design elements were discussed during the initial walk through.  Throughout the planning process, there were countless emails, phone calls and in-person meetings.  September 12th was the date set for the gala.  The day of the event, Nikki got to the venue in the morning with her team to begin the install.  By 4 pm, everything from lighting, rentals, flowers and AV were in place.  Guests started to arrive at 6:30 pm, which was the invited time.  Everyone enjoyed taking photos in front of step and repeat.  After enjoying hor d’oeuvres and drinks, guests were escorted to the South Hall where the fashion show and auction was going to take place.  After a welcome note from the President and a few speeches, a live auction was held during dinner.

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A movie was shown of the progress DIL has made over the years and guests were asked to donate generously for this worthy cause.  The fashion show was a huge hit and the designers outdid themselves.  All three of them had a distinct style and flair.


DIL was able to raise a lot of money for this worthy cause and the evening ended on a high note.

Have an Exquisite day and we will see you next Wednesday!

Vivienne Westwood Rooftop Event in Los Angeles

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

When I was approached by the Vivienne Westwood store in Los Angeles to design a sit down dinner for 50 of fashions most influential guests, I was incredibly excited! I have followed Vivienne Westwood for quite some time, and besides, who could forget Carrie Bradshaw’s wedding dress in Sex and the City?!

The dinner was to be on the rooftop of the LA store and it was in honor of the Blonde Salad’s Chiara Ferragni, a fashion blogger who will be moving from Italy to LA. The rooftop is dark gray and cream and knowing Vivienne Westwood’s style, I wanted to incorporate a lot of color and add her signature plaid to brighten it up.

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My favorite thing to do is mix table seating so the 2 long tables had tufted leather benches in primary colors as well as acrylic chairs to add interest and texture to the space.

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The place settings were really important to me so I chose a gothic style flatware and stemware that would go along with a rust color charger to again, give texture to the space.

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When I spoke with Bess of Celadon Celery, I explained my vision to her regarding the flowers and the vases and she nailed it! The vases were covered in a plaid fabric and we used bright colored orchids and dahlias with tall candelabras painted in a bright blue.

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I also added 4 large globe chandeliers to the 4 corners of the roof and a beautiful gilded mirror to soften everything up.

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At night, it looked magical with the candlelight!

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The evening started with a 3 course Italian meal served by Ago restaurant with a live performance by Youthquaker, who have a kind of trip-hop style reminiscent of Portishead (one of my favorite bands).

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Such a fun time connecting with some great people in fashion and being part of such a fun evening.

I absolutely loved designing and transforming the space!

Excited to share that the event was featured in LA Fashion Magazine and



Thank you to all my partners:

Photographer: Brady Puryear Photography, Décor: Blueprint Studios, Florist: Celadon Celery, Rentals: Town and Country

“The coldest winter I ever saw was the summer I spent in San Francisco.”

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

I have a client that was looking to book a non-hotel venue in San Francisco for her wedding next year.  My good friend Gene Higa who had lived in San Francisco and was very familiar with the city offered to accompany me and set up a few appointments.  Since he was already going to be in the city for a wedding he was shooting, I coordinated with him and decided to drive up the coastline with my husband.  As much as I dislike driving, I find the drive up north very soothing and relaxing.


We left the house on Wednesday morning at 9 a.m. and were in San Jose at 2:30 p.m.  The weather was absolutely beautiful and very pleasant and due to traveling on a weekday, there was no traffic.  I had a couple of appointments in San Jose and after the meetings, we headed to the city. I have always loved San Francisco and the city inspires me tremendously.  It is so nice to see people walking, restaurants packed and hustle bustle in the city.  We found Mark Twain’s quote about the weather in the city to be befitting his quote, “The coldest winter I ever saw was the summer I spent in San Francisco.”

After freshening up, we decided to get a recommendation from the concierge about a nice restaurant and he suggested Farallon, which was only a block away.  The food, service, ambiance was superb and the freshest of organic ingredients are used and menu is changed every day.  After a decadent start of the meal of lobster with avocado aioli sauce, lemon aioli sauce and a delicious salsa.  The entree consisted of the most delicious sole for me paired with fresh vegetables in a earthy broth and ended with delicious coffee. Since the next day was packed with back to back appointments, we walked back to the hotel and called it a night.

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Thursday, my first appointment was at Blu Bungalow with Hazel.  I met with Gene and his wife Braja at the venue at 10:30 am.  Hazel is an amazingly warm person who is more than willing to share her thoughts and ideas.  The meeting was very productive and I left her place feeling like I could really trust her and partner with her in any future collaborations.

Our next appointment was at 1 p.m. at Legion of Honor.  As soon as we got there, I was transported back to the “palais de la legion d’honneur” on the left bank of the River Seine in Paris.  I have always loved that building and make it a point to visit when I am in Paris.  The California building is a 3/4 scale scale replica and was built in 1924.  The day was chilly and clear and you could see the Golden Gate Bridge. The venue sits amidst grown trees with lush flora and fauna. It is a perfect and beautiful venue for  for a baraat, ceremony and reception.  We were shown around the space, which has unlimited potential for holding unique events.




Our next appointment was at the City Hall of San Francisco.  What an amazing building with such personality and beauty!  We got a thorough tour of the space and discussed all the logistics of running an exquisite event in the venue.







This was followed by the Asian Art Museum,

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Academy of Sciences,

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and the last stop was De Young museum.




I enjoyed visiting and meeting with all the representatives of these gorgeous venues. Thank you gene and Braja for taking the time out of your busy schedule to accompany me and taking these beautiful photographs.  I truly got to see the city from your eyes, Gene.  Thank you Hazel for the wealth of knowledge about the city you shared with me so readily. I enjoyed each and every minute of my time spent with you and look forward to many more times together in your lovely city.



Photo credit: Gene Higa Photography


Have an Exquisite day and we’ll see you next Wednesday!

First Annual Luxe Hotel Wedding Event

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

This was such an exciting planning process! Getting to know Renee Strauss was an inspiration. We also loved being fully taken care of by the Luxe Hotel each time we went there for meeting!


Renee Strauss used to be a retail queen for high-end wedding gown designers. She left the retail business and became the wedding ambassador for Luxe Hotels all over the world. This was her first high-end wedding event with Luxe. She approached us to be part of the host committee, which entailed collaborate design of the event, influence in social media, getting to know the layout of the property, and communication with hotel staff.


Planning and designing consisted of developing a concept for our 15 x 27 foot space. We decided on an ombre color scheme of radiant orchid pink, the color of the year. Our phenomenal table linens and chair covers were done by Wildflower Linens.




We  really wanted to do something different than the typical floral centerpiece, so we created a tress atop square tables and hung flowers from top and bottom. Eddie from Tic-Tock flowers did an outstanding job. It was whimsical, but sophisticated. The zigzag effect of  the tables gave it a multi-dimensional look.


Diann Valentine, a co-host and very creative and edgy designer, recently did a wedding at the St. Regis with a hanging cake structure, so we wanted to incorporate that cake and that created a very big WOW factor.


On the sweetheart table, which was an Exquisite Events design, we used silver from the Exquisite Events line. This included jewelry boxes as favors, large silver bowls for the floral center pieces, and lovely silver chargers.
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The backdrop was also unique. Instead of the typical drapery, we wanted to do something a little different to cover up the back wall. We had panels in pinks light to dark accompanying tables of the opposite shade.


Guests loved our space! We were so happy to hear comments all night with so much positive feedback.


Another highlight of the night was the Sareh Nouri fashion show. The detail on her gowns is extraordinary – the French lace, the roughing, and the embellishments were gorgeous. Her line had old world charm and a Grace Kelly feel.


About 300 brides and grooms-to-be were in attendance, and everyone enjoyed the fabulous hors devours, desserts, and open bar.



The night was a great success, and we are looking forward to future events with Renee and Luxe Hotels.
Have an Exquisite day, and see you next Wednesday!

FAM Event at the Montage Beverly Hills

Friday, October 19th, 2012

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On October 7, we held our 4th annual showcase, and this year it was at the Montage Beverly Hills Hotel. The partnership with George Nickels and Exquisite Events was flawless and after a few visits to the hotel to design the event, we decided to host it at the 9th floor Conservatory and Grill, which has some of the most sensational views in all of LA!

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We began the evening at the exclusive 10lb, a scotch bar that houses some of the rarest and finest scotch on display anywhere in the world. The guests were able to enjoy a delicious tasting of three types of scotch, accompanied by an acoustic guitar and violinist.

Following the tasting, the hotel escorted guests to the 9th floor, where the rest of the evening ensued. Once the elevator doors opened at the 9th floor, the two spaces, the Conservatory and Grill, were completely transformed. We wanted both spaces to have a different look; so the Conservatory, which is the indoor space, was inspired by 1920s Paris with a soft color palette of blush and gold with flowers complementing those tones. The balcony of the conservatory had french bistro tables painted in rose gold along with cocktail tables and stunning old world linens in soft pink and gold damask. Guests were able to relax and enjoy the panoramic views of the LA skyline!

Luckily, we were able to get into the room the day before to set up and do a light check. However, the Grill was another story! It is normally a restaurant everyday from 7 am-3 pm, which meant that we could not set up there until around 3:30 pm! Our party started at 6:00, which meant we had a little over two hours to get the existing hotel furniture out and move in our design elements; which included a stage for the band, lighting, furniture, tables, and more! The color palette for the grill was aqua, turquoise and silver with beautiful linens and chair covers that looked like gowns from the period. The flowers were in tangerine, green and ivory and really brought the space to life.

Since the Montage wanted to showcase an Indian caterer, Deep from Nirvana, had a great selection of heavy appetizers, while Executive Chef Gabriel from the hotel did a spectacular ceviche station with a gorgeous display! There was also a liquid nitrogen dessert station with some of the yummiest cheesecake I have ever had. We will be featuring an entire blog, coming soon, on the food at FAM, so be sure to check back soon!

Essence Entertainment played beautiful music and kept the guests entertained throughout the evening. The fun part of the evening for me was being able to model jewelry from the Couture Jeweler, Beaudry of Beverly Hills, who partnered with us and showcased some of the most exquisite pieces I have seen! We’ll also be featuring more jewelry in another blog post coming soon. It was a very fun and elegant evening!

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exquisite events fam 2012 at montage beverly hills

exquisite events fam 2012 at montage beverly hills

exquisite events fam 2012 at montage beverly hills

exquisite events fam 2012 at montage beverly hills

exquisite events fam 2012 at montage beverly hills

exquisite events fam 2012 at montage beverly hills

exquisite events fam 2012 at montage beverly hills

exquisite events fam 2012 at montage beverly hills

exquisite events fam 2012 at montage beverly hills

exquisite events fam 2012 at montage beverly hills

Exquisite Events

Montage Beverly Hills
Revelry Event Designers
Reflections Inc
Wildflower Linens
Hidden Garden Flowers
Nirvana Beverly Hills
Beaudry Beverly Hills
Gavin Wade Photography
Catch the Moment Photobooth
Essence Entertainment
Makeup Therapy
Tallarico Vodka
Copperwillow Paper Studio

Inspire Smart Success Experience

Thursday, July 26th, 2012


Nikki will be speaking at the Inspire Smart Success Experience conference in Carmel on August 27-28 at the historic and beautiful Holman Ranch. This is an incredible opportunity to learn how to build your brand and grow your business. Industry experts will share their experience, give you business advice and let you in on the secrets to being a successful wedding industry entrepreneur.

ISSE is a full two days of learning, eating, partying and connecting with the best in the industry! Learn all about social media, public relations, branding, entrepreneurship and business-building relationships. To learn more about ISSE and to register, click here.


Tres LA Tastemaker’s Dinner

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

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The Tres L.A. Tastemaker’s Dinner at the Carondelet House was spectacular! Chef Scott McDonough created an incredible six-course dinner, wine pairing and lovely cocktails to celebrate the official grand opening of the stylish venue that was built in 1928 as an Italian villa. Carondelet House features beautiful hardwood floors, expansive rooms, exposed brick, two exterior courtyards, high exposed beam ceilings and an incredible fireplace.

The amuse bouche consisted of West Indian spiced meringue with candied walnuts, chopped apples and raisin bread. Our first course was a beautiful sliced Canadian duck breast over cranberry polenta fries. Then we were served tuna and hamachi carpaccio with bulgogi vinaigrette; liquid black truffle ravioli with sweet corn veloute and roasted porcini mushrooms; and juniper crusted elk loin with trio of spring carrots, parsnip puree and bargamot emulsion.

Desserts came in several choices from strawberry-rhubarb shortcake with creme fraiche ice cream to strawberry mousse to confit rhubarb and fresh gaviota strawberries. What an amazing evening with friends and colleagues! Thank you Next Exit for these beautiful photos!

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exquisite events at tres la tastemakers dinner

exquisite events at tres la tastemakers dinner

exquisite events at tres la tastemakers dinner

exquisite events at tres la tastemakers dinner

exquisite events at tres la tastemakers dinner

exquisite events at tres la tastemakers dinner

exquisite events at tres la tastemakers dinner

Madiha Khan, Nikki Khan and Nadia Khan

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Rhonda Couchigian and Nikki Khan

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tic-tock Couture Florals

Classic Party Rentals

Designer Specialty Linens

Kristin Banta Events

Next Exit Photography


Town & Country Event Rentals

Wildflower Linens

The St. Regis Monarch Beach Hosts ABC-OC Event

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

The Association of Bridal Consultants of Orange County put on an amazing event at the beautiful St. Regis Monarch Beach hotel! Several incredible designers and other vendors were there to show off the latest trends in wedding decor, florals and fashion. Designs were displayed in the St. Regis ballroom by Enchanted Florist, tic-tock Couture Florals, White Lilac Inc., and Bloom Box.

The food by St. Regis Monarch BeachItty Bitty Sweets,  Jay’s Catering, Hollywood Candy Girls, Simply Sweet Apples and A Wish and a Whisk was lovely and delicious. The event included a fashion show featuring bridal gowns, bridesmaid dresses and mother-of-the-bride gowns by Carolina Herrera, The White Dress and Andrea’s Couture. Thank you Lauren Hillary of Jim Kennedy Photographers for these photos of the event.

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exquisite events at the st. regis monarch beach

exquisite events at the st. regis monarch beach

exquisite events at the st. regis monarch beach

exquisite events at the st. regis monarch beach

exquisite events at the st. regis monarch beach

exquisite events at the st. regis monarch beach

exquisite events at the st. regis monarch beach

exquisite events at the st. regis monarch beach

exquisite events at the st. regis monarch beach

exquisite events at the st. regis monarch beach

exquisite events at the st. regis monarch beach

The Grand Del Mar Wedding Experience 2012

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

We had such a wonderful and relaxing weekend at the beautiful Grand Del Mar in San Diego. The carnival-themed party was so entertaining and the ballroom was completely transformed. We were spoiled with games, special treats and the company of good friends.

We also got an opportunity to visit the beautiful San Diego Zoo Safari Park where we were able to observe some interesting and exotic animals. We also experienced a lovely and delicious dinner at the Addison. Thank you Grand Del Mar and everyone who made this weekend so great!

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exquisite events at the grand del mar wedding experience 2012

exquisite events at the grand del mar wedding experience 2012

exquisite events at the grand del mar wedding experience 2012Colette Lopez, Nikki Khan, Kaitlin Lopez

exquisite events at the grand del mar wedding experience 2012

exquisite events at the grand del mar wedding experience 2012

exquisite events at the grand del mar wedding experience 2012Kaitlin Lopez, Colette Lopez, Nikki Khan, Nadia Khan

exquisite events at the grand del mar wedding experience 2012

exquisite events at the grand del mar wedding experience 2012

exquisite events at the grand del mar wedding experience 2012

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exquisite events at the grand del mar wedding experience 2012

Nikki and Nadia

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exquisite events at the grand del mar wedding experience 2012

exquisite events at the grand del mar wedding experience 2012

The Grand Del Mar Wedding Experience 2012 Vendors:

Invitations and Paper Goods: Invitation Factory
Video: Taylor Films
Photography: Boyd Harris Photography
In-Room Treats: Cupcakes Couture of Manhattan Beach
Spray Tanning: PLUSH Tan

Carnival Party
Lighting: Presentation Services
Custom Dance Floor: Felipe’s Dance Floor
Custom Furniture: Hire Elegance
Band: Jordan Music Entertainment
Florals, Design and Decor: Kathy Wright & Co.
DJ: Scratch Music Group
Candy Station: Candee by Sandee
Linens, Chivari Chairs and Draping: Fusion Linens
Electronic Games & Entertainment: Party Pals
Photo Booth: Epod Talking Photo Booth

Off Property Adventure
San Diego Zoo Safari Park
Transportation: Angie Kemp, La Costa Limousine

Addison Dinner
Kathy Wright & Co.

An Afternoon Tea at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

Recently we had the pleasure of hosting an afternoon tea and fashion show at the gorgeous Beverly Wilshire Hotel. We partnered with some of our favorite and most talented people in the event industry to create something truly unique and memorable.

The afternoon began on the stunning Rodeo Terrace which, as the name suggest, overlooks the famous Rodeo Drive and is the perfect space for a cocktail party or ceremony. We wanted to create 4 separate tents that evoked a different feel and Revelry Event Designers created some of the most gorgeous mandaps and tents we have ever seen coupled with their custom made furniture that would make you want to shop in their warehouse. We created a faux ceremony area and the mandap was a plexiglass structure dripping in stunning flowers designed by the talented Eddie Zarastian of Tic Tock Couture Flowers-something people have never seen!

Youngsong Martin of Wildflower Linen amazed everyone with her signature fashion show in which she transforms her linen into beautiful haute-couture cocktail dresses and ball gowns. As guests enjoyed their cocktails and delicious hors deourves, the lovely models would mingle through the crowd draped in Young’s fashions-Incredible!

Following cocktail hour, we moved down to the Grand Trionon Room for the formal tea. Upon entering the room, guests were welcomed by a beautiful, lush archway of flowers including roses, hydrangea, peonies, and plum branches (to name a few) where they then were seated at any of the amazing vignettes of furniture created by Revelry. While tea and finger sandwiches were served, the Regional Vice President and General Manager of the Beverly Wilshire, Mr. Radha Arora, greeted and welcomed the guests and then introduced Nikki who thanked all of her guests and sponsors involved in creating such a spectacular event.

Radha Arora, Nikki Khan, Youngsong Martin

The Team

The idea of bringing the romance of Parisian glamour and Indian elegance together proved to be quite a success and made for a lovely Sunday afternoon.

Thank you to all of our amazing sponsors without which this could not have been possible:

Venue: Beverly Wilshire, Four Seasons Hotel

Linen and Fashion: Wildflower Linen

Furniture and tents: Revelry Event Designers

Flowers: Tic Tock Couture Flowers

Lighting: The Lighter Side

Ghost Chairs: Hire Elegance

Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

Music: Rossi Music

Photography: John Solano Photography

Video: Vidicam Productions

Invitations: Alia Designs

Sponsor Cards: Momental Designs

Thank you!

Exquisite Events

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