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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 SpecialEvents.com

XO,

Madiha

Thank you to all my partners:

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

A James Bond Themed Party: Jasmin and Arshad (Part 1 of 5)

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

Jasmin and Arshad met in Los Angeles where the bride was attending school. Her parents live in the Philippines, so this would be a destination wedding for the majority of the wedding guests. To accommodate the bride’s family, multiple pre-wedding poojahs and events were booked at the Montage Beverly Hills. The ceremony and reception would take place at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

Our couple Jasmin and Arshad decided to host a kickoff event for youngsters. Because the groom is a huge fan of James Bond, that was the theme chosen for this event.  As soon as Nikki was informed about the theme she feverishly went to work pulling the elements to fit the James Bond theme.  After several design meetings once all the elements were selected, a story board was created reflecting the pieces.

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The idea was for guests to feel they had entered a space that was reminiscent of an old James Bond movie.  The foyer had a red telephone booth as well as a large 3D backdrop of London Bridge.

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James Bond Theme | Montage Beverly Hills | Exquisite Events

James Bond Theme | Montage Beverly Hills | Exquisite Events

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Guests were greeted by a trio of electric violinists playing Bond music.

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Electric Violinists | Beverly Hills Montage | Exquisite Events

Wrought iron furniture was placed in the foyer along the side wall.

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Our couple made quite an entrance looking very much like a dashing Bond couple with Jasmin wearing a stunning Alexander McQueen gown and Arshad looking handsome in a Tom Ford suit.

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James Bond Theme | Montage Beverly Hills | Exquisite Events

The doors leading to the ball room had red and white striped awnings.

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James Bond Theme | Montage Beverly Hills | Exquisite Events

Inside, the ballroom was completely transformed to look like a James Bond set.  Distressed brown leather couches and chairs were placed around the room with coffee and end tables bearing deep red candles and flowers. Dozens of candle  walls with hundreds of candles created a magical backdrop.

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James Bond Theme | Montage Beverly Hills | Exquisite Events

James Bond Theme | Montage Beverly Hills | Exquisite Events

James Bond Theme | Montage Beverly Hills | Exquisite Events

Two custom wood bars flanked the back wall with a custom color bronze dance floor.  One side of the ballroom had a casino set up with black jack, roulette and crap tables.

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James Bond Theme | Montage Beverly Hills | Exquisite Events

James Bond Theme | Montage Beverly Hills | Exquisite Events

Under each chandelier a huge pedestal was placed for Bond girls to entertain guests.  Revolving food stations served various English fare throughout the night and specialty martinis and drinks were served.  The DJ spun Bond music and guests enjoyed the evening till the wee hours of morning.

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James Bond Theme | Montage Beverly Hills | Exquisite Events

James Bond Theme | Montage Beverly Hills | Exquisite Events

James Bond Theme | Montage Beverly Hills | Exquisite Events

This was such a fun event for us to plan and attend!

Stay tuned for Jasmin and Arshad’s sangeet, ceremony, and reception in the weeks to come.

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

Social Media – We Want to Hear From You!

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Dear Exquisite Events fans and followers,

We want to hear from you!

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You may have noticed that over the past few months our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and blogs have been a little busier. That is because we have decided to put more time and love into our social media.

 

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This blog post is a letter to you, because we want to hear from you. We want the time that you spend looking at our Facebook page and our photos to be valuable and inspirational. We would love to offer our event planning wisdom and advice to newly engaged brides and grooms as well as to their friends and families.

 

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Please feel free to ask us questions, post pictures to our Facebook wall, and leave as many comments as you would like. 

We would even love to have you use our Pinterest as your very own inspiration board. If you are a current client of Exquisite Events, we will give you your own board on our Pinterest, so you can keep Nikki and Madiha in the loop on all your inspirations and we can also share pins with you. 

 

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If you any comments, questions, or suggestions regarding Exquisite Events social media, please email exquiseventssocialmedia@gmail.com. We hope to hear from you soon!

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

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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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!

Exquisite Events’ Top Ten Restaurants for Valentine’s Day

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Happy Valentine’s Day Exquisite Events fans! This week’s blog is for the lovers. The following are Nikki and Madiha’s favorite restaurants in Los Angeles for a romantic Valentine’s Day date. Get on it lovebirds! Make those reservations!

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1. Bazaar by Jose Andrés, Beverly Hills

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2. Spago, Beverly Hills

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3. Polo Lounge at the Beverly Hills Hotel

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4. Cleo

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5. Providence, West Hollywood

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6. The Ivy, West Hollywood

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7. Chinois on Main, Santa Monica

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8. Crustacean, Beverly Hills

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9. Scarpetta at the Montage Beverly Hills

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10. Cut at the Beverly Wilshire

CUT's Sleek Main Dining Roomhttp://www.wolfgangpuck.com/restaurants/fine-dining/3789

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See you next Wednesday and have an Exquisite Valentine’s Day! 

-Rebecca

Morocco meets India Henna Party

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

Its always fun to create Henna and Sangeet  parties because there are so many colors and  themes you can do. For this party we used  traditional Indian colors of yellow and red and  brought in a few tents and low wooden  furniture and lanterns to give the Moroccan  feel. The tents were made to look like bazaars  and the guests were able to go inside to  discover a plethora of fruit, arabic tea served  and henna artists ready to design beautiful  patterns on the ladies hands.

FAM Event: The Food

Monday, October 29th, 2012
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Deep from Nirvana recently catered our 4th annual FAM showcase at the Montage Beverly Hills Hotel and the food was incredible! The Indian seafood buffet included a fresh ceviche bar where ingredients were mixed together for guests; fresh and on the spot. The event was hosted at the 9th floor Conservatory and Grill, which has some of the most sensational views in all of LA! Following the beautiful and tasty buffet, guests enjoyed a liquid nitrogen dessert station that was absolutely divine! Stay tuned to the Exquisite blog for details about the gorgeous jewelry featured at the FAM event by Beaudry Beverly Hills.
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exquisite events fam event at the montage beverly hills
exquisite events fam event at the montage beverly hills
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exquisite events fam event at the montage beverly hills
exquisite events fam event at the montage beverly hills
exquisite events fam event at the montage beverly hills
exquisite events fam event at the montage beverly hills

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

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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

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

We’re Featured on the PEG party Blog!

Thursday, June 7th, 2012

Ariana and Amardeep’s modern engagement party at Pandora on Green was featured on the PEG Party Blog! Click here for the full story and more fabulous photos by Duke Photography.

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Vendors:

Event Planning and Design: Exquisite Events
RentalsClassic Party Rentals
Photographer/Video: Duke Photography
FloristShirvan Design
Location:  Pandora on Green
Furniture and Draping:  Revelry Event Designers
DJ:  ITesh
Guitar:  Rossi Music

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