Archive for the ‘Tented Events’ Category

Pavni and Manu, Calamigos Ranch

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

This event took place in January, 2014 at Calamigos Ranch in Malibu.  The bride and groom met in school during their residency and shared a similar vision about their wedding ceremony which took place at the Cottage under the large oak tree.  They both wanted something organic and simple and with yellow and orange colors.


Nikki decided to build a stage on the raised surface and hung marigold garlands from the tree and covered birch branches with marigold flowers.



The groom arrived amidst the sound of dhol and music on the horse on the long walk way which was covered with red carpet runner.  The greeting of the families took place by the fountain where the bride’s family awaited groom’s family with marigold garlands.



Guests were led to the ceremony site under a floral arch.  Bridesmaids were wearing navy blue attire matching the ceremony programs.  The ceremony lasted for about an hour and was absolutely beautiful.




Guests were then escorted to the Pavilion Lawn for cocktails which was set up with lounge vignettes, beautiful bars and cocktail tables where they sipped cocktails and enjoyed tray passed hors deovers amidst the sounds of live Indian band.


For the reception, two large tent structures were created; one for food and one for guests.  The Regal tent from Raj Tents in deep blue and deep red flowers looked majestic and royal.  Every single element of the table decor came from an outside vendor from chargers, flat ware, stem ware to china etc.  Couple had created love notes that they wrote to each other that sat atop tables.



Dancing took place inside the pavilion tent on the beautiful bronze dance floor bearing couple’s initials. The food tent was in champagne and gold colors and there were several food stations including brazilain bbq, tacos, chinese, continental and several more.  The couple made their grand entrance amongst thunderous applause and went to the smaller dance floor that was created specifically for their first dance, the father/daughter and mother/son dance.  They started with slow dance and then the groom just got down and did the most amazing dance moves and the bride kept up with him.  Needless to say guests were thoroughly entertained.


After cake cutting and a welcome toast, guests were escorted to the food tent and after that it was a big party all night long.  The couple made their exit in a decorated Bentley amidst sparklers ( in this case two hundred lit candles ) and the evening came to an end.  The groom is currently doing his fellowship at Cedars Sinai and the bride is at UCLA.



Pavni + Manu // Built to Love You / Same Day Edit from RainbowFish on Vimeo.

A special thanks to all of our outstanding vendors:
  • Venue: Calamigos Ranch, Malibu
  • Coordinator, Planner and Designer: Exquisite Events
  • Florist: Hidden Garden
  • Tent: Raj Tents
  • Rentals: Luna Party Rentals
  • Caterer: Pure Joy Catering
  • Photographer: Onelove
  • Video: Rainbow Fish Films
  • DJ: 3D Sounds
  • Band: Chili Beatz
  • Horse: Enchanted Carriage
Photo credits: Onelove Photography


See you next Wednesday and have an Exquisite Day!

Exquisite Events and Raj Tents

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013


We had the pleasure of working again with Raj Tents recently on a beautiful wedding at the Four Seasons Westlake Village. Here is the Raj blog about the event!

Thank you Raj Tents!

Exquisite Events


Lovely to see pictures and hear stories of Harleen and Yuvi Grewal’s recent wedding in southern California, planned by Nikki and Madiha Khan of Exquisite Events. It is always a pleasure to work with Exquisite Events, with whom we have collaborated often to provide luxurious tented settings for the top Indian weddings in California.

Raj Tents luxury Indian Wedding Ceremony Tent

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On this occasion, the ceremony took place at the Four Seasons Hotel in Westlake Village that has acres of lovely gardens, ideal for tenting. The interior of the tent was in cream with gold star print. Ornate cream large rosette scalloping and matching cream and honey glow gold drapes decorated the outside edge, with large Ajmer hanging lamps across the length of the 40 foot x 100 foot tent. The flowers were delightful, which, along with pink and orange cushions brought in color and texture. One aspect that particularly made the wedding stand out was a two rose petal drops from a helicopter as the groom arrived during the Baraat.

Over 600 guests attended the different events that comprised this very detail oriented, traditional, stylish and sophisticated Indian Wedding. The Mehndi and Sangeet were held at the bride’s father’s impressive home in Porter Ranch, where hot pink and spicy orange Pergolas set the scene.

All in all, it was a great success. Many congratulations to the beautiful bride and her groom!

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.

A Bordeaux Dinner Party

Friday, October 28th, 2011


A few weeks ago when i was approached by a client to plan and design a table for a seated meal for some of her close friends, I was beyond excited.  This client has become a dear friend and I truly enjoy working with her.  We decided on Bordeaux and black with silver accents.  After narrowing down on linens, I set out to design my table top.  We paired the table with black chair dressed in Bordeaux pad cover and matching napkins.

The table was flanked with black candelabras in varying sizes and tons of silver leafed candles withsilver mercury glass candle holders bearing Bordeaux candles.  The table was set with silver leafed charger bearing the menu.  Each place setting had a deep burgundy rose that was refllexed.  Client wanted a seated meal with wine pairing and lively conversation.  A few days before the event we decided to cover tha backyard with clear canopy to provide maximum comfort for the guests.  In addition, a beautiful bar and lounge vignette was created for cocktails.  Upon guests arrival they were greeted by valet wearing the same colors as the decor.  Once they entered the house, they were welcomed by waiters carrying chilled champagne flutes.  Beautiful and relaxing lounge music was playing that the client had pain stamp fly organized.   The long table with 22 seats was set to the nines and with the candles burning on top  a thick runner of deep burgundy rose petals as well as clients heirloom pure silver glasses carrying black magic roses created a magical effect.  After enjoying cocktails and butler passed hors drivers, guests were escorted to the table.  After the host welcomed the guests, first course was brought out.

With each course, a carefully selected wine was served.  Guests dined for more than three hours over a five course meal.  Each course was enthusiastically received and from the joyful laughter and chit chat, they seemed to have a great time.  The hosts enjoyed the company immensely and appeared to be really enjoying themselves.  

Hope you enjoy and excuse my unprofessional camera shots!

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

Winter Wonderland

Monday, April 4th, 2011

Hi Everyone!

This past winter, we had the opportunity to collaborate with some great colleagues on this gorgeous winter wonderland shoot that is now featured in the Winter 2011 issue of South Asian Bride Magazine. We wanted to create an atmosphere that would perhaps suit the setting of Sweden’s Ice Hotel and this is what we came up with.

Thank you to Studio EMP Photography, Wildflower Linens, Tic Tock Florals, Classic Party Rentals, and Jason Fox Event Lighting!


Dinner for a President

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

This was an invitation only dinner party that we did at a private residence where the former President of Pakistan, Pervez Musharraf, was in attendance. It is one of the most memorable events for us because we put it together in 3 days including tenting the client’s backyard for 200 people!  Along with the former President, the Consul General of Pakistan, the Ambassador of Bangladesh and some very prominent American politicians, including Mr. Sheriff Lee Baca, were in attendance.

Quite challenging to say the least but it turned out stunning with the regal colors of gold and red.

We hope you enjoy!

Exquisite Events love Tents!

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

Tents not only define a space but they are such a great way to add warmth, character, and color to an event. We love to use tents to create ambiance and nowadays you can make them out of any color, texture or design and with the right lighting, a perfect mood is created!

Enjoy some of our Exquisite Events with Tents!

Raj Tents Interviews Nikki Khan

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010


An interview with Nikki Khan of Exquisite Events – The low down on Indian Weddings

With Indian weddings becoming a bigger part of the US wedding market, we asked Nikki Khan owner of Exquisite Events and one of the United States premier wedding planners specializing in Indian Weddings to give us some insights.

Raj Tents have worked with Nikki for several years now, providing tenting and décor for her lavish and much-admired events. She is uniquely placed having wide ranging connections and a complete understanding of the intricacies of the culturally rich Indian subcontinent.

Raj Tents

 Why have Indian Weddings come on the radar so much more in the last few years?
Nikki Khan

Since there are multi-day events and they are large in numbers, Indian Weddings have caught the attention of the hotels and locations in the West tremendously in the last few years. The fact that a lot of money is spent on the celebrations is another reason to have captured the attention of the industry along with colorful costumes, jewelry, rituals and traditions.

Raj Tents

 What is the most challenging part of arranging an Indian Wedding?
 Nikki Khan

You have to be very knowledgeable in the customs and traditions. It is also extremely important to be very organized since the events go back to back for at least three days and in some cases for seven days. You also have to play the delicate role of being a “friend and listener” to so many family members and deal not just with the couple but parents and siblings from both sides.

Raj Tents

 Typically, how far out do most Indian families start to plan ahead?
 Nikki Khan

For a large wedding, with a few events, it is usually one year ahead of time. This year however, due to economy, I personally saw a shift where the booking was done some times six to four months prior to the wedding.

Raj Tents

 Who is normally the decision maker in an Indian Wedding?
 Nikki Khan It depends. In my own personal experience, it is usually the father of the bride that is the principal decision maker.

Raj Tents

 How do you balance the need to conform with tradition with the desire of the younger generation to have a wedding that is more modern and relevant to the country they live in?
 Nikki Khan

I think the parents and children have come to a mutual understanding where the events leading up to the reception are very traditional in most cases and the compromise is made on the reception night which is very main stream and Western in color, vibe, ambiance etc.

Raj Tents
What would you say are the main points that distinguish a traditional Indian Wedding from a western one?
 Nikki Khan

Indian Weddings are infused with color. The groom arrives with all pomp and circumstance either on a horse or an elephant. There are at least two big events before the wedding with large number of guests and depending upon the status of the family, the bride’s family showers the groom and his family with very expensive gifts and also gives a large dowry to the bride ( homes, cars, furnishings for the entire house along with clothing and jewelry ).

Raj Tents

Can you tell us some examples of extravagance that you might find in at an Indian Wedding?

Nikki Khan

Sometimes the entertainment is flown out from India for each different evening of entertainment, so a female singer accompaniment for the Mehendi, a four person band for the Sangeet, a singer to chant the hymns during the ceremony, a 12 piece band for the reception and a big name DJ for the after party. Indian weddings tend to have premium drinks and elaborate menus. There are also lots of gifts both to the bride and groom and to the groom’s family as well as often very lavish honeymoons. The bride’s trousseau can sometimes be a furnished home and cars.

Raj Tents

Where do you see Indian weddings going in the future? 
 Nikki Khan

Indian destination weddings are a new trend. Couples are putting their foot down and wanting fewer guests at a premium destination rather than 600 or 700 closer to home. The weddings are still elaborate with around 200 guests, but more of the guests are friends of the couple than more distant relatives.

There is still a lot of pomp and circumstance with very elaborate menu and multiple events but they are much more intimate as the majority of the guests are couple’s close friends and family.

Nikki has been busy putting together a new book that is due for release in the first week of December – “Art of Celebration in Southern California”, where she puts together her hard earned experience to inspire and enchant. Check Nikki’s web site for information on her book and it’s availability.

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