Archive for the ‘Parties’ Category

The Grand Del Mar Wedding Experience

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

It is rare for planners to attend events where they are able to sit and enjoy the event and be pampered along the way.  During Christmas, Paige Levy and Charles Stuart of San Diego Hotels: The Grand Del Mar – A San Diego Luxury Hotel hosted “A trip around the world in 24 hours.” They invited about 60 planners for a lovely evening of dinner and dancing and spared no detail!

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We checked in to the hotel, where each of us had our own King size luxury room overlooking the stunning grounds of the property. Hair and makeup appointments were set up for us by Call Me Beautiful where we were able to get dolled up for the evening festivities.

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As soon as we got ready, we headed to the hotel lobby for cocktail hour and this was where we were able to mingle and meet with all our friends in the industry.

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All of us were quite curious as to what was in store for the rest of the evening. We were escorted to the main ballroom and as the ballroom doors opened we were greeted by an incredible 20 piece band from Westcoast Music.

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The decor was absolutely spectacular with video mapped images of Italy and France on the walls. It felt as though we were in a Tuscan-Mediterranean dream. The tablescape was stunning by Kathy Wright and the furniture was nothing less than spectacular from Revelry Event Designers.

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We were treated to the most delectable Four Course meal while the band performed everything from Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift to Bel Biv Devoe and Boyz II Men. It was such a fun night and as you can see by the video, everyone was on the dance floor!

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After dinner, we were taken to the room next door where they had set up the after party and dessert. They had DJ Danno set up and the party continued!

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The next morning, we were treated to a full brunch including an omelet station, French toast, and everything in between before everyone checked out.

Thank you so much to Paige and Charles for having us. It was truly a “Grand Experience.”

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

Romantic Rooftop Reception (Part 3 of 3)

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

Nishita and Mike are a fun-loving couple and the chemistry between them was very evident.  It was a great testament to both of their personalities as all their friends were there to truly honor their day and party with them.

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They had decided early on in the planning stages to hold their reception at London Hotel’s Rooftop and later moving their guests to the ballroom for the after party. Rooftop had a very sexy vibe and hotel guests kept coming up to check out the space and pay generous compliments.

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Our bride made her grand entrance in a custom creation and the dashing groom looked utterly handsome in Tom Ford.

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Their first dance was enchanting and family and guests joined them on the floor.

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Half way through the party Nishita changed in to her short dress and looked absolutely stunning.

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The guests moved down to the ballroom where the party lasted until the wee hours of the morning.  We have formed great fondness for this couple and know this will be an everlasting friendship.  Another great party for another great friend!

Testimonial from Nishita and Mike:

Nikki and Madiha you brought our vision to life and it was beyond our expectations.  Everything was simply perfect and all our friends and family enjoyed the festivities immensely.  Your staff was pleasant and respectful and handled all details beautifully.  Madiha is our friend for life now.

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


Photography credit: Lin & Jirsa Photography & Cinematography | Orange County & Los Angeles

Mustache Mehndi (Part 1 of 3)

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

Nishita and Mike held a Welcome Dinner/Mehndi at the Nirvana in Beverly Hills for all their family and friends. What a fun group of people!

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All their friends were dressed in traditional Indian attire and enjoyed getting their mehndi applied…so much so that there was a mustache theme for all of the guys.

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Our bride looked so beautiful wearing her custom creation.

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Beautiful colors filled the room from all of the gorgeous saris and colorful jewelry that the ladies were wearing.

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This was an incredibly festive party and from these pictures, you can capture the essence from the evening. Everyone was having such a great time.  Laughter and smiles filled the room all evening.

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Have an Exquisite day and we will see you next Wednesday for Part 2 of Mike and Nishita’s story!

Showcase at The Grand Del Mar Hotel in San Diego

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

Paige, from The Grand Del Mar (which happens to be our favorite hotel in San Diego), approached us a few months ago to help get a list of Indian vendors based in LA and surrounding areas to showcase the hotel.  Of course, leave it to Paige and Charles to go all out.  It was a beautiful setting fit for Maharajas and Maharanis.

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Raj Tents did a superb job as always installing beautiful and colorful pergola tents all over the lawn.

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The built-in gazebo structure on the lawn is the perfect backdrop for a baraat and receptions and looked stunning with the draping and gorgeous flowers by Kathy Wright.

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Our own DJ, Ajay, from Special Occasions, filled the air with lovely background music.  Food stations were laid out beautifully and artfully all over the lawn and guests enjoyed the delectable ambiance and delicious food along with live entertainment provided by Sabrina Fox.

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You can see Madiha being very brave with the snake around her neck.

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All in all, it was a beautiful afternoon and nothing short of that can be expected from Paige and Charles of The Grand Del Mar.

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Here is more information about The Grand Del Mar in San Diego, taken from their website:

Basking in San Diego’s endless sunshine, The Grand Del Mar welcomes guests to a warm Mediterranean estate, replete with signature charm and Southern California style. Impeccable service delivers every Five-Star indulgence, including a championship Tom Fazio golf course, Five-Star spa, and exquisite dining.

Unrivaled by San Diego hotels, The Grand Del Mar shines as TripAdvisor’s #1 Hotel in the United States (#11 Luxury Hotel worldwide), California’s #1 Resort in Travel + Leisure’s “World’s Best Awards,” and is lauded by Forbes Travel Guide as one of only ten triple Five-Star resorts in the world.

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

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

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


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

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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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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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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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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

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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 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!


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!

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!


1. Bazaar by Jose Andrés, Beverly Hills

2. Spago, Beverly Hills

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3. Polo Lounge at the Beverly Hills Hotel

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4. Cleo


5. Providence, West Hollywood


6. The Ivy, West Hollywood


7. Chinois on Main, Santa Monica

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8. Crustacean, Beverly Hills


9. Scarpetta at the Montage Beverly Hills


10. Cut at the Beverly Wilshire

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


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