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Thursday
Aug022012

We're Featured in Hello! Magazine

 

We love working with Exquisite Events because their weddings are always so elegant! Faizaan and Zahra's wedding reception at the Beverly Wilshire was so gorgeous, Hello! Pakistan magazine has featured it in their July, 2012 issue.

The famous UK Hello! magazine launched its Pakistan version this spring, along with an extravagant four-day fashion show in Karachi. We hear the magazine is not only the first International magazine of it's kind to be published in Pakistan, but that it's doing very well. Congratulations Exquisite Events and Hello! Pakistan!

 

Faizaan and Zahra met through his cousin when they were 12 years old they remained good friends for 12 years. Faizaan always had feelings for Zahra since the first time he saw her, but he didn't want to ruin their friendship by mentioning anything. All that changed when Zahra visited Faizaan in Los Angeles from London in the summer of 2010, and before you know it, by January 6th, 2011, the two of them were engaged and both families were over the moon at the joyous celebration dinner at Zahra's mother's home in Lahore, Pakistan. For the rest of the year, the two families planned two weddings which took place in Lahore, Pakistan and Los Angeles, USA.

On February 10th, 2012 Faizaan and Zahra were married at the historical mosque in Lahore, Badshah e Masjid, which was built by the Mughal Emperor Akhbar. It was a small, intimate and religious, paper-signing event called a Nikka, which was followed by a brunch at a beautiful ancient Pakistani home, otherwise known as a Havelli in old city Lahore, next to the Badshah e Masjid thrown by Faizaan's parents. Guests were entertained by a Qawali performance by Santu.

On the 12th of February, the main wedding celebration event took place, known as the Mehndi and Baraat. Traditionally Pakistanis do not combine the two events, but Zahra wanted to keep it simple and less hectic. Zahra wore a 60s-inspired traditional Pakistani bridal outfit designed by her mother and her self and Faizaan also wore a traditional Pakistani outfit which was designed by Nilofer Shahid. The event was spectacular.

In March, family and friends flew from around the world to make it to Faizaan and Zahra's wedding reception at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, in Beverly Hills Los Angeles. It was an impeccable event organized by Nikki Khan of Exquisite Events. The event decor was inspired by Karl Lagerfeld's Pre-Fall 2012 Paris Bombay Collection for Chanel. Faizaan wore a tux by Tom Ford and Zahra wore a gown by Alexander McQueen.

Pakistan Events:

Designer:  J & S

Consultant:  Exquisite Events

Zahra's outfits:  Designed by the bride and her mom

Location:  Badshahi Mosque (Ceremony) Haveli (wedding lunch) Model Town (wedding reception)

Photographer: Ali Agha

 

Reception on March 31:

Location:  Beverly Wilshire

Event planner and designer:  Exquisite Events

Decor:  Revelry Event Designers

Linens: Wildflower Linens

Flowers:  tic-tock Couture Florals

Photographer: John Solano

Videographer:  Vidicam

Band:  Rossi Music

DJ:  Special Occasions

Rentals:  Classic Party Rentals

Lighting and Dance Floor:  Royal Events

Wednesday
Jun222011

Model Tea with E

E had the pleasure of helping to design a unique event at The Beverly Wilshire Hotel on June 12. The East-meets-West themed fashion show/formal tea was the brain child of Nikki Khan from Exquisite Events and Youngsong Martin of Wildflower Linen.

Their goal was to blend the timeless style, romance and drama of Paris, India and the Hamptons; while communicating visually that while these destinations are in some ways very different, they also have something in common. They all inspire great design.

E designed the beautiful florals for this acrylic-framed mandap, which was the focal point for the fashion show. Models strutted down the yellow and white striped runway in Wildflower's high-fashion table linens, which Youngsong Martin turned into haute couture apparel by draping and pinning them.

Revelry Event Designers provided the amazing custom-made furniture, upholstery and mandap structures for the entire event. Here's a closer look at the incredible Indian-inspired sofa.

Following the fashion show, the guests moved from the Rodeo Terrace into the hotel's Le Grand Trianon room for formal tea. E designed the gorgeous floral archway of Spray Roses, Calla Lilies, Hydrangea, Peonies and Plum Branches.

We'd like to thank Nikki Khan and Youngsong Martin for inviting us to be a part of this spectacular event. A special thank you also to John Solano Photography for the wonderful photos!

Wednesday
Mar162011

Vibiana: A Breathtaking Venue in a Beautiful City

Image by Callaway GableIn 1876, the City of Los Angeles welcomed its first cathedral, the Cathedral of St. Vibiana. Designed in the Italian Baroque style and named a Los Angeles Cultural Monument in 1963, St. Vibiana was a vision of beauty in downtown LA until the Northridge earthquake in 1994. Deemed by the diocese to be irreparably damaged, St. Vibiana was acquired in 1999 for reuse development and the restoration process began.

When it reopened as an event space known only as Vibiana, it quickly became one of our favorite venues in Los Angeles. The architecture and details are so exquisite, one wonders – at times – how such a beautiful space could possibly be made more beautiful. And yet, we see it happen. Time and again we work with fabulous ladies like Christine Zohrabians of Fancy That! Events and Nikki Khan of Exquisite Events who make each occasion in this space a masterpiece.  Last week, WIPA held a luncheon at Vibiana, bringing some of our favorite people to one of our favorite places and inspiring us to share a bit more about this amazing, historic venue!

BizBash President Richard Aaron shares his insights with attendees.One could easily spend hours marveling over the architecture.Each detail, from the columns and door frame to the ceiling provide a designer with something to play toWIPA President Pauline Parry of Good Gracious! Events welcomes guests to WIPA at Vibiana

Thank you a thousand times to Duke Photography and Callway Gable for these beautiful photos! 

Wednesday
Mar092011

Join Eddie at The Party Goddess! UNCENSORED

UNCENSORED: It’s coming, it’s live and it’s at San Diego's Culy Warehouse March 16th-18th. Put together by The Party Goddess herself, Marley Majcher, UNCENSORED is about events, it’s about design, it’s about marketing and – at the end of the day – it’s about money and how to make more of it with your event business. Marley has lined up a host of industry experts such as celeb wedding planner Mary Dann, Henley Company CEO Nicole Matthews, Raye C Marketing’s Rhonda Couchigian and tic-tock’s very own Eddie Zaratsian to speak on a range of topics from how to stay balanced and focused, to design and marketing to Marley’s signature session “…But Are You Making Any Money?” 

If you’ve never been to The Party Goddess UNCENSORED, you should come and, if you have, come anyway because you’ve never been to this one. We can say that because UNCENSORED has never been done this way.

Eddie is so honored to have been invited to speak at UNCENSORED and is looking forward to sharing his experience and insights as he talks about Successfully Designing with your client’s style in mind. A sneak peek into the floral designs he’s created for some of the industry’s finest including: Fancy That! Events, The Bridal Bar, Exquisite Events, Wendy Rhodes, Kathy Nosek, Ariel Yve and Cassandra Santor.

tic-tock Couture Florals with Sonia Sharma for South Asian Bride Magazine. Images by Yoshi Morimoto.tic-tock Couture Florals with Ariel Yve for Style Me Pretty. Image by Michael and Anna Costa.tic-tock Couture Florals with Cassandra Santor. Image by Joan Allen Photo.

Marley and the experts will help you take a look inside your business to help you gain insight and see where you’re throwing money away and wasting your time and where you’re – as we say – coming up roses!

We’ll see you at UNCENSORED. Click here to register.

Monday
Jan102011

Tips For The Newly Engaged Bride, With Love (& a lotta help from our friends - part 1)

Invitation by Amber Moon of Pitbulls & PosiesHappy (belated) New Year! We had an amazing holiday season and hope you did, too. Each year, the holiday season brings a flurry of new engagements. Are you among the newly engaged? Or thinking that 2011 will be the year you decide to say “I do”?   Planning your wedding can be a wonderful time in your life and your relationship. You probably have a slew of questions and we’ve asked some of our very favorite people we worked with in 2010 to help us start 2011 with a burst of advice for new brides from planners, caterers, photographers and all around experts!

Who did we ask? Harmony Walton, of course – the woman behind The Bridal Bar and one of our longstanding partners, Pauline Parry, founder of Good Gracious! Events and one of our favorite foodies, photographers Marianne Lozano (whose work you see here all the time) and Kris Kan (who’s work you’ve seen here recently), planners Cassandra Santor, the class act at the helm of Beautiful Day, Cobalt Events’ sensational Nicole Hirsty, the wonderful and charming Nikki and Madiha Khan of Exquisite Events, Kathy Nosek of Divine Occasion (she really is divine!), Fancy That!’s super fabulous Christine Zohrabians and the incredible, indefatigable Marcy Blum.

What did we ask? Simple. What tips would they offer to the newly engaged bride?

We received such wonderful responses that we’re going to break this into two posts and let Pauline Parry, who so eloquently stated points that you’ll see reiterated by others, take the intro. Also, you’ll see the same tips come from a few of the experts. Rather than edit them so you only see a tip once, we left them in to demonstrate just how broadly that idea stretches. On that note, Pauline…take it away:

After the joy of the first blush of being engaged and the ring has sparkled around all the family and friends the couple usually then go into panic mode and reality sets in and “oh where do I begin planning our wedding”!!!!  It is then I say…Breathe! You have a professional planner by your side that is here to take care of all hiccups that might happen along the way and resource the right creative partners that will bring your vision alive.

In other words to hire a professional is key to the success of the celebration even if it is only for Wedding Week Management. Align yourself with a planner that has similar sensibilities to yourself and that you like (you don’t have to like anyone else really on the team as long as they do as they say they will do…the only exception to that comment is probably the photographer, you have to feel comfortable with them so they can bring the best from you without you knowing it.

It is one day in a life time that you will experience this day and it is important that you translate this wedding as to who you both are as it really is the first time as a couple you will be the host of your own wedding. Determine the items that are really important and those that are not and plan the budget accordingly.  It is important the week of the wedding you truly find the time to enjoy the whirl of happiness you are feeling and take time for yourself, friends and family and trust all the professionals you have hired!!!!! (Pauline Parry, Good Gracious! Events)

Harmony Walton, The Bridal Bar

1.Don’t jump on the trend bandwagons.  Find quality and seasoned professionals that can create a look that is authentic to you and timeless so you still love your photos for years to come.

 

2. Do your homework before you hire.  Does the pro you’re considering have the proper insurance and licenses?  Do they have an excellent service record?  Go into your big day with confidence in your team and that doesn’t come from social media chatter, but hard work, the proper structure and a proven track record.

      Marianne Lozano, Studio Lozano Photography

1. Find a photographer whose style & personality represent what you're looking for.

2. Invest in photography.  At the end of it all, it's what you'll have, photos to remember the special day by. Make sure to hire an experienced, full-time professional. There are no do-overs.

     Cassandra Santor, Your Beautiful Day

1. Take your time! Couples tend to get excited about their engagement (and well, of course, they should be) and begin to rush. Questions begin to swarm about the when, what, where and the enivetible how (who's paying for this wedding anyway). My first piece of advice is all about peace. You can say you are excited and that the details are "in-the-works". No need to jump online and spend 20+ hours researching every detail the first week of your engagement (btw 20 hours is well below the national average). Take a breath and enjoy being engaged!

2. Make your guest list a top priority. Before you make major decisions make a list of who you would like to have join you. Ask your family (if they are involved) to do the same. This will automatically put a little pause in the planning. The goal is to be clear on the guest list so you can make a reasonable decision on how your budget will shape up and what makes the most sense. 

Nikki & Madiha Khan, Exquisite Events

1. Make the announcement to family and friends and figure out a date that can accommodate those who would be traveling from out of town. A lot of our couples have extended family out of country.

2. Discuss budget and where you would like the wedding to take place and also what theme you would like because that dictates the budget.

3. Select a venue. A lot of times, venues can be booked a year in advance so to ensure you get the date that you want, book that first.

4. Another nice thing to do is pick your photographer and set up an engagement shoot with him/her which is a good way to see their style first hand.

5. Specific to Indian brides would be if you are getting your outfit custom made in India, put the order is asap. The top designers get booked well in advance and you want to make sure that you get your outfit in time to try it on and make any adjustments if need be.

      Christine Zohrabians, Fancy That! Events

1.  Hire a Wedding Planner BEFORE you start any of your planning! Their knowledge and experience will help turn your dreams into a reality while staying within your budget and taking into account all of the things that are truly important to you and your family! 

2. Visit tons of Bridal Salons!  You will only have ONE opportunity to try on wedding dresses so why not try on dozens? Appointments at bridal salons are tons of fun, quality time with your closest girls, sipping champagne and wearing couture gowns that make you feel like a princess! I recommend that even if you think you found the perfect dress at the first store you visit, visit a few more and try on tons more, enjoy the experience! 

 

Look for more tips tomorrow from Nicole Hirsty, Kris Kan, Kathy Nosek and Marcy Blum! Big thank you Amber Moon of Pitbulls & Posies for creating our invitation.

Wednesday
Dec082010

An Unforgettable Anniversary

Photo by Megan StarkWhen Nikki Khan of Exquisite Events approached us about Harmala and Gurjeet’s Silver Anniversary party, she was looking for something “contemporary and cutting edge.” The venue had been secured, the design concept was in place and what they needed now were the perfect floral designs to complement the feel, the look and to add the perfect amount of stunning.

Nikki and Harmala had chosen the SLS Hotel where the Philippe Starck-designed ballroom features breathtaking Venetian mirrors. Arguably one of the most striking of the luxury hotels in Los Angeles, Nikki’s designs for the décor created an atmosphere that not only welcomed “contemporary and cutting edge,” but demanded it.

In the days leading up to the event, the shop was quite a sight. It was, quite literally, filled with thousands of black magic roses, each of which would become a part of the tablescapes Eddie created.  In keeping with the cool and modern feel of the décor, he created two different designs. In one, he used multiple 3’ black fluted glass vases topped with large spheres of black magic roses and a flowing reach of the softest, whitest Phalaenopsis orchids you’ve ever seen.  Interspersed between the fluted glass pieces was a collection of low and lush arrangements in black cubed containers tightly filled with black magic roses. In a second look, Eddie used long and low rectangular vessels mimicking the mirrored tables, filling them with the same richly colored black magic roses and surrounding them with softly glowing votive candles. 

It really was an incredible event to be a part of. Working with Nikki is always such a joy and this couple was really a lot of fun. Harmala and Gurjeet’s love is so clear. It’s nice, among the weddings, to do a Silver Anniversary. Twenty-five years is a long time on the road to forever and a forever full of happiness is our wish to every bride and groom.

Thank you to Megan Stark for the beautiful photographs! Read all of the details of this wonderful design and event on Exquisite Events' blog!

 

Monday
Aug022010

tic-tock Takes a Time Out With Nikki Khan

Nikki Khan and her new partner Madiha Khan. Photo Courtesy of Nikki KhanFifteen years ago, Nikki Khan made her entrance into the world of Special Events doing fundraisers and charity events but knew early on her heart was in weddings so she struck out on her own and began the makings of masterpiece weddings when she created Exquisite Events and in 2010 the tradition of excellence and high style has continued with her daughter Madiha, who has spent much of that time working alongside her, officially becoming her partner.

Nikki is an incredible talent to work with and we’ve had the opportunity to work with her quite a bit over the years and, as a matter of fact, we’ve got something in the works now. That said; it seemed like a good time to chat a little with her and share with you guys.

One of the things that we always enjoy about working with Nikki is her desire to do something different. We have a lot in common here and both take a lot of inspiration from magazines, architecture, nature and Photo Courtesy of Adrena Photographyfashion. Especially fashion. Nikki watches the runways for what inspires whether it’s the way a garment is cut, a haircut angled or the shift of a fabric with a step – creative elements abound on the runway and style is everything.  Being in touch with all of these elements really helps keep Nikki and Madiha at the top of the list of who’s now in what’s happening in the wedding industry.

One of our favorite questions to ask [probably because we have sooo many dream spots and are constantly curious about what inspires others] is “If you could do a wedding anywhere, where would it be”? You’d be surprised how tough a question this can be to find an answer to when you work with planners who’ve been just about everywhere. So, we asked Nikki and, as suspected received both an inspiring answer and an education. See, there’s a place called Jaipur outside of Delhi in India where they have floating palaces. Floating Palaces. Just the thought is breathtaking.

Back to Los Angeles, we asked Nikki what her advice to a bride to be would be. And her response was, dare we say, right on the money: “The day is going to be gone before it comes. Trust your planner. They have your best interest at heart – and day of? HANDS OFF AND HAVE FUN!"

Exquisitely said, Nikki. Exquisitely.

We're so excited to be working with Nikki and Madahi and just can't wait to show you all the photos!

Photo of Floating Palace was found on digg in this thread.