Styled Shoot :: Color Me Red

Ahhhh, the month of February and everyone’s favorite holiday to share a little love is just around the corner. We’re talking about Valentine’s Day, of course. So today we’re sharing a styled shoot inspired by the color of love.

Design, Flowers, Tableware: Anaïs Event Planning & Design
Photography: Nudrat Owens
Stationery: Shaadi Papery
Location: Sacramento Convention Center

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Ceremony Decor in Orchid + Red Orange

Our first blog of the new year is starting with a big punch of color! Here you’ll see how we used the colors orchid and red orange to brighten up the gazebo at the Meritage Resort in Sonoma for Amita & Amit’s wedding ceremony. Design & Florals by Anais Event Planning & Design; Photography by Lin & Jirsa.

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Holiday Entertaining Tips

Rue Magazine recently asked us for a few ways to make a holiday party shine. We were thrilled to share our secrets for a successful holiday party. Suffice it to say, it’s all about the ambiance! See Amrit’s expert tips below on how to decorate with style!

Excerpt from Rue 1.0 Party Time: Holiday Entertaining Tips with Be Inspired PR

 Anais Event Planning and Design: Amrit Dhillon-Bains 
1. Add ambience to your guest/powder room with a cluster of lanterns and bursts of flowers

2. Use candles (lots of them) and pair with metallic accents. We’re loving brushed gold and brass at the moment!

3. Every little corner in your home should spell festive. So, stock up on ornate candlesticks. Placing them in carefully thought out locations will lift up any dull space

4. Experiment with a holiday inspired signature drink that your guests look forward to each year!

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A Little Holiday Cheer

It’s time for a little holiday cheer. After all, ’tis the season to be jolly! Today we’re sharing a styled shoot inspired by colors of the season- red, green and white. And of course, you knew we’d throw in some of our favorite metallic accents too! In this styled shoot, the red roses spring from the table with their bold color contrasting against the cool whites and glittering silvers. We added beautiful green sprigs to accent the place settings on the patterned charges which sit atop the shimmering red linen. Since we’re all about the details, we added lots of candles in various shapes, sizes and textures to fill in the table. Finally, you’ll see a few holiday elements with a modern twist: a classic nutcracker encased in a glass cloche and jingle bells mixed with disco balls. Hopefully we’ve inspired you to get decorating! Happy Holidays!

Design/Styling: Anaïs Event Planning & Design; Photography: Nudrat Owens Photography

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As featured in the Fall/Winter 2015 publication of Indian Weddings Magazine, Puja and Mandeep’s wedding certainly wowed with inspirations from The Great Gatsby. From the black and gold details to the plumed feather centerpieces, the reception decor evoked the classic art-deco era of the 1920′s. Photography by Wedding Documentary. Decor and Design by Anais Event Planning & Design.

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Doie Lounge :: Eco-lux Robes for Bridesmaids

As a 12-time bridesmaid (yes, really!), designer Sara Kirsner knows a thing or two about bridesmaid gifts! Her company, Doie Lounge, was born from the idea that glamorous, super-soft robes make the perfect gift for a bride to give to her maids. Sourced from the highest quality, earth-friendly fabrics, and produced in Los Angeles, California, these robes are eco-chic, luxuriously soft and comfy cozy for lounging all day. But they’re particularly perfect bridesmaids gifts for those paparazzi-style pre-wedding primping photos! So if you’re looking for a bridesmaid gift that shows you care, pamper your ladies with the ultimate in eco-lux loungewear. Visit for all the latest styles.

Photo Credits: 1. Maggie Thalheimer, of Gerber and Scarpelli | 2. Calloway Gable | 3. Charity Swords Photography
4. Kyle Hall | 5. Katie Hall | 6. N/A

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Lisa & Shantanu’s Wedding Featured in Harper’s Bazaar India

Words cannot describe how incredibly thrilled we were to receive an email from photographer Tim Halberg mentioning that Harper’s Bazaar India would like to publish Lisa and Shantanu’s wedding. Truly, we loved designing and planning the outdoor celebration at BR Cohn Winery and when a magazine also falls in love with a wedding you love, it doesn’t get much better than that (professionally speaking)! Of course, we work with an amazing team of wedding professionals and all are well-deserving of this noteworthy praise. Our gratitude goes out to all of you! Frankly, we’re still awestruck that this wedding made it all the way to Harper’s!
Design & Planning: Anais Event Planning & Design
Rentals: Celebrations Party Rentals
Catering: Amber India; Hospitality: Z Staff & Party Rental Company
Cake: The Whole Cake
DJ, Dhol: Music Mantra
Flipbook: A Flying Camera
Bridal Henna: Ravie Kattaura
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Baljit + Jaspreet

Today we’re sharing a selection of images from Baljit and Jaspreet’s ceremony and reception. You may have seen this wedding featured on earlier this year. Special thanks to Love Story Pictures for sharing the photos.

Planning & Design: Anais Events | Stationery: Shaadi Papery | Ceremony: West Sacramento Sikh Temple
Reception: White Lotus Banquet Hall | Henna: Neeta D. Sharma | Wedding dress: Frontier Phagwara, India
Groom’s Sherwani:  Gravity in Jalandhar, India | Reception Outfit: Sari Palace, Berkeley CA | Cake: Freeport Bakery

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Majestic Jewels

Jewelry…one of our favorite obsessions. Can a girl really ever have too much? According to Coco Chanel, before leaving the house, “a lady should look in the mirror and remove one accessory.” We’re not so sure this applies to maharanis…especially with jewels this majestic! On this one subject, Coco, we’ll have to disagree for now. Photos by Arrowood Photography. Jewelry designed by Manjusha Jewels; selected for a fashion photo shoot by Anais Events.

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Venue Feature :: The Fairmont San Jose

We design and plan a lot of weddings in a lot of different spaces. Sometimes we’re putting up mandaps outside along the beautiful California coastline and other times we’re transforming hotel ballrooms into beautiful Bollywood-styled celebrations. When it comes to choosing a wedding venue in Northern California, we are spoiled with a variety of options.

So this got us thinking that we should periodically feature some of our favorite venues on our blog! Today we’re sharing some photos of our work at the fabulous Fairmont Hotel San Jose. This particular Fairmont is an amazing hotel because there are so many versatile spaces to work with. With over 13,000 square feet of space, we can include a lot of design elements and have plenty of room for wedding guests too. (And you know we throw BIG weddings!) Plus, the downtown location offers overnight guests many options for dining and entertainment the following day.

Without further adieu, enjoy some photos of the Fairmont San Jose’s ballroom as decorated by yours truly for two different weddings. All photos by Wedding Documentary Photo+Cinema. Designs by Anaïs Event Planning & Design.

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