A house party in Los Altos Hills

Nestled in the luxury neighborhood of Los Altos Hills near San Jose, California – this was the residence of a Silicon Valley CEO that we were asked to prepare a small private fairwell party at. And what a home it was! Beautifully manicured lawns, majestic palm trees, a glorious Buddha statue overlooking a mini waterfall and pool, and scores of antique Indian sculptures and gems tucked away everywhere…the weather gods weren’t too kind that day but we all came prepared for rain!

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Coordination: Akaar Events; Event design, stationery and flowers: Anais Events; Rentals: Celebrations Party Rentals; Lighting: Avenue Illumination; Catering and hospitality: Amber India; all images courtesy of our little camera.

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a taste of india

No not your local indian restaurant (a trademark on that name does not exist apparently)…a travel guide for the foodie at heart OR a cheat sheet for menu planning at your events!

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Deepti + Vivek {the engagement}

More scrumptious eye candy!! Don’t miss the details – the fabulously embellished paisley on the sari, his coordinated scarf, more paisleys on the henna, the swoon worthy necklace…and that pretty little paisley on the gift wrap!

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Deepti + Vivek {the details}

This beautiful bride-to-be booked us after the first phone consultation! A busy professional in Chicago, all communication and planning for her engagement was done online or over the phone..lovely, gracious and with impeccable taste in clothes and jewelry (vendors included), she was a joy to work with!

Read about the Maharani Weddings feature on this event here.

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Photography: Samson Productions  ; Event design, florals and table numbers: Anais Event Planning & Design  ; DJ & Lighting: Riamu Entertainment  ; Venue: Sir Francis Drake Hotel, SF  ; Caterer: Sakoon Restaurant  ; Makeup: Cathryn Hewitt from MAC  ;  Hair: Moda Hair Salon, Burlingame  ; Henna: Ravie Kattaura  ;  Shoes: Jimmy Choo ; Sari: designed by Deepti herself, including her sisters’ outfits ; Jewelry: Seema Kumar Designs; All stationery: the bride-to-be herself!
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Details from dinner

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Photography: AK Sandhu; Venue: Hiller Aviation Museum, Planning and coordination: Akaar Events; Event Design, florals, stationery and styling: Anais Events; Catering and hospitality: Amber India San Francisco, Cake: Fleur De Cocoa; Lighting: Avenue Illumination; Lounge furniture: CORT; White dance floor: Bickner; Live band: Livewire Band; DJ: Ultra Soundz Entertainment.

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Travel-inspired 50th birthday celebration {cocktails}

Here’s more eye-candy from the luxurious travel-inspired celebration featured on Pizzazzerie yesterday! In the cocktail area, we styled with a rich color palette and traditional props used at festivals in Kerala. With music inspired by Kenyan beats, lighting patterns from African textiles, passed hors d’oeuvres accented with palm leaves – the energy and ambiance was nothing short of vibrant!

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Photography: AK Sandhu; Venue: Hiller Aviation Museum, Planning and coordination: Akaar Events; Event Design, florals, stationery and styling: Anais Events; Catering and hospitality: Amber India San Francisco, Cake: Fleur De Cocoa; Lighting: Avenue Illumination; Lounge furniture: CORT; White dance floor: Bickner; Live band: Livewire Band; DJ: Ultra Soundz Entertainment.

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Anais Event: B+M {Reception}

The Groom was busy with a very demanding work schedule and the Bride lived overseas so it was the Groom’s sister that we worked closely with to pull this event together! And we loved every minute of it….a very large guest count (1000+) courtesy of a deep rooted and politically-active family from the Yuba-Sutter area, coupled with family & friends with discerning and traditional punjabi tastes  – yet she was undeterred in wanting to make her brother’s reception nothing but fun, stylish and incredible!

The 25,000 square foot ballroom at the Sacramento Convention Center looked stunning with fabulous lighting and magical music throughout the evening. It was truly an honor and a pleasure to plan this event and work with talented vendors….making me (once again) feel blessed to have the best clients in the world!!

Photography: Rama Photo & Video; Venue: Sacramento Convention Center; Hospitality: Classique Catering; Event design, florals and stationery: Anais Events; Lighting: Avenue Illumination; DJ: Wicked Entertainment; Cake: Raja Sweets; Cake: Freeport Bakery; Furniture rental: Classic Party Rentals.

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Day Dreams {behind the scenes}

Here’s more details (and behind-the-scenes action) from the styled photoshoot we put together with a group of very talented professionals recently, titled DAY DREAMS! It showcased a young lady dreaming of her big day, playing dress up with her best friend in opulent fabrics, heirloom jewels, and writing love notes to the man of her dreams…

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Photography: AK Sandhu; Venue: Glow Esthetics & Spa Therapies; Makeup: Valerie Yager for Josephine Beauty; Hair: Brandy Lazard for Prima Salon;  Dress: Bridal Motif; Lighting: Exquisite Events & Entertainment; Jewelry/styling: Amrit Dhillon-Bains; Coordination/Decor/props and flowers: Anais Events; Models: Jessica Tax and Cinnamin Marie Gordon.

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Anais Event: Ruby+Ravi {reception}

The couple asked for an understated design in festive colors for this venue that came with eye-level panorama of the San Francisco cityscape - all three bridges and the glittering face of the bay!

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Venue: Pavilion by the Bay; Event Design, stationery & florals: Anais Events; Catering: Raja Sweets.

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Anais Event: Ruby+Ravi {Ceremony luncheon}

Earthy, muted and sophisticated colors for this temple langar (community kitchen) area. The punch of color came from the fun centerpieces!

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Venue: Tierra Buena Sikh Gurdwara, Yuba City; Event design & flowers: Anais Events; photos courtesy of our camera (no detail/decor shots available from the pro-photographer).

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