"Dear Smita Aunty, Christine, Iris, and the entire Ethnic Essence team,

I cannot thank you all enough for the all the tremendous time and effort you put into all of my wedding festivities. Each and every event was breathtaking and all events ran so smoothly!! You guys did so much work behind the scenes for each and every event. The decorations at every event blew me away. Each event's decor was so unique and beautiful.

Smita Aunty, your creative mind took the wedding to an entirely different level!

I did not get to appreciate all the details of the wedding decorations, flowers, mandap, etc. until I saw the same-day edit video. The wedding alone was absolutely stunning!! 

Neal is a man of few words - til this day, he has not stopped talking about the wedding and reception decor! We have received soo many compliments on each event and the entire Ethnic Essence team is to thank for that!

Thank you so much for making my fairytale wedding come to life!"

Shruti & Neal, 08/14

Ethnic Essence designed and provided event decor, flowers & coordination for the couple's 5 pre-wedding events (at the bride's parent's home, Hyatt Newport Beach, and Hyatt Garden Grove), and also Ceremony (Ritz Carlton, Laguna Niguel) & Reception (Marriott in Anaheim)


"Dearest Smita Auntie,

Where do we even begin! We are so incredibly grateful to you for bringing our dream wedding to life! It takes a special person to be able to listen to what someone wants and taking it a step further to create such a beautiful and memorable day. If I had to do it again, we would come right back to you. I loved your ideas and brainstorming with you was always so fun. It is really admirable how true you are to your work. I have to say I'm so glad you moved here from Chicago! Thank you again for all your patience and hard work!"

Nisha & Sameer, 5/13

Ethnic Essence designed and provided event decor, flowers, & coordination for the couple's wedding & reception at the Hyatt Regency Long Beach


"Hi Smita Aunty,

Thank you SO MUCH for everything you did. I don't even know where to start with the thank you's because there are far too many. You and your team are amazing! Jeremy and I snuck a quick look in the reception hall a few hours before the reception because we were taking picture near there and all I could think was 'she nailed it!' I said I wanted clean, modern, elegance, and that is exactly how it looked. In the pictures I saw the Mandap, which looked amazing! (I haven't seen picture yet of the cocktail hour or entry way but I have no doubt they looked stunning). All our guests had the most amazing time and the ones that met or saw you working your magic told us how great you were. Thank you thank you thank you!! I feel like that doesn't even begin to express our gratitude but hopefully you can understand how much it meant to us that you helped our (but mostly my!) wedding dream turn into a reality.

Oh and how could I forget the cake?! So many people took photos of it and sent them to me - GORGEOUS! The flowers down the front looked beautiful. I am in love with those orchids! I have never seen them before - the petals are so thick and sturdy! I love them! I have to go look for them now.

Anyways, I could go on and on and I don't want to waste your time but.. I wanted to let you know that Jeremy and I think about you and the rest of the wonderful people that made our day special every single day (multiple times a day). It was an unforgettable day for us and you guys made it possible. Thank you again and hopefully we run into each other sometime soon!"

Nina & Jeremy, 9/13

Ethnic Essence designed and provided event decor, flowers & coordination for the couple's wedding & reception at the Laguna Cliffs Marriott, Dana Point


"Working with Smita and the Ethnic Essence team was the best decision I could have made when planning my wedding. The amount of experience, heart, and sweat they put into their work is rare to find these days and it really showed through on our special day. I feel as if we've found a family friend for life with Smita, as she treated my wedding as if it were her own daughter's. I would highly recommend Ethnic Essence to all of my family and friends for any of their event planning needs!"

Anjana & Vijay, 6/13

Ethnic Essence designed and provided event decor, flowers & coordination for the couple's reception at the Hyatt Regency, Orange County


"To Smita and the Ethnic Essence Crew,

I'd like to thank you for the beautiful lady's sangeet and wedding ceremony, and an absolutely stunning lunch reception that you all created for me. As you know, I had a pretty strong vision of what I wanted and I thank your endless patience and understanding, late night phone meetings, and all the creative energy you put into making that happen. It turned out perfectly. I would recommend you a hundred times over to anyone who's planning a wedding. And if I had to do it all over again, I'd still choose you :) "

Jasneet & Raj, 3/13

Ethnic Essence designed and provided event decor, flowers & coordination for the couple's Sangeet at Cooper River Country Club, and reception at their private estate