Vahin and Nandni had known of each other since college and shared mutual friends, but somehow, they never got to know one another. They happened to meet in 2016 and hit it off instantly. Both of them realized that they were in love and once their parents got involved, there was no looking back.
Being from a design background herself, Nandni was very clear in her mind on what she wanted. Right away she prepared a mood board for her wedding which she gave to her planning team. Her main objective was to have things fall into their respective place seamlessly keeping in mind that her guests experience was her top priority along with design and decor.
Since the bride’s family is from Kota, Rajasthan, Nandni and Vahin purchased Kota Doria suit pieces with duppattas for the ladies Mehendi function along with bespoke fragrances with Nandni and Vahin’s initials on each bottle from the Perfume Lounge in Mumbai.
Entertainment was a big part of their wedding weekend with Alisha Arora singing her fun tunes on the Mehendi, Navraj Hans taking the stage during the cocktail hour and Jasbir Jassi performing during the wedding. All the Punjabis in the house had a blast! After the dancing at the reception there was an after party with snacks and cocktails which went to the wee hours in the morning. Nandni and Vahin made sure to deliver hangover kits to everyone the next morning.
Venue – The Imperial Delhi India – Wedding Planner – Plush Events & Weddings | Bride’s Outfit – Rimple and Harpreet | Heena Artist – Raju Mehendi Wala | Hair and MakeUp – MakeUp by Emelda | Decor – Elements Design India | Photographer – Twogether Studios | Live Music (Sangeet Night) – Navraj Hans | Live Music (Wedding Night) – Jasbir Jassi
Destination weddings are always in style especially while in India. The rich culture and historic buildings create for a magical wedding day. Check out the pre ceremony photos in the beginning of their gallery it will make you want to pack your bags for Jaipur.
Planning – Ardour Events | Photography – Vows and Tales
So much goes into the planning and design of your wedding length. Should it be traditional red or a soft pastel? Should there be a lot of beading and embroidery or should it be simple? These are some of the questions that every bride asks herself when deciding on that perfect lengha.
Designer Shloka Khialani dressed influencer Sheefa Gilani and shared with us some of the process they went thru to design her perfect wedding day look.
Sheefa was looking for something understated, elegant and versatile. One of her more specific requests being to seek repeated wearability from her bridal outfit in the future. Her personality (being so striking already), enabled us to create a lehenga that was literally not embellished. Keeping in mind that her function was a small ceremony which took place in Mumbai with only close family and friends in attendance; we opted to work with a rich raw silk in a gorgeous shade of red with loads of cancan. We then incorporated our label’s classic self embellishment onto a modest sheer blouse and two soft tulle embellished dupattas. Not only did Sheefa make for the epitome of a modern day, unconventional bride – she looked like nothing less than a dream!
After getting engaged in the gorgeous city of Dubrovnik, Ankit and I began planning our wedding with all our friends and family. Every detail, from the wedding programs to choreographing multiple dances, Ankit and I worked as a team to make our dream day come to life. Decked in Falguni Shane Peacock, I helped customize my reception outfit with Falguni Peacock herself. We kicked off our incredible events with a Sangeet Celebration featuring Mr Paanwala, a Pani Puri cart, a gola cart and all other favorite traditional Indian street food. This event was then followed by an inclusive pool party with close family and friends to celebrate the night before our big day. The wedding and reception was magical, with jaw dropping decor, entertainment and lots of emotions!
Are you ready to make a Pivot? Many vendors in the event industry are unsure of what pivotal changes & services they need/should offer during this time. Well don’t worry because we have it figured out how to pivot your Indian wedding design and decor business post covid 19. Join us with 3 expert guests who are working on their small but impactful gathering pivot that will be an integral change for the new face of celebrations as we move forward and try to figure out what Social Distancing Parties & Small but Larger than Life Luxury parties will look like. We are excited to have creative decor & design maestros Shawna Yamamoto Designs & Prashe Designs joining us as we discuss “The Luxury Pivotal Party!”
CEO and founder of “Shawna Yamamoto Event Design” event designer and production manager, creative director, since 2009 Shawna is married and a mother to three busy boys. “I lived on a farm just up to my teenage years. I thrived in an environment where I had to make my own toys, build cities in the mud for my hot wheels, and I’d spend hours outside day and night exercising my imagination. I didn’t realize it then, but I truly believe it shaped my mind into seeing possibilities of design in everything.”
Our team at Shawna Yamamoto Event Design is different than most. We are designers, working tirelessly to create experiences and environments special and unique to each of our clients. We execute all types of events: grand or intimate, social, wedding, and corporate.
We believe that the most cohesive event is created when a team of experts work together. We’ll work with both you and your event planner to guide theme development and then we will execute it. As artists, our designs are truly unique. We strive to create things that have not been done before and we love to put our own twist on different styles.
We are fabricators of design as we use wood, fabric, and other non-floral elements to create decor. To add a softer touch or as the design requires, we import only the freshest and most unique flowers to create our floral masterpieces. We run a very sophisticated intern program, pulling students from multiple local top design colleges and universities. We believe that is imperative to help other designers gain access to this field, and we help them to experience the industry and execute designs.
Wedding, Gala, Corporate or Social event? Prashe Decor will ensure stunning displays of decor and lavish event spaces consistent in captivating guests and intriguing the eye. Your event will begin with custom designs to portray your individual style of wedding or social event while maintaining a precise focus on your exact vision as our bride and client.
Prashe Decor enhances each and every event with full event design, custom linens, floral design, lighting, lounge and furniture rental, backdrops, draping, and more. Our ever expanding inventory allows the abiliity to feature grand displays of creativity and luxury for all events, lavish or intimate. Our team will travel to your location, as we have executed events all over The United States.
Questions to Panelist: If you wish too fast forward to a question below. We have included the timestamp for each question to make it more efficient to get the answers you are looking for.
3:29 Everyone feels that client’s won’t go for our services or luxury products and hence vendors will have to slash their prices, but what if we don’t try and Serve a Market Demand instead create the Market Demand?
4:20 Why is it important from a decor & design vendor perspective to not promote DIY events?
9:02 What are you guys doing right now to stay creative & still service clients or create events? Explain the pop up idea (Shawna) and floral arrangement class (Prashe)
16:05 As destination weddings & events were becoming a norm before the pandemic how did you guys handle designing in foreign territory? Is this something that you recommend others to consider who thought they needed their warehouse to travel with them? Would you think this model will be profitable moving forward for designers?
23:03 How are you still maintaining a luxury service standard?
- Setting standards for service levels
- Pricing should not be reduced
- Do we worry about the client and their budget or will they continue to shop the market
28:03 We asked both design teams to take a set square footage of space, and design that space Pre-CoVID and now Post CoVID with keeping in mind social distancing.
28:03 Premal Shah & Prashi Shah of Prashe Decor (Presents Event 1)
39:11 Shawna Yamamoto Design (Presents Event 2)
32:26 What is Design Distinction
40:13 How to Pitch your Vision
45:01 Why Community & Collaboration is so important moving forward
52:36 Building a better business tools
Welcome to our 7th wedding webinar – The Karma of Events
We hosted event guru Colin Cowie for a special webinar discussion on, “The Karma of the Events” in business.
Mr. Colin Cowie is an iconic world renowned celebrated event guru who is smart, stylish, glamorous, and truly humble. We are excited to talk to him about what 25 years in the event business has taught him and what he has taught others on the importance of community, collaboration, elevated service standards, and most of all staying relevant and real with the times especially the times we are in now!
Ready to have your event chakras reset from the inside out?
Colin Cowie has led an extraordinary life. He arrived in the U.S. from South Africa in 1985 and it was his smarts, personality and stylish sensibility that led him into the fast tracked, glamorous world of planning over-the-top parties for the who’s who of royalty, celebrity and business. Respected around the world as an arbiter of style, Colin Cowie has been at the forefront of event and wedding planning for the past 25 years, creating trends and raising the bar for the ultimate guest experience.
Colin has created some of the most talked about events in the world, including the multi-million dollar opening of the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas, Palm Island Dubai and Atlantis as well as Oprah Winfrey’s Legends Ball. In addition to Oprah, his celebrity clients include Jennifer Lopez, Ryan Seacrest, Jimmy Iovine, Kim Kardashian, Lil Wayne, Nicole Kidman and Demi Moore, to name a few. Colin’s corporate clients include Audemars Piguet, Dom Perignon, Davidoff of Geneva, Warner Bros, CBS, Cash Money Records, The Whitney Museum, Architectural Digest, Kerzner International’s One and Only Hotels, Cosmopolitan Magazine and InStyle Magazine.
Colin Cowie is an authority on living with style; an author of 10 best-selling books that are sold around the world, currently writing his 11th title, and a celebrated television personality who spent 7 years on the HSN Network.
Beyond entertaining, Cowie’s work extends into the hospitality arena where he oversaw the renovation of the Mira Hotel in Hong Kong with 600 guest rooms, 3 restaurants, the ballroom, spa and all common areas. Residential projects include private homes in Los Angeles, Miami and New York. From 1997 – 2001 Colin was a national spokesperson and designer for Lenox with his signature line of china, crystal and silverware sold in more than 500 retail stores. Colin also served as creative director for NetJets from 2007 through 2009, focusing on creating the greatest customer service experience in private aviation.
Colin Cowie and his work have been prominently featured in publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, O, The Oprah Magazine, People, Elle Decor, InStyle, Town & Country, House Beautiful, etc. and on television shows including The Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN, Ellen DeGeneres, The Today Show and Access Hollywood.
Colin sits on the board of several philanthropic organizations focusing on arts, education, healthcare and mentorship programs in South Africa and is devoted to supporting young people create a better future for themselves. His charities include: Lalela, Ubuntu, The Phelophepa Train of Hope, Infinite Family and The Turning Point Foundation.
Questions Colin Cowie answers in this webinar
- What can we do to help our fellow event partners work together to build better communities, in turn uplifting their own markets & the entire industry?
- What are 3 tips that people can actively do to stay relevant and what would that look like when someone wants to obtain a leadership role in the future?
- How important is building a Community & Collaboration over Competition going to be moving forward? (Can we talk about how when we give more we get more vs. the mentality of what’s in it for me?)
- Can you talk to us about how this experience has created an even playing field between veterans of the trade vs the new kid on the block?
- Can you talk to us about providing elevated service, standards & scaling as we move forward?
We love hearing a brides and grooms story from their own point of view we asked Vaishali and Shiv to tell us a little bit about them. They shared with us their own story of their proposal and of course their beautiful wedding day.
Their love story – Shiv saw Shali for the first time on Dil Mil, a dating app. It was love at first sight for him. Unfortunately, she didn’t see him on the matchmaking app. After months of searching for her, his baby cousin finally ended the hunt – she found her through Shali’s mom’s Facebook account! That was not the end of Shiv’s struggle. He messaged her for weeks on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter till Shali finally gave in and decided to reply. A month and countless conversations later, on a rainy summer day they met. It was also love at first sight for Shali… but what’s a love story without a twist? Shali moved to New York city after 6 months to follow her dreams. Long distance was something Shiv couldn’t do, so for the next 3 years they led their lives apart. No phone calls. No meetings. No contact. Somehow, their love managed to stand the test of time. After countless shaadi.com matches and dating app hook ups Shiv was ready to do long distance, or anything at all to have Shali back in his life. Luckily for him, Shali had realized it was time to come back home. So one day, Shiv finally built up the courage to call Shali. 6 months after, she was back in Toronto, planning their wedding.
Proposal – It started with understanding an emotion I wanted to invoke, in a place that is special to Me and Shali. Shali had been sweet enough to never ask for a certain kind of proposal (or ring). Instead, her only request was that there be a lot of pictures…because she wouldn’t be able to take it all in.
My choice was Toronto’s Distillery District. Shali and I have always loved that location. Spending countless dates there, walking the cobblestone streets in the summer. The plan was set. I grabbed my A-team. The stage was set. I picked up Shali around 5pm. It took Shali a few minutes to realize what was happening as I brought her into the area. And the rest is history. Once she realized it, she was at a loss for words. I took her to the backdrop, and asked her to marry me. Well, I said it in a much sweeter way, but I have no idea what I said.
Wedding – The wedding was a nexus of Shiv’s hipster style and Shali’s boho vibes. We envisioned the wedding to be an intimate, shabby-chic affair with hints of wood and florals. The wedding colors were pastel peach, ivory and shades of gold. The guests all wore sunglasses to play up the hipster vibe. The mandap was made of rustic wooden pillars covered with vines and floral arrangements. Adorning the backdrop was the majestic Eagles Nest Golf Course’s serene lake. Wedding stationery was custom designed by the couple, and had hints of their playful style. Opting out of a traditional horse. The groom, with his love for cars, decided to ride in on vintage 1962 Ford Galaxy. It was a small and imitate ceremony, filled with hugs, laughter, and plenty of dancing!
Couples Attire: Bride and Groom’s attire from Sabyasachi
I (Vaishali) flew to Mumbai to buy my and Shiv’s wedding outfits from Sabyasachi Mumbai. This was a game changer for us, because we felt the outfits demanded a sense of regal and royal feel. I live for clothes, and what we wore was very important to me. We truly embodied our wedding looks and this transformed our boho-hipster wedding into a classy affair.
Clothing: Sabyasachi | Cake: Something Sweet | Catering: Embassy Grand | DJ: Eminence | Florist: Bloomen | Hair/Makeup: Baljit Gill | Henna Artist: Henna by Divya | Photography: Alfaaz Photography | Planner: SAWC | Venue: Eagles Nest Golf Club | Videographer: Eleve
“Mamas know best”. There is no truer statement
Case in point: Once upon a time, Rohit and Lalitha’s moms were college friends in India (legend has it that one used to copy the other’s homework, but we’re not saying which is which). Many years later, they met during a college reunion. Upon chatting, they realized their respective son and daughter were both single and upon further discussions decided they could be PERFECT for each other.
Fast forward to some years later, and there they were in beautiful Charleston, South Carolina along with many family members who flew in from all over the country and the world to celebrate the union of Rohit and Lalitha.
Lesson to be learned here? Do not underestimate the power of your mom (and dad’s) networks and instincts when it comes to finding The One. Think about it, your parents are most likely the only two people in this world who know you inside-and-out and they 100% have your best interests at heart.
One other (and very important) benefit of Rohit and Lalitha having both moms who have been long-time friends? Well their wedding was hands down THE happiest coming together of two families – no awkward formalities needed. It felt like one giant family reunion and everyone joyfully contributed either a dance/song/performance to celebrate this momentous occasion – even Lalitha’s 97-year-old grandmother sang a special song (YES – and she did it so beautifully) while beaming the whole time.
Oh, and everyone (yes, all 70+ family members) even came up with and agreed on a nickname for the smitten couple: RoLa (kinda like KimYe, but BETTER! Don’t you think. Written by ENMUSE Photography
Venue and Catering: Sweetgrass Event Center in Charleston, SC
Photography: ENMUSE Photography
Decor and Day-of Coordination: Anmol Kismet Weddings
Cake: Cakes by Kasarda
DJ: Other Brother DJ
Event Designer: D.vine Events
Video: Artistic Eye
Sick of being stuck at home in your lounge wear due to Covid19? Want to do a fun makeup look to get into that Spring mode? Follow along with this video tutorial from AnchalMUA we are loving the bright and bold lip color that she uses, making the perfect springtime pout. So practice away and you will be ready to hit the town and go to all of those weddings when everything is in full swing again.
Get In Touch AnchalMUA: firstname.lastname@example.org
Fenty Lip Balm
Glossier Future Dew
Milk Makeup Hydro Grip Primer
Kevyn Aucoin SSE – SX11
Hourglass Vanish Stick Foundation – Golden Tan
Too Faced Born This Way Concealer – Chestnut, Natural Beige & Light Beige
Laura Mercier Translucent Powder
KKW Beauty Baking Powder – 3
Benefit Hoola Bronzer – Caramel
MAC Fix +
Fenty 24KRay Highlight
Benefit Love Tint
Laura Mercier Blush – Peach
Laura Mercier Caviar Eye Stick – Sand Glow
MAC E/s – Bouji Babe
Too Faced Better Than Sex Eyeliner
Tatti Lashes – TL19
Huda Beauty Liquid Matte – Mamacita
Charlotte Tilbury Lip Pencil – Hollywood Honey
Morphe Setting Mist
The detail and craftsmanship in the current collection from Falguni Shane Peacock is blowing our minds. We love the royal elegance that this collection portrays. The full skirts and touches of feathers are a must for any bride getting married this year
(L) : Antique white, foliage embroidered lehenga and blouse with a crystal cascading dupatta.
(R) : Teaberry pink, mirror encrusted lehenga, styled with a cropped corset blouse and scallop edged dupatta.
Black sherwani with pink and silver floral motifs, teamed with black pants.
Rose quartz pink, foliage encrusted trail lehenga, teamed with a cropped corset blouse and a sheer dupatta with feathers.
Black short dress with pink and silver floral motifs, teamed with sheer embellished pants and accessorized with a feather shrug.
Salmon-hued, foliage embroidered lehenga, styled with an embellished cropped corset blouse and accessorized with a sheer dupatta and feathered shrug.
Light pink foliage embellished lehenga with crystals encrusted bralette blouse and sheer dupatta.
Embellished light golden lehenga, styled with a cropped corset blouse and a semi-sheer dupatta.
Mauve-hued, chrome applique lehenga, styled with an embellished corset blouse and a sheer dupatta.
Beige hued gown with intricate foliage embroidery, cutout shoulders, sweetheart neckline and finished with a feathered hemline.
Intricately embroidered dark mauve lehenga, styled with a bralette blouse and a feathered shrug.
Breaking the mould of conventional bridal silhouettes with this breathtaking piece of couture, a perfect choice for the wedding reception. Intricately embroidered midnight black lehenga with pink floral and Chevron detailing, styled with a sheer black dupatta.
Photographer – Rashi and Aditya
Creative Direction – @nupurmehta18 | @n2root | @ayeshaaminnigam
Stylist – @mohitrai
Jewellery – @rkjewellers_southex2
Designer – @falgunipeacock @shanepeacock
Name or Company: Makeup by Shiv
Tell us about your business name: Many of my loved ones call me “Shiv” so, I decided to use it as the name for my business to make it more personal and unique! I also wanted something simple that tells clients the service I offer and includes my name, as well.
Email Address: email@example.com
Where are you located? Do you travel? : Located in Detroit. Available for travel world-wide. I have traveled throughout the states of Michigan, Illinois, and Ohio. I will also be traveling to Cancun for a wedding this Summer!
How long have you been a professional?: A year and a half
How did you get your start? : I am a self-taught freelance MUA who began doing makeup professionally in 2018 after many years of doing makeup as a hobby. I decided to start my business after many family and friends requested to have their makeup done by me and encouraged me to take on this venture based on my passion for makeup. I have always believed that life should be spent doing what you love most and what brings you happiness. For me, that is makeup!
Describe your style in three words: Elegant, natural, and individualized
What services do you provide?: I provide bridal and non-bridal makeup application services including the use of premium eyelashes and prestige-brand products.
How has social media changed your business? : Social media has definitely been a great way for me to get my name out into the local and national communities. It has also been beneficial for networking with vendors from all over the world and learning from other artists in the industry. My favorite part about social media is being able to share the work of other talented artists along with my own.
If you could offer just one piece of advice to brides: Do a makeup trial before your wedding if you have a specific vision for your makeup! It gives you the opportunity to meet your MUA, discuss your vision in detail, and provide feedback on your looks so your makeup application runs as smoothly as possible on the day of your event. As an MUA, I want to guarantee your dream look comes true!
What makes you different?: My goal as an MUA is to create a look that highlights my client’s natural beauty and makes them feel like the most beautiful version of themself. I do this by prioritizing my client’s requests and adjusting my makeup style to match their vision rather than applying makeup the exact same way to each client. I believe every client is unique and, therefore, deserves individualized makeup application to complement their innate beauty.
Welcome to our 6th webinar.
You are the core of your business. Defining and understanding your “WHY” is one of the most critical affirmations you will make during these uncertain times. Ask yourself: Are you authentic? Do you give more than you receive? How can you utilize what you have right now to generate income, buzz or stay relevant. What is the true meaning of service and how does this affect your business? These questions and more will be discussed and challenged on this webinar.
Meet the Panelists:
Anja Winikka combines her digital content, branding and audience development skills with more than a decade of wedding industry expertise to bring insights and education to creative wedding professionals across the country.
She is the former editorial digital director of TheKnot.com. During her tenure at The Knot, Anja led an editorial team to grow the site from 7 million to 11.8 million monthly unique visitors. She was also the brand spokesperson, regularly appearing on national TV outlets and news organizations including The Today Show, Good Morning America, Fox Business, CNN, The New York Times, Ad Week, and The Washington Post.
In 2016, she launched a series of social media and marketing workshops across 12 cities (from New York to Chicago, LA, and beyond) designed to help wedding businesses elevate their brands and reach more of the clients right for them. The workshops sold out to crowds across the country and became a model for dozens of other wedding industry workshops and summits thereafter. In 2017, Ad Week, recognized Anja as Chief Innovator of The Knot, helping small wedding businesses connect with a social savvy audience.
Recently Anja relocated with her husband and little girl from New York City to Kansas City and launched a marketing media and consulting company. Editor In Chief Media aims to help small business owners (large and small) from across the country and globe better position their brands and connect with their GenZ and millennial audiences.
Anja also continues to speak around the country and globe, educating small business owners and connecting them to the right people, stories and tools to help them take it to the next level.
She shares her marketing tips and brand positioning advice for small business owners @EICMedia on Instagram and she blogs about all things — from motherhood to leaving NYC for KC, building a business and living a purpose-driven lifestyle @AnjaWinikka.
Here’s a downloadable PDF that Anja was kind enough to share. This will help you in your journey to authenticity.
“When I sleep, I’m dreaming of dresses,” admits Nardos Imam, whose passion for design began early, when she was a young girl growing up in Eritrea. Her mother was a talented seamstress, who loved making colorful dresses for her children that would often turn heads in the neighborhood. As a child, Nardos was struck by her mother’s love of clothes and would spend hours sitting next to her sewing machine, fascinated by patterns and stitching, and playing with fabrics and scissors.
But Nardos wasn’t fully exposed to fashion until she went off to college in the United States. At first, she thought she would study nursing and never imagined she could have a career out of making clothes. Eventually, her love for fashion worn out and she ended up switching paths and studying costume design at El Centro College in Dallas, Texas, where she became enamored with her classes on theatrical costume and the history of fashion.
After graduation, she started working at the luxe fabric store Richard Brooks, and later became the in-house designer at Stanley Korshak, where she built a loyal following of customers, who kept coming back for her impeccable fit, eye for color, and unique architectural designs.
In 2009, Nardos took the plunge and finally launched her own fashion line, Nardos Couture. Since then, Nardos’ line has expanded into evening wear, custom couture bridal, and a ready-to-wear line, which is available in stores in Dallas and San Antonio. Today, women from all over the world come to Nardos’ atelier for her special couture experience. “My favorite part is when I put them in their first fit,” she says. “I love to see the reaction in their faces when they finally see their dream dress coming to life.”
Nardos credits God and the beauty in each of her clients as her sources of inspiration. She loves dressing all kinds of women, from mothers of the bride to teenage debutants, and dreams of one day mentoring young girls in Eritrea on all things fashion. Decades later, her mother is now the one who spends hours sitting in Nardos’ atelier.
Questions to Panelist:
- Many folks are scared of the now & the uncertainty of the future. Is it ok to ask yourself, Why am I in business, and Why am I doing this?
- What are you guys doing as experts in your field that is helping the situation now?
- There are many businesses and individuals scared to put out information on Social Media or just in general, because they are scared of what is happening, and the potential of not having a business for the rest of 2020 or future; What messaging is essential to put out, so you stay relevant?
- What inventory & resources do event businesses have at their fingertips that they can still generate revenue?
- How can businesses create community digitally or locally in their backyard to help them swim to shore during this time in order to move forward?
- Why is it essential that we all take our messaging seriously and post Raw Reality vs. Pretty, as event professionals that is not what we are used to.
- Many folks are scared of Collaboration vs. Competition, what is your vision of the future of the event community, and where is it going?
Ashish and Sandy had the first ever wedding held at the Mercedes Benz Stadium and oh what a night they had. We can’t even imagine what it must feel like touching the 50 yard line and celebrating on the same field where so many epic games have taken place.
Photography: RAG Artistry | Videographer: Kevin Hursh Films | Planning: Envi Events | Choreography: Dancin Gandhi | Decor: Myar Decor | DJ: WeGoDisco Entertainment | Dhol: Dholi P | Catering: Art of Flavors/Thali | Make-up: Bogart Beauty | Hair: Gunn Glamour | Special Designs: CreativelyPatel | Venues: Wedding: Omni Hotel | Reception: Mercedes Benz Stadium
We were meant to cross paths Rishabh and I. Growing up close to each other in hour home town in Dallas, find out later we both lived in the beautiful city of Chicago at the same time, and then both found our “home away from home” in Austin, it was like if our paths would soon help us meet.
For our traditional Jain Ceremony, we imagined a soft tones for our dreamy ceremony. We wanted something elegant, romantic and airy. It was such a beautiful ceremony preformed by Rishabh’s parents. There were many amazing moments we truly enjoyed during our wedding weekend, but sharing a private first look was one of the highlights. Enjoy those few moment as we walked along the golf course with before we were officially husband and wife was a moment I am truly grateful for.
Our reception was our take on a galaxy wedding, because like I mentioned before, I truly feel the entire universe conspired to help us find each other. We worked with an amazing designer and she was able to take our vision to a whole new level for each event. To say our wedding was anything of a dream for us, is an understatement. We literally had a dream team that worked well together and handled all the planning for us, we truly felt like the guest of honor with no stress or worries, just enjoying the perks of royalty.
Couples Attire: Prashe Atelier | Cake: Creative Cakes by Monica | DJ: Desi Junctions Djs | Florist: Prashe Decor | Hair/Makeup: Ms Painted Lady | Henna Artist: Bridal Henna by Zohra | Photo and Video: Mir Anwar Studios | Planner: The Storybook Event | Rentals: Prashe Decor | Venue: Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas
Drawing inspiration from its sun-kissed landscapes, with hues, picked from its vibrant sunsets, Anita Dongre’s new collection ‘Summer in Santorini’ is a celebration of the iconic island of Santorini.
Leisurely and minimal, each ensemble is an exquisite blend of airy fabrics, fluid silhouettes in soft pastel hues and playful prints that embody picturesque Santorini views.
Handwoven organza, silk brocades, tissue fabrics, and raw silk whisk you away to Santorini’s blue-domed churches set amidst cascading white buildings that form the perfect backdrop for this breezy, minimalistic collection. Keep it fuss-free and true to our Indian roots, much like this unpretentious summer getaway, with its natural charm and quaint Mediterranean luxury. Rich handwoven Benaras Organza was developed and used for the first time in this collection to capture Santorini’s lightness of spirit while intricate embellishments like resham, sequins, aari embroidery, pearl, zardosi work captures her effortless elegance.
“When I travelled to Santorini, what struck me was the easy elegance of its people and the unhurried pace of life. Summer in Santorini was an extension of that mood of languid, conscious indulgence.” says Anita Dongre about the collection.
Summer in Santorini is spun into fashion in sunshine yellow, apricot, seafoam, aqua blue, lime and blush; while playful summer prints in deeper tones of emerald green, deep blues, volcano orange, indigo and hot pink, perfectly embody cliffside ocean views at sunset. Leisurely and minimal, the collection features light-weight lehengas, colourful gowns and, cocktail dresses. Let the summer tide wash over you this wedding season.
This season celebrates sun-drenched blue skies, wind-tousled hair and the whimsy of wild, flowing oceans, with Anita Dongre’s SS’20 collection ‘Summer in Santorini’.
Kristy and Sho wanted to combined themes of both a traditional Indian and Historic Downtown Richmond Wedding. This was accomplished with stylings using traditional fabrics and jewelry. This can also be seen in the linen colors, flower design, and custom center pieces. The backdrop of the evening was Historic Tredegar, a preserved civil war building and museum; right on the edge of Richmond’s skyline. Although dressed in traditional gowns, the couple ate handheld treats from a local favorite, as well as custom gelato to wrap up the night.
Jay and I met ten years ago in CET Maths classes in Mumbai. After three years of friendship we decided to take our relationship to the next step and began dating. On our third anniversary we decided to spend an extended weekend at Goa. On the eve of our anniversary, sharp at 12am he surprised me by proposing to me with favorite song, “Don’t Wanna Close My Eyes” by Aerosmith playing in the background. I had to say YES!! Fast Forward to when both of our families met and wholeheartedly accepted our relationship. A date was set and the journey to a happily ever after was to commence!
Have you thought about what you are going to do post CoVID-19 with your Business? Using this time to Restructure & Reassess your business, operation, labor, and more so your mindset is a huge asset to the future of your entrepreneurial journey.
Joining us this week are two respected powerhouse creatives Tony Conway of Legendary Events from Atlanta, Ga. and Smita Mohindra of Ethnic Essence based in Anaheim, CA. We hosted a 1.5 hour webinar filled with how to be a Smart while you Restructure & Reassess your business from the inside out and the outside in!
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Meet the panelist:
Tony Conway is known for being the mastermind behind many of Atlanta’s most prestigious and glamorous events, Tony Conway has been a tour de force in the events industry for over four decades. In 1997, after 20 years in the luxury hotel industry, Tony formed Legendary Events, an award-winning, full-service special events company. Legendary’s expertise in event production, catering, floral décor and design has earned the team a stellar reputation, and ensured the company is a trusted choice for internationally renowned clients such as Tyler Perry, Sir Elton John and Oprah Winfrey, as well as for high-profile, complex events like those honoring President Barack Obama, President George W. Bush and President Bill Clinton. In 2013, Tony expanded the business by opening the first of two special event venues owned and operated by Legendary Events in the Buckhead area of Atlanta. The Estate is a stunning Southern mansion, with original features dating back to 1797. Flourish, which opened in 2015, is a stylish and splendid modern gem. Tony is also a much sought-after TV guest, and has been featured on several prime time shows as an event planning expert. On The Steve Harvey Show, Tony discussed the design and execution of Steve’s daughter Karli’s luxurious wedding. For an hour-long, star-studded prime time party special, “Too Darn Hot,” on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), Tony was interviewed about producing the A-list event, giving viewers an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at how Tony and the team plan the annual star-studded Hollywood party thrown by Tyler Perry to celebrate his TV production collaboration with Oprah. In support of the local community, Legendary Events has made contributions in excess of $15 million to non-profit organizations. In addition, Tony has served on the boards of The Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Alliance Theatre, Leadership Atlanta, Murphy-Harpst Children’s Center, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, The Atlanta Community Food Bank, Meals on Wheels Atlanta, Central Atlanta Progress, UNICEF and SEARCH. Tony has also been an active member of The Atlanta Chapter of Confrerie de la Chaine Des Rotisseurs. For his continual efforts Tony has been honored with many prestigious industry awards including; two awards from The Special Event – A Lifetime Achievement Award a nd the Richard Carbotti Gala Award for volunteerism, a coveted 11Alive – Community Service Award and a Georgia Entertainment Gala – Highlight Award. Tony is also a recipient of the Buckhead Business Association’s Sam Massell Bullish in Buckhead Award, and in 2016, he was named one of Biz Bash Media’s Most Innovative People in Events & Meetings. Tony has also been inducted into the Event Solutions Hall of Fame and the Atlanta Hospitality Hall of Fame. Tony’s first book, TONY CONWAY | LEGENDARY EVENTS is available now on Amazon.
Smita Mohindra is the Visionary, Founder and Creative Director of Ethnic Essence Inc, which caters to luxury ethnic weddings, social, charity and large brand-based corporate events. Smita is an alum of world-renowned NID (National Institute of Design), Ahmedabad and has formal training in Interior Design, along with Japanese & European hi-style Floral Design from Chicago and Los Angeles. Smita comes with over 25 years of experience as an event producer and planner, including over 500 weddings & events. Her expertise in logistics; creative direction and focus on personalized attention form the foundation of her relationship with her clients.
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Defining the Problem:
- Do we keep going the way we have been going with the mentality that if it ain’t broke don’t fix it?
- Isn’t this the time to consider creating something new and sustainable in order to fix our new future/norm?
Questions we asked the panelist to help you solve the challenges post CoVID-19 pandemic.
- What are you doing currently to reevaluate your business and where is it going to go post CoVID? Has this time forced you to reconsider the scale of your operations, staffing, buildings, etc.?
- Has the stress of having to let go of staff and restructuring your team been challenging for you?
- What have you been doing during this time to focus on still creating & being creative to stay positive mentally?
- What is your recommendation for vendor partners who are dealing with cancellations and have not been financially smart about saving, or planning for their own future/but also been oblivious to the fact that disasters do happen?
- How transparent do you feel vendors partners should be with their clients, and should that be their motto of operating business? There is a lot of vendors who are scared to be honest with their clients because they are scare to lose the client
- How has this webinar and investing in your continuing education as an industry vendor helped & empowered you?
- There are a lot of small businesses or really a one man show, who are always trying to feel that they need a large team to seem visible and larger than what their execution capacity is, but are also putting more money then what they as owners are bringing in turn lowering their bottom line. What is your recommendation for them as they navigate a future that may need to turn back into a one man show and have a stellar weekend warrior team instead?
- Part of restructuring & reassessing is building a network and community that can collaborate and support each other. What is your recommendation for those who think that keeping to themselves is the best way versus speaking to your peers in the industry who can continue to support and elevate you and turn into referral sources.
COVID & The Health of Events is a huge concern for the special & live event industry globally. We are all thinking about it and wondering what is going to happen not only with our businesses, but the celebrations we put our heart and souls into curating. Will we ever be able to GATHER again without doubt, fear and the wonder if our friends, family, and vendors are out to harm us. All because of CoVID-19 and the uncertainty that has us all stressed! Join us Tuesday April 14th, 2020 2pm EST | 1pm CST | 11am PST for a candid conversation with Infectious Disease & Medical Health Experts. Joining us will be Integrative & Functional Medicine Dr. Bindiya Gandhi of Revive AtlantMD, Pediatric Endocrinologist & Senior Medical Director at Mass General & Covance/LabCorp Dr. Manasi Sinha Jaiman , and Chief of Infectious Disease CoVID Frontline Responder at NYC Hospital System Dr. Rajeev Fernando.
Dr. Bindiya Gandhi – Integrative & Functional Medicine Practitioner – Based in Atlanta, GA
- Has own Practice Revive ATL MD
- Holistic Approach to healing and medicine
- IG: @drbindiyamd & @reviveatlmd
Dr. Manasi Sinha -Jaiman – Pediatric Endocrinologist at Mass General in Boston
- Instructor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
- Senior Medical Director, Covance
- CoVID Task Force for Labcorp
- IG: @doc.mom.boss
Dr. Rajeeve Fernando
- First US Based Physician to investigate the outbreak in Wuhan, China and still remains asymptomatic after his return.
- Founder of Chiraj 501 C Non-Profit helping empower impoverished women and children facing poverty & injustice (www.chiraj.com)
- Done work for Homeland Security
- Current role is Chief of Infectious Disease & a CoVID Frontline Responder
- NYC based Hospital
- IG: @rajeevfernandomd
- What is really meant by the term Social Distancing?
- Based on your experience & data the medical community has, how long do you think we mustanticipate quarantine?
- What recommendations do you guys have for individuals & business to stay safe post covid?
- Some Tips you have that are remedies if someone catches CoVID and can’t get to the doctor,what are your suggestions they do to home remedy & self care back to normal health.
- What do you guys foresee based on your specialty moving forward how it will effect thefollowing
- Large Gatherings
- Children & Events
- Elderly guest
- Food Providers
- How long do you think this is going to last and will a second wave of the virus happen soon, is there a time frame that folks can expect normal travel, planning, etc to help alleviate more uncertainty?
- Events not only service a large number of attendees & guests, but also a large number of staff. Per your research what are you guys foreseeing that will help folks figure out a new way of operation as celebrations start getting planned?
- Do you think that after CoVID different health regulatory agencies will go in and reassess venue capacities?
- From a Medical & Legality perspective is it wise for vendors to put a safety clause in their contract? i.e. What if you don’t feel safe executing your contract from the fear of getting sick.
- Many folks in our industry work in other parts of the world, what is your suggestion for precautions or resources they should use to help them better work in different parts of the world as CoVID continues. (Medical Travel Insurance, Event Insurance)