Thought leaders and top professionals from the worlds of fashion, design and events, and India’s leading wedding photographers converged at JW Marriott Mumbai Juhu on August 24, 2017 for WeddingSutra Grand Engage and the inaugural WeddingSutra Photography Awards 2017, held in association with Oman Tourism and JW Marriott Mumbai Juhu.
WeddingSutra Grand Engage and Photography Awards 2017
WeddingSutra Grand Engage is a powerful platform that brings together the best in the weddings and luxury events industry for a day of inspiration and networking. The event saw distinguished guests such as fashion designers Anita Dongre (Founder of House of Anita Dongre), and Sandeep Khosla (Co-founder of the Abu Jani-Sandeep Khosla label), Tina Tahiliani Parikh (Executive Director of Ensemble), Vandana Mohan (Founder of The Wedding Design Company), Mahesh Shirodkar (Managing Director of Tamarind Global), Pavithran Nambiar (General Manager of JW Marriott Mumbai Juhu), Deepika Tewari (Head of Marketing at Tanishq) and Sanjay Vazirani (CEO & Managing Director of Foodlink), as well as social-celebrity influencers Aarti Surendranath and Zeba Kohli (Owner of Fantasie Fine Chocolates).
Co-founder and CEO of WeddingSutra, Parthip Thyagarajan helmed the event from the start with his welcome address, opening remarks and in the role of a moderator for the first panel discussion. Co-founder of WeddingSutra, Madhulika Mathur gave the welcome address for the WeddingSutra Photography Awards 2017 and moderated the concluding panel discussion.
Guests and panelists at WeddingSutra Grand Engage 2017
Deepa Harris, Madhulika Mathur, Nagsri Prasad, Parthip Thyagarajan and Sephi Bergerson
Parthip Thyagarajan, Sandeep Khosla, Vandana Mohan, Sumant Jayakrishnan and Sanjay Vazirani
Oman was the destination in the spotlight at the WeddingSutra Grand Engage. A hotspot for lavish Indian weddings, it is fast becoming a go-to wedding location for modern couples who have an eye for picturesque locations and taste for luxury. Lubaina Sheerazi, the India Representative of Oman’s Ministry of Tourism, launched the latest television commercial showcasing the adventurous side of Oman. She said, “Oman offers the most amazing landscapes, excellent air connectivity, simplified visa processes and flexibility in adapting to the needs of the Indian weddings, all of which have made it a perfect choice for destination weddings. The country offers plenty of picture-perfect backdrops that are ideal for photo and video shoots, and we are delighted to associate with WeddingSutra Grand Engage and the WeddingSutra Photography Awards.”
Parthip Thyagarajan, Lubaina Sheerazi and Pavithran Nambiar at WeddingSutra Grand Engage 2017
Parthip Thyagarajan, Lubaina Sheerazi, Nagsri Prasad and Madhulika Mathur at WeddingSutra Grand Engage 2017
DIALOGUES THAT INSPIRED
Emcee Vishaal Rasquina guided the audience engagingly through the agenda of the back-to-back events. This event also included three stimulating panel discussions that informed and inspired guests.
Should modern to-be-wed couples opt for outdoor celebrations or indoor events? What if a client wants their personal chefs and catering set up in a hotel? What should one keep in mind before opting for exotic locations for a lavish destination wedding? Throwing light on all these questions were participants of the first panel discussion titled SHIFTING TRENDS IN DESTINATION WEDDINGS: New Locations, New Demands, New in Luxury. The panelists, all leading names in their fields, included fashion maestro Sandeep Khosla (Co-founder of Abu Jani-Sandeep Khosla label), Pavithran Nambiar (General Manager of JW Marriott Mumbai Juhu), Sanjay Vazirani (Managing Director of FoodLink), Mahesh Shirodkar (Managing Director of Tamarind Global), Sumant Jayakrishnan (Founder of Scenografia Sumant), and Vandana Mohan (Founder of The Wedding Design Company). Parthip Thyagarajan moderated this session.
Panelists for the first panel discussion – Sanjay Vazirani , Vandana Mohan, Sandeep Khosla, Mahesh Shirodkar, Pavithran Nambiar and Sumant Jayarishnan with Parthip Thyagarajan at WeddingSutra Grand Engage 2017
Brides today have a many timeless and trendy choices when it comes to shopping for their weddings. How does a brand succeed in creating a buzz via social media? Weddings are emotional events, so how can companies use emotions creatively to touch hearts? How are companies designing products – from jewellery to fashion and makeup – to suit the tastes of discerning brides in India? Deepa Harris, Founder and CEO of BrandsWeLove, moderated the second panel discussion titled SPENDING FOR THE BIG DAY AND BEYOND: How Fashion and Beauty Brands can target Millennial Brides. Panelists included fashion designer Anita Dongre (Founder of House of Anita Dongre), Tina Tahiliani Parikh (Executive Director of Ensemble), Deepika Tewari (Head of Marketing, Tanishq), Sachin Jain (Managing Director of Forevermark) and Purnima Lamba (Head of Innovation at Lakme).
Panelists for the second panel discussion – Tina Tahiliani Parikh, Sachin Jain, Purnima Lamba, Deepika Tewari and Anita Dongre with Deepa Harris at WeddingSutra Grand Engage 2017
The third stimulating panel discussion was moderated by Madhulika Mathur, and the topic was HOW TO TAKE YOUR WEDDING IMAGERY AND PHOTOGRAPHY BUSINESS TO THE NEXT LEVEL. Panelists included Ankita Asthana (Co-founder of WeddingNama), Arjun Kartha (Founder of Arjun Kartha Photography and Wedding Photographers Association of India), Ranjit Yadav (Managing Director of Canvera), Sephi Bergerson (Founder of Silk Photos), and Slaven Blagsic (Founder and Owner of Cinemart Motion Picture). The interesting exchanges between panelists were based on questions about professionalism in wedding photography, responding to market/client’s needs and branding oneself to create a clear niche and identity, as well as the role of women photographers in a male-dominated field.
Panelists for the third panel discussion – Slaven Blagsic, Sephi Bergerson, Ankita Asthana, Ranjit Yadav and Arjun Kartha with Parthip Thyagarajan and Madhulika Mathur at WeddingSutra Grand Engage 2017
DECOR WITH A DIFFERENCE
Attendees enjoyed the top-notch service provided by Convido’s hospitality desk as they mingled over delectable canapes and drinks by Moet which were served at the classy bar set-up by The Wedding Bartenders. Many clicked photos against the stunning décor on the stage as well as the entrance designed and executed by National Decorators that included eye-catching props like glass chandeliers, chiffon-draped and beautifully decorated tables in the Sangam Ballroom of the JW Marriott Mumbai Juhu. The signage at the front of the ballroom’s entrance was covered in pink and white blooms. The hotel’s General Manager, Pavithran Nambiar, said, “With a picturesque view from the property and state-of- art banquets, JW Marriott Mumbai Juhu is one of the preferred destinations for weddings and for great pictures.”
WeddingSutra Grand Engage and Photography Awards 2017 in association with Oman Tourism and JW Marriott Mumbai Juhu
Grand Engage Event Partners – Convido Events Concierge, National Decorators, Moet Hennessy & The Wedding Bartenders, Mercury Travels with Soneva Kiri and Genting Dreams
The inaugural WeddingSutra Photography Awards 2017 took place shortly after the WeddingSutra Grand Engage. Awards were given in six categories, and all the entries were judged by an eminent jury.
See the prize-winning entries in all the categories on this link.
The WeddingSutra Grand Engage followed by the inaugural WeddingSutra Photography Awards 2017 brought together over 400 professionals from all over the country and abroad who had the opportunity to learn from the world’s top wedding and event professionals, form lasting friendships and network with industry trendsetters from around the globe, as well as celebrate the best of wedding photography in the country. It must be experienced to be truly understood!
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Venue: JW Marriott Mumbai Juhu
Event Partner: Oman Tourism
Event Planner and Hospitality: Convido Hospitality
Decor: National Decorators
Spirits and Bar: Moet Hennessy & The Wedding Bartenders
Entertainment- ANS Entertainment
Travel Partner: Mercury Travels with Soneva Kiri and Genting Dreams
Beauty Partner: Kromakay Salon