Sugar, Spice & Everything Nice, Celebrating Creativity and Culture
As we bid farewell to 2019, I look back at it as being a year for celebration, growth and forming new partnerships.
Since moving to Sydney last year, I have met some incredible people in the wedding and event industries, all thanks to the beauty of social media. Making these real and genuine connections has been fulfilling and rewarding.
For those of you who may have caught one of my live broadcasts on Instagram or Facebook, I chat a bit about being a small business owner in the creative market.
You see, I didn’t just start The Maharani Diaries solely based on the fact that I was frustrated with the lack of services out there for Indian brides planning a wedding, or because of the lack of diversity in our wedding industry. I started this venture because I wanted to make a difference for vendors, brides and the people around me. Being a champion in others lives is how I envisage The Maharani Diaries growing from 2020 onwards.
Which brings me to our recent inaugural Sydney event, ‘Sugar, Spice & Everything Nice,’ which I hosted last month alongside two fellow small business owners, Afra of Oh That Be Good and Bhavna of The Modern Desi.
Celebrating Creativity And Culture
After months of planning and numerous conference calls, the three of us united to bring Sydney-siders an event that celebrated our culture. A unique event that not only highlighted our diverse backgrounds, but also created a platform to support others growth and in turn enable us to share stories about one another.
Little did I know that in a short amount of time, we would bring together a tribe of like-minded people over bridal fashion and food of course!
It was a wonderful afternoon, with attendees having an opportunity to bond over high tea and a colourful cupcake decorating station sponsored by Oh That Be Good. Fellow co-host, Bhavna also gave out free samples of her delicious tomato chutney.
A huge thank you must also extend to our fellow sponsors, whom without their hard work and dedication, we couldn’t have pulled off Sugar, Spice & Everything Nice.
Firstly, with her new collection of Indian wear, fashion designer, Elora Das of long running and successful online fashion boutique, By Elora showcased a stunning array of bridal outfits. This was actually the first occasion that either of us had organized a runway fashion show.
To be honest, I never envisaged such a beautifully presented runway. Behind the scenes, we had Pawan of Rani Collection, makeup artists, Celine and Justine of Kaur Colours and Shairy Jalil, Elora’s assistant, Junita, Leena of Ratanji Rani and seven unbelievably talented models.
Elora’s collection featured a range of spring/summer lehenga’s for the upcoming wedding season in an assortment of neutral as well as bright and bold colours. A trend we can certainly see continuing into the new year. With heavy smoky eyes and kohl liner, dishevelled braids, adorned with heavy tikkas and chunky necklace sets, the models resembled modern-day maharanis.
Whilst guests indulged in afternoon delights from Lily’s, they were also serenaded by the soulful voice of Amritha Shakti and her supporting guitarist, Bineal Roy.
In keeping with the easy breezy, whimsical aesthetic, we went for minimal decorative elements. Pink was our primary colour, and the eye-catching acrylic sign and custom menu cards (courtesy of Ratanji Rani), including florals, all channelled this theme.
Florist Onni of Wild & Her created simple and elegant centrepiece arrangements using mini milk bottles and vibrant single stemmed florals bunched together. Similarly, the garlands adorned on guests’ chairs looked absolutely gorgeous. The marquee was filled with the fresh fragrant scent of pretty garlands, with thanks to Sai Garlands.
Each guest left with goodie bags packed with promotional vouchers sponsored by vendors, sweet and savoury goodies from Afra and Bhavna and masala chai bags from Chai Room.
Last but not least, our brilliant photographers, Don from Pannila Photography and Emma of Spark & Kindle Photography, captured all the beautiful details on the day.
Community Over Competition
You may have heard me say from time to time that I strongly believe in the power of “community over competition” when we look beyond competing, but instead lean on each other to grow in our respective careers. Let us inspire our communities and show how passionate we also are about business, along with our culture, values and beliefs. Once again, celebrating our creativity and culture!
One Final Thankyou
On that note, I would like to once again extend warm wishes and loads of appreciation to all of our supporters, followers and partners out there. Especially, to those who believed in Sugar, Spice & Everything Nice.
As you can probably tell, the afternoon was highly enjoyable for all who attended, and we hope to continue to shine the spotlight on our heritage through similar events.
Check out our marvellous tribe of sponsors on Instagram:
Entertainment: @amritha.shakti and @binealroy
HMU: @shairyjalilmua and @kaurcolours
Floral decor: @saigarlands and @wildandherbyamilia
Table runners: @decorashaan
Sugar, Spice & Everything Nice could not have been made possible without Poonam of @themaharanidiaries, Afra of @ohthatbegood and Bhavna of @themoderndesi.co
Did you attend Sugar, Spice & Everything Nice? Let us know what you thought?
If you are interested in running an event for your business or are keen to collaborate in 2020, let us know. Drop us an email at email@example.com
Happy New Year maharanis!
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