Global Wedding Industry

Meet Me at a Destination Wedding Conference in Dubai

I’m thrilled to share that I’ve been asked to give the inspirational keynote address at the Destination Wedding Congress in Dubai next month.

The Destination Wedding Congress is the largest business conference for destination wedding planners and venues in the world, and this year they are adding an element specifically for destination wedding photographers. In partnership with Dubai Tourism, the event will be held at Atlantis The Palm Hotel from March 27-29th.

In addition to my main stage inspirational keynote talk on the topic of success, I’ll also be teaching a separate class on pricing. You’ll get to meet attendees from around the world as well as hear from speakers like Preston Bailey, Christina Holt, Ali Bakhtiar, and others from the United States, Lebanon, Morocco, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates, Singapore, India, South Africa, and more.

Most importantly, you will walk away with a truly global perspective on what is happening in the wedding industry and how to grow your business, rather than a primarily Western-focused perspective. With weddings becoming more “glocal,” hearing from and meeting with wedding and luxury professionals who don’t speak at or attend many of the other industry conferences will give you a competitive edge.

You can learn more about the Destination Wedding Congress on their website here and follow them on Instagram here.

9 Wedding Pros to Watch in 2019

Photo by I   gor Bulgak

Photo by Igor Bulgak


Today I'm sharing Think Splendid's list of Nine Wedding Pros to Watch in 2019 (if you've been following along on Instagram, you've had a sneak peek of #TheSplendid9 over the past week.)

As a wedding business consultant, I've had the privilege to work with clients from 94 different countries, allowing me a deep dive into literally every segment of the wedding market around the world. Finding incredibly talented, artistic, creative people in this industry is easy; whittling that down to a list of just nine . . . not so much. There are so many more I wanted to include.

Not everyone on this list has a ton of Instagram followers, which is never a prerequisite in my book as we all know some people who are simply good at the Gram and not the actual work, and that 1,000,000 followers does not equal $1,000,000 in the bank. Some of the people on this list, because of the cultural or business norms where they’re located, don’t have a website.

I want to note that when I say wedding pros "to watch" I simply mean "to pay attention to" and not necessarily "up and coming." Some of the wedding professionals on this list have been in business for nearly 40 years, so they are not new to the industry. They have, however, learned how to set aside ego and adapt to changes in the market, technology, and trends, allowing them to remain relevant and competitive – something all of us need to continually learn and relearn, no matter what we've accomplished in the past.

So without further ado, here are Think Splendid’s Nine Wedding Pros to Watch in 2019, in no particular order:

Igor Bulgak – Russia

Destination Wedding Photographer
Website: bulgak.pro • Instagram: @bulgakigor

A bride with her wedding dress in Cape Town, South Africa.

A bride with her wedding dress in Cape Town, South Africa.

Aarij Hashimi – Pakistan

Event Designer
Instagram: @aarij_1

Dance floor at a wedding in Karachi, Pakistan.

Dance floor at a wedding in Karachi, Pakistan.

Shirohana – Sri Lanka

Floral Designers
Website: shirohanaflowers.com • Instagram: @shirohanaflowers

Floral design in Sri Lanka

Floral design in Sri Lanka

Quilicuá Catering – Spain

Catering and Event Decor
Website: quilicua.com • Instagram: @quilicua_catering

Chef Luca Rodi

Chef Luca Rodi

Michael Ruiz – Philippines

Event Designer and Stylist
Instagram: @michaelruizeventstyling

Wedding at Manila Marriott Hotel in the Philippines. Photo by    Adrian Ardiente   .

Wedding at Manila Marriott Hotel in the Philippines. Photo by Adrian Ardiente.

Hermanas Caradonti – Argentina

Event Designers
Website: hermanascaradonti.com • Instagram: @hermanascaradonti

Wedding at Estancia Villa María, near Buenos Aires, Argentina. Photo by    @ezerohrph

Wedding at Estancia Villa María, near Buenos Aires, Argentina. Photo by @ezerohrph

Goldfinch Events – Montana, United States

Wedding Planner and Floral Designer
Website: goldfinchevents.com • Instagram: @goldfinchevents

Wedding at The Lodge at White Fish Lake in Montana. Photo by A   rcher Messenger   .

Wedding at The Lodge at White Fish Lake in Montana. Photo by Archer Messenger.

Alice Chow – China

Wedding Cake Designer
Instagram: @alicechowcake

A set of cakes for a museum wedding.

A set of cakes for a museum wedding.

Bedge Pictures – Nigeria

Wedding Photographer
Instagram: @bedgepictures

A bride at her wedding in Nigeria.

A bride at her wedding in Nigeria.