Wedding magazine held its first-ever Wedding Awards at the Kempenski St. Nicholas hotel on Nov. 19.
In addition to the nominees, jury members and celebrity guests attended the ceremony. They included Wedding magazine Editor-in-Chief Lika Dlugach, TV host and showman Andrei Fomin, actresses Olga Filippova and Yekaterina Klimova, singer Anastasia Zadorozhnaya, Passion.ru Editor-in-Chief Anna Platova and Best FM radio DJ Vita Samoilova.
The jury members included Wedding magazine Editor-in-Chief Lika Dlugach (Chairperson), designer Dasha Gauzer, TV host and showman Andrei Fomin, popular radio and TV host Anton Komolov, National Geographic Traveler magazine Editor-in-Chief Alexander Zheleznyak, Collezioni magazine Editor-in-Chief Tatiana Maximova, British florist Zita Elze and photographer Mikhail Korolev. Anton Komolov had to host a live program that evening and sent a video greeting to the guests instead.
In addition to the awards ceremony itself, guests watched a selection of the best wedding videos, a program of entertainments and enjoyed special, surprise awards. Everyone waited anxiously to learn Wedding magazine’s choice for best wedding agency, but in a surprise announcement, the jury said it would also give a Jury’s Choice award in the same category. Collezioni magazine Editor-in-Chief Tatiana Maximova presented another new award: “Best Wedding Salon Debut of the Year.” Every winner received an original Wedding Awards statuette, floral bouquet and complimentary gifts presented by members of the jury and invited guests.
Following the exciting announcements and presentation of the awards, the guests relocated to the restaurant Mosaik for a buffet meal, musical program and a raffle. As general partner to the awards, Canon presented each guest with instant photo mementos. As jewelry partner, the Da Vinci company organized a jewelry exhibition in the hotel lobby.
The World Fashion Channel will air coverage of the awards and the Moskva 24 channel will show a report from the event on its “Vykhod v Gorod” (Out On the Town) program this Saturday. Media partners Best FM radio, National Geographic Traveler magazine and the Passion.ru portal provided support for the awards.
The award winners in each category are:
Best Wedding Decoration: the Latte Décor studio
Best Wedding Bouquet: the Floral Studio
Best Wedding Cake: the InterContinental Moscow Tverskaya Hotel
Best Spa Program for Two: the Mandara Spa Center
Best Collection of Men’s Suits: the Carlo Pignatelli Cerimonia line
Best Collection of Wedding Jewelry (Russia): the Izmestiev Diamonds jewelry house
Best Regional Wedding Magazine: Svadba (Wedding), Yekaterinburg
Best Wedding Hotel Services: Radisson Royal Moscow, Ukraine Hotel
Best Wedding Venues
Best Wedding Site in Moscow: the Turandot restaurant
Best Suburban Wedding Venue: the Best Western Premier Mona Boutique Hotel
Best Honeymoon Hotel in Russia: the Grand Hotel Europe St. Petersburg
Best Honeymoon Hotel in Russia: the Abrau-Durso Imperial & Champagne Spa Boutique Hotel in the Krasnodar Krai
Best Overseas Honeymoon Hotel: the Four Seasons George V Paris (France)
Best Overseas Wedding Venue: the Grand Hotel Tremezzo Lago di Como (Italy)
Best Wedding Photographer: Ekaterina Romanova
Best Wedding Videographer: Artem Korchagin
Best Wedding Salon
Jury’s Choice: the Plumage Salon
Brides’ Choice: the Vanil (Vanilla) Salon
Wedding Magazine’s Choice: the Admire Salon
Best Chain of Wedding Salons: To Be Bride
Best Creative Solutions for a Wedding Budget of $30,000 or Less: the JulyEvent agency
Best Wedding Agency
Wedding Magazine’s Choice: the Dlya Dvoikh (For Two) stylish wedding studio
Jury’s Choice: the Lilia Gorlanova wedding agency
Special Award for 100 Years of Outstanding Service: the Astoria Hotel in St. Petersburg
Special Award – Debut of the Year: Yusupova Couture