Having been shortlisted myself in the Wedding Stationery category among several other finalists it gave me an exciting opportunity to put on my glad rags and mingle with some of the East Midlands finest wedding professionals.
7pm on a Tuesday evening is not the easiest time to arrange a little drive down to the stunning Bassmead Manor Barns, St Neots (Cambridgeshire) but as I was determined to enjoy the moment, I coordinated with a few other wedding lovelies who were also shortlisted – Celeste Batten from The Organic Wedding Cake Company, Val Mattinson, wedding planner from Benessamy Events and Jenni Hughes – Make up by Jenni and with Celeste at the driving seat we set off in the middle of the afternoon so as not to be late!
As you can imagine we were all feeling quite excited, nervous and totally buzzing with anticipation at the thought that maybe even all 4 of us might win a coveted regional award for being the best in the business! Only Jenni had been entered in these awards before this year (she was the regional winner last year!), and according to the organisers it was the toughest year yet in terms of competition.
We arrived and had a little glass of white label champagne which was rather fabulous, there were plenty of other companies already there and so we began making our way around the room, chatting and networking with some of the others who were familiar (and still many which weren’t!), al as excited and nervous as us.I was so happy when they began making the announcements and stationery was first on the list. (One less thing to be nervous about!), sadly I didn’t win but it was a wonderful thing to be a part of and I’m still so glad I entered.
As they made their way through the categories, cakes were announced, another company won the coveted title, other areas shortlisted in groups (entertainment, fashion etc), Jenni had said being a winner last year felt it put her under more pressure and wasn’t so lucky this year, but we were all really proud of Val when her name was called as the Regional independent Wedding Planner for 2015, so well deserved as I am sure she knew more people in the room than any of us (given the nature of her role!).
After the announcements of the awards each winner and the highly commended companies were all invited for interviews and photos while the rest of us mingled (and may have propped up the bar a little while) and chatted amongst ourselves.
Eventually we had to tear ourselves away from an evening filled with fabulousness and head back up the A1 towards Nottingham (it was quite late when we got back), some of us a little deflated, maybe disappointed at not winning. Ideas of what we would do instead on that evening in January when they announce the national winners filled our minds, still very happy for all winners and just glad to be a part of it.
Many people have said to me that they still see me as a winner anyway and I would definitely say the same for all of those involved – keep doing what you’re doing – you’re ALL fabulous in your own right! xxxx