Friday 28th February, 2014
Wick Farm, near Bath
After months of preparation and excitement, the Bristol and Somerset Wedding Awards finally arrived – and what an amazing evening it was.
Fabulous favour biscuits
Entering the venue via a path illuminated by glowing oil lamps, guests were teased with the magical evening in store soon after arriving at Wick Farm near Bath. Set in acres of stunning countryside, the medieval farm proved to be the perfect venue for the first annual Bristol and Somerset Wedding Awards, providing an atmospheric location and warm hospitality.
Darren Campbell entertaining with his close-up magic
Once safely inside the stunning farmhouse, guests were given the chance to mingle with the very best of the local wedding industry. Glasses of Prosecco were provided to warm everyone up, while the talented Darren Campbell entertained with a close-up magic routine to rival Dynamo.
With a swift word from the fantastic toastmaster, Dave Stallworthy, guests took to their seats – stopping at first to admire the gorgeous décor in the Upper Barn. After a quick game of “Heads and Tails”, dinner was served. And what a dinner it was! Supplied by Strawberry Field Catering, the three course meal comprised a starter of slow roasted pepper and tomato bruschetta with tarragon pesto, a delicious main of Chewton pork loin with juniper jus, roast potatoes and garlic and herb roasted root vegetables, and a dessert to die for; warm cherry bakewell with Marshfield ice cream. Divine! There was also a tot of Sheppy’s Cider for guests to enjoy, which went down extremely well!
Finally, the evening edged ever closer to the awards ceremony, opening with an inspirational speech by Lee Bishop of Strawberry Field. There was barely a dry eye in the room as he introduced Naomi and the charity, asking those present to dig deep and help wherever they could.
Lee, of Strawberry Field Catering
And the winner is…
And so, without further ado, here are the winners of the Bristol and Somerset Wedding Awards. All prizes were announced and awarded by Naomi herself; winners received a stunning engraved glass trophy – perfect for taking pride of place on any mantle piece.
Caterer of the year: The delectable Choco-Licious.
Blogger of the year: The wonderful Capture By Lucy, who has helped to raise awareness of the Wedding Wishing Well Foundation via her Wedding Wednesdays blog posts.
Cake Designer of the year: Scrummy Mummy Cakes win one of the evening’s more delicious awards for their stunning, not to mention tasty, creations.
Best outside bar: Suppliers of quality hospitality staff and a mobile bar for hire, the team at The Waiting Game thoroughly deserved their award.
Best bridal accessories: The dazzling Bridezillas, who also supplied Naomi’s gorgeous accessories for the evening.
Best hair and make up: Stacey Jade Hair for creating some truly stunning and unique looks.
Best wedding stationery: Bespoke stationery designer, Lucy Loves has created some amazing and unique designs for her couples.
Best bridal boutique: A Class Brides Bridal Boutique, who supply a range of gorgeous gowns for brides in the local area.
Gift list of the year: From home accessories, to electrical goods, furnishings, and honeymoon funds, Prezola has got your gift list covered.
Venue Stylist of the year: The Little Wedding Helper, for sheer creative flair and dedication to weddings across the region and beyond.
Best transport: Abacus Wedding Cars, for their wide array of fantastic wedding vehicles.
Best entertainment (non music): Providing all the fun of the fete, Box Clever Wedding wins for sheer ingenuity when it comes to keeping couples and guests entertained.
Best musical entertainment: From waiters and chefs, to a security guard and police officers, the Bravo Singing Waiters have a range of characters ready to brighten any reception.
Wedding planner of the year: A relative newcomer to the wedding circuit, Olivia of Host Event Management has got what it takes to plan the perfect wedding.
Best videographer: Ben Pope of A Perfect Memory ensures that every moment of a couple’s wedding day can be captured and enjoyed forever.
Florist of the year: Daisy Lane Floral Design is happy to recreate any look, masterfully designing floral arrangements to suit every occasion.
Photographer of the year: Photographing every moment of a couple’s special day, Ruth Garner Photography adds a creative touch to every angle.
Venue of the Year: Eastwood Park is situated within acres of meadow, woodland, and formal gardens, making it the perfect venue for couples wishing to say, “I do”.
Special commendations were given to Iced Magic Cakes, South West Chair Covers, and Spirit Wedding Cars.
The Wedding Wishing Well Appreciation Awards
Taking place directly after the Bristol and Somerset Wedding Awards, the Wedding Wishing Well Appreciation Awards aim to celebrate the contributions made by volunteers and fundraisers during the last year – after all, without their hard work and dedication, a lot of what we do would be impossible.
Once again Naomi took to the stage to present the awards.
Going the Extra Mile Award: This was awarded to Louise Baker for her efforts to maintain our blog, and for helping to publicise the Wedding Wishing Well Foundation via a series of press releases that have been used throughout online campaigns.
George Watts, aka The Wedding Fairy; patron and presenter of the Going the Extra Mile Award
Supplier of the year: The team at Essential Events Hire has worked incredibly hard in the last couple of years, supporting our weddings and fundraising efforts wherever they can. We cannot thank them enough.
Corporate Supporter of the year: We would like to thank Johnsons the Cleaners for supporting our Wedding Dress Amnesty, and for their tireless work towards helping the Foundation reach its goals.
Volunteer of the year: None other than Jo Robbins, an utterly wonderful and dedicated human being.
Fundraiser of the year: Who else, but Zoe Bromiley and Mike Parry. Their dedication to the Foundation has been absolutely overwhelming and we cannot thank them enough for their fundraising efforts.
Of course, a massive thank you needs to be given to every single volunteer, supplier, fundraiser and supporter. The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation exists because of those around it, and we are eternally grateful for your continued efforts.
As the last prize was awarded the rest of the evening’s entertainment got well underway, treating guests to yet more excitement. An auction, with prizes including a three night stay in an Exmoor cottage, a boudoir photo shoot, and a ski or snowboard lesson, raised yet more money for the Wedding Wishing Well Foundation, while raffle winners took it in turns to choose some truly superb gifts that had been donated for the event.
The first annual Bristol and Somerset Wedding Awards was then rounded off by a fabulous disco supplied by Rocka’s Roadhouse, with the opportunity for some fun photographs provided by Photodabek. It was a truly exceptional event, and every praise should be given to the fabulous Wick Farm, Strawberry Field Catering, Wedding Monkey, and Lyndsay Jones of Forever With Love, as well as each and every guest in attendance and those who helped to organise the evening and dress the venue. You made the evening a complete success, and we cannot thank you enough.
We hope to be able to update you all with the total raised on the night soon. It’s safe to say that the evening was a roaring success, though, and a date is already planned for next year’s event. Keep your eyes peeled and your diary to hand!
To see the evening’s festivities for yourself, follow this link for a fantastic video, courtesy of Wedding Day Movie.
Professional photographs, taken by the talented Ang Photography, can be found here, while further pictures by the amazing Eve Dunlop can be viewed on our Facebook page.
~ All photos used within this blog post were taken by Eve Dunlop ~