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The Bristol and Somerset Wedding Awards; an update!

It’s official, we have a date and venue for your diaries!

The 2015 Bristol and Somerset Wedding Awards will be held on February 27th 2015 at The Bristol Hotel, an absolutely fantastic venue for our ceremony. Ticket prices, as well as the date they will be on sale, will be revealed shortly. Don’t delay, as there will be an Early Bird special for those who buy their tickets first.

Could you become a corporate sponsor?

Meanwhile, we are looking for corporate sponsors to support the Bristol and Somerset Wedding Awards. Could that be you? We are delighted to once again have the backing of Wedding Monkey for the 2015 awards, but we’d love to be able to raise even more for The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation at next year’s event. If you feel you’d be able to offer a joint partnership as sponsor, please contact nfo@bristolandsomersetweddingawards.co.uk.

Be in the know

To keep up to date with the latest Bristol and Somerset Wedding Awards news, please visit the dedicated website, or the Facebook page. There are constant updates regarding the suppliers who have entered the awards; will you see your name among them?

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The Bristol and Somerset Wedding Awards

 

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Organised by Lyndsay Jones at Forever With Love Wedding Planning Services and sponsored by local service directory Wedding Monkey, the Bristol and Somerset Wedding Awards are a brand new and unique prize giving, honouring local wedding suppliers in Bristol and Somerset for the very first time. As well as recognising the talent and dedication of local suppliers, the awards are dedicated to raising awareness and funds for the Wedding Wishing Well Foundation.

Our very own Naomi will be overseeing this unique prize giving, which will judge suppliers and services on their overall standard, product or service quality, value for money, and commitment to each wedding, rewarding the complete breadth of the wedding industry.

Entering the Bristol and Somerset Wedding Awards 

The Bristol and Somerset Wedding Awards are free to enter, and remain open to any wedding supplier in and around the Bristol and Somerset area. Anyone can nominate a company, including couples or suppliers themselves; simply visit the dedicated registration page and enter the supplier’s details, which will then be added to the list of nominees.

Registering your vote

If you would like to recognise the hard work of a supplier that you feel made an outstanding contribution to your wedding day, as well as providing valuable feedback to help them continue their exceptional services, please visit the Bristol and Somerset Wedding Awards website to cast your vote. Voting is open to all couples whose weddings are due to take place between the 16th December 2012 and the 16th December 2013, although your wedding must have occurred prior to your vote being cast.

The closing date for entries is the 7th February 2014, while voting will close on Valentine’s Day 2014. All winners will be revealed during a glittering awards ceremony on the 28th February 2014, which is to be held at Wick Farm, Bath; what an amazing start to the New Year!

To find out more, please visit www.bristolandsomersetweddingawards.co.uk, or ‘like’ the organisers on Facebook: search for, ‘The Bristol and Somerset Wedding Awards’.

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A Nation’s Inspiration

Naomi Thomas wins the Daily Mail’s Inspirational Woman of the Year 2013

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Naomi Thomas is an inspirational woman – the sort of person who can sweep you along with her enthusiasm for life and ‘wow’ you with her attitude. From her sunny outlook, you would never know that this is a lady with secondary breast cancer; rather than letting her diagnosis define her, Naomi has embraced the challenges that life has thrown at her and dedicated her time to helping others.

Naomi is the founder of the Wedding Wishing Well Foundation, an amazing charity that funds and organises weddings for couples affected by terminal, and life-limiting, illness. Inspired by the help she received organising her own nuptials following her cancer diagnosis, Naomi has taken it upon herself to make dreams come true, and to ensure that other couples are able to experience the day of their dreams.

Her hard work and tireless determination were recently recognised by a national newspaper’s campaign to find Britain’s most inspirational woman. Nominated by Breast Cancer Care, Naomi was shortlisted alongside four of the country’s most amazing women for the Daily Mail’s seventh annual awards; Janis Feely, who works tirelessly with addicts to help them rebuild their lives; Susan Belgrave, a determined lady who has helped hundreds of London’s impoverished children to read; Jeanette Orrey, the lady who inspired Jamie Oliver’s School Dinners Campaign; and Pat Rogers, a mother who channeled her grief into helping to educate young people about binge-drinking and violence. All five women were invited to Number 10 Downing Street to meet Samantha Cameron, and were then honoured at a fabulous gala dinner at the Marriott Hotel in London’s Grosvenor Square.

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The culmination of the evening was the award for the Daily Mail’s Inspirational Woman 2013; a prize of a £5,000 luxury break presented by TV icon Bruce Forsyth. Bruce described the evening as “one of the most emotional nights I’ve been to,” before announcing Naomi as the overall winner in front of a host of family, friends, and celebrities including Anton de Beke, Esther Rantzen, and Sian Williams.

Of her amazing win, charity founder Naomi says, “I was in shock when my name was read out; I wasn’t sure if I’d heard them right! I just couldn’t believe I’d won. Going to Downing Street and meeting the other nominees was such a dream, and an honour in itself. I really hope that the coverage from these awards will raise awareness of the work of the Foundation, and in turn encourage companies to join Johnson’s Cleaners in sponsoring us.”

Please visit the Daily Mail’s website for a full report of the evening’s events, along with some fantastic images of Naomi and the inspirational women she stood alongside for the evening.

Congratulations, Naomi – you are an inspiration to us all.

** Images courtesy of the Daily Mail **