Thursday the 12th of January took me on my Annual pilgrimage down to the Big Smoke.
I was primarily in town to attend the Wedding Ideas Awards but I also had a few meetings sprinkled in too.
Mr P and P and myself took a lovely train ride down the East Coast before checking into our Hotel. The rest of Thursday was taken up with a bit of sightseeing,
and an Italian meal for Tea. Not in my favourite Zilli’s [due to it being closed] but pretty nice none the less. We also had a lovely walk over the river near Waterloo and Westminister.
Friday I was up with the larks for my very exciting meeting with Yemi Osunkoya.
I had the privilidge of visiting at his studio near Camden to talk gowns and our fabulous Wedding Industry.
I had a wonderful time as he showed me his workshop and we talked through the processes and about his couture label. He is a truly inspiring man.
Following this I had a lovely lunch with my husband before returning to the hotel to get glammed up for my big night out. This is when it would have been a great idea to take some photos but got a little caught up in the madness of it all.
I don’t think you can ever prepare yourself for how immense and overwhelming the Awards experience is. You can picture it in your head,or from awards you have seen on the TV, but until you are actually there, you can’t actually comprehend the massiveness of it all.
I had butterflies in my tummy all afternoon with nervous apprehension of the Event but I really shouldn’t have worried.
Please excuse my look of trapped in headlights on my arrival pic. It does show of my fab Pearce Fionda dress and my gorgeous wrap and bag by Joyce of By Storm however and my stunning jewels by Wedding and Baby.
As with the previous year everyone was so welcoming and it was wonderful to meet up with old friends, and to make new ones. The lovely cocktail we were handed when we arrived probably helped quite a lot too.
It was incredible to see the fabulous Giraffe shaped Vodka Luge and the Candy Buffet and the photobooth, all great fun and wonderfully prepared for us by the outstanding Wedding Ideas Herd.
I was seated next to the lovely Sophie of Cards by sophie and her husband, Rebecca of Chezbec and husband Andrew, the loveley Claudine of Magic Photos, the lovely Lara Crudgington, Harriet Trousey , and Andrea of Be – jewelled.
I was also thrilled to meet Charlie of Cherry Pie Lane, Kim of the Wedding Community, Kirsten of Little Wedding Helper, the girls of Flo and Percy, Yvonne of White Gold Images , Julie Tooby of Essentially You and Amanda Of Ardley Weddings.
The entertainment in the form of comedian Rob Deering was pure genius, he is gut splittingly funny!
We had a fabulous meal washed down with lots of lovely bubbles, and then it was on to the main highlight, the AWARDS.
This year I didn’t have a Category, and I can’t say I wan’t a teeny bit disappointed , having being shortlisted the previous year but the night was about all my very talented friends.
And so to the Winners –
Best Wedding Venue
Winner – Clearwell Castle
Best Destination Choice
Winner – Sandals
Best Wedding Videographer
Winner – Ido Wedding Films
Best Wedding Photographer
Winner – Emma Case
Best Gift List
Winner – Notonthehighstreet.com
Best Special Touches
Winner – Giddy Kipper
Best Wedding Cake
Winner – The English Cheesecake Company
Winner – Lucy Ledger
Winner – Rachel Simpson Shoes
Winner – Chez Bec
Best Bridal Retailer
Winner – Ellie Sanderson
Best Mother of the Bride Collection
Winner – Ian Stuart
Winner – Hugh Harris
Best Bridesmaids Collection
Winner – Dessy
Best Plus Size Collection –
Winner – Sonsie
Best Dress Collection
Winner – Alfred Angelo
I would like to offer my warmest Congratulations to each and every shortlisted nominee, and of course to the very talented Winners.
The feeling of pride as some of my very good friends, Becks of Chezbec, Heidi of Giddy Kipper, Eliie of Ellie Sanderson Bridal won their respective awards was immense, and when Emma of Military Wedding Discounts took the Special Recognition Award it was all quite overwhelming.
As with the previous year it was a great networking opportunity for me as well as a chance to really unwind. [ and I did, a little too much!]
Midnight came and went and after a lot of socialising, and a little boogie, it was off home to recover.
Saturday morning came and I was a little delicate to say the least. However my salvation came in the form of a bacon buttie from the excellent Enough to feed an Elephant cafe near the London Eye, I can safely say it probably saved my life.
This was handy as I was off to visit the new London Studio of Olivier Laudus. I met Sangeeta Laudus to talk Business and life and to see their fabulous space and collections. I met Sangeeta last January and it was lovely to catch up again.
Thes rest of the weekend was spent relaxing whilst having some shopping time on Saturday, and then a mooch around Camden Lock and the Market on Sunday.
before we had our yearly trip to Harrods where we bumped into this big boy
Our final morning before catching the train was spent meandering around Covent Garden which I absolutely love. I also found this gorgeous 1950’s handpainted and marquisite thistle brooch in the market which just proves you can take the girl out of Scotland but not Scotland out of the girl.
As always I love my time away despite mssing my kids madly. London is like some magical bubble that you really like going to but its a bit crazy to think about staying there.
Until next year and my saunter back down south…it was a blast !