Wedding Blog Awards 2014: Nu Bride Wins Best Big Day inspiration

Hello my love

Well, WHAT a weekend it has been.

I am absolutely elated to tell you that Nu Bride swooped the award for Best Big Day Inspiration at The Wedding Blog Awards at the opulent Savoy London on Friday!

Winning this award has absolutely swept me off my feet, so I am sorry not to have been able to fill you in on the good news sooner (unless you’ve been keeping up to date on social media!

Here’s a little behind the scenes run down for you! I spent my Friday being pampered and beautified by Sophie Stoll who also did my wedding make-up and a fab boho braid by the talented Danielle at The Parlour London.

Wedding-Blog-Awards-2014-www.nubride.com_1913.jpgBefore! Trying out my gorgeous head pieces from Flo & Percy

Wedding-Blog-Awards-2014-www.nubride.com_1912.jpgAfter Danielle’s braid magic! 

Wedding-Blog-Awards-2014-www.nubride.com_1914.jpgThe lovely Danielle and I at Parlour London

Time was on my side for the most part, but as usual –  due to the poor decision to drive to central London on  Friday evening, Mr Nu Bride and I were late and I was in a state of anxiety about missing the entire event. (Thank God we didn’t can you imagine? How embarrassing!

Well, we arrived (slightly windswept ) just in the nick of time! Grabbed a glass of champagne, a chance to visit the powder room where I spotted the incredibly gorgeous Elizabeth of Bridal Musings of course we had the obligatory catch up in the ladies. lol!

Nu Bride wedding blog awards

On the night, I was decked out in my 1920’s inspired outfit, (with a Nu Bride modern twist) by this gorgeous Rita dress from Susie Stone and lovely rose head-piece from Flo & Percy and some Choo Choos to finish it off.

IMG_7919.JPGImage via @euphoricflowers Instagram – aren’t they stunning!

As I entered into the Abraham Lincoln room, it was already buzzing and packed with excited wedding bloggers and the cream of the wedding industry.

The first thing I noticed was the beautiful elegant floral displays by Euphoric Flowers and a giant hashtag lol!.


With a hop, skip and a beat, we were introduced to the panel of judges and it was time for the awards to be announced.

My category: Best Big Day Inspiration was up first….

Palms started sweating, heart pounding, a dose of adrenaline pumping through and then charming and slightly unpredictable host Mark Vandelli announced highly commended blog as The Pretty Blog!

At that point I was sure I hadn’t won….

Then as I was just about to take the first sip of my drink, a video of Danielle, Associate Editor of Wedding Magazine came on a large screen and gave a little snippet into why they had chosen the winner – all I remember Danielle saying, was ‘it’s the message behind the blog that is so inspirational’….

photo 12Claire Ridley, Editor of Wedding Magazine opening the awards ceremony!

Then when the handsome Mark Vandelli announced the winner of the award for Best Big Day Inspiration is…… Nu Bride…..

A loud applause and some whoops and cheers immediately followed.

I froze. Said oh my God. Kissed my husband (i think!?!). Then welled up. Then gathered myself. Then faffed around trying to get up onto the stage. Then faffed around trying to get to the podium, then I realised I had to say something…..At this point I realised I had cotton mouth and could really have done with that sip of my drink!

Nu Bride Wedding Blog AwardsThank you Karen of Smashing The Glass for taking these shots!

I was absolutely overwhelmed and was certain nothing I said was coherent. But apparently it was and a few tears were shed! The feedback I got afterwards was absolutely overwhelming and I am so touched that I was and am able to inspire so many incredible people.


I honestly wasn’t expecting to win – I was up against some incredible established bloggers, with 3 times the amount of followers that I have. So I hadn’t prepared what to say, so I just spoke about my journey to Nu Bride and my journey as an adolescent, a woman and as a black woman who grew up not feeling validated because of the lack of positive images, characters, personalities, represented in the mainstream and more recently wedding media.

photo 4Image via Secret Wedding Blog Instagram: Mr Nu Bride and Mr Secret Wedding Blog looking dapper!

IMG_7921 2Image courtesy of Bespoke Bride. Here I am with fellow award winners, Jess and Emily Bespoke Bride and the legend that is Kat of Rock n Roll Bride 

Thank you firstly to YOU for supporting Nu Bride and voting, without you it is all pointless.

Thank you to Wedding Magazine and the judges; Bruce, Stewart, Poppy and Claire for giving Nu Bride such incredible recognition.

I’ve said it before, being a professional blogger is hard. Trying my best to champion and openly talk about the importance of ethnic diversity and to encourage inclusivity in a mainstream industry feels like I am continuously treading water and sometimes drowning. There is still much work to do, but this award means the world to me, the recognition it brings is amazing. It is not just an award, it is a wonderful message that people understand, value, enjoy and support Nu Bride.

I said in my acceptance speech (hark at me!) that Nu Bride is more than just a wedding blog and talked about the importance of women (and little girls – because ultimately our self-worth starts from when we are young and possibly obsessing over Disney Princesses) to be represented and most importantly validated in the industry.

Wedding-Blog-Awards-2014-www.nubride.com_1919.jpgSnippets from my winners goody bag. In LOVE with this clutch from Reiss and my personalised Jam from Tiptree!

I received this tweet and blog post from a reader and humanist celebrant Natasha today and it reduced me to tears.

I love this industry that I work in….Yet, when I was getting married (ten years ago in November, woo hoo!) and not in the wedding industry bubble, I did not have this amount of admiration that I have now. I did not feel inspired the way I feel now, nor proud, the way I am now.

And why? Well, simply and honestly put, it’s because I never saw myself in any of the stunning brides (models) who graced the pages of the wedding magazines. I never saw what I could do with my hair or what make up colours might suit my skin. I never saw me or anyone that looked vaguely like me. I was invisible

It was the “I was invisible’ comment that reduced me to tears, ‘The silence’ can be deafening.

It’s a comment I hear so many times from readers and also how I at times felt as a bride-to-be. Invisible is NOT how any woman should feel and especially during the euphoria of wedding planning. It is the reason I started Nu Bride.


Natasha goes on…..

When you constantly see people who don’t look anything like you, being represented in the beautiful way that brides always are, there is a part of you that begins to feel that your value as a human being, let alone a woman, isn’t the same. As a young girl, before you have the legions of admirers tell you that you are beautiful, you need to be able to tell yourself first that you are beautiful and that is pretty damned hard to do when the positive images around you don’t help you to see your beauty either.

YES!!!! Natasha goes on….

I did not want to buy what was classed as a ‘specialist’ magazine (American black bridal magazines). I did not want to be the freak who had to make a monthly trip to the newsagents’ to pick up my ‘special’ magazine. All I wanted was to pick up a copy of what was already on the shelf, to run home with it (of course, buying it first!!), put the kettle on, put my feet up and dive into wedding heaven with a magazine that also catered for me, even just a teeny weeny bit for me.

This is why I write for you.


Nu Bride’s win for Best Big Day Inspiration blog, at this week’s Wedding Blog Awards, not only bought a tear to my eye but made me feel even more confident that the only way is up for coloured representation within the wedding industry

what I love about Nu Bride is that in my eyes is totally mainstream. You can enjoy her blog if you are black, white or Asian, or whatever your race or ethnicity. It is a blog designed for brides, whoever you are and this is shown throughout the positive imagery of black, coloured and white models and real life couples, too. This is so important, I can’t stress this enough. As any teenage girl of colour will tell you, we don’t want to be made to feel like we are ‘special,’ for the wrong reasons. We don’t want to have our little section on the news agent’s shelf for ‘people like us’, we want to be in the mainstream with everyone else, because we are part of the mainstream like everyone else.

I was SO touched by this article. Please hop on over to Natasha’s blog and read the post in full. Natasha writes so beautifully and I found my self (in-between tears), nodding at every paragraph.

You are the reason I created Nu Bride.

Award by Intricate Creations

I met author, playwright and politician Bonnie Greer earlier this year and she was asking me about Nu Bride. I was feeling a little dejected by Nu Bride at the time and having one of my shall I shut it down moments. The late nights, the rejection, the constant battle to find gorgeous quality content for you of real weddings showcasing ethnic diversity.

So I asked Bonnie: ‘how do you keep going, how do you keep inspired and fighting for what you believe in when you meet so much resistance?

Bonnie said ‘I keep fighting, so you have to fight less.’


I hope that in a few years time we’ll have a much more inclusive industry that you won’t even bat an eye lid when you go to a wedding show and watch an inclusive catwalk, or pick up a copy of a national wedding magazine.  If I am lucky enough to have a daughter, then when she finds her soul mate and gets married she sees lots of versions of beauty. Lots of positive images of gorgeous brides and grooms of all gorgeous colours, shapes and sizes in magazines and media. We are all beautiful, we all matter.


Here I am with the gorgeous Elizabeth Bridal Musings, Rebecca Urban  Flip Flops and photographer Kylee of Kytography.

Thank you for following, reading sharing, liking, commenting and believing in Nu Bride. You keep me going. You are incredible and you are beautiful just the way you are.

What an absolute honour. I am walking on air.

You can read a full list of fabulous winners and shortlisted blogs and full coverage over on Wedding Magazine here. I was so swept off my feet, PLUS Mr Nu Bride was so excited for me he indulged on too much champagne and we both failed spectacularly to take any proper pictures! lol!

Much Love xxx

The Talent

Professional images:Paul Cahill


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22 Responses to “Wedding Blog Awards 2014: Nu Bride Wins Best Big Day inspiration”

  1. Katharine Peachey
    October 13, 2014 at 9:28 am #

    Congratulations! Well deserved! Plus you look fabulous in that red dress!

    • Nu Bride
      October 22, 2014 at 10:16 pm #

      Thank you so much Katharine. Nu Bride red!! ;o)

  2. Andri
    October 13, 2014 at 11:14 am #

    Congratulations on your win, an inspiring read and well deserved award!! x

    • Nu Bride
      October 22, 2014 at 10:15 pm #

      Thank you Andri! xx

  3. Elizabeth | Bridal Musings
    October 13, 2014 at 12:34 pm #

    Congratulations Nova! This award is so very well deserved. The beauty of Nu Bride lies in it’s diversity and inclusiveness (as well as your friendly and inspiring editorial voice) and, in my eyes, you can’t get better big day inspiration than that! It was wonderful to catch up with you at the awards, gorgeous lady in red!! 🙂 xx

    • Nu Bride
      October 13, 2014 at 10:44 pm #

      You are gorgeous Elizabeth thank you for your kind comments and for your never ending support! X

    • Nu Bride
      October 22, 2014 at 10:15 pm #

      Thank you Elizabeth – you are such a beautiful person to be around. Thank you hugely. Your support means so much. Thank you xx

  4. Sarah
    October 13, 2014 at 12:34 pm #

    You are such a word-smith! Not only was your speech incredibly moving but this summary of the night and what inspires you also too…so well deserved Nova – you’re a genuine & lovely lady. True class xx

    • Nu Bride
      October 13, 2014 at 10:45 pm #

      Touched. Thank you so much Sarah. I am lucky to be surrounded by such kind and talented women who support each other x

    • Nu Bride
      October 22, 2014 at 10:14 pm #

      Word-smith! Thank you Sarah I shall take that as a huge compliment from you. ;o) So very, very kind. touched. x

  5. Fola
    October 13, 2014 at 1:19 pm #

    Wow….Amazing!! Well Done you!! xx

  6. Natasha Johnson
    October 13, 2014 at 1:32 pm #

    Ah Nova, who would have thought that so much tear-shedding would have come about from you winning such a fabulous accolade. I guess it just shows the depth of your passion and highlights the source of where all of this passion is coming from. Thank you so much for quoting me and linking to my post. Keep up the good work. Times are a ‘changing and I’m so glad you’re leading the way! xx

    • Nu Bride
      October 22, 2014 at 10:11 pm #

      Thank you so much Natasha – your piece was so touching. It makes it all worthwhile reading feedback like yours. Thank you! RE: Bonnie Greer – sorry about that ! Tee hee

  7. Natasha Johnson
    October 13, 2014 at 2:03 pm #

    Sorry forgot to say how totally jealous I am that you met Bonnie Greer. She’s one of my heroes. Well jel! x

  8. Ika
    October 13, 2014 at 10:21 pm #

    Well done Nova, your blog is truly inspirational, this is just the beginning, I have a feeling many doors are about to open for you, take every opportunity and continue to make a difference in the wedding industry and we will be cheering you on.

    • Nu Bride
      October 22, 2014 at 10:12 pm #

      Thank you so much Ika – your support means a lot. Without you all it is all pointless! x

  9. Karen -
    October 14, 2014 at 1:49 pm #

    Dearest Nova. I loved reading your summary of the evening and feel so blessed that I was there to witness your incredible win and the acceptance speech that everyone is (rightly) talking about.

    So so proud of you and I have goosebumps just writing this comment. Your blog won ‘big day inspiration’ but you, yourself are pure ‘inspiration”.

    • Nu Bride
      October 22, 2014 at 10:09 pm #

      What an incredibly kind thing to say. So touched Karen. Thank you immensely for your support and encouragement x

  10. Elizabeth's Cake Emporium
    October 17, 2014 at 8:20 pm #

    Congrats on your fabulous win Nova. Very well deserved!

    • Nu Bride
      October 22, 2014 at 10:08 pm #

      Thank you Elizabeth! xx

  11. Nicola
    October 27, 2014 at 8:59 pm #

    Such a lovely write-up from your award winning evening and a truly well deserved win. This post made me well up, I am so incredibly proud of what you have achieved Nova, of what Nu Bride has become and excited for its (and your) future. Well done sweets! X x

    • Nu Bride
      October 27, 2014 at 9:30 pm #

      Ah, thank you lovely Nicola. Means such a lot to have you fighting in my corner for me! Thanks for your lovely comment and for your gorgeous support. xxx