In case you missed my social media shouting I recently trundled off to The Tower of London to celebrate the third Wedding Magazine Wedding Blog Awards with my glamorous colleagues and managed to grab a few pics from Neopan Photography.
As ever, the energy was palpable, being around talented people is such a blessing and a spirit lifter.
Nu Bride was nominated for the second year running in the Best Big Day Inspiration category, and didn’t win, but unexpectedly swooped Editors Pick!
I was completely unprepared for the awards this year, no time for gorgeous pre-prep and pampering like last year.
I wasn’t expecting to win twice in a row and when the winner of the Best Big Day Inspiration category award was announced it went to the lovely and talented Phoebe at So You’re Getting Married. I thought I could relax watching the rest of the awards unfold without the anxiety of wondering ‘if’.
And then the Editors Pick was announced.
Claire – Editor of Wedding Magazine
The Editors pick is an additional category, where the Editor of Wedding Magazine picks their favourite blogger over the past year and outlines why they have chosen them for the award. You can see the lovely Editor Claire’s teaser video about Nu Bride below!
Now this sounds like a carbon copy of last year – but I REALLY did not expect to win. At ALL!
I was unprepared.
I was quite flat in energy, it was the one month anniversary of a friends unexpected death, I was feeling a little discombobulated.
To celebrate Wedding Magazines 30th anniversary and recent launch of monthly issues, the room was heaving for the first time with not only fellow bloggers but wedding industry professionals that I admire and look up to. Fellow business men and women working with credibility and integrity in the industry. Including some of my gorgeous Nu Bride Ambassadors; Mark Niemierko, Ian Stuart and Elizabeth Solaru – who also deservedly swooped an award for best cake designer. It was so lovely to see her win! She didn’t expect to win either! LOL!
When charmer Jamie Laing of Made in Chelsea announced my name as the winner, I was stunned. I recall crouching on the floor before I was called, resting my feet (so un-lady like – bloody Choo’s! Not made for standing, let alone walking lol!) and was caught completely off guard.
For a moment, I truly didn’t know what to say. All that was going through my mind was the loss of my friend and how her death has really started to re-align my perspective on many things, including Nu Bride.
I spoke about how difficult professional blogging is, how difficult running your own business is and when life throws its curveballs, how difficult it is at times to keep going. How you re-assess the value of what you are doing, how easy it is to doubt yourself and when tragedy happens how easy it is to question your purpose.
I talked about the inherent struggle I have had with that this year, feeling like I am permanently treading water, going against the grain and not achieving.
Then I remembered my plea to colleagues earlier in the year to help make the industry a little more inclusive. I remembered a great wave of support from those in the industry who have joined my little quest. I remembered the growing numbers of those who value and recognise the importance and that filled me with great pride.
At that moment, I remembered how many designers, bloggers, photographers, planners, colleagues, editors, have actively been doing something to contribute to a more visually inclusive industry. To eliminate the silence, to validate and help to showcase more ethnic diversity to inspire and acknowledge couples of multiple backgrounds.
At times, Nu Bride’s mission and to encourage diversity in beauty seems like an impossible feat. After-all, I am just one person who started writing a little blog when I got engaged in hope that it would make a difference. No business plan, no strategy, no money – just me and wordpress account.
I am just one person.
The little changes that have happened over the past 18 months, are not just down to me, it is down to the people who care enough to create positive change and to you, my readers for believing in and validating Nu Bride’s purpose.
A great big thank you to Claire the Editor at Wedding Magazine for giving Nu Bride and what it stands for such great recognition and choosing me. A generous thank you to those of you who voted and for sticking by me this year (hacks and all) and an even bigger thank you to those in the industry who care and are brave enough to do something differently and to contribute towards making a positive and inclusive difference. When it seemed impossible I realised, everyone has a role in making a difference. No matter how small.
“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.” Steve Jobs.
Pssst. You can read the full list of scrumptious winners here