We’ve only gone & won!

If you follow us on Twitter or Facebook you must have been away from social media yesterday if you missed our announcement.  We may have put it out there more that once!

I hope you can forgive us filling up your news feeds but we were so happy and excited that we had to talk about it all day.  Just indulge us one more …

We are the regional winners for Best Wedding Venue Stylist 2014 for The National Wedding Industry Awards.




Only past brides and grooms you have worked for over the last 12 months can vote for you and they complete a questionnaire on all aspects of your business.  Regional shortlists were announced a couple of weeks ago and the regional finalists are then judged by an expert panel of high profile wedding industry experts.    I hear that this year’s competition was a tough one as there are so many talented and hard working companies who entered.  Thank you to all our past clients who took the time to vote for us – you are the best.

The national winners in each category are being announced live at the Awards event at The Bloomsbury Ballroom in London in January.  It is London’s newest Art Deco venue and the ballroom has been recently fully restored to it’s 1920s glory and is ready to host the event for the wedding industry.

Judges include Annabel Beeforth from Love my Dress, Julia Braime from Brides Up North, Maxine Briggs from You and Your Wedding, Kristen Butler from The Little Wedding Helper, Sassi Holford, Peggy Porchsen, Paula Pryke, Ellie Sanderson – so it’s like the Brit Awards for wedding peeps!

Huge congratulations to everyone who entered, those who made it to the shortlist stage and massive congratulations to the regional winners.  See you at the awards.

It was lovely to see so  many friends and companies local to us who have also won their category in the East Midlands  – Tineke for Best Wedding Florist, Love Candy Cakes for Best Wedding Cake Designer, Paul Grundle for Best Wedding Entertainment, The Walled Garden for Best Wedding Event Team, Ian Bursill for Best Photography,  Dennison Classic Cars for Wedding Transport, Make up by Jenni.


Darby & Joan wouldn’t work without our truly brilliant team who have worked so hard over the last three years with us.  Thanks a million for the early mornings, the late finishes, being so supportive and helping us to win this.  I am lucky enough to have a close group of girlfriends who are amazing and I truly couldn’t do what I do without all of your help.    Finally, my gorgeous husband, who looks great even wearing an apron and puts up with all the “stuff” that goes with running a business like this – you are the best. x



12:32 19 November 2013

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