Published: November 4, 2019 | Updated: November 4, 2019

Crème de la crème – county’s finest celebrated at the 2019 Dorset Wedding Supplier Awards

Winners, finalists and sponsors of this year’s Dorset Wedding Supplier Awards. Picture: Zelda de Hollander, Studio Shotz Photography.
By Andrew Diprose, editor

Celebrations continued long into the night after 24 businesses were named winners in this year’s Dorset Wedding Supplier Awards.

Organiser Sam Savage of South Coast Events.

More than 150 people attended the glittering ceremony which was held at Bournemouth’s Hilton Hotel on Saturday.

The event, organised by Sam Savage, Director of South Coast Events Ltd, was the seventh annual wedding supplier awards to be staged in Dorset.

Donna and Neil Strudwick of Goldcrest Jewellers celebrate their award for wedding accessories.

Successes on the night included two awards – Bridal Wear and Grooms Wear – for Minster Bridal Boutique in Wimborne while Forum Jewellers in Broadstone won the People’s Choice, the only award based on votes.

Corfe Mullen-based Wildflower Ceremonies won the Newcomer award and also received the highest overall score.

Sacred celebrant Ellie Brooks, founder of Wildflower Ceremonies, was the first-ever celebrant to be shortlisted, and also the first to win an award.

A shocked Jay Cockett of Floral Couture by Jay, after hearing he’d won the florist award.

Sam said: “I’m always amazed by all the support for one another, it’s very heart-warming.

“The Dorset wedding industry is a really close-knit community and many companies work in collaboration, which is what the awards encourage.

“There were definitely some extremely shocked people whose names were called out as a winner, which was really lovely to see.

“My thanks to our 2019 sponsors and judges and congratulations to all of this year’s finalists and winners.”

The full list of winners is:

Bridal Wear: Minster Bridal Boutique
Cake Maker: Cake by Sadie Smith
Caterer: Molecular Magic Creative Catering
Contribution to the Wedding Industry: Outside Bars Dorset
Entertainment (non musical): Festidolls
Entertainment Musical – DJ: Iggy:Wedding DJ
Entertainment Musical – Live: Harry North Music
Florist: Floral Couture by Jay
Grooms Wear: Minster Bridal Boutique
Hair Stylist: SLA Couture Bridal Hair
Makeup: Amazing Face Bridal Hair & Makeup
Newcomer: Wildflower Ceremonies
Outside Suppliers: Marquee Elegance
Peer’s Choice: Lucie Loves to Bake
Photography: Sadie Osborne Photography
People’s Choice: Forum Jewellers
Stationery: Cinnamon & Lullabies
Transport: Dorset Dubhire
Venue: Longthorns Farm
Venue Stylist: The Little White Heart Company
Videography: Digital Bohemia Wedding Videography
Wedding Accessories: Goldcrest Jewellers
Wedding Attire: Boutique at No.6
Wedding Extra: Biscuits by Sarah B
Wedding Planner: Millstream Bistro
Highest Overall Score: Wildflower Ceremonies

Highly Commended:
Attire: Fab Frocks
Cake: Cakey Lulu
Caterer: Fifteas
Entertainment, Live-Music: Sing People Sing
Florist: Jessica Hillier Floral Design
Hair Stylist: Amazing Face Bridal Hair & Makeup
Outside Suppliers: A&D Mobile Bars
Photography: Lotus Photography

Sponsors: Hospitality Hire, 83 Media and Pegasus Discos

Each year the Dorset Wedding Supplier Awards supports The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation.

The charity funds and organises weddings for people who are terminally ill, leaving lasting happy memories for loved ones.

This year’s awards raised more than £500 for the charity.