We attended The Wedding Industry Awards regional finals last night at Blackstock Country Estate in East Sussex. Did we win in our category? Read on to find out!

The Big Smile Booth team made the trip into deepest, darkest Sussex last night to attend The Wedding Industry Awards regional finals at Blackstock Country Estate.  It was the usual glitzy and glamorous affair, men in nice suits, the ladies in sparkly dresses, all dressed up - just how it should be, in order to celebrate and recognise the HUGE amounts of work we put into what we do!

We were greeted with mini bottles of prosecco and canapes and the beginning of the night was spent networking and chatting with folk who we generally don't see by the time we get to the venue in the evening!

As there is no specific category for photo booths or non-musical entertainment we found ourselves in the Special Touches category which is kind of like an "everything else".  There was a toastmaster, magician, milliner, wedding shop, men's formal wear and a company that gives first dance lessons to couples.

The time came for the award in our category to be announced.  The Highly Commended award was given to Matty Evans, a Kent-based Magician and the regional winner for Special Touches in the South East was given to....

Start The Dance - First Dance & Wedding Choreographer based in London.

Unfortunately, they weren't there in person in order to collect their award so they didn't get their moment, the presentation, the WOW, the glitz and the full enjoyment of the moment, but congratulations to the guys and well done on their award!

So, we didn't win...

It's not all bad though, we made the regional finals so a BIG thank you to those who voted for us.  We won't get to see your feedback and votes until after the national finals in January next year so we're really looking forward to seeing what you all think of us!

Looking at it from another angle...each time someone books us, we're a winner.  Each time someone uses our booth and comments on the quality of the images, or the props, or tells us how amazing our staff are, we're winners.  Each time someone who has used our booth, recommends us to someone else, we're winners.  And that alone still gives us a warm and snuggly feeling inside...despite the fact we've been crying uncontrollably since we found out we didn't win the award last night lol :)

So once again, a BIG thank you to all of our clients who voted for us, it hasn't gone unnoticed.  To everyone who has booked us for the years ahead, you can be assured that we will be on our A-game and we will surpass ALL of your expectations.

Now, can someone please pass us a tissue...<sniff>