Winners announced for The EDP Bride: The Wedding Awards
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A woman who runs a budding vintage hire wedding business from her garden shed picked up the surprise gong at an awards ceremony.
More than 300 entries were received for The EDP Bride: The Wedding Awards, sponsored by Marry in Norfolk and the Norfolk Registration Service, with 130 businesses entering.
The finalists were invited to a red carpet ceremony at Dunston Hall in Norwich on Friday, January 27.
The black tie event hosted more than 210 guests from more than 65 Norfolk businesses. Louise Flynn, who runs her business Lou Lou Loves out of her garden shed at home in Beighton, said she was 'shocked' to be announced the winner of the newcomer and innovation awards.
She said: 'I started about two and half years ago very small but soon realised there was potential for more. We are still reasonably small and I am quite humble about the business. 'It has just grown from there and I get things in that people ask me for. I love chatting to everyone about their weddings and doing what I can to personalise it for them.
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'It was a complete shock when I won. Hopefully it is because of the personal touch and having something quite unique. 'I am not a package business, I tailor things to people's needs.'
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-Wedding Venue of the Year: Oxnead Hall
-Best Wedding Cake Maker: Little Millie's
-Bridal Jeweller or Accessory Designer of the Year: Aleks Jewellers
-Best Wedding Videographer: Walpole and Howson Wedding Films
-Wedding Florist of the Year: Constance Rose
-Wedding Photographer of the Year: Fuller Photography
-Best Wedding Stationery Provider: Little Pea Designs
-Best Bridal Retailer: Fairytale Gowns
-Best Wedding Transport Supplier: Silverline Limousines and Wedding Cars
-Finishing Touches Award: Sweeties
-Hair and Beauty Stylist of the Year: Amelia Wedding Hair and Make Up Artist - Amelia Garwood
-Wedding Newcomer of the Year: Lou Lou Loves – Vintage Hire
-Wedding Innovation Award: Lou Lou Loves - Vintage Hire
Singer Dale Bullimore performed during the drinks reception, and cars were on display from Desira Group Plc.
Guests were welcomed by Joanne Goodwin from Archant Bride and Caroline Clarke from Marry in Norfolk before having a three course meal before the awards ceremony, hosted by David Whiteley.
Table decorations were by Elizabeths the Florists disco from Platinum Sounds after the awards took place.
Diana Sims, general manager of Weddings Archant, said: 'I would like to take this opportunity in thanking all the sponsors, our winners and finalists.' 'It was an absolutely amazing evening and I was overwhelmed with how the winners reacted, some breaking down in tears on stage. All their hard work over the years has been rewarded.
'It is my pleasure to work in an industry of passionate, can-do attitude businesses and people who follow the same dreams as myself - success.'