TWIA 2013 National Judging Day - December 12th, 2012 at Fetcham
Click on the 'play' button on the image above to see a short clip of the National Judging Meeting.
Simply the finest judging panel ever assembled in the wedding industry.
REMEMBER: No single judge has final say on any one category. Each category is judged by several judges and all judging is done remotely and without conference. Each judge has equal weight in the judging process.
For more details on the judging process click here
Judges are listed in alphabetical order...
Founder of The Wedding Industry Awards
Chairman of the Judging Panel
Wedding Photographer (www.damianbailey.com)
Damian is an Award winning wedding photographer. He shoots weddings all over the country, every weekend. No one sees more of a wedding than the photographer. From when everyone is getting ready right through until when everyone goes home, Damian’s job is to see everything. Damian not only has an intimate knowledge of how weddings work, he also sees a wide range of wedding suppliers week in, week out.
Sheila Abrahams - NEW JUDGE
Director, Freelance Hair & Beauty Federation
Sheila launched the Freelance Hair and Beauty Federation in October 1993 having worked in the ahir dressing industry since she was 13. The FHBF sets the standards for self-employed hairdressers and beauty therapists and gives them a voice within the hair and beauty industries. Over the years the FHB have introduced many services and membership benefits to help freelancers in all aspects of their business.
Love My Dress was established in 2009 by newlywed and blogger, Annabel Beeforth. In just 20 months, Love My Dress has established itself as one of the UK’s leading influential Wedding Blogs, offering daily inspiration to Brides to be and industry professionals. Love My Dress now gets over 150,000 unique visitors each month and Annabel regularly writes in many industry publications.
Professional wedding blogger Julia Braime knows weddings, having grown up as daughter of a wedding planner and hotelier at one of the North’s most prestigious wedding venues. In it’s first year, Brides Up North has skyrocketed in popularity and profile to become one of the most visited wedding blogs in the UK - and is the only top bridal blog especially for Northern Brides - offering a double daily dose of real and celebrity wedding inspiration, bridal fashion, supplier showcases, discounts, giveaways and more.
Maxine Briggs - NEW JUDGE
Editor, You & Your Wedding Magazine
Maxine Briggs is the new editor of leading bridal brand You & Your Wedding. Her editorial vision for Y&YW is to provide an invaluable guide to brides, full of inspiration and advice for the most exciting journey of their lives.
Sarah Brock - NEW JUDGE
Award-winning Make-Up Artist
Known as one of the UK's leading bridal makeup artists, Sarah has been creating the most exquisite makeup looks for brides for years and her skills are highly sought after for weddings nationally and internationally. She has been selected by top Beauty Editors, Journalists and wedding industry experts to be the makeup artist for their wedding day and has collaborated with the biggest names in bridal fashion (Jenny Packham, Sassi Holford, Philippa Lepley, Stewart Parvin and Suzanne Neville to name a few) creating the makeup looks for their stunning campaigns. She has created the makeup looks for over 13 covers of Conde Nast Brides Magazine as well as numerous fashion/ makeover shoots. Most recently Sarah has been commissioned to write a regular beauty expert's column for British Conde Nast BRIDES Magazine, where she shares her knowledge in bridal makeup/ beauty, snippets from her day-to-day diary and reveals what's hot, new and gorgeous on the bridal beauty scene. Sarah has appeared on Wedding TV sharing her expert advice with brides-to-be and also regularly contributes quotes to the national press as a bridal beauty expert. Sarah was the winner of the Wedding Industry Awards 'Makeup Artist of the Year' and in 2009 won the Professional Beauty Award 'Makeup Specialist of the Year'.
Kirsten Butler - NEW JUDGE
Kirsten is an Award winning venue stylist encouraging couples to step outside the box when it comes to decorating their big day. Since its launch business in 2008, The Little Wedding Helper has grown from venue styling to dressing boutique window displays, Art Directing photo-shoots, and helping other small businesses style their stands for wedding fayres. Kirsten is a regular contributor to a number of regional and national bridal magazines, as well as recently launching her own blog. Kirsten also organises The Little Wedding Tweet Ups, informal networking evenings for anybody in the wedding industry. When she's not consulting with a couple, adding the finishing touches to a table setting, or hanging yards of bunting, Kirsten can be found treasure hunting in charity shops and car-boots, all the while trying to curb her addiction to Pinterest.
Damian Clarkson - NEW JUDGE
Extensive experience in the industry has seen Damian work with some of the world's most respected catering companies, from The Admirable Crichton to Rhubarb Food Design and Mosimann's. He later became Managing Director of Red Snapper events, before moving on to set up The London Kitchen. Damian has catered for a wealth of esteemed clients; including the Duchy of Cornwall, Tom Ford, The Rolling Stones, Mercedes Benz, Aston Martin, Wella, and Monsoon to name but a few. He has catered events alongside leading chefs Atul Kochhar and James Martin, and has catered for private clients in the UK and the South of France. His food has impressed critics such as the late Michael Winner, and he has also appeared on The Apprentice as a mentor and on BBC Radio's Chris Evans Show. In 2008 Damian received the personal accolade of ISES Caterer of the Year. He also featured in Tatler's 'Must Have List' and Event Magazine's 'Top Ten in 2007'. Damian has judged a number of industry awards such as Young Guns and also mentors hospitality students at Oxford Brookes University.
Shane Connolly - NEW JUDGE
Internationally acclaimed florist
Shane's international work has taken him as far as USA, South Africa and India, while back in the UK, he has decorated some the country's most prestigious venues for an eclectic range of private and corporate clients. In 2005, he was honoured to be asked by HRH the Duchess of Cornwall to design her bouquet and all other flowers for her marriage to HRH Prince of Wales and the service of dedication in Windsor. Shane then arranged the flowers for a luncheon celebrating HM the Queen's 80th birthday, and in 2007 he designed the flowers for the service of remembrance for Diana, Princess of Wales. In recognition of such events, Shane was awarded a Royal Warrant of Appointment to HRH the Prince of Wales, and went on to be appointed Artistic Director for the wedding of TRH's the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in 2011.
Kaz Fernando - NEW JUDGE
Award winning make up artist
Kaz has been a successful make up artist and hair stylist for over 13 years during which time she has gained an excellent reputation in the market. Working with over 70 brides a year from Banstead to Bordeaux and Manchester to Malaga, Kaz's attention to detail and calming influence is the subject of many glowing testimonials. Today Kaz works with some of the UK's leading wedding photographers and wedding dress designers. Kaz is well placed to join the judging panel as she was the inaugural national winner in the Make Up Artist category at the Wedding Industry awards in 2012.
International wedding planner and stylist
Sarah Haywood is internationally acknowledged as one of the world’s premier wedding planners and designers; sought by celebrities, leading public figures, and nobility. She is the UK’s top-selling Bridal author, making her ‘Wedding Bible’ an indispensable source for couples since its publication in 2006. Sarah was established as the go-to International commentator for the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton; She was CNN’s expert on the day of the wedding, and appeared on every continent and television network in the days preceding the royal nuptials. Sarah recently launched The Ultimate Wedding App for BlackBerry, Android, Nokia, and iPhone. Now every bride and groom can have at their fingertips the luxury of this world-class professional to help them plan their perfect day.
Sky News Presenter
Sarah Hewson presents Boulton & Co on Sky News every weekday lunchtime and is also the channel’s Royal Correspondent.
2011 was a year dominated by weddings for Sarah with Prince William and Catherine Middleton’s marriage, followed a few weeks later by her own.
When the royal couple’s engagement was announced, Sarah joined them for a cup of tea at St James’ Palace, where Prince William teased her about a possible date clash.
Fortunately there was no such clash and on April 29th, Sarah was at Buckingham Palace anchoring Sky’s coverage of the royal wedding alongside Eamonn Holmes.
Pre-eminent wedding dress designer
Leading English designer, Sassi Holford, creates classic wedding gowns with a contemporary edge. Exquisite lines and sumptuous fabrics echo the bride’s own style, and nothing is spared in the structure and the detail to provide the renowned Sassi Holford cut and fit – all the gowns are handmade by her first class team in her studios in Somerset. Sassi Holford is widely regarded as one of the world’s best wedding dress designers and is stocked by the most exclusive dress boutiques across Britain and overseas
Robbie Honey - NEW JUDGE
Internationally renowned florist
From his earliest days roaming the hills and plateaus of his native Zimbabwe seeking out wild orchids, Robbie Honey has always had an affinity with flowers. After studying horticulture, interior design and photography, Honey honed his skills in London. In 2001 he set up his eponymous company and swiftly establishing himself as one of London’s most sought-after florists.Honey’s keen eye, inspired designs and uncompromising love of exquisite quality, have continued to build his profile. Honey has worked extensively in the fashion world providing flowers and installations for clients including Christian Dior, Giorgio Armani and Mary Katrantzou.
Robbie Honey has created breathtakingly beautiful flowers for countless weddings, large, small, dramatic, simple, rococo and minimalist. Today, Robbie and his team are likely to be found working with a premier wedding planner or consultant creating the exquisite floral arrangements and statement pieces that will make a wedding entirely unforgettable.
Severin Hubert & Roz Edwards
Born in Paris, Severin Hubert has more than 20 years experience in hair design. Previously a Creative Director at a leading salon in Paris, Severin is renowned for his creative, natural flair and passion for the industry. With a talent for artistic hair design, Severin launched The Hepburn Collection in 1996 to specialise in bridal hair. His extensive experience working alongside some of the leading professionals in the fashion and wedding industry has led to features in many glossy international magazines and publications including The Times, Conde Nast Brides, You & Your Wedding and Professional Photo as well as multiple cover shoots for Wedding magazine. Although now based in London, Severin travels the world working with photographers, brides and regular clients.
With a strong background in the hair industry, Roz Edwards launched Hepburn Collection alongside Severin Hubert and is the company’s Managing Director. With a focus on delivering the highest levels of customer service and ensuring everything runs like clockwork for Hepburn Collection’s clientele, Roz has extensive experience in managing a successful bridal business that has earned a well respected reputation within the wedding industry.
Cassie Lomas - NEW JUDGE
Cassie is one of the most sought after makeup artists in the country. She worked with leading photographers such as Rankin, Simon Emmett and Tim Brett Day on advertising campaigns ranging from Julian McDonald to Pied a Terre to Adidas and has a CV full of celebrity clients such as Twiggy, Coleen Rooney and Lady Gaga. Currently the UK Spokesperson for beauty brand Bourjois, Cassie is regularly sought after to provide expert tips, quotes and advice for glossy magazines and online beauty pages, along with appearances on TV. In 2010 Cassie founded the prestigious Cassie Lomas Make Up Academy (CLMA). Her graduates have so far worked on The British Soap Awards, TV shows galore, numerous music videos, advertising campaigns and high end catwalk shows. Most recently Cassie Lomas Make Up Academy has expanded into the bridal market.
UK Alliance of Wedding Planners
The UK Alliance of Wedding Planners was founded for one purpose: to promote professionalism in wedding planning. The company believes that by investing in training and development and helping to grow the wedding planning industry in a professional manner that we can together provide an outstanding and unparalleled service for today’s brides and grooms.
Sandy Moretta launched Tern Events (previously known as TIPTOP Weddings & Parties), based in Tring, Hertfordshire 8 years ago, following a 12 year career in marketing, which provided an excellent background in project management and creative thinking. She has been planning and managing weddings since. Sandy has a reputation for excellent organisation, creativity and attention to detail. Sandy is well known within the industry and writes for various websites, speaks frequently on the radio and in 2010 appeared on the TV series ‘Three Grand Weddings’ on Wedding TV.
MV - NEW JUDGE
Founded in 2008, MV is an 80 strong invite-only collective of some of the UK's most respected Wedding and Portrait photographers. MV's purpose is to inspire its members to improve and excel in the craft and art of photography, and to constantly question and push the boundaries of their photographic genre.The judging will be done by the founders and workshop leaders.
Natalie O'Donovan www.natalieodonovan.com www.twobytwoweddings.com Natalie O’Donovan launched Two by Two Weddings in 2002. Heralded as “The ultimate in stationery” Natalie’s collections have dominated the wedding stationery market for almost a decade. Her work has been featured in Brides, You and Your Wedding, Wedding Day, London Weddings, Vogue, Tatler, Wedding Venues & Cosmo Bride.
World renowned cake designer
Peggy is one of the best known Cake designers in the UK. Renowned for irresistibly pretty and elegant designs that are not only visually stunning but also taste delicious, Peggy has acquired an enviable client list including many celebrities, Royals and members of high society. Peggy is widely known to have redefined the art of modern sugar craft. She opened the Peggy Porschen Parlour in London’s Belgravia in 2010 followed by Peggy’s Cake Accademy, London’s first cookery school entirely dedicated to baking, cake decorating and sugar craft, in 2011.
Internationally acclaimed florist
Paula Pryke holds a greatly influential position as one of the most innovative florists in the world and her fourteenth book has recently been published. Paula also appears frequently on television both in the UK and abroad, writes regular magazine columns, demonstrates her floral design nationally and internationally and has run her world renowned flower school since 1994. Paula is very hands-on and heads an artistic team of designers who remain at the forefront of fashionable floristry. Known for her original and ingenious creations, Paula provides a wide range of floral services for all needs, tastes and budgets. Paula Pryke Flowers is in constant demand to design flowers for celebrations nationwide, from dinner parties, press launches and award ceremonies to government and other state functions.
Susi Rogol - NEW JUDGE
Bridal industry guru
For the past ten years Susi Rogol has been the Editor of Bridal Buyer magazine, the industry's voice and the core communication between suppliers and retailers. Bridal Buyer is the official magazine of the British Bridal Exhibition in Harrogate (BBEH), The London Bridal Show and White Gallery London. Susi is also responsible for content on bridalbuyer.com, and spearheads the annual Bridal Buyer Awards. Her central interest lies in driving business to the UK's bricks and mortar retailers and in seeing standards of professionalism increase throughout every sector of the industry.
Ellie Sanderson - NEW JUDGE!
Award winning bridal retailer and business coach
Ellie Sanderson launched her bridal boutique business five years ago and won 4 National Awards in the first three years of trading. Ellie`s Boutiques are a moment of luxury for the discerning bride, stocking some of the world's top Wedding Dress Designers, mixed in a decadent, informal space with first class customer service . These are all topped off with modern business processes and up to the minute IT. She also runs a highly sought after Business Coaching Company offering commercial coaching to new start up businesses. Ellie enjoys writing regular columns in Attire Bridal and now writes for Bridal Buyer magazine. She has been interviewed live on SKY TV talking about Wedding Trends and is the regular ask The Expert in many Regional Bridal Publications.
Daniel Sandler - NEW JUDGE
Makeup Artist and creator of Daniel Sandler Cosmetics
Daniel Sandler has been a makeup artist and leader in his field for over 25 years. Throughout this time Daniel has developed his knowledge and huge talent for creating stunning looks. His multi award winning makeup line is now in its 10th successful year.
Over the years, Daniel has worked on both sides of the Atlantic and all over Europe on a number of shoots with high profile fashion photographers for top glossies and with designers backstage at a number of major fashion shows and a regular on national TV. Daniel continues to work with high profile celebs getting them ready for red carpet events as well as customers at his Urban Retreat Makeup Counter in the most famous department store in the world, Harrods, London.
Daniel spent over four years developing his self-titled range, drawing from his experience as a professional makeup artist to create products that simplify makeup for women of all skin tones.
Daniel is a regular on the pages of Conde Nast Brides magazine, who also named him their "go to" male Bridal makeup artist of choice. Daniel has travelled across the globe to work with brides from London, Cannes, New York and Israel. He has even been involved in Royal weddings in Dubai.
Dominic & Helen Sharland
Designers and stationers
Having run their own successful design practice for over10 years, Dominic and Helen Sharland set up Cutture, the luxury laser cut event stationers, in 2009. With their expertise in graphic design and manufacturing Cutture has fast become one of the leading event stationers in the UK. All of Cutture’s work prides itself on being designed and made in the London studio by the team at Cutture directed by husband and wife duo Dominic and Helen.
Cutture works with both private couples and planners as well as a select collection of event organisers from around the world and continues to offer innovative and highly respected design for event stationery across the UK and internationally with clients from Harrods Elite to celebrities alike.
Adam Sternberg, Director, Sternberg Clarke
Widely reknowned entertainment agency
Sternberg Clarke are a leading supplier of entertainment for any type of event all over the country. They are recommended by more than 100 venues and supply entertainment across all genres from magic to music, dance to circus for a huge range of high profile events. Their knowledge of entertainment, and particularly what is new and different, is second to none. Their focus on sourcing, vetting, developing and monitoring their artists is perfectly balanced with their ability to create bespoke entertainment for their clients . Weddings have always been a key part of their business (since they supplied entertainment for two of the Spice Girls' Weddings!) and in 2011 Sternberg Clarke supplied the entertainment for over 300 weddings.
Vicky Sullivan - NEW JUDGE
Sylist & Journalist
Vicky has over 10 years experience working as a stylist and journalist in the publishing industry. It was as the Style Editor of Wedding and Wedding Flowers magazines, from 2004 to 2011, where she established herself as an expert in her field, before leaving to pursue a freelance career. She is now a renowned art director, stylist and consultant, specialising in food and interiors, working for a wide range of clients, including Harrods, House of Fraser, Marks & Spencer, Marie Claire and Swarovski. She also continues to work in the bridal industry as Style Editor ofWedding Venues & Services magazine.
James White - NEW JUDGE
Over the past few years James has become one of the UK’s must
have wedding hair stylists. James attracts a sophisticated and discerning
clientelle who understand style and appreciate his eye, vision and ability to conjure up
signature styles. His work takes him from private studios, seminars for
products and session styling both in the UK and worldwide. James won the Best Hair Stylist award at The 2012 Wedding Industry Awards so knows exactly what it takes to succeed in these awards.
Rosemary Williams & Nathania Curtis
Venue, catering and hospitality experts
Trained as a cordon bleu chef Rosemary started her career in the hospitality industry managing private luxury chalets in Verbier, Switzerland. She returned to the UK as Head Chef for a catering and events company specialising in Weddings, progressing to become their Events Manager before moving to the prestigious Goodwood Estate. Nestled in the spectacular Sussex countryside, surrounded by 12,000 acres of mature parkland and home to the Dukes of Richmond for centuries, Goodwood House combines the glamour of a great English country house withthe warmth of a family home, filled with magnificent paintings and wonderful treasures.
Having joined as House Event Planner Rosemary is now the Manager of Goodwood House where she and her world class team of planners, chefs & butlers provide the coordination and execution of numerous high end weddings, corporate and celebrity packed occasions including the exclusive parties for the world famous motorsport events Festival of Speed & Goodwood Revival.
Nathania Curtis is Head of Estate Sales at Goodwood. She brings extensive experience of the five star market, with previous sales led roles at Exclusive Hotels, Pennyhill Park and South Lodge. Prior to this her roles have included sales management in international blue chip PLCs. Nathania is now responsible for sales across the Goodwood Estate venues including Goodwood House, The Goodwood Hotel and The Kennels from various segments and brings a depth of knowledge to these markets through establishing trends and innovation.
Jeff Wood - NEW JUDGE
In just 5 years Jeff Wood has progressed from new comer to world status wedding and event cinematographer. From his humble beginnings he now shoots multimillion dollar events as far afield as USA, India and all over Europe and has cemented his position amongst the elite within the industry. With clients ranging from movie stars and the ultra rich right down to local venues Jeff has accumulated knowledge which he is passionate about sharing at training programs, workshops, and presentations throughout the UK and abroad.
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