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Wedding industry says Yes to the best!

By Grant Milne

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A host of Aberdeenshire-based businesses in the wedding industry were celebrating after tying up prizes in the Top Tier Awards.

Sunday evening, at the Jury's Inn near Aberdeen Airport, was the third annual presentation hailing the characters behind the industry.

Brides and grooms who tied the knot in the North of Scotland – from Dundee in the east to Fort William in the west - between October 2018 and September 2019 were eligible to vote for the three top suppliers they used on their big day that provided an outstanding service, with rankings of gold, silver and bronze.

The overall winners in each category is decided depending on the level of votes received alongside the quality of comments provided by the couples.

The voting process is completed before the nominations are announced.

Tim and Stef Erbe of Logie Country House, who won the Exclusive Use Venue of the Year prize, could scarcely hide their joy.

They said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive this prestigious award for the second year in a row.

“It shows that hard work really does pay off.

“Knowing it is our wonderful brides and grooms who have voted for us makes it so special.

“We are very proud of our venue and strive to give the best service possible.

“This award is one for the whole team - Hudsons Catering, our event managers, Gillian and Lila and our hard-working and dedicated cleaning and maintenance staff.

“We are looking forward to another fantastic year of weddings at Logie Country House, welcoming brides and grooms from near and far.”

Pittodrie House Hotel's Nicola Daniels was announced as winner of the Venue Co-Ordinator category.

She commented: “It's the first time I've been nominated so I'm really pleased.

"I'd like to add a massive thank you to all the wonderful brides and grooms who voted for me, and also the fantastic team at Pittodrie House."

Nicola Daniels (second from right), named as the best Wedding Venue Coordinator for 2019. Picture courtesy of aberdeenphoto.com.
Nicola Daniels (second from right), named as the best Wedding Venue Coordinator for 2019. Picture courtesy of aberdeenphoto.com.

Inverurie-based humanist celebrant Neil Mellis, who marries loving couples in non-religious ceremonies, received the top prize in the Specialist Supplier of the Year category.

The classification was one of the more diverse among the awards, highlighting those who offer something “a bit different” and “go the extra mile” for wedding-goers.

A delighted Neil said: “I'm absolutely delighted to get an award at the Top Tier bash.

“Many thanks to all the couples who voted for me, it is very humbling and much appreciated.

“I had a great time sharing an evening with some lovely folk, and to win something was just the icing on the cake, to coin a wedding term!”

Humanist officiant Neil Mellis was the Specialist Supplier of the Year
Humanist officiant Neil Mellis was the Specialist Supplier of the Year

Meanwhile Kintore salon owner Rebecca Carr was full of colour after being named Hairdresser of the Year.

She commented: "We're so proud to have won.

"Our brides are with us all through their journey and by the time they get married, we feel like part of the wedding party.

"What a great night we had at the awards too - we are so lucky to have great venues and suppliers all throughout the north of Scotland."

Being decorated as the highest-rated Florist of the Year was Trina's Art and Flowers, located in Insch.

Owner Katrina Naysmith said: "I'm totally surprised and over the moon to have won!

"I'm delighted for my team who have worked so hard throughout the year - we couldn't have done it without them.

"A huge thank you to all the lovely couples who voted for us, we really do love being able to do what we do."

Other local parties nominated included Gibbs' Menswear (Grooms Wear), Kate's of Inverurie (Outside Caterer), Mintlaw-based Scott Cassie (Videographer), alongside Fabby Fotos (Specialist Supplier), Meldrum House Country Hotel (Wedding Venue of the Year), The Barn @ Barra Castle (Exclusive Use Venue of the Year), and Cakes by Kirsty (Cake Supplier), all from Oldmeldrum.

The handing out of awards were bookended by an Elton John tribute act, as Dundee-based band Jive Candy got the dance underway.

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