Our First Blog
Well here it is. I tried to come up with an imaginative name for our first ever Sassy Blog, but after much deliberation just decided to call it ‘our first blog’.. No point beating about the bush.
How do you fill a year’s worth of fabulous experiences, amazing weddings and exciting plans into one article, impossible! But I wanted to commence our foray into creative writing with a sneaky mention about the accolades we received in 2018 (brag alert*)
In April 2018 we were advised that we had reached the finals of the Muddy Stiletto’s Best Florist Award for our region, which was an amazing honour in itself. Muddy are the UK’s leading online lifestyle magazine, so to be recognised by them in the region is pretty flattering! After a last round of voting and a sleepless night, I woke up to the message “Congratulations Emma, you have been voted the Best Florist in Leicestershire and Rutland”. Wow! Which just happened to coincide with the day of Harry and Meghans’ wedding, so a ready made excuse to crack open a bottle of champagne at 10.30am and celebrate!
Fast forward a short while to the hot summer of 2018, and we entered the Wedding Industry Awards 2019; in the category of Best Florist in the East Midlands. I debated long and hard about whether to enter, primarily as we are not a long established business, but I decided to challenge myself and go for it. For those who aren’t in the industry, TWIA are the Oscars of the wedding industry, and the one that everyone wants to be recognised by.
It’s a long process of application, including presentations, voter scoring and comments from your brides, a portfolio of your work including photos and video, and putting your business case forward within the award criteria and question sets.
We were absolutely made up to make it through to the final four within the region; to be up there amongst our peers, and off we went to the awards night held at the majestic Ladywood Estate in Rutland in November. Much to my complete astonishment we won the ‘Highly Commended’ award for the East Midlands, which means we are officially recognised by the industry best as being one of the TOP TWO florists in the whole of the East Midlands.
Our awards now sit proudly on our wall in our lovely studio, as a timely reminder to always strive for the best. And we’ll be entering again next year; as we want to win, not that we’re competitive, of course.