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Wedding Journal Reader Awards 2016 winners revealed

See who YOU voted as this years winners!


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The very best of Ireland’s wedding industry gathered on the decks of Nomadic Belfast last night for the grand finale of the Wedding Journal Reader Awards 2016. And the winners were….

It was all-aboard the iconic Nomadic Belfast  in Titanic Quarter last night for the grand unveiling of the winners of the the 2016 Wedding Journal Reader Awards.

180 invited guests boarded the ship and were welcomed with Margarita and Cosmopolitan cocktails to get everyone in a celebratory mood.

Music from Arco String Quartet created the perfect atmosphere for mingling while Posh Nosh set up a magnificent buffet, served in the former first class upper deck, before proceedings got underway.

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Arco String Quartet playing at the Wedding Journal Reader Awards
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The delicious buffet was by Posh Nosh

At around 8.15, our hostess for the evening, Pamela Ballantine officially welcomed everyone to the event, before passing the microphone over to Wynn Penton, publisher of Wedding Journal magazine.

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Host Pamela Ballantine

Wynn said a few brief words, congratulating everyone on making it to the final of the awards.

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Wynn Penton from Wedding Journal welcomes guests

This year the Reader Awards awards received an incredible 33,000 votes across 20 categories, making them Ireland’s leading and most prestigious wedding awards. It was wonderful to see the event supported by so many of the finalists, many of which partied on into the wee hours to music from Essential DJ’s NI.

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The party continues with Essential DJs NI

 A big thank you also to everyone who took the time to vote. Here are your winners….

Winners of the 2016 Wedding Journal Reader Awards…

Wedding Stationery Company of the year

Finalists

  • E.M. Designs
  • Designs by Eefaa
  • Darling Stationery
  • Lantz
  • White Lace Bespoke Wedding Stationery

And the winner is…

White Lace Bespoke Wedding Stationery

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Wedding Stationery Company of the Year – White Lace Bespoke Wedding Stationery pictured with finalists and Susan Meek from Wedding Journal

Newcomer of the Year

Finalists

  • Paschal McAnenly and Meghánn Ward
  • Fun ‘n Frills
  • Alice May Bridal
  • Barbie Bakes Cakes
  • Hats by Oliver

And the winner is…

Alice May Bridal

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Newcomer of the Year – Alice May Bridal pictured with finalists and Julie Boyde from Wedding Journal

Wedding Photographer of the Year

Finalists

  • Ciaran O’Neill Photography
  • Mark Barnes Photography
  • Erica Irvine Photography
  • Niall Scully Photography
  • Martina California

And the winner is…

Ciaran O’Neill Photography

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Wedding Photographer of the Year – Ciaran O’Neill pictured with finalists and Gail Courtney from Wedding Journal

Wedding Videographer of the Year

Finalists

  • Wheatfield Video Productions
  • Barry Porter Videography
  • Ian Higginson Videography
  • Wonderfulife Productions
  • Brophy Videography

And the winner is…

Barry Porter Videography

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Videographer of the Year – Barry Porter pictured with finalists and Judith Martin from Wedding Journal

Make-up Artist of the Year

Finalists

  • Nadine McLaughlin Professional Makeup Artist
  • Amanda Conlon Makeup Artist
  • Paddy McGurgan Makeup Artist
  • Danielle Mahon Makeup Studios
  • Catherine Flemming Makeup Artist

And the winner is…

Paddy McGurgan Makeup Artist

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Makeup Artist of the Year Paddy McGurgan pictured with finalists and Barbara Scanlon from wedding Journal

Wedding Hair Stylist of the Year

Finalists

  • Dani Belle Design
  • Amy Moore at Kelly’s Hair & Beauty
  • Hair Candy Moira
  • Chocolate Blonde Hair Couture
  • Stephen McCusker, Hair by Stephen International

And the winner is…

Stephen McCusker, Hair by Stephen International

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Hair Stylist of the Year – Stephen McCusker from Stephen International, Lurgan (not pictured), finalists and Susan Meek from Wedding Journal

Wedding Gift List Provider of the Year

Finalists

  • Debenhams
  • CFC Interiors
  • The Wedding Shop
  • Wardens of Newtownards
  • Arnotts

And the winner is…

The Wedding Shop

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Gift List Provider of the Year – The Wedding Shop, pictured with finalists

Grooms wear Supplier of the Year

Finalists

  • Red Grooms wear
  • Debonair
  • Hire Class
  • Protocol for Men
  • Martin Feeney Formalwear

And the winner is…

Protocol for Men

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Grooms Wear supplier of the year – Pat Magee from Protocol, pictured with Gail Courtney from Wedding Journal

Wedding Cake Designer of the Year

Finalists

  • Debbie’s Delights
  • MM Cookies
  • Jenny’s Cakes
  • Amazing Cakes
  • Ivory Wedding Cakes

And the winner is…

Amazing Cakes

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Wedding Cake Designer – Amazing Cakes pictured with finalists and Claire Conway from wedding Journal

Wedding Florist of the Year

Finalists

  • Stalks and Stems
  • La Belle Fleur
  • Balla Florists
  • Fleuriste
  • Exquisite Wedding Flowers by David McConkey

And the winner is…

La Belle Fleur

Wedding Florist of the Year - La Belle Fleur, pictured with David McConkey and Barbara Scanlon from Wedding Journal
Wedding Florist of the Year – La Belle Fleur, pictured with David McConkey and Barbara Scanlon from Wedding Journal

Venue Styling Company of the Year

Finalists

  • Weddings at Tiffany’s
  • Lily Annabella
  • Swift Services Wedding and Event Decor
  • Grace Covers
  • Frog Prince

And the winner is…

Lily Annabella

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Wedding Styling Company of the Year – Lily Annabella, pictured with finalists and Judith Martin from Wedding Journal

Mother of the Bride Supplier of the Year

Finalists

  • McElhinneys
  • Perfect Night
  • Petticoat Lane
  • Vanity Fair
  • Simones of Sligo

And the winner is…

McElhinneys

Mother of the Bride Retailer of the Year - McElhinneys, pictured with finalist Bernie O'Neill from Perfect day and Julie Boyde from wedding Journal
Mother of the Bride Retailer of the Year – McElhinneys, pictured with finalist Bernie O’Neill from Perfect day and Julie Boyde from wedding Journal

Wedding Transport Provider of the Year

Finalists

  • I Do Wedding Cars
  • Glendale Limousines
  • David Andrews Wedding Cars
  • U2R1 Wedding Cars
  • All Events Limousines

And the winner is…

I Do Wedding Cars

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Wedding Transport Provider of the Year – I Do Wedding Cars pictured with Judith Martin from Wedding Journal

Wedding Entertainment Company of the Year

Finalists

  • DJ Skip Alexander
  • Superstar Deejays
  • DJ Tommy Elliott
  • Men in Black
  • Pink Champagne

And the winner is…

DJ Tommy Elliott

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Entertainment Provider of the Year – DJ Tommy Elliott (not pictured), pictured are Superstar Deejays with Claire Conway and Gail Courtney from Wedding Journal

Hotel Wedding Venue of the Year

Finalists

  • Slieve Donard Resort and Spa
  • Corick House Hotel & Spa
  • An Grianan Hotel
  • Clontarf Castle Hotel
  • Galgorm Resort & Spa

And the winner is…

Galgorm Resort & Spa

Highly commended: Slieve Donard Resort and Spa

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Hotel of the Year -Galgorm Resort & Spa; Highly Commened – Slieve Donard, pictured with finalists and Gail Courtney from Wedding Journal

Wedding Jeweller of the Year

Finalists

  • Lunn’s
  • Murray & Co.
  • Gardiner Brothers
  • Fields
  • Voltaire Diamonds

And the winner is…

Murray & Co. 

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Wedding Jeweller of the Year – Murray & Co. pictured with Susan Meek from Wedding Journal

Irish Wedding Dress Designer of the Year

Finalists

  • Shauna Fay
  • Sharon Hoey
  • Edel Tuite
  • Kathy de Stafford
  • Sarah Foy

And the winner is…

Sarah Foy

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Wedding Dress Designer of the Year – sarah Foy (not pictured). Award collected by Barbara Scanlon and Julie Boyde from wedding Journal

Honeymoon Provider of the Year

Finalists

  • Trailfinders
  • Oasis Travel
  • McDermott Travel
  • Travelmood
  • Falcon

And the winner is…

Oasis Travel

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Honeymoon provider of the Year – Oasis Travel pictured with Gail Courtney from wedding Journal

Unique Wedding Venue of the Year

Finalists

  • The Brooklodge Hotel & Macreddin Village
  • Lusty Beg Island
  • Orange Tree House
  • McAuley Place
  • Larchfield Estate

And the winner is…

Orange Tree House

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Unique Wedding Venue of the Year – Orange tree House, pictured with finalists

Bridal Retailer of the Year

Finalists

  • Creative Ideas Bridal
  • Perfect Day
  • Natalie’s Bridal
  • Cinderella’s Closet
  • McElhinneys Bridal Rooms

And the winner is…

Perfect Day

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Bridal Retailer of the Year – Perfect Day, pictured with finalists and Wynn Penton from Wedding Journal