Charlotte Elizabeth Photography scoops the win!

The North of England Wedding Awards recognise businesses in the wedding industry which go the extra mile for their customers, providing outstanding service and inspiring their customers to want to actively and positively promote them. Each year, hundreds of companies enter into the awards. Votes are submitted in their thousands. From these votes finalists are created, and the winners are normally announced at York Racecourse. This year, Charlotte Elizabeth Photography scooped Best Photographer. Here, Charlotte tells us more about the night...

Charlotte Elizabeth Photography holding her award at awards ceremony "This year I can say that I am a North of England Wedding Award winner in the Yorkshire Photographer category. There were so many amazing photographers in the running this year, it was a complete shock when my name was called out on the night.

"I've entered a few different wedding awards over the years, but this one is my favourite. It's free to enter – the only cost involved is going to the awards evening (which is optional) – and it's fair. The judges take into account the comments written by couples as well as the scores given, which means that if all the photographers entered shoot a different amount of weddings, we all have an equal chance of winning.

"I'd decided to attend the awards ceremony before I found out if I was in the finals. I hadn't attended before, but from the events I'd seen it was a great atmosphere and a good chance to network and celebrate with other businesses in the industry. It's not often that a relaxed event with so many different wedding businesses happens. My Mum was the obvious choice to come with me; she was a rock when I first set up Charlotte Elizabeth Photography in 2013 and came to almost every wedding fayre with me. We also have the same taste in wine, so she's a great person to share a bottle with. When the finalists were announced I was so happy to see that I was one of them.

"At the drinks reception she asked what I'd do if I won. I told her then that I wouldn't be a winner. There were so many amazing photographers in the finals that it was unlikely that I'd be voted 'the best'. I also told her that I'd already got a lot of traction on my social media from simply being in the finals, and that I was mostly looking forward to seeing the comments from couples so I could improve my business next year.

"When my name was called as a winner it took a few moments for me to realise what had happened. It was my Mum who stood up first and pulled me up for a hug – I think I'd have sat there all night. The rest of the evening I was on a complete high. After the awards ceremony had finished, winners were asked to go for an official photograph in front of the branded banner. From there we danced, used the casino tables, got the best photos in the photo booth and enjoyed the atmosphere of the evening."

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