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At the end of November I had the honour of being the official event photographer for the 4 Counties Wedding Awards (4CWA) Gala 2018. The gala was held at Knebworth Barns. It was the biggest event I have ever photographed!


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For those of you who are not in the wedding industry or familiar with 4CWA, they were established 4 years ago by the lovely Tracy Butterfield from Appleby Events. With each year the 4 Counties wedding community has grown and with each year we see some amazing suppliers in the group.

Tracy is also the founder of Wedx, which offers training courses and workshops, nationally, for Wedding Professionals. In 2018, Tracy joined NAWP (National Association of Wedding Professionals) as Director of Development.

The night of the awards ceremony had an ‘interesting’ start for me. Thanks to Google maps my 1 hour journey had turned into 2 hours as I was taken on a magical mystery tour through Stevenage and to a dead end in the deepest, darkest woods I had ever been to. The road was so narrow I had to do an 8 point turn to get out. I eventually made it with an hour to spare.

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The gala was held in the marquee behind the barns. As I walked in I was greeted with a beautiful winter wonderland. The hundreds of lights above looked like the stars in the night sky. The tables were adorned with crystal chandeliers and frosted trees. It almost felt like you were walking through a winter forest at night.

By 7pm, guests had started to arrive. All amazing suppliers of the wedding industry looking fabulous as they had ‘dressed to impress’

The night started off well with entertainment from Naomi Flow and her led hula hoop performance, some fabulous magic from Luke Clough Magician and some great music from Sam Lewis Band.

Tracy opened the awards with a thank you to everyone for their support and heart warming introduction to Naomi Thomas, founder of the Wishing Well Foundation. The charity has one single purpose and that is to organise and fund weddings for terminally ill people who want to get married. Naomi, herself, is truly inspirational. She was diagnosed with terminal breast cancer back in 2009, but she is still going strong and still gives her all to helping other people achieve their dreams.

After a gorgeous dinner of goats cheese and red onion tart, chicken with dauphinoise potatoes and a warm chocolate brownie, the night was concluded with some very well deserved awards.

A huge congratulations to all the award winners!  The full list of the 2018 winners can be found here. 

The full gallery can be viewed here. In the meantime take a look at the gala highlights from Movies by Mischke.

To book me for your event, get in touch using the contact form.

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