We’re very lucky to have the cream of the crop as the judges for the Wedding Ideas Awards 2013! Reading like a who’s who of the UK bridal industry, you can find out all about them here…

Adam Leyton

awards-2013-meet-the-judges-adam-leytonWith a background in Consumer Electronics, Adam became involved in the wedding industry in 2006, when he developed and launched TopTablePlanner.com, the seating planning website.

A keen advocate of wedding insurance, he also runs a comparison site. Adam lives in Leeds and is married with three young children.

Alex Burns

awards-2013-meet-the-judges-alex-burnsAlexandra Burns is the owner and creative director of FOR YOUR EYES ONLY PORTRAITS®, the famous UK boudoir photography studio for brides-to-be.

Alexandra is recognised as the world famous expert in this genre of photography; her entrepreneurial vision has inspired a blazing trail of photographers throughout the world.

She has studios in Manchester, Bucks and Somerset. See more at fyeoportraits.com

Alison Tinlin

awards-2013-meet-the-judges-alison-tinlin Alison Tinlin is an established wedding planner with three and a half years experience, based in Glasgow, Scotland.

Previously shortlisted for a Wedding Ideas Award, she is a true supporter of the Wedding Industry with a very popular wedding blog and currently tops the UK Wedding Tweeter List.

Andy Jackson

awards-2013-meet-the-judges-andy-jacksonAndy Jackson launched a bridal business-to-consumer website in 1997 and is a former editor of Bridal Buyer magazine.

Since 2006 he has been manager of the Bridal Industry Suppliers (BIS) trade association, Europe’s largest dedicated organisation of bridal retailer suppliers.

Damien Lovegrove

awards-2013-meet-the-judges-damien-lovegroveWorking alongside his wife Julie, Damien Lovegrove is one of the UK’s most experienced and sought-after photographers. “Having photographed over 350 weddings, I’ve realised that it’s not an expensive camera that makes a great photographer,” he says.

“What matters is what you do with it, how you use light, how you see opportunities where others may not think they exist, and the rapport and fun you have with your clients.”

Damien now teaches photography workshops and joins us as a new judge for 2013.

Darren Noel

awards-2013-meet-the-judges-darren-noelDarren Noel is a director of hitched.co.uk, the biggest and longest established European wedding planning website that helps with every aspect of getting married.

Choosing the right wedding venue is often the first and generally the most important part of the wedding planning process and on hitched.co.uk there are over 4000 wedding venues to browse through in order to make that perfect choice.

Julia Braime

awards-2013-meet-the-judges-julia-braimeJulia Braime is the editor of bridesupnorth.co.uk. Since the site’s launch in November 2010, Brides Up North has skyrocketed in popularity and profile to become one of the most visited wedding blogs in the UK, and is the only top bridal blog especially for Northern Brides.

Julia is also a freelance columnist for Etc Magazine and LovedUp Magazine and contributes regularly to Wedding Ideas Magazine.

Julia also has recently had features published in Bridal Buyer, Pure Weddings Magazine, Belle Bridal Magazine, The Journal, The Daily Mirror, The Evening Chronicle, The Sunday Sun, Fabulous Magazine, The Times and Times Online. Brides Up North wedding industry networking events and bridal exhibitions are regular sell outs on exhibitor space with record attendances across all venues.

Julie Tooby

awards-2013-meet-the-judges-julie-toobyIs the founder and director of Essentially You wedding planners. Julie has over 10 years experience in the industry, working with 100’s of couples in that time to help make their day perfect.

Offering coordination and planning around the UK, Julie has been the proud winner of Wedding planner of the year 2009 2010 and 2011. Julie joined us as a judge last year and is back again this year.

Jayne Bransby

awards-2013-meet-the-judges-jayne-bransbyJayne created Elegant Steps back in 2003, specialising in wedding shoes and shoe dyeing. Now the leading retailer of wedding shoes in the UK, Elegant Steps have an extensive range of bridal, bridesmaid and mother of the bride designs, as well as a selection of wide-fitting wedding shoes.

The new Elegant Steps Shoe Emporium on the Wirral has now enabled Jayne to extend her offering to include accessories, handbags, men’s shoes and more. See elegantsteps.co.uk for more.

Susi Rogol

awards-2013-meet-the-judges-susi-rogolSusi Rogol is the Editor of wedding trade magazine Bridal Buyer and one of the most well-respected and influential players in the wedding industry. Her knowledge of bridal gowns and designers is second to none and we are thrilled to have her on this year’s judging panel.

Highly respected, now in its 20th year Bridal Buyer is distributed six times a year to bridalwear and groomswear retailers in the UK and Ireland, as well as key designers, manufacturers, distributors, speciality suppliers and agents.

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