I am thrilled to share with you that Elizabeth Donovan Photography is the Whitewed Directory BUSINESS OF THE YEAR winner.
The awards ceremony took place at DoubleTree by Hilton on Thursday evening and there was certainly a lot of excitement and anticipation in the air. All the shortlisted finalists were there as well as so many others from the directory and it was great to catch up with a few before the evening kicked off.
Following an introduction by Natalie Lovett from the Whitewed Directory, Sara Tye (RedHead PR and one of the judges) gave a talk on her journey to success before announcing the first award - BUSINESS OF THE YEAR. When Sara announced my name, it took a moment to sink in and as I tried to walk to the stage my knees started to wobble! It was such a wonderful surprise and I am absolutely thrilled. The competition was been judged by independent industry experts and to hear their feedback on my business and why they chose me to win was quite overwhelming.
Sara said, “I was most impressed by Elizabeth’s entry. She single-handedly runs every aspect of her business. Not only is she running a successful business, she is also a mum. I know the difficultly of juggling all this and the discipline needed to remain focused and grow a business. Elizabeth has demonstrated that she always goes the extra mile and has an exceptional eye for attention to detail.”
Elizabeth Donovan’s approach during her six years of trading has been photographing weddings in a natural way. She initially built her customers from wedding fayres but now gets around half her bookings simply through her fantastic reputation among past couples and suppliers she has worked with over the years.
Elizabeth has been fully booked for the past four years. Her bookings are boosted by enquiries from online channels and referrals from her professional and information-packed website. This reflects her creative and open approach, including regularly updated blog pieces, supplier connections and search engine optimisation.
The other two judges (Adam Flint and Nicky Alberry) then announced the remaining 2 winners - MOST INSPIRATIONAL PERSON OF THE YEAR - Steph at Venues Covered and START-UP BUSINESS OF THE YEAR - Georigia Yates Wedding Stationery.
It really was an amazing night. We celebrated with a glass of fizz (or two) and I couldn't wait to tell everyone, especially our two boys. My eldest has since told me he is very proud of me - what a cutie!
Here are a few selfies from the night as well as the official photographs plus some of my lovely award :)