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Bridal Buyer Award Winners – Ellie Sanderson and Hugh Harris

The Bridal Buyers Awards took place on Monday the 8th September during the infamous Harrogate Bridal Show at the Harrogate Exhibition Centre. The black tie event was attended by more than 600 guests who represented every corner of the bridal industry. Here at Guides for Brides, we were particularly excited for two of the winners, Ellie Sanderson (Best Bridal Retailer) and Hugh Harris (Best Groomswear Retailer).

We caught up with both Ellie Sanderson and Qaz Martin of Hugh Harris to ask them about how they found the evening, their reaction to winning the award and plans for the future.


“I am thrilled to win this incredible industry award. I had a vision to differentiate my new website and brand from my competitors with a site that is both creative, unique and industry leading. The site is all about the customer experience. There are videos of me interviewing my designers, I also have taken inspiration from on line fashion channels and created the First wedding retail website with catwalk videos embedded into the site. Without doubt this enhances the customer experience and totally brings the product to life, the feedback from our clients has been overwhelming.” Ellie Sanderson


“Winning the award was an absolute honour. Whilst we often get great feedback from our wonderful couples, we always greatly appreciate the recognition from our peers in the industry. What makes it even more special is that this we are small independent company receiving a national award, and after an absolutely hectic season this is really good pat on the back to all of our staff. The evening was great fun and it is always a good opportunity to meet new and old faces and compare notes. French Navy was our runaway winner for 2014 and I think that is set to continue into 2015. We’ve had a couple of requests for bow ties as couples look for that edge to make their wedding a little different without being tacky or cheesy. A bow tie done well can look really elegant without being too ’stuffy’. We’ve got a couple of new things lined up for 2015 but not quite ready to reveal our hand on that just yet.” Qaz Martin, Manager of Hugh Harris

Well done to all the winners at the Bridal Buyer Awards 2014!


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