A Hemel Hempstead based wedding celebrant is excited to have won an award for the Four Counties Wedding Awards.
Kelly Hawes was happy to see her name appear on television when the winners were announced on December 19.
Speaking to HemelNews, Kelly said: “Despite the turmoil in the wedding industry with postponements due to COVID-19, it’s been great to finish 2020 on a high!
“That’s all thanks to my couples from the end of June 2019 onwards and the online ceremonies and one real life wedding I managed to officiate in 2020.”
Usually the award is given during a gala night at the end of November.
Due to COVID-19, this was postponed – originally to January/February but when it looked unlikely the event would be going ahead, the organiser decided to do an online award presentation.
Kelly added: “My whole calendar of 2020 weddings was gradually wiped out of my diary. As you can imagine this was a very upsetting ordeal, not only because of lost business but mainly because I have a relationship with all of my couples that have booked with me, so when they call me in tears that they have to postpone their date I cry along with them.
“Conducting the weddings online was certainly different and not something I ever thought I would consider doing. But at the time when all weddings were off back in April and May this was a real outlet for some.”
The entrants to the Four Counties Wedding Awards are judged on the business aspect – website, social media presence, services provided and partly on testimonials from couples that have used the services.
For more information visit 4countiesweddingawards.co.uk