The Judges 2018

Naomi Thomas

Founder of The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation

Naomi says ” This is will of course be the fourth year of The Bristol & Somerset Wedding Awards & the fith year of The Wedding Wishing Well Appreciation Awards. I am extremely proud to be part of something that year on year is becoming very well known in the industry. The suppliers in this area are some of the best in the country and the deserve the recognition that winning one of our awards brings.”

* Naomi judges all categories

Lyndsay Featherstone

The Bristol & Somerset Wedding Awards Creator

Lyndsay is the founding member of the awards having run a similar award in Dorset.

Lyndsay says “At the age of 21 I became the manager of an extremely busy beach front restaurant which catered for small wedding where I stayed for a year. I then decided that weddings were the direction I wanted to go in, I started working with Dorset & Devon catering companies and ex River Cottage chefs. I ran the events team and would be in most cases the on the day coordinator for our couples.”

Lyndsay’s current position is Chief Wedding & Events Coordinator at Hornsbury Mill “I love working with all my couples from start to finish to give them both the day of their dreams, its a wonderful feeling to be a small part on their big day”

* Lyndsay is excluded from judging Venues and Co-ordinator (Venue and Caterer)

Graham Thomas

Head of The Board of Trustees at The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation

Graham says “I was honoured to be asked to become a judge for The Bristol & Somerset Wedding Awards from 2015. I have really enjoyed meeting people in the wedding industry through the weddings we have rganised at the charity and at the events we have been invited to in the area. I have been overwhelmed by the kindness and support from the Bristol & Somerset wedding community and cannot thank you enough.

I look forward to meeting yet more of you at this years awards.”

*Graham judges all categories

Tracy Pallari

Professional Hair & Makeup Artist

Tracy says: I was delighted to join the judging panel last year and to be continuing the Bristol & Somerset Wedding Awards in 2017, it really is an honour and a privilege to be part of an amazing event. After more than 25 years in the wedding industry, I have seen a lot of changes and its become an extremely competitive market, especially in the Southwest where there is so much talent. But one thing is consistent: the leaders in each field are all professionals who are passionate about their industry and work tirelessly to make sure they stay at the top of their game. That deserves recognition and these coveted awards do just that. As a past category winner, I know first hand how much winning an award means and its just the best feeling to know the commitment to our wedding clients is so appreciated and is reflected in the high standard of comments we receive as part of the judging process. I am also really happy to be further supporting the Wedding Wishing Well Foundation by playing a part on the committee for these awards and after working first hand with many of the charity’s Brides on their wedding days, I’d encourage you to dig really deep to support the work they do. Seeing the wedding day smiles from these couples and experiencing their gratitude is just priceless.

*Tracy judges all categories

Ange Cassidy

Creative Consultant

Ange has many years’ experience within the wedding and creative industries. Previously a radio presenter, Ange moved in to the PR and creative sector and gained a wealth of communication and marketing experience which is so helpful when it comes to planning the awards. Ange works with clients to create their brands and develop successful businesses so knows what to look out for when it comes to how a business operates, looks and communicates. As well as knowing what works and what doesn’t when it comes to the customer experience.
Ange says, “I was overwhelmed when the team asked me to join the much-loved wedding awards and it is wonderful to be able to see so many great wedding businesses in Bristol and Somerset get the recognition they deserve. Having attended the awards, I have seen first-hand how hard the team work to put on the event and it’s great that I can now help them to shape this fabulous night. Plus I get to support an amazing charity in the process! I truly believe we have the best wedding businesses right here in the South West and can’t wait to celebrate with you all on the night.”