Meet the organisers, judges and ambassadors.
Sam Savage, of South Coast Events, organises The Dorset Wedding Supplier Awards and The Hampshire Wedding Supplier Awards.
Sam has a passion for event planning. South Coast Events creates bespoke events for corporate and private clients, with a sister company, South Coast Weddings, providing wedding planning services.
The company also organises many wedding fairs in Dorset, including The Dorset Wedding Festival, a long running festival-style wedding fair with live music, food, bars and lots of fun and relaxing elements for couples planning their weddings.
The Wedding Supplier Awards were created to recognise, support and connect wedding suppliers on a local level.
Founder, The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation
Naomi Thomas is the founder of The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation, a charity dedicated to organising and funding weddings for couples affected by terminal or life-limiting illnesses. No stranger to illness herself Naomi is living with secondary breast cancer, although she doesn’t let that slow her down in any way – she often works eighty hours a week in order to make couples’ dreams come true. In addition to her tireless work for the charity Naomi has extensive wedding planning experience, and is co-founder, organiser and judge of The Bristol and Somerset Wedding Awards. She brings not only her passion for this industry to the judging panel, but also her commitment, and experience of working with suppliers, companies, and clients from around the UK.
Events Manager, Dorset Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Vikki currently works at Dorset Chamber of Commerce & Industry, a business support organisation based in Poole. She delivers a diverse programme of events and training sessions for the company, organising over 70 events per year. Vikki is also part of a small team responsible for organising the Dorset Business Awards which celebrates the achievements of businesses in Dorset.
Vikki is artistic and creative with a keen eye for style, skills she has used to great effect when organising private parties and weddings. Vikki is a keen baker, always looking for an excuse to create something fun and challenging.
Having studied and worked in the events industry for over 8 years, Vikki brings a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm to the judging panel. With this experience, she particularly appreciates the fantastic diversity of suppliers based in Dorset.
Founder & Marketing Director at Women Who Do
Emma is truly passionate about empowering women and helping small business owners succeed and thrive. She started Women Who Do in June 2017, a community that connects, supports and empowers its members. Since its first networking event in Winchester, WWD has grown and spread across various cities, has started its own membership platform, has recently launched its own clothing brand and continues to promote the amazing women in their group.
Emma also started her own marketing consultancy in 2018 which sees her running workshops, delivering marketing strategies and using a lot of Pinterest!
Founder of The Wedding Emporium
Meghan is the Founder of The Wedding Emporium, an award winning events company offering professional and passionately-filled wedding shows for all South West Wedding business owners.
Not only has the TWE managed to build a fantastic reputation in a just a few years with their shows, they have also built a friendly community full of like-minded suppliers who network, collaborate and work together.
Meghan offers regular business advice to all members along with TWE team, private 1-2-1 sessions and inspiring live videos with her knowledge and advice from experience of working in the wedding industry for many years with TWE and her wedding planning business.
The words “Because Together We Are Better” are TWE’s phrase which is regularly used to encourage working as a team in the fast growing world of wedding and it shines through in all of Meghan’s work, the events she organises and her enthusiasm for the industry.
Kate started Bridal Reloved after trying to sell her own wedding dress. Little did she know at the time that Bridal Reloved would become the amazing company that it is today!
Bridal Reloved is one of the UK’s largest bridal chains and the worlds only chain of pre-owned wedding dress boutiques.
Danielle has worked with children of all ages for over nine years and is the mother of three young girls. Danielle is a fully qualified teacher and childminder and has taught in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 as well as in a nursery setting. She studied at Royal Holloway University of London and has a degree in Drama and Theatre Studies. Before undertaking a profession in teaching, Danielle worked as a children’s party entertainer where she spent her days as a pink fairy, sprinkling pixie dust, painting faces and training tiny Tinkerbelles.
From the love of children and special events, the idea of The Wedding Crecherz was born. What could be better than being able to take your child/ren to a wedding but having them professionally looked after, so you can all enjoy yourselves?