I still don’t quite believe it but on Wednesday night it was announced that Emma Jo won the national award for ‘Best Stationer’ at the Wedding Industry Awards!!!
It feels funny to say that and I keep having to glance over at my beautiful award just to check I’m ok to say it. It’s a huge honour. I was so happy and proud to win the regional award for the East Midlands but to win the national award is the highest accolade. I’m so overjoyed I can barely describe how much it means to me and how I feel.
I was really looking forward to the night, held at the beautiful Bloomsbury Ballroom but I was really nervous and the stationery category was near the end which just added to my nerves. It all seemed to go really quickly once my category began, I remember thinking how talented the other designers are, I genuinely wasn’t expecting to win and when my name was announced I just remember Andy needing to give me a little, gentle nudge towards the stage. I was in complete shock!
Photos were taken, interviews were given and the party continued but the shock and surprise of it all didn’t sink in, and it still hasn’t really. Amazing.
It is the best start to 2013 and I would like to say thank you. To my lovely couples who have taken the time to vote for me and for all the kind things you have said, I wouldn’t be here without you. To the industry experts, my peers who I admire and are humbled by the lovely feedback I have received, it is an amazing endorsement. Without the support of my Mum, Dad and brother, Emma Jo wouldn’t even exist, thank you for everything. And to Andy for putting up with me! Your love, patience and encouragement, makes me grow, gives me confidence and has helped me get to this point and I couldn’t do this without you. This is our year!
After the awards Andy and I spent a couple of days in London, so I’ve only just had the chance to see the anonymous comments from my lovely couples who voted for me and it moved me so much that they brought tears to my eyes. The comments are so valuable to me as a business to help me grow and improve and to know all my hard work, late nights, prolonged periods of time in my pj’s and obsessing over the smallest details has all been worth it.
I think the best way to finish is with a few of those lovely comments…
“We wanted a ticket invitation and Emma Jo produced exactly what we were looking for, the result was fabulous and our guests thought it was very original, sophisticate and elegant! And it was so easy to communicate with Emma Jo, as she was always available.”
“I cannot recommend Emma enough, her stationery is amazing, I had an idea for my wedding stationery based on an old seaside postcard and Emma turned them into a beautiful reality, one of my favourite parts of planning my wedding has been working with Emma on the Stationery.”
“Emma offered something different at an affordable price. Emma was patient and guided us through the whole daunting process. I was thrilled with the finished product and the invites were the talk of the town!”
“Emma Jo was a joy to deal with as I wanted something a little different for our wedding. The whole process was pain free with outstanding results. You know your wedding stationer is the right one when all the guests are talking about your invites. An absolute pleasure to deal with!”
“I love my wedding invitations much so I have a framed copy on my wall! I found the invites reflected mine and husband’s personality, many of our friends and family commented with the following “they’re very you”.”
“When it comes to quality design and printing Emma Jo is in a league of her own.”