I Do Wedding Awards 2017

How It Started

Back in January 2017 we received an e-mail to say we had been nominated for "Best Photobooth in the East Midlands" in the I Do Wedding Magazine awards.

Whilst we were over the moon we were a little dubious and not quite sure. We had seen a couple of instances where "awards" had been set up by a lone photographer with only one entry - them! However as we dug deeper into the voting system used by I Do Magazine we realised that its format is not based on everyone getting their best mates to vote but from people who actually use the services of the nominees. With this in mind we clicked on the "accept nomination" button and eagerly awaited the next step.

Shortly after we received a link to our nomination, mentioned it a couple of times on our Facebook page and sent one e-mail to each of our eligible couples asking if they would be kind enough to vote. Once this was done we carried on with work and family life as normal (well as normal as an Angelic life can be!).

Time To Party

Roll onwards to the evening of May 16th 2017 and Mr and Mrs Angelic found themselves with new hair, new clothes, new shoes, a couple of glasses of alcoholic beverage (a rarity with 4 little Angelics) and butterflies in our stomachs as we waited near the entrance to the Sheffield City Hall as finalists in our category.

New hair, New nails, New clothes, New Shoes - Party Time
All dressed up and ready to party

The staff at I Do put on a great show. The room was beautifully decorated, the food was delicious and we shared a table with the lovely guys and gals from All Luv Dub My Dream Photo and Beau Hair. Afterward we bought chocolate bars firstly in the hope of finding a golden ticket but more so to raise much needed funds for New Life to help change the lives of disabled and terminally ill children. With the help of Wedding Venue Lighting and their magic mirror over £2000 ended up being donated.

And So On To The Awards

And so - onto the awards themselves. We cheered for our industry friends as we heard who had won other categories and then ours......!

Mrs Angelic was convinced that, with so many other good companies in our category, our Vintage Booth didn't stand a chance of winning and she was just very pleased to be in the top five so imagine our absolute amazement and joy when we were named winners! The whole of our table cheered and we gleefully went and collected our award from Capital FMs Jojo and I Do Managing Director, Richard Wilson. 

Best Wedding Photobooths I Do Wedding Awards 2017
Winning trophy "Best Photobooth in the East Midlands"

A Debt Of Gratitude

What an amazing, but also humbling night. Couples who had used our services in 2016/17 had taken time out of their busy lives to go and vote for us. They had emphatically stated that we were their number one. We are so grateful to everyone who took that time to vote.

We would also be very lax not to mention a trio of people that help make out tremendously.

The booth-multi-talented Craig can often be seen towing Ellie, our caravan photobooth around the Midlands or running one of our vintage booths whilst Lauren usually comes as a pair with Mick for our vintage photo booth or with Richard if a wedding needs shooting. 

Our "Booth Butlers" are fabulous and their energy, drive and enthusiasm continue to drive us onward and upward. We owe them a debt of gratitude for this awesome win which belongs as much to them, and to our customers who have kindly voted, as to us. 

Lauren, Craig and Mick - go Team Vintage #prayforthetrophy




The Caravan Photobooth - Ellie's Story

Having launched our Vintage photobooth onto the wedding fair circuit in Spring 2013 and having seen the popularity of them soar Mr and Mrs Angelic were discussing different themes for their next booth  when, Mrs Angelic joked about buying a vintage caravan to turn into a caravan photobooth. That was on a cold Wednesday in March 2014 and the following Tuesday saw us both on the way down to Swansea to pick up our "new" 40 year old caravan.Vintage Caravan

That was the start of a learning journey like no other for Mr Angelic as he stripped out all the inner workings of the caravan - right down to the outer walls and the chassis. He learnt how to respray, to lay tongue-and-groove laminate onto a chassis, to sew curtains, to refit windows plus much, much more. Inside Caravan During Refurbishment cb7a

He spent a summer converting our Rambler 'van into a gorgeous caravan photobooth which can compliment any vintage style event - from barn conversions to tipi wedding venues with a range of venues in between and Ellie (as she was named) appeared at her first wedding fair nestling beside the gorgeous giant hat tipis provided by Sami Tipi in September 2014.

Refurbished Vintage Caravan

Vintage Caravan Photobooth Outside Giant Hat TipiMany people who use both the caravan photobooth and the vintage booths are amazed that the prints are almost instant and that the technology is nicely hidden away within the theming of the booths, they are impressed by the attentiveness of the attendant who stays with the booth throughout and love the fact that we can help incorporate the theming of their wedding into the props that we provide and the bespoke layout and design of the prints. The fact that all the photos can then be downloaded for free from our online galleries is yet another bonus for them and we often see them being shared on Facebook via mutual friends.

Both styles of booth have been booked across the country from as far north as Liverpool to as far south as Cornwall although we have now had to restrict Ellie's journeys to a couple of hours in length now as she is an old gal you know! We can provide additional extras such as Guestbooks and vintage-style USB memory sticks and are always happy to discuss how we can enhance your day.

Guest Book SigningVintage Booth USB Memory StickAnd yes - we are still discussing ideas for new photobooths with two more already making their way off the drawing board including a booth that "cannot be named". Watch this space and follow us via Facebook and Twitter to see what comes into existence in 2017.