I feel like it’s my duty to inform you that this post will be very photo-heavy, because there are too many lovely snaps to leave out – don’t say you weren’t warned!
This time a little over a week ago, I was having the time of my life hanging out with a few of my beautiful blogging buddies (Ginny Gyrvete and Yasmina, from A Love Affair With Beauty) drinking glass after glass of sweet white wine and celebrating the talents of some fellow Northern bloggers. I was, of course, attending the first annual Northern Blog Awards, hosted by the lovely Holly Wood and WeBlogNorth (formerly WeBlogMCR).
The night began at 7pm, with guests flooding into the building in all their finery. We were ticked off the guest list and led to the red carpet, where we had the pleasure of being photographed by the genius behind The Vain Photos (you can see his photos from the night here). Filing into the ballroom, we were greeted with a stunning array of tables donned with personalised gifts and candelabras. The room was dolled up with beautiful decorations, many of which were provided by sponsors including Christy, Thoughtmix and KEY103, a Manchester based radio station.
After the obligatory Instagramming (we are a bunch of bloggers, after all) we found our table and discovered a bounty of adorable mementos. Rose gold cupcakes and stunning marble name cards decorated each table (provided by the endlessly talented people behind Hey Little Cupcake and Joyce from ArtsyNibs, respectively) along with a welcome pack which featured information about the charity sponsor, Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice, which cares for children with life-shortening conditions. We also received a cute little timetable, detailing the events of the night to come.
Yasmina and I interrupted dinner to take advantage of the many photo opportunities scattered around the room. We were particularly fond of this delicate macramé backdrop, supplied by Little White Attic. Ginny joined us for a few snaps in front of the floral wall, and the Six & Flow camera (powered by passion4events) did the rest. We even found time to “get into bed” with Christy, the headline sponsor for the event and the supplier of many of our lovely goody bag gifts. After looking at the pictures again, I’ve decided I need that bedding in my life.
Dinner was followed up with the long awaited award ceremony, presented by Darryl Morris of KEY 103, which crowned blogging legends like AnoushkaLoves (best beauty blog) and InTheFrow (content creator of the year). The ceremony did seem to linger a little longer than I would have liked, particularly after such a filling meal – I almost felt ready to drift off! I felt proud to celebrate with such iconic Northern figures, however, and the show went smoothly – nobody tripped over their heels, which is always a plus! Each nominee should be extremely proud that they represent some of the best local bloggers in their sector.
The awards were followed with a live set from Manchester-based group The Stalagmites, and a few more photo opportunities with the girls. Yasmina particularly enjoyed posing by the bath from Bathroom Takeaway – she loves her bubbles, that one.
After Yasmina had to leave to catch a train (booooo!) Ginny and I rounded off the night with a spot of dancing. Ginny pulled some pretty fabulous shapes to I Love Rock N Roll, while I did my best to remember the lyrics to Get Ur Freak On. I really tried to do Missy Elliott proud.
We were given goody bags (the bags themselves being gifted by another sponsor, Booths Country) packed with a bunch of lovely treats. My personal highlights include the mango, passionfruit and bergamot body spray and fluffy socks from Boux Avenue, the Kiehls and Murad skincare samples and the luxuriously soft bath towel from the aforementioned interiors company, Christy.
I think I speak for both myself and the girls when I say we had a wonderful night. The event was brilliantly organised and provided an opportunity for people to get their glad rags on and celebrate with like-minded writers and photographers. I’m very proud to be part of such a brilliant blogging community, and there are so many fantastically skilled writers up north – as you can imagine, I was a big fan of the Geordie representation.
For a first time event, the Northern Blog Awards was a great success. Holly and her team should be delighted with their achievements – I’ll definitely be attending next year’s ceremony, and I hope to see some of you there! Who else attended these awards? Do you wish you could’ve been there? I’d love to hear your thoughts!