BRIDES and grooms are set to flock to Newquay after two businesswomen based at the resort won top awards for wedding photography and cake-making.
Tina Bishop has been named Wedding Cake Designer of the Year for her carefully constructed sweet delights in the first Cornish Brides Awards.
Victoria Walker took Wedding Photographer of the Year for her natural and fun snaps.
Tina, who has run Tina’s Celebration Cakes for four years, made her first wedding cake for her sister at 12 years old and has been hooked since.
The 44-year-old, who spent seven years as bakery manager at the Lost Gardens of Heligan, said it felt “great” to win the award.
“I make all the cakes myself,” she said.
“I always loved being creative and loved cake – then who doesn’t? It felt great to win the award as my customers had voted for it and it was great that they were all so pleased with their cakes that they took the time to vote.
“A bride’s wedding day is very important and to hear so many brides loved the cake and that all their guests talked about it after the wedding was very special.
“I can’t think of a better job than designing people’s cakes; cakes are always for happy occasions so I’ve always got happy customers.
“I love the fact that anything can be made out of icing and it’s just up to my imagination.”
Tina said she will be at the Cornish Brides’ wedding fair at Kingsley on November 4.
Photographer for nearly a decade, Victoria Walker has been shooting weddings for four.
The 29-year-old, who runs Victoria Studios, said making sure all her brides and grooms walk away happy means “the world”.
“So if winning this award represents anything, it’s knowing that I have achieved this,” she said.
“I’m really happy. I’m lucky enough to say that I love my job. Being a part of someone’s big day is a responsibility I take very seriously.
“Weddings are amazing events to shoot as each one is individual and unique. I love capturing all the emotions throughout the day, the anticipation, the happiness, the laughter and even the tears.
“My wedding photography is very natural and fun. I like to stay away from the old-fashioned posed photos and instead capture the moments and true emotions as they happen.”
Janice Robinson, editor of Cornish Brides, said: “We have been amazed by the response, both from businesses and brides and it has only gone to show how much an award scheme such as this was needed within the industry.”