Scottish wedding videographers nominated for two ‘special’ awards after harsh Covid period

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An Ayr-based wedding videographer duo are celebrating after being named finalists for two prestigious awards.

Derek and Maureen Sweeney, owners of Ultimate Moments Videography, have been nominated for the 2022 Scottish Wedding Awards and Confetti Awards.

The couple, from Doonfoot, said it was an honor to be nominated, especially after the most difficult period of their ten years in the business due to the pandemic and restrictions surrounding the wedding.

Derek said that when the pandemic started, they were inundated with emails and phone calls from clients who had to change their wedding dates, with some postponing their weddings entirely.

He said: “In the first few weeks of the pandemic, we must have changed from 75 to 100 dates and we saw our dates for 2020 disappear and our dairy for 2021, which was already 50 per cent full, became even more full.

“To have come through such a difficult 24 months was a blessing, and to have been nominated for these two awards is really very special.

“Our clients are our top priority, from the moment they book our services, and making sure we can help them with their dates was our top concern.”

This year will be Ultimate Moments’ busiest year to date due to weddings being moved from 2020 to 2021.

But that has only made the couple more excited to capture the raw, special moments for those who say the big ‘I do’ surrounded by their loved ones.

Maureen said: “We love our work with a passion and have enjoyed seeing our business continue to grow after 10 years.

“We have been nominated for these two awards before, but this year’s nominations mean more to us because of everything that has happened in the last two years.

“It would have been very easy for clients to cancel our services, but at the same time, they knew that we were not only an important part of their wedding celebrations as we are capturing lifelong memories of their wedding day, but also we were a small family business that was immensely grateful for their support.”

Derek added, “We look forward to attending the award nights and celebrating with other vendors and no matter what the outcome is on both nights, we are very fortunate to have the support of all of our customers, and that to us is our true prize.”

Maureen is also a finalist in the Confetti Awards for her services as a Humanist Celebrant, in the category of Best Specialized Service.

Maureen, who works with Fuze Ceremonies, only qualified as a celebrant in February last year, adding: “The fact that I am legally marrying two people is a privilege.”

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The 2022 Scottish Wedding Awards take place in February, while the final gala of the Confetti Awards takes place in March.

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