Proud Marquee Sponors
We were thrilled to be one of the main sponsors of the first ever Bristol Life Awards! We are incredibly fortunate to be living in a thriving city with lots of local, independent businesses. And what a way to celebrate how lucky we are than with an awards ceremony commemorating some of the best businesses and people in our beautiful city.
Anything is possible
From first impressions it was going to be a 400 strong guest list. The event proved extremely popular and the increasing popularity became a welcomed challenge. How could we create more room in a set space? Alastair and Stuart put their heads together and made many rearrangements, from doubling the catering annex, to adding an extension for the extra 200 guests – the beauty of marquees! They let nothing get in their way.
By 9am on Monday, our first build day, the CMC team had already laid the first section of flooring and had time to enjoy a well – deserved coffee whilst awaiting the arrival of the rest of the team.
The next few days consisted of long hours and hard work – the amount that can be achieved in one day is astonishing! Attention to even the finest of details was paid to ensure that this magnificent structure was as remarkable as it deserved to be. By Wednesday lunchtime the marquee was up, lined and carpeted. And the rest of the finer details were to be put in place over the next day and a half. Including the increible sounds and visuals that were rigged up by Enlightened.
An uber-glam evening with 600 dazzling guests
As we entered the reception area we were handed a glass of bubbly. The clear roof and panoramic windows meant we had the full view of the Harbouside. The windows were rolled up and the guests spilled out onto the harbour, chatting and sipping at their beverage. The bright lights ‘Bristol Life’ framed half the reception room, it looked incredible.
Divine dinner accompanied by magnificent music
As we made our way to the table, the Bristol Reggae Orchestra started to play. Once seated, we were served an incredible menu from Fosters. Our taste buds were dancing to the sound of the band. An impressive task; cooking impeccably delicious food for 600 guests.
And the award goes to…
Once we had made our way through the three scrumptious courses, the awards began.
The awards made one really appreciate the importance of the awards ceremony; nominees of independent organisations around Bristol being recognised for the wonderful work they do.
Towards the end of the awards our very own Alastair Currie presented the Leisure and Tourism award as sponsored by CMC. Alastair spoke about how the idea of getting Bristol people and businesses together had started as a dream, and what a wonderful job everyone involved had done to turn it into reality. He then presented the award to Gloucestershire County Cricket Ground for their wonderful contribution to society.
What goes up must come down
The next day the crew were up at 5am to take down the marquee, a mere 12 hours later the structure was completely de-rigged. It was a tremendous effort and an extremely exciting job. We couldn’t have been happier that we were the ones who provided the venue for the Bristol Life Awards.
We would just like to say thank you to Media Clash for this incredible event, and to Paolo Ferla for the beautiful photos.
Click to see the some more of the BLA photos uploaded on our facebook and website.