Winners of the sixth Belief Awards announced

18 Apr 2017

The Belief Awards have announced the winners of the international competition's sixth edition to recognise the work of wedding plannners worldwide

Based in New York City, Belief Wedding Planners is an international network of wedding planners. On April 11th, 2017, the winners of the sixth edition of its international online contest, Belief Awards, were unveiled. Belief Awards takes place three times a year, honoring the very best weddings produced by top wedding planners around the globe. 

“The entries were diverse and inspiring,” said Giovana Duailibe, executive director of Belief. “The biggest success was the People's Choice Awards, a new category that celebrates and engages the local community and the wedding planner. It was amazing seeing people from all around the world voting. I can not be prouder of all nominees and happy about the results.”

The entries for the Wedding Concept and Special Photo categories were judged by a special panel that consisted of Paola Pizzo, from Sposi Magazine (Italy), and Thaisa Dalmut, the editor from Mariée Magazine (Brazil). They received all images without any kind of logo or name, so they had all entries as a blank canvas to judge.

Wedding planners from all over the world submitted their projects for consideration. The winners were:

Pilu Delgado, Guatemala

This wedding won the Special Photo category. It took place in the Green Rush, a natural reserve inside the City of Guatemala that the couple frequently visits. The photo was taken during the ceremony vows.


Lesly Sandoval, Guatemala

This wedding, winner of the Wedding Concept category, had a rustic/vintage/romantic concept. According to the wedding planner Lesly Sandoval, the couple wanted to incorporate a little bit of nature and take advantage of every aspect of the venue. They also wanted to have some romantic details that remained them of Paris, the place where they got engaged.


Guadalupe Alvarez, Mexico

The Mexican wedding planner received two wedding awards in this edition. The winning wedding of the Special Photo category was of a couple that lives in the US but decided to get married in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. “The bride and the groom wanted to dance under the stars, and one of the symbols of San Miguel are the tin stars. So, we decided to hang them over the dance and pool area. We also added twinkle lights to finish the very romantic mood,” explained Guadalupe.


The winner of People’s Choice in the Cultural Wedding category was an American and Persian wedding in Mexico. “The groom, David, is American, and the bride, Nassem, has Persian heritage in her family. In Persian weddings, the Sofreh Aghd is the most important piece of décor,” said Guadalupe.

Judy Amado Mendez, Panama

For this wedding, the couple decided to get married at their aunt’s house. According to the wedding planner Judy Amado, it was reminiscent of weddings held in Panama decades ago, and was conceived as a celebration where the bride wanted everyone to feel at home. This wedding won the People’s Choice Destination Wedding category.


Rosalina Torres, Puerto Rico

Melanie Modesti and John Dziuba got married in Royal Isabela, a resort located in Isabela, a region in Puerto Rico northwest coast. “The couple chose this beautiful venue because it is set on the cliffs overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and offers a rare opportunity to live and play golf in an epic Caribbean location”, described Rosalina Torres, the wedding planner in charge. The wedding was planned in only two months and it won the Wedding Concept category.


Sarah Day, United States

For this wedding, which won the Wedding Concept category, the Ohio couple fell in love with historic Savannah Georgia and knew that is where they wanted to have a true southern wedding. So, together with the wedding planner Sarah Day, they planned a destination wedding for over 125 guests all from other areas of the country.


Jeanette Skelton, Thailand

The wedding planner had weddings awarded in two categories – Wedding Concept and Special Photo. The couple chose Phuket a small intimate destination wedding. The moment of the Special Photo was the end of the first dance. “The fireworks were timed perfectly to go off as they finished their first dance and kissed”, said Jeanette.


Alessandra Marchetti, Italy

A couple of Dutch wedding videographers decided to get married in Tuscany, in the province of Siena, and Alessandra Marchetti was chosen as their wedding planner. Since the couple was young and romantic, the wedding concept maintained a sober style, following the greenery trend.


Stefania Zen, Italy

Kim and Lloyd Killmore, from London, decided to get married in Badia di Orvieto, in Orvieto, Italy. “They wanted to have a rich and detailed decoration that had to match a historical and important venue. The effect had to be vintage but elegant”, said Stefania. The seated dinner was organized under an open air deconsecrated church, with a long top table and vintage fairy lights. It won the Wedding Concept category.


Valentina Lombardi, Italy

At this wedding, which won the Wedding Concept category, the couple had a reception in a romantic restaurant by the shore. “They were literally in love with the country and this is the reason why they chose Lake Orta for their special event”, explained Valentina. As the groom, Tom, is Scottish, he wore the traditional kilt. At the end of the dinner, there was a surprise: a delicious wedding cake made of local Italian cheeses with fresh fruits that everybody loved.


Viktoriia Ignateva, Portugal

This wedding took place in Palácio de Bussaco, Luso, Portugal, and won the Special Photo category of Belief Awards. The winning image was taken after the ceremony. “The groom was so happy that he decided to turn with the bride in his lap!” said Viktoriia Ignateva.


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