THE owner of a Wellington bridal business is living he dream as awards flow her way.

Faye Clarke says it's been "an incredibly exciting time" for her at Lara Belle Boutique.

Recently she has won the Muddy Stilettos Award for Best Bridal Store in Dorset, Somerset and Bristol 2023 via a public vote after making the final five.

She was then in the final 10 in the Wedding Outfitter 2023 at the South West Wedding Awards 2023.

And on Monday (November 20) she is up for her third award of the year in the finals of he 2024 Wedding Industry Awards as a regional finalist in the Wedding Bridal Retailer of the Year section.

Faye, whose business is run out of the Cleve Hotel and Country Club, in Mantle Street, Wellington, said: "I am truly just living my best life, doing a job I love, so to have these accomplishments has been incredible.

Lara Belle Bridal was born through Faye's long-held dream since she set out in the wedding industry in early adulthood.

She said: "Being a part of someone’s big day is incredibly special.

"The happy couple allowing you in to one of their most important days of their life is truly an honour.

"Being a part of the planning was a great insight into working with brides, inspiring them through their day and pulling their dreams together.

"This flowed perfectly into my dream of fashion and witnessing the outpouring of positive emotions that finding the perfect dress has for my brides.

"I love every single minute I get to spend with brides within the boutique helping make the most incredible experience that they will remember forever as part of their bridal journey.

"My mission is to bring modern, unique gowns to brides of the South West in a relaxed setting that brings empowerment on their journey to finding their dream dress.

"With many designers that are not available in the area and predominately located in the UK's major cities, I bring to them my styling expertise and keen eye to help them feel their absolute best on their wedding day."

Faye added: "I am passionate about the boutique, but it’s so much more than that.

"I love helping brides and their families with all aspects of their journey and feel I can use the win to help not just me but many."