AN ILKLEY events company has picked up a major national wedding award.

Box Tree Events, the events arm of Ilkley’s renowned Box Tree Restaurant, won Best Events Team in the national finals of The Wedding Industry Awards on Thursday held at the Café de Paris in London.

The team were up against more than 30,000 other nominations and were subjected to in-depth analysis from an expert panel of judges from the wedding industry.

Last Thursday’s event saw Rena Gueller, co-owner of The Box Tree Restaurant; Michelle Hudson, events manager and Andrew Pratt, general manager, attend to collect the prestigious national award.

Damian Bailey, founder of The Wedding Industry Awards, calls the awards the “gold standard for wedding excellence”, and Rena was delighted to receive the honour.

“We showed innovation and passion in our events, which reflects the philosophy behind everything we look to achieve at The Box Tree,” she said.

“Weddings and private events at The Box Tree Restaurant, Denton Hall and Harewood House, combine all that we strive to do – provide the best in everything and bring together the region’s premier suppliers to make every occasion a unique and memorable event for our clients.

“We are especially delighted for Michelle who heads up the events team, and who richly deserves this award.”

Michelle was equally pleased. “We look forward to being just as passionate and innovative about our events in the future,” she added.

“It is always a pleasure to work with our wedding clients and I am very proud to receive this award on behalf of the team.”