A LOCAL boutique has been named the best bridal retailer in the UK.

Sass and Grace was awarded the prestigious title at the British Wedding Awards 2020.

The company is based in East Stratton and was opened in January 2016 by Sam Walsh, who left a busy career in the corporate world to pursue her passion.

She said: "We are beyond thrilled to retain our crown of Best Bridal Retailer in the UK.

"We would like to thank all of our amazing brides who took the time to vote for us, it’s thanks to them that we are winners.

"Making the brides experience special is at the heart of everything we do.

"At Sass and Grace, we passionately believe that buying a wedding dress shouldn’t just be a transaction, it should be an unforgettable experience, helping make memories to treasure for a lifetime."

Now in its twelfth year, The British Wedding Awards are one of the most respected in the industry.

The ceremony was delayed from earlier in the year due to Covid-19 but recently took place online.

Since opening, Sass and Grace won Best British Newcomer award at the 2018 British Wedding Awards, Best Bridal Retailer in the 2019 campaign and Best Wedding Attire Supplier at the Hampshire Wedding Awards.

This year, the boutique was selected as a stockist of luxury bridal brand Julie Vino.