Our Very First Wedding Show

I have to admit  I was a wedding show virgin.  I've walked around wedding shows before but I hadn't really felt the pull to be a part of one myself, until late last year when a bunch of my friendors (aka friends who also are wedding vendors) convinced me that we should all go in on a collaborative booth together at The Cascades Wedding Show hosted by The Riverhouse Hotel here in Bend...  and OH MY GOD, I'm so happy we did.  It was so fun and so creative to collaborate with my friends AE Creative, Foxtail Bakeshop, and The Broomsmen.  We had a few brainstorming meetings leading up to the show, all of which ended up extending way past their scheduled times, because we can all TALK when we get together.  Like go off on a million tangents kind of talk.  :)   I also LOVED meeting with a bunch of really sweet, interesting people.  I spent the entire day in conversation with brides, and moms of brides, and best friends of brides, and even a few grooms.  Plus we got to rub elbows with our favorite vendors from the community and I got to be a part of an hour long question and answer session on a stage in front of a bunch of attendees.  I was kind of nervous about that last part, but it ended up actually being really fun, and I felt like the questions asked and answered really did help a lot of couples with their planning conundrums.  

Here are some lovely photos by Gallivan Photo (unless otherwise stated) of our booth at the event:

Here we are right before the doors opened.  From left to right, Casey from My Fair Letters, me, Nickol from Foxtail Bakeshop, Abby from AE Creative, and Phil from The Broomsmen.  (photo by Dana with AE Creative)

Here we are right before the doors opened.  From left to right, Casey from My Fair Letters, me, Nickol from Foxtail Bakeshop, Abby from AE Creative, and Phil from The Broomsmen.  (photo by Dana with AE Creative)

Tanya and I manning our little corner.  She was my lovely assistant for the day.

Tanya and I manning our little corner.  She was my lovely assistant for the day.

Our central tablescape with a little bit from each of us.  (Rentals from AE Creative.  Florals by us.  Plated dessert by Foxtail Bakeshop.  Oh and that amazing marbled runner is from our good friend Bend artist Karen Ruane, who is just expanding into home goods (!).

Our central tablescape with a little bit from each of us.  (Rentals from AE Creative.  Florals by us.  Plated dessert by Foxtail Bakeshop.  Oh and that amazing marbled runner is from our good friend Bend artist Karen Ruane, who is just expanding into home goods (!).

His and her chair signs by My Fair Letters.

His and her chair signs by My Fair Letters.

A detail of our centerpiece that I took with my phone and Foxtail's delicious smores-inspired plated dessert...  Oh, and yes, that place card is edible.  

A detail of our centerpiece that I took with my phone and Foxtail's delicious smores-inspired plated dessert...  Oh, and yes, that place card is edible.  

I love that a very pregnant Cali from Wedventure Magazine was captured in our try-on mirror.  Hi Cali!

I love that a very pregnant Cali from Wedventure Magazine was captured in our try-on mirror.  Hi Cali!

A detail of our super textural almost all green bridal bouquet.  

A detail of our super textural almost all green bridal bouquet.  

Another detail of the bridal bouquet we featured.

Another detail of the bridal bouquet we featured.

We love making terrariums out of pretty much anything, especially these modern brass lanterns.  ;)

We love making terrariums out of pretty much anything, especially these modern brass lanterns.  ;)

Our new business cards, featuring glowingly beautiful Caitlin and the bouquet we made for her. 

Our new business cards, featuring glowingly beautiful Caitlin and the bouquet we made for her. 

My photo of Foxtail's dessert table full of yummy samples. 

My photo of Foxtail's dessert table full of yummy samples. 

On the lower deck of our table were the two most recent magazines we've been featured in.  On the left is Wedventure, where we were honored to be a part of a 12 page spread, and on the right is Oregon Bride Magazine in which we are featured in this flower crown article and in The Haute List.  :)

On the lower deck of our table were the two most recent magazines we've been featured in.  On the left is Wedventure, where we were honored to be a part of a 12 page spread, and on the right is Oregon Bride Magazine in which we are featured in this flower crown article and in The Haute List.  :)

And our new brochures, also featuring a detail of Caitlin's bouquet, designed by Tanya.  :)

And our new brochures, also featuring a detail of Caitlin's bouquet, designed by Tanya.  :)

Here I am on the Bend Bridal Guide panel with other Central Oregon wedding vendors, from left, Stephanie from Ace of Hearts Films, Marlise from Studio Jay, Brittany from The Bridal Suite, me, Leann from Shine Events, and Courtney from Flip Flop Sounds.

Here I am on the Bend Bridal Guide panel with other Central Oregon wedding vendors, from left, Stephanie from Ace of Hearts Films, Marlise from Studio Jay, Brittany from The Bridal Suite, me, Leann from Shine Events, and Courtney from Flip Flop Sounds.

And a sweet little flower crown that we made for brides to try on during their visit to our booth. 

And a sweet little flower crown that we made for brides to try on during their visit to our booth.