Fall in Love Bridal Show second of it’s kind
In an effort to fill a wedding-sized hole she saw in the Valley, Fall in Love Festival promoter Cynthia Ferris-Bennett created a pair of bridal shows to fill the void.
The Fall in Love Festival is the second show of its kind and will fill the rooms of Genoa Lakes Golf Club and Resort noon-4 p.m. Sunday.
“I just came from Genoa Lakes trying to figure out where we were going to put all of our vendors,” Ferris-Bennet, owner of Sierra Chef said. “Its such a great problem to have. The show we had the weekend after Valentine’s Day was at Dave and Walley’s and we outgrew that in the first show.”
The bridal show is the only of its kind in the Gardnerville and Minden area, Ferris-Bennett said, the closest one for brides-to-be is Reno.
Drawing from the larger Reno market, more than 50 vendors will be available for brides to puruse.
“Our first one in February no Reno vendors wanted to come down,” Ferris-Bennett said. “Then they saw the success of it and they see the need to have something like this here.”
Show goers will be able to sip champagne, taste test cake and reception food as well as try out hair and make up ideas at vendors.
Bridal gown models will also be walking about as an interactive fashion show.
“This show has a much more boutiquey feeling to it with all of the local vendors,” Ferris-Bennett said. “I think brides are much comfortable coming to a hometown bridal show like this one.”
Aside from all of the vendors that include coordinators to DJs to photographers, a staple of the fall version of Ferris-Bennett’s bi-annual show is the search for the recipients of the next Angel Wedding.
Nearly 30 local vendors rallied around Brianne and Tim last year, who were trying to plan their wedding before she was diagnosed with cancer.
“We will be taking applications for the next Angel Wedding,” Ferris-Bennett said. “The couple doesn’t have to have a medical issue. They could be military or have an interesting situation. We just want to hear people’s stories.”
While many may not consider the Valley a place couples would travel to to get married, Ferris-Bennett is trying to change that image, one bridal show at a time.
Also the owner of East Fork Ranch, she sees the ability for the Valley to become a wedding destination.
“This is a hot area for weddings. We are starting to see more and more brides looking for that rustic, historical look and places like East Fork and places around Tahoe have the ability to give them that. Tahoe has been a wedding destination for some time and it is our turn to be one too. This area has so much potential.”
Tickets to the show are complimentary if participants register at http://www.eventbrite.com before Sunday. Tickets will be $5 the day of the event.
Brides will receive a raffle ticket to place in the vendor’s raffle prize she would like to win.
All vendors will provide a prize of up to a $50 value.
More raffle tickets can be purchased at the show.
All proceeds from admission and raffle ticket sales will benefit Between Horses and Humans.
For more information visit http://www.fallinlovefestival.com.