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Festival makes wedding planning simpler

One of the vendors at The Fall in Love Festival which will be at Genoa Lakes on Saturday.
M.J.Bennett |


What: Fall in Love Festival

When: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday

Where: Genoa Lakes

Info: fallinlovefestival.com

Sometimes the most difficult part about planning a wedding is tracking down caterers, photographers and any other services to make a memorable ceremony. The Fall in Love Festival eases that stress and brings vendors from local and rural areas to one convenient location for a one stop wedding planning experience for brides, grooms and guests.

The 4th annual Fall in Love Festival is 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Sunday at Genoa Lakes Golf Club and Resort. Over 50 vendors and wedding planning services will be present to answer questions, provide taste tests, fashion shows and more.

Cynthia Ferris-Bennett, founder and owner of Sierra Chef, created the festival when she realized there were not many services for wedding planners in the Valley.

“There wasn’t many bridal services in the area,” said Ferris-Bennett. “If brides wanted something they had to go to Reno.”

Ferris-Bennett is a member of the Weddings of the West and serves as the current President.

According to the Sierra Chef LLC website, Ferris-Bennett does a little bit of everything including cooking classes and over 25 years of marketing, public relations, graphic design, photography, product development/placement, event design, planning and coordination experience which helps her do all the things she loves.

She is also the organizer for the Lampe Park Farmers Market and East Fork Ranch. She belongs to the Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce, is a member of Mainstreet Gardnerville and served on the board of the South Lake Tahoe Wedding & Honeymoon Association.

“I love what I do,” said Ferris-Bennett. “Being able to take all of the things that I loved doing over the years and make a business out of them is wonderful.”

Ferris-Bennett said she began getting in contact with various wedding services from Gardnerville to Reno and Tahoe four years ago for this event and it has grown every year since.

“We have two annual shows, one in February after Valentine’s day one in October,” she said. “Every year we have more people attending looking for services, and more vendors, caterers, photographers and wedding planners wanting to participate.”

The Fall in Love festival allows wedding planners, whether they are the bride and groom themselves, family members, friends or other participants, to sample cuisine from caterers, explore ceremony and venue options, rentals, floral designs, DJ & entertainment and photography. Including personal services such as officiates, wedding coordinators, beauty specialists, favors and more.

“It brings the vendors and services to one convenient location, so the planners can get immediate responses and information.”

Raffles, giveaways, goodie bags and other surprises and gifts will be also be given out including bridal magazines and other information.

Some vendors in participant are Alfred Angelo Wedding Gowns, Aurora Salon, 100 Proof Bar Service, The Pink House of Genoa, Chelsea Lavender Dessert Designs, Bella Vita Catering, Belinda Grant Photography, and more.

Complimentary tickets are available online at fallinlovefestival.com or are $5 the day of the event.

For more information visit fallinlovefestival.com or sierrachef.com.