A bridal affair
Couples had the opportunity to browse through wedding-related vendors at Country Bridals fair
Michelle Perron owner of Allrose Farm in Greenfield decided to open her home to weddings. Perron has owned the farm for the past four years, but decided this summer she would open her home to those looking for a country backdrop for weddings. She was excited to be a vendor at the Country Bridals and Formal Wear 12th annual bridal fair.
Rachel Straight of Jaffrey owner of Short and Sweet Cupcakes was a first time vendor at the bridal fair in Rindge. She brought a variety of cupcakes for visitors to taste including lemon lemon, chocolate peanut butter, and gluten free vanilla.
Andrea Kneeland of Derry a bride-to-be hopes to be getting married in the Monadnock region. She said she wants to get married in an outdoor "barn-type setting" and will have cupcakes at her wedding instead of cake.
Bonnie Coll of Coll's Florist in Jaffrey has been a vendor at the bridal show since it first started 12-years ago.
Mckayla Fuller will be married on Aug. 31, 2014. She attended the bridal fair with her soon-to-be sister-in-law Kayla Baldacchino, both from Jaffrey.
Gail P. Landy of Fitzwilliam with Carolyn Edwards owner of Sunflowers restaurant in Jaffrey NH brought cookies decorated with a special ediable ink that can be used to decorate cookies with logos, dates, or photos to the Country Bridals and Formal Wear 12th annual bridal fair.
Carolyn Edwards owner of Sunflowers restaurant in Jaffrey NH brought cookies decorated with a special ediable ink that can be used to decorate cookies with logos, dates, or photos to the Country Bridals and Formal Wear 12th annual bridal fair.
Chelsea Szalanski of Jaffrey modeling a bridal hair style, from Brittany Peard a hairdresser at Candy's Hair Salon in Jaffrey NH.
Vanessa Amsbury-Bonilla and Randy Avis both Tango instructors at the Mariposa Museum in Peterborough. Avis said he has seen an increase in private dance lessons recently, for brides-and-grooms-to-be preparing for their big dances.
Sadie Jackson and Joe Sawyer of Silver Ranch in Jaffrey. Silver Ranch is a third generation business and is one of the oldest running livery services in New England; open since 1930.
The Country Bridals 12th Annual Bridal Fair at Hideen Hills brought 53 bridal vendors to Rindge. Some have been attending the event since it started. For others it was a first, but they all agreed on one thing — the event was a success.
In addition to spreading word of their businesses and meeting brides-and-grooms-to-be, vendors said, networking with other vendors was one of the best parts of the event.
”The exposure is great but the vendor networking has really been productive for us,” said Carolyn Edwards, owner of Sunflowers Cafe in Jaffrey, in an interview at the fair.
Rachel Straight of Jaffrey started her business Short and Sweet Cupcakes three years ago. The Country Bridals and Formal Wear Bridal Show is her first bridal fair. “I wanted the exposure because weddings are where cupcakes are happening,” she said. Straight brought a variety of cupcakes including some gluten-free options – chocolate peanut butter is the most popular, she said.
Bonnie Coll of Jaffrey, has been attending the Bridal Show since it began. It is the only bridal show she attends. Coll’s business – Coll’s Florist – books about 50-60 weddings each year. Coll said that is exactly the right amount of weddings for her. Coll said the event, which is held at Hidden Hills in Rindge, each year is fun, local, convenient and “is a great networking opportunity.”
Brides-to-be Mckayla Fuller and Kayla Baldacchino are soon going to be sisters-in-law – they are marrying brothers this summer. The two women are also roommates living in Jaffrey, they said they came to the event because they still need to find a photographer, justice of the peace, and a DJ.
Private lessons in preparation for weddings has become a much larger part of the Randy Avis’ business. Avis is a tango instructor in Peterborough. He said he often does private lessons for couples preparing for their big dance and lately he has done a number of bachelorette parties. This was Avis’ first time attending the Country Bridals and Formal Wear event. He said it was a good way to meet people and share about his business.