Confession: I have always wanted to plan a bridal show. Though for me (and many others) the words “bridal show” evoke images of a gigantic expo hall filled with drab pipe and drape, vendors trapped behind tables and mobs of brides milling through an endless stream of tiny booths. The bridal show I’ve always envisioned was more than a place to grab coupons, stuff brochures in a bag and wait for a $25 door prize. Instead, I wanted to create an event that was interactive, fun, inspiring and a unique opportunity to meet professionals on a more personal level, while walking away feeling like they actually gained some insight into planning their wedding! Back in April, I pitched my “dream event” to David Krock at the Veranda at the Whitcomb (to see if perhaps I was absolutely crazy) and it turned out he had his own event he’d always wanted to host—a dream wedding giveaway.  So we decided to combine the two into one eventful day! The result: 2 Fantastic events on one day—The Lake Shore Wedding Walk & Dream Wedding Giveaway— a fun day of wedding planning that took brides through 4 beautiful venues as they walked the streets of St. Joseph overlooking the lake, and ending with a chance to win a $30,ooo dream wedding!

(our space—aqua and red wedding inspiration with a little bit of whimsy!)

Over 300 people joined us, and  brides & grooms had the chance to hop on the trolley or walk from venue to venue, visiting the vendor spaces, trying food samples (they were all delicious!), participating in ballroom dance classes, tasting local wines from Tabor Hill and Lemon Creek Wineries, watching the fashion shows at Shadowland Ballroom, and enjoying a gorgeous day in St. Joseph! At the end of the day we all joined at the Veranda at the Whitcomb where we gave away the dream wedding to Sarah+Bill who were beyond excited (I wish I had the video to share—it was a priceless moment!) and we are so excited to be planning their September 17, 2011 wedding alongside CK Catering, Jennifer Mayo Studios, All Star Productions, Cloud Nine Invitation Design, GelatoSmith, and Music Unlimited!

Look for a few more posts sharing photos from each location—there was so much to see and do!