Today was the Ralston Hall Bridal Faire event that I participated in. Let's just say, it was raining and dreary but lots of couples, brides, bridesmaids, parents of the bride and groom came out to see what the Ralston Hall Bridal Faire had to offer. I arrived at 11:00 to set up and everyone was pretty much already there getting their displays ready for the show.
(Image courtesy of Jean Marks Weddings)
Although I feared that I wouldn't have enough to display, it turns out I actually only used 95% of what I had! Most florists who came brought a handful of bouquets and some gorgeous centerpieces. I am always amazed at what floral designers can do and all the latest embellishments that are being used. Because clay flowers are new to most people, I wanted to give a vast array of possibilities to showcase the clay flowers. I had everything from little centerpiece arrangements, bouquets, corsages, boutonnieres, hair flowers, favors, etc. I didn't showcase my invitation line because there simply was not enough space on the table. Plus my passion truly is the art of clay flowers. I met some wonderful vendors today and some of whom I think I have an opportunity to work with. Everyone was so kind and blown away by what I do. I think that's one thing I find in the wedding industry, everyone is so positive and encouraging and although it is a competitive market, you really feel like its a community of professionals.
The Ralston Hall is a BEAUTIFUL location for weddings and events. The ballroom is gorgeous. I honestly have not been there since my brother got married there over 10 years ago. Lovely chandeliers and old world charm. The architecture inside is stunning.They had a bridal fashion show with dresses galore. I think they literally had over 40 dresses shown. Bridal gowns, bridesmaids and flower girl dresses and mother of the bride fashions from Papers and Petals Bridal Salon in Burlingame. These are some of the shots I was able to get it of the various models with my flowers. I love the fact that they showcased different models of different shapes and sizes, because we're not all a size 0! LOL. They all looked gorgeous. I saw some gowns and wished I was getting married again just so I could wear one again. LOL.I have to thank Denise Winkelstein at the Ralston Hall who invited me to participate. She's been asking me for 2 years and I finally could say "yes". What a great opportunity for me and I sincerely appreciate her asking me to be part of a wonderful event. I also want to thank my wonderful friend Stacie Tamaki of The Flirty Guide. She was so gracious enough to come out in this nasty winter weather to help me at the show. She was a great marketer of my work. She'll have better pictures to share with you since she was like the roving blog reporter! Thank you also to Jean Marks who came out to support her friends in the industry. Check out her wonderful blog post at www.jeanmarksweddings.blogspot.com!