Bridal show a hit

By Vicki Hyatt | Apr 07, 2014
Photo by: Vicki Hyatt Dwayne Schmidt and Mallory Fouts are shown at their booth where the cover of Blue Ridge Bride is on display. Schmidt captured the cover photo for the magazine.

LAKE JUNALUSKA — The halls of Shackford Hall were filled with everything bridal Saturday at part of The Mountaineer’s Blue Ridge Bridal show.

More than 30 vendors were spaced out on two floors, and a cash door prize was given to visitors who had every vendor initial their map.

Kim Wilson is getting married a year from September, and said she was excited to start planning the event. She and her mother, Carol, came to the show together to get ideas.

Kristi Ball of Stargazers Floral Designs in Asheville, said this is the third show that The Mountaineer has put on that she’s attended.

“There’s a lot of serious brides here,” she said, noting that as a full-service florist, her business offers everything from catering to photography to the wedding cake.

Dwayne Schmidt Photography said he booked several events at the show and met other potential customers during the event. He had the Blue Ridge Bride magazine published by The Mountaineer on display at his booth.

On the cover was a photo he took of Haley Walls of Waynesville who was captured in a carefree moment in her wedding dress and cowboy boots.

“We were in Cruso for the shoot with mountains in the background,” Schmidt said. “Haley brought her boots along, and we said we’d work them into the photo. The next thing I knew, she had hopped on on the fence and I got the photo.”

Schmidt said what wasn’t apparent in the photograph was the steep ravine directly below the fence.

“If she had fallen, she wouldn’t have been getting married anytime soon,” he said.

Heidi Wiggins, the owner of Key Events of Canton, was a first-time exhibitor at the show. Wiggins had been working with nonprofits in past years to provide tables, chairs and other items needed to put on events.

When her children left for college, she decided she could use the items she had accumulated through the years to start a full-service event planning and design business.

Derek and Penny Robinson of Clyde attended the show to help plan a wedding for their daughter, Spenser, who is getting married this summer.

“A lot of the planning is done, but we’re looking at DJ’s and honeymoon options,” said Derek.

“It’s fairly close,” Penny said of the upcoming wedding, “but it is nice to see the way things are set up.”

Susan DuFour, advertising director for The Mountaineer, said she enjoyed her first experience with the bridal show and is already looking forward to planning next year’s event.

“I met so many wonderful business owners who were upbeat, creative and joyous. They really enjoyed working with all of our ‘brides to be’ and had wonderful products and services,” she said. “They not only enjoyed the brides and their families, but they value the friendships and opportunities that they have with other vendors presenting their products.”

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