Last weekend, Hannah and I attended our first Bridal Fair! I have to say, we had no idea what to expect or what we would find there. Fortunately, this event was was affordable, thanks to St. Mary's Church and Jay Walker's Catering in Chardon, Ohio for hosting the event. From what I understand, Bridal Fairs can be very expensive!
Hannah and I now have four online stores and needless to say, we've been very busy making sure that each store has enough inventory for our customers. Our Bridal Boutique was opened in February of this year and so far, we've had a lot of success on Etsy :0) However, it's not easy keeping our Bridal Jewelry in stock...so, for the last couple of months, we've been busy, busy, busy! Creating and designing everything from Bridal Necklaces...to Pretty Floral Clips :)
The show was a great experience and this is what we've learned about ourselves as a result. We refuse to sacrifice quality in the name of saving a few bucks on time and material. So, you will find that YES, we do handknot all of our necklaces. Not only does handknotting bring out the individual beauty of each bead, lays nicer when you put it on, it also strengthens the necklace. If it breaks, you only loose one bead! Verses loosing a whole strand of beads! And, YES, we do test our jewelry to make sure that everything is secure and gorgeous before we ship it out. Most of our jewelry is kid tested....not kidding...if the design can withstand our children, there is no doubt it will withstand just about anything! YES, we do wire wrap our jewelry. Wire wrapping also increases the strength of each design and adds design interest. All of our designs have been inspired by our Brides! Making each one unique because we listen to our Brides and then incorporate their personal taste and style into each piece. And, MOST importantly!!! We work with your budget!!!! Not kidding! We will do everything we can to make your day extra special and make your dream, your vision, a reality :)))
In conclusion....we've learned that we stand apart from the rest because we listen to our Brides. We create custom pieces with our Brides personal taste and style in mind. We work with your budget to make your dream come true! We absolutely LOVE designing Wedding Jewelry! That's what sets the Love Sisters apart.
O.K., O.K.....I do realize that it's not all about us!!! You need a team to make all of your wedding dreams come true! So, we met some fantastic fellow artisans that also LOVE creating Custom Weddings!!! One of our favs is Ooh La La Bridal located on the square in Chardon, Ohio. They specialize in creating custom Wedding Dresses! That's right...you see something you like but want to add in special detail...just tell them what you want, and they create it! They do carry in stock Wedding Gowns also! You can find them on Facebook, search Ooh La La Bridal, or at http://www.oohlalabridal.com/. They were absolutely fantastic at the show and they allowed us to put our designs on there models for the show :))) Thanks so much!!!
Another fabulous designer at the show was Danelle Ash Design Studio. She creates custom Wedding Invitations and/or custom Event Invitations!!! Let me tell you....her designs are tasteful, professional quality, and I adore the graphics and boldness of her designs. Her sister Christina is an outstanding Caligraphy Artist incorporating personal touch in each design. If you would like to know more about Danelle Ash Design Studio...you can contact her at email@example.com.
Finally, for that little extra something that Hannah and I thought was unique as well as a nice way to add that little something special to your day.....We absolutely fell in love with Hearts Take Wing. They specialize in Special Occasion White Dove Releases. I thought that the Dove Release was a great way to symbolize the Bride and Grooms new beginning together making a covenant in marriage together. It also makes for a great photo opp on your wedding day! I also thought that the fact that the doves find their own way home was especially amazing! Hearts Take Wing serves Lake, Geauga, and Cuyahoga counties in Ohio. To contact Margaret call 440-352-6953 for more information on Dove releases.
That about sums up our first Bridal Fair! Will do more? Sure, if the opportunity arises. It was a great learning experience! Thanks againg to St. Mary's Banquet Room and Jay Walker's Catering for delicious food and entertainment and a gorgeous room to host it in!
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All dresses and models courtesy of Ooh La La Bridal!