EAST OF FLORENCE — The Vineyard in Florence held its semiannual bridal show Sunday to the delight of nearly 70 attendees.
“We had a good turnout,” said organizer Brittney Rettig-Hidalgo.
The venue also received positive responses from its 10 vendors, who return regularly.
“They’re our preferred vendors, so they tend to remain the same,” Rettig-Hidalgo said.
Several couples booked the venue on-site during the show, and two lucky brides walked away with a $1,500 credit toward The Vineyard’s wedding venue space, which features locations for both indoor and outdoor wedding ceremonies and receptions, flanked by rolling pastures.
Additional raffle prizes included bridal bouquets and gift certificates toward wedding gowns, cakes and linens.
“It is a wonderful, fabulous gathering of vendors,” said Kelly Cameron, of Kelly Cameron Photography.
Standing beside displays of her wedding work, Cameron said she often works alongside her fellow vendors at the show.
“This gives people an idea of what this team would look like working together,” she said.
Cameron is a fan of The Vineyard for weddings.
“I absolutely love it. It’s so relaxing and a fabulous blend of Italy and Texas,” she said. “Many brides want rustic and elegant.”
Lilian Halabi, of Lily’s Cakes, agreed the scenery was perfect for a spring wedding.
In the past, she had her cakes placed in front of large picture windows overlooking the scenic rows of grape vines.
“I got very nice comments,” Halabi said of the potential clients she met Sunday afternoon, even giving away a certificate for $50 toward a cake of the couple’s choosing.