Culpeper’s State Theatre was transformed into “All Things Bridal” on Sunday featuring gorgeous gowns, delicious desserts and plenty of must-have makeup.
About 125 folks attended Sunday’s second annual bridal show held for the first time inside the recently restored 1938 art-deco movie house, serving as a one-stop shop for future brides.
Of the 32 vendors, the handful that shared their experiences agreed that Sunday’s show helped spread the word about their businesses. Some of the vendors included hair salons, fitness experts, caterers, beauty consultants, photographers, jewelers and plenty more.
“You really get your name out there to a certain group of people,” said Caitlyn McGavran, a Mary Kay beauty consultant from Jeffersonton, who provides details on skin care products and makeup.
Jonathan James of Xpress Copy & Graphics in Culpeper said Sunday’s show gave him a chance to showcase some of his company’s products, too.
“It gives us exposure for some of the different things we do with wedding invitations and wedding programs,” said James.
Backstage Lisa Miller of Blush Bridal Boutique was busy making final alterations to some of the gowns before the eight models displayed the beautiful formal wear to the crowd of mainly women.
“This is a great opportunity to show off our fabulous dresses,” said Miller. “We have a lot of great dresses and we can show off the latest styles.”
Melanie Herbert of Unbridled Bakery in Culpeper shared some samples of cheesecake, wedding cakes, and fruit-flavored chocolate edible cups.
“It’s about getting an eclectic group together so we get to see X-amount of brides at one time,” said Herbert, who specializes in wedding and event cakes and dessert catering.
Herbert said her business was founded on cheesecake.
“Cooking is a talent but baking is a science,” she concluded. “One wrong move, then you start all over.”
Culpeper resident Raygan Ketterer of ChikPea Graphics was on hand to display some of her unique wedding invitations.
“I wanted to keep a local presence since I usually stick to Northern Virginia and Fredericksburg areas,” said Ketterer, a graphic designer since 2002. “So today, I’m trying to stay closer to our community.”
During Sunday’s fashion show Randy Jones owner of Randy’s Flowers and Maureen Chandler owner of Blush Bridal Boutique in Gainesville took turns talking about the elegant dresses and the beautiful bouquets.
“This venue is a jewel of downtown,” said Jones, referring to the State Theatre.
Many of the vendors were set up in the lobby area while others were situated on stage and a few near the auditorium seating to answer the questions of future brides.
Deserae Barney, 20, said she found a few items for her upcoming Nov. 7, 2015 nuptials to Leonard Richards, Jr.
“It’s fun to see all of the local vendors and there are a lot of options plus you can see the prices,” said Deserae, a 2010 Culpeper County High School graduate. “We haven’t decided on a caterer but we did like the photo booth for our reception.”