On January 10th, The Carlu was transformed into a wedding lover's dream.
It was the annual WedLuxe Wedding Show and this year I was lucky enough to experience the whole thing, for better or for worst. So before we get too much into the glamour, let's talk business.
I volunteered the entire weekend and while I missed a lot of the heavy lifting during the Thursday & Friday, it was exhausting. There weren't a lot of volunteers, we were short in hands definitely, but we were split off into groups for the prep and for the show. We were herded off into our groups, with a trusty lead, and would see each other running around frantically from time to time. The event was planned by the (and I'll testify to this) amazing Ashley Pigott and her team. Ashley is very much one of those people who make you feel needed, welcome, and appreciated. She took the time to check in on us throughout the event and she's just a genuine, kind person. I would work with her again in an instant...maybe at next year's show!
As for myself, I was with the flowers...all the beautiful flowers! Anyone who knows me knows I have been anti-rose my entire life but dare I say this weekend changed me? Still hate the thorns (so many cuts and hives) and not fond of their scent but they sure can be gorgeous. The flower market, named 'Palazzo Floreale' was designed by the very talented Teatro Verde, who did a stunning job. My photos in no way do it justice because I had a five minute break and had the whole show to cover! But all those who came on stage, and received roses, were blown away.
Like I mentioned, I truly didn't have as much time to look around as I would have liked. I handed out around 2000 copies of the latest issue of WedLuxe, a fun job actually because I got to interact with so many brides! And they LOVE free magazines let me tell you! I spent a lot of time staring at rings too, and I was never quite subtle enough to get away with it...not that they minded. I did snap a few photos as I ran (seriously, I had running shoes) around the different rooms.
See? Doesn't look like much from a quick glance but a few spots you couldn't help but linger at.
This set up by FOS Wedding Decor for example, the chandelier and the lighting are amazing.
This wedding show is truly more of an experience than just any old event and one of the things that helps with this is having different rooms with food and other things to try. This is just one of the rooms, called the 'House of Juliet," with tastings from Oliver & Bonacini and it housed delicious gelato from Hotel Gelato as well. The whimsical decor? That's The Social Rose, and they did a wonderful job.
But let's get to my favorites, shall we?
When you stepped off the elevator, you were met with a spectacular archway, with real lemons! I don't know, but that part just gets me.
Isn't it amazing?! This was designed my Rachel A. Clingen, and I still can't get over it.
But arguably the most magical display was created by a trio: Rachel A. Clingen, Laura & Co. Events and Fine Cakes by Zehra. Titled 'Ethereal Love,' it was like stepping into a fairytale of pastels and it left me speechless.
I left the show with a gift bag, over a dozen roses, and a sore body. I'm talking head to toe here folks, these events are no joke. I'm going to my next one in a week and I can't wait to share that experience but until then I'm still recovering.
One last thing!
I have to do a shout out to this lovely girl. Maya dealt with the chaos all weekend like a champ, took the majority of the photos for this post and even drove me back to the city. She's an aspiring event planner herself, and I know she learned a ton at the show as well. I can't wait to see where this year takes her, but for now she's doing amazing.
And that wraps it up! On to the next show!