Washington Wedding Experience Bridal Show
Hey guys! Happy Friday!
I wanted to share with you all my first experience at a big bridal show. I wanted to push myself to try something new and unfamiliar this year so based on a friend/fellow wedding photographer’s recommendation, I decided on the Washington Wedding Experience bridal show for my first large scale show and it was definitely a total learning experience for me! This was new, uncharted territory for me and I was pretty nervous about what it would be like at an event like this, but since it was a success I have decided that it won’t be my last!
Adam built me the most amazing backdrop and I honestly couldn’t have done it without him. I had no idea that doing a bridal show would be SO much work and preparation, but without his help, my booth wouldn’t have been nearly as beautiful. We got tons of compliments from everyone passing by and I am so very grateful to him!
At the end of the day, I realized we had been driving, hauling, loading, standing without breaks, not getting a chance to eat (I wore a dress with pockets specifically because I feared this – so I resorted to having Lara Bars shoved in my pockets and would take a bite whenever I got a chance, haha!), and chatting with tons of new people from 7am – 9pm when we got back home. I had felt more exhausted than I ever expected at the end of it all, but it was definitely worth it! I’m happy to say that we had a ton of brides and couples stop in to visit our little booth (which is SO humbling, thank you all!) and I learned a ton from this experience that I’m going to take to the next show. My first “bridal show” did not advertise the show well and they only had about 15-20 brides come through the ENTIRE day, so this was very different than the 600+ brides at this one. The next show I’m going to be attending will be at the Patriot Center (random fact I learned yesterday: even though it’s been the Patriot Center for 30 years, EagleBank landed naming rights and it is now going to be called “EagleBank Arena” from now on) and I really hope to meet some of you awesome people there!
Check out some of the prep work that went down into building the booth. 🙂
I wanted a table that could break down so it would be easier to haul in our Highlander, so I found this piece on Craigslist and figured we might as well change the look of it up with a little sanding and some spraypaint.
The original stain color:
After a light sanding:
After the first coat of spraypaint:
And thus began the building of the backdrop! This is how it began…
…And here is the finished product! I didn’t get to take photos of it right after it was first set up because it was such a crazy day, but here are a few photos I grabbed later on in the day.
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