MOSES LAKE – The snow hadn’t quite melted outside, but Saturday at the Grant County Fairgrounds commercial building was a beautiful spring day, perfect for a wedding.
Between 200 and 250 people attended the Enchanting Bridal Show, including more than 100 brides-to-be, according to organizer Sandy Hanson. The brides-to-be received bags and buttons to identify them to the 28 vendors who came to provide cakes, hair, makeup, catering and a host of other necessities for a perfect wedding.
The show was the first of what Hanson, who owns Jamison’s event center and bridal boutique Enchanting Gowns, expects to be a tradition.
“We know there have been some big exposures at Moses Lake in recent years, but it’s been a while,” she said. “We normally do our little one every spring, so we thought, ‘Let’s see if we can make a big one. “”
“We got great feedback,” said Dasha Hernandez, a student at Sage Massage and Bodywork Academy who manned the school booth. “It allows us to connect with the community.”
“We had the JBH salon, in Ephrata, and they were the ones who did all the models, and they just did wonders,” Hanson said. “And we asked Kellsi Foster to do her makeup. They were there at their booths doing their hair and makeup during the exhibition for people to see, and then the girls were coming up and doing the fashion show.
There were actually three fashion shows during the eight-hour show, featuring wedding dresses from Enchanting Gowns, as well as gents’ tuxedos from Jim’s Formal Wear. Nine women took part in the fashion show, as well as five gentlemen.
“Some of them we had to pay,” Hanson said, “but with the girls, they loved doing it. They’ve modeled for us before, some have, and they love playing with the dresses. .
The fashion show was coordinated by Jamison’s only employee, Samantha Candela, who married husband Gary two years ago at the center of the event. Hanson and his daughter Ashley Meadows purchased Jamison’s in May 2019 and opened Enchanting Gowns in November 2021.
Hanson said her plans for next year include shortening the hours a bit and doing just one bigger fashion show. Meanwhile, Jamison’s is already booking weddings much faster than in previous years, in a thriving post-COVID-19 climate.
“In the wedding industry, everyone we’ve heard from is predicting that this year will be one of the biggest years in 30 years for weddings,” she said. “So we are anticipating a very, very busy season.”
These companies were represented at the Enchanting Bridal Show:
Jamison Event Center
Enchanting Gowns Bridal Shop
Health and wellness choices
the SPA experience
Always flawless permanent cosmetics
Blacky’s Smokin’ Sweet
Photo Booth Bees
color street nails
Grandma’s Sunshine Crafts and Creations
First cut media
Mary Kay – The Faithful
just a little
Aloette Beauty Advisor
Blue Wings Events
Wine & Roses Handmade Soap
Door to door
Erich Sonnabend – real estate
Pure Romance by Amy Jo