Despite the frost and Antarctic conditions that swept through the Gibbston Valley last Saturday morning, there was no dampening of spirits during vendor pack-in at The Winehouse for the Wild Hearts Wedding Fair 2017.
Vendors from across New Zealand carried in an eclectic mix of props and stock that transformed the usual wedding venue into a hub of magical exhibitions covering all things wedding! From shoes to lights, body creams to cakes, there was plenty to touch, feel, eat and explore for all our budding Queenstown brides-to-be!
As an organisation that promotes Queenstown as a premier wedding destination, Wild Hearts welcomed the Queenstown Wedding Association with a huge hug and smiles – we certainly felt that the vibe brought into our mighty wedding mecca here in the South Island was immensely positive and although the first, we certainly hope it won’t be the last time that we will be seeing these wedding wizards!
We reached out to all members of the QWA to offer donations or sponsorship for our stall and were rewarded with some real treats – taken quite literally by Queenstown Wedding Hire! They kindly donated some of their beautiful wedding props including pillar candles, their gorgeous American Mailbox (used as a wishing well), rustic wooden arch, chalkboards and their extremely popular lolly bar – stocked with kiwi favourites like chocolate fish, jaffas and jersey caramels! All these props came with the talented hands of the stunning Steph from QWH who styled the stall exquisitely.
Bloom Flowers in Queenstown also created the most wonderful ‘wild heart’ rose that adorned our table and attracted the ladies with its perfumed scent – along with freshly picked foliage framing QWH’s archway and wine barrel (so freshly picked that I witnessed the frostbite myself, – much appreciated, Martin and Jules!). As if that wasn’t enough, Jules put together a huge bridal bouquet of delicate white roses that sat in our extremely large ice vase, carved by Richard from Queenstown Ice.
Richard etched into the metre-high vase our brand new QWA logo and displayed the sculpture on one of his pinot noir oak wine barrels that he also hires out through Queenstown Ice. “Wine barrels are a great display option for sculptures, as I have designed them to be a catch-all for the unavoidable meltwater (less mess and easier to set-up for the client),” he told us.
Pacific Linen kindly sent us some of their new products to showcase and what a surprise we got when we opened our goody bag! Gorgeous natural, full-length cloths and a teal chiffon table runner to match our new branding! This combination got so many likes and we LOVED the finish and chic vintage style it added to our wee exhibition.
We think you’ll agree that our QWA space covered many bases and enabled us to promote our directory as pretty much a one-stop-shop for all wedding needs! We were able to tell visitors about our new branding and to keep an eye out for our new website being launched next month, with some unique new features that will help them when planning their own Queenstown wedding!
It was great to see handful of QWA members exhibiting at the Wild Hearts wedding fair with us, Holly Wallace Photos and Films built an amazing space to showcase her talent and Gather and Gold were outside keeping everyone toasty with their fire pit roaring inside one of their gorgeous Tipis. Dawn Thompson Photography had the most stylish display of flowers and accessories put together by Colour Me Happy complementing her absolutely stunning images and Ignition Self Drive Adventures owned the carpark with just a couple of ‘king-pin’ cars – an Aston Martin, an Audi R8, a Lamborghini and a Porsche (hands up who thinks that statement is just a little bit WOW on the coolness front?!?!).