Wedding planning made easier under one roof in Greencastle

PAT FRIDGEN, Echo Pilot

The Greencastle Bridal Show brought together future brides, a few future groomsmen, and vendors who could provide for their every need to make a dream wedding come true.

Brenda DeYoung, hosting the first professional activity in her new event planning business, selected Blue Heron as the site for the March 29 show.

“There has never been a big bridal show in Greencastle before,” she said.

Exhibitors included salons, caterers, photographers, bridal shops, rental companies, music providers, florists, vacation specialists, bakers and more.

Mackenzie Gayman, 20, was checking things out two years in advance of her marriage to Steven Fahrney. She found one photographer in particular she liked, and was visiting many booths.

“I want ideas on prices and not to wait until the last minute,” she said.

Danielle Webb, new to Greencastle, was getting a massage. She enjoyed the friendliness and helpfulness of everyone. The bridal show allowed her to know who had what to offer because she had a limited timeline.

“We just decided a couple weeks ago to have our wedding this year.”

Tyler Bowers was relieved to see he was not the only guy at the event.

His fiance Dustina Hepfer said, “We are here to get ideas, see what our options are.”

They have not yet set a date.

Portia Truax shared information on products available at Crown Vetch Cottage. The store had a registry, items appropriate for wedding party gifts, and sponsored an after hours shopping spree for a bride and her friends.

Mrs. Gibble’s Candy Buffet was a new venture for Kim Eshleman. She had samples of many sweet treats, including truffles and candy pops which could be created in any of sixty flavors. Her team could design a display to fit every  theme, and set it up at the reception.

“We make all the chocolates,” Eshleman said, while other candy favorites could also be ordered.

Nancy Messich, Shippensburg, was another of the 40 vendors. She and her husband Jody owned Island Fusion, specializing in island music for beach-themed occasions.

“We use a real steel drum,” she said. “It’s something different for the area.”

DeYoung was pleased with the turnout and is thinking of other events she would like to plan.