There’s a lucky married couple in the Tri-Cities whose nuptials didn’t make for a big event, and a local wedding photographer and florist are trying to track them down.
Why so lucky? They could be chosen for a free wedding. Yes, all the kit and caboodle – photographer, florist, makeup and hair styling, dress and tuxedo for the bride and groom, outfits for bridesmaids and groomsmen, cake, charcuterie board and DJ for the reception.
And it takes place on December 12 at the International Storytelling Center, from noon to 4 p.m. The organizers are accepting entries now, and the winning couple will be chosen on December 1.
Stella Trout, owner of Stellar Photography, and her friend Stephanie Thiel, owner of Pretty Flowers LLC, have worked several marriages together, so they are quite in sync with each other. They came up with the idea as a way to give back to a couple in the community.
âIt’s for someone who got married but didn’t have the full experience,â Trout said. “It could have been delayed due to COVID, or one of them was deployed and they had a quick marriage or even finances did not allow them to do so.”
The idea is that the couple doesn’t have to do any planning, although the event can be personalized.
As for her role in the marriage, Trout said there was only one chance to get those candid moments from a marriage.
âBrides want to see that you can capture these moments in real life,â she said. âWith people posing you can capture what feels like a moment, but capturing the franchise is huge. “
The bride chosen will also have a personal assistant of sorts, Trout said. Miss Appalachian Fair 2021, Hannah Maultbay, will accompany the bride in the selection and fitting of her dress.
Other vendors participating in the wedding giveaway include Angie Denner at Curvaceous Consignment for the dress, PBJ for music from the reception DJ, Cake Art by Marti Chambers, Jessica’s Updos for hair and makeup by Angie Ryder.
Trout said they’re still looking for a tuxedo seller, but should have something firm soon.
Thiel said there were so many people affected last year and this year by COVID – either having the virus, losing loved ones or jobs – and “we thought it would be a perfect opportunity to give them something that they never had.
âMaybe they got married at the courthouse or couldn’t have a ceremony for some reason. We wanted to do this to support our community after the tough times we’ve been through; if we can bring joy to someone, that’s what we want to do, âThiel said.
To enter the Wedding Gift Contest, contact Trout on his Facebook page, Stellar Photography, or Thiel on his Instagram @prettyflowersbystephanie.
âWe want this to be a dream come true for someone. We spend a lot of time and money planning this, âTrout said.