I have attended approximately 74 weddings in the past two years. Okay, it’s actually only been five (six if you count my cousin’s two weddings separately), but it feels like I’ve done nothing but eat delicious food and admire lovely brides and handsome men in tuxedos for the past two years.
Because that’s totally the fate worse than death, right? Sign me up for that kinda torture any day!
Given all these weddings, I was rather interested in doing a story on the Jamestown Bridal Showcase. The story’s here, and the event sounds like a lot of fun.
The interview sure was. I’ve talked to a lot of committees who organize all sorts of things, over the years, and while most of them are genuinely enthusiastic about everything they do, these folks were positively giddy.
As they pointed out to me, it was like they’d been organizing four weddings. But they all had bride-level enthusiasm for the project. Not bridezilla-type, either, just pure happy-gladness. It was a little crazy interviewing so many people at once, but they were all super patient and talked slow and spelled their names for me and reminded me of their names when I needed it. And they were all fun!
I didn’t quite manage to shoehorn quotes from everyone into the article, though. There just wasn’t space. So I figured I’d put the picture up here instead with everybody’s names.
Some Notes: Tena Kramlich (the gal in the white shirt in the picture) is the unofficial committee chairman for the group and gave me a lot of the information for the article. Everyone agreed Tena had done the most work on the event and praised her efforts. Julie Stahlecker (the gal in the stripey shirt) was also given some group-wide kudos for her efforts.
David Nelson (the man) was the only guy at the meeting that day, so I teased him about the picture looking like an ad for Charlie’s Angels. After he left, everyone agreed Nelson had great ideas and had been quite valuable to the group.
Back row, from left: Margo Haut (Quality Inn & Suites), David Nelson (King Photography Studio), Cara Prescott (Don’s House of Flowers).
Front row, from left: Tena Kramlich (Top Designers Salon & Spa), Shirley Jackson (Riddle’s Jewelry), Alana Lacina (Celebration Innovations), Cindy Schauer (R&C School of Rock), Julie Stahlecker (Top Designers Salon & Spa).
Committee members not pictured: Nicole Quam (LeAnne’s Bridal and Bliss Prom), Marla Calheim (R&C School of Rock), Matt Stockert (Quality Inn and Suites), Esther Koenig (White’s Home Decor and Tux Shoppe).