A nice place for a wedding …

On October 17th The Stone Mill 1792 hosted a wedding event with multiple vendors from photographers, caterers, a dj, and party planners! I attended the event and advertised my artistic services for personalized wedding gifts, bachelorette painting parties, and live event painting.

The weather started out sunny and beautiful but quickly changed to cloudy and cold. None the less, the event was hosted in such a nice spot it didn’t matter much. People from all over attended the event!

I had such a wonderful time meeting people and networking with the other vendors! I met so many people and made some new friends.

When I arrived, I set my table up next to the wonderful photographer, Summer Kelley. We hit it off right away, she was so easy to talk to and so much fun! When the crowd dwindled, I had her to keep me company! Summer’s a freelance photographer based out of Baltimore Maryland, a M.I.C.A. graduate, and currently works as senior photographer for an estate auction company in Towson. She is passionate about working with local businesses and helping out around her community! It was such a pleasure meeting her and being able to spend the day next to her. Her energy was light and fun and her photography is unique and beautiful, I would highly recommend her.

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On the other side of me was my dear friend Cindy from Glen Rock, with Flowers by Cindy! I met Cindy three years ago when I first started my painting party adventure. She had great advice for a first time small business owner, and beautiful floral arrangements. When I started painting parties at The Stone Mill, I was thrilled to see her arrangements decorating the place! Her sweet energy and a beautiful personality reflect in her arrangements.

Lavender and Locks is a floral and cake designing company in South-Central Pa. They had samples of their cakes, which tasted delightful, and floral arrangements. I liked their marketing idea of posting a picture of yourself with their floral arrangement on Twitter and Facebook to be entered into a drawing for flowers. I had to take them up on it.

Tasteful Occasions, and FFF Catering were both catering companies at the event that had samples available for guests to try. I have to say Tasteful Occasions had a great spinach artichoke dip, and FFF Catering had an amazing pulled pork bbq.

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After trying all of the delicious savory food, I sampled some flavorful cupcakes from Sprinkles Specialties. They provided chocolate, pumpkin and vanilla with raspberry! All three flavors were a perfect balance between sweet icing and moist cake.

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And with all this food, there was great music playing. KLOCK Entertainment kept the jams flowing with great tunes. Adam Grobman was an awesome DJ with a great attitude and took my music requests!

Room Tone Productions is a company created by an artist named Patrick. His passion is for documentary filmmaking, but has worked on various film productions for Investigating Discovery, Food Network, and public services announcements for the City of Philadelphia.  His hope is for Room Tone Productions to become a creative force to help people tell their stories through films, animations or web videos. He is also interested in helping with world, and does so a little at time by using recycled, eco-friendly DVD packaging for his event packages, and business cards from Loktah and Cards of Wood. In talking to Patrick I could hear his passion for his art through how he talked about what he did, and by looking at one of the wedding films he produced that was playing at his table, I could see it come to life. I am so glad to have met Patrick and Sarah at the event.

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The event planners, Party Belles were also in attendance at the event.  Michelle was a great representative for the company, outgoing and full of great ideas for wedding planning, coordinating and decorating. She has earned the title celebration specialist!

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Artists Leigh Ann Hawkins and Michal Ann Boyd were also vending at the event, with their company Inside Out Upcycles. They recycle and reuse materials to create beautiful pieces! I was so inspired by their work that when my students do their paper mache projects I am going to use their work as examples !

When I have attended events like this in the past, I never really stopped to appreciate all of the amazing things humans do…usually if you’re at an event its because you are looking for something, whether specific or just as a time filler.  But as a vendor at this event, I was able to see it from a different perspective and get to know the vendors as amazing and talented artists and entrepreneurs. Thank you everyone for taking time to share your stories, thoughts, ideas and energy with me. It was truly wonderful meeting you all.

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