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Weekend Best Best: Third annual 'Isle Be Wed' wedding show
Like any renowned baker of quality cakes and mouth-watering desserts, Friday Harbor’s Felicity Milne knows how to start from scratch and create something delectable.
While looking out over the landscape of the many products and services offered by local entrepreneurs, she knew all the right ingredients were in place for the San Juans’ wedding-related businesses and professionals to band together and create a wedding show of their very own, and in their own backyard. So, four years ago, with the help of Scott Hale, she set out to do just that.
And by all accounts, it’s turned out to be a smashing success.
“Over the years I noticed we had lots of vendors coming here from the mainland and I knew there were a lot of talented people in the islands who could provide those same services,” Milne said. “I thought if we brought them all together at one time, under the same roof, it would be that much easier for people to shop around and see what we have to offer here in the islands.”
The third annual Isle Be Wed wedding show, a two-day event and the only one of its kind in the San Juan Islands, will take place March 8 on Orcas Island and March 9 on San Juan Island.
The show will once again feature 40 different vendors promoting an intriguing assortment of services, products and venues that can help make that very special day both truly memorable and deliciously complete. Future brides, grooms and their family and friends will be able to peruse the works, wares and products offered by businesses that specialize in local weddings and mingle with the professionals that provide them.
Co-sponsored by Kenmore Air and Orcas Weddings and Events, the 2014 Isle Be Wed show will be hosted by Orcas Island’s Random Howse, in Eastsound, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., on March 8, and the following day, March 9, at Brickworks, in Friday Harbor, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. as well. Additional sponsorship has been provided by Roche Harbor Resort, Orca Inn and Patina Floral, Planning and Design.
“The response of our vendors and vendor-sponsors has been positively overwhelming,” said Milne. “I couldn’t be more proud to help showcase our local businesses and talent.”
Rugged beauty and a romantic atmosphere have made the San Juans a popular location for a destination-wedding for decades. In that aspect, the islands sell themselves. And the recognition continues to grow.
The San Juans became one of the nation’s newest national monuments in 2013 and as of late were rated the number one island in the U.S., and No. 4 in the world, by TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice, as well as No. 3 on Lonely Planet’s Top 10 U.S. Destinations for 2013.
Milne said that Isle Be Wed 2014 will be a debut for several vendors, such as a limousine service, various musicians and venues, and an Orcas-Island based distillery.
And while anticipation is running high for this year’s show, she notes that the local businesses offering wedding services are already in full swing and high demand for the upcoming wedding season.
“The phone starts ringing Jan. 2,” she said. “You can almost plan on it.”