By Cori Shaw Meloney
SWAN POINT – The mood inside the Swan Point Yacht and Country Club was so light and sunny on Sunday, you’d never guess how rainy and dreary it was outside.
That’s because five lucky local couples are one step closer to winning a dream wedding valued at more than $28,000. The couples are the finalists in the Southern Maryland Dream Wedding Giveaway sponsored by Southern Maryland Weddings and a slate of top-notch local wedding service providers.
The drawing capped a day of bridal fun for engaged couples, all part of A Bridal Affair at Swan Point, the bridal show organized by Southern Maryland Weddings.
“We’ve met our finalist couples, and they’ve each recorded a video explaining why they should win our grand prize,” said Kimberly Bean, founder and CEO of Southern Maryland Weddings. “They’re all fabulous and sweet, and we can’t wait to introduce them to you!
The drawing was the icing on the cake for a busy day for local engaged couples and the more than 30 wedding vendors available to them at the show, which was held in the clubhouse at Swan Point. Couples had the opportunity to meet every kind of vendor they will need for their wedding: Photographers, bakers, DJs, makeup artists, officiants, and more. The room buzzed with conversation and laughter as the couples and vendors chatted and got to know each other.
“There’s no better way to plan your wedding than by attending a bridal show,” Bean said. “You can interview several vendors in a short amount of time, even booking your date with the ones you like!”
“Making all of those phone calls and going to interviews and meetings would take you hours otherwise.”
The couples who attended A Bridal Affair were treated to goodie bags, food and drink samples, and door prizes throughout the day. Music was provided by Elite Beatz Entertainment and the St. Charles String Quartet.
For brides looking for gown inspiration, a strolling bridal fashion show by Today’s Bride showcases a variety of wedding gowns and bridesmaids’ dresses in styles sure to please any bride.
“I love weddings and happy couples, and that’s one reason why I love planning this bridal show,” Bean said. “The room is filled with joy and expectation – no more so than when we drew the finalists’ names for our Dream Wedding Giveaway!”
The finalist couples are: Angela Stalcup and Chris Kalnasy of Mechanicsville; Cynthia Stone and Cash Beckler of Lexington Park; Jennifer Peeling of Perry Hall and Jason Parks of Clinton; Taylor Wilson and Rainan Rhamdeow of Lexington Park; and Nicole Lacey and Timothy Kendrick of Hughesville.
The videos will be posted to SoMdWeddings.com next week and put up for vote by readers from Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, Prince George’s, and St. Mary’s counties. A winner will be announced the following week
For more information on the Dream Wedding Giveaway, wedding vendors that participated in our show, or to plan your wedding, visit SoMdWeddings.com!