Bridal Faire offers one-on-one with vendors

March 24 event gives brides lots of choices
By: Stephanie Dumm, Gold Country News Service
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Know and Go

What: Gold Country Bride Bridal Faire

When:  Noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 24

Where: Sunset Whitney, 4201 Midas Ave., Rocklin

Cost: $5 or a nonperishable food item

Info: (530) 852-0278 or


Brides wanting to create a memorable wedding day without being stampeded at a larger bridal show should look no further than the March 24 Gold Country Bride Bridal Faire.

The Bridal Faire is presented by Gold Country Media, Sunset Whitney and Celebrations, and will be held at Sunset Whitney Country Club, in Rocklin.

Linda Shuman-Prins, event manager for Gold Country Media, said there will be 50 to 60 localized vendors at the fair.

“The event is smaller, allowing for more time with vendors, nothing high-pressure, just a relaxing way to shop for your wedding,” Shuman-Prins said. “Brides will be treated to samples and gifts. One salon will even be doing makeup and quick hair styling. You will be able to find everything you need all in one place.”

Trinity Cooney, catering sales manager for Sunset Whitney, said, “At smaller shows, it’s much more intimate, so as a bride, when you’re arriving and see a florist you like, you can spend time talking to them one-on-one,” Cooney said.

Along with traditional wedding vendors such as caterers, florists and photographers, Cooney said there will also be jewelers, gift registry representatives and bachelor/bachelorette party organizers.

Refreshments will be served and Cooney said tours will be given of Sunset Whitney for for brides interested in the venue for their wedding.

“The property is about 50 years old, has a lot of history and at the same time it’s gone through renovations and changes,” Cooney said. “We’ve refreshed the look of it.”

Improvements recently made include new carpeting and granite countertops in the bar area, Morton said.

Brides who swing by the Old Saint Mary’s Chapel booth will learn that if they are married in the historic building, they can ring the chapel bell three times, said Ronna Davis, a board member of the Rocklin Historical Society, the organization that takes care of the Old Saint Mary’s Chapel.

Davis said the chapel, which is owned by the city of Rocklin, is the city’s oldest public building.

“The chapel was first built and opened in 1883, and it was used by the Roman Catholic community for many years,” Davis said. “Eventually it became too small for the congregation, and they moved to St. Peter and Paul.”

The church has always been on Front Street, but was moved 300 feet in 2005 by both a moving company and a group of Rocklin residents, according to Davis.

 “We had our first wedding in September of 2007. It’s unique in that it has such a rich history to it and it’s a timeless, classic place to have a wedding,” Davis said. “It’s a historical building and a bride and groom become part of that history when they choose to be married there.”

Hiring a good DJ can spell wedding success and Matt Deutchman of Galaxy DJ said his company can keep a wedding moving smoothly.

Galaxy DJ will be at the Bridal Faire to fill brides in on the many services they provide, Deutchman said.

“I think it helps (having local vendors) with being able to meet and plan all of the details of the wedding,” Deutchman said. “That’s pretty important.”

Deutchman said his company’s services include music, photo booth, event lighting and video slideshows.

“The photo booth is probably the best seller – it’s the No. 1 add-on for weddings,” Deutchman said. “We make a graphic for them at the bottom of the strip, and guests can take three photos. It’s all touch-screen and they can email the photos and Facebook the photos.”

Deutchman said the photos “can be uploaded real-time” to Facebook.