Tuesday, April 16, 2013

The Marriage Carriage

I was lucky enough to win a ticket for the Marriage Carriage this past Sunday.  None of my bridesmaids could join me, but I wanted to take full advantage of the opportunity, and hey if I won something, even better.  The Marriage Carriage is a tour bus that takes you around to different vendor locations with many vendors located in one place.

Here is a picture of us on the bus.

We started at Hidden Valley Golf Course where we had a breakfast and met with Reno Photo Booth, It Works, Kiss and Make-up and Huong Photography.  We were given yummy mimosas and free to look around.

Since I came by myself, I found two awesome girls there to hang out for the day, Cece and Rachel.  Cece is Rachel's Maid of Honor, and they remind me of my friends and myself.

Next we went to Michael and Sons jeweler.  We looked at mens rings mostly, but a blue and white pearl necklace caught my eye.  I so want them, hint hint.  Next up was Lavender Ridge.  I have loved this place for years.  But we just found out they stopped their retail store and now are just a wedding venue and place to buy lavender bushes.  Total bummer.  I have so many amazing products from there.  At Lavender Ridge we met with a photographer, a cater, a coffee place (yummy free lattes) and Jewel Kade Crystal.  Ummm can we say in love?  I want a canvas from them and tons of jewelry (maybe bridesmaids gifts).  We walked around enjoying champagne, laughs and the gorgeous weather.  Cece won a bow necklace from Jewel Kade, and I think Rachel might just steal it.

Next up was Boomtown for some lunch and vendors.  After going to Boomtown, when we got on the bus, they did another raffle and this time I won.  I won a $400 teeth whitening package before my wedding.  I have pretty white teeth, so it may go to Rory, or I may use it for even more whitness.

After Boomtown, we went up to Somerset Country Club.  This is the community Rory's parents live in so I am familiar with it.  We went into a party bus limo to check it out, saw the area you can get married in (inside or on the golf course), had tons of chocolate, a cupcake, make-up artist, dj and on the go bride.  I won my free ticket from On The Go Bride.  I love their blog.  So much local vendors, wedding ideas and amazing photographers.  Then we went downstairs to an Italian restaurant for free wine and champagne.  Yes!

Here is a little ring bling we took on the tour

Last but not least we went to Lime Spa and Taylor 41.  More champagne cocktails, Courtney Aaron Photography (amazing boudoir shots) and spa packages.

We arrived back at Hidden Valley Golf Club late, but well worth it.  I met tons of vendors, entered into many raffles, won something, met two amazing ladies and had a great day with fellow brides who didn't care how much we talked about weddings.  Total win win.

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