On Sunday, January 25, Helen G Events hosted its inaugural Make Your Day wedding workshop at Eden Gardens Wellness Resort & Spa. The workshop offered potential brides and prospective event planners tips on making their special day perfect. Guests received presentations from wedding vendors who are experts in their fields. Ranging from how to create and stick to a reasonable budget, bridal-wear tips, and make-up to hair and photography.
Helen Hutchinson-Graham, CEO of Helen G Events, told Outlook: "I believe in giving back and, as a result, we invited two participants of the Re-Birth Project to take part in our workshop, free of cost. The hope is that these young women would be enlightened to other income-earning possibilities."
The daylong event was completed on schedule, just in time for the cocktail hour, courtesy of CPJ, and the guests were ready for the grand finale fashion show.
The lawns of Eden Gardens were transformed into a runway, with the decor taking on a funky and modern theme.
Hutchinson-Graham told Outlook: "We looked at Pantone's colours of the year and went with a non-traditional pairing of navy and lime green to create a backdrop that would pop. Careful colour selection is an easy way for event planners and future brides to stay ahead of trends. The location, Eden Gardens, was specifically selected for this event because we wanted to showcase that Eden Gardens has the perfect setting in Kingston to host an intimate wedding or special event."
Guests were treated to bridal and resort wear trends for 2015, featuring collections from Courtney Washington, Sobelio Boutique, Bliss Bridal, White Lotus, Beautiful Brides, Etal Jewlery, and Fashion Statement Boutique. Models strutted down the runway in trendy rompers, shift dresses, maxi dresses, and closed the show in awe-inspiring gowns. Designer Courtney Washington showed alternatives for the beach bride and embraced a nude and calming palette.
Hutchinson-Graham told Outlook: "We would like to thank all our sponsors – CPJ, Gorgeous Flowers, and Eye-Q Optical – who helped to make this annual event a success. Next year, our aim is bigger and better."
For pictures from the event please click the links below: