The first of May brought with it the inaugural Wedding Showcase held at the State Library of Queensland (SLQ) and hosted by Vellum Studios. The canapés were sitting pretty and bottles of sparkling were ready to be popped as over 20 of Brisbane’s finest wedding vendors awaited the arrival of 180 excited brides (and a smattering of grooms!)
I spoke with Vellum Studios about how the Wedding Showcase came to be:
What made you decide to put on this Showcase?
We wanted a way to Showcase our photography work as well as the beautiful work of the other local vendors in a setting that was relaxed and comfortable.
What made you choose SLQ as the venue?
It is such a beautiful space and unfortunately not many people in Brisbane are aware that you can hold events there, so we thought it was the perfect place to host our Wedding Showcase.
How did you select which vendors attended?
We carefully selected vendors that were all about quality, client service, and specialised in weddings. We wanted to ensure that the couples coming to the Showcase were able to speak directly with and see and experience products from some of the best wedding vendors in Brisbane.
Rebekah Godbold is the Venue Hire Manager for SLQ. She echoes this sentiment, “The Wedding Showcase was a great opportunity to highlight our unique venues – which really have to be seen to be believed! When we saw the proposed list of vendors, we knew that they would complement the modern and sophisticated look of State Library of Queensland (SLQ).
SLQ offers a range of ceremony and reception venues with striking city views. But what really sets our venues apart are the unique architectural and quirky elements – whether it be a 6 metre high mirrored ceiling, a wall of tea cups, or a timber floor that appears suspended over the river – which our couples just love.”
Sarah-Jane from Cake That gave me an insight into her involvement in the Showcase and life as a cake artist, “I chose the [three] cakes I displayed because I like to make those type of cakes… whilst the styles are popular and engage most brides, I find it equally important to showcase and produce designs that also excite me.
It was important to me to be involved in this particular Showcase as I was surrounded by like minded vendors who I admire. Each week I get to see the best in the industry consistently producing fantastic products and services for their clients – so to be collectively under one roof was a magnificent atmosphere for those potential clients to meet their potential vendors.
My clients are always surprised about how much I ask them about their wedding and its details – colours, theme, gown, bouquet, and their personalities all play a huge part in the design I create for them. My clients value the fact that I want to know the tiniest details so that their cake can fit into their reception and make the statement that best suits their needs.”
Sarah-Jane summed it up beautifully, “People have a misconception that everything in this industry is about competition – to me it’s not. I have wonderful friends from the industry… each of us have our own style which won’t suit every client, but each of our clients will choose us because of how we fit with them.” Fantastic to see a collection of industry professionals working together!
Images by Vellum Studios