ASTORIA — Couples from all over Oregon and Southern Washington traveled to Astoria to attend the inaugural Shore Style Wedding Faire on Saturday, Jan. 23, hosted by Astoria Downtown Historic District Association.

The Wedding Faire’s aim was to acquaint couples and event planners with the amenities and services offered by Astoria and neighboring Columbia Pacific communities “that make the North Coast a premier setting for weddings,” according to an Astorian Downtown Historic District Association (ADHDA) press release.

“I went to the Portland Bridal Show last weekend, and I will tell you that I found almost every single thing that I needed [at the Shore Style Wedding Faire] to complete my wedding,” said a local bride-to-be.

More than 125 people attended. Vintage Hardware and Eventscape (operators of The Loft at The Red Building) “transformed The Loft into a picturesque experience where couples and attendees could enjoy breathtaking views of the Columbia River while tasting food from local caterers, get ideas for décor, learn from industry talks and meet an array of vendors.”

One of the highlights of the event was a “ready-to-buy” fashion show curated by Evie Larson of Eventscape. The dresses modeled by local young women were generously provided by M’s Alterations and were beautifully complimented with sample bouquets from Bloomin Crazy Floral and Erickson Floral Company.

“The Shore Style Wedding Faire was a fresh and unique event experience designed to combine the style, vibe, history and spectacular beauty and bounty of our region into any prospective event,” ADHDA said.

The committee is preparing for a 2017 event, and will soon be opening sponsorship and vendor space to event venues, hotels, caterers, local food and beverage suppliers, florists, retailers, rentals and décor services, photographers, musicians and DJs, and more.

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