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Local businesses unite to produce wedding catalog [UPDATED]

Published 2:46pm Friday, November 5, 2010 Updated 2:46pm Friday, November 5, 2010

A wedding gown. A tuxedo. A tiered cake. Hair and makeup. Invitations. Jewelry. Flowers. Catering. Photography.

Those are just some of the things needed to put a wedding together, and all of them are available locally here in Fergus Falls.

That’s the message photographer Holly Diestler is promoting after she organized a wedding photo shoot in collaboration with local businesses to showcase their products and services to encourage the idea of an all-local wedding.

“I want people to know you don’t have to go out of town to get something different,” she said. “It’s important to promote shopping locally and keeping business in this town rather than going out of town to shop.”

Participating vendors included bridal gowns and tux from Sew Perfect, jewelry from Mauk Jewelers, floral by Wild Rose Floral and Gifts, antiques from Majeco Creations, a wedding cake from the City Bakery, hair and makeup by 715 Hot Heads, invitations by Victor Lundeens, shooting locations provided by Bello Cucina and River Inn, and photography by Holly D Photography. Planning and coordinating was provided by Events by Laura. Models were Nick Suridis, Lauren Carlson, Katie Bigelow, Tara Wallington and John Faber.

Lauren Carlson poses in front of Fergus Theatre in a wedding gown provided by Sew Perfect. Her business, 715 Hot Heads, also provided hair and makeup for the photo shoot, which photographer Holly Diestler helped organize in collaboration with local businesses to showcase their products and services to promote an all-local wedding.

“Local businesses are willing to work with you,” Diestler said. “I don’t think you could ask for better service and you’re helping everything local.”

The photo shoot took place on Oct. 30, and Diestler is in the process of publishing a wedding brochure with photos and information to promote local vendors. The participating businesses will have enlarged photos to hang in their stores, and they also carry business cards of others in the wedding industry to suggest local options to anyone planning a wedding.

Julie Johnson, owner of Sew Perfect, said it’s nice to work with other businesses, especially when it means keeping business in town. Wild Rose Floral and Gifts owner Kay Braun shared Johnson’s sentiment.

“I’m all about keeping the money in town as much as you possibly can, and there are a lot of options here,” she said. “I’ve always liked the idea of working together to make one bigger thing happen.”

When a customer is ordering flower arrangements for a wedding, Braun said she often asks if they have already secured a photographer or caterer and provides recommendations. She doesn’t think people are aware of the various options available in town, though, and hopes to get the word out to keep people shopping locally.

For the photo shoot, Mauk Jewelers provided the jewelry and wristwatches for the brides, bridesmaids and groomsmen. Roxy Vigen, who helps run the family-owned business, said they offer a selection of different styles of new alternative metal wedding bands, as well as wedding rings that range from modern, contemporary styling to the vintage look that she said is popular now.

“To keep our community strong, we all need to support where we live,” she said. “It’s important to keep money in our area because that’s what keeps any community growing.”

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  • cubbie22

    I think it is really good that your trying to keep business in this local town; however, like many others we will be moving on to other towns for our shopping due to the ice arena and its new sales tax law.

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