Wedding planning under one ‘barn’ roof at Smokey Hollow Bridal Show

Located between Selbyville and Fenwick Island, Smokey Hollow is a new venue for weddings and other events. The Smokey Hollow Bridal Show is set for Sunday. Nov. 11. (Delaware State News/Glenn Rolfe)

SELBYVILLE — Calling all brides-to-be.

Wedding day is a monumental occasion for a couple, family and friends, so obviously planning is paramount.

Smokey Hollow — a picturesque wedding venue nestled on a private estate east of Selbyville a short drive from Delaware and Maryland beaches — is the stage that will bring wedding planning together Nov. 11 at the Smokey Hollow Bridal Show.

Co-sponsored by Barefoot Beach Bride and Delaware Seaside Bride magazine, the bridal show will feature upward of two dozen vendors and a bridal fashion show.

Smokey Hollow opened in spring 2018.

Barefoot Bride owner/operator Jodie Noonan works in concert with Smokey Hollow owners Mark and Karen Zduriencik. The property includes a large estate house, a guest cottage house that sits behind the main house, a 4,900-square-foot “barn,” a pond and dock — all on 100-plus acres.

“Mark and Karen built this venue as a retirement project. I went in and said I would love to come in basically handle it for you. They don’t want to do it. They don’t want to unlock the door, lock the door, visit with everybody, collect insurance, and so on and so on,” said Ms. Noonan. “So, that is what I pretty much do.”

Smokey Hollow is located at 37632 Lakeridge Drive, Selbyville. (Delaware State News/Glenn Rolfe)

The barn is made of natural white-washed wood timber with black trim. A half-dozen large crystal chandeliers accent the room, offering a sense of elegance, and the walls are finished with brick and wood accents offering a timeworn patina.

“It’s a beautiful secluded estate that’s just a few minutes from the beach,” said Delaware Seaside Bride Managing Editor Maria Counts.

“I think if you are going to do a barn you need to give a different twist to your barn. I think it needs to be a venue that whether you want something extremely rustic or you want something dressy, it has got to be timeless. It has got to be a spot where people don’t feel like they are sitting in the middle of a barn if you don’t want them to,” Ms. Noonan said. “That was kind of where they went with the direction and that is exactly what has happened there. What is amazing is when I do meet with a couple, and it is typically the groom that says, ‘I don’t want to get married in a barn,’ you open the doors and they walk in and are like ‘wow.’ We like to call it a wedding venue.”

“And it’s not just a barn,” Ms. Noonan said. “You can rent whole entire property.”

The bridal show being staged on Veterans Day will run from noon to 3 p.m.

The ultimate goal, Ms. Counts says, is to span the spectrum of bridal services, encompassing photography, food/catering, cake bakers, florists, makeup artists, hair stylists, travel, entertainment and venue among others. “Whatever you could possibly need, our hope is that you can come to the show and meet some incredible talent in our area and plan your special day,” said Ms. Counts.

The Smokey Hollow venue offers options in wedding planning.

“If a bride says to me, ‘Do you offer wedding planning services? We do. We can book that, and I have wedding planners that I can put into place there to do that. We do a lot of the design and decorating aspects of it as well,” said Ms. Noonan. “If they want to come in and do everything themselves or bring their own planner in they are more than welcome to. We have an open door policy. Everybody is welcome.”

“The Eastern Shore is really unique in that we so much offer to locals and visitors alike in terms of scenery. You can come here and have a beautiful state park wedding, you can go to beaches, you can go to a golf resort. Whatever you envision your day to be, we have it along with some phenomenal wedding professionals who can make your dreams a reality,” said Ms. Counts. “We hope that people come to attend and meet some our incredible local talent.”

“We have hosted networking events in the past, working with wedding professionals in the area,” said Ms. Counts. “Jodie from Barefoot Beach Bride had approached us. We thought that this was a great opportunity to co-host our first ever bridal show.”

The bridal fashion show featuring models Downtown Bridal will be staged toward the end of the day, around 2 p.m. There will also be door prizes donated by participating vendors.

And, outside, there will be a photo booth courtesy of C.M. Baker Photography, one of the vendors.

“The hope is to actually have some people set up around the perimeter of the barn as well as vendors inside,” said Ms. Counts. “So, brides-to-be and their bridal party can come in and see the inside the barn but also kind of walk around the facility and maybe enjoy the photo booth.”

Bridal show pre-registration isn’t required but is preferred.

For bridal show tickets, visit www.smokeyhollowde.com or www.delawareSeasideBride.com.

Smokey Hollow is located at 37632 Lakeridge Drive, Selbyville.

Vendors

Vendors participating in the bridal show as of Oct. 25: Bear Trap Dunes, La Vida Hospitality/Big Chill, Vittles Catering & Food Truck, Bethany Blues, Taste Events, Seahorse Mobile Tavern, Eventfully Yours, A Sweet Affair Events, Barefoot Beach Bride, All About U!, Eastern Shore Makeup , The Shady Sun, Peninsula Plastic Surgery, Johane Urlita Artistry , Sam Ellis Photography, C.M. Baker Photography, AR White Photography , Sweet Stems, Downtown Bridal (bridal fashion show), Sandals Bridal & Formal Wear, Oasis Travel , Double Treble and Delaware Seaside Bride.

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