Our First International Wedding Fair with Live Wedding Painting and a Surprise Audrey Hepburn Treat

Last weekend we attended our very first international wedding fair in Brussels, Belgium. Salon du Mariage is a a popular wedding expo among European wedding planners, vendors, etc. and even though the language barrier is something we were concerned about, we couldn’t let our insecurities deter us from what ended up being an extremely rewarding and insightful experience.

So after less than 2 months after our move to the Netherlands, here we were packing away for the wedding fair to show the people of Europe what live wedding painting is all about! We took a 2 hour bus ride to Brussels from Maastricht, so could only bring what we could carry ourselves and here is how our booth turned out:

The only items that were provided to us were the table and chairs. The rest we brought with us very strategically on the bus to Brussels  and had to lug around with us in the city! (Thank you Eva for letting us borrow your plant that gave just the pop of foliage that our space needed.)

The only items that were provided to us were the table and chairs. The rest we brought with us very strategically on the bus to Brussels and had to lug around with us in the city! (Thank you Eva for letting us borrow your plant that gave just the pop of foliage that our space needed.)

We’re both extremely grateful for the warm welcome that the vendors and guests treated us with. Even though we don’t speak French, we were easily able to communicate to everyone in English (Europeans are so incredibly smart with languages!) and people seemed sincerely intrigued by our wedding paintings and what we had to offer. Here are some more shots from the weekend!

Demoing our process for the guests at Salon du Mariage!

Demoing our process for the guests at Salon du Mariage!

Ville being a rockstar ;)

Ville being a rockstar ;)

We look forward to continuing to promote our live wedding painting services at expositions like this more often. It’s also an excuse to travel and explore our new terrain! Ok, so now for the Audrey Hepburn surprise I was telling you about… Our friend from Maastricht, Eva, let us stay at her spare condo in Brussels which was already such a kind gesture in and of itself. Little did we know that the apartment building is actually a huge tourist attraction as it is the birthplace of Audrey Hepburn! That means we could have stayed in the exact room she was born in. We couldn’t believe how cool of an experience this was. The building itself is only open to tenants so I snuck in a photo of the interior inside so you guys could see it for yourselves :)

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The hallways were lined with tons of Audrey Hepburn portraits, in case you happened to forget where you were!

The hallways were lined with tons of Audrey Hepburn portraits, in case you happened to forget where you were!

There wasn’t a whole lot of information about this building online, other than the fact that Audrey Hepburn lived there with her family until she was 5. Still a pretty cool thing to have randomly encountered.

We can’t wait until our next wedding expo in November. Next stop… Prague!

Over and out,

Monica + Ville

Tales of Travel, Love, and Painting

Hey friends! We’ve recently relocated from Greenville, South Carolina to Maastricht, Netherlands! Ville and I are beyond excited for this new chapter in our lives, but what does this mean for Bloom & Bliss? Let’s just say we’ve been brushing up on our mingling skills and already have two big wedding fairs lined up in the coming months to showcase our work to potential clients and vendors. This is big news for us as we are still just getting our feet wet in this incredible industry. It’s been an amazing opportunity to be able to do what we love by capturing moments for others to cherish. We are so very thankful for all the support. We definitely don’t take it for granted. Now on to painting (and friet)! 💪 Be sure to check back for updates!