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Vote for the Small Business Scholarship!


We believe in small business. We exist to encourage, educate, & empower the hard-working entrepreneurs in our community.

We want to award one lucky entrepreneur with a one year Membership to Forever Bride! Our program is designed to give businesses the tools, resources, & education to better connect with potential clients, strengthen social media, & build lasting relationships with other local professionals.

Check out our 8 nominees below:


Brianna Lane Photography

I'm a wedding and boudoir photographer.

I'm making a positive impact on the wedding community by showing my clients that I care about them and their story, and trying to show couples that you don't need to stick to tradition in order to have a beautiful wedding. Showing that making your wedding your own with unique experiences will be much more fun and memorable.

I'm a mama of 2 little ones, (2.5yrs & 1yr), I'm a born and raised Canadian who moved down to Minnesota for husband. I'm a hopeless romantic and chocoholic. I started my business because I love being able to document one of the biggest days of peoples lives in a way that's artistic and eye-catching. Helping couples relive their day over and over again through beautiful storytelling.


Bubbly & Bliss

Bubbly and Bliss is a wedding planning company here to help bring your individuality and dreams to reality for your wedding day!

I hope that as my business continues to grow to work with couples and vendors in the wedding community that I can lend a helping hand to, bring fresh non traditional ideas to life, and help eliminate any stress or chaos you may encounter while panning your event.

I have always had a passion for planning events growing up however, it wasn't until planning my own wedding that I decided to really pursue wedding planning professionally and started this new adventure in March 2019. I am obsessed with all things wedding related, constantly on the look out for the next big trends, detail oriented, and a DIY fanatic.


Cookies by CJ

Cookies by CJ creates unique, custom sugar cookies which are perfect additions to any occasion!

My job is to make my customers feel understood and valued, by bringing their creative visions to life on their wedding day through edible pieces of art! I directly work with couples to design customized cookies which are representative of their personalities!

I created my business because I feel called to serve others and help people feel known, and Cookies by CJ is a way to do that while allowing my creativity to flow! Cookies by CJ is the product of my long-time desires to be my own boss, show other women that they CAN do whatever they put their minds to, and do what I love by staying true to myself; all while giving full credit to the Lord (I'm a proud Catholic!). My ultimate goals as a business are to establish heartfelt connections with my customers, and help make their events just a little more extraordinary with my custom cookies!


Financially Engaged

We serve as a timely financial and relationship resource for recently engaged couples, allowing them to maximize not only their big day, but a healthy and wealthy life together.

Our simple tools and guides reduce the guesswork, disorganization, and stress that too often accompany couples as they approach their wedding day. By limiting the surprises and providing peace of mind, we help couples focus on what truly matters -- celebrating their future together.

We're two married CPAs who passionately believe that the right information and systems upfront can provide couples with the means, mindset, and ambition to live their best lives together. Time and time again, we see married couples stumble through life with a trial-and-error approach, which can be detrimental to the relationship and their goals. We started Financially Engaged to prevent couples from always playing catch-up, and instead, help couples navigate life's major events with confidence -- starting with their wedding day.


Rachael Marie Photography

Rachael Marie Photography wants to capture your true authentic self while celebrating you!

Rachael Marie Photography is a reputable business that puts brides and grooms at ease knowing their day is going to be beautifully documented in full. I enjoy networking with and supporting other vendors in the area.

Rachael Marie Photography was created when I fell in love with getting to know people and their relationships on a deep level. My passion for celebrating people's relationships and love they have for each other is never ending!


Scherer Photo Co.

Scherer Photo Co. is a wedding + family lifestyle photography business committed to telling our clients stories authentically and uniquely.

We believe capturing a wedding day is about so much more than pretty posing, but rather creating memories, laughter, joy, and love for our couples.

As a husband/wife photography duo, Chris and I started this business together while both working full time jobs to pursue our passion for photography and for people. We dreamed of showing our kids a better way - and how they could build a business of their own, while making the difference in the lives of others. We hope to bring our joyful hearts and passion for the wedding industry to our couples, and to put community over competition to build other businesses like ourselves up! We would be HONORED to receive the Forever Bride Scholarship! Thank you!


Shaded Spruce Events

Shaded Spruce Events plans, designs, and executes unforgettable events.

Shaded Spruce Events gives 5% of their profit back to various mission organizations, veteran organizations, and animal rescues. We are a female brand that brings a heart for collaboration and beautifully executed events.

Shaded Spruce was started because we love being a part of all the happy moments and we wanted to offer a stress-free planning solution for those moments. We also wanted to create a space where women (and maybe men someday?!) could have the ultimate work life balance and truly love what they do. We wanted to create unforgettable memories, doing what we love and giving back to the community.


W.Bass Hair

W.Bass Hair provides on-site hair services for both weddings & special events.

W.Bass Hair is making a positive impact by personalizing each client's experience. In a fast paced, digital world, we strive to bring back that personal touch & make people feel extra special on their special day.

I started W.Bass Hair to live out my passion for helping people see their beauty one strand at a time. It's such an honor to get to play a small role in someone's big day!

So many amazing budding businesses! We love the passion and motivation behind each of these companies! Vote for your favorite below!

Winner announced June 7th, 2019 at 3PM

Comments & Reviews

Karen Peterson, said on
Financially Engaged helps couples with something that can get overlooked in the excitement of engagement and wedding plans, yet has LONG REACHING impact! Such a great service to couples!!!
Sharon, said on
Shaded Spruce Events
Aunt Ginny, said on
Whitney is an extremely talented & hard-working hair stylist. She SO deserves to win the small business scholarship.
Angiei, said on
Thank you Scherer Photo Co for capturing sweet moments with my husband and little boy. I love how they were genuine moments captured for us to enjoy forever.
McKenna, said on
When you find a business where they’re doing what they are passionate for, it shows! Every picture taken by Scherer Co immortalizes a memory, that’s stained in emotion and pure beauty! I am so lucky to have found this team where their talent and love for photography is captured in every picture!
Marlene, said on
She is an amazing person and does excellent work. She has a style of her own.
Samantha Kalthoff, said on
I have been going to Whittney for a little over a year now and I don’t think I will ever go to anyone else ever again. Whittney always makes me feel comfortable and beautiful! She truly has a gift and always works her magic!
audrey murray, said on
B rianna has an eye for perfect.
Jagger & Jason, said on
Whitney works around the clock to make sure her clients not only look their best but feel their best too. She has built W.Bass Hair completely on her own & we’re so proud of her & all her hard work. There’s no one more deserving than my wife & Jagger’s Mama.
Phyllis, said on
Love Brianna's work..so beautiful..
Jennifer Largent, said on
Thank you to Scherer Co for the amazing Unicorn photos with Sparky. It was magical for all ages. Good Luck you def deserve to win
Ashley Hawks, said on
Good luck, everyone!

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