Photos by Jeff Loves Jessica
You:
Clare Hoelderle

Business:
The Red Bench Vintage Rental & Design
Founded:

I’m relatively new to the wedding world but not to the vintage world!  I’ve always loved weddings, vintage and entertaining in general! For the last 13 years, I have sold vintage décor in stores and shows but recently was able to combine my two “loves” and I moved my business into vintage décor rentals for weddings and special events!  I also offer day-of coordinating and design services.
Your passion:
I eat, sleep and dream about weddings!  I love pouring over new ideas and making a unique and personal experience for each couple. 
I come alive when I start talking about weddings!  My husband often asks if I can spend one evening without being on the computer searching for ideas or looking through magazines for inspiration.
Barn weddings are my specialty!  My husband and I recently purchased an amazing property and we will be renovating the barn to be used as a wedding venue, Avonlea Farm.  We are beyond excited to begin to be able to host unforgettable weddings on our property.
Background
I grew up on a hobby farm in Kasson, MN.  The town has one stop light now!  I have a Communications degree from Winona State University and almost went to college for Interior Design.  I recently completed a certificate program in Meeting and Event Planning.
You love weddings because:
I love everything about weddings!  Marrying your best friend and sharing that experience with your family and friends who surround you with love and joy…it’s the best day ever.  Add in some vintage treasures and it is a day all the guests too will remember forever. 
Favorite weddings-related item:
I love infusing the rustic and elegant in a wedding.  Using a barn wood board as a runner along with milk glass vases for flowers and cut glass cups for candles or using crates and glass cake plates for the dessert table, it’s a great combination.
No one would ever guess you…:
I have two different colored eyes!  And I love to sing in the car…alone though!

Data bank:
www.facebook.com/theredbenchvintage
www.facebook.com/avonleafarmweddings
www.redbenchvintage.com 

Clare, we can’t wait to see your wedding re-creation at the Weddings Lab!
And that will be in three short days!
Are you ready for the Bonanza?! Can’t wait to see you!
Kim

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