Wellen Park showcases local wedding and special event vendors at Solis Hall

VENICE, Fla. (Sept. 22, 2023) – More than 100 guests gathered recently to attend Wellen Park’s inaugural Wedding + Special Events Expo at Solis Hall, the region’s newest waterfront venue for weddings, community celebrations, business meetings, milestones and just-because events, in Downtown Wellen. Spanning a full day, the expo featured more than 20 local industry professionals showcasing exhibits where attendees explored and experienced some of the most popular wedding and event trends, including a 360 photobooth, cake tastings, on-the-spot manicures and more.

Exhibiting vendors included Wonder Cake Creations, The Balloon Babe, Storii Coffee, Ashley Jade Photography, 360 Freedom Photography, Jennifer Matteo Event Planning, Sam Copland Photography, Bubbly Bee, Eileon, Palacios Event Planning, Blossmcart, Ooyoot Market + Events, Noah Grey Music, Wild at Heart Flower Truck and Blooming Color & Curls. Downtown Wellen tenants Florida Lakes Spa, Paint Nail Bar, DanaTyler and The Banyan House also participated in this showcase event. Throughout the expo, attendees received special giveaways and exclusive discounts from exhibiting vendors.

Guests explored Solis Hall’s indoor and outdoor venue spaces while sampling passed hors d’oeuvres from The Banyan House, Downtown Wellen’s flagship waterfront restaurant and exclusive Solis Hall caterer. Just outside of Solis Hall is the adjoining Canopy Green, an enchanting and romantic lakefront destination. The Canopy Green was decorated and set up for a ceremony for guests to envision a wedding taking place under the live oak trees.

“This event provided a unique opportunity for guests to explore Solis Hall and imagine all the possibilities for a wedding or special event,” said Christine Masney, vice president of marketing at Wellen Park. “It is thrilling to see people’s excitement for upcoming special events and their interest in booking Solis Hall as their venue.”

Now available for rent, Solis Hall is nestled along downtown’s 80-acre Grand Lake. The 4,400-square-foot event venue features soaring 25-foot ceilings, an outdoor stage overlooking the Great Lawn, and more than 4,000 square feet of outdoor gathering areas, porches and patios along the water.

For more information and to submit a rental inquiry for Solis Hall, visit


About Downtown Wellen

Downtown Wellen is the region’s newest social and gathering spot, offering restaurants, boutiques, beauty services, and medical and professional offices. The downtown’s thoughtfully designed spaces create unique outdoor experiences – from intimate parks, a natural playground and a living room shaded by a decades-old relocated live oak tree to larger gathering spaces like the Great Lawn for community festivals, markets, celebrations and events, and the lakefront fountain and splashpad. Solis Hall features an outdoor stage, a lakefront patio and an easy flow from inside spaces to neighboring alfresco areas.

The pedestrian-friendly downtown emphasizes heartfelt connections to community and nature and celebrates a waterfront vibe with the 80-acre Grand Lake providing a scenic backdrop and opportunities for fishing and paddle sports. Visitors can enjoy time on the water and along downtown’s 3-mile lakefront trail with on-site bicycle, e-bike, kayak and paddleboard rentals at Kind Vibes Outfitters.

Also open is The Yard, offering a playful outdoor environment with a dining area, games and activities, and ultra-casual food and beverage choices served counter style from retrofitted shipping containers. The Yard features gourmet ballpark favorites from Atlanta Braves-affiliated Pop Dawgs, New England-style seafood at Claw & Co. and the ultra-casual eatery Lakeside Bites, owned and operated by the proprietors of the adjacent Kind Vibes Outfitters.

Located at 19745 Wellen Park Blvd., Venice, Downtown Wellen can be accessed directly from Preto Boulevard and U.S. 41, just west of South River Road. A future downtown entry directly from U.S. 41 and Wellen Park Boulevard is currently under construction.

Learn more about Downtown Wellen and access a complete list of businesses at

About Wellen Park

Consistently ranked among the U.S.’s top-selling communities annually by prominent real estate consulting firm RCLCO, Wellen Park offers a mix of single-family and multifamily residential, commercial and recreational options. The community currently has approximately 9,500 residents, and at full buildout will have more than 50,000 residents and 22,500 homes within its three distinct districts: West Villages, Downtown Wellen and Playmore.

Wellen Park’s expanding residential choices include new-construction single-family homes in picturesque neighborhoods, a bundled golf and country club community, paired and attached villas, coach homes and condominiums. Rental options offer one- to three-bedroom luxury apartments and single-family homes, an apartment community for active adults 55 and older, and world-class independent, assisted living and memory care.

Wellen Park is close to top-ranked beaches and the area’s many attractions.

To learn more about Downtown Wellen and living at Wellen Park, call 941-960-7805, go to or visit the Welcome Center at 12275 Mercado Drive in Venice, Fla. The Welcome Center is open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Jennifer Hamilton, Gravina, Smith, Matte & Arnold Marketing and PR, 239-275-5758, [email protected]


Please credit all photos to Ashley Jade Photography

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