The Bedford Columns opens its doors to public

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By Tom Wilmoth

    Those who visited The Bedford Columns Sunday discovered elegance at its best as they went from room to room in the remodeled dream-come-true for owners Brian and Vickie Runk.


    The Grand Opening of the event and conference center in Bedford was the culmination of an 18-month transformation for the historic building that last housed an assisted living facility.
    “The public came to us,” Vickie Runk stated of the decision to create the facility. After moving the residents from the assisted living facility to a new facility at Smith Mountain Lake, they were trying to decide what to do with the building. That’s when the calls came from brides wanting to have pictures taken there, or groups wanting to use the facility for meetings.
    In essence, the home spoke to Vickie and her husband about what needed to be done with it.
    “It’s been such a pleasure to open the doors to the public,” stated Vickie, whose vision inspired the renovations. “The beauty was already there (in the building). All we had to do was enhance it.”
    Vickie said that all little girls have a princess inside of them and a desire to create the castle of their dreams. The Bedford Columns gives them a chance to experience that dream on their wedding day. She said the demand for such a facility has been great.
    “We want to make lasting memories for people here,” she said.
    The Bedford Columns ballroom is outfitted withcustom lighting and a DJ booth. It can seat 150 with a dance floor or up to 200 for dinners and parties. Katie Lester, the building manager, said the house itself allows for even more entertaining options, including a private dining area, a theater, a sitting room and a bridal suite. There are six  decadent suites, modeled after various rooms in royal palaces. “It was a real attention to detail,” Lester said of the renovations to the House; nothing was overlooked.
    A balcony overlooks the front of The Bedford Columns, providing a spot for a bride to waive to the wedding guests or a place for the newly married couple to share a first kiss.
    Lester said The Bedford Columns provides the showplace that people have had to look for outside of this area prior to this.
    Galyn Damiani, marketing director for the facility, said those utilizing the facility will find luxury and will experience “royal treatment.”
    “It’s a very special day,” she said of the Grand Opening. Providing that special treatment to their guests will be important.
    In addition to weddings, The Bedford Columns is being booked for business retreats, reunions, anniversary parties and conferences. “There’s really nothing else like it,” she said of the facility and what it has to offer.    
    The Bedford Columns has more than 11,000 square feet of space for various types of events from private birthday parties to business seminars to royal weddings.  The  ballroom accommodates up to 200 guests, while six suites are available for overnight stays. 
    What does it offer? “The elegance of the past with the beauty of the present,” the owners state. What that provides are the ingredients custom designed to make “your event unforgettable.”
    Interested in more information? Call 434-610-1456 or visit www.TheBedfordColumns.com.