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Bridal showcase offers tips, ideas for Crossroads brides to be


Jan. 9, 2011 at 10:03 p.m.
Updated Jan. 8, 2011 at 7:09 p.m.

Models wait in line for their turn to model wedding gowns at the fashion show presented at the bridal show organized by The Pilot Club. The gowns are from Jade and Madalynn Quinceanera Boutique in Victoria.

Crystal Lopez weaved her way around the Victoria Community Center, soaking in the things around her - silver centerpieces, colorful flowers, decorated cakes and more.

The Placedo bride-to-be was among the hundreds of people who attended the Pilot Club of Victoria's 21st annual Bridal Showcase.

The event, one of the club's two main fundraisers, brings professionals such as florists, caterers and photographers together under one roof for area brides, said Susan Riedesel, an event co-chair.

"We're where you want to come if you want to get married in the local area," she said.

Proceeds benefit Project Lifesaver, Relay For Life, various scholarships and other causes.

Lopez will marry her fiance, Gary Behrens, May 14 and said she attended the event to get a better grasp on decorations.

"Everything is so pretty and I want to do it all," she said with a laugh. "But this has given me some good ideas."

This year's show included a record 85 vendors, Riedesel said, and another 15 or so remained on a waiting list.

Cindy Reed owns Isn't That Gorgeous!, which creates flower bouquets and arrangements for special events. She hosted a booth to give brides an idea of what she does.

It helps to have the product there in person, she said.

"Girls want to come here, touch and feel a product before they buy it," Reed explained. "You can't do that on a website."

Christina Cook owns The Gathering Company, a business that provides items such as linens, tables and centerpieces. Her display amassed several booth spaces and included things like crystal chandeliers and full place settings.

Her decorating theory for the showcase is "go big or go home," she said, explaining the company typically draws business from the event.

For Susan Crump, the showcase is the one chance a year she advertises her business, Photography By Susan.

"It's worth it to come to the show," she said, standing before her display of bridal and engagement shots. "It makes a statement about who we are and what we do."

The latest wedding photography trends include outdoor shots, Crump said.

"People want to go to different locations," she explained. "They're more interested in the background than they were years ago."

For Lopez, her big day is fast approaching. She said she looks forward to it, but did offer advice for future brides.

"Start planning," she said. "From the moment you get engaged, start planning."



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