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Bridal expo shows off county resources
Eight-year-old Hannah Woodward, right, paused before picking up her basket bouquet and joining other models Amanda Martinez, Adrianne Allen, Alex Finlayson, and April Justice at Saturday's bridal show at the Fremont County Fairgrounds Fremont Center. Photos by Wayne Nicholls

Bridal expo showed off county resources

Apr 3, 2012 - By Emily Etheredge, Staff Writer

Candace Warren spent the majority of her Saturday morning finalizing details for her outdoor wedding in July. The Riverton bride stopped by the Wind River Bridal Expo at the Fremont County Fairgrounds to see if she could find ideas that would help make her special day complete.

"I came to see if I could get any fun decorating ideas, since my wedding is outside," Warren said. "I have really enjoyed getting to talk with people involved in the wedding business because they have helped me pull a lot of my wedding together."

The event was sponsored by the Riverton boutique consignment shop Back on the Rack. Vendors from all over Wyoming came to help future brides plan the perfect wedding.

Back on the Rack owner Patty O'Connor said she hoped the event would show that a wedding can be planned using shops and businesses in Fremont County.

"What spends in Fremont County hopefully stays in the county," O'Connor said.

Vendors set up booths that promoted services ranging from wedding cakes to catering, makeup, floral arrangements, jewelry, bridesmaids gifts and honeymoon destinations.

Special Effects cake designer Zelma Lockhart had an array of wedding cakes for brides to sample. Lockhart and her daughter, Tanya Santee, said they have been making wedding cakes for a combined 50 years.

"The trends in wedding cakes have definitely changed over the years," Lockhart said. "We used to see a lot of people wanting pillars in their cakes for the different levels, and now we see stacked cakes with lots of bright colors and fresh flowers."

Lockhart said more brides are requesting shapes other than the standard round layers. She said she has seen a trend of paisley- or teardrop-shaped cakes iced with fondant with the edges covered in ribbon.

A cake with fondant icing and stacked layers can sometimes weigh 80 pounds, and transporting them to different venues can prove to be tricky.

"That is when the really strong men come into play because the cakes can get really heavy," Lockhart said.

Photographer Lindsey Cox was helping brides book their wedding photo shoots.

"Girls are looking for more modern places to have their wedding photos taken, and it seems the more unique the better these days," Cox said.

Cox said she enjoys wedding photography because people usually are happy.

"I have never met someone who was unhappy at their wedding," Cox said.

Models April and Clair Justice, Alex Finlayson, Amanda Martinez, Adrienne Allen and Hannah Woodward participated in a fashion show that displayed different wedding dress trends.

"We are seeing a lot of color on the wedding dress, whether it is from ties for the corset on the back of the wedding dress or a sash to go around the waist," O'Connor said. "Something that adds a little color is really in style right now."

O'Connor said she hoped the expo showed the community of Riverton that the event was all about supporting local business and bringing the community together.

"We can do things just like the bigger towns, and I hope the bridal expo really emphasized that," O'Connor said.

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