Any dreams a prospective bride and groom could have for their wedding were only a heartbeat away at the annual bridal fair.

The bridal extravaganza, combined this year with the women’s expo, celebrated its 41st year Sunday at the Scottish Rite Cathedral, offering a multitude of booths that could help anyone plan a wedding down to the smallest details. Lithe women modeled elegant wedding dresses and bridesmaid dresses in a myriad of styles and colors.

There were fondant-coated wedding cakes in various shapes and colors, including one with polka dots. Samples were available in the form of mini-cupcakes to help wedding planners decide on what flavors to choose.

Caterers and bakers prepared trays of food for visitors to sample. There were mini doughnuts, foil-wrapped candies, favors made from chocolate kisses. People selling insurance. Florists. Limousine services. Tuxedo rentals. Jeweled shoes and purses. Floral bouquets. Hair salons. Tent rentals. Music. Motel lodging. Photography, videography and invitation services, limousine packages and sign-ups for hall rentals. Continuous fashion shows on a center stage.

The event was sponsored Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce. Its executive director, Bob McCracken, marveled at the ongoing success the event has had, year after year.

“We have brides who, when this started now are in their 60s,” he said, not to mention mothers of the brides in their 80s and 90s. “It’s still going strong.”

Medure’s Catering was a popular booth, where Chrissy Conrad and Kristen Medure, catering manager, were serving samples of eggplant rollatini and chicken scampi.

Medure said the New Castle area business has been at the bridal show every year since it started.

Joelene Meiners of Butterfly Wish Bouquets had her booth at the bridal show for the first time this year, and she was happy with the exposure for her business.

Her florist shop, located on Mount Air Road in Mount Jackson, specializes in floral arrangements that upon request feature live butterflies.

“I try to allow the people to interact and take photos shoots,” she said. “I like to have fun with it, so it’s not just a table thing.”

(Email: dwachter


Debbie's been a journalist at the New Castle News since 1978, and covers county government, police and fire, New Castle schools, environment and various other realms. She also writes features, takes photos and video and copy edits.

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