Bridal & Prom Expo attracts a crowd at Valley Mall

January 16, 2011|By JULIE E. GREENE |
  • Laura Brown models a wedding gown on the runway Sunday during The Herald-Mail Co.'s annual Bridal & Prom Expo at Valley Mall.
By Kevin G. Gilbert/Staff Photographer

HALFWAY — Sara Postalwait and her fiance, Jeremy Downin, haven’t ruled out having cupcakes rather than a traditional wedding cake.

On Sunday, Postalwait sampled cupcakes by Keshia’s Kakes at The Herald-Mail Co.’s annual Bridal & Prom Expo at Valley Mall.

There’s still time to decide the cake issue, said Postalwait, who’s getting married in October 2012. The Waynesboro, Pa., couple also was at the expo to get ideas for photographers and a DJ. She’s a little bit country, whereas he prefers Disturbed, the heavy metal band, Postalwait said.

At lunchtime Sunday, the mall was bustling with hundreds of people making their way among approximately 70 vendors and watching the first of two fashion shows in front of the Bon-Ton.

The turnout at the expo was good, said Dave Elliott, The Herald-Mail’s director of product development.

For those who didn’t make it to Sunday’s expo, The Herald-Mail will have free copies of its Essential Wedding Guide available at its office at 100 Summit Ave. in Hagerstown, while supplies last, Elliott said.

Sandy O’Neil, of Keedysville, was waiting for the noon fashion show to start. O’Neil needed to find a dress to wear to her son’s wedding and the couple, Douglas O’Neil and Lindsey Rotz, are still looking for tuxedos for the groom and groomsmen, she said.

“The groom’s mother has a pretty easy job,” O’Neil said.

Tina Brown was at the fashion show to watch her daughter, Laura Brown, 21, model. It was the first time she had seen her daughter in a wedding dress.

“It was cool,” said Tina Brown, of Keedysville.

Some of the models were local students, such as William Boyer, 17, a senior at Williamsport High School.

“I think I got the best suit today,” said Boyer of his black-and-white tuxedo that featured a plaid vest.

Boyer said he was used to being onstage. He has been in show choirs at Springfield Middle and Williamsport High.

Taylor Sundergill, 16, a sophomore at Martinsburg (W.Va.) High School, said she was nervous, but having fun during her first modeling experience.

Vendors at the expo included florists, bakers, photographers, entertainment providers and caterers.

Kevin Obitts, owner of Special Moments Florist in Falling Waters, W.Va., said he attended the expo to get more business for his store. Obitts said people were asking how they could save money and he was letting them know the shop works with them on their budget.

Nicole Leith, 39, of Smithsburg, said friends are helping her keep costs down for her May 21 wedding to Ray Eavey, 47, of Smithsburg. Leith said a friend will be handling the wedding photography.

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