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Bridal & Prom Expo at Valley Mall offers bouquets of wedding ideas

87 vendors were on hand from Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Virginia

January 20, 2013|By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com
  • Janel McClurg models a wedding dress at The Herald-Mail's 2013 Bridal & Prom Expo at Valley Mall on Sunday.
By Ric Dugan, Staff Photographer

HALFWAY — Engaged on Dec. 7, Kayla Pownall and Cody Frankenberry attended The Herald-Mail’s 2013 Bridal & Prom Expo at Valley Mall on Sunday to get some ideas for their September 2014 wedding.

Among the items the couple wanted to check out were cakes and dresses, said Frankenberry, 25.

The Martinsburg, W.Va., couple arrived at the mall in time to catch the end of the first of two fashion shows on a stage in front of Bon-Ton.

Several women modeled wedding gowns, mother-of-the-bride dresses and prom dresses, while men modeled tuxedos. The clothing was from David’s Bridal on Cole Road and Men’s Wearhouse in the mall.

The bouquets were provided by Martin’s Food Markets, said Kristie Sundberg, The Herald-Mail’s event coordinator.

“The brides have been really happy with the variety of vendors,” Sundberg said.

Among the 87 vendors from Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Virginia were dress and tuxedo shops, bakeries, caterers, specialty transportation services, photo studios, entertainment services and businesses that rent out event furnishings.

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Bethany Knight, 22, of Charles Town, W.Va., was checking out Sweet Inspirations’ cupcakes with her mother, Carla Knight, and younger sister, Rebecca Knight.

Bethany Knight and her mother said Bethany is expecting to become engaged soon.

Carla Knight said she made her daughter attend Sunday’s show because mom has “never done a wedding” before and they need to get ideas.

Some of the things Carla Knight said she hadn’t thought of before Sunday’s show were silly ideas such as getting a photo booth for the wedding and possibly having cupcakes instead of a wedding cake.

Co-workers Ashlee Roth and Angie Christman, both of Gettysburg, Pa., attended Sunday’s show to get ideas for their weddings.

Roth, who became engaged April 27 and plans to wed Oct. 5, said she found her time at the show “very, very productive.”

Christman and Roth said the vendors were helpful and courteous.

Roth said she did not feel pressured by anyone at the show.

“That’s very important to me as a bride and I’ve really appreciated it,” Roth said.

One thing Roth said she learned was the timeline for making a bridal gown appointment. She also saw some dresses she liked from David’s Bridal during the fashion show and at the station for J&B Bridals and Tuxedos, of Chambersburg, Pa.

Christman, who became engaged at Christmas and is getting married in October 2014, said she was looking for ways to keep costs down.

“It’s been an awesome day so far,” Christman said.

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