Many young ladies dream about their wedding day and what they want it to look like.

Future brides along with their friends and family waited in line for the Opelika-Auburn News 2015 Bridal Expo Sunday at the Auburn Marriott Opelika Hotel and Conference Center at Grand National.

More than 400 people attended the event.

The event’s presenting sponsor was Special Arrangements. Other sponsors this year included Ruthelise Anderson Cruise Planners, Elegant Bridal Boutique, Clothes Rack, Auburn Awards, Flip Flip Foto, David’s Bridal, Amsterdam, The Event Group, Auburn Marriott Opelika Hotel and Conference Center at Grand National and Memories in Motion.

An assortment of vendors from caterers to photographers was available for future brides to start planning for their big day.

Photojenic made its first appearance at this event as a vendor. “We have done several events around the area and this was one of the best events we have been able to do,” said Matt Wingate, co-owner of Photojenic.

Kimberly Fears, of Salem, was helping one of her family members plan a wedding.“We came to the event to plan more efficiently, spend our money more wisely and kick her wedding off right,” Fears said.

Jessica Murphy, of Opelika, was at the event to get some help for her wedding.“The event was helpful. It was great and a lot of fun,” Murphy said.

“It was a great success,” said Shelia Haydel, advertising director at the Opelika-Auburn News.

The event had two “Style for the Aisle” fashion shows that showcased different types of bridal gowns, bridesmaid dresses and tuxedoes.

Tiara Baker, a freshman at Southern Union State Community College, was one of the several models who participated in the fashion shows.

“One of my favorite things about modeling is being able to take pictures and recreate things that I do not get to do in everyday life,” Baker said.

There were also models from the Auburn University Modeling Board.

Mike Jones, owner and entertainment coordinator at Mike’s Mobile DJ Service, started his business in 1992. He spoke about his experience with being an emcee for events including this one. “It’s a once in a lifetime where I get a chance to go ahead and talk to the brides and have the opportunity to be a part of the biggest part of their day,” he said. “The events I do are never repetitive or the same because with each client it is always something new.”

Door prizes, which included gift cards and different types of accessories, were drawn throughout the duration of the event along with a grand prize drawing that was held at the end of the event.

All proceeds from the event benefited Newspapers in Education, which provides newspapers to local schools for educational purposes.


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