News

Wedding expo a hit with brides-to-be

Bride of the Year Jodi Norris at the 2014 Gladstone Region Wedding Expo.
Bride of the Year Jodi Norris at the 2014 Gladstone Region Wedding Expo. Luka Kauzlaric

THE Gladstone Entertainment and Convention Centre was abuzz yesterday with engaged couples and their future bridal parties preparing for their big days with the help of the 2014 Gladstone Region Bridal Expo.

The event, put together by Gladstone Festivals and Events, catered for everything from venue options, photography, bridal couture, hair fashions and engagement party ideas.

Annie La Hogue recruited the help of her friend and "wedding consultant" Emma Oberhardt to get some inspiration for her wedding.

Ms La Hogue has the date set for some time in 2015 after getting engaged last month.

She said this year's wedding expo had more relevant stalls and was an improvement from previous years.

"It's a bit of fun just to come check out what is available and get some ideas," she said.

"Wedding planning and day dreaming about the wedding is what a lot of girls love to do, I think."

Newly engaged, Rachael Small attended the expo to get some ideas for her engagement party.

She and her partner Brad Laird are planning to get married in 2016, with Brad's daughter Dallas Ferguson, 8, as the flowergirl.

Help was also on hand for couple Kelly Davies and David Neal, who have been engaged for six years.

The pair, who have been together for 13 years, have tried planning a wedding a few times before, but have had to start again after moving around a lot for work.

Kelly and David, who are planning to tie the knot next year, came to the expo to scope out potential venues.

The expo culminated in a fashion parade and the announcement of The Observer's Bride of the Year Competition.

Jodi Norris took out the competition with 400 votes, winning a holiday for two at Kingfisher Bay Resort.

Mrs Norris was surprised and very excited to win the competition and had some wise words for brides-to-be.

"Don't let the little things get to you, just take it as it comes because at the end of the day, you're still marrying the person you love," she said.

The fashion parade and Bride of the Year competition was one of the many highlights for event co-ordinator Abi Galbraith.

"It was great day, we had a fabulous turn-out, we had a good few hundred come through the door and we're really happy with that result, it was excellent," she said.

Ms Galbraith said stall holders also benefited from the exposure. Among those showcasing their wedding services was Laura Dunnett with her business, Short and Sweet Petites.

Miss Dunnett chose the wedding expo to launch a range of flower girl and bridal couture, which will add to her range of photo props and girls clothing.

"I hand make everything for mini bridal, so your flower girls, and bridal couture," she said.

"If someone has an idea or inspiration I can design from there."

Topics:  bridal, gladstone festival and events, wedding expo




Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Tenant wants out of "S**t City"

STINKY BUSINESS: Department of Housing tenet Maxine Frescon wants to leave her house while the smell from sewerage. Photo Declan Cooley / The Observer

“It’s just disgusting and it’s coming up through the pipes"

A motel owner's generous offer for food vans

The Boyne Island Motel and Villas owner Helen Grant has invited a food truck owner to open at the motel's outdoor garden cafe area.

Revitalising Boyne Island's eatery options

Ken O'Dowd promises commitments before election

Flynn member Ken O'Dowd with minister for infrastructure and transport Darren Chester. Photo Campbell Gellie / The Observer

Pollies fly into Flynn in numbers

Latest deals and offers

Gladstone hits top in state for vacancies

Gladstone has the highest residential rental vacancy rate in Qld

Sale nears on last large block of land in Coolum

The 43.37ha property on South Coolum Rd has sold.

South Coolum Rd property to be land banked