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Bridal Extravaganza Offers Peak At East Texas Reception Venue

Hundreds of soon-to-be brides flocked to the annual Elegant Events and Tyler's Best Bridal Extravaganza.  It was a chance for women to check out the latest trends in wedding planning and see what local vendors have to offer.  Organizers say this year is one of the best ever.

Katie Spake, 21, says she was completely surprised when her boyfriend of two years dropped to his knee, asking for her hand in marriage.  "It was his great grandmother's, fourth generation. It's 105 years old," said Spake as she showed off her ring.

To create the wedding she's always dreamed of, Katie will need the cake, dresses for her and her bridesmaids and a place to have the reception.  "I just want it to be real classic, simple and romantic. I want it to be small, just family and close friends, and I'd like to have it here, so we're checking it out," said Spake.

Organizer Debby Davis says this was one of the best turnouts ever, and they think it's because this year's show was held at one of the newest wedding facilities in the area. The Villa Di Felicita in Tyler boasts a picturesque spot for outdoor weddings and a huge ballroom where up to 400 guests can dance the night away.

"I mean, the Villa is a phenomenal facility. It's new in the area and a lot of people have been dieing to see it, but just haven't had a reason to come out," said Davis.

The show gives brides a glimpse of "what's hot" in wedding planning.

"Destination weddings have become extremely popular, so we're seeing shorter dresses. A little more toward the feminine side with a lot of lace and ruffles, and probably something that's new in the wedding industry is color.  People are getting more and more color," said Davis.

Most of all, the show gives brides a chance to see all of the possibilities out there.  Then, they can begin to imagine the kind of wedding they want for themselves.

Lindsay Wilcox, Reporting.


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