Bridal bliss

Everything 'wedding' finds home at Marry Me! Bridal Showcase

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When the doors to the Life Event Center on Tuckaleechee Pike opened on Sunday afternoon, March 4, thoughts of June filled the air.

The early March sunshine helped, but it wasn’t the weather that had thoughts turning to the calendar’s sixth month. It was the bevy of brides-to-be who filled the center for the Marry Me! Bridal Showcase.

Some brought moms with them; some brought fiancées; some brought friends and future mothers-in-law. All brought excitement and heads full of questions.

The showcase, put on through a partnership between the Flower Shop and the Life Event Center, boasted more than 20
vendors, featuring everything from flowers to rings to food to dance lessons. There was a bridal fashion show from Brittney’s Bridal Boutique, a horse-drawn carriage to ride in, wedding cake to sample, bouquets -- both fresh floral, preserved floral and delicious candy -- to see. There were rings and tents and dance lessons. Admission was free, and the atmosphere was festive.

Perhaps the most surprising transformation was the venue itself. The Life Event Center, even filled with vendors, strutted
its stuff as the place for weddings, boasting a dance floor, elegant reception area and showcasing the kitchen.

Outside, "The Green" was decorated for both a ceremony and a reception, with elegant chair covers, table decorations and tenting.

Sherrie Shuler, the director for the Flower Shop and the event center, coordinated the event, which she hopes will become
an annual showcase.

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