Brides 'Head over Heels' for annual show
By ANGIE HAFLICH
While some were just beginning the wedding planning process, others were looking for some of the finishing touches for their big days. About 100 brides-to-be attended The Garden City Telegram's second annual bridal show, "Head over Heels," Sunday afternoon at the Clarion Inn, 1911 E. Kansas Ave.
Makenzie Gottsponer and her mother, Anita Gottsponer, both of Garden City, said they had part of the planning for Makenzie's July wedding to Shane Stover already done.
"We have my dress, the bridesmaid dresses, the church and the guy," Makenzie Gottsponer said with a smile. "So we're about halfway done. We're here today to find a DJ, the cake, a photographer — what else mom?"
"We're also just getting some ideas on decorating for the reception," Anita Gottsponer said.
They both said that having access to so many different kinds of vendors was helpful in the planning process.
"This is awesome for Garden City to have (a bridal show). We're very lucky," Anita said.
Another bride-to-be, Kristie Martinez, Garden City, said that she and her fiance, Ricardo Elizalde, are keeping it simple, except for having ceremonies in two different locations.
"We're doing two weddings, so he's in Mexico planning the one there, and then I'm going out there at the end of May and getting married and then coming back in June for the one here," Martinez said, adding that she was at the bridal show to find a wedding cake.
The variety of vendors on hand were offering everything from wedding dresses, cakes, photography, jewelry, limousine services and gift ideas.
Many vendors offered either demonstrations or free samples of their products.
Good Times Entertainment, a professional DJ service, provided musical entertainment while promoting what they do. Wally Garcia and Ramiro Garza played everything from dance to country music.
"'You say it, we play it,'" Garcia said. "That's our motto."
Tony Vargas, Jam House Productions, and Casey Howard, SP Entertainment, also took turns playing a variety of music.
"There are some summers where we're booked every other weekend," Vargas said.
Paige M. Kraus and Angela L. Stone, event specialists with Layla, Lucy & Co., LLC, offered their wedding planning experience and expertise to those who needed it. Wedding cake vendors also offered free samples and cake-cutting demonstrations, while cosmetology students from Garden City Community College provided complimentary hair coloring, glitter tattoos, nail wraps and beauty tips.
Robin Phelan, Telegram advertising and Web director, said that the success of last year's bridal show prompted another to take place this year.
"Last year, I had a lot of people say that Garden City needed a bridal show again, and part of my past experience has been working with bridal shows at other newspapers. So I decided, last year, to give it a try, and I had a lot of support from all of those people who really wanted us to try it, so we decided to give it a go and it's just kind of exploded," Phelan said. "Last year, we had about 35 vendors, and we've grown to over 50 (this year)."
The "Head over Heels" bridal show was sponsored by The Telegram, Clarion Inn, Ewe Specialties and Perfect Occasions.
Vendors on hand at the event included; The Bag Lady; Beautiful Cakes; Body By Vi; Brown Sugar's Bakery LLC; Celebrity China & Cookware; Classy Looks; Confetti's; The Corner on Main; Davis Designs; Designer Cakes; Designs by Silvia; D'Gala; Diamond Limousine Service; Dodge City Womens Health Clinic; GCCC Cosmetology; Garden True Value; GC Weddings & More; The Golf Club at Southwind; Good Times Entertainment; Hampton Inn & Suites, Dodge City; Janet's Bridal & Boutique; Kep's Menswear; La Villa Salon; Layla, Lucy & Co.; Lia Sophia Jewelry; Magouirk Conference Center/United Wireless Arena; Marie Meairs Creates; Mary Kay Cosmetics; MoonStar Photography; Old Fashioned Limo; Pampered Chef; Paper Graphics, Inc.; Porter's Flowers and Gifts; Premier Designs Jewelry; Pure Romance by LaTonya; Regan & Co. Real Estate; Renovo; Riddle's Jewelry; Robinson Furniture, Inc.; Say Cheez Photobooth; Scentsy; Scheopner's Water; Simply Said LLC; Slumber Parties; Splatter Works LLC; Tastefully Simple; Velata Fun Fondue; and Ward's Garden Cafe.
CORRECTION: The original version of this article incorrectly spelled the name of Kristie Martinez' fiance. His name is Ricardo Elizalde.