Soon-to-be spouses flock to Plattsburgh bridal show
The models stepped, swaggered and sauntered down the makeshift runway, turning heels and heads.
Some cast a wink as they went by in their tuxedos and gowns. Others, when the music permitted, danced.
They were all part of the 2017 Plattsburgh Bridal and Fashion Expo, a benefit event hosted by Laura's Bridal and College Formals at West Side Ballroom in Plattsburgh.
The annual event fashion show and vendor expo is in its 18th year and donates all proceeds to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Northeast New York.
Organizers estimated that around 400 soon-to-be spouses turned out for the clothing, catering and wedding-services showcase.
"I love it. Absolutely love it," said Kelcie Devins, an attendee who is getting married on Aug. 19, as the crowd watched the models showcase outfits from Laura's. "It's pretty much mind-blowing."
Devins was there with her sister-in-law, Ashley DuBrey, who is set to wed Aaron Mullen one week before Devins will walk down the aisle.
Devins's fiancé, Joshua Recor, was working the event.
Both women had come for the first time to scope out gowns.
"I can honestly say the marieprom I've seen here are probably going to be the dresses in my wedding," Devins said.
For her and DuBrey, the minutia of planning and the costs have been the biggest challenges in organizing their weddings.
The event, though, made some of that easier.
The children modeling flower-girl and ring-bearer garb were met with a chorus of "aw"s, instant favorites.
"The girls, we've been waiting for," Gartshore said as they came down the runway in tiny white prom dresses uk.
Their only rival was Angelo Sutton of St. Albans, Vt., whose slick spins and runway rhythm drew cheers, applause and laughter.