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March 17, 2009

Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 1863-2009

"Can Seattle's oldest newspaper be successfully transformed into a child of the information age? The Northwest is a land of big dreams. With the demise of the Soviet Union, one quipster noted that Puget Sound is now home to three empires still bent on global dominion: Microsoft, Amazon.com and Starbuck's. If the stars align properly and with a quality product, Seattle will show the way to a new model for journalism of the written word."

--Joel Connelly, columnist, in today's final print edition of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer

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To heck with the weather, there's a wedding to plan at the bridal faire

THAT WEDDING LOOK: The Moments by Kellee booth shows off some of the options for couples-to-be. / Photos courtesy of Moments by Kellee

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By Michelle Butler

February 6, 2009 | A cold, dismal Saturday filled with freezing rain laid to waste the plans of many in Cache Valley. But not sophomore Jennifer Bills.

Nothing could dampen her spirits as she trudged through the rain and sleet and arrived at the Taggart Student Center on USU's campus. For today, she carried with her hope and excitement, the kind that comes with a ring. She was coming to the Bridal Faire. Entering the building and shaking off the rain, Jennifer was instantly transformed from the lackluster grey world to a shimmering place filled with lights and white chiffon. The International Lounge had lost its college scene and was replaced with vendors and roses.

The booths created a labyrinth of wedding splendor and Jennifer was instantly . . . gone. Following her was a next to impossible task. Even a homing beacon would have been of little use.

Jennifer was caught up in a world all of her own. Every little thing that caught her eye had to be investigated, from white and ivory wedding dresses to elaborate cakes several layers high.

Each booth had a mountain of pamphlets and endless possibilities. It was the responsibility of Jennifer's friends, Jessica and Amanda, to collect all the important information.

The two girls did their best to follow Jennifer, but soon gave up in the chase and began a systematical wandering from booth to booth, their bags beginning to bulge from all the free giveaways and endless pamphlets.

The soon bride to be was the focus of all the vendors. Everyone wanted to know when and how she got engaged, and then they began their pitch producing samples and information. The best booths to visit were the ones with food, of course.

The Bridal Faire has anything and everything for getting married. From wedding dresses to preserving those dresses, every detail, large or small, is at your fingertips. It is every bride's fantasy. For those with their wedding planned, or those with very little planned, like Jennifer was, the faire offers something for everyone.

Although Jennifer had already picked a photographer, that didn't stop her from visiting every booth and talking to every photographer. And they loved her. Even after they found out she already someone booked, the conversations never ended there. They all gave her advice on pictures and wished her luck.

As the more serious member of Jennifer's entourage, it was her mother's responsibility to get the more serious information, such as price, and it was often during these conversations that Jennifer would again . . . disappear. She could be found, several booths later, eating chocolate covered strawberries from a catering booth or collecting free samples of perfume.

It was during the Bridal Faire that Jennifer's mother began to form a more complete image of the wedding. They found their reception center, the people they wanted to do the cake, and the invitations were already booked. For Laurel (Jennifer's mother) it had been a one stop-shopping extravaganza, giving them many ideas and fewer headaches than the traditional wedding planning process.

And the crowning moment of the Bridal Faire was the fashion show. The TSC Ballroom quickly filled up with eager brides and their mothers, with the occasional sprinkling of a groom. Bridal shops, small or large, from all over the valley showcased their finest dresses, from the traditional white princess gown to a more trendy from fitting gown.

The room really grew loud when the tux event began. For a room filled with mostly soon to be brides, there was a great deal of hooting and whistling.

The day ended well for Jennifer. She left excited and if possible, even more excited. Her mother left with a great deal of information and great ideas. For Jennifer and her entourage of helpers, it had been a most productive morning.

 

RM

 

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