Leah Stevenson, owner of Lasting Impressions on Prince Street, with one of her models, Zaneta Officer, in full-preparation mode for Sunday’s Clarence Valley Wedding Expo fashion parade. The parade starts at 12.30pm.
Leah Stevenson, owner of Lasting Impressions on Prince Street, with one of her models, Zaneta Officer, in full-preparation mode for Sunday’s Clarence Valley Wedding Expo fashion parade. The parade starts at 12.30pm.

Big reception for Valley brides

THE click of sparkling bridal heels will echo through the Clarence River Jockey Club rooms on Sunday.

The much-anticipated Clarence Valley Wedding Expo’s fashion parade will fill the members’ section with a wide range of styles to cater for every taste.

From crushed taffeta and full skirts to strapless and slinky gowns, the parade will encompass the latest in Australian and international bridal fashions.

Coordinated by the owner of Lasting Impressions Bridal and Formal Wear, Leah Stevenson, the show will star eight local models, plus two littlies aged two and four.

Mrs Stevenson said fashions and accessories for brides, bridesmaids, flower girls and mothers-of-the-bride would be paraded.

And it’s set to be a colourful display, with pink and red bridal gowns adding to the traditional mix of white and ivory.

Mrs Stevenson said she was aiming to appeal to a wide range of tastes in the parade. “Everyone’s different,” she said.

She said while strapless bridal gowns were ‘still popular’, she would also be showcasing those with straps, including the off-the-shoulder style.

Yesterday she was awaiting the arrival of an award-winning red gown by UK label Sonsie, specially designed for curvaceous brides.

“It won best new gown for a fuller figure in the UK,” she said.

Mrs Stevenson said the gown was ruched through the bodice. “Ruching is very popular because it hides some of the flaws we all have,” she said.

For the petite brides-to-be will be an exhibit of slimmer-fitting gowns, while fuller skirts will be included for those dreaming of a princess-style wedding dress.

The bridal gowns range in price from $200 to $1500-plus.

Meanwhile, the bridesmaid section will feature a wide range of colours hitting the catwalk – from purple and orange to red and hot pink.

Mrs Stevenson said the styles had made a ‘not-so-formal’ turn in the past 10 years.

“Brides are trying to find something their bridesmaids can wear again,” she said.

A range of accessories will also be on show for the audience, including jewellery, shoes and veils.

Mrs Stevenson said the next 12 months would see a movement back in time to pearl in the jewellery department – although she said ‘the girls still like the bling’.

On to veils, and she said beaded edges were popular on the traditional-style veils, while some brides were opting for the fascinator-style of the 1950s.

Mrs Stevenson, who participated in last year’s Clarence Valley Wedding Expo fashion parade, said it was an opportunity for the bridal party to discover just how much is available nearby. “People can see there is great range of products to be sourced locally,” she said.

Marquee hire and table setting specialists, transport providers (including limos), photographers, florists, hairdressers, jewellers, entertainers, fashion outlets and representatives from honeymoon destinations will gather at the Clarence River Jockey Club for the expo, which runs from 10am-4pm on Sunday.

Wedding Expo 2010

WHAT: Clarence Valley Wedding Expo.

WHEN: This Sunday, May 2, 10am-4pm.

WHERE: Clarence River Jockey Club, Powell Street, Grafton.

DETAILS: The expo is a one-stop-shop for all happy couples planning their big day, plus all members of the bridal party. It will be officially opened at noon on Sunday, followed by a fashion parade upstairs in the members’ area at 12.30pm.

ENTRY: $3, to be donated to local charities.

MORE INFO: Visit website www.clarencevalleyweddingexpo.com.au 



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