Lawton, OKLa._Nearly 500 brides and grooms to be checked out the latest trends in the bridal industry on Sunday afternoon, at Lawton's annual Journey for the Bride and Groom Bridal Fair. The Great Plains Coliseum was packed door to door with a fashion show filled with white gowns and tuxedos in a variety of styles and prices. Dozens of vendors offered couples ideas on every aspect of their special day, including music, food and photography.
The atmosphere was filled with love and excitement, as the eager crowd looked at some of the latest designs in wedding cakes being displayed on stage. Almost everyone in the crowd was planning their wedding and some already had a theme in mind.
"It's rustic style. It's going to be outdoors. We're going to use a lot of mason jars and old fence wood for the front area. Just kind of laid back.", said bride-to-be Heather Whisenhunt.
She said planning a wedding is no piece of cake, that's why she and her fiance came to the fair for some additional help.
"It has tons of ideas if you don't know what you want and you can customize it down more. It's a good place to get information from vendors and stuff that you might not be able to find online", she said.
Her fiance, Randy Roper, agreed.
"I didn't have any clue, so it's helpful to see what's out there and see what's available", said Roper.
Carolyn Miller said that's exactly why she decided to attend, and even got an extra bonus when she won a raffle for a free honeymoon trip to Cancun. She said she was speechless when her name was called.
"I thought that this wasn't really happening. Then I didn't have what I needed, so I had to run to my car and was like knocking people over trying to get to my car...but it was really nice...I am really excited", said Miller.
She said if she hadn't attended Sunday's event, their honeymoon would have been placed on the back burner.
"I was like we can't go right after our wedding. We both are working. Our wedding is a lot and our parents are helping out. So, this helps a lot and now I am not stressed over that", said Miller.
Patrick Reynolds organized the expo and said with all of the buzz surrounding the event, a moment between a bride and her dream wedding dress stood out.
"Parents bought a bride's dress from amore formals. So they announced it, and that was just the coolest thing because she had no idea. It was a surprise and they bought her dress at the fair", said Reynolds.
Reynolds said in eight years of putting this show on, this year was his largest turnout.