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Celebrate local: Bridgeport hosts bridal and quinceanera show

By Austin Jackson | Published Wednesday, January 23, 2019
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DRESS PLEASE – Engaged couple Abi McWhorter and Justin Reynolds inspect the dress options at the Bridgeport Parks and Recreation Department’s bridal and quinceanera show at the Bridgeport Community Center Sunday in Bridgeport. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

The ring had been secured, and thanks to the Bridgeport Parks and Recreation Department, the next step didn’t take newly engaged Bridgeport couple Abi McWhorter and Justin Reynolds very far.

Surrounded by local vendors, McWhorter got to check out the latest and greatest in wedding planning, all in her backyard of Bridgeport Sunday.

The Bridgeport Parks and Recreation Department hosted a bridal and quinceanera show at the Bridgeport Community center.

Brides to-be, fianc es and families looking to celebrate the big 1-5 moseyed through booths featuring 19 area vendors to help keep their special day local.

“I’m new to Bridgeport and Wise County, and I think it’s awesome,” McWhorter said. “I’m from a small town and they didn’t have anything like this. I think it’s cool to have a tiny town do something for their local businesses and the community.”

Parks and Recreation Specialist Stella Green said the idea for the bridal show came after she started working for the city in May. Her goal was to get people to use the Community Center building. She thought a bridal show would help do the trick.

“We got the vendors for weddings, and we had to add quinceaneras because it’s such a big thing in Wise County,” Green said. “The vendors were so excited. We ran out of space and up to the last minute, we were just hoping people would come.”

Despite this being the first year of the bridal and quinceanera show, the people did come. Cars and trucks were parking on the grass outside the parking lot as people perused the Community Center building at 1 p.m. to find their local options on everything from venues, photographers and bakers to a travel adviser to help facilitate the honeymoon.

“We wanted to keep it local, it’s just a mix of everything people would want,” Green said. “We wanted everybody Wise County.”

Aside from Bow and Arrow Bridal, which is based out of Weatherford, all the vendors call Wise County home.

“I think it’s been a success,” Green said. “This was a good turn out.”

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