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250 Attend Foothills  Wedding Expo, After Party

250 Attend Foothills

 Wedding Expo, After Party

Over 250 brides, grooms and their families came to the 2019 Bridal Expo this afternoon in the atrium of Foothills Performing Arts Center. Guest like Danielle Dobitsch and Tim Maguire, Walton, at right, sampled cake, BBQ and hors d’oeuvres as they spoke with DJ’s, wedding vendors, photographers and more. Afterwards, brides like Marisa Gray, above, Unadilla, who was spending some quality time with her future mother-in-law Ann Marie DeForest, made her way to the Rainbow’s End After Party to try on dresses and partake in the Bag o’ Bargains event, where they could fill a bag with as much wedding attire as possible for only $100. (Ian Austin/

100 Brides Dream Of That Happy Day


100 Brides Dream

Of That Happy Day

A hundred brides, up from 60 last year, descended on Foothills’ annual Bridal Expo this afternoon in the Atrium of the Oneonta venue. They came from as far away as the Cherry Valley area –  in top photo, Lisa Bullis and Adam Prime of Salt Springville examine Cakes by Maryann – to Walton – lower left, where bride-to-be Becky Hogencamp, right, samples Celebration Creations’ chocolates with Maid of Honor Anna Rifenbark of Davenport, center, and bridesmaid Kim Demeo, up from Long Island.  Lower right, Kathryn M. Kroll is surrounded by her offerings from Oneonta’s Coddington Florist.  Organizer Luisa Montanti said 48 vendors participated this year, up from 30, and more than 350 people came through the doors for the two-hour event.  (Jim Kevlin/
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