Cavelle Layes, Contributor Ω
The Campus Activity Centre was transformed into a bride’s dream Sunday, Jan. 27, as vendors showcasing their cakes, dresses, jewelry, photography and more lined the hallways for the annual Kamloops Bridal Fair.
There was barely any elbow room as brides squeezed in, trying to find the perfect photographer to capture their special day, a unique venue in which to host it and an upbeat DJ to entertain it.
Karly Harrison, a former TRU student and manager of Get Polished, had attended the event in the past both as a bridesmaid and as the bride. This year, however, she was excited to be able to attend the event as a vendor.
Get Polished has only been open for a year but has already become popular in the area.
“We were invited to attend a total of three bridal fairs this year and this is the only one we signed up for,” Harrison said.
For her, it was an easy choice.
Harrison explains that the TRU bridal fair is where most brides tend to go, they have a good mixture of vendors and the atmosphere is perfect.
“If we are going to be in any bridal show this is the one we are going to,” she said.
Stephanie Viventi, a second-year human services student, couldn’t agree more, stating how impressed she was with the friendliness of everyone at the event.
She had attended the event last year with a friend, but returned this year as a bride.
“I found it to be much more organized this year,” said Viventi, explaining how there was more flow and space.
The event took up three floors of the Campus Activity Centre and featured vendors from Kamloops, Sun Peaks and even a few from Alberta.
Some took a traditional approach to their affair while others took a more creative swing by presenting a Super Mario-inspired wedding cake or purple fondue.
The day winded down with the annual fashion showcase featuring dresses from many local dress shops.