Hundreds of brides turn out for etc magazine wedding show

Etc Wedding Exhibitoin 2012, Rocliffe Hall, nr. Darlington.
Etc Wedding Exhibitoin 2012, Rocliffe Hall, nr. Darlington.
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MORE than 250 brides attended etc magazine’s wedding show at the weekend.

It is the second time etc – the luxury lifestyle magazine for the North East and sister publication to the Sunderland Echo – has hosted a wedding event at Rockliffe Hall, in Darlington.

The first was held in March and proved such a hit with couples that the magazine decided to put on another.

Sponsored by W Salon, Travel Bureau, Stan Seaton Photography and Ava Rose Hamilton Bridal Couture, the day featured 30 handpicked exhibitors as well as a spectacular catwalk showcasing the latest bridal trends.

Highlights of the day were the bridal fashion shows, which showcased a range of stunning gowns from Ava Rose Hamilton Bridal Couture, smart formal wear from Affleck and Moffat, bridal jewellery from Berry Boutique as well as head-pieces and shoes from Distinctive Designs.

Hairstyles were created by W Salon and make-up was done by Amanda Bell, both of which also gave demonstrations throughout the day.

Models strutted their stuff down the catwalk to wedding singer Anthony Stringer as he performed a number of classic hits.

Snapperazzi Photobooths proved popular with guests and Stan Seaton Photography and Camera A showed how they can capture the magic of the big day.

Flowers by Nattrass guided brides and grooms through bouquets and buttonholes, while Spire Healthcare highlighted the option of surgery before the big day.

Spire Healthcare customer service team leader Sharon Day said: “It’s becoming more popular for brides and the mother of the bride to have surgery before the big day, whether it is a boob job or face lift.

“Since advertising in the etc magazine we have had a lot of interest so we decided to come along to the event and it has gone really well.”

Etc’s editor Georga Spottiswood said: “Wow, what a day! It was absolutely top-notch. The brides looked gorgeous in the catwalk show and the turnout was fabulous. It was a huge success.”

Etc publisher Linda Burnside added: “What an amazing day. The amount of brides that attended was more than we could have dreamed of.”

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