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Wedding expo brings out the brides

Aug. 25, 2013 @ 11:00 PM

ASHLAND -- Hannah Bustetter isn't getting married until Aug. 15 of next year, but it's never too early to shut down the worry.

Bustetter and her mom, Debbie, were two of the many folks who browsed about 30 vendors at the first Exquisite Wedding Expo at the Ashland Plaza Hotel presented by Sweet Confections Bakery and Kindred Communications.

"Mine's already well planned out," Bustetter said. "But cakes are expensive, so we are trying to find a good one at a decent price."

Tina Francis, who has run the Barboursville-based Sweet Confections Bakery for the past three years, organized the Expo.

"We are trying to provide anything that the bride and groom would need for that day," said Francis, whose company just won a World Wedding Institute award for a steampunk cake they created. "... I love weddings, and I love making people happy and taking all the stress out of it."

Inside the Plaza's banquet rooms, a couple dozen vendors showcased their work and wares.

Several Huntington businesses came over for the show, including C.F. Reuschlein Jewelers, and former Marshall University football player John Inman, who owns Inman Catering with his wife, wedding planner Nicholette Inman.

Lee David Salon and Spa was showing off some its new spa services that include massage, skin care, nails and makeup. Co-owner Paul Clevenger said the Expo was a good way to let people outside of Huntington know about their expanded services at Lee David, which has been in business at 148 8th Ave., Huntington, for 11 years.

"Our clients were just ready for this," Clevenger said of the expanded spa and massage services. "The community just needed more services for downtown."

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