Homer Alaska - Business

Story last updated at 7:42 PM on Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Event features bouquet of goods, services for brides- and grooms-to-be

It's not unusual to find bridal gowns, music and wedding cake at Land's End Resort, but last Sunday may have been the first time there was more than one white dress, cake from three different places and dueling DJs.

About 200 people, including 40 brides and a number of people from Kenai and Soldotna, attended the Kenai Peninsula's first wedding expo. The event featured 35 vendors, most of whom who operate year-round in the Kenai Peninsula.

"We've had a great turnout. This is definitely going to become an annual event," said organizer Lea Miller.

She said the expo enabled Kenai Peninsula brides to meet local vendors and provided an opportunity for the vendors to network, as well.

Don Pitcher, a local travel writer and wedding photographer, said the idea for the expo came from the growing number of destination weddings held on the peninsula."The setting is so amazing and there are a lot of great services here," he said.

Miller noted that until now, Anchorage was the only place in Southcentral Alaska to see what is available for wedding goods and services.

Sarah Jensen and her fiancé came from out of town to attend the expo. She said that though many people told her she was behind in planning for her Sept. 10 wedding, the expo was helpful for seeing what her options are.

Miller said she was pleasantly surprised by the turnout, and anticipates timing next year's expo around Winter Carnival.