BRIDE and Groom Magazine brought the countryâ€™s best wedding service providers and professionals under one roof at the first of its kind Wedding Expo.
They showcased the latest trends and styles in the growing industry to hundreds of soon-to-wed couples and other patrons at the UMA exhibition hall and grounds for four days.
It all started off with a spectacular gala night on Thursday, September 24 where the Vision Group treated its guests to a sumptuous dinner, a fashion show produced by fashion designer Sylvia Owori and music by jazz sensation Isaiah Katumwa.
The very best of our local fashion designers showcased their most creative bridal couture collections on the longest catwalk we have seen on the fashion scene.
The designers included Madeleine couture with her simple timeless gowns, Brenda Maraka who fused a bit of color into her collection with pink and yellow. She also showed off short dresses for the bride that dares to take that risk.
Jemma Kisaale of Jemma Designs offered the contemporary African designs inspired by the kitenge which included changing gowns and maids outfits.
The award winning Stella Atal, gave new meaning to elegance. She exhibited flowing African designs and famous prints and statement jewelry, bark cloth creations with a modern twist and a cream gown with tie and dye splashes of green, orange and red.
The fashion show was closed by Sylvia Owori whose couture designs included a cat suit gown creation with a trail, lacy gowns with corset detail and a long flowing gown with an elaborate feather head-do.
Select Garments represented the menâ€™s side of fashion with classy affordable suits for every groom.
The exhibition kicked off in earnest on Friday morning at 9.00am in the main exhibition hall where over 100 exhibitors including bridal boutiques, confectioneries, digital studios, decorators, events managers, salons, jewelry stores, tours and travel companies and beverage suppliers were gathered.
For any soon-to-weds, it was the one stop planning centre with all the service providers under one roof.
Sheila Kawooya of Favor Box said although there was a lot of skepticism at the start, the expo turned out to be a huge hit even with the exhibitors because they were able to network amongst themselves and forge alliances in order to leverage support from each other in the future.
Sarah, one of many brides-to-be at the expo, has just started planning her wedding for next year but said that she was able to see all the available options and walked away with an idea of what she wants her wedding to be like.
There were seminars covering a range of topics on how to plan the perfect wedding and life after the big bay. There were seven fashion shows, one at 1.00pm and another at 7.00 pm.
The titillating lingerie show on Saturday evening by Lingerie world and Kingâ€™s Park Intimates was certainly one of the highlights of the event.
Glitz, glamour excitement at Bride & Groom expo