Love and snow was in the air

Love, not to mention a whole lot of snow, was in the air in downtown Warren on Sunday as the Hippodrome Banquet Center hosted its second annual Bridal Show.

Hippodrome and Mocha House owner Brian Axiotis said that the timing for Sunday’s event fit perfectly into the hall’s usual booking schedule.

“I wouldn’t be able to do something like this during May or June, because the hall would be booked (regularly),” Axiotis said. “We were free to host the event (in February), and it offers a great opportunity to have a more intimate atmosphere with couples and vendors.”

Bridal shows like Sunday’s event cater to the brides to-be, focusing on necessities like hair and makeup, as well as gowns and floral arrangements.

Numerous couples and 24 area vendors braved the elements to gather at the banquet hall, looking to browse the wares and preview the latest bridal trends in preparation for the upcoming wedding season.

It was that more personal feeling that attracted Youngstown resident Brittany Murphy, who is setting a date in 2015.

“We’ve been to the Covelli Center for a show, but I liked that this was smaller, and I had a chance to get to really talk to more people,” Murphy said. “I was happy because we were able to decide on where we were going to get my dress, and well as our flowers here today.”

Deals drew many couples to the event, including Niles residents Bethany Flemming and Justin Hall.

The couple are set to be married on June 21, and Flemming said that they were able to snag a big discount on a big part of their wedding celebration.

“We came here for (a deal on a photo booth),” Flemming said. “The (vendor) here had a really great special at the event, and we were able to rent their photo booth for $300, instead of the $800 it normally goes for.”

Robert Kren of Newton Falls and Leavittsburg resident Nicole Gregory said their wedding is not for another year, but they agreed that Sunday’s event offered a chance to take care of some of the planning process.

“We have a lot of the planning done, but we came here today still needing some things, like a photographer and a cake,” Kren said. “I think we (made progress), and we were also able to make a possible connection with a deejay today.”

While some couples attended the event together, many more brides gave their future husbands the day off, instead electing to browse with family members.

“I gave (her future husband) the day off today,” Murphy, who attended the show with her mother, Michelle Murphy. joked. “He got to stay at home and watch football, or whatever was on TV.”