UNO student plays bride at Journal Broadcast Group’s 2013 Bridal Fair


By Courtney Smith, Contributor

Although walking on stage to Justin Bieber’s “As Long as You Love Me” was not my first choice, I was absolutely ecstatic to be part of the Journal Broadcast Group’s 2013 Bridal Fair.
The Bridal Fair took place Jan. 6 at Centurylink Center. Everything wedding related was there to greet engaged couples, from Jone-Z Party buses to DJs and music for receptions. My duty, as well as the rest of the models from Image Modeling, who has been a part of the event since 2010, was to put on a fashion show to give all of the soon-to-be brides and grooms ideas for their special day.
Modeling dresses for the bride, bridesmaids, flower girls and even mothers-of-the-bride, all from David’s Bridal, as well as tuxes for the men from Tip Top Tux, the models and I took the stage twice during the four-hour event. I wore a beautifully ruffled and gemmed gown with a long train that, at first sight, was quite intimidating.
Having one runway fashion show under my belt and no experience walking in a wedding dress, my nerves were mostly from the possibility of falling on my face.  However, after hair and make-up by Tee’z Salon and a few quick practice turns in the dress, I was confident in walking in my bulky, elegant dress.
Being around the rest of the models who have done this for many more years than I have, as well as the amazing support from agent/owner of Image Modeling, Mary Reavis, I knew I could make every bride in the crowd swoon for my dress. So, if I was going to fall on my face, I was going to make it look good.
“The Bridal Fair audience members are there to view gowns, dresses and tuxes, so in a way they are shopping as well as being entertained,” Reavis said. “It’s highly important that the show flows, is entertaining and features models who know how to ‘show’ the gown(s), dresses, [or] tuxes they are modeling.”
After the show was over, the dresses were hung and the ‘thank you’s’ were given out to all of the people responsible for the successful show. I am very grateful to be part of such a supportive agency and for all the experience I have and the experiences still to come. Having only been a model for six months now, I am embracing any experience I can get, even if it means walking to the tunes of Justin Bieber.