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Wedding show is a one-stop nuptials shop

For soon-to-be brides and grooms, nothing beats the convenience offered by the twice-annual Oregon Wedding Showcase in Eugene — where they can see, touch, hear, smell and taste the different ingredients they will sprinkle into the unique recipe for their most special day.

Timed perfectly for couples planning weddings for spring, summer or even further into the year ahead, the winter show will happen this Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 17-18, at Lane Events Center in Eugene. A lineup of 80 exhibitors — including 25 participating in the event for the first time — will include florists, photographers, bridal shops, caterers, wedding planners, disc jockeys, event destinations, bridal gift registries, entertainers and more.

Show organizer Judy Van Valkenberg says the event provides a window into current wedding trends and, just as importantly, puts couples in touch with the experts who can turn their wedding-day dreams into reality.

“Our bridal show is set up so you can meet many wedding professionals and compare products, services and prices all in one weekend in one place,” she says.

“Weddings are becoming more and more individualized and unique to the couple’s likes, tastes and lifestyle,” she adds. “Oregon Wedding Showcase wants to help you plan your day your way. We have wedding professionals to fit every different style and budget.”

Just a sampling of the things to look for at the show:

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Photo booths: These are “the hot thing” at receptions now, Van Valkenberg says. “We have quite a few companies who do photo booths,” including some that offer just that and others that provide photo booths in addition to wedding photography and other services.

Disc jockeys: They don’t just play music anymore. “They often now are the master of ceremonies and in charge of helping plan and coordinate the whole reception,” Van Valkenberg says. “Many times they also do lighting, photo booths or other things, too.”

Wedding cakes/desserts: In addition to the standard offerings, Van Valkenberg says bakers at the show also offer gluten-free sweets, and specialty cupcakes, cheesecakes, chocolates and French macarons (with many available to sample at booths).

Live music: Performers participating in the show and ready to sign on for wedding-day gigs include Dover String Quartet, Code Red (a rock-country band) and D ’n’ A (a traditional Celtic duo).

Real-deal dresses: Local bridal shops offer extensive selections of gowns, fitting expertise, alteration services and more — plus peace of mind. Van Valkenberg says knock-off wedding dresses sold online have become a “huge problem.” Dresses and other wedding party fashions will be on display in two daily fashion shows at noon and 3 p.m.

Handouts and prizes: Couples who register for the show will receive a free subscription to Brides magazine; a $200 gift card for a customized commemorative gift product; and opportunities to win one of five Las Vegas getaways.

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Shoot Dot Edit Announces Free Guide for Professional Wedding Photographers launches no-cost guide for wedding photographers to grow and enhance their businesses.

Vista, CA -- (ReleaseWire) -- 01/14/2015 -- The popular career website "" recently praised the occupation of Wedding Photographer as a wise choice for the future. "" states the following, "Salaries for wedding photographers averaged approximately $102,000 for the past year. These job postings were 77% higher than the average salary posted for all jobs nationwide. For those wedding photographers who also specialized in event photography, the average yearly salary was reported to be as high as $125,000. This was consistent throughout the United States and in all regions of the country."

Shoot Dot Edit is meeting the needs of professional photographers who would like to build their own wedding photography business. A spokesperson for Shoot Dot Edit explains their mission, "Our company has made it easy for any professional photographer to enter the Wedding Photography Business. Any photographer who is already working in this lucrative field knows that there is a never-ending stream of details that one must be on top of to stay successful. Our company partners with these photographers to set up a system which allows for an easy way to maintain a consistent editing work-flow. We are also proud to assist them wedding photography tips and information, that can help their business to grow in this digital age of photography."

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"We offer a free guide for wedding photographers, just for visiting our website at" The spokesperson for Shoot Dot Edit continues, "We understand that it is a necessity for professional wedding photographers to learn the best way to market and build their business through social media and SEO. Online recognition is of huge importance in advancing their wedding business. These are just a few of the topics that we have chosen to explore in our 'How to Grow Your Wedding Photography Business' guide."

Their spokesperson elaborates, "All of this helpful information has been compiled by experienced wedding photographers as instruction for those just starting out on their own or already working in the field. We offer this e-book for free and with absolutely no obligation on the behalf of the recipient. Our guide has many innovative suggestions so weddings photographers can learn to build a thriving business. It offers them an education in how to brand their photography business, and make sure they are properly marketing their business online."

The Shoot Dot Edit spokesperson says, "Much of this advice has to do with the importance of developing systems, processes, strategies, and even working friendships with the brides you photograph. Especially in the field of wedding photography, families must trust you to be privy to their lives on their special day. It is this trust that will enable you to take better event photos and receive the best recommendations that bring you new clients for the future."

"Once a wedding photographer chooses to partner with us, we can offer them custom color correction and post production solutions." The company spokesperson adds, "We are the number one provider of editing and color correction services for the wedding pro. These are available through affordable monthly plans, so every photographer can partake of the most advanced professional post production services in the industry."

About Shoot Dot Edit

This company partners with professional wedding photographers by providing post processing and color correction in order to free photographers to enjoy their work and life. They are a one-stop shop for professional wedding photographers for post processing. In addition, their website contains useful information and blog posts of direct interest to anyone in the field of wedding photography. Both novice and experienced photo professionals can garner useful tips including: marketing, SEO, posing, pricing, workflow, and Lightroom editing.

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Brides walk down the wedding expo aisles in Secaucus

Francesca Macchiabelli and her soon-to-be husband Michael Puppelo anxiously browsed through the vendors at the New Jersey Bridal & Wedding Expo on Saturday. Their wedding, she said, was a mere 11 months away.

"I've been panicking to find what everybody says we need, like a photographer and a DJ. Everything is here and it's exciting," Macchiabelli said.

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Macchiabelli and Puppelo, both 26 and from Bergen County, were among hundreds of prospective brides and grooms at the two-day event at the Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus.

Alyssa Lakes, director of media and marketing for American Consumer Shows, which organized the event, said the expo was a one-stop shop for all things weddings.

"Anything you would need to help start planning your wedding" is here, she said.

The expo floor featured white, polished stretch limousines and Rolls-Royce cars; wedding planners; DJs and entertainment companies; photographers and videographers; florists; gowns and tuxedos; caterers and bakeries; and hotels and resorts. Not to be missed was a booth for Investors Bank, presumably to help the couples finance the wedding of their dreams.

People getting married today "want something different," said Roshni Patel, an employee of Wedding Design in Rahway. "A wedding can be boring. You go, you eat, you dance, you gossip and you leave. You want to wow people."

Brittany Kalinowski, 26, was seeing what the expo had to offer with Dan Santos, 35. The two plan to get married in May 2016.

Santos was one of the few men at the expo.

"I wanted just to be involved," he said. It's our day together. It's nice to see her smiling and enjoying the process."

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