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Working toward a wedding? Lakeshore Bridal Expo to return to Muskegon Country Club

Few occasions are more of a cause for celebration than a wedding, but before the rehearsals and cake, church bells and saying "I do," the so-called "big day" takes plenty of planning.

Prospective brides in the Muskegon area will have a chance to take care of all their wedding needs when the 5th annual Lakeshore Bridal Expo is held at the Muskegon Country Club from 1-4 p.m. on Oct. 19.


"It's just a way to get the ball rolling for brides who are looking to plan their wedding day," said Lakeshore Bridal Expo Director Nik Tong. "It's a chance for them to get going early in the game ahead of weddings that may take place in the summer."

The free event will feature 32 wedding professionals that will be offering their products and assistance. A multitude of wedding-related services, including the expo sponsor Miphotobooth, photographers, catering, bakeries, event center representatives, jewelry, makeup and hairstylists will be on hand.

Several door prizes, including rounds of golf, free dinners and vendor gift certificates will be given away. This year's grand prize is a $500 travel certificate from Airport Tour and Travel. The first 25 brides to arrive will receive a free gift bag.

Tong said an average of 120 brides and 350 people total have attended the expo over its first four years. Most of the attendees are made up of family of the bride and bridesmaids, but every once in a while grooms will be heading up the wedding plans.

"There's a handful," he said. "There are some that are really involved, but a lot of times they just come along to keep the peace, so to speak."


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Capt. Steve Walters gets an escort from Legion Riders to wedding reception

Army Capt. Steve Walters received the hero’s welcome home he deserved Sunday, with his blushing bride at his side.

The 25-year-veteran, who served multiple combat tours during the first Gulf War, and more recently in Iraq and Afghanistan, was escorted with wife, Michele, on their wedding day on Sunday by his fellow members of the American Legion Riders Post 234. Walters is set to retire from the army next year.

The large procession into the parking lot of Family Heritage Restaurant in Franconia for the wedding reception was quite a memorable site. Members of the Telford and Souderton Fire Companies parked two fire trucks facing each other and used the trucks’ ladders to hang a 30 by 40 foot American flag into the air, in order for the procession of motorcycles and cars to travel underneath. A band of bikers then pulled into the lot, playing patriotic music, followed by the newlyweds inside their purple Dodge Challenger, a few more bikers and the rest of the wedding party bringing up the rear.

“I’ll tell you what,” the 45-year-old Walters began, after the procession ended, “what our local fire fighters, what our Legion Riders have done here, the support that we have gotten has been absolutely amazing. We could not ask for a better day all the way around.”


The couple, who’ve been together for almost five years said this was an incredible way to celebrate one of the most important dates in their lives.

“I had no idea,” Michele said. “So I got a little teary eyed because it’s very awesome to see our flag anywhere, but that size on our special day is just awesome.”

While Walters admitted to helping plan the escort with the Legion Riders, he didn’t expect the overwhelming show of support they received.

“I had asked for a four to six man detail,” Walters said. “We had 60 riders. It was absolutely amazing. And their chief, they said to us, ‘we have something a little extra planned for you.’ So what we have here is that something little extra with this tremendous flag and all the support you could ever ask for.”

American Legion Rider member Nancy Buck, who helped organize the event, said the escort was about celebrating the special day and honoring Walters for his service.

“That’s his career. He’s military. He’s been awarded the silver star,” she said. “And he’s been with this woman for a long time and they finally got married. And he is a member of our post, so we’re definitely going to honor him. That’s why we did this.”

Walter said his service began during Operation Desert Shield/ Desert Storm in 1991 before beginning tours again in Iraq in 2004 and 2005.

“I went back again in ‘06/’07 for another tour in Iraq,” he said. “And then went back again for another tour in 2009/2010. I [went to] Afghanistan in 2011/2012 and for the majority of 2013 for another tour. This is what we do. I’m proud to serve. As you can see the support that we have not just from my fellow service members, but from the community all around us, many of these guys are veterans and I don’t think we show them enough appreciation. They’re around us everyday. They don’t ask for much, just a shake and a thank you.”

Hopefully he got the send-off he deserved.


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Wedding day horror: Groom kills bride and then himself

It was supposed to be the couple’s happiest day: Kelly Ecker, a nurse, and Dr. George Scott Samson married Saturday afternoon in Terre Haute, Indiana.

By their wedding night, both were dead.

Samson, an anesthesiologist at Union Hospital in Terre Haute, shot his bride and then himself in their home just hours after they exchanged vows, authorities said.

Some wedding guests noticed tension between the couple almost immediately after each said “I do,” said Vigo County Sheriff Chief Deputy Clark Cottom.

“Some guests are telling us the bride and groom didn’t speak to each other at the reception,” he said.

After the reception, the couple hosted members of the bridal party at their home outside Terre Haute, Cottom said.


Not long after the last guest left, the county dispatch center received a 911 call, according to a transcript and tape provided by authorities.

The 911 calls

The first call was made at 1:25 a.m.

The caller, said to be Kelly, is only able to give an address, then the call cuts off.

In a second call made a minute later, the caller says, “he is beating the s*** out of me” and then says “he has guns” and identifies Scott Samson by name.

By the third call, at 1:27 a.m., Cottom said it’s clear the situation has escalated because the caller’s voice is in more distress. She says “oh my God!” and then gunshots are heard.

When deputies arrived on the scene, they were met at the door by an elderly male relative of Samson’s, authorities said.

“He directed the deputies to the bedroom where they found Kelly’s body,” said Cottom.

She had been shot multiple times, he said.

Robot finds Samson

In addition to the male, two other individuals were found in the home: Ecker’s 10-year old-son was in the bedroom where his mother’s body was found, and he was unharmed, Cottom said.

An elderly female relative was in the home at the time of the shootings, and she also was unharmed, authorities said.

Samson was still inside when deputies arrived, so they made it a priority to get those three individuals out of the home and to safety immediately, Cottom said.

The elderly male witness told police that Samson had run from the bedroom to another part of the house to get more ammunition, and then ran to the basement, authorities said.

Deputies surrounded the home immediately.

“The house is near a wooded area and a cornfield and we didn’t want an armed man running deep into the woods,” Cottom said.

A special response team used a robotic device equipped with a camera to gain entry into the home, he said.

When it located Samson in the basement, it was apparent what had happened.

“Samson was unresponsive. We saw a bullet wound,” Cottom said.

Samson’s body was found near his gun safe where he had earlier removed other weapons, said Cottom. Samson was a gun enthusiast who had a federal firearms license, Cottom said.

This week, deputies were still taking inventory of the weapons inside the home. Cottom said several dozen of them had been removed.


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