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Bridal show filled with wedding help

KEY BRIDAL SHOW WINNERS — Cindy Kotsch, left, event coordinator with the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times, which organized the event, stands with major winners for the seventh-annual Sparkling Moments Bridal Show, held Sunday at St. Florian Hall in Wintersville. With Kotsch are, from left, Emily McCloud of Burgettstown, winner of the Seven Springs Mountain Resort bachelorette overnight stay for eight, courtesy of the Herald-Star; grand prize winner Maddie Harrison of Martins Ferry, who won a honeymoon trip to Cocoa Beach, Fla., and two days at Walt Disney World, courtesy of Todd Piergallini, master of ceremonies, with airfare provided by Hancock County Savings Bank; and Ellie Alisa of Smithfield, who won three television sets of varying sizes donated by Hancock County Savings Bank, presented by Marian Edgell, the bank’s marketing manager. -- Michael D. McElwain

WINTERSVILLE — Maddie Harrison of Martins Ferry came to the seventh-annual Sparkling Moments Bridal Show on Sunday at St. Florian Hall with expectations of getting some ideas for her wedding in 2018 to Cody Goff, also of Martins Ferry.

But she came away unexpectedly with her honeymoon plans set thanks to being the grand prize winner of the show attended by more than 200 Tri-State Area brides-to-be who were part of an audience that exceeded 500.

“I am very excited,” said the bookkeeper at Citizens Bank in Martins Ferry, who admitted she and her fiance had yet to book a wedding venue, much less contemplate travel plans in celebration of their wedding vows.

Harrison and her future husband will enjoy a trip to Cocoa Beach, Fla., and two days at Walt Disney World, courtesy of Todd Piergallini, with airfare provided by Hancock County Savings Bank.

The bank, which was a supporting sponsor of the show organized by the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times, also provided three television sets of varying sizes in another special drawing of the day. Ellie Alisa of Smithfield was the winner, with the announcement coming from Marian Edgell, the bank’s marketing manager.

The event, which included a champagne luncheon, vendors, door prizes, taste testing and a fashion show by Sorelle Bridal Salon of Washington, Pa., also a sponsor, offered other special drawings beyond 30 door prizes provided by vendors showcasing their services and wares.

Emily McCloud of Burgettstown, who will wed Branden Degenkolb in October, won a Seven Springs Mountain Resort bachelorette overnight stay for eight, courtesy of the Herald-Star; all the brides-to-be won a complimentary stay at the Holiday Inn Weirton in a special surprise giveaway; and three $100 certificates to Sewickly Spa were won by Marjie Serafini, Chaunda Sterling and Kristin Summy.

The fashion show featured a variety of wedding gowns from Sorelle Bridal Salon, its models assisted on the runway by Piergallini Catering’s own Damar Jackson. After the show, owner Jeanie Lambert, said, “This is just a party for us, and honestly this is our favorite show to do all year because of the wonderful people here at St. Florian — Todd Piergallini is amazing, his daughter Kassy, fantastic — and Cindy Kotsch at the Herald-Star. These people are the reason that we do it.

“The bonus is we get to play dress-up and have a good time, and maybe we’ll meet a few brides in the process,” Lambert said.

Catherine Ferrari, president of Hancock County Savings Bank, said the bridal show was “a fantastic opportunity” for the bank to be involved in the community.

“This is a community event — all these beautiful brides and happy families coming in preparing for a wedding, and Hancock County Savings Bank is a community bank, and we serve this community, so we wanted to be involved and enjoy the day with all the brides and their families,” Ferrari said.

Another facet of the show included a before-and-after makeover for Kristina Williams of Chester, a pre-selected bride-to-be, with makeup and an up-do by Legal Hair and Day Spa; a gown worn from Sorelle Bridal Salon; and holding a nosegay bouquet from Follansbee Flower Shop.

Todd Piergallini served as master of ceremonies.

Attendees expressed appreciation for the bridal show, including Steubenville residents Shannon Foley and Danielle DiCarlo, longtime friends, both of them preparing for weddings later this year.

“We’ve been friends since kindergarten, and now we’re getting married in 2017, so we’re just excited to share the experience together,” Foley said.

Both will not only be brides but will be part of each other’s bridal party, too.

Brides were admitted to the show free of charge and received a goody bag, lunch and a chance for prizes, according to Cindy Kotsch, who welcomed the crowd, and Maggie McGinnis. The two are event coordinators for the newspapers.

Vendors on hand included Jonathan Mihellis of Finest Events; Clear Choice Photo Booth, Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott; Simply Sweet Cakes; Holiday Inn of Weirton; Mama G’s/Hellenic Hall; The Inn at Franciscan Square by Best Western; Pure Romance; Snap Shop Photo Booth; Katie Lynn Photography; McDonnell Chiropractic; Origami Owl — Karen Grubb and Jackie Mackey; Sorelle Bridal Salon; Fabian Formals of Hollywood; Premier Designs Jewelry — Ann Moore, Pure Romance — Jessica Kelley, Bella Photography by Michelle; Snap Shop Slo-Mo; Hannah Barlow Photography; Heavenly Coach Limousine; Selfie Snaps LLC; Off Center Productions; Steubenville Integrative Medicine; Follansbee Flower Shop; Oscar’s Salon; Piergallini Catering at St. Florian Hall; the Sweet Shot Bakery; Tina’s Sweet Celebrations; Hancock County Savings Bank; JK Photography; Bella Lux Images; Legal Hair & Day Spa; and Trinity Images Mammography Center.

(Kiaski can be contacted a jkiaski@heraldstaronline.com.)

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