Expo creates expanded options for brides-to-be

Local photographers Bryana Riutta and Heather Waligursky bring “everything bridal” to the Keweenaw area.

The two wedding photographers of Riutta Images and Heather Lynn Photography hosted the Keweenaw Bridal Expo on Saturday at the Continental Fire Co.

The women said they felt like the area was missing options for brides-to-be.

“We wanted brides to be able to find unique vendors that they may not know about,” said Riutta. “We are hoping that people can find all of the amazingly unique vendors in our area and use them for their weddings.”

The event featured food, music, vendor booths, giveaways and a fashion show; a little bit of something for everyone.

For vendors, there was a wedding planner, bridal and formal wear, beauty and hairstylists, wedding favors, caterers, venues and more.

Some of those include Celebrations Bridal, Tangles Salon, the Rozsa center, Northwinds Adventures, Keweenaw Coffee Works and Aurora Blossoms.

They used social media to attract vendors in the area and get community members excited for the expo.

Besides enjoying weddings and seeing the love stories, Ruitta said: “it’s always fun to meet other vendors at the weddings to collaborate and get to know them.”

They wanted this expo to be a way to provide the least amount of stress possible for brides.

“We’ve been to events where we thought if they had better vendors the events would’ve gone smoother and better,” said Riutta. “Their wedding day could’ve been zero stress.”

Attendees felt it was a great event, good to see in the community, and convenient for those planning a wedding.

“I think it was a wonderful event and I hope it becomes an annual event,” said community member Joanne Greub. “It’s nice for people in this area to see what’s available.”

Ruitta and Waligursky were very happy with the turnout and feedback. They are also hoping to make it an annual event.

“I’m hoping people take away that they don’t have to leave the area to have something really unique and special,” said Waligursky.