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Models wait to take the runway during the Wedding and Quinceanera Expo at the Ulatis Community Center in Vacaville, Saturday. Attendees browsed a variety of vender booths and took in a wedding and Quinceanera fashion show. (Aaron Rosenblatt/Daily Republic)


Dresses flow at expo

By From page A3 | March 23, 2014

VACAVILLE — From cake to dresses, Vacaville had it all in one place Saturday.

The city’s Wedding and Quinceañera Expo brought business representatives from the region to the Ulatis Community Center in an effort to woo consumers who are planning life’s biggest parties.

Cyndi Williamson, recreation coordinator for the Community Services Department, was in awe at the extravagant quinceañera dresses a group of young models put on display.

“(I think we’re) all in disbelief at the beautiful gowns. The girls are gorgeous, the hair, the makeup . . . I think the culture — how they celebrate — is just beautiful.

The quinceañera is essentially a 15-year-old Latina’s “coming out” party, said Vallejo resident Selena Sanchez, who is planning her own quinceañera this year.

“When you’re 15 – in Latin culture – you’re a woman now,” she said.

Wearing colorful dresses from Rancho Cordova-based Boutique Moroleon, the quinceañera models appeared to be the belles of the ball. Their flowing gowns featured bodices that laced in the back and some were adorned with gems and embroidery.

Sanchez already bought her quinceañera dress – in Mexico where it’s cheaper, she said.

“It has ruffles and jewelry, but it’s not too flashy,” she said.

Williamson said the quinceañera was a new component for the city’s annual expo, which also featured a wedding dress fashion show and cake dive.

“(It’s) all about celebration, it’s all about special events. It seemed like a natural fit,” she said.

Erica Mascote, chief decorator for Vacaville-based Just Cakin’ It, was having a blast at her booth that treated visitors to an array of cupcake samples.

“This is so fun,” she said.

Just Cakin’ It baked a red velvet wedding cake for the cake dive, which dared participants to dig for one of seven keys that awarded a local wedding venue to a lucky bride courtesy of the city.

“It’s going to be a nice, big mess,” Mascote said.

With food, as well as photographers and a DJ, the expo had all the elements for an exceptional party.

“(We all have) special moments in our lives that we need to take time out in our lives and celebrate,” Williamson said.

Reach Adrienne Harris at 427-6956 or [email protected] Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/aharrisdr.

Adrienne Harris

Adrienne Harris

Adrienne joined the Daily Republic in September 2009. She earned her journalism degree at the University of Florida in 2005 and has worked at newspapers in Fort Pierce, Fla.; Las Cruces, N.M.; and El Paso, Texas.

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