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2013 Daily Globe Bridal Fair and Prom Extravaganza is a stylin' affair

Lexi Standafer models one of the many bridal dresses shown Saturday afternoon during the 2013 Daily Globe Bridal Fair and Prom Extravaganza at the American Reformed Church in Worthington2 / 4
Rachel Becker models one of the colorful prom dresses. All dresses modelled in the show were from Blue Box Bridal of Fairmont.3 / 4
Morgan Traylor sports one of the many sharp tuxes shown Saturday afternoon at the Daily Globe Bridal Fair and Prom Extravaganza in Worthington.4 / 4

WORTHINGTON -- Angie Ford had plenty to offer attendees of the Daily Globe Bridal Fair and Prom Extravaganza on Saturday, not long after she had shared some of her tasty treats with Minnesota's senior senator in Washington.

Ford, who lives in Lake Wilson and owns Taylor'd Cakes, supplied cake pops for Sen. Amy Klobuchar's open house scheduled last month in conjunction with President Barack Obama's inauguration.

"Actually, I met her in 2010 in Pipestone at the Watertower Festival," Ford recalled Saturday while showing samples of her culinary concoctions inside Worthington's American Reformed Church. "Lori Ness, the mayor of Pipestone, was showing Amy around, and she brought me over to meet her."

Ford didn't think much about the informal encounter with Klobuchar until 10 days before Obama's inauguration, when she received a call from the senator's office requesting the cake pops. The treats were shipped to Washington, and Ford -- who had already planned to be in the nation's capital at the time of the event -- had the opportunity to attend the open house.

"There was food there from all kinds of Minnesota businesses, not just mine," she said.

Ford worked as a nurse for a number of years before going full-time with Taylor'd Cakes -- named for her daughter -- in July 2012. She was a repeat vendor at Saturday's bridal/prom event.

"I like this because it's smaller and you can actually talk to people, and not where there's 300 brides and it's all a blur," Ford said. "There's also a bridal show, and you typically don't see that."

A combined bridal/room fashion show featured dresses from Blue Box Bridal of Fairmont and tuxes from The Stag Clothiers in Worthington. One of the dozen dress models (five wore tuxes) was McKenzie Hurley, a Worthington High School senior.

"It was fun to just work it down the runway and see all the dresses," said Hurley, who was modeling in the show for the first time.

For Hurley, who also plans to attend her senior prom in April, Saturday's show was good in another way.

"It was very helpful, and now I know what colors work nice and what colors don't," she said.

Another WHS senior who modeled in the show was Justyce Voss, who like Hurley also took center stage later in the evening for the school production of "Hairspray." Voss previously participated in the 2011 Daily Globe prom show.

"I volunteered myself because I like to work the runaway," said Voss, adding, "I got some ideas of what I like and what I don't like."

Attendees of Saturday's event, in addition to having a chance to watch the style show, had a chance to visit vendors specializing in a variety of wedding and special event products.

Making their first appearance at the Daily Globe show were Valerie Hubbard, who operates Hands Full of Flowers in Worthington, and her husband, John.

"I always liked flowers, and I had a part-time job working for a florist (when attending Dordt College in Orange City, Iowa) and fell in love with it," Valerie recalled.

After getting away from floral design for a few years, Valerie ended up doing arrangements for her own wedding, and then for weddings of friends and family members.

"I just want to make it a bigger part of my life," she said, adding that before Saturday, she had relied on word-of-mouth and not participated in any bridal show event. "Now, I've gone public."

Also attending her first Worthington bridal show was Char Frank of Wabasso, who owns and operates Décor By Char.

"I've been in the decorating business for 35 years," Frank said. "I specialize in floral arrangements and unique centerpieces. ... I work with clients to learn their desired style and bring it all together for their special day."

Offering a different type of option was Wendt Photography of Sherburn, who was a second-year exhibitor during Saturday's show. Samantha and Robb Wendt were aiming to promote more than just the wedding aspect of their business.

"We both work full-time -- we do this from our house and we have a studio on ... a farm and do a lot of outdoor stuff, too," Robb said. "We'll also come to your house or location with our lighting and backdrop equipment."

Ryan McGaughey

I first joined the Daily Globe in April 2001 as sports editor. I later became the news editor in November 2002, and the managing editor in August 2006. I'm originally from New York State, and am married with two children.

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