Love was really in the air at annual wedding fair
LOVE was definitely in the air when the Lincs Wedding Show made a welcome return to Grimsby.
More than 1,000 brides and grooms-to-be visited the exhibition at Grimsby Auditorium yesterday.
From stunning essentials like dresses and cakes to quirky extras like magic shows and sweet buffets, there was something to make everyone's big day special.
Organiser Jon Hancock, of Pronuptia, in Freeman Street, Grimsby, was thrilled to see the venue so busy.
He said: "Although 2013 is a quiet year for weddings because of the number 13 coupled with the recession, lots of people are here making plans.
"It is a great chance for people to start planning, getting ideas and meet the people who will be involved in their special day; love is definitely in the air."
Now in its seventh year, the show continues to grow, with about 100 businesses attending this year.
Among them was Grimsby magician John Morton, showcasing his close-up magic and mentalism act.
He said: "What I do cannot be explained very well on paper, I have to show them in person so this is a great platform for me.
"There has been a lot of interest – I have even had to turn people away."
Brides queued up to sample wedding cakes by Tracey Cox, of Louth's Little Chocolatier.
She said: "The cake is such an important part of the day. It is the centrepiece of the room – the first thing people look at when they walk in.
"It is great to meet the brides and bridegrooms in person."
Kayley Taylor-Murray runs Sweet 'n' Unique, which celebrates its first anniversary tomorrow.
She said: "We like to offer something a little different. The sweet buffets were very popular last year. This year it is more sweet stands and favours.
"It has been really busy, we have barely had chance to speak to everyone!"
Jack Snappa lives up to his name as a photographer.
He said: "It is great to know that despite these hard financial times people can still fall in love and want the best for their wedding day."
Nikki James and Tom Morris became engaged last Tuesday, at Colchester Zoo. Nikki said: "The show has helped us a lot. We are a bit overwhelmed by all the choice but it has given us a lot of ideas."
Vicky Atkinson, 24, and Paul Holmes, 23, pictured left, got engaged on Christmas Day.
Vicky said: "We have the venue booked, we just need to find a colour scheme. We haven't got a clue how to organise a wedding so this is a great place to start."