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The Annual ACES High Country Wedding Expo Held Sunday, Feb. 22 at the Boone Mall

By Madison Fisler Lewis

Feb. 19, 2015. You’re invited to the annual High Country Wedding Expo, which will take place on Sunday, Feb. 22, from 1-4 p.m. at the Boone Mall. The event will feature wedding professionals, vendors and special event professionals who can help to make your special day exactly what you’ve dreamed of.

acesnc-expopAttendees will get to see the dresses, taste the cakes, hear the music and smell the flowers all while benefitting local children in need as 100 percent of admission ($8 or 5 canned/dry goods) collected at the Panera Bread entrance goes directly to Western Youth Network.

From a release:

WYN is a relationship-focused resource for youth and families in the High Country.Through prevention and intervention programs, WYN specializes in providing youth with the tools they need to reach their potential and discover their place in our community and in our world.

“The past couple of years we have benefitted the Hospitality House and this year we wanted to switch it up,” said Elizabeth Hempfling of ACES.

“I’m a local to the area and Western Youth Network is an organization that benefits a lot of troubled youth and gives great support to them. We also felt like it would be a good way to involve the children. They will be helping out with the fashion show and a lot of other tasks behind the scenes.”

The wedding expo will feature more than 60 High Country businesses that specialize in weddings and corporate events. In addition to the vendors, attendees will also be able to enjoy a bridal fashion show.

Last year, about 300 people attended the event at the Summit Trail Solarium at ASU, and this year, Hempfling hopes that even more will attend.

“Regardless of whether you are planning a wedding or just want to get out of your house for a bit, it is a great way to give back to the community and interact with some of our local businesses at the same time,” she said. “We have everything from wineries to caterers and everything in between, so it is a great way to really explore what is out there.”

For more information on the High Country Wedding Expo visit www.acesnc.com or contact Elizabeth Hempfling at president.aces@gmail.com. For more information about the Western Youth Network, click here.