Brides-to-be explore their fantasies at North Country Bridal Expo

"Just say no if Uncle John from Duluth wants to take your photos," she said. "It's your one chance to have the memories and you want to know they'll be done right."

Jason Greer and Vanessa Cicarelli of Greer Cicarelli Photography agree. With new technology, they are able to create truly one-of-a-kind customized albums for the special day. Magazine-style composite albums are extremely popular right now, as are on-line proofing galleries and spot color photos black and white photos with just a touch of color.

One tradition that's still going strong, though, is the bride and groom don't want to see each other until the actual ceremony. Perhaps the one item brides dream about the most is the dress.

Heather Long and Victoria Heroux of Laura's Bridal & College Formals have seen dresses become more simple and elegant, although there are still lots of romantics who want the full ball gown. The corset-back dress, which laces up the back, is also a practical and comfortable option, plus it saves on alterations.

Color is also making an impact in bridal fashions. Rich, deep jewel tones are showing up on bridesmaid dresses, and even the wedding gowns themselves have pops of color. Brides also now have the option of diamond white, a color somewhere in between white and ivory without the harshness of white or the starkness of ivory.

Pre-ceremony, a growing trend is that of the pamper party. Denise Garnot of Hairstyles Unlimited introduced this service at her salon nearly four years ago, and she has seen its popularity take off. The entire bridal party is treated to a day of indulgence, including manicures, pedicures, facials and for hair a scalp massage and deep conditioning.

As far as hairstyles, Garnot believes brides are looking for something they cant do at home perhaps braids and twists mixed in with curls.

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