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Homestead’s First Wedding and Celebration Expo

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Posted: Friday, April 14, 2017 12:22 pm

Bringing together residents and businesses to help plan the perfect event

Our picturesque South Dade and Upper Keys environments make this area especially attractive for “destination” weddings and other celebrations. Unlike visitors who come from across the country to venues such as Schnebly’s Redland Winery or Phil’s Berry Farm, we don’t have to travel. However, whether it’s wedding, Quinceanera, birthday, or a special anniversary – all these events require many pieces to put together to make it the memorable celebration you want. Where to hold it, what food and drink to have, what flowers to choose, what decorations, what about the right dress? How much can you do yourself and what should you leave to a professional? Unless you’re one of those people who has a natural talent for these endeavors, you need help.

Finally, instead of driving into Miami, you can find everything you’re looking for in one place at the Homestead Center for the Arts (HCA) first annual Celebration Expo, Sunday, April 23, 2017. A variety of vendors will be at the Homestead Woman’s Club from 1:00-4:00 p.m. to show their array of services. Caterers, cruise planners, dress and bridal shops, jewelry displays, DJs, event venues, event planners, florists, hair and make-up experts, hotel representatives, musicians, party rental representatives, and photographers will be on-hand.

A unique offering for the day is a drawing for “A Live Portrait”. Shannon Trezona, a resident artist who studied at the New World School of the Arts, has a remarkable talent for rapidly creating a portrait. People who have watched her work are always intrigued at how skillfully she captures images in the midst of a live event. She will be at the Expo to transform a photograph of the winner into a portrait to be taken home. It’s simple and free to enter the drawing. Engaged couples or anyone preparing for a special occasion can enter at The winner must be available to attend the Expo.

No matter if you have a celebration for 100-plus guests or something intimate, the Expo vendors can answer your questions or give you ideas.

If you have out-of-town guests, which hotels offer special group rates?

Music is always an important part of any celebration and attendees can talk with musician and songwriter Ed Croce who can create a personal song or give advice about what to play.

The formal section of the Expo will match some needs or the casual tropical section might inspire you.

The afternoon will be filled with fun, too. The band, Above the Skyline, will play, and Ed Croce accompanying opera singer Leslye Garcia will be featured at the beginning of the event.

Wedding dresses will be on display and models will show off other beautiful attire.

In addition to the portrait drawing, a door prize will be given each hour and advance tickets are only $5.00 instead of $10.00 at the door.

“We’re excited to have what we hope will become a recurring event,” said Norma Wilson, Chair of the Expo Committee. “It can be overwhelming to try and plan a wedding or anything like that. Come out for the afternoon, have a good time, and meet the businesses who specialize in what you’re looking for.”

The Homestead Woman’s Club at 17905 SW 292d St, Homestead is easy to get to and parking is free. Contact Norma Wilson, 786 715-1995; or go to to buy tickets on-line or for more information. The event will be 1:00-4:00 p.m. Sunday, April 23, 2017.

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