Western Sydney is becoming a hot spot in the wedding industry, according to local fashion blogger Wendy El-Khoury.
Ms El-Khoury, who was a wedding co-ordinator at her family's reception hall, the Grand Royale in Granville said she loves to help aspiring brides achieve their dream day.
She said she enjoys working in western Sydney because she gets to work on the weddings of people with a variety of cultures, traditions and ideas.
“When it comes to the wedding industry, west is best," Ms El-Khoury, 29, said.
“Small, family-run businesses are what makes this industry work.”
She said local businesses like Alina Collections, South Wentworthville, have brought high-end fashion to the west, stocking labels such as Alex Perry and Rachel Gilbert.
Ms El-Khoury said that the western Sydney wedding industry is growing every day and education in the the latest trends and what's required to plan a wedding are important to ensure brides are happy with their big day.
She said this is the reason she started her blogs.
Ms El-Khoury recently hosted a bridal expo at the Grand Royale with a range of wedding related businesses, many of them from western Sydney.
Over the course of two days there were more than 1000 attendees, 30 exhibitors, five entertainment acts and even a surprise proposal.
Watch video footage from the bridal fashion show at the expo below:
Robert Borg was one of the exhibitors at the expo, there to show off his wedding cakes from Cake Art, which has stores at Penrith and Rouse Hill.
“It’s great to meet other wonderful suppliers in the industry and always pleasant to work with Wendy, who is a real inspiration within the wedding industry,” he said.
Having worked as a stylist in the wedding industry for ten years; with experience working on photo shoots and runway shows, Ms El-Khoury now manages more than ten Facebook pages, with her most popular, Wedded Wonderland, having a fan base of more than 80,000 followers.
“I wanted to create place where women could find all of the most current and most beautiful fashion, photography, flowers and food, all in one place."
In the past Ms El-Khoury has worked with wedding couture designer Steven Khalil, celebrity wedding photographer GM Photographics and the Ultimate Wedding Planning Party at the Sydney Opera House.
She is due to host an event to celebrate the wedding of US wedding planner Preston Bailey with Untitled Filmworks.