The Fort Bragg Wedding Expo brought photographers, caterers, bakeries, DJs and wedding planners to the Iron Mike Conference Center, Saturday.

The expo, a first for the conference center, helped civilians and military members find vendors for their weddings and special events.

Cynthia Kauth, catering manager, Iron Mike Conference Center, was excited to hold the event at the venue.

“I’ve been trying for years (to have a wedding expo) at the conference center,” she said.

Kauth said the conference center is open to the public, and military members and civilians can host events at the venue. She showed couples attending the event table decorations, place settings and water fountain rentals available for their big day.

Food tastings were also part of the expo. Iron Mike Conference Center laid out tables of dishes for guests to sample, and several vendors had tastings available at their booths.

“My sister is a veteran, I come from a Family of veterans, and it’s great to serve our military brothers and sisters,” said Leslie Keenan, co-owner of Sweet Boutique Bakery at Belk, as she handed out cake samples to couples coming to her table.

Kauth said the Iron Mike Conference Center was the only venue to host a wedding expo this year in the Fayetteville area.

“Our plan is to do one expo a year … eventually, we’d like to host two a year, one in the early part of the year, and one towards the fall,” she said.