Flaco Guapo Media

SAN ANGELO – What does the number six have in common with the 29th annual, West Texas Bridal Showcase? In Miss Laura Olivarez’ case, everything as she was a last-minute entry and contestant number six to compete with five other women for a diamond-like shaped fake ring, embedded in an eight-tier vanilla cake, created by Yvonne’s Happy Tiers.

Far left in the back and wearing a pink t-shirt is Yvonne Rodriguez. She is the owner of Yvonne's Happy Tiers and who made the eight-tier, vanilla cake.

Once KIXY FM radio personality, Rick Andrews, told the ladies to give him a thumbs up, he counted them down to 3-2-1 and it was every, “man, uh woman” for herself to dig out the fake ring.

In the end, at the 4:23 mark, the winner turned out to be---Miss Olivarez who was not even supposed to be the sixth entry. Because during the drawing of names by KIXY FM air staff, she became the final contestant due to another name being drawn ahead of her who was not there.


Left-to-right: Laura Olivarez and James Petitt.

Olivarez who was still visibly shaken and in disbelief after coming up with the pebble-shaped fake ring, was able to exchange it for a beautiful, silver diamond ring, valued at $2,000, compliments of Legend Jewelers. James Petitt of Petitt Productions presented the ring to Laura.

Laura, was asked how she felt after holding the real diamond ring. “I can’t stop shaking.” Olivarez [wearing a heart-shaped WTBS lapel that read “I’m getting married”as were hundreds of other prospective brides-to-be] is engaged to fiancée. Evelardo Maldonado. The Olivarez-Maldonado wedding date will be later in the fall, September 26th, 2020. The Ed Davenport Civic Center in Brady, Texas will be the venue for the future Mr. and Mrs. Maldonado's wedding.

Live Design & Print Shop members, left-to-right: Chrys Forbes, owner; Colin Forbes, husband; and Miss Presley Rumsey, staff person.

Besos Events' Cynthia Diego is co-founder and creative director, along with Christi C. Marquez, baker; and Gabriel Gutierrez, executive chef . Besos Events just launched on January 1st, 2020.

Rebecca Ingram Bridal gown worn by Miss Lauen Stiff, two years of modeling for Jackson's Ladies Fashions.

Miss Senora Scott is wearing a Casablanca Bridal & Beloved wedding gown.

Besides Yvonne’s Happy Tiers cake business, among other top professionals were: Live Design, Besos Events and Jackson’s Ladies Fashions for a combined total of 52 vendors. Another vendor, Shireen Jackson, owner of Jackson’s LF, had seven women to model bridal gowns, ranging from Venus Bridal, Morilee, Casa Blanca Bridal & Beloved, etc.

Entreprenuer, James Pettit and host of the WTBS informed Flaco Guapo Media one of the changes that took place this year was more space was made available to accommodate the vendors.

The Bridal Showcase, sponsored by Myers Boutique, was held Sunday, January 19, 2020 from 1 p.m. – to 4 p.m. in the McNease Convention Center.