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"Modern Bride Of Year": It's Down To Five!

Almost 2,500 engaged women entered, with every state represented.

And now, only five of them are left in Modern Bride magazine's second annual "Modern Bride of the Year" contest.

Modern Bride Editor in Chief Antonia Van der Meer introduced them on The Early Show Wednesday.

The winner will be revealed Friday.

Van der Meer explained that they're looking for a women who exemplifies the modern bride, and who's cover-worthy -- because the winner will grace the cover of the December/January issue of Modern Bride. She says it's exciting for the magazxine's readers to see brides like themselves on the cover.

The five finalists are:

  • Allison Ahlfeldt, 30, from California (Allison and Adam; Wedding Date 03/28/2009)
  • Laura Zerfing, 27, from Virginia (Laura and Matt/Wedding Date 08/16/2008)
  • Lucy Lee, 25, from Georgia ( Lucy & Stephen/Wedding Date 05/02/2009)
  • Megan Robillard, 24, from Texas (Megan and Ryan/Wedding Date 07/11/2009)
  • Quiana Sloan, 27, from New York (Quiana and Uka /Wedding Date: 06/26/2009)

    All five were on the Early Showplaza modeling the hot bridal hair and makeup trends for the season:

    Garden: For daytime, it's little more relaxed than in the evening. Makeup is soft and fresh similar to colors in a garden.

    Beach: A lot of people are doing destination weddings, it's a popular trend. So we wanted to do something sexy with the hair. A popular trend is to have it looser and a little less stiff. It's going to get wind blown anyway so we wanted to work with nature not against it. Beach makeup is very "glowy" / "dewy"; nearly nude look.

    Nighttime formal: We are thinking something in a ballroom, she might be wearing a ball gown so the hair would be in an updo and the make-up we concentrate more on the eyes to make it more dramatic.

    Hip loft: We just wanted something trendy and fun and unexpected. They may put a fun hair accessory. The makeup will be colorful. This girl should not be afraid of a little drama.

    Historic Estate: For the historic estate this is where you can play with different time periods, possibly the hair would be half up and half down. Makeup would be very feminine and elegant.

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