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The Mensonides/ Bruinsma wedding party last July had an international flair, as many traveled from Holland for the event.

photo courtesy Joreen Mensonides-Bruinsma

MABTON – There was more than a dash of tradition at the wedding of Joreen Mensonides and Auke Bruinsma last July. The Mabton couple not only celebrated their vows, but family traditions, as well as those of their native Holland. Joreen says the decision to have a vintage-themed wedding was made early during the planning process. She notes that her husband is from the Friesland area of Holland, the same locale from which her parents hail. She said about 40 people from that country were among the 380 or so who attended the wedding. During the wedding ceremony there was vintage in the form of lace on the stage where the couple exchanged vows. Ring bearers dressed in Dutch boy costumes to reflect the heritage, as well. The wedding ceremony was held at the Sunnyside Christian Reformed Church, and the venue welcomed family and guests with signs in both the English and Dutch languages. Incorporating Dutch traditions in their wedding included a special cake that was served to those at the wedding reception. The couple trekked part way to the reception, located at the home of Mensonides’ parents, in a carriage pulled by Friesian horses. The reception, she says, included some fun with traditions, such as skits performed about the couple – a Dutch tradition – and a scavenger hunt the couple created that had guests seek out their spoons for the reception meal. There was also a reflection of family history during the reception. Wedding pictures of ancestors from both bride and groom were displayed on rustic walls in the outdoor reception area…as well as a framed opening in the wall where couples could create new memories and photos. Joreen says the vintage feel of her and Auke’s big day included an old Studebaker pick-up truck, the bed of which was used as the serving area for the reception meal…a literal tailgating event. Old farm implements, a nod to the farming traditions of both the bride’s and the groom’s families, were set outside the reception area as décor for welcoming guests. Those in attendance at the reception also followed another Dutch tradition in singing a familiar song to the couple, placing their names in the lyrics. Even before the wedding, Joreen got into the Dutch spirit during her bachelorette party, in which the organizers had her dress in a Dutch girl outfit – complete with wooden shoes – and perform various tasks around Sunnyside such as washing cars and riding a bike. Looking back on the big day last July 30, Joreen smiles and says the extra work required to have a vintage and Dutch wedding and reception was all worth it. “I loved it! It was the best day of my life,” Joreen says. “I enjoyed every moment and if I could do it all over again I would.” - John Fannin can be reached at 837-4500 or at

photo courtesy Joreen Mensonides-Bruinsma

Ring bearers dressed as Dutch boys, in keeping with the couple’s family roots.

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The wedding reception on the lawn at Art and Theresa Mensonides’ home in Mabton was ringed with a rustic fence that displayed wedding photos of family ancestors.

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A nod to their wedding’s vintage theme, lace adorned the stage where Joreen Mensonides and Auka Bruinsma exchanged vows. by Robin Wind

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Celebrating the wedding of Daniel and Shari Adamson on Dec. 18, 2011 are several well-wishers. The couple married in Leavenworth and honeymooned in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

Shari (Williams) and Daniel Adamson stand on the snow-covered landscape at Mountain Springs Lodge near Leavenworth on the date of their wedding, Dec. 18, 2011. The bride is the daughter of Michael and Jeanette Williams of Mabton. The groom is the son of Richard and Janice Adamson of Vancouver. photo courtesy of Jeanette Williams

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Dusty (Kern-Berg) and Gary Flansburg were married on Dec. 10, 2011 at Sunnyside’s Cornerstone Assembly of God Church. The bride is the daughter of Carl “Bud” and Sandra Kern of Sunnyside. The groom is the son of Gareth and Stella Flansburg of Hot Springs, Mont. and April Flansburg of Sunnyside. Newlyweds Dusty and Gary Flansburg take an opportunity for a family photo on Dec. 10, 2011. The couple’s union brings together (standing L-R) Hunter Berg, Billy and Gary Flansburg; and (seated) Dusty and Colton Berg.

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Celebrating the nuptials of Erika and Chad Den Boer on June 11, 2011 is a large wedding party. Those present for the occasion were (back L-R) Brady Haak, Sean Tudor, Aaron Van de Graaf, Andrew Schutt, Lance Den Boer, the newlyweds, Samantha DeRuyter, Juliana Erickson, Caitlin DeRuyter, Annelise DeRuyter and Corrie DeRuyter. In the front are (L-R) ringbearer Dekker Van de Graaf and flower girl Olivia DeRuyter.

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Erika DeRuyter and Chad Den Boer exchanged wedding vows on June 11, 2011 at the First Presbyterian Church in Yakima. She is the daughter of Outlook’s Jake and Genny DeRuyter, and he is the son of Larry and Joan Den Boer of Sunnyside.

Sunshine highlights newly married Maggie and Brandon Brown following the couple’s July 2011 nuptials. The bride is the daughter of Sunnyside’s Salvador and Elvia Ramirez. The groom is the son of Daniel Brown and Joyce Bakker of Toppenish. photo courtesy of Memory Montage Photography

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Married at Cascade Garden in Yakima were Maggie Ramirez and Brandon Brown. The couple exchanged wedding vows July 2011. She is a 2005 graduate of Sunnyside High School and works for Boeing Company 767 as an industrial engineer in Everett. The groom is a structural engineer for Boeing Company 787 in Everett. He is a 2005 Wapato High School graduate.

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A romantic photo of newly married Ashlee (Trevino) and Sean Fahey was taken following the couple’s Sept. 10, 2011 wedding. The bride is the daughter of Gil and Margi Trevino of Grandview. The groom is the son of Greg and Diane Fahey of Woodinville.

Michelle Burns married Bruce Armstrong Sept. 10, 2011 at Cascade Gardens in Yakima. The bride is a Sunnyside High School graduate and the groom graduated from Yelm High School. She is the daughter of Harry and Laura Burns of Sunnyside. The groom’s parents are Richard and Tami Armstrong of Tumwater.

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Newlyweds Ashlee and Sean Fahey take a stroll on the property of McKinley Springs Winery in Prosser following the couple’s nuptials on Sept. 10, 2011.

When a bride thinks of her big day, she often imagines elegant floral arrangements. Sara Cook of Morris Floral in Sunnyside said many brides select floral arrangements for their wedding according to “the celebrity wedding of the year.” An example of such a trend was evident following the royal wedding uniting Prince William and Kate last year. Her bouquet was designed with lily of the valley. After that, brides began ordering bouquets from Morris Floral that contained the delicate white flower. “Unfortunately, it is a seasonal flower,” said Cook, stating those insisting on having lily of the valley in their arrangements last year may have had to pay more depending on the time of year during which they exchanged their vows. “Roses are always popular,” Cook said of the typical bridal arrangement. She said roses gathered in a clutch bouquet are a timeless choice. She said specific colors of roses have been bred for longevity because they are so popular. “The less heavily scented roses last longer,” said Cook. Clutch bouquets, she said, make up about 80 percent of bridal bouquet orders. However, cascading arrangements are slowly making a comeback. Clutch bouquets can be designed either as a hand tie or with a holder. The hand tied bouquets, said Cook, are more popular and they are more expensive.

Trends locally also are determined by the venue for the wedding. “There aren’t as many church weddings,” said Cook, stating those exchanging nuptials in smaller venues are keeping the floral arrangements to a minimum. Because smaller weddings require fewer arrangements, she said many brides choose to order the bridal bouquet, arrangements for the bride’s attendants, boutonnieres for the men and corsages for the mothers. Cook said it is important to have a strategy see “Design trends” page 10 photo courtesy of Memory Montage Photography

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Clutch bouquets are popular among brides. They consist of tightly gathered blooms rounded neatly together.

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Newlyweds Michelle and Bruce Armstrong on their honeymoon sail the waters along the coastline of Kauai, Hawaii. The couple married Sept. 10, 2011.


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Newlyweds Megan and Sam Fopma are photographed inside Sunnyside Christian Reformed Church on June 18, 2011. Both are graduates of Dordt College in Sioux City, Iowa.

photo courtesy of Julie DeGroot

photo courtesy of Julie DeGroot

United in marriage on June 18, 2011, Megan (DeGroot) and Sam Fopma pose in front of a Sunnyside vineyard. The bride is the daughter of Tim and Julie DeGroot of Sunnyside, and the groom is the son of Steve and Sharon Fopma of Sully, Iowa.

Family and friends celebrated the union of Jessica and Ralph Hernandez on Aug. 20, 2011. Pictured are (standing L-R) Jessica Saldana, Nikki Sabedra, Tiffany Gutierrez, Stephanie Ambriz, Jennifer Hunsaker, the bride and groom, Oscar Hernandez Sr., Shawn Warwick, Oscar Hernandez Jr., Catalina Warwick, Yurida Romero and Angela Aguilar; (kneeling L-R) Nasario Martinez, Aron Hunsaker, Robert Gomez, Nathon Maltos, Mario Saldana and Moises Ambriz.

Jessica (Vasquez) and Ralph Hernandez were united in marriage on Aug. 20, 2011 at the home of the groom’s parents, Oscar and Rita Hernandez of Sunnyside. The bride is the daughter of Arturo Vasquez Jr. and Eglintina Robles.

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A wedding ceremony on White Rock Beach in Maui, Hawaii was celebrated on Dec. 23, 2011 by Marisol (Alvarez) and Timothy Bos. The bride is the daughter of Maria and Hilario Alvarez of Sunnyside, and the groom is the son of Mary and Tom Bos, also of Sunnyside.

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Newly married Marisol and Timothy Bos move toward one another following the exchange of wedding vows on Dec. 23, 2011. The Sunnyside couple married in Hawaii and honeymooned in Cannon Beach, Ore. photo courtesy of Marisol Bos

Laura (Eddy) and Grant Carpino were married at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Kennewick on Sept. 10, 2011. The bride is the daughter of Loren and Karen Eddy of Richland. The groom is the son of Greg and Suzi Carpino of Sunnyside.

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Newlyweds Laura and Grant Carpino pose for a mysterious photo following the couple’s wedding on Sept. 10, 2011. She is an exercise physiologist and he is a strength coach.

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Stephanie (Greydanus) and Michael Dalrymple united in marriage on June 25, 2011 in Mt. Vernon. The bride is a second grade teacher at Sunnyside Christian Elementary School, and the groom works for Bert’s Excavating.

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Celebrating the wedding of Stephanie and Michael Dalrymple on June 25, 2011 are (LR) Steve and Teci Greydanus of Mt. Vernon, parents of the bride; the newlyweds; and the groom’s parents, Joyce and John Dalrymple of Sunnyside.

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when budgeting a wedding. One such strategy is to seek the assistance of a specialist in floral arrangements to ease the stress of organizing the event. Some brides, she said, believe they can design their own arrangements, but find it creates more pressure. Also, it can be more costly because specialists can design floral arrangements befitting the occasion within a strict budget. “I love the women who come in with a $50 budget and ask what we can do for them… they are generally the most pleased and we can be creative,” said Cook. An average budget, however, is between $750 and $1,000. The largest budget Cook has had to work with was $10,000. She said often brides choose to have attendants dress in keeping with a theme, serving as the wedding accents. That means brides are having their attendants dress colorfully and carry bouquets that are simple. “Some brides are being more inventive,” said Cook. She said brides who complete their homework will choose floral arrangements that aren’t as common. However, the flowers included in the arrangements are in season. Last year, the popular color was purple and brides have many different seasonal choices from which they can choose to fit the color theme. So far, said Cook, 2012 is following the same trend with an accent color of silver. “Everyone wants to be different,” she said. However, if they follow the celebrity wedding trends, the weddings tend to be similar where the floral arrangements are concerned. Her advice for a unique wedding is to decide on a style that is more personalized.

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Jesse Groenewold and his new bride, Abigail, share a quiet moment on the day of their nuptials, June 4, 2011. The couple married at Zillah Christian Reformed Church.

Pastor Joseph Kamphuis blesses Abigail (Berkompas) and Jesse Groenewold during the couple’s wedding ceremony on June 4, 2011. The bride is the daughter of Daniel and Sonya Berkompas of Sunnyside, and the groom is the son of Michael and Beverly Groenewold of Parksville, British Columbia, Canada.

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Luke Schilperoort and his new bride enjoy the sand and surf along a beach in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico while honeymooning. The couple married at Bella Fiori in Kennewick last August.

photo courtesy of Cassie Schilperoort

Just prior to their August 2011 wedding ceremony Cassie (Cueto) and Luke Schilperoort take a moment to relax. The bride is the daughter of Bud and Sandy Cueto of Benton City and the groom is the son of Randy and Sandy Schilperoort of Sunnyside.

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Newly married, Cassie and Brian Kulp share an intimate moment with members of their bridal party. Standing (L-R) are Stacy Drum, Chris Meade, Katie Herndon, Jennah Harper, Kara Konigsfeld, Russell Bair, Taylor Burgoyne, Cody Evans, Brad Kulp, Zac Schwiethale, Vanessa Dionne, Tom O’Neill, Hannah Jezak and Paul Vanderwulp. Sitting with the couple are Allison and Nate Brna.

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Married at Lord Hill Farm in Snohomish were Cassie (Herndon) and Brian Kulp. The couple was wed on July 24, 2011. The bride is the daughter of Sunnyside’s Rick and Deon Herndon. The groom is the son of Mark and Diane Kulp of Sammamish.


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Becky and Eric Hess enjoy a moment together on their wedding day, July 16, 2011. The couple resides in Mabton and honeymooned in Alaska.

Becky (Hoyt) and Eric Hess were married on July 16, 2011 at the home of Rick and Kathy Van de Graaf of Sunnyside. The bride is the daughter of Kirby Hoyt of Wenatchee and Laura Hoyt of Quincy. The groom is the son of Gary and Doris Hess of Mabton.

Annie (Hess) and Matt Artau exchanged wedding vows on Nov. 5, 2011 at Sunnyside’s Grace Brethren Church. The bride is the daughter of Gary and Doris Hess of Mabton. The couple resides in Doylestown, Penn. photo courtesy of Tiffany Fawn Walker

Henry (Benjert) Smith blows his cousin Annie (Hess) Artau a kiss. The bride married Matt Artau Nov. 5, 2011. Her bouquet was designed by Morris Floral of Sunnyside. photo courtesy of Julie DeGroot

Denise (Vande Burgt) and Michael DeGroot were united in marriage Dec. 29, 2011 in Salem, Ore. The bride’s parents are Jerry and Margie Vande Burgt of Salem. The groom’s parents are Tim and Julie DeGroot of Sunnyside.

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Chelsea and Taylor White were married on Aug. 6, 2011 in a western-themed ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Randy and Barb Skyles of Sunnyside. The groom is the son of Tom and Sharra White of Prosser.

photo courtesy of Tonhya Wysong

Celebrating the union of Chelsea (Skyles) and Taylor White at the Skyles arena near Sunnyside on Aug. 6, 2011 are members of the couple’s bridal party. They included (standing L-R) Jason Minor, Tallee White, Joe Zuger, Victoria Daniel, Dustin Probert, the bride and groom, Hilary Cullen, Justin Andrews, Bethany Morris, Charlie White, Harley and Huston Hull; (front L-R) Olivia and Ivy Walsh.

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Married on Sept. 24, 2011 at Bigelow Arbors in Spokane, Keitha (Robertson) and Casey Lawrence share a moment of joy together. The bride is the daughter of Mark and Jane Robertson of Grandview. The groom is the son of James and Sandra Lawrence of White Swan.

Keitha and Casey Lawrence were married on Sept. 24, 2011. The couple exchanged wedding vows in Spokane. photo courtesy of Jane Robertson


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The bridal party of James Van Wingerden and his new wife, Katrina, strike a serious pose following the couple’s Aug. 26, 2011 wedding vows. Pictured are (L-R) Austin Copenhaver, Cynthia Van Wingerden, Daniel Rozeboom, Mr. and Mrs. Van Wingerden, Miranda Rozeboom, Jeff Van Wingerden and Valen De Jong.

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Katrina Rozeboom married James Van Wingerden on Aug. 26, 2011 at the Netherlands Reformed Church in Rock Valley, Iowa. The bride is the daughter of Rick and Karla Rozeboom of Fairview, South Dakota and the groom is the son of John and Deanna Van Wingerden of Sunnyside. The couple is making their home in Sunnyside.

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Enjoying a moment of cheer are members of Jacqueline and Jesse Youngblood’s wedding party. Pictured are (L-R) Breann Walker, Randy DeRuyter, Jen Youngblood, Sota Nozaka, the bride and groom, Tabitha DeRuyter, Todd Ozaki, Breanne DeRuyter and B.J. DeRuyter.

Jacqueline (DeRuyter), daughter of Bill and Lisa DeRuyter of Sunnyside, married Jesse Youngblood at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Kennewick on Aug. 27, 2011. The groom is the son of Ed and Thuy Youngblood of Prosser. photo courtesy of Alyssa Rose Photography

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Every bride and groom wants their wedding day to be special. Visions of a unique cake designed especially for the couple, and delectable food for their guests are a part of every dream wedding. Every couple is unique and so, too, can be the food choices presented. Armando Cortez of Pepe’s Bakery in Sunnyside said there are any number of cake designs and flavors available to his customers. The bakery has 10 different fillings, as well as several different frostings. The frostings available include fondant, which is becoming a popular choice among bridal couples. Cortez said fondant can be used to create flare. It comes in many colors and is flavored with vanilla to appeal to the palate. “We just change the colors,” he said. Cortez said three-tiered cakes are the bakery’s most popular seller, but Pepe’s will design the cake to the preference of the bridal couple. “If they see a cake in a mag-


azine, they can request it. We will match it as closely as possible and it is guaranteed,” he said. For the bakery’s top selling three-tiered cake, the typical cost is $320. “The more complex the design, the more expensive the cake,” said Cortez. He said Pepe’s is able to custom design cakes for any occasion because “the bakers take as many classes as possible,” learning new techniques and designs to please the customers. Cortez said, “We really love working with cakes.”

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Roger Hazzard (background) and the staff at Bon Vino’s cater to the needs of the bride and groom, providing delectable feasts with a personal touch.

Roger Hazzard, co-owner of Sunnyside’s Bon Vino’s Bistro and Bakery, often finds himself catering large events and weddings. “I feel honored to be a part of people’s special day,” he said, stating his goal is to help make a wedding day all the more memorable. Hazzard said a

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A three-tier cake, one of the most popular sellers at Pepe’s Bakery, sits atop two decorative pedestals to emphasize personal touches.

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Baker Armando Cortez adds a little extra flair to a wedding cake designed with fondant.

couple’s wedding day is one of the most important days in their lifetime and it is important to ensure the memories are happy, not regretful. With that in mind, he likes to meet with the couple. He likes to become better acquainted with them to decide how to better assist them in making their wedding memories. “We decide whether or not the meal will be an elegant sit-down, a barbecue, in the evening or daytime…I also have catered a brunch,” said Hazzard. He likes to find out what the bridal couple envisions for their big day. “It’s also important to know the location for the meal,” Hazzard said, stating every detail of the event is personalized for the couple. Catering costs, he said, typically vary from $10 to $38 per plate. The costs associated with the catering service also vary depending on whether or not the couple wants full service, which can cost an additional $4 per plate. Because Hazzard believes every detail is important, the costs associated with his catering service includes the plates, silverware, glassware, clean-up and equipment. “We have also provided

Whether an elegant sitdown meal for a small gathering of guests or a large outdoor barbecue, Bon Vino’s Bistro and Bakery caters to the personal desires of the bride and groom. photo courtesy Roger Hazzard

assistance for a meal…for example we have provided our Alfredo sauce or something as simple as salads,” said Hazzard. He said it is all about the needs of the couple involved and their desires. Because of his reputation, Hazzard has been known to cater weddings as far away as the Washington coast. “I want to accommodate the needs of the bride and groom,” he said. “Being a small part of such a special occasion is a great feeling,” said Hazzard. “I want exactly what you want.” As for a typical menu, he

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The man of her dreams has proposed, and now the real work begins: preparing for the wedding day. On arguably one of the most important days for a woman, and the days leading up to the event, wardrobe is usually on the mind’s forefront. What should I wear? What fits my body type and skin tone? What colors should I use in my wedding party? The aforementioned questions are only among a few of the wonderments that women ponder when preparing to dress for the biggest day of their lives.

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ously complement the venue. Currently, brighter colors are making a comeback among the wedding scenes. “Traditionally it was a lot of pastel (colors),� Jochen said. “But we are seeing a lot of bright (colors) too.� Jochen says sometimes she even suggests

On the big day, all eyes are on the bride. A bride-to-be might focus on dressing herself and the dreamed-about wedding dress, before worrying about what the others will wear. Some even have been dreaming from a young age what that glorious dress might look like. They quickly discover, it’s not as easy a decision as they might think, says Sunnyside’s Fashion Corner owner Irene Jochen. “Most brides don’t already know what they want and what will look just right until they try it,� she added. “But they have an idea of what they want.� That’s where local bridal consultants come in handy. “Our most popular (cut of dress) is the mermaid style,� Jochen said. The mermaid wedding dress is form-fitting on top and flairs out mid-thigh, for a “mermaid tail� look. But choosing a cut and color (including white, ivory and all over the scale), is best done, according to Jochen, in person. “We have brides coming from all over the state, because they need to see what (their) Sunnyside’s Fashion Corner owner dress will look like,� she said. Additionally, a consultation appointment Irene Jochen says a mermaid-cut wedding dress, like the one pictured here usually takes nearly two hours. Locally, Jochen says, a bride’s dress can that flairs mid-thigh, is currently one of range in price from approximately $800 to the most popular styles showing up in weddings locally. $1,500. The next important task on the long list, aside from finding the perfect dress, is ordering it on time. Jochen says a bride should start looking for her dress nearly six months before the wedding date in order to allow plenty of time for any snags in the journey. “The dress sometimes takes four to six months to order,� she said. “Then you have to give yourself time (one to two months) in case alterations need to be made.� But choosing the perfect dress is only half of the wardrobe battle. For her loyal entourage As several of the bride’s closest friends prepare to witness her big day in style, the question then becomes, what color will be appropriate for her attendants? Jochen asks the bride, “What’s your venue?� She says getting the bride to voice whether the wedding is an indoor or outdoor event, what the carpet colors are and the like, will help her Megan Wind (front) and Sabrina Mensonides decide what colors will look nice on work the stage at last month’s bridal fashion the wedding party and simultane- show in Yakima.

Fashion Corner models prepare for the bridal fashion show held this year at the Yakima Convention Center. Models include (back row L-R) Megan Wind, Sabrina Mensonides, Kristyn Mensonides, Ashley Eckart, Tiara Winkler, Hallie Goodwin, Chloe Blythe; (front L-R) Nicole Wind and Victoria Velasquez. pairing a pastel shade with a bright color. “It’s whatever the bride wants,� she said. Last, but certainly not least, comes time to dress the groom and his closest friends. Jochen says tuxedos at her shop range from $80 to $130 to rent. Because cuts and colors are less of a concern, the decision is usually an easy one. What complements the wedding theme is the question to ask when choosing the wardrobe for the groom and groomsmen.

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Ashley Eckart models a bird-cage style veil to complement a bride’s big day.

Wedding Book 2012