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Featuring Wedding Stories, tips and photos for your special day A special supplement to the Daily Sun News and Sun News Shopper n February 11, 2014

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Sunnyside’s newest wedding chapel offers memorable treks to the altar by Julia Hart

It might seem odd to have both a wedding and a reception at a venue that also operates as a funeral home, but the facilities at Sunnyside’s Valley Hills Funeral Home on South 16th Street present a unique opportunity for newlyweds. The former church chapel features classic stained glass windows and seating for more than 400 people, according to current owner David Humphreys. The reception hall seats upwards of 200 people and includes a working kitchen for catered events, he added. The building is the former site of the Sunnyside Christian Reformed Church, which last year moved its congregation to a newly constructed church on North 16th Street. Humphreys took over operation of the former church last summer. Since that time he has held a number of receptions at the facility and one wedding. “The chapel is a beautiful location and it is available for couples seeking a wedding venue,” he said. Since weddings are planned so far in advance, he said there isn’t much chance for scheduling conflicts. Additionally, Humphreys offers another amenity available to couples seeking an unusual flourish to their special day. He offers the use of a white vis-a-vis carriage, for that “happily ever after” moment. The horse-drawn carriage is a piece of Amish craftsmanship and when drawn by a matched team of English Shire horses, it makes quite a statement, Humphreys said. He said the carriage, which seats four people, is available separately from the use of the chapel.

photo provided by David Humphreys

A classic white carriage may be just the touch some couples might like to make their wedding day more memorable. Sunnyside funeral director David Humphreys, who has been driving horse-drawn vehicles for the past four years, recently acquired this carriage for use on special occasions.

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A black bowler hat and gloves add a classic touch to the carriage ride. Julia Hart/Daily Sun News

A matched set of English Shire horses hitched up to an Amish-built carriage makes for a memorable trip to the altar.

The bridal parties, the families and the couples themselves share laughter and tears at a wedding. The front cover of the Wedding Book 2014 features a few extra photos from local newlyweds willing to share their momentous day. From left in the inset photos, a romantic kiss on the Hawaiian shore as the minister dressed in traditional attire blows a conch was one of the moments captured at the wedding of Elizabeth and Jesse Arriaga Jr.; Juliana and Matt Van Wingerden share a private moment; Naomi Hofman shows a little country flare; and Logan and Cody McMillan find a sign near Shadow Lake Ranch adds humor with its implications. In the main photo on the cover, newlyweds Craig and Erica Kingsbury’s friends and family celebrate their union with pizzazz.

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Walking down the aisle following their nuptials on July 20, 2013 are Tanya (Bos) and Jay Spurlock III. The bride works for the Sunnyside School District and the groom works for Bleyhl’s.

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photo courtesy of Stacie Higginbotham

Stacie (McIntire) and Joey Higginbotham drive off in a tractor following their May 18, 2013 wedding. The bride is the daughter of Michael and Susan McIntire of Sunnyside. The groom is the son of Chris and Sheryl Van Belle of Sunnyside. photo courtesy of Stacie Higginbotham

Stacie Elizabeth McIntire and Joey Allen Higginbotham enjoy the outdoor setting of their May 18, 2013 wedding. The couple was married in Sunnyside.

Tradition dictates ‘Something Blue’ always included in a wedding bouquet by Julia Hart

Alyson Mackay, a Sunnyside High School graduate, started arranging flowers as a child. That hobby has led to her current career as a custom wedding floral designer. Today, the young floral designer operates her own floral business, Something Blue Floristry, which attracts clients from the Tri-Cities to Seattle. “Our family had lilacs and I spent a lot of time as a child arranging the blooms,” Mackay said, noting the luscious and fragrant flower remains one of her favorites. However, another flower, peonies, is a close second. “I almost moved my own wedding to May just so I could have peonies at my wedding,” she added. Mackay got married in August, so sadly, she did not use peonies. Still, she does find that many brides also love peonies, but they should remember the peonies are at their peak in May and June. “They do make lovely arrangements,” she said. But there are many other flowers which also make lovely choices for the bride’s special day, regardless of the time of the year. When it comes to the wedding day flowers, Mackay admits she is in her

element. “I love doing flowers for weddings,” she said. There are so many choices, and depending on the season, the cost of floral arrangements for weddings is commiserate to the flowers’ availability. Mackay likes to begin meeting with her client at least six months before the big day in order to determine the bride’s wishes regarding her bouquet and all of the other floral arrangements to be used for the wedding venue, reception and for the various members of the wedding party. She said wedding floral trends, while dependent upon the brides’ personal style, have leaned toward the rustic look, but the contemporary style is a close second. “A lot depends upon whether or not the wedding is held in a conventional setting or outdoors,” she explained. Because brides like to have the flowers reflect their personality, the arrangement designs are nearly always customized, Mackay explained. One item that makes Mackay’s bouquets extra special is the little bit of something blue she carefully places in each of her brides’ bouquet. “I put it in their bouquet just so they will have a touch of blue, as tradition requires,” she added. “It is sort of my signature.” Mackay, a Floral Design Institute graduate with years of experience

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Bridal bouquets, depending upon the bride’s personal style, can range from the traditional rose bouquet to a blend as this posy, which combines baby’s breath, mums and burlap flowers, for a rustic flair. working at Ballard Blossom in Seattle and Wynn Resorts in Las Vegas, often encourages her brides to put an item of sentimentality into their bouquets. “It might be a tiny locket or a piece of their mother’s wedding dress. It Julia Hart/Daily Sun News might be just a little detail which adds Alyson (Allen) Mackay, formerly of Sunnyside, operates to the romance of the day,” she said. her own floral business, Something Blue Floristry in Selah. Mackay loves arranging flowers for weddings so much, she ‑ Julia Hart can be contacted has limited her business to custom wedding floral arrangeat 509-837-4500, or email ments.

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Naomi Elizabeth den Hoed and Herman Daniel Hofman delight in one another after their Aug. 3, 2013 nuptials surrounded by their bridal party. Members of the bridal party included (L-R) Leah Bosma, Andrew Vergunst, Grace den Hoed, Andrew Spaans, John Van Zweden, Becca Van Dam, Brittany Van Roekel, Sam Vergunst and ring bearer Marnix Hofman.

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Catalina (Alvarez) and Joseph Villanueva enjoy a romantic moment together following their wedding on Aug. 3, 2013 at Cascade Gardens near Yakima. photo courtesy of Memory Montage Photography

Catalina Alvarez married Joseph Villanueva on Aug. 3, 2013. She is the daughter of Catalina Espindola of Sunnyside and the late Alejandro Alvarez Jr. of Prosser. He is the son of Connie Mendoza of Sunnyside and Eddie Villanueva of Grandview.


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Abby Louise Bangs and Orville Jacob Ferderer were married on July 27, 2013 at Shadow Lake Ranch near Prosser. She is the daughter of Stephen and Tammy Bangs of Toppenish. He is the son of Orville Casey and Michelle Ferderer of Reardan.

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Abby (Bangs) and Jacob Ferderer are surrounded by their bridal party on their wedding day, July 27, 2013. Pictured are (L-R) Alex Wood, Eric Everett, Hilary Bangs, Josh Weatherman, Emily Bangs, Nick Brockman, the groom and bride, Tyler Moos, Brook Ferderer, Ryan Bangs and Natalie Bangs. In front are ringbearer Rysen Soliday and flower girl Jorjanna Logan.

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Newlyweds Kaitlyn (Broersma) and Patrick Visscher enjoy a honeymoon among the sand and palm trees in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico following the couple’s July 13, 2013 wedding.

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Kaitlyn Broersma united in marriage with Patrick Visscher on July 13, 2013 at Sunnyside Christian Reformed Church. The bride is the daughter of Dean and Sharla Broersma of Sunnyside. The groom is the son of Jaris and Renea Visscher of Sioux City, Iowa.

Wedding Registry 101 (Family Features) For engaged couples, it can seem as if there are a million things to accomplish before the big day arrives. One essential piece of the wedding puzzle involves creating a registry that makes it easy for guests to celebrate your union with gifts that reflect your personality as a couple. Before Building Your Registry It’s no wonder why guests love the ease and simplicity of a gift registry. But many couples may not know where to begin when setting out to create this useful list. Here are some helpful pointers from Macy’s to help you get started on creating a perfect wedding registry: • Meet with a Consultant: These trained professionals are on site to assist and discuss everything you want and need. It’s a good place to start if you have questions on what items to include and what brands are available. • Look for Special Programs: Some stores offer special features, such as Macy’s,

whose Dream Fund allows guests to contribute any amount to the ultimate gift card, so the bride and groom can later choose exactly what they want. • Start Early: Most couples like to register four to six months before their wedding date, which allows more time for choosing items, planning for showers and meeting other deadlines. • Register Together: Whether it’s in-store, online or both - make a day of it and have fun selecting all the things that will be part of your new life together. • Choose Different Price Points: Guests will appreciate a varied list that has many gift options to fit their personal budget. • Create a Registry That Reflects You: If you’re a laid-back, easygoing couple, consider registering for a more casual dinnerware pattern that you can use every day, then mix in some fancy pieces to use for those special occasions. If you enjoy entertaining friends and family, be sure to choose a range of serveware and barware. Making the Right Choices With all the things needed to properly stock your home, selecting the right ones can seem overwhelming. Here are some tips to keep in mind while adding to your registry: • Select Your Settings: A five-piece setting is meant to serve one person and includes a dinner plate, salad plate, bread and but-

ter plate, tea cup and saucer. If you want to serve eight guests, you will need to register for eight five-piece settings. • Factor in Some Extras: When registering for drinkware, be sure to register for a few extras in each glass size in case some break down the road. • Protect Your Cutlery: Be sure to choose a sturdy cutting board to protect your knife blades from chips and cracks. You can keep your cutlery in top condition by registering for a honing steel and knife sharpener. • Stock Up on Kitchen Must-Haves:

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Haus Rohrbach in Leavenworth created the setting for the June 15, 2013 wedding of Angela Noelle Clark and Henry Michael Benjert. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Clark of Yakima, and the groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Benjert of Sunnyside. Matt Gonzalez and Becca Blevins photographers

Angela (Clark) and Henry Benjert exchange a pleasing gaze over dessert following their wedding on June 15, 2013. She works at Yakima Federal Savings & Loan in Sunnyside, and he is employed at Benjert Dairy Farms.

Have a hip bridal shower (Family Features) If you’ve been to a wedding shower recently, you’ve probably noticed the time-honored tradition is changing. The typical Sunday afternoon gathering of ladies playing word games and snacking on pastel Jordan almonds has been replaced by sophisticated themed evenings. And sometimes men are invited too! “We monitor trends in both weddings and showers so we can incorporate the freshest and most modern themes in our cards,” explains Gale Thomson, American Greetings trend spotter. “We’ve found wine, gourmet kitchen and couples themes are the new wave. Changes in dating and relationship etiquette and other social factors, like career women postponing marriage, have directed showers away from providing basic necessities and more toward reflecting the couple’s interests,” she said. Thomson offers these tips for planning some of today’s top trendy bridal shower themes: Wine tastings reflect a popular interest. The wine theme can influence the menu, party activities and gifts. Invite guests to bring two bottles of wine: one to serve at the party and a second to give the couple. Search online for menu items to complement each wine, and display wine-pairing notes at each food and wine station. Couples showers are a great way to include both the bride’s and the groom’s friends, and they tend to be cocktail, dinner or summer

barbeque parties. Couples showers are a good option for smaller guest lists or as one of multiple showers. A note on the invitation could suggest gifts for future entertaining. American Greetings has taken note of this hot trend by introducing special couples shower cards to its Target line, like one with tiny pink and blue “His” and “Hers” cloth towel icons attached to the front. Kitchen showers have moved away from providing basic necessities and become more sophisticated, reflecting alreadyestablished brides and gourmet cooking trends. High-end stainless steel fondue pots, blenders and food processors are topping gift registries and wedding Website wish lists. Invite guests to bring their favorite recipe to share with the bride. Personal gifts, indulgences the bride would never buy for herself or honeymoon trip items are also a fashionable shower theme option for second marriages or brides who are already established in their households. Spas are a great personal shower venue, and a gift certificate for spa services presented in a pretty card makes a wonderful gift. Showers may be changing, but they are still an important part of the wedding tradition. If you’re planning a shower and want it to be the latest and greatest, try one of these party concepts. see “Bridal shower” page 10

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Van Beek-Jensen Jenna Van Beek and Tyler Jensen were married at Cascade Gardens in Yakima on July 20, 2013. The bride is the daughter of Alan and Norma Van Beek of Outlook. The groom is the son of John and Colleen Jensen of Bickleton.

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Taking time to relax on their wedding day are newlyweds Jenna (Van Beek) and Tyler Jensen. The couple was married at Cascade Gardens in Yakima.

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Today’s bride has her pick of a variety of desserts for her wedding reception, from the traditional tiered cake to fancy cupcake trays. The designs of the cakes range from formal to informal like this ruffled, three-tiered confection.

Wrap Like a Pro When it comes to gifts, presentation is everything. Wrapping that incorporates details and added touches can magnify the perceived value of what’s inside, so don’t forget to wrap and tie with style. “For soft goods or items that do not easily fit in a box, use gift bags. They combine convenience and style in all shapes and sizes,” says Patty Flauto, American Greetings gift wrap design guru. There are even gift bags designed for specific items. And they keep getting better and better looking, with fashionable details like ribbon handles, scalloped or cuffed “necklines,” trendy colors and prints. New gift wrap designs reflect today’s elegant wedding fashions. Wrap featuring photos of trendy wedding flowers, like white roses and hydrangeas, and embellished with clear sparkling crystalline glitter are recommended for the well-dressed gift. Accessorize with ribbon, a bow and fun new package decorations, like a 10-karat “diamond ring” or a feather boa pompom. Flauto suggests even ordinary household items can make a wrapped gift the star of the gift table. “The key is to pick a few accent colors to complement your wrapping paper,” she said.

“For example, to dress up a gift wrapped in paper with black and white photo images, add a few pink, black and white accent items from sewing supplies. “Layer two kinds of ribbons, sheer and satin or thick and thin, or two shades of yarn. Use hot glue to add a flower cut from a greeting card or a key phrase, like ‘I do,’ and top it with a button or two or three. “If you’re wrapping a smaller gift box, you could pick up two of the same shower card, using the extra to decorate the entire top of the box.” Make Lasting Impressions Every bride treasures her shower and wedding cards. Many lovingly store them in a special box or binder. Some even find crafty and creative ways to display them. Keepsake cards today shine with satin, lace, ribbons, rhinestones, sequins and even embroidery -- three rhinestone “bubbles” hover over a line drawing of two champagne glasses, or the piece may feature fabric miniature attachments (a little ivory pillow carrying two tiny rings or a wedding cake made with layers of ribbon). Even more treasured are the sender’s handwritten wishes, especially when they reflect personal relationships with the bride and groom. These words will be remembered always.

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Logan (Desserault) and Cody McMillan enjoy the country setting following their nuptials on Oct. 5, 2013. photo courtesy of Kelly Allan photography

Logan D. Desserault married Cody A. McMillan at Shadow Lake Ranch near Prosser on Oct. 5, 2013. The bride is the daughter of Duane and Lyn Desserault of Grandview.


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American Homestead in Naches provided a western backdrop for the Sept. 28, 2013 wedding of Erica (Jensen) and Craig Kingsbury. photo courtesy of Erica Kingsbury

Erica Jensen united in marriage with Craig Kingsbury on Sept. 28, 2013. She is the daughter of John and Colleen Jensen of Bickleton, and he is the son of Brian Kingsbury and Monica Schaffer of Spokane. Behind the couple are Pastor Jacob Meadows, and the groom’s best man and brother, Jeff Kingsbury.

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Roegner-Newhouse Jessica (Roegner) and Chris Newhouse enjoy the first dance as husband and wife on June 22, 2013. The couple wed at the Newhouse residence in Sunnyside. The bride is the daughter of Keith and Lucy Roegner of Portland, Ore. The groom is the son of David and Patricia Newhouse of Sunnyside.

photo courtesy of Jessica Newhouse

Jessica Roegner places the ring on Chris Newhouse’s finger during the couple’s wedding ceremony on June 22, 2013. Looking on are (L-R) bridal attendant Elizabeth Mann, maid of honor Kristen Roegner, Pastor Jelmer Groenwold, best man Derek Newhouse and groomsman Dave Newhouse. photo courtesy of Jessica Newhouse

To-do list for brides-to-be

(Family Features) Preparing for the big day means planning a multitude of details; everything from the flower arrangements to that something blue must be decided upon well in advance of the ceremony. Here are some tips to help ensure your big day goes off without a hitch. The Big Decisions The decision to get married is the first of many big decisions you will be making in the weeks and months to come. Here are some things to consider right away: • Pick a date. Talk with your fiancé and family (and your fiancé’s family) about potential wedding dates to ensure the important people in both your lives will be able to take part. • Select your guests. The number of guests you invite will directly influence the cost of your wedding. • Set a budget. Budgeting for your wedding is crucial, as this will have a great impact on every other aspect of your day, as well as your honeymoon. Plan for a little wiggle room for unexpected expenses. • Choose a location. Because most popular bridal spots are just that - popular - you may want to start

searching for a location quickly. • Organize the bridal party. Make careful decisions about who you want supporting you leading up to the big day, and who will be displayed in front of everyone in your life. • Pick a style. Many brides choose wedding styles that are reflected in their save-the-dates, invitations, ceremonies, receptions and thankyou cards. Choosing a theme and color scheme in the beginning will help narrow down options later. • Hire a caterer. Take into account the dietary needs of your guests by offering a variety of menu options, including a vegetarian dish. • Order the cake. Whether you choose a large multi-tiered cake or cupcakes, remember to keep your budget in mind-and pick flavors you and your fiancé truly enjoy. • Make the announcement. Decide how you want to let the community know of your planned nuptials. Do you want to take professional engagement photos? Do you plan to contact your local paper? Will you include a link to a wedding day website on your save-the-date or your wedding invitations? • Get the gown. On your wedding day, everyone will be awaiting a

glimpse of your gown. Listen to your instincts and choose a gown that “feels right” and reflects your personality and style. • Dress your party. Once you have chosen the wedding dress of your dreams, speak with your fiancé about his wishes for his suit, as well as the bridal party attire. • Hire a photographer. Choose your professional photographer wisely. With a walk down the aisle, father/daughter dance and toast, your father is sure to get photographed, but your mother might get overlooked. Make sure to ask the photographer to get shots of your mother throughout the day as well. • Choose your flowers. Once you set the date, discuss with your florists which flowers are in season to help narrow down your selection. You may love tulips, but if you have a winter wedding, they may be hard to come by, and may be more expensive. • Book the entertainment. Do you want a DJ or a live band? Talk with your fiancé about your music preferences, as well as the types of tunes you want played at your reception to keep your guests on the dance floor.

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Planning ahead makes for a smooth and worry-free wedding day. Before the Big Day • Create a website for your wedding to keep guests informed of events and for easy access to registry information. Provide information about accommodations for those guests traveling from out of town. • Insure your engagement and wedding rings against loss, damage, theft or mysterious disappearance. According to a survey conducted by Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company, 44 percent of married women either don’t insure their engagement ring, or don’t know for certain whether

their engagement and wedding rings are insured. For a free, no-obligation jewelry insurance quote, visit insureyourjewelry. com. • Make sure your marriage license, travel documentation and insurance information are ready to go and stored in a safe place in advance of the wedding day. • Practice reciting your vows and speeches until you feel comfortable. • Wear your wedding heels around the house to “break them in.” see “To-do list” next page

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Erickson-Van Wingerden

photo courtesy of Karen Erickson

Juliana Maxine Erickson and Matthew Allan Van Wingerden exchanged wedding vows on July 20, 2013. The bride is the daughter of Karen and Steve Erickson, and the groom is the son of Janey and John Van Wingerden, all of Sunnyside. photo courtesy of Karen Erickson

An intimate moment between Juliana (Erickson) and her groom, Matthew Van Wingerden, is shared shortly after the couple’s wedding ceremony held in Sunnyside.

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Pack a back-up pair of flats to wear during the reception. • Remember to ask for help. Designate members of your family or close friends to specific assignments. Wedding Day Details • Provide bottled water for your wedding party. To ensure no one gets over-heated, hide water near your bridal party during the ceremony for emergencies. • Choose meaningful gifts for your wedding party. Necklaces,

earrings or bracelets are great for bridesmaids; cufflinks are perfect for groomsmen. • Create individual envelopes for tipping drivers, caterers, musicians, etc. Separate envelopes will help ensure you don’t forget anyone. • Plan for weather: In case of rain - Order a tent or choose a venue with indoor space for last-minute protection from the elements. Offer extra umbrellas to usher people from

their vehicles to the venue. In case of heat - Place fans throughout the venue and provide plenty of water for guests. In case of cold - Space heaters can be placed throughout the space to warm up the room in advance of the event. • Over-estimate the amount of parking needed for guests. Following the Honeymoon • Open wedding gifts and keep an accurate list of each guest in correspondence with their gift.

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Sarah Elizabeth Trevino and Adrian Fajardo of Grandview married on Aug. 3, 2013 at Gemstones Leisure Hall. The bride is the daughter of Betty-Ann and Steve Trevino Jr. The groom is the son of Maria and Donaciano Fajardo. Nancy Johns photography

Celebrating the Aug. 3, 2013 nuptials of Sarah (Trevino) and Adrian Fajardo are (L-R) Jaelynn Mejia, Brenda Santoyo, Samantha Underwood, Marissa Sandoval, Christina Cardenas, the bride and groom, and the couple’s son, Christian James Fajardo.

Huseby-Spilles Lauren (Huseby) and Isaac Spilles were married at the Sage Country Inn in Burns, Ore. on July 5, 2013. Here, the wedding party is gathered to mark the moment for all of eternity. They include (front L-R) Ella, Sadie and Gunnar Alseth; (back L-R) Luke and Connie Spilles, the groom and bride, Mark Spilles, and Stacy and Tyler Alseth.

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Lauren Huseby and Isaac Spilles exchange a moment of tender affection with one another following their July 5, 2013 wedding ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Michael and Corinne Huseby of Burns, Ore. The groom is the son of Mark and Connie Spilles of Sunnyside.

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Munoz-Arriaga Elizabeth (Munoz) and Jesse Arriaga Jr., both Sunnyside High School graduates, enjoy a tender moment following the couple’s wedding ceremony in Hawaii on April 21, 3013.

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Elizabeth Munoz and Jesse Arriaga Jr. exchanged wedding vows at Makena Cove Beach on the island of Maui on April 21, 2013. The bride is the daughter of the late Clemente and Aurora Cano of Grandview. The groom is the son of Ramona and Jesse Arriaga Sr. of Outlook.

Elements of wedding decor Traditional bouquets and special order bouquets can be found at a wide variety of retailers. Pastries and cakes for weddings can often also be purchased at grocery stores for the budget-conscious.

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Even a simple canning jar can be made into an elegant reception table centerpiece with the addition of fresh flowers.

Elegant wedding reception table settings such as this black and white arrangement provides an excellent finishing touch for the newlyweds’ first meal together. Julia Hart/Daily Sun News

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Local wedding photographer enjoys capturing ‘the day’ by Julia Hart

By day he is the executive services director for the Sunnyside School District, but in his free time Curtis Campbell can be found behind his Canon DSL capturing the happiest moments in most couple’s lives - their wedding day. “I really enjoy documenting the happiest day in people’s lives,” Campbell said. “It just makes me smile.” Campbell, who got his start in photography while attending Eastern Washington University, shot his first wedding for some family friends with what he calls his starter camera. He soon caught the photography bug and began buying more expensive photography equipment and better cameras for his newfound hobby. Campbell continued to add lighting equipment and better camera lens to help him improve his wedding photos, “… until one day my wife told me I needed to be making money with my cameras.” He said the advent of digital cameras has made the work of photographers so much easier, but it still takes an artistic eye to capture that special moment. Now the busy and popular photographer finds he sometimes has to turn away clients. “I do most of my wedding sessions during the summer on weekends, until I’m reminded to spend time with the family,” Campbell said. His summer schedule usually works out to include about 10 wedding photography ses-

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NEW & ENHANCED SERVICES: photo provided by Curtis Campbell

Sunnyside wedding photographer Curtis Campbell likes to capture couples in intimate and unexpected moments. sions. Mostly, Campbell advertises his photography services on Craigslist and by word of mouth and on-line. “I do have to turn away some work, but I keep as busy as I want to be,” he said. Anyone wanting to take a look at more of his work can visit to see more samples of Campbell’s photographs. ‑ Julia Hart can be contacted at 509-837-4500, or email

Framing newlyweds against the scenic Columbia River makes this couple’s photographic gallery a little more special.

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