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Traditional Mexican wedding a matter of honoring heritage by Jennie McGhan

For Amy Rubio and Rojelio “Roy” Campos Jr. getting married was something the couple took seriously. The Sunnyside couple was married on Aug. 18, 2012 in a traditional Mexican wedding at Blessed Sacrament Church in Grandview. Mrs. Campos said they originally thought about getting married in Las Vegas, but after talking it over with their parents decided to go the traditional route. She said they were convinced a traditional marriage was more suitable for a number of reasons. It allowed them to honor their cultural heritage and they were convinced that a church wedding is more official. “We would be married before God,” explained Campos. She said a lot of planning is involved when a couple decides to exchange vows. The couple, as their cultural traditions dictate, asks family and friends to sponsor them, contributing the funds needed for the ceremony, reception, cake and bridal attire, as well as other details involved. The church family sponsors the couple, paying for the lasso, coins, Bible, rosary, unity candle, kneeling pillows and a bouquet of flowers placed in front of the statue of the Virgin Mary. “We wanted to pay for everything the church family wasn’t sponsoring, but our family and friends wanted to help with the costs,” said Campos, stating she and her new husband were honored to have the support of those who love them. The couple did not have to participate in the church’s marriage retreat, which is different from tradition. Campos said she and her husband didn’t have to take the classes required by the church because they have been together more than three years and had two witnesses each to attest to the longevity of the relationship. Those witnesses also had to document the fact that neither

Mr. nor Mrs. Campos had ever exchanged wedding vows with each other or anyone else before God. Once all the formalities were taken care of and the wedding date arrived, the couple exchanged wedding vows. The ceremony reaches beyond the vows, however. Mrs. Campos said the parents of the bride and groom drape a lasso over the heads of the couple, signifying the couple’s bond. She said the priest follows that tradition, handing the bride and groom aras (gold or silver wedding coins). “The aras are important because they represent the couple’s commitment to caring for one another financially,” said Campos. She said a Bible and rosary are presented to the couple next. She said the items are reminders that the couple should pray and read God’s word together. “They have a responsibility of sharing their faith with their family,” Campos said. The ceremony continues as the couple places a bouquet of roses at the feet of the Virgin Mary and recites a prayer, asking for her blessing on their marriage. The priest, said Campos, then prays for the couple and the unity candle is lit, signifying the new union being made. A traditional Mexican wedding is never complete without a mariachi band, said Campos. She and her husband had a mariachi band at the wedding for the wedding processional and to perform as the couple left the church as newlyweds. The mariachi band, too, performed a number of musical pieces during the reception. A variety of traditions are woven throughout the reception, although Campos said she doesn’t understand most of them. She only knows they are fun and date back through the history of Mexican wedding celebrations. She said her groom was thrown into the air by his attendants, and the wedding par-

ty played a traditional game involving the wedding attendants attempting to knock the bride and groom from chairs lifted into the air. During that game, said Campos, the attendants traditionally use the bridal veil. “I didn’t want anything to happen to it, so they used some tulle,” she said. One tradition Campos does understand involves the groom donning an apron as the bride playfully follows him with a belt. That tradition, she believes, is symbolic of the wife being in control of the home. “Many of the traditions are just fun for my generation,” said Campos. She said although she doesn’t understand each traditional element of a Mexican wedding celebration, she and her husband wanted to honor their parents and their culture. ‑ Jennie McGhan can be contacted at 509-837-4500, or email

During a traditional Mexican wedding ceremony a wedding lasso is placed over the bride and groom’s heads. Here, the lasso is being placed over the heads of Amy and Roy Campos during the couple’s Aug. 18, 2012 nuptials.

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A traditional photo of newlyweds Amy and Roy Campos (center) surrounded by the bride’s parents, Rolando and Rosalinda Alvarez (left), and the groom’s parents, Beatrice and Rogelio Campos Sr., is taken at Grandview’s Blessed Sacrament Church.

Angels in honor of Amy (Rubio) Campos’ uncle and grandfather graced the bridal bouquet at her wedding.

A tradition of many Mexican wedding receptions involves the bride donning a belt and a cowboy hat while she chases the apron-wearing groom as he attempts to mop the floor. Here, Amy and Roy Campos participate in the long-standing tradition. Photos courtesy of Amy (Rubio) Campos

A mariachi band traditionally performs during the wedding procession, as well as the music when a couple exits the church and throughout the reception when a couple chooses a traditional Mexican wedding. Here, Mariachi Monarcas provides music for the wedding reception held in honor of Amy and Roy Campos.

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photo courtesy of Dan Berkompas

Allison (Clark) and Theodore Berkompas (center) were married Aug. 4, 2012 in an outdoor wedding ceremony held in Berthoud, Col. Surrounding the couple on their wedding day are (L-R) Abby Groenewold, Laura Berkompas, Vicki Clark, Rae Clark, the newlyweds, Zack Eckhardt, Kyle Vanden Bosch, Adrian Fintelman and Jay Prins.

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Sharing a special moment following their Aug. 4, 2012 wedding are Allison and Theodore Berkompas. The bride is the daughter of Matt and Patricia Clark of Berthoud, Col. and the groom is the son of Dan and Sonya Berkompas of Sunnyside.

Popular love songs stand the test of time There are many different ways to convey feelings of affection. Some people pen poetry, others bestow gifts, while still others feel moved by music and lyrics. Songs have long been a popular way to convey emotions, and love songs have been performed by artists from nearly every musical genre at some point in time. Although music is subjective, some love songs have stood out as fan favorites. Commonly featured at weddings or as the backdrop on romantic evenings, the following songs are considered some of the more popular love songs of all time. * "Love Theme From 'A Star Is Born'" (Evergreen): This Barbara Streisand classic from the hit film helped Streisand earn both an Academy Award for Best Song from a Motion Picture and Grammy Award for Song of the Year. * "Up Where We Belong": Few people can forget the ending scene of "An Officer and a Gentleman" when Richard Gere sweeps Debra Winger off of her feet. The song "Up Where We Belong" by Jennifer Warnes and Joe Cocker from the movie will always be a romantic favorite. * "All My Life": Former Jodeci members K-Ci and JoJo created an enduring

romantic song with this pop hit. * "Save the Best for Last": This song became Vanessa William's signature song and a smash hit. * "Be With You": Soul singer Mary J. Blige emphasizes sticking with the one you love by being loyal. * "I Do It for You": This Bryan Adams hit was nominated for an Oscar as the theme for the 1991 film "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves." * "I'll Make Love to You": This Boyz II Men song was one of the longest-running No. 1 hits of all time. * "Lovesong": The Cure's Robert Smith penned this song as a present to his wife, Mary, in 1988. * "Sweet Love": Anita Baker's soulful hit helped turn her from a budding R&B singer into a household name. * "Love Me Tender": His good looks and gyrating hips helped thousands of women fall in love with Elvis Presley. However, this signature love song endeared the famed crooner to many others. * "My Heart Will Go On": Celine Dion's theme from "Titanic" became one of the most popular love songs of all time after the film's 1997 debut. * "I'll Stand by You": This 1994 hit from The Pretenders can be interpreted as

a song of romantic devotion or a commitment to friends. * "You Are So Beautiful": Joe Cocker makes the list again with this soulful 1975 hit. * "Have I Told You Lately": Originally written and recorded by Van Morrison, this song gained new life and notoriety when recorded by Rod Stewart. * "My Girl": Beloved R&B group The Temptations deliver a song about sunshine on a cloudy day in this classic. * "I Will Always Love You": Witten and performed by Dolly Parton, this song is perhaps most known for the version performed by Whitney Houston for the soundtrack of her 1992 film "The

Bodyguard." * "Time After Time": A song of devotion, Cyndi Lauper earned her first No. 1 single with this hit. * "Hey There, Delilah": A simple song of young love by the Plain White T's. * "Unchained Melody": The Righteous Brothers delivered the best-known version of this song, which helped create movie magic between Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore in the 1990 film "Ghost." * "Just the Way You Are": Billy Joel's classic in which he tells his beloved she is perfect as-is. * "Your Song": A simple, eloquently written song of love from Elton John.

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Destination weddings are a trip by Laura Gjovaag

People like the idea of getting married on the beach. “Popular destinations are Mexico, Hawaii and the Dominican Republic,” said Mona Bussert, a travel agent who works out of her home in Grandview. “Warm places with beaches tend to be popular.” Destination weddings are a trend nationwide, with many people opting to get married in an exotic locale. The reasons vary. “A destination wedding is for a person who wants to get away from the ordinary, to have a wedding that’s exotic and different,” said Bussert. “It’s a chance for a once in a lifetime experience.” It can also make sense for a couple with family scattered all over. “As long as they are gathering for the wedding, why not gather somewhere exciting?” said Bussert. However, arranging a wedding in a distant location can be difficult. Close attention must be paid to paperwork requirements, particularly in foreign countries, weather and local vendors. Bussert said a travel agent can help smooth those types of issues. “Travel agents know what to look for and can find local help,” said Bussert. “Some venues include wedding planners, and a travel agent can direct a couple to the right spot.” Getting the details right can make the wedding day turn out perfect, although outdoor weddings are always a risk due to weather. A destination wedding doesn’t necessarily have to break the bank, either. The cost will depend on the location and time of year. “I would start by meeting the couple to find out what they want and what they like,” said Bussert. “With a budget and a date in hand we can start looking at options.” The destination depends entirely on the couple and what they want. “There are so many options,” said Bussert. “Cruises are very popular now, too.” Bussert definitely recommends finding someone to help with the travel plans. “It’s just so much less stress on the couple,” she said. That said, some couples will want to

make the arrangements themselves, despite the difficulties. An early consideration is to plan for the wedding far enough in advance to book the locale wanted. Some popular wedding destinations fill up fast, so planning ahead is essential. It’s also essential for guests. When planning a destination wedding it is good to give the guests as much time as possible to make travel plans. Regardless of the venue, making sure the wedding can actually be held there is important. Will it fit the guests? Can you legally get married in the location? For exotic places, it’s important to check the weather. It isn’t smart to book a wedding in the middle of hurricane season on that perfect little island. Getting someone local to assist is also essential. Just checking out vendors for food and decorations is a job that can’t always be done long distance. Most importantly for the sanity of the bride and groom is to expect something to go wrong. Very few weddings are absolutely perfect. Pulling off a perfect wedding in an exotic location can be far more difficult. If the potential pitfalls are too scary, sometimes the best destination is a hometown wedding. “Hometown weddings take the cake,” said Eric Placzek of the Best Western Grapevine Inn in Sunnyside. “You can always save the exotic location for the honeymoon.” ‑ Laura Gjovaag can be contacted at 509-837-4500, or email

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Surrounded by some uncooperative nieces and nephews on their wedding day are newlyweds Melanie and Paul Vande Waerdt. The couple was married at the Netherlands Reformed Church in Sunnyside. Pictured with them are (L-R) Colton Fluit, Brianna Maassen, Natalie Maasen, Adelyn VandeWaerdt (baby on lap), Bryson Fluit, Benson Bakker, Carson VandeWaerdt and Ava VandeWaerdt.

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Celebrating their wedding on July 13, 2012 near the family’s Sunnyside-area grape vineyard are Melanie (Van Wingerden) and Paul Vande Waerdt. The bride is the daughter of Bill and Anne-Marie Van Wingerden of Sunnyside, and the groom is the son of Wayne and Rhonda Vande Waerdt of Rock Valley, Iowa.

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The daughter of Sunnyside’s Bill and Anne-Marie Van Wingerden, Joleen, married Eric Koenen, who is the son of Greg and Shirley Koenen of Hawarden, Iowa. The couple is making their home in Iowa.

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On Dec. 21, 2012 Joleen (Van Wingerden) and Eric Koenen were married at the Netherlands Reformed Church in Rock Valley, Iowa. The couple took advantage of the winter setting, having a romantic photo taken in the snow.

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Many options when shopping for perfect ring for perfect couple gently to provide the type of bling local residents prefer. They even often travel to When looking for that perfect ring for Europe, to keep up with trends and fashthe perfect woman, there are many facets ions that have to do with jewelry. to consider. Nearly 10 years after opening the The type of precious metal the bride-to- Sunnyside store, the couple decided to be prefers might be a good starting point. expand their brand to Prosser, in 1996. There are many Now they operate out there, including both the Sunnyside platinum, silver gold, and Prosser locations white gold, titanium with gusto. During and even tungsten. an average year, the Beck Co. Design Becks will come Gallery co-owner across many differJennifer Beck says ent situations and for women’s jewelry, customers with varythe trend has been ing wants and needs. primarily white gold But with that said, or platinum, but as of they have, howevlate, the trend is leaner, noticed trends of ing back to yellow or styles that are widely traditional gold. preferred. Amber Schlenker/Daily Sun News “Yellow gold is The next step in coming back,” she This 18k white gold, halo design finding that perfect centers around a 0.66 carat center said. diamond. Halo designs are one of ring is to decide what The jewelry store kind of setting you’d the more popular settings as of late. owners opened their like the main gem doors in Sunnyside stone to sit in. Beck in 1985, and for nearly 27 years Dale and says one of the popular choices right now Jennifer Beck have been working dili- is a halo setting, where smaller diamonds are set around the center diamond. Vintage-inspired designs are also a popular trend, says Beck. Vintage style rings sometimes have swirls and designs etched into its frame. When it comes to the big day, and choosing a ring for the groom, Beck says many men are choosing titanium or tungsten rings, because of the rise in price for precious metals. Largely due to it being their specialty, the Becks receive numerous requests for custom designs. She says many of their customers like to make the ring’s design personal. If it’s a second marriage, Beck says the families will sometimes want to incorporate the entire family into the design, showing unity among two merging families. All in all, a lot of thought usually goes in to the look and feel of the rings purchased at Beck Co. Mrs. Beck says that’s because of the nature of the symbolic “forever” meaning of the rings presented on Amber Schlenker/Daily Sun News the couple’s wedding day. This yellow gold, contemporary engagement ring design is one of many that is in demand this year. The ‑ Amber Schlenker can be contacted ring features a swirl design which accents the curves at 509-837-4500, or email of the oval-cut, 0.85 carat, center diamond. by Amber Schlenker

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Choosing bridal attire all about what a couple prefers by Jennie McGhan

Some colored gowns, a silver gown for instance, are popular when a couple is celebrating an important anniversary like their 25th wedding anniversary. Santana said the princess theme for many brides continues when they are selecting a bridal veil. She said many of today’s brides want a tiara. “It is important to pick a veil and tiara that go well with the shape of the face and the gown,” she said. When it comes to the bridal attendants the fashions vary, Santana said. She said the color choices are usually selected by the wedding couple and she has been surprised to see many

Fashion trends are constantly changing, but often elements of style from years ago make their way back to the runway. This year is no different and the trend on display in many bridal catalogues includes a sweetheart neckline in addition to plenty of embellishments. Maria Santana is the owner of Santana’s in Grandview. She said chapel trains and cathedral trains remain popular with brides. “There are lots of options,” she said, noting the catalogues from which her clients order are filled with pages with both types of trains. She said lace is always popular, as well. A few years ago not as many brides may have chosen a wedding gown with lace. They may have preferred chiffon or a satin finish. Tiered skirts remain among the choices available. The embellishments on gowns, such as rhinestones or pearls, Santana said are popular because every bride wants to feel like a princess. “There are lots of dresses with sparkle,” she said. Santana said each bride looks for a gown that will match her own sense of style and personality. It’s also important to select a gown suitable for a bride’s height. “The Mormon style looks good on someone who is tall,” she noted as she pointed out a gown with a long bodice and narrow skirt. Someone that is shorter, said Santana, looks better in a gown that has a natural or high waistline. “The skirt looks too short if a short person wears a gown with a long torso,” she explained. When asked about colored Jennie McGhan/Daily Sun News wedding gowns, Santana This gown, new in 2013, has a natural waist, sweetsaid most brides prefer the heart neckline and rhinestone embellishments, which traditional white gowns. are all popular this year.

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Maria Santana of Santana’s in Grandview says many brides want to feel like princesses on their wedding day. Special embellishments like rhinestones and tiaras are offered to help create that regal appearance.



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Counseling helps spouses-to-be form lifetime commitment and receive - those answers in an honest and non-threatening way. What do you like about yourself? Communication and forgiveness are two What do you like about the two of you as of the key elements of a successful marriage a couple? he tries to convey through the counseling What irritates you about your fiancé? sessions. What makes you happy/sad? “They need to remember that they’ve Those are just a few of the questions couples made a promise to each other,” Rohde says will address during pre-marital of the wedding vow commitcounseling with Pastor Gary ment. Rohde of Immanuel Lutheran Just as important – if not more Church in Grandview. so - he works with the couples Rohde, a pastor for nearly to help them be on the same 30 years, has worked with 70 page when it comes to beliefs couples and bases the counrelated to parenting, conflict seling sessions on Marriage management and religion. Encounter, an international Because those issues can be program that affirms and ensensitive, Rohde says it’s ofcourages married couples. ten a good idea for couples to Rohde and wife Suzie have choose a pre-marriage counnot only experienced Marriage selor who they both know and Encounter seminars first-hand, trust. Pastor Gary Rohde but also serve as a presenting Rohde notes for many couples couple for the program. he counsels, the relationship he The idea, he says of the pre-marital coun- has with them is through the church. Besides seling sessions, is to help couples see the big the spiritual connection, he says there’s an picture of their new life together beyond the added benefit in that the couple after their warm and fuzzy feelings of the honeymoon wedding usually maintains a relationship stage. with the church. “Marriage is hard work,” he says. “It isn’t “A number of couples are part of the easy. It’s not all mushy stuff.” church, so it’s nice to be able to keep in conRohde asks couples that he marries to hold tact after the wedding,” Rohde said. three pre-marital counseling sessions with And a spiritual connection between hushim. band and wife, he notes, will only be helpful Each session includes homework of sorts, as the couple goes through the ups and as he gives couples questions to work on lat- downs of married life. er – such as those noted above - then write “The hope is that they’ll have a foundation out the answers and share them with each for their life together,” Rohde said. other. ‑ John Fannin can be contacted at He says the goal is for couples to express – 509-837-4500, or email by John Fannin

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Enjoying time with the dolphins in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico during their honeymoon are Lucy (Avila) and Frank Castaneda. The couple united in marriage on Aug. 11, 2012. Both are graduates of Sunnyside High School.

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Sharing a romantic moment together after exchanging wedding vows on Aug. 11, 2012 are Frank Castaneda and his new bride, Lucy. The couple was married at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Sunnyside and celebrated with a reception on “Debbie’s beautiful yard.” The bride is the daughter of Claudia and Horacio Depaz of Sunnyside, and the groom is the son of Delia and Frank Castaneda of Sunnyside.


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Newlyweds Callie and Daniel Sims (center) capture their special day surrounded by friends and family who served as attendants for the June 16, 2012 wedding. Pictured are (front L-R) Hillary Templin, Mandie Brown, the bride and groom, Aubrey Sims, Sharon Sims, Randy Sims and Crystal Hornbeck; and (back L-R) Joe Fernandez, Jim Fernandez, Joedy Fernandez, Dave Stewart and Mike Ramos.

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Planning for a first home purchase a key for newly married couples grams geared to second-time buyers, he adds. You’re newly married and just made one of So how do you know if the most important personal and long-lasting buying right now is right decisions of your life. for you? When it comes to buying a home, likely Guerrero says a key is your most important financial decision, it also for the the new husband pays for couples to think big picture. and wife to first determine That’s according to Francisco if they are in Guerrero, financial center managa stable job and er for HAPO Community Credit community environUnion’s Sunnyside branch. ment. “Think about the long run and In other words, are not just a few years,” he says. they working at jobs For example, for tax purposes they enjoy and will hold for the forseeable future? home buyers need to be in their Do they enjoy the comhouse for at least two years bemunity where they live now, fore selling. or do they have a specific Then there is the ability to neighborhood in mind? build up equity as couples stay in If the answers are yes, then a their first home longer. first home may be in the offing. That’s especially true, Tips to keep in mind before Guerrero says, because there are Francisco Guerrero taking the first-home plunge instill many low or even no down payment options available for first-time home clude: - Don’t buy the most expensive home in buyers. He notes the first-time buyer programs are offered by both private and government your neighborhood. Guerrero says that’s because couples will have a more difficult time lenders. It allows first-time buyers to get into their building equity and could be “upside down” during a bad housing cycle. That means owing home with little or no money down. But Guerrero says the downside of the pro- more on your home than it’s actually worth. Likewise, just because a couple can afford gram for couples who sell after just a few years is that they have little equity to use for purchasing a $300,000 house doesn’t mean they should their second home. And there really aren’t pro- pursue it. Besides the reasons noted above, by John Fannin

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in the spring and summer,” said Santana, noting black was a favorite color for the wedding attendants’ attire. Eggplant was another popular color. Santana said traditional colors for the warmer months would be pastels. The companies that make bridal attire have responded, however. In 2013 the catalogues and racks are filled with several fashionable gowns in darker colors for the bride’s attendants. Pastels are still available for those who prefer traditional seasonal colors, though. “It is really all about what the couple likes most,” said Santana.

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Guerrero adds couples could end up stretched for cash if they’re “all in” so to speak on home mortgage payments and upkeep. - Check that credit report. Guerrero says he sometimes sees couples who want to buy, but items may pop up on their credit report that make it difficult to meet tighter lending standards. As a result, he encourages couples to check out their credit history well ahead of time. “That way you’re not caught off guard,” he says. Guerrero notes would-be borrowers may find items that can be cleaned up quickly, or may take a few months to address. Either way, they have a clean record when they visit prospective lenders. - Know your limits. After getting that credit report ship-shape, Guerrero says it’s also a good idea for couples to get pre-approved for home loans. That way they know their dollar limit when checking out home listings. The move helps them avoid buying more home than they can afford.

Guerrero says knowing your buying limit is also a good bargaining chip in presenting sellers your bottom line price. - Know your neighborhood. When you have a locale in mind for your first home, Guerrero suggests visiting with those in the area to see if they enjoy the neighborhood. - Do your homework. Guerrero encourages first-time home buyers to search out the best deals available. That not only includes perhaps paying little or nothing down, but especially checking out historically-low interest rates. In fact, he adds, interest rates are so good right now that the average life of a mortgage is seven years as many current homeowners are re-financing. It takes planning and a great amount of homework, but newly-wed couples thinking long-term will be in good shape when it comes to getting into that first home. “It gives you pride of ownership, you want to take care of it,” Guerrero says of owning a home. “It gives you a sense of increased responsibility and stability.” ‑ John Fannin can be contacted at 509-837-4500, or email

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Enjoying a honeymoon at Disney World in Orlando, Fla. are newlyweds Kyle and Jamie Pearson. The couple was married on July 7, 2012.

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Jamie (Zijlstra) and Kyle Pearson exchanged wedding vows on July 7, 2012 in Sunnyside. The bride is the daughter of Johan and Ginnie Zijlstra of Sunnyside, and the groom is the son of Randy and Aimee Pearson and Mirtha Gamboa of Prosser. Both graduated from Sunnyside High School in 2008.

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Breanna and Matthew Hoffard on Aug. 25, 2012 are surrounded by their wedding party (L-R) Kyla Potter, Melissa Jochen, Kristin Hock, Savanna Hoffard, Makenna Hoffard, Brittney Hannum, Janessa Hoffard, the bride and groom, Tim Turner, Michael Giroux, Jeremy Santy, Darrel Martin, Taylor Hoffard, Ryan Clodfelter and Justin Jenkins. The newlyweds are making their home in Mill Creek.

Enjoying the outdoor weather at a relative’s home on the day of their wedding are Breanna (Hoffard) and Matthew Turner. The couple married on Aug. 25, 2012 at the Grandview Church of the Nazarene. The bride is the daughter of Ty and Amanda Hoffard of Grandview, and the groom is the son of Steve and Barbara Turner of Everett.

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Gonzalez-Dumble Celebrating the marriage of Isley and David Dumble (kissing) are members of the wedding party (L-R) Sarah Walker, Bethany Morris, Haley Paul, Megan Cox, the bride and groom, Patrick Howard, Jeremy Rasmussen and Brady Rourke. The couple was married on Oct. 6, 2012.

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Tips for writing your own wedding vows A wedding is a once-in-a-lifetime event for many couples, so brides and grooms wish for the event to be momentous and memorable. As such, couples are increasingly integrating personal nuances into their ceremonies and receptions to tailor weddings to their unique visions. The desire to include personalized wedding vows continues to be a popular trend. If you are considering personalized wedding vows, first realize that it may not be a simple task. That's because you want the message conveyed to be dear to your heart, and that can be challenging when faced with the pressures and planning of the rest of the wedding. That isn't to say that writing your own vows is impossible. Here are some guidelines for personalizing your ceremony with your own sentiments. * Schedule time for writing. Amid the bustle of dress fittings and interviews with photographers, it can be easy to put off the important task of writing vows for another day. But as any great writer can attest, it takes writing -- and rewriting -- to achieve a finished product you can be proud of. Give the task of writing your vows your undivided attention. Mark it in on your calendar or set a reminder on your computer just as you would any other appointment. * Be aware of ceremony guidelines. It is best to check with your officiant and confirm that personalized wedding vows are allowed. During civil ceremonies it's often acceptable to customize vows as you see fit. However, during religious ceremonies there may be lines of scripture that need to be read or certain passages required. Before you spend hours working on the

task, be sure that it is allowed and that your spouse and you are on the same page. * Jot down your feelings. Answer some questions about what marriage means to you and how you feel about your spouse. Try to avoid trite sayings and think from your heart and personal experiences. Think about what is the most important thing you want to promise to your future partner. These notes can serve as the starting points for the actual vows. * Decide on a tone. Although the day is based on love and affection, you may not feel comfortable spouting words of adoration in front of friends and family. Feel free to tap into your unique personality. Humor can be used if it aligns with the way you normally express your affections. Be sure to weave this tone into more traditional passages to create a cohesive expression of your feelings. * Put everything together. Draft your vows and then practice them by reading out loud. You want to avoid long sentences or anything that trips you up. Although large words may sound impressive, they could make the vows seem too academic and not necessarily heartfelt. Enlist the help of a friend or two to act as your audience to see if the vows sound good and are easily understandable. Writing your own vows can be a way to include personal expressions of love into a couple's wedding day. Public speaking is seldom easy, nor is finding the perfect words to convey feelings about a future spouse. However, with some practice and inspiration, anyone can draft personalized vows.

photo courtesy of Isley Dumble

Isley (Gonzalez) and David Dumble exchanged nuptials on Oct. 6, 2012 at Holy Spirit Church in Tempe, Ariz. Here, they are captured enjoying a honeymoon in Bora Bora. The bride is the daughter of Nick and Robin Gonzalez of Sunnyside. The groom is the son of Duane and Gail Dumble of Bakersfield, Calif.


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Keep property laws in mind before wedding day arrives by Laura Gjovaag

Couples planning to marry in Washington state need to keep in mind the fact that it’s a community property state, which can have consequences when filing taxes or if the couple separates. “There are nine community property states in the US,” said local attorney Doug Garrison. “Washington state is one of them.” The others are Arizona, California, Idaho, Louisiana, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas and Wisconsin. But the laws in each community property state vary, making it important for people to do their research or consult an attorney if the possibility for dispute exists. “In a community property state, property acquired after the marriage is considered jointly owned, with some exceptions,” said Garrison. “This also applies to debts acquired during the tenure of the marriage.” In short, anything a person owns before the marriage still belongs to that person as an individual, but anything acquired after the marriage belongs to both spouses. In some cases pre-marital separate property can also become community property. Money put into a joint account from an individual account ceases to be separate, even if a receipt exists, and will become community property. “There are some unique tax consequences that can arise in a community property state, and couples contemplating marriage should consider them,” said Garrison. “There are also some unique laws that apply if one of the spouses dies, in terms of property distribution.” The main tax issue revolves around a married couple filing


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Couples preparing to get married in Washington state should take into consideration the community property laws of the state. All property acquired by either spouse after being wed belongs to both unless a prenuptial arrangement is signed. separately. Property has to be taken into account that an individual may not consider as their own, including their spouse’s income. Couples are also restrained in what can be given away or bequeathed under community property laws. According to RCW 26.16.030, neither person can bequeath by will more than one-half of the community property. And giving away community property is not allowed without the express or implied consent of the other spouse. “Many of these issues can be dealt with simply and easily by contacting your family attorney, who may assist you in constructing a community property agreement,” said Garrison. Couples can set up a prenuptial agreement to keep property divided, and married couples are allowed to create agreements as well to divide community property. “Couples who marry later in life or have considerable assets when they marry should consider such things as prenuptial agreement,”

said Garrison. Avoiding community property laws by simply not getting married isn’t really an option either. Although Washington state does not allow for common law marriages, it does have a “quasi-marital” status, formerly called “meretricious,” that has resulted in property being divided according to community property laws. To qualify as a quasi-marital relationship, a couple must have been living as husband and wife for a significant amount of time. The main thing is to understand that marriage will change a person’s legal status significantly, and to plan accordingly. “A marriage is a happy event and can be a euphoric time for both the bride and groom, but is also a legal and contractual relationship, and couples should give that some thought when they elect to marry,” said Garrison. “Food for thought.”

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Lindsey Jean Benjert, daughter of Linda Benjert of Sunnyside and Hubert Benjert Jr. of Grandview, married Andrew Duane Schutt at The Seasons Performance Hall in Yakima on Nov. 17, 2012. The groom is the son of Duane and Molly Schutt of Sunnyside.

United for the union of Lindsey and Andrew Schutt is the large bridal party. Supporting the couple at their Nov. 17, 2012 wedding are (L-R) Morgan Smith, Reid Benjert, Jenae Bierlink, Kurtis Bierlink, Shaunn Siekawitch, Alex Benjert, maid of honor McKenzie Benjert, Chad Den Boer, the bride and groom, flower girl Erika Jonson, Andrea Schutt, best man Derek Van de Graaf, matron of honor Ashley Van Belle, Justin Bos, Sara Wisner, David Stokes, Erika Boutain and Kyle Van Belle holding ring bearer Myles Van Belle.

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Make sure wedding photographer is in sync with you by Amber Schlenker

When choosing the right photographer to capture each and every beautiful moment, no matter how large or small on your big day, the married-to-be couple may be wise to adhere to a few tips. Price matters Sunnyside area photographer Curtis Campbell says when choosing a photographer, the couple should decide what their price range is. Then choosing a photographer might narrow down your choices. “Wedding photos can cost anywhere between $200 and $5,000,” he said. So, it’s important to know what you want to spend before going on the photographer hunt. Other things to consider regarding price and photography is whether or not the professional charges for traveling to and from wedding sites. Also, Campbell says the couple should decide how long they want the photographer to be on site for the day. “Some couples choose to have the photographer there for the entire day, capturing the bride getting ready in the morning all the way until the end of the evening,” Campbell said. “It just depends on what the couple wants.” Couples should also inquire whether they can purchase digital copies of the photos, or whether they have to order prints from the photographer directly. “There also may be an extra cost to getting the rights (to reprint the photos elsewhere) released,” Campbell added. The ‘right’ person for the job Before making any definite decisions, the couple should ask to see a portfolio of past work. This is because each photographer is an artist and stamps a certain thumbprint of style on each photo. If you don’t like the style or types of photos you see, you’re not likely to approve what the photographer captures at your big day either. The next thing you should do, says Campbell, is schedule a few test shots with your prospective photographer to decide whether or not you like the style of the photos that will be representing your big wedding day. Test shots are also good for choosing a photographer that connects well with you, your fiancé and your friends’ personalities. “If you don’t get along well with (the photographer) you may not like the kind of (photos) they choose,” Campbell added.

A day to remember Also when arranging a photographer for your wedding, Campbell says it’s important to relay to the photographer that you’d like the “little things” remembered, too. “There is a lot of planning and work that goes into a wedding, and then it’s just gone,” he said. “So, getting photos of the small things, like shoes, garters, details and décor are all important things that will help you remember the feel of the day for years to come,” he added.

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