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Wedding & Party Guide 2012 is a publication of the North Coast Journal Weekly. Distributed free at Humboldt County wedding industry businesses and select newsstands. ©2012 Entire contents are copyrighted. No content may be reproduced or reprinted without the publisher’s written permission. Free copies sent by mail can be ordered by email or call 707 442-1400. Publishers of Humboldt County’s Premier Wedding Guide since 1997!

4 From the Publisher Techno-publishing

12 to tweet or Not to tweet New media helps plan the big day

17 Why Not? Details like shoes often go unseen by guests, so why shouldn’t they be special to you?


20 Wedding Checklist 26 top-Notch toppers Here’s how some local couples are capping their cakes 310 F St., Eureka, CA 95501 707 442-1400 | fax 707 442-1401 publisher Judy Hodgson art director Holly Harvey production manager Carolyn Fernandez contributing writers Bob Doran, Josephine Johnson, Terrence McNally graphic design/production Alana Chenevert, Drew Hyland, Lynn Jones sales manager Mike Herring advertising sales Colleen Hole, Shane Mizer, Karen Sack office manager Carmen England classified assistant Sophia Dennler

on the cover Jennifer Chou and Jason Galloway were married May 3, 2011, in Cheatham Grove, part of Grizzly Creek State Park on Highway 36. The couple drove to Humboldt County from their native Ohio to exhange vows and spend part of their honeymoon in the redwoods. Photos courtesy of Rose Mountain Photography

28 she thinks in Flowers The floral designs of Faye Zierer

35 beyond that First dance DJ music gets your guests’ groove on

46 about those Memories … Advice about hiring a photographer

51 index of advertisers vendor listings 5 10 11 11 13 15 16 16 16 19 22 23 25 30 33 36 39 40 40 48 48 49 50 50

Venues Officiants Invitations Consultants Jewelry Gowns & Accessories Alterations & Cleaners Formal Wear Salons & Spas Lingerie Florists Rentals & Decorations Bakeries Catering Wineries & Breweries Music & Entertainment DJs Videos Photography Travel Agencies Limos & Transportation Gifts & Registry Lodging & B&Bs Miscellaneous & Parties




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CORNER OF 7TH & F, EUREKA • (707) 497-6093 •


Techno-publishing WEDDING & SPECIAL EVENTS VENUE BEAUTIFUL LODGING & ACCOMMODATIONS Celebrating a tradition of service in humboldt county since 1922

The LosT WhaLe Inn 3452 Patrick’s Point Drive Trinidad, Ca 95570

(707) 677-3425 Providing luxurious accommodations for your honeymoon, wedding party, wedding planning services, reception catering, flowers, decorations and personal attention to every detail.

Eat, Drink & Be Married


for fabulous weddings, parties and events of all kinds. Beautiful outdoor and indoor facilities surrounded by gardens, orchards and redwood forest in a unique and serene setting.

Arrington Apples FULL SERVICE WEDDING VENUE 707 .443.0210 4555 Mitchell Rd., Eureka

See photos on our Facebook Page

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his year’s lead story for the Wedding & Party Guide will be incredibly useful for the wedding couples of 2012. “To Tweet or Not To Tweet,” written by free-lancer Josephine Johnson, explores the way technology is affecting how people get married. More specifically, how these modern tools are making things easier, faster, better – and definitely more fun. We’ve been embracing new technology ourselves on the publishing side of things as well. In 2006 when we first took the expensive leap to full-color, glossy, heat-set printing – better to see the lovely photographs throughout – we also added a page-turning e-edition on our main website — (Click on “special publications.”) How does this make life easier? A bride holding this actual magazine in hand can call up – or text — her mom in Los Angeles and say, “See that deep red in the bouquet on page 37? That’s the exact color I want for the table runners.” Two years ago, we began archiving stories from past editions on-line as well in old-fashioned HTML. It’s not pretty, but it works. Why would be keep stories from years past on line? Well, each year we have a whole new batch of couples getting hitched for the very first time. Since we have been publishing this guide in one form or another for as long as we’ve been publishing the North Coast Journal – 21 years – that’s a lot of great information that is still useful. Here’s just a sampling: Last year we wrote about how to

have a green wedding in Humboldt County (a very current topic), some very cool outdoor venues you might consider that won’t cost you an arm and a leg, and how to assemble a goodie bag of Humboldt products as a thank you for out-of-town guests. In 2010 we wrote about local wedding registries that go far beyond china and crystal, trends in hairstyles and accessories, and getting married on a budget. From 2009 there are stories about cakes and more cakes, how to make your own invitations, and how to personalize your wedding ceremony. From 2008: Advice from local counselors on questions you should ask yourself before marriage, when you need a wedding planner, and the magic of a gown. You get the idea. There’s a lot of information out there that you might be interested in this year that you didn’t pay any attention to three years ago – well, because you weren’t getting married then. One new website feature this year is improved access and visuals of these archived stories. We will already have the 2011 Wedding Guide on line so you can flip through that article on a green wedding just as it originally appeared with the magazine. As time allows, we will be replacing older archived stories back to page-flip format so you can access them in their original glory. As always, please let us know what you like, what works for you – and help us continue to improve this publication for next year’s crop of couples. — Judy Hodgson, Publisher

the trinity river provided a scenic backdrop for Faith Kozlowski and Ben Gittins wedding at the Strawhouse Resort in Willow Creek, June 18, 2011. The bride wore a Maggie Sottero dress from Promises Bridal, her bouquet was by Bella’s blossom. Photo courtesy of eyelight Photography


in addition to churches, community centers grange halls and veterans buildings

Abruzzi Plaza View Room Arcata, 826-2377,, 200 indoor Adorni Center Eureka, 441-4248,, 400 indoor

Aldergrove Gardens Arcata, 826-2517,, 300 outdoor Arcata Theatre Lounge Arcata, 822-1220, Arrington Apples Eureka, 443-0210,, indoor 100; outdoor 250 Avalon Eureka, 445-0500,, 100 indoor

Azalea Hall McKinleyville, 839-8975, 200 indoor Bayside Grange Hall Bayside, 822-9998,, 410 indoor Baywood Golf & Country Club Arcata, 822-3686 x108,, 300 indoor Benbow Inn Garberville, 923-2124 x276, Blue Lake Casino’s Sapphire Palace Blue Lake, 668-9770 x2731, More ➤

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butterfly way Fortuna, 725-2424,, live butterfly release California State Parks Humboldt, Del Norte, Trinity and Mendocino counties, Campton House Eureka, 443-1601, hotel-eureka-california-CA611, 50 indoor standing capacity Carlotta Country Occasions Fortuna, 768-2188, 300 outdoor carter house inns AND restaurant 301 Eureka, 444-8062,, 45 restaurant; 25 Carter Cottage

amber hiber and randy shell were married on june 25, 2011, in St. Bernard’s Catholic Church. Afterward, They celebrated their reception in the church’s hall. Photo courtesy of Chris Tuite Photography

Chemise Mountain Retreat Kings Range, 986-7794, 150 indoor/outdoor The Complete Look Salon and Bridal & Boutique McKinleyville, 839-6250, Cooks Valley Weddings Piercy, 247-3455,, 1,000 outdoor Cornelius Daly Inn Eureka, 445-3638,, 120 outdoor Cutten Inn Eureka, 445-9217, 100 indoor Eagle House Victorian Inn Eureka, 444-3344, ELK MEADOW VILLAGE Orick, (866) 733-9637, Eureka Inn Eureka, (877) 552-3985, 497-6093,, 300 indoor

Weddings at the Strawhouse

Trinity River Farm Molly O’Gorman 2443 Hwy 96, Willow Creek (530) 629-3200

Learn more at or call 1-866-902-3267 or 1-530-623-1990 Outdoor Weddings on the Beautiful Trinity River Cottage Rentals

Elk Meadow Village Weddings

Whether planning an intimate gathering or a big event, Elk Meadow Village is a dream come true. Our magnificent setting is a 27 acre meadow surrounded by majestic Redwood Trees of Redwood National Park.

• Stay & Play – 3 bed, 2 bath, fully furnished

cabins with full kitchen, BBQ, internet / satellite TV & sleep up to 8 people.

• Redwood Adventures offers guided Eco-Tours, Mountain Bike Rentals, Horseback Rides, Kayaking & Fishing Trips. ELK MEADOW VILLAGE Valley Green Rd. • Orick, CA • 1-866-733-9637

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eureka theater Eureka, 442-2970,, 800 indoor Eureka Women’s Club Eureka, 442-3458,, 150 indoor Fern Cottage Ferndale, 786-4835, 786-4735,, 300 outdoor Fieldbrook Winery Fieldbrook, 839-4140,, 250 outdoor First Congregational Church Eureka, 445-5488 Fortuna River Lodge Fortuna, 725-7572, Humboldt Brews Arcata, 826-2739, Humboldt County Parks Humboldt, living/county_parks Humboldt Grange 501 Eureka, 443-0045, 264 indoor

Sami Goud and Kenny Stone were joined beneath an arch of sunflowers they built themselves. The couple was married at a private residence in Fieldbrook. Photo courtesy of Eva York Photography

Humboldt Redwoods State Park Weott, 946-2409, Humboldt Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Bayside, 822-3793,, 150 indoor/outdoor Iris House Eureka, 445-0307, 60 indoor, Jambalaya Arcata, 822-4766,, 218 indoor

Larrupin Cafe Trinidad, 677-0230, 200 indoor/outdoor Lost Whale Inn Trinidad, 677-3425,, 100 indoor/outdoor Manila Community Center Manila, 444-3803,, 150 indoor/outdoor More ➤

Announce Your Wedding on our Marquee Auditorium Capacity 800 Seats 612 F Street Eureka 442-2970


The Original Russ Family Home

Planning your wedding is a very special time in your life. It all starts with the venue.


Carlotta Country Occasions


Outdoor Weddings & Receptions UP TO 300 GUESTS

786-4835 or 786-4735

unique & serene setting|wide open space for receptions|convenient parking Includes seating & tables for up to 300 guests, outdoor kitchen facility, BBQ & walk-in cooler Planning services, florist & officiant also available

Call to set up an appointment & tour | 707.768.2188 North Coast Journal • Wedding & party Guide 2012


Jessica and Alex Powell met in Blue Lake. The couple exchanged their vows on stage at the Eagle House Inn in Eureka’s Old town. Photo courtesy of Chris Tuite Photography.

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Merryman’s Beach House Moonstone Beach, Westhaven, 616-6711,, 90 indoor; 125 outdoor Miranda Gardens Resort Miranda, 943-3011, Morris Graves Museum of Art Eureka, 442-0278,

Madaket Eureka, 445-1910, Odd Fellows Hall Eureka, 443-6809 Otter Bar Lodge Forks of Salmon, (530) 462-4772 Patrick’s Point State Park, (Wedding Rock) Trinidad, 677-3110, 677-3570, Quality Inn Arcata Arcata, 822-0409,

Red Lion Hotel Eureka, 445-0844, Redwood Acres Fairgrounds Eureka, 445-3037, Redwood Adventures Orick, (866) 733-9637, Redwood National Parks Humboldt/Del Norte, 464-6101,

Humboldt Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

A beautiful full-service, eco-friendly venue in a private, pastoral setting. Indoor/outdoor space for up to 130 guests, commercial kitchen and a noncreedal spiritual atmosphere. Officiant available.

Looking for greener wedding ideas?

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arried on th e Madaket!

new dock @ the C Street Plaza

(707) 445-1910


Golf and Country Club

If you’re planning a wedding...

Baywood Golf and Country Club offers the best from formal affairs to casual outdoor weddings. Taking note of every detail, Baywood provides flowers, hors d’oeuvres, gourmet meals, wonderful wines and wedding coordination, so you can relax on your special day! Call (707) 822-3686 x108 for more information or to have a tour of the venue!

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Samoa Mansion the

Redwood Raks Arcata, 616-6876,, 200 indoor Ridgefield Events 499-5410, Riverbend Cellars Myers Flat , 943-9907,, 50 indoor; 200 outdoor river lodge conference center Fortuna, 725-7572, 300 indoor/outdoor Samoa mansion & Samoa women’s club Samoa, 825-1533, Scotia Inn Scotia, 764-5338, 300 indoor; 400 outdoor The Sea Grill Eureka, 443-7187, 50 indoor Six Rivers Brewery McKinleyville, 839-7580,

There are just too many church venues to list them all in here...

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The Ideal


All-inclusive Wedding Package • Commercial kitchen • Indoor/Outdoor • Place settings for up to 300

& Samoa Women’s Club the

Photo by Eyelight Photography

please consult a Humboldt County phone book for a complete listing of religious venues of all faiths and denominations

StrawHouse Junction City, (530) 623-1990,, 150 outdoor Trinidad Hall Trinidad, 677-0223,, 125 indoor Trinity River Farm Willow Creek, day (530) 629-3200 evening (530) 629-3327, United Methodist Church of the Joyful Healer McKinleyville, 839-5691, Van Duzen County Park, (Pamplin Grove) Hwy. 36, 445-7651, Wharfinger Building Eureka, 268-1973, 140 indoor

Both locations are perfectly suited for your wedding or special event!

Call 707-825-1533. City of Fortuna

River Lodge Conference Center

For additional photos and details visit or

1800 Riverwalk View Drive, Fortuna

Call for more information 707-725-7572

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in addition to your church clergy, rabbi, judges and favorite uncle

Rose Patenuade and Keith Slauson exchange vows under the arbor, as Stuart Altschuler officiates at Escot Farm in Willow Creek on Sept. 24, 2011. Photo by paul swenson photography

Alegria sita Humboldt, 845-4998 Ann Forrest, Lovenote Nuptials Eureka, 496-1726, Custom Wedding Services, Teri & Richard Bradley Eureka, 443-3536, Dan Davis Arcata, 362-0186, Dana Hope, M.A. Humboldt, (800) 205-8292 Judy Eaglewoman, Ceremonial Deva Arcata, 826-0825,

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marla joy 845-4307, Michelle White Eureka, 444-2927, Nancy Courtemanche Ferndale, 407-6968, pat grace 672-3131, Steve Lundin Pastor, Church of the Joyful Healer, 672-3797, Stuart Altschuler Ferndale, 786-9890, Takiko D. Larson Redway, 223-0460, 986-7735, transformationalcounseling tara cooper Eureka, 444-2227 What We Need Is Love, Joellen Clark-Peterson Humboldt& beyond, 223-6867,



Arcata Stationers Arcata, 822-0527 Carl Johnson Co. Eureka, 443-4851, Central Office, The Copy Center Eureka, 444-3044, d-shot design Eureka, 496-1455, Pacific Paper Co. Eureka, 443-3158 Printing Expressions Eureka, 443-9000, Scrapper’s Edge Eureka, 445-9686, Weddings By Design Blue Lake, 668-4323,



2 Moms Party Planning Eureka, 502-5000, www.2momspartiesandweddings. com beautiful beginnings (808) 268-7568,, beautiful DAY EVENT COORDINATION 362-9685, Caligreen weddings 223-2162, Custom Wedding Services Eureka, 443-3536, 972-9123,

Beautiful Day Event Coordination Planning, Design, Flowers, Catering

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“Remember when … you pulled out the Resolve? Or when you had to use the scissors? I sure do! And I wish I always had you near to take care of me like you did that day. Thank you for all the memories!”

Weddings By Design Indoor, Outdoor, Themed Venues For Prices, Quotes & Available Services contact Heather Beelar 707-362-9685

~ Shirley Atkins ~

• Complete WEDDING COORDINATION, resources for venues, wedding professionals. • DESIGNER GOWNS ordered, TUXEDO rentals, INVITATIONS, SHOES and ACCESSORIES — all at up to 60% off.

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To Tweet or Not to Tweet By Josephine Johnson


k, maybe you’re not ready to recite your vows to one another from an ipad or tweet every behind-the-scenes wedding moment from your smart phone. but maybe you do want a website where you can post notes and photos for friends and family far away to see how gorgeous and happy you are on your big day. even if you don’t want a hashtag specifically for your wedding, digital and mobile technology can provide some nifty, time- and money-saving tricks while planning your ceremony and reception. Planning: Let the web help,,, — and other websites offer a range of services, some of which are free, others offered at a premium. offers a budget calculator, guest list tracker, free customizable website and gift registry options. offers a free website with invitations to match. boasts all the above ... and it has a range of forums where brides-to-be can chat about wedding etiquette, reception ideas, diy tips and, if necessary, brides can lend each other emotional support — in big demand and possibly short supply, especially as the big day draws nearer. perhaps the most useful service these sites provide is the ability to rsvp online. this can be a big money saver, eliminating the need to send rsvp cards and return post-


age with every invitation. of course, great, great uncle lowell out in the minnesota sticks will probably still need an rsvp sent snail mail, but for the most part the option of online rsvp not only helps keep you within budget, but also makes it easier to keep track of who’s going to be at your wedding. imagine, being able to forget all that paper and instead just focus on an internet-based, digital head count. Video, photos: Stream it, strip it so, turns out uncle lowell can’t make it to moonstone beach for the ceremony; neither can cousin Jeremy. but even in the sticks they have a decent internet connection and, with that, both can join the party via the interwebs. if you have a dv camcorder, computer with firewire input, and an internet connection, is one site that can help stream your wedding and make sure your relatives — even in marble, minn. — have front rows seats as you walk along that rose petal path in the sand to the altar. another popular option is to hire a videographer to film your wedding. ok, people have been taping weddings since before super 8 film — filming a wedding is not new technology. but with digital media, wedding videographers have a whole new sleeve of tricks. a slick one is to create a docu-video of your wedding, incorporating your favorite song and including interviews with different members of the wedding party, out takes from the ceremony,

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still images and smooth narration to tie it all together. the beauty is that this mini-musicalwedding-docurama can be burned to dvd as keepsake, and you can post the video to your wedding website or send it via email to friends who weren’t able to make it. some videographers also provide a few handheld cameras just for guests to record their thoughts and well-wishes for the bride and groom. if you plan to film your wedding, ask the videographer if this is an option. it could make for some glowing, candid, likely entertaining and, no doubt, memorable moments. ah, the photo booth: like happy summer smiles and goofy faces captured at six flags or the santa Cruz boardwalk, but so much better because this photo booth is just for making memories at your wedding. thanks to digital cameras, quality portable printers and imaginative photographers, wedding photo booths have recently become a hot trend. they’re a hip way to capture the joy and spontaneity of guests sharing love, excitement, and silliness at your wedding and reception. local photographer, muir adams, offers a photo booth service as well as forget-me-Not photo. Mobile tech: About that hashtag maybe you and your sweetie were first joined by your mobile phone interactions. maybe you’re already married to social media and must have those facebook, twitter and google+ accounts linked and live. your friends are linked like this, too, in which case creating that twitter hashtag just might be a fun way to enhance and personalize your wedding experience. What’s a hashtag? When microblogging (tweeting!) hash tags (#) allow you to create a community of people interested in the same topic (your wedding) by making it easier for them to find and share information. mostly, this digital sharing is done by mobile phone. Cell phones, tweeting — yes, we know — so very, very lost on great, great uncle lowell way out there in the rural wilds. finally, there are many wedding-oriented iphone apps, too, like fun Wedding for selecting songs and Wedding flowers moodboard to help you figure out colors and types of flowers. you can also get an app counting down the hours, minutes and seconds to your wedding. all super fun stuff — and practical — if you’re often on the go and on your mobile phone. ●


New Arrival

consultants continued from pg. 11

D. Perkins Events Humboldt/Mendocino, 986-7979, 499-3247, gala beleza events and weddings Humboldt, 845-4998 humboldt legacy Designs Humboldt, 498-1717, north coast events Fortuna, 223-3103, Once Upon A Time Eureka, 496-3811, One Fine Day event planning 834-5877, Party Place Eureka, 443-0833,

new•VinTaGe•anTiQue vows and rings Photo by JJT photography

S & S Events Eureka, 834-6460, Wallan Event Design 223-2060, Weddings By Design Blue Lake, 668-4323, www.

Something Old Vintage Hand Painted and Miniature Portrait Something Necklace on Porcelain, Newset in 18K Gold

Jewelry Abraxas Ferndale, 786-4288 Abraxas Jewelers Eureka, 443-4638,

New Arrival

Since 1927

Corner of 3rd and E Sts. Old Town Eureka More ➤

707-442-2938 Buy•Sell•Trade

Vintage Hand Painted Miniature Portrait Necklace on Porcelain, set in 18K Gold Since 1927

Corner of 3rd and E Sts. Old Town Eureka 707-442-2938 Buy•Sell•Trade

Our staff designers will assist you in fulfilling your wildest desires.

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Jessica and Alex Powell exchanged family heirlooms, with a bee pin honoring grandmother whose name is honey. Photo by Chris tuite photography

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Baroni Design Arcata, 822-8067, Bartow’s Jewelers Fortuna, 725-2351 Christina Anastia Eureka, 442-1584, Ferndale Jewelers Fortuna, 725-4577 Fire Arts Center Arcata, 826-1445, Fred Meyer Jewelers Eureka, 442-4541, Heartbead Arcata, 826-9577, Holly Yashi Arcata, 822-5132, James Darin Joaillier Fortuna, 725-9500 Kay Jewelers Eureka, 445-8481, Kokopilau Eureka, 442-5893 McFarland Designs 633-6340, Minkler’s Jewelry Design & Repair McKinleyville, 840-9633 Natural Selection Arcata, 822-6720 Siggins Jewelry Eureka, 443-0100 Silva’s Fine Jewelry Ferndale, 786-4425, Sugarfoot and Co. Eureka, 442-7044 Talisman beads Eureka, 443-1509 Ten Window Williams Eureka, 442-2938

The bride gets ready with her attendants before the ceremony. Kristen Hansen and Colin Beddow were married July 23, 2011 at The Fortuna River Lodge. Photo by JJT photography




LENTZ DEPT. STORE Oxana Designs Arcata, 616-5255 Promises Bridal & Formal Wear Eureka, 443-0814 Tailor Maid Eureka, 845-4439, The Complete Look Salon & Bridal & Boutique McKinleyville, 839-6250, The Vintage Bride Trinidad, Threadbare Dancewear Arcata, 822-7894, threadbare.html Weddings By Design Blue Lake, 668-4323, More ➤

children’s wedding fashions

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“Hey Mom, look at that dress on page 34!” Are you planning your wedding with friends & family out of town? No problem. Tell them to go to and click on “Special Publications.” This magazine is now available year-round online in a dramatic page-turning format for your convenience. Or call 707-442-1400 for more information.

owns & GAccessories Alirose Boutique Eureka, 445-2727 Amerind Bay Clothing Company Eureka, 442-3042 Angelica bridal Atelier Arcata, 834-1296, bohemian mermaid 633-8431, Fire Arts Center Arcata, 826-1445, Flower Girl Fairy wings by Shoshanna 616-6876, Lentz Department Store Ferndale, 786-4644

668 8th St.

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A & Cleaners



March yourself on over to our website for listing updates and links to our advertisers.


Committed to fulfilling every bride and groom’s dreams Celebrating 50 years in Humboldt County! The newest and best in men’s formal wear. The largest in-store selection and professional tailoring. Perfect bridal party color match with our extensive collection of vests and ties. Men’s suits from from Larr Brio and Caravelli starting at just $179.90! Call today for package pricing and special in-store deals!

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Arcata Tuxedo Arcata, 826-2645, Dezern’s cleaners Eureka, 441-9553 Eureka Fabrics Eureka, 442-2646, (888) 469-6799, Lori Alto’s Alterations Humboldt, 822-8367 Marina Duncan Blue Lake, 668-5005 Oxana Designs Arcata, 616-5255 Silver Threads Sewing & Alterations Eureka, 442-0273 Tailor Maid Eureka, 845-4439, The Sewing Room, Ixchel Carr 633-5089, 498-1034,

ormal F Wear Alirose Boutique Eureka, 445-2727 Amerind Bay Clothing Company Eureka, 442-3042 Arcata Tuxedo Arcata, 826-2645, bohemian mermaid 633-8431, Carl Johnson Co. Eureka, 443-4851, Promises Bridal & Formal Wear Eureka, 443-0814, Tailor Maid Eureka, 845-4439, The Complete Look Salon & Bridal & Boutique McKinleyville, 839-6250,

The Vintage Bride Trinidad, Tuxedo Den Eureka, 442-5915, Weddings By Design Blue Lake, 668-4323,

S&alons Spas Allure Day Spa & Hair Design Fortuna, 725-0900, Aloha Skin Care Boutique Arcata, 616-1119 Angela’s Beauty Boutique 268-0750, B & B, The color Salon Eureka, 444-2777 Beau-Monde Barber & Beauty Arcata, 822-6511 Beauty Connection Eureka, 443-2752 Beauty Stop Eureka, 442-4591, Berolina Hair Design Eureka, 443-8816 Blondies Arcata, 822-1076 Bloom Salon Arcata, 825-8987, Bonsai Arcata, 832-2866, Chumayo Spa Blue Lake, 668-0101, Cindy’s Styling Center Fortuna, 725-5820 City Barber Shop Eureka, 445-2340, Cutting Edge Arcata, 826-9034 Elke’s Total Image Eureka, 442-2017 continued on page 18 ➤

Why not? Details like shoes often go unseen by guests, so why shouldn’tJulythey 2010 be special to you? eureKa and BaYside, ca



1.peep-toe aNiMal priNt stilettos. ‘Nuff said. 2.purple puMps Might surprise 3.BeJeWeled aNd eMBroidered red aNd turQuoise shoes Burst With persoNality. Why not be comfortable? 4.grooMs CaN looK fly aNd still Be CoMfortaBle. 5.eMBellished high-tops are Just the thiNg for the Bride looKiNg for flair aNd CoMfort. Why not be traditional with a twist? 6.strappy iVory saNdals piCtured With the Couple’s riNgs. 7.Nude Colored With rhiNestoNe-eNCrusted stiletto heels, piCtured With the Bride’s garter. 8.rhiNestoNe-CoVered platforMs; sparKle With Why not be

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eVery step. photos 1, 2 By Chris tuite. photo 3 By lyNN JoNes. photos 4, 8 By huMBoldt photography. photos 5, 6 By arCata photo studio. photo 7 By Carrie Mayfield.







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spas & salons continued from pg. 16

Eureka Spa and Hair Salon Eureka, 445-2992, Evolve eco salon Garberville, 923-1989, Fabulous Salon McKinleyville, 839-8399, Family Nails Eureka, 268-0638 Glow Clinical Skin care & Body Boutique Eureka, 476-8141, Hair Unlimited Arcata, 822-326242-0571 Healthsport Eureka (two locations), McKinleyville, Arcata, Fortuna, Henna Body Adornment By Ildiko Trinidad, 845-8210, Humboldt Mobile Massage 832-2929, Imagine Eureka, 445-1998,

Jade Dragon Medical Spa Arcata, 822-4300, Juniper Eureka, 445-5878, Kalos Salon & Gallery Arcata, 822-7756, Kristine, Make Up Artist & Hairstylist 768-3677 Lia’s Skin Care renewal Arcata, 822-6640 Like Nobody Else Ferndale, 786-9030 Linden and Company Salon & Spa Linden Tyler Glavich 441-9428, Loving Hands, Institute of Healing Arts Fortuna, 725-9627, N Style Eureka, 444-2934 North Bay Salon Arcata, 826-7990, Orange Cup Coral Salon & Spa 499-2638,

Redwood Aesthetic Medicine 442-2088 2451 Buhne St. Eureka

Botox Juvederm filler Photofacial Thermage Fractional Resurfacing Laser Hair Removal Microdermabrasion Chemical Peels Facials Gift Certificates Available

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Panache Arcata, 825-7729, Parker’s Beauty Bar McKinleyville, 840-9976, Platinum Studio Eureka, 476-8100, Polished Nails Arcata, 822-1399, Redwood aesthetic medicine Eureka, 442-2088, Ric’s Hair Color Salon Arcata, 822-BEST (2378), Rocky’s Barber Shop Eureka, 443-5557 Sacred Bodies Pilates& Dance, Susie Kidd Eureka, 268-0437, Sanford’s Eureka, 444-0968

Scandals Salon Eureka, 442-7700 Shear Image Fortuna, 726-9000 Studio 3 Hair Salon Arcata, 826-2643 Soul to Soul Spa Arcata, 822-7685, Taoreiki Holistic Services On-Site Massage 825-8554, Tangles Fortuna, 725-6341 The Complete Look Salon, Bridal & Boutique McKinleyville, 839-6250, The Spa At Personal Choice Eureka, 445-2041, Trinidad Massage & Day Spa Trinidad, 677-9225,

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W Twelve to nine months before ● Propose ● Announce engagement ● Determine the type of wedding you want, setting, size and degree of formality. ● Select a date and time. Consider time of day, as this affects formality and catering choices. Select a location for the ceremony, taking into ● consideration season and weather. ● Book a reception site. ● Consider having a web page. ● Determine who will officiate the ceremony. ● Set an initial budget and decide who is contributing. ● Decide how expenses will be shared.

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● Shop together for rings. Appraise and insure the engagement ring. ● Determine guest list size. ● Select and book a caterer, photographer, videographer and/or wedding planner. ● Determine wedding attendants. ● Choose your colors; they will affect your flowers, invitations, attire, linens and cake. ● Choose your bridal gown and headpiece. ● Select and book entertainment for reception as well as music for ceremony.

NINE to SIX months before ● Announce your engagement in the newspaper. ● Send out “Save the Date” cards. ● Choose dresses and accessories for bridesmaids and flower girls. Start compiling names and addresses of guests. ● Begin your bridal registry. ● ● Maintain records of all gifts received and send thank-you notes immediately for shower gifts. Wedding gift thank-you notes should not be mailed until after the wedding. ● Select florist. ● Begin shopping for men’s attire. For out-oftown groomsmen note that their local formal wear shops will often take measurements as a courtesy.

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SIX to FOUR months before ● Select and order invitations. ● Plan honeymoon. ● Help mothers select and coordinate their dresses. Ensure that all bridal attire has been ordered. ● ● Begin shopping for trousseau. ● Check requirements for blood test and marriage license. ● Discuss where you will live after the wedding. ● Experiment with hair styles and makeup. ● Select baker and order wedding cake.

FOUR to TWO months before ● Arrange transportation, limousines, horse and carriage, vans, etc. ● Choose and reserve men’s wedding attire. ● Start addressing invitations and announcements. Invitations should be mailed six weeks prior to the ceremony. ● Design a map to direct guests to the ceremony and reception site for an insertion with the invitations. Arrange accommodations for out-of-town ● attendants and guests.

ONE month before ● Get blood test and marriage license. ● Have your final dress fitting. ● Have formal bridal portrait done. ● Have final fitting for wedding attendants. ● Select gifts for wedding participants. ● Purchase gift for fiancé(e). ● Have attendants’ parties. ● Finalize rehearsal dinner details. ● Decide menu for reception. ● Purchase a going away outfit.

photo courtesy of chris tuite photography

TWO weeks before ● Arrange to have names changed on driver’s license, social security card, etc. ● Finish addressing announcements to be mailed the day of your wedding. ● Contact guests who have not responded. ● Pick up rings and confirm that they fit. ● Meet with your photographer and decide on special photos you want taken. ● Meet with videographer and decide on special events or people your want videotaped. ● Meet with entertainer and determine music to be played during special events (i.e., garter/ bouquet toss, cutting of cake, first dance, parents’ dance, etc.) ● Continue writing thank-you notes

on the DAY ● Remain calm and relaxed. ● Eat well. ● Don’t forget the rings and marriage license. ● Start dressing 1 1/2 hours before the ceremony.

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● If pictures are taken prior to the ceremony, the entire wedding party needs to be dressed and ready 2 hours before the ceremony. ● Mail wedding announcements and thank-you notes. ● Have music start 30 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony. Have ushers seat guests upon arrival. ● Have groom’s parents seated 5 minutes prior to ● the start of the ceremony. ● Have bride’s mother seated immediately before processional. l

● Plan and collect information packets with maps and brochures for outof-town guests. ● Confirm all details with your hired professionals. ● Confirm ceremony details with your officiant. ● Arrange rehearsal details. ● Plan rehearsal dinner. ● Purchase accessories such as ring pillow, toasting goblets, guest registry. ● Plan attendants’ parties. ● Make appointment with your hairdresser. ● Schedule final fitting. ● Schedule attendants’ final fitting. ● Finalize honeymoon plans. ● Have physical exam.

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Above and right Stephanie Cochrane and Forrest McKay were married June 25, 2011 at Arrington Apples in eureka. the Flowers were arranged by Country Living Florist. photo courtesy of JJT photography

Abernathy’s Eureka, 444-0221 bella’s blossom 498-1717, Blüme Eureka, 834-1494, Country Living Florist Arcata, 822-8967, Eureka Florist Eureka, 443-4811, Flora Organica DesignS Arcata, 826-0603, Flowers Etc. Arcata, 822-5562, Fortuna Florist Fortuna, 725-1133 Garcia’s Florist Fortuna, 725-6792

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photo courtesy of JJT photography

continued from page 19

Heuer’s Florist Eureka, 443-3034 Jasmijn Kozlowski Designs Humboldt, 498-1717, McKinleyville Ace Home and Garden Centers McKinleyville, 839-1587 North Coast Grower’s Association Farmers’ Markets Arcata, Eureka, 441-9999,

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dreams come true decorating Arcata, 498-6669, ceilings, tents, backdrops McKinleyville Ace Home & Garden Center McKinleyville, 839-1587, Michaels Crafts Eureka, 444-2383, Northcoast Audio Eureka, 444-8700,, projectors and sound systems Orchids For The People McKinleyville, 840-0223, Party Place Eureka, 443-0833, Photo Booth by Muir Eureka, 502-2468,

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Tue.-Fri. 6-6, Sat. 6-5  Fax 441-9188 above For her July wedding to Jason McAvene, Sara Wagner assembled and painted signs herself With supplies from a local hardware store. The couple was married at a private residence in McKinleyville overlooking Clam Beach. photo courtesy of Chris tuite photography. left cupcakes from Mity Nice Bakery, fruit tarts from Hurricane Kate’s and creme brûlée from Go-Go Bistro adorn the dessert table at Leah LapOtre and Matthew Oates’ wedding. the couple, from Portland, OR., were married July 16, 2011, at a residence in Greenwood Heights. photo courtesy of JJT photography.

The Sound Pedaler Arcata, 826-0454, 498-8638, sound equipment universal balance productions McKinleyville, 840-9874, sound and DJ equipment Willow Weaver Arbors, Vines, Bamboo & Floral Arcata, 444-9304,


baked in humboldt Fernbridge, 725-3701 boujie baking co. Arcata, 840-4748, Brio Breadworks & Café Arcata, 822-5922, 822-0791, Calla Lily Cakes 601-6905, Catering by Aimee Trinidad, 677-3224, 599-8760 Cherry Blossom Pastry Shop Eureka, 443-0576

Mity Nice Bakery Eureka, 444-2999 Molly’s Mom Bakes Humboldt, 764-3174, North Coast Bakery Arcata, 826-2706, Ramone’s Bakery & Cafe Eureka 442-1336, 445-2923, 476-0401, Arcata 826-1088, McKinleyville 839-3383, Ray’s Food Place Arcata 822-0188, Eureka 442-9261, Fortuna 725-3835, McKinleyville 839-4413, Garberville 923-2279, Willow Creek (530) 629-2457, Stephanie Baldwin Fortuna, 725-9742 Teri’s Custom Catering & Cakes Eureka, 444-8791, Vellutini Baking Co. Eureka, 442-1522 Verbena Catering Arcata, 822-7260, continued on pg. 30 ➤

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Flowers and fruit (CloCKWise FroM top leFt)

For eriC & MoNiQue hale’s WeddiNg, the CaKe Was Made iN-house at arriNgtoN apples aNd topped With Fresh roses. photo by Carrie MayField. Fresh aNd FrostiNg FloWers MaKe a beautiFul pair. photo by saCred iMages . april aNd ZebulaN Married at esCott FarMs, JuNe 11, 2011 aNd Chose Fresh berries For a tasty CaKe topper. photo by b. KiNg photography.

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Monograms (above, leFt to right)

MoNograM aNd Fresh FloWers oN sMooth butterCreaM. photo by Carrie MayField. MoNograM aNd peaCoCK Feathers oN debossed FoNdaNt. photo by Carrie MayField. JaNNa lyoN aNd doNNie Walsh Celebrated their WeddiNg at sCotia iNN iN JuNe 2011. the CaKe Was Made by laurie redNer, aNd the FloWers oN the CaKe Were FroM CouNtry liviNg Florist iN arCata. photo by huMboldt photography.

Personalized figurines (CloCKWise FroM top leFt)

laureN MorgaN-outhisaCK aNd JeFF MoKer Were Married at bar 717 raNCh iN hayForK. both JeFF aNd laureN WorK studyiNg birds. the CaKe toppers Were Made by Karly alvareZ. photo by paul sWeNsoN photography.

the bride ordered the CaKe topper FroM ebay aNd CustoMiZed it With haNdMade boWs aNd braided ribboN. she also paiNted the FiguriNes aNd added the CoWboy hat to CoordiNate With the CouNtry theMe. daKota boNhaM aNd aaroN loWe Were Married July 23, 2011 at aldergrove gardeNs. the CaKe Was Made by CorriNa ColliNs oF vellutiNi baKery.



their e Was N t iN

photo by Chris tuite photography.

the hiKer Couple CaKe topper Was ordered FroM peaK62.CoM. aNNa thaler aNd Will peterseN Were Married iN the MeadoW behiNd the beNboW iNN oN July 24, 2011. photo by eva yorK photography.

MorgaN aNd adaM hoWatt’s sept. 3 WeddiNg at MiraNda gardeNs resort Featured a CaKe Made by the grooM’s sister, Who used to oWN a CaNdy store iN FortuNa. photo by iMagiNatioN studios.

Birds and nests (leFt, top to bottoM)

doves iN their oWN little Nest top a CaKe that’s as Cute as a buttoN. Made by staCey ChatField oF verbeNa CaKes For the WeddiNg oF aMber hiber aNd raNdy shell oN JuNe 25, 2011 at st. berNard’s ChurCh. photo by Chris tuite photography.

the harris-MeNdes WeddiNg at MiraNda gardeNs resort oN septeMber 17, 2011. loCal booKseller aNd Nite pies oWNer MoNiKa ZerZaN desigNed the WeddiNg CaKe iNCorporatiNg suCCuleNt plaNt deCoratioNs. aNd the oWls — the bride’s Favorite aNiMal — Were disCovered by her Mother at a sMall saN diego shop. photo by arCata photo studio.


(above, leFt to right)

eriN FerNaNdeZ aNd Nate MCKeever Were Married at FieldbrooK WiNery, July 17, 2011. sarah hart oF Calla lily CaKes, Created their orgaNiC CaKe With layers oF leMoN/raspberry aNd ChoColate/ChoColate gaNaChe. the top is adorNed With White ChoColate seashells. photo by saCred iMages. White ChoColate shells aNd raW sugar saNd CoMpleMeNt the beaCh theMe. eriN daMM aNd shaWN gallagher Married iN the duNes at ClaM beaCh oN aug. 13, 2011. the CaKes Were Made by the bride’s sister, Natasha rooNey, a pastry CheF at laMb’s MarKets iN portlaNd, or. photo by paul sWeNsoN photography.

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She Thinks in Flowers By Josephine Johnson


aye Zierer thinks in flowers. and it’s no wonder. she grew up on her parents’ dows prairie flower farm, Flora organica, where as a child she experimented with bouquets, wreaths and floral centerpieces. “i was always playing, making something with flowers, finding ways to use textures and living color,” Zierer recalls. she continued playing, refining her designs and cultivating a flair for the unique. her diligence and constant experimentation is paying off — Zierer is now a standout among the North Coast’s floral designers garnering a reputation for her innovative use of unusual elements in her arrangements. tucked in among the expected dahlia, zinnia, freesia and sunflower, you might find apples, pears, a kumquat, succulents and the occasional hot pepper — all hand-tied with satin ribbon and accented with bejeweled pushpins. Zierer began Flora

organica designs in 2004 and has steadily built her business. locally, she does floral arrangements for Café Brio in arcata and for birthday, anniversary and Christmas parties. though she loves nearly all opportunities to create with flowers, weddings are her favorite. Working with brides-to-be in crafting dramatic, custom-color floral expressions for that big day is what Faye Zierer does best. Zierer begins each wedding by figuring out the flower budget. For a typical wedding — which includes bride and bridesmaid bouquets, groom and groomsmen boutonnieres, table centerpieces, altar and processional flowers — her designs range from $1,800 and $2,500. she’s worked on a few weddings with smaller budgets, though, and designed some that topped $8,000. once she has a budget, Zierer then customizes the flowers to a couple’s needs and style. “sometimes a bride will know exactly what she wants, and i work from her color scheme, brides-

ABOVE AND RIGHT strikiNg Colors aNd eXperiMeNtal eleMeNts are hallMarks oF Faye Zierer’s style . aBove photo By Muir adaMs photography right photo Courtesy oF Flora orgaNiCa

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Faye Zierer at Work photo Courtesy oF Flora orgaNiCa

Brett Shuler

maid dresses, and other images,” says Zierer. Other times the bride or couple may not have a clue about colors or types of flowers, and Zierer then consults with them to personalize the design in a way that best expresses their tastes. Last year when a couple from Sonoma got married in Humboldt, they sought out Zierer. “He was a chef,” she recalls, “and I customized the bride’s bouquet with culinary elements.” Among white roses and fern fronds, Zierer included ornamental kale, rosemary, sage, strawberry and chive flowers. A teal satin ribbon with faux jewel pushpins tastefully tied a sonoma chef’s bride’s bouquet featured culinary the stems together. elements: kale, rosemary, sage, strawberry and chive Zierer gets many of her flowflowers harmonize with roses and ferns. ers in Humboldt straight from photo COURTESY OF FLORA ORGANICA her parents’ place — sunflowers, dahlias, succulents, zinnias, chocolate cosmos, sweet peas, lavender, marigolds, organic flowers. If that’s the case and a bride snapdragons are all summertime bloomers at wants a certain kind of rose, orchid, olive Flora Organica. As people become more and branch, gardenia or other flower not grown more interested in eco-friendly weddings, locally, Zierer can get it. She also sources from having flowers sourced locally is a big plus. Last growers in central and southern California and summer Zierer designed for a couple who were gets all of her orchids and tropical greenery married in Westhaven, and it was important to from one family farm in Hawaii. Since they only them that their flowers be local — all of the bloom late spring, “about the only thing I can’t flowers came from her parents’ farm, and some do is get peonies in February,” Zierer said with of the bouquets she even hand-tied with New a laugh. Zealand flax growing in her front yard. Zierer has recently started doing dried flowBut some brides have a specific vision that er bouquets, which she now ships all over the may not focus entirely on Humboldt local world. You can find some of those designs at www.fayemarie.etsy. com. To see more of her wedding florals, go to www. floraorganicadesigns. com. Faye Zierer can be reached directly at fayezierer@gmail. com. l

coordinated couture and Boutonniere. photo by MUIR ADAMS

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Arrington Apples caterers serve up salmon and tri-tip during the Nuth-Kajtaniak wedding on July 9, 2011. many guests had traveled from Norway for the nuptials. photo courtesy of arcata photo studios

continued from pg. 25

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Catering 2 Moms Party Planning Eureka, 502-5000, www.2momspartiesandweddings. com 3 Foods Café Arcata, 822-WISH (9474), www.cafeattheendoftheuniverse. com Abruzzi Arcata, 826-2377, Alex Begovic, Chef/Caterer Eureka, 616-5548, Alma’s Mexican Food Arcata, 822-1200 Arcata TheatrE Lounge Arcata, 822-1220, Arrington Apples Eureka, 443-0210 A Taste Of Class Eureka, 496-6133 Avalon Eureka, 445-0500, Banana Hut Eureka, 444-3447 Baywood Golf & Country Club Arcata, 822-3686, Bear River Casino Loleta, 733-9644, Benbow Inn Garberville, 923-2124, Blackberry Bramble BBQ Blue Lake, 668-1616, Bless My Soul Catering Eureka, 443-1090, 445-8502,

Blue Lake Casino’s Sapphire Palace Blue Lake, 668-9770 x2731, Brett Shuler Fine Catering Arcata, 822-4221, Carmela’s Mexican Restaurant Arcata, 822-5200 McKinleyville, 839-2435 Cassaro’s Catering Arcata, 822-8009, Catering By Aimee Trinidad, 599-8760, 677-3224 CC Market & Deli Rio Dell, 764-2941 Cher-Ae Heights Casino Trinidad, 599-0101, Classic Catering McKinleyville, 839-1730,, Comfort Of Home Catering Arcata, 496-6720, Cove Restaurant Shelter Cove, 986-1197 Cutten Walnut Inn Eureka, 445-9217, Deb’s Grapevine Bistro Fortuna, 726-7779 Dorris & Daughter Catering Co. Fortuna, 764-5338, 267-5097 Emerald catering company 834-1933, Eureka Natural Foods Eureka, 442-6325,

folie douce Arcata, 822-1042, Fork in the Road Catering Eureka, 445-9588, Fourth Street Market Arcata, 822-1127 Hotel Carter Eureka, 444-8062, Jambalaya Arcata, 822-4766, J catering 498-5209, Kyoto Japanese Restaurant Eureka, 443-7777 La Chaparita Eureka, 445-3818 Libation Arcata, 825-7596, Mazzotti’s Catering Eureka, 445-1987, Michelle Miller Fine Catering Ferndale, 205-7239 Moonlight Catering Fortuna, 725-3254, Moonstone Grill Beach House Arcata, 677-1616, Ms. M’s Catering McKinleyville, 845-3225, Murphy’s Market Deli Sunny Brae, 7665 Glendale, 822-2271 Cutten, 443-7388 Trinidad, 677-3643 Westwood 822-0411,

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Obento Sushi Eureka, 268-1298 Pachanga Mexicana Eureka, 442-2587 Ramone’s Bakery & Cafe Eureka 442-1336, 445-2923, 476-0401 Arcata 826-1088 McKinleyville 839-3383 Ray’s Food Place Arcata, 822-0188 Eureka, 442-9261 Fortuna, 725-3835 McKinleyville, 839-4413 Garberville, 923-2279 Willow Creek (530) 629-2457 Red Lion Hotel Eureka, 445-0844, Rita’s Café & Taqueria Eureka, 476-8565, 443-5458 Arcata, 825-8827 Riverbend Cellars Myers Flat, 943-9907,

Roy’s Club Eureka, 442-4574 S&S Events Eureka, 834-6460, Savory Thyme Eureka, 444-2266 Six Rivers Brewery McKinleyville, 839-7580, Smokin’ Moses Trinidad, 943-9943, Spoon’s at the Co-Op Arcata, 822-5947 Eureka, 443-6027 Teri’s Custom Catering & Cakes Eureka, 444-8791, Tomo Arcata, 822-1414 uniquely yours Catering by elizabeth Humboldt, 834-2732, Verbena Catering Arcata, 822-7260, wildberries wild platter cafe Arcata, 822-5211


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photo courtesy of arcata photo studios

ineries & W Breweries 2 Doors down Eureka, 268-8989 Briceland Vineyards Redway, 923-2429 Cabot Vineyards Orleans, (530) 469-3397, California Custom Cellars Arcata, 822-2882, Coates Vineyards Orleans, (530) 627-3369, CURTIS AND DAVID WINERY Arcata, (707) 822-5633, Dogwood Estate Winery Salyer, (530) 629-2191 Eel River Brewing Co. Fortuna, 725-2739,

Elk Prairie Vineyard Myers Flat, (707) 943-3498, www. Fieldbrook Winery Fieldbrook, (707) 839-4140, Frog Alley Cellars Ferndale, (707) 786-4353 LEVENPENCE Cellars Carlotta, (707) 768-2090 Libation Arcata, (707) 825-7596, Lluvia Winery McKinleyville, (707) 840-0705


Lost Coast Brewery and Café Eureka, 445-4480, Lost Coast Vineyards Petrolia, (707) 629-3671 Mad River Brewing Co. Blue Lake, 668-5680, Moonstone Crossing Winery Trinidad, (707) 677-3832, Myrtlewood liquors and John’s Cigars Eureka, (707) 444-8869 More ➤

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Old Growth Cellars Eureka, (707) 444-2333, OlivEIra Winery Arcata, (707) 822-3023, Persimmons Garden Gallery and Wine Tasting, Redway, (707) 923-2748, Redwood Curtain Brewery Arcata, 826-RCBC (7222), Restaurant 301/Carter house Eureka, (707) 444-8062, Riverbend Cellars Myers Flat, (707) 943-9907, Robert Goodman Wine Arcata, (707) 826-9463,

Dustin Creager and Keri Larson sneak away for some private time at Fieldbrook Winery. Dustin and Keri met while attending Humboldt STate University. The pair was married on July 12, 2011. photo courtesy of arcata photo studios

Rocky’s Ridge Vineyard Blue Lake, (707) 601-0899 Rosina Vineyard Redcrest, (707) 722-4331 Sentinel Winery Willow Creek, (530) 629-2338 Six Rivers Brewery McKinleyville, 839-7580, the wine spot Eureka, (707) 497-6236 Trinity Valley Vineyards Arcata, (707) 822-7094 Violet Green Winery Bayside, (707) 445-8679, Whitethorn Winery Whitethorn, (707) 986-1658 Winnett Vineyards Willow Creek, (530) 629-3478 continued on pg. 36 ➤


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ou picked the date, lined up the venue, maybe even a caterer. Time to think about music. Hiring your favorite band is one option, if they’re available and you can afford it. Or you could go the wedding DJ route. What should you look for and what should you expect? One thing you have to realize is that, in most cases, you’re not simply hiring someone to set up a sound system and play music for dancing — you are also hiring the emcee for your wedding. And in most cases, unless you are working with a wedding planner, the DJ will likely become the default onsite coordinator for your reception, responsible for directing guests what to do when and generally keeping things flowing smoothly. This is a key hire. Beyond finding someone to play music you like and get people dancing, you want professionalism and experience. DJ Mario Aguero of Live Sound Co. definitely has experience – he’s been DJing at weddings since 1977. In the busy season he’ll do a wedding almost every weekend, sometime two or three. He says, first and foremost, his role is to “provide whatever the customer wants, whatever style they want,” not just in music but in presentation, be it casual or formal. He sees his gift — and his art — as being able to read a crowd and sense what will get them moving. He says, “My biggest reward is seeing the people dance. I want to take it to a point where people take their walls down so they forget about life and just enjoy the moment.” Pete Myer fell into the biz about 20 years ago through his radio DJ gig for KFMI where he was getting calls asking about wedding DJs. He figured it would be easy, “Play some Motown, makes some announcements …” but soon realized there was a lot more to it. “You run the show a lot of the time. You guide things like when the toast will happen, tell people when the food is ready, when it’s time to cut the cake,” and that all important first dance. He offers song suggestions on his website and sends out a questionnaire asking

about music “for the special moments.” Once things get going, he says, “I play a wide variety of music from the classics to the new stuff. You have to pick and choose what will work with the crowd. It can get tricky, particularly for a young couple who want a certain kind of music that may not work for the parents and the older people there.” Myers feels that he’s found his weekend niche as a wedding DJ, concluding, “It’s wonderful to see the love that goes around — it’s a special thing.” For Ben Herman, aka “DJ MuziqLement” of Accurate Productions Inc., weddings are one component of a business based on “professionalism and reliability.” Herman started DJing in 2004 while still a student at McKinleyville High. He has since assembled a crew of 10 DJs who supply music for nightclubs, special events and, of course, plenty of weddings. From the start he took his cues from corporate leaders like Ray Kroc of McDonald’s. “Everywhere there’s an Accurate DJ, they’ll be dressed the same, working DJ Mario Aguero of Live Sound Co. has been DJ-ing with the same quality equipment,” he at weddings since 1977. Photo by Eyelight Photography explains. “We have a uniform dress code: black suits with a white pressed shirt Chris Grossman, aka Itchie Fingaz. Both DJs and a blue tie. A lot of the wedding planners prefer Serato turntable systems, digital “record have told us we’re the sharpest dressed DJs in players” that allows DJ to mix MP3s as if they Humboldt.” were records and avoid hauling around crates Using the Accurate Productions website a of vinyl. prospective bride and groom can choose from Itchie admits that the emcee duties are not an extensive music database and plan their his favorite part of wedding work. “I usually own playlist. What works best? “Classic rock try not to get on the mic too much; I just play and disco are favorites because the younger music,” he says. “That’s my focus, mixing the generation is familiar with them as well as the music and getting people dancing. older folks,” says Herman. “I love playing weddings,” he adds. “You Got a favorite club DJ? Pretty much every have family, friends, people of all ages, all one you’ll hear in a local bar is also available for happy together, and I get to play all kinds of weddings and it’s easy to see them in action music, all genres mixed together. It’s just a ahead of time. If you’re looking for reggae great party.” you may want Dan “Dub Cowboy” Giannotta, Of course that’s just a sample of what’s one of two DJs chosen by Journal readers last available locally. Make some calls — and year as “Best Club DJ” in Humboldt. (Giannotta choose wisely. DJ Mario put it succinctly: “Not also spins Top 40 and hip hop as Mixmaster all DJs are the same. You have to find the one Krushington.) He shared the “Best” title with who meets your needs.” l North Coast Journal • Wedding & party Guide 2012


the tom toohey trio. Photo by muir adams photography.

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Music & Entertainment Absynth Quintet 476-8173,, jazzy, gypsy acoustic swing-funk with a twist Angel Fargas 442-9213,, guitar; Latin, flamenco and classical Austin Alley and the Rustlers 223-2825, rock, country and blues Back in the Daze 443-0310,, classic rock, oldies, dance Bayou Swamis 845-4307, marla_joy@suddenlink. net, Cajun/Zydeco dance music Bayside Brass quintet 443-2626,, classical, pop, jazz

Bear Winkel 443-8810, classical, jazz, classics, piano & bass duo Belly Dancing by Shoshanna and redwood raks dance studio 616-6876, blue angels burlesque blushing barefoot burlesque dance troupe 223-2902 bon swing Humboldt, 502-1503, authentic gypsy swing of DJango Reinhardt Bossa Nova Baby 499-1878,, Bossa Nova jazz/originals

Ceremonial Trumpet 722-1955, www.ceremonial., baroque and romantic music for weddings Ceremony Sound 677-0200,, professional sound services Chubritza 822-8045,, East European and folk dance clean living 443-5836, bluegrass Compost Mountain Boys 839-3779, 599-5456,, bluegrass Country Pretenders 822-8354,, old time country dance with debbie 464-3638,

Darius Brotman 826-1496,, pianist, jazz solo or combo Dave Wilson 407-0444, 599-2521,, classical guitar and jazz trio Delta Nationals 834-5938,, classic American dance music, swing, rock ‘n’ roll, soul, country dixie ketayne and the cosmic union 496-9671,, pop, classical, klezmer Dogbone 442-1419, feral jazz, rock Dr. Squid world headquarters 444-2220,, oldies, rock, disco, dance music Duncan Burgess AND AMANDA GRAY 825-7376,, guitar and vocals duo, jazz standards, rock and swing Fabulous Bluejayz 499-0568,, guitar, bass and vocal duo w/blues harp, blues, jazz, standards and originals Falling Rocks 768-3336,, vintage country, swing and blues Full moon fever Arcata, 497-4362, Tom Petty tribute

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Celebrating the wedding of Erin Fernandez and Nate McKeever, July 17, 2011 at the Fieldbrook Winery. Students of Erin’s Trillium Dance Studios coordinated a flash mob to Michael Franti’s “Say Hey.” Photo courtesy of sacred images photography

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Parsnips Humboldt, 443-4424,, European bistro music Ponche! 923-3449,, AfroCuban salsa Roadmasters Eureka, 442-1954, www. roadtrix entertainment 832-7419, old rock, country, blues, original Roddy Ross 839-1854, solo violin or bagpipe Ruben Diaz 826-7403, jazz, blues, Latin solo or combo, cfm?id=998 samba da alegra 499-1591, samba_da_alegria@ sambamore 499-1591, humdrumdance@yahoo. com, drums


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Magnolia 441-1458, 822-6169,, all styles Marla Joy & Mike Conboy 845-4307,, jazz flute/guitar duo Matthew Cook 826-2919,, pianist, all styles Meadowood String Quartet 442-0689, classical music for all occasions Mr. Lunch 822-8810,, hand-made jazz Nice ‘N’ Easy 443-8810, easy listening dance music, traditional swing NightHawk Eureka, 943-1913, www., rock/dance northcoast brass ensemble 822-7917, 822-3610,, brass quintet: traditonal, classical, jazz

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George Mooney 223-0681, solo acoustic guitar, violin, jazz, classical and traditional genevieve trimarco 616-0444, solo violinist,, classical, pop, variety Good Company 443-6889,, Irish, Scottic, folk, classical Horn Band 822-3128,, swing style, old jazz big band, perfect for dancing Issa Stemler 840-9514,, piano, organ, accordion janky mallets samba, drums Jenifer Breeze Band, gospel, soul, acoustic rock Jill Petricca 445-2613,, solo or assorted group combinations of classical and jazz Jimi Jeff & the Gypsy Band 496-6049,, old school funk, soul, Hendrix, Prince, blues, R&R John Ludington AND Andrea Zvaleko Arcata, 601-9034, folk/pop Judy Phillips, Harpist 845-6110,, easy listening and celtic

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The Nucleus Arcata, 497-4362, funk rock jam band The Sidekicks 443-6108, 442-0074, folk/blues, harmonic ballads Too Funny Rainbow Creations 496-8537,, children’s face painting & activities Tribal Fire Fusion 498-0421,, firedancing and bellydancing Trombones @ 4 443-2626,, classical, pop, jazz/swing va va voom burlesque vixens vintage jazz 447-8701, webpage/index.cfm?ID=8449 Vintage Soul 441-8701,, rock, funky Motown and soul Violin & Piano for all Occasions 725-9375 , completely portable Wally Cooper 822-4716,, jazz pianist Zumba Dance 845-4307,, Latin dance fitness for everyone zuzu’s petals 826-5438,, piano and bass jazz duo


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DJ Aaron Sanchez plays to the crowd at Rebecca and Tamati Alofaituli’s Wedding at The Strawhouse on july 30, 2011.

samba na chuva 839-3403,, Brazillian Seabury Gould 444-8507,, guitar, flute, vocals, piano Sean’s Shadows Humboldt/Trinity, 825-0937,, shadow puppet theater for children shantaram the magician Arcata, 498-8600 St. John and the Sinners Eureka, 822-5103,, blues/classic rock, Cream and Fleetwood Mac tributes Striped Pig String Band 845-9524,, old time and square dance subito music ensembles 445-2613, Amadeus to Zappa, flute and saxophone duos, trios, etc. Swing set w/ donna landry 443-9056, swing/rhythm & blues Synrgy Arcata, (602) 628-9320,, reggae the 24/7 Jazz Trio 677-9070, The Bucky Walters Arcata, 825-9657, 497-4607, (619) 339-3568, bluegrass, old time, stringband THE Jim Lahman band Eureka/Arcata, 499-9031,, Blues, swing, funk and some classic rock The Living Rooms Humboldt, 826-7711,, acoustic eclectic

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DJ Stir Fry Willie Humboldt, 845-0838, Live Sound Co. Arcata, 444-0131, party time dj & karaoke 832-3167 Power Drive Sound Company Eureka, 442-6650, TJ the DJ Eureka, 498-1738 Universal Balance Productions McKinleyville, 840-9874,


Bruce Paz Video Productions Humboldt/Del Norte, 443-4411, (330) 503-2574, chad johnson videographer 822-0970,,

DK Creative MEDIA Humboldt, 845-5737, Magnetic Video Productions Eureka, 601-4123, mercy me productions Eureka, 845-8701, Pro Shot Video Arcata, 444-0131, Romantic Wedding Videos Barbara A Domanchuk Media, 768-1738, Shenandoah FILM and video Eureka, 445-1221,

Photography Acme Fotos Arcata, 407-7626, Amy Kumler Photography Eureka, 223-1455,

Arcata Photo Studios Arcata, 825-1061, B. King Photography Arcata, 476-0678, Beti Webb Trauth 840-0111, Anna Page Photography 834-4534, Carol Niles Photography Fortuna, 725-7905, Carrie Mayfield 496-5471, Catch-Light Photography/ Elizabeth Mackay Eureka, 444-2601, Chantele Leatherwood photography 629-3400,

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Celebrating 25 years in Humboldt County

Christina Russ Photography Eureka, 443-2095, Chris Tuite Photography Humboldt, 616-5559, Danalynn Photography Arcata, 822-5535, David Forthoffer Photography Eureka, 502-9119, DaWN Photography 633-5349, delightful eye photography Eureka, 407-5883, DK Creative MEDIA Humboldt, 845-5737, Elliot golan photography Humboldt, (818) 571-0540, continued on pg. 44 ➤

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Muir Adams is our signature wedd ing photographer, He is based in Eureka, but also enjoys traveling and creating images for non-profits around the globe,

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WEDDING PHOTOJOURNALISM Carol Niles is our newly added associate photographer, With 12 years experience Carol is passionate about capturing the unique story and style of your wedding day.


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Eva York Photography Arcata, 834-7992, Eyelight Wedding Photography Arcata, 822-8273, Forget Me Not Photo 499-3256, Heartstrings Family Photography 498-4196, 443-7955, Humboldt Divas 443-2095, Humboldt Photo Eureka, 269-7080, Humboldt Photography Eureka, 444-5466, Imagination Studios Fortuna, 725-3478, JJT Photography 362-1737, kristen o’connor photography So. Humboldt, 616-7593, Lost in the Redwoods Eureka, 932-5286, L&M Photography Eureka, 442-6650, Mark Mckenna Photography 616-5189, mercy me productions Eureka, 845-8701,

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Muir Adams Photography Eureka, (707) 502-2468, Paul Swenson Photography Arcata, 822-7684, Photographic Memories, Douglas C. Beck Eureka, 834-4646, Rick Gustafson Fine Art Photography Bayside, 476-8268, Rose Mountain Photography Bayside, 502-4086, Sacred Images Photography Eureka, 601-3451, sarah albin photography 496-3715, Shenandoah FilM and video Eureka, 445-1221, Suit and Ty Photography 497-9719, Swanlund’s Eureka, 442-4522, Tina’s Photography Eureka, 442-0914,

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About Those Memories ... By Terrence McNally


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ew industries trade on client emotions like the wedding industry. It is the most important day of your life, brides are told by industry professionals. Don’t let any detail go without a commitment to perfection. That’s quite a bit of baggage for someone balancing so many considerations — spiraling costs, the expectations of two families merging, as well the knowledge that one’s closest friends are traveling from near and far for your big party. But after all the guests go home and the


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dirty plates packed up, what’s does a couple have left? Those memories. And this is generally where wedding photographers come in with the pitch. You might not recall the nuances of the tapenade crostinis or how hard you labored over the shade of the ties worn by the groomsmen. But you will have those memories captured forever with good photographer. The challenge for most couples is asking the right questions before choosing a wedding photographer. There are guides online and in wedding magazines. However, a lot of the

Photo booths are a popular addition to Parties and wedding receptions. only moments after guests ham it up, Booth operators can supply a souvenir printout. photo courtesy of Muir Adams Photography

advice is distracting and will do little to connect you with your “right” photographer. “Don’t bring the checklist!” said Joni Schrantz, a former Humboldt photographer who now works in Denver. She’s referring to “the list” found in many magazines tabulating day-of, photo-worthy events. While these can be helpful for the bride — kind of cliff notes for the big day’s stages — a pro is already familiar with a wedding’s key events. “Your photographer doesn’t need to be told to shoot you walking down the aisle and the first kiss,” she added. Well, fine. Forget about what you shouldn’t be asking. A professional won’t be offended by any questions you come up with anyway. But here are a few things that brides are not asking photographers — but really should: • How many weddings have you photographed? Seems pretty simple, but it is the easiest way to gauge a photographer’s level of experience. More rodeos, tougher cowboy — at least

photos courtesy of Eva York PHotography

Humboldt’s photographers can help you gather a lifetime of memories, from engagement photos (above right), to wedding portraits (left and right), and family portraits (far right).

one who will be able to wrangle problems when they arise. If your budget doesn’t allow for a more experienced photographer, there’s obviously nothing wrong with that. But it’s good to discuss contingency plans with your newbie shooter. • Do you work with a second photographer? This will necessitate a higher cost, but can certainly be worth it if you don’t to want to miss a thing. • Do you charge tax? Really? What an odd question, but if your photographer is not charging sales tax, it means that he or she is probably skirting state law. That might be fine to you, but it’s also a good indication of a photographer’s level

photo courtesy of Eva York PHotography

of devotion to their career. Someone who hasn’t bothered to file for a federal EIN number is probably not going to be around in a couple years. • Do you carry liability insurance? Many local photographers don’t. Can you imagine your big day being caught up in legal wrangles for months following, or incurring an additional expense of a lawsuit? It’s a rarity, but once in a while someone is injured during photography sessions. Uncle Al takes a tumble during a portrait or a little kid gets tangled in a 1600-watt lighting system. • How do you archive? The immediate answer should be both on site (in the studio) and off. A professional photographer should be in it for the long haul. And they should be prepared well into the future — 10, 20, 30 years — to be able to provide clients backups should prints or files be destroyed.

• Can I see more? Obviously, photographers put their best work out for display. But you’re probably seeing a mere 1 percent of their work. Are they willing and able to show you an entire day’s images? • Do I like you? This is where you can drop the checklist and let your heart guide the way. In the end, Humboldt County offers a number of excellent wedding photographers. They are pros. If a photographer’s credentials are up to snuff and you’re digging their style, ask yourself if this is someone you want to spend lots of time with — because you will. There are the weeks and months before and after the event communicating, maybe even an engagement portrait session. And then, of course, the entire day of the wedding. And if all goes well, you may just build a relationship with a person who ends up photographing maternity portraits, a newborn, family gatherings and high school senior portraits — helping you keep your memories for a lifetime. l

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Erin and Shawn were married in the dunes at Clam Beach on Aug. 13, 2011. Their reception was also held on the beach, with a gourmet hotdog buffet. all dogs were grilled by the groom. photo courtesy of paul swenson photography

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A Better Choice Limousine Eureka, 442-5500 C & C Limousine Hydesville, 768-3120, cae transport Eureka, 445-4907 Cher-Ae Heights Limo Service 677-3611, City Cab Humboldt 442-4551, Humboldt LIMOUSINE LLC Eureka, 444-LIMO (444-5466) Old Town Carriage Company Eureka 608-588-4638, Xtreme Limousine Ferndale, 738-4164,

Gifts & Registry Ace Hensel’s Hardware Arcata, 822-2965 Adventure’s Edge Arcata, 822-4673, Bed, Bath and Beyond Eureka, 441-1114, Blacksmith Shop Ferndale, 786-4216, Bubbles Arcata, 822-3450, Carl Johnson Co. Eureka, 443-4851, Christina anastasia Eureka, 442-1584, EcoThreadsz McKinleyville, 840-0776,, organic/local goods and gifts Ferndale Arts Gallery Ferndale, 786-9634, Fine Art By Lisa Marie Waters Arcata,

Fire Arts Center Arcata, 826-1445,; functional ceramics, sculpture, glass and jewelry Fortuna River Lodge Fortuna, 725-7572, Furniture Design Center Eureka, 442-6300, Garden Gate Arcata, 822-2156 Going Places Eureka, 443-4145, Good Relations Eureka 441-9570, Himalayan Rug Traders Eureka, 268-8268, Home Interiors Blue Lake, 668-5335, Humboldt Divas 443-2095, Kohl’s Eureka, 442-4279, Kokopilau Eureka, 442-5893

Linen Closet Eureka, 268-0900, Living Styles Eureka, 443-3161, Mckinleyville Ace Home & Garden Center McKinleyville, 839-1587, Mirador Glass McKinleyville, 839-0909, Moore’s Sleepworld Arcata, 822-9997 Eureka, 444-BEDS (2337) Natural Selection Arcata, 822-6720 Oak World Discount Furniture Eureka, 444-8081 Ohana Organics 444-2227,; beauty products, gift baskets Pier 1 Imports Eureka, 443-4438, Pierson Building Center Eureka, 441-2700

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Campton House Eureka, 443-1601, Carter House Inns/ and Restaurant Eureka, 444-8062, www. Cornelius Daly Inn Eureka, 445-3638, Eagle House Victorian Inn Eureka, 444-3344,, Eureka Inn Eureka, 877-552-3985, Hotel Ivanhoe Ferndale, 786-9000, inn of the lost coast Shelter Cove, 986-7521, Iris House Eureka, 445-0307, Lost Whale Inn Trinidad, 677-3425, Peaceful View Vacation Rental Ferndale, 786-9890, Quality Inn Arcata Arcata, 822-0409, Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals Trinidad, 834-6555,

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Butterfly Way Fortuna, 725-2424,, live butterfuly release Cypress Grove ultimate goat cheese cake desserts on us Arcata, 822-0160, Diane’s Sweet Heat Habanero Jams McKinleyville, 839-2919, Drakes Glen Creations Arcata, 825-7788,, gourmet chocolates Fabric Temptations Arcata, 822-7782, Fabulous Tip Top Eureka, 443-5696,, Gentleman’s Club Konaloha Coffee Humboldt,, 100% kona coffee McClellan Mountain Spring Water Samoa, 268-0254, Nedra Johnson 269-0413, marriage and family therapist

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Flips For Kids Gymnastic Center Eureka, 445-0450, Fortuna Recreation Department Fortuna, 725-7620 From Mild to Wild Romance Parties 834-3587 Good Relations Eureka, 441-9570, Harbor Lanes Eureka, 443-4533 HennaYat 845-8210, Home Run Batting Cages at Redwood Acres Fairgrounds Eureka, 443-3154 Jump Co. McKinleyville, 496-5562 Jump Start Gymnastics Eureka, 443-1725 Kilby Kountry Pony Parties and Petting Zoo Eureka, 616-6722, Mad Hatter’s Tea Party Eureka, 445-3712, McKinleyville Recreation Department McKinleyville, 839-9003 One Fine Day Hydesville, 834-5877 Origin Design Lab Eureka, 497-6237, Palco Pharmacy Scotia, 764-3591 Parasol Arts Eureka, 268-8888 Pretty Pony Parties McKinleyville, 839-3576 Redwood Mini Golf Rio Dell, 764-2500 Redwood Sewing Center Eureka, 444-9662, Western Acts Show Eureka, 442-0115 The Wine Spot Eureka, 497-6236 Willow Weaver Arbors, Vines, Bamboo & Floral Arcata, 444-9304, l

arcata photo studios

Norman’s Dry Cleaners Arcata, 822-3750; Eureka, 442-2527; Fortuna, 725-9003 Partrick’s Candy Eureka, 442-0382 Partylite Candles AND Accessories Eureka, 834-0757, www.partylite. biz/candlesfunapril Simmons Natural Bodycare 777-1920, www.simmonsnaturals. com, gifts, party favors, special spa treatments Venlo Chocolates Eureka, 445-8015, A O’Kay Juggling Clown Willow Creek, 499-5628, Angelo’s Pizza Parlor Eureka, 444-9644 Arcata Recreation Department Arcata, 822-7091, Babe’s Pizza Eureka, 442-3839 Big Pete’s Pizzeria 441-1151, Blue Lake Recreation Department Blue Lake, 668-5932, Blue Moon Gift Shop Garberville, 923-2632 Bounce-A-Palooza Bayshore Mall, Eureka, 444-8488, Coming Attractions Movie Theatres Cyber City Laser Tag Eureka, 444-0977, Discovery Museum Eureka, 443-9694, E&O Bowl McKinleyville, 825-9160 El Buen Gusto Market Eureka, 445-8031 Fortuna, 725-8880 Eureka Recreation Department Eureka, 441-4241 Far North Climbing Gym Arcata, 826-9558, Face Painting 442-6824,

INDEX of advertisers

Accurate Productions, Inc.................38 Action Rental........................................... 24 Angelica Atelier....................................... 16 Arcata Photo Studios........................... 41 Arcata Tuxedo.......................................... 16 Arrington Apples......................................4 Avalon.........................................................30 Azaela Hall McKinleyville......................7 B. King Photography............................. 45 Bayou Swamis......................................... 36 Bayside Grange..........................................6 Baywood Golf............................................8 Beautiful Day Event Coordination... 11 Benbow Inn.................................................2 Blackberry Bramble...............................30 Blüme.......................................................... 23 Bohemian Mermaid............................... 15 Brett Shuler Fine Catering.................29 Caligreen Weddings..............................10 Carlotta Country Occasions...............7 Carter Cellars........................................... 34 Carter House Inns/Hotel Carter....49 Catch-Light Photography..................40 Cherry Blossom Pastry Shop............ 25 City Barber Shop....................................18 Comfort of Home Catering.............29 The Complete Look.............................. 14 Compost Mountain Boys.................. 36 D. Perkins Events...................................... 11 Dawn Photography............................... 45 DJ DubCowboy....................................... 39 Eagle House.................................................6 Elk Meadow Village Weddings...........6 Elk Prairie Vineyard................................ 34 Emerald Catering Co............................. 31 Eureka Inn.....................................................4 Eureka Theater...........................................7 Eva York Photography.........................44 Eyelight Photography..........................44 Fabulous Salon........................................20 Fern Cottage...............................................7 Fieldbrook Winery................................ 34 Flora Organica Design.......................... 22 Forget Me Not Photo..........................46 Gala Beleza................................................. 11 Garden Gate............................................49 Glow Skin Care........................................ 19 Good Company......................................37 Health Sport............................................20 Holly Yashi................................................. 13 Hum. Photo & Limo............................... 41 Hum. Unitarian Universalist.................8 Imagine/NB Beauty............................... 19

J. Catering..................................................30 L & M Photography.............................. 45 Lentz Department Store..................... 15 Lost Whale Inn...........................................4 Lovenote Nuptials.................................10 The Madaket..............................................8 Mazzotti’s Catering................................ 31 McClellan Mountain Spring Water.48 McKinleyville Ace.................................. 23 Moonlight Catering...............................33 Morris Graves Museum.........................7 Ms. M’s Catering......................................32 Muir Adams Photography...........42-43 Nancy Courtemanch............................10 Norman’s Cleaners................................. 21 North Coast Events...............................10 One Love World Travel......................48 Orchids for the People....................... 23 The Party Place....................................... 24 Passion Flowers....................................... 22 Paul Swenson Photography.............. 45 Perfect Palate...........................................33 Pro Shot Video/Live Sound Co......40 Promises...................................................... 14 Ramone’s Bakery....................................26 Ramone’s Catering.................................33 Ray’s Bakery.............................................. 25 Redwood Aesthetic Medicine .......18 Redwood Curtain Brewing................ 34 Ridgefield Events.................back cover River Lodge.................................................9 River Lodge Bridal Fair.........................49 Romantic Wedding Videos...............40 Rose Mountain Photography...........44 Sacred Images Photography.............40 Samoa Mansion/ Samoa Women’s Club......................9 Savory Thyme Catering.......................32 Scrapper’s Edge......................................... 11 Soul to Soul Spa......................................18 Straw House................................................6 Sunset Restaurant at Cher-Ae Heights Casino.................5 Talisman...................................................... 13 Ten Window Williams.......................... 13 Teri’s Custom Catering & Cakes....... 31 Threadbare Dancewear........................ 15 Tip Top Club............................................50 Trinity River Farm.............................. 6, 22 Tuxedo Den............................................... 16 Vellutini Baking Co................................26 Venlo........................................................... 25 Weddings By Design.............................. 11

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