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On the cover: Port Angeles residents Troy Tisdale and Trish McMahon were married Aug. 11, 2012, at Queen of Angels Catholic Church in Port Angeles. They chose to have photos taken before the ceremony along the Port Angeles waterfront. Photographer Patty Reifenstahl of Sweetest Things Photography captured this photo of the couple embracing with the Conrad Dyar Memorial Fountain in the foreground. They both volunteer with Clallam County Fire District No. 2, where Troy is a lieutenant and Trish is an EMT. For more information on Sweetest Things Photography, visit

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Don’t forget the marriage license Couples planning on getting married in Washington must obtain a marriage license at the county level. There is a three-day waiting period before the wedding can take place, and the license is valid for 60 days. In Clallam County, marriage licenses are available at the County Auditor’s Office, 223 E. Fourth St. in Port Angeles. Both parties must be present and no appointment is necessary. Current picture ID is required. More information can be found online at or by calling 360-417-2220. In Jefferson County, an online application for a marriage license to be filled out by both parties can be found at Navigate to the auditor’s department. While the form can be filled out online, both parties still must visit the office together and provide valid identification to obtain the marriage license. For more information on marriage licensing in Jefferson County, phone 360-385-9115. If one or both parties cannot make it into either the Clallam or Jefferson county offices to complete paperwork, an “Application For Marriage License By Mail” must be completed and signed in front of a notary public.


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Some brides know exactly what they want in their wedding flowers, while others leave the creative process to the expertise of a floral designer. Linda Moffitt, owner of Angel Crest Gardens, has worked with brides on both ends of the spectrum and knows how to create bouquets and other floral displays that fit a bride’s vision while adding a colorful accent to the ceremony and reception. “We can do casual to formal, mixed colors to monochromatic,” she said. She grows many of the flowers she uses in her arrangements on her farm located five miles west of Port Angeles. These are supplemented with flowers she specially orders to create memorable bouquets, boutonnieres and other arrangements. Floral table displays and gazebo and archway flowers also are popular wedding decor. Brides should contact Moffitt well in advance of the wedding to discuss flowers. Angel Crest Gardens is a family-owned and operated business. Moffitt began selling bouquets of dahlias in 1998, and since then the business has grown to also include plants, seed, hanging baskets and a full line of floral services. Angel Crest Gardens is located at 58424 state Highway 112. For more information, contact Moffitt at 360-4578222 or visit

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There were so many last-minute details before Megan Thompson and Scott Schomaker’s wedding that photographer Beth Barrett was glad she was able to steal the couple away for some alone time so they could unwind before the wedding. They were married July 9, 2011, at Olympic Park Institute at Lake Crescent (now NatureBridge Olympic).

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Alle Petty and Steven Potter were married at Queen of Angels Catholic Church in Port Angeles, but they went to a vacant field for some wedding photographs where photographer Beth Barrett captured this relaxed shot of their Aug. 4, 2012, wedding. photo by Noelle Johnson Photography

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by Brenda Hanrahan Finding the perfect wedding dress just became a little easier. Brides can view and try on dozens of dresses from a variety of designers at the Black Diamond Bridal Trunk Show in downtown Port Angeles. The show will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, and Sunday, Feb. 24, at Black Diamond Bridal, 109 E. First St. The show is free and open to the public. “Our shop is filling quickly with all the new arrivals for our bridal trunk show,” said Belva Bodey, owner of Black Diamond Bridal. “We encourage brides to call us early to schedule their appointment to try on gowns during the show.” The bridal shop recently added Pronovia Atelier Diagonal gowns from Barcelona, Spain, to its extensive dress selection. Pronovia gowns are known for their style, grace, elegance and intricate lace designs. “These gowns join others from the nation’s most popular gown companies such as Casablanca, Moonlight and Eden Bridals,” Bodey said. “All four lines are the highest quality at reasonable prices.” In addition to dresses, the trunk show will feature vendors offering services such as photography, wedding cakes, flowers and more. “While the trunk show will allow time for ordering for this summer, early weddings should start shopping as early as possible to meet time frames required by manufactures,” Bodey said. “The gowns this season are fabulous,” she said. “Popular this year is the color pale pink in a soft organza ball gown, or a fit-and-flare gown of lace with a taffeta train.” Ivory remains the most popular dress color, with white a close second for brides with deeper skin tones and tans. Bodey said strapless gowns are the most requested dress whether designed with a sweetheart neckline or a straight-cut bodice. Features include demure straps and cap sleeves along with romantic sheer or lace bodice treatments. Skirts are fit-and-flare or mermaid styles cut with curves in mind. Ball gowns are still popular with many brides, while an A-line gown fits all body types, Bodey said. “Sashes are all the rage to decorate the waistlines of either simple gowns or to add extra bling to create a dazzling effect on a gown already sparkling with beaded and sequined treatment including Swarovski

Save the Date Black Diamond Bridal Trunk Show 109 E. First St., Port Angeles Saturday, Feb. 23 & Sunday, Feb. 24 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. FREE crystals,” she said. Sashes are available in a variety of colors and styles, and can feature lace, crystals and other embellishments. “While fabrics in satin, organza, taffeta and chiffon are still favorites, lace is king this year,” Bodey said. “Laces are offered in fashion design with many kinds to choose from, whether it is an all-over lace or created and appliqued to tulles and organzas.” Other popular gowns feature champagnecolored accents or are completely designed in the soft and elegant color. Headpieces created of pearls, crystals, feathers and lace have replaced all but the most traditional bride’s tiara. These can be worn alone or with the return of the timehonored veil this season, Bodey said. Shoes echo the design of the gown or can fit the bride’s personality with fun-colored heels or even cowboy boots and sneakers. “Jewelry is understated for some, while full-on bling for the trendy bride,” Bodey said. Black Diamond Bridal offers a full line of bridesmaid, flower girl, mother-of-the-bride and other dresses. Shorter bridesmaid dresses are popular this year, and the shop offers both short and longer gowns in a variety of colors. Tuxedo rentals for grooms, groomsmen and ring bearers are available at the store through Jim’s Formal Wear and Tuxedo Wearhouse, which both offer the latest styles from trim-fit tuxedos with microfiber shirts to traditional wear. Both companies offer a vast selection of color and style in vests and ties. “Zoot suits worn with the Fedora hat are still a popular choice,” Bodey said. After decades of designing gowns in a small studio, Bodey moved to downtown Port Angeles to open her flagship store and hired an experienced staff to help better serve brides and grooms. continued on next page >>

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Black Diamond Bridal owner and dress designer Belva Bodey displays a pale pink wedding gown designed by Moonlight Bridal. The organza ballgown has the subtle appearance of sleeves. Ivory and white remain the most popular dress colors, but many brides are choosing dresses in other light but colorful hues. The dress pictured is accentuated by a dazzling floral sash, which can be seen in further detail in the photo at left. Sashes are a great way to decorate the waistline of any gown. This and other dresses from Pronovia, Casablanca, Moonlight and Eden Bridals will be available for brides to try on at the Black Diamond Bridal Trunk Show on Feb. 23-24.

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Finding the right wedding wardrobe for the groom While the bride may garner the “oohs” and “aahs” at the wedding, what the groom wears on his wedding day is important as well. In many ceremonies, the groom spends several minutes standing beside the alter awaiting his bride-tobe. Until the bride begins her grand entrance, all eyes will be on him. As such, the groom should look well polished and dress in accordance to the tone and scope of the wedding. Because most weddings are formal occasions, grooms often choose to wear a tuxedo or high-end suit. A well-fitted tuxedo combined with a formal shirt, tie and vest is the classic wedding ensemble. Generally the tuxedo jacket is single-breasted with three buttons and satin trim. This style is universally flattering to most men’s frames. Accessorizing the tuxedo can mean different things — cummerbund, suspenders, tie, bow tie. These accessories can be classic white or black, or they can be coordinated with the colors of

the wedding party. For example, if the bridesmaids are wearing yellow gowns, the groomsmen can wear yellow accessories. A well-groomed groom is also an important wedding day must. He should be well-shaven and have recently had a haircut. If he has facial hair, it should be trimmed and neat. Because he will be photographed all day long, a groom can choose to take some cues from his soon-to-bespouse. He may indulge in a manicure to ensure nails and cuticles are neat. A dusting of translucent facial powder can tame shiny skin in photos. A less formal wedding may call for dress pants and a nice shirt. Accessorize with a tie, bow tie or suspenders. For a casual wedding, such as one held at the beach or in a park, the groom can wear what will coordinate for the occasion. This could mean a dress shirt and slacks, or even sandals and shorts for the ultra-casual wedding. — Metro Creative Services


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“The shop has all of the necessities to make a couple’s wedding a delightful and joyful experience in making their desires for a wonderful ceremony a dream come true,” she said. “We offer the same gowns at very competitive price points that are sold in metropolitan areas at two to three times the cost.” Bodey said couples and their friends and family are invited to visit the shop and to take pictures. “Our salon is a joyful place that doesn’t believe in pressuring a bride,” she said. “If you’re not sure that’s your gown, we give you time to think about it so you feel good about your purchase. “While other shops don’t allow you to take pictures, we encourage it ... pictures tell the truth about how you will look in your wedding photos and to your guests. If you look good in that picture, you know you’ll look good walking down the aisle.” Bodey encourages all brides to attend the trunk show if they are planning a wedding in the near future. “The show is a great way for brides to find their perfect dress,” she said. “It is also a wonderful way to learn more about some of the excellent catering, floral, cake, photography and other wedding services and products that are available on the North Olympic Peninsula.” For more information about the show or the shop, phone Black Diamond Bridal at 360-452-2354 or click on

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Cortland Waldron and his groomsmen were coordinated with red vests and boutonnieres for his June 26, 2010, wedding to Libby Grubb. They were married at Sequim Community Church but got permission from a resident next door to use the property for pictures.

Tips for trying on dresses Wear a supportive, well constructed strapless bra or corset in your correct size. If you will be wearing a petticoat, also have the right size available. Go without face makeup when trying on gowns so they remain clean. Try to wear your hair similar to the style you have in mind for your wedding. Note that the size of the wedding gown you will wear is typically one to two sizes larger than your day-to-day clothes. Proper measurements can be matched to designers’ size charts. It’s best to limit the number of people with whom you shop to one or two trusted friends or family members. An entourage can be confusing. It’s always better to order a slightly larger gown and leave room for alterations if you are between sizes. — Metro Creative Services

Pick a date December is one of the more popular months Most popular months in which to get engaged, while the summer for weddings months are more popular for weddings. 1. June The decision on when to get married depends 2. August on a host of factors. Some couples choose the 3. May date based on availability with a church or 4. July reception hall, while others might prefer to walk 5. September down the aisle during a specific season. 6. October Some couples choose to coordinate their wed7. December ding with a special event, such as the anniver8. November sary of a first date or another day of note. 9. April Most couples decide on a wedding month 10. February primarily for the weather. That’s why the spring 11. March and summer are the most popular times of the 12. January year in which to tie the knot. Less popular months for weddings may be easier to book in terms of availability, and certain vendors may discount items because of a slower season. Having a wedding during this time can be advantageous if money is tight. — Metro Creative Services

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Sergio Gallegos and Misty Johnson were married at John Wayne Marina in Sequim on July 28, 2012. Photographer Beth Barrett thought this moment with them walking away together was so gorgeous, she hoped nobody got in the way of the shot.

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origin of bridal customs White dress: The popularity of a white wedding dress is credited to Queen Victoria, who chose to wear a white dress for her wedding to Prince Albert in 1840. Previously, brides wore nice dresses that were typically dark in color. Bouquet: Nowadays, the bride carries a beautiful bouquet of flowers. But the purpose of the bouquet held different meanings in the past. Saracen brides carried orange blossoms for fertility. Others carried a combination of herbs and flowers to ward off evil spirits with their aroma. Bouquets of dill were often carried, again for fertility reasons, and after the ceremony, the dill was eaten to encourage lust. Wedding rings: Wearing of wedding rings dates back to ancient Egypt. The round shape of a ring symbolizes eternal love. The ring is worn on the fourth finger of the left hand because it is believed this finger has a blood vessel that goes directly to the heart. Wedding cake: The traditional wedding cake evolved from Roman times when the cake was originally made from wheat. It was broken over the bride’s head to ensure fertility. All of the guests ate a piece for good luck. Single women used to place a piece of wedding cake under their pillows in the hopes of finding their own husbands. Father accompanying the bride: This tradition symbolizes that the bride’s father endorses the choice in husbands and is presenting his daughter as a pure bride to that man.

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Hannah Ohnstad and Andrew Smith are surrounded by the green scenery at Fern Hollow in Sequim during their June 30, 2012, wedding.

Kissing the bride: In older times, a kiss symbolized a legal bond. Therefore, the bride and groom kissed to seal the deal on their betrothal. — Metro Creative Services


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she continues to create cakes for customers in the Seattle area. With help from her many fans both on and off When Sue Boucher first took a cake-decorating the Olympic Peninsula, she recently placed third in class with a friend, she didn’t know it would turn KING5 Evening Magazine’s annual “Best of Western into her livelihood. Washington” contest. She was ranked against 91 other “I didn’t want to take the class, but she did,” Boucher said. In the end, the friend ended up not lik- bakeries in the category of “Best Cakes,” including ones that have been featured on the Food Network. ing the class, while Boucher found a new passion. This year, she’s aiming for the top spot. Twenty-six years after that class, Boucher is the Couples have many options when it comes to wedowner of the successful cake and cupcake business That Takes the Cake, which also has a year-old store- ding cakes including cupcakes, elegant tiered cakes front in downtown Sequim at 171 W. Washington St. and custom designs. Several of Boucher’s recent cakes have had a Following that fateful class, she started doing small “woodsy” theme, with one in particular designed to cakes for people she knew, but stayed away from the look like a birch tree with the initials of the couple more complex wedding cakes until a coworker asked carved into it. Boucher to design a wedding cake on a dare. She particularly enjoys these custom designs. While she was nervous about undertaking such a Groom’s cakes that often reflect the groom’s interdaunting task for her colleague, the cake was a sucests are starting to gain popularity here, Boucher cess and a business idea was launched. said. These often lend themselves to creative designs. Boucher began attending bridal shows and growShe has designed one with a Seahawks logo as well ing her business in the Puget Sound area, designing as an Ewok cake for a “Star Wars” fan. cakes for customers across Western Washington. Some couples choose to use cupcakes for their wedClients have even included a few celebrities — but ding instead of a cake. They are often a less expenshe unfortunately could not divulge their names due sive alternative to the traditional cake and can be to non-disclosure policies. easier to distribute to guests. Her cakes also have been featured in Seattle MetFor those who choose cupcakes for the reception, ropolitan’s Bride and Groom magazine. Boucher will provide a small cake that is equivalent Boucher relocated to Sequim three years ago folto the “top tier” cake that can be used for cutting or lowing her own wedding. Business has grown since can be saved for the first wedding anniversary. coming to the North Olympic Peninsula — including the opening of her storefront cake shop — and continued on next page >>

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The red roses and petals accent the elegance of this white cake designed by Sue Boucher of That Takes the Cake.

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Many married couples who chose to freeze their cake have stories about how dry and poor the thawed cake tastes a year later. To help that from happening to her customers, Boucher offers couples tips on how to preserve the top tier so it lasts the year in the freezer. Wedding planning schedules recommend contacting a cake decorator several months in advance. If people are planning a summer wedding, Boucher recommends they contact her as early as they can. “The summer months book really fast, especially August,” she said. “Last summer, we had to turn people away because it was so busy.” photo by Sue Boucher That year they had 30 weddings in AuThe colorful tiered cake was gust alone — and so far she already has six designed by Sue Boucher of booked for this August. That Takes the Cake. She hires help during the summer to assist with the extra workload. The number of weddings she can handle in a weekend depends on the location of the weddings. “If everything’s local, I can do more, but if I’m doing one in Seattle, then not as many.” For more information on That Takes the Cake, call Boucher at 360565-6272, visit her website at, or find the business on Facebook.

Tips: Toast of the town One of the most popular wedding day traditions is the toast. Toasts to the bride and groom are typically heartfelt and humorous, but there are a few guidelines to follow to ensure the toast is memorable for all the right reasons. • Stand up! Stand up when delivering a toast. Sitting down won’t command the guests’ attention, and your voice likely won’t carry as well if you’re sitting down. • Don’t go too long. A good wedding toast shouldn’t stretch beyond five minutes. Long-winded toasts could come off as rambling and incoherent, and the guests will likely tune out. • Introduce yourself. Just because you’re a maid of honor or a best man doesn’t mean all of the guests know your relationship with the bride or groom. • Keep the toast appropriate. Many people have been to a wedding or two where a wedding toast went awry. Make the toast appropriate, keeping in mind there might be some younger guests in attendance. In addition, avoid references to past relationships. • Don’t make an “inside” joke. Avoid inside jokes, as one of the goals of the

toast should be to illustrate your love and appreciation of the bride or groom in a way all guests can understand. • Make it personal. A personal anecdote is a nice touch. Such anecdotes can be about anything, whether it’s the first time you met your friend’s now-spouse or, if you’re not related to the bride or groom, how you met. • Steer clear of the bar before the toast. Many a well-intentioned wedding toast has gone horribly wrong thanks to alcohol. If you’re going to drink before the toast, be sure to drink only in moderation. • Practice beforehand. Very few people can survive “winging” a wedding toast. Practice the toast beforehand so you’re comfortable with what you’re going to say before the moment arrives.

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