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Peninsula Weddings

An advertising supplement of Peninsula Daily News and Sequim Gazette



Bride & Groom



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Published by PENINSULA DAILY NEWS and SEQUIM GAZETTE | Peninsula Daily News: 305 W. First St., Port Angeles, WA 98362 | 360.452.2345 Sequim Gazette: 147 W. Washington St., Sequim, WA 98382 | 360.683.3311 John C. Brewer, publisher and editor Steve Perry, advertising director Sue Stoneman, advertising operations manager Brenda Hanrahan, special sections editor Katy SanGregory, special sections editor

Ashley James and Levi Rizan Ashley James and Levi Rizan met when Ashley’s company started managing the apartment building in which Levi lived shortly before their first date. Ashley had to call Levi to let him know that the rent was unpaid, unaware that he was the same person her friend had set her up with for a blind date. Ashley and Levi both enjoy hiking, snowboarding

and camping. After five years together, Levi proposed at Stevens Pass while snowboarding. Ashley was so cold, she wouldn’t stop for him when he attempted to flag her down. After numerous attempts, Levi was finally able to propose. Ashley and Levi were married at Lake Crescent where the couple had many adventures together.






Save the date for the 2014 bridal show Story by Katy SanGregory




The Red Lion Hotel will redefine the wedding show with “Love … Locally Inspired,” the 2014 Bridal Show. The show is free to the public and will take place Saturday, March 1, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the upstairs waterfront ballroom of the Red Lion Hotel, 221 N. Lincoln St. in Port Angeles. The event allows local vendors to showcase their expert skills and will give future brides a chance to meet vendors face to face. Charlea Johnson, catering sales manager at Red Lion Hotel, noted that brides can complete a lot of wedding planning while at the event. “We’ve considered the idea of hosting a wedding show for a few years and decided that 2014 was our turn to step up and provide a platform to connect potential brides with the fantastic array of local vendors to showcase their products and services,” Johnson said. As local brides often turn to out-oftown vendors, Johnson wanted to remind brides that it is possible to plan a whole

wedding on the North Olympic Peninsula. To prepare for attendance, Johnson recommends that brides have an idea of how much money they want to spend on their wedding, a vision or theme for the big day and an idea of what their priorities are. “For some brides it’s all about the venue, for others it’s the food and beverage and still for others it’s the dress,” said Johnson. “Wedding planning truly is an art. You have to find the most important focalpoint for the bride and build the day around that vision or priority. That’s how you meet and exceed expectations.” Currently confirmed vendors include Black Diamond Bridal, Skin Care Suites Spa, Angel Crest Gardens, Love Note Services and Necessities and Temptations. Award-winning DJ Scott Fijolek will be the master of ceremonies for the day. In addition to face-to-face consultations with expert vendors at the show, brides can expect to be pampered

with mimosas, bellinis and other treats courtesy of the Red Lion Hotel. While there is no fashion show planned for the day, Black Diamond Bridal has planned a demonstration to give brides an up-close and personal look at the differences between a gown ordered from a discount website and a gown ordered directly from a designer’s authorized retailer (see more on Page 7). Red Lion Hotel will be hosting a giveaway throughout the day that Johnson calls “Pick a Present,” where the winning bride will be able to choose from a selection of wedding expense discounts, such as 75 percent off ballroom rental, chair covers for up to 100 guests or chef ’s choice passed appetizers for an hour. Brides in attendance also will receive a welcome bag with discounts from local wedding vendors. Each of the vendors will be offering special promotions or drawings in addition to the Red Lion’s grand prize, “Pick a Present.” For more information, contact Johnson at 360-417-5710.


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Don’t forget the marriage


Origin of bridal customs Story by Metro Creative Services WHITE DRESS: The popularity of a white wedding dress is credited to Britain’s 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 often were 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. 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.

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 phoning 360417-2220. 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 auditor’s offices to complete paperwork, an “Application For Marriage License By Mail” must be completed and signed in front of a notary public. Links to the printable application form can be found on either county’s website. The license is only valid for weddings that are performed within Washington. If you’re planning to marry outside the state or nation, contact that area for its license requirements — every place is different.

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Quick tips for your big day Story by Katy SanGregory Breva Funston has been coordinating weddings for more than 25 years. Beginning her career in the wedding business as a wedding singer, Funston often was frustrated by being a part of a disorganized rehearsal. Funston is now ensuring that many North Olympic Peninsula weddings go smoothly, and the family and friends of the wedding party enjoy their day without a thought about the details. Funston is a Sequim-based wedding consultant. She has done weddings all over the Olympic Peninsula from Port Townsend to Forks. Throughout her years in the wedding business, Funston has witnessed and rectified mishaps that would normally bring a wedding to a standstill. She has provided the following helpful tips to ensure brides to be can enjoy their day to the fullest. Funston recommends that instead of focusing on the bride walking down the aisle as the first-look moment, the couple should have a special time set aside before the ceremony for the first look. “It’s so much better than the coming down the aisle experience because they get to spend time together and walk around the property before they dive into their big day,” said Funston. By choosing to have an intimate first-look moment, the photographer is better able to focus on the emotions of the couple. “Because I’ve helped the couple plan the wedding and we’ve had at least three consultations, if there’s something missed, it’s because the dad forgot his bow tie,” Funston said. With so much going on, it’s easy for a small item like the garter belt or a bow tie to be left at home.

“I was just finishing getting ready and they were ‘getting the bride to the church,’ and that’s when it all happened,” said Tamara McCann, whose wedding was planned by Funston. “My dress was so big that it took two people to get me into the van, so I gave the rings and wedding certificate along with my purse to one of my bridesmaids and said, ‘You’re holding the only two things that actually matter today. Can you please follow me out to the van with these?,’” McCann said. Somewhere between front door and the van, that never happened. “Before I knew it, I was at the church asking around for the rings and marriage certificate, and nobody had them,” she said. “When I found the bridesmaid and asked her for the items, she looked at me with these darling deer-in-theheadlights eyes and had absolutely no clue what I was talking about.” Enter the miracle wedding planner. “After a quick huddle with everyone who had been at my mom’s house, Breva [Funston] quickly formulated a plan. She sent one of my cousins to the house, they ransacked it within minutes, and found them all in a box, in an upstairs bedroom, and got back 5 minutes before the wedding started.” Having a small basket prepared with extra bobby pins, hair spray, Band-Aids, medication and other commonly forgotten items will help make sure someone’s forgetfulness doesn’t add the additional stress of having to frantically run home during the already busy day. When Funston does a wedding, she brings a “wed-



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Why online gowns tend to fail Story by Katy SanGregory

Bodey said. “It’s heartbreaking to comfort a bride undergoing the enormous stress she now endures to overcome the complete failure of the single most important part of her wedding day — her bridal gown.” Alteration nightmare

If the gown does arrive on time, poor quality materials and craftsmanship have left brides with a gown that is disappointing, Bodey said. In addition to obvious differences in materials, the gown from the online retailer has crooked seams, isn’t properly sized and beadwork has been applied over the top of the seams, making alterations either impossible or extremely expensive. According to Bodey, alterations to the knockoff gown would far exceed what was paid for the gown when ordering. The authentic gown is designed to be altered easily as the seams are easy for a seamstress to access. “Do yourself a favor, shop in a reputable bridal salon and be strong enough to walk away from a shop that tries to Failure to arrive on time as promised pressure you to buy a gown you don’t The site Bodey ordered the copy gown love or that wants you to sign a purfrom promised a shipping date within 30 chase contract before you’re sure of the days of the order. When ordering, Bodey gown you want to walk down the aisle gave a wedding date of 60 days after the in,” Bodey said. order date. In addition to bridal gowns Black, After numerous emails with customer Diamond Bridal carries bridesmaid and service, the gown finally arrived 36 days mother’s gowns. after the wedding date given during the Black Diamond Bridal is located at order process. 109 E. First St. in Port Angeles. “A bride in our shop a week or two beFor more information visit fore her wedding who still has no gown or is a very distressing thing to witness,” phone 360-452-2354.

Above: Can you tell the difference between the designer’s original gown and a knockoff ordered through a discount website? The difference in workmanship between the knock-off gown shown on the left and the authentic gown shown on the right are apparent even from a distance. Left: Belva Bodey, owner of Black Diamond Bridal in Port Angeles, poses with an authentic Casablanca Bridal gown.


Let’s face it: Getting married is expensive. Belva Bodey, owner of Black Diamond Bridal in Port Angeles, has rescued countless distressed brides from the mayhem caused by online orders. Black Diamond Bridal strives to carry a full line of gowns in the most current fashions. Its best selling line is Casablanca Bridal. Unlike other designers, Casablanca continues to carry every gown it has designed and will alter the style to fit the bride’s personality, Bodey said. Casa blanca will change a neckline or fabric on a skirt or even add cap sleeves. Bodey can turn any gown into a work of art and possesses an extreme attention to detail. Black Diamond Bridal will accept gowns purchased online or at other area bridal stores to be altered or redesigned. As gowns come and go through Black Diamond Bridal’s alterations department, Bodey recommends that brides always order through a trusted local retailer. While at the Red Lion Hotel Wedding Show on Saturday, March 1, in Port Angeles, Bodey will showcase differences between a knockoff gown ordered through an online retailer and the same gown purchased directly from a designer. The knock-off gown was ordered for a quality comparison by Bodey through a website that used a photo that had been copied from Casablanca Bridal’s official website. While the website photo and style number matched the real designer’s gown, the dress that arrived was what Bodey considers to be an inadequate copy.





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Kaylie Osto and Spc. Marvin Hunter first met through mutual friends. While leaving the get together, Andy took off on his street bike and did a wheelie. Amber said to her friend, “I’m gonna marry that guy some day!” Photographer Adrien Craven of Adrien Craven Photography captured this image of the couple.


Tamara Williamson and Jeremy McCann met at a St. Patrick’s Day party in 2011. After both getting lost on their way to the party, they were the last to arrive. They were married at Dungeness Community Church in Sequim. Photographer Adrien Craven of Adrien Craven Photography captured this image of the couple.


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New times, new traditions: modern wedding trends direction, many couples are getting married later in life and already have all the household items that are common wedding gifts. To provide the couple with a small nest egg to use however they wish, a check is always a great and safe gift idea. Another new-age trend is contributing to a couple’s honeymoon fund. Temper tech use

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family or friends — or even your own — know what to expect from the changing tides of weddings. As decades pass, so will traditions, but proper etiquette is timeless. Be prepared for the next wedding you attend, and know what to expect from changes in the wedding landscape with these important pieces of advice.

October is the new June. More weddings are taking place in the height of fall foliage, heart of winter and prime holiday season, including the ever-popular New Year’s Eve ceremony to ring in the new year. It’s not just the wedding season that has drastically evolved over the past decade; it’s everything from roles Pay it forward and responsibilities to gift-giving. Finding the right gift for the newlyweds can be difAs you gear up to celebrate the union of your beloved ficult. While registries help to point guests in the right

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In the past, bridal showers were strictly for the bride, and bachelor parties were a mens-only affair. Nowadays, these festivities are no longer genderspecific. Showers can be thrown for the couple in unison and include creative themes like “stock the bar” or “time of day.” Bachelor and bachelorette parties also can be conjoined to involve the entire bridal party in a destination event. And while these events are a celebration of joy, expenses can add up quickly. If you use a rewards card, you can earn points on purchases to pay for all or part of your trip. This is great for both the bride and groom and guests traveling to the wedding. As trends and expectations shift, so will the way major life milestones are celebrated. It is important to celebrate these moments in life with grace and support for the happy couple — after all, it’s their day — and it should be as unique as they are.




How to stay energized throughout your wedding day


Story by Metro Creative Services A couple’s wedding day is the culmination of months and months of planning. For most, it is one of the most memorable, magical days of their lives, filled with fond moments of time spent with close friends and family. As enjoyable as a wedding can be, most brides and grooms who have already tied the knot can attest that a wedding is a long, often tiring day. It is very easy for energy levels to wane. To ensure you have enough energy to last through to the final good-bye of the evening, follow these suggestions to remain energized: n Recognize your wedding day is a very long day.

It’s possible to rise quite early in the morning to begin prepping with makeup, hairstyles, wardrobe and more. If the party is an evening reception, it could last until the wee hours of the morning. You may find yourself up for nearly 24 hours, when the cameras will be flashing and the video rolling

throughout. Naturally, you’ll want to look your best throughout. n Get a good night’s sleep the night before.

Get to bed early the night before so you will get ample sleep and look rested. It is understandable that nerves and excitement may get the best of you and make it difficult to fall asleep.

for brides wearing their gowns — it is essential to stay hydrated. Dehydration can result in headaches, weakness and dizziness and may make you feel cranky. Be sure to consume water throughout the day. n Pack some snacks.

The time between breakfast and the cocktail hour of a wedding may be significant. In your wedding “survival” kit, n Enjoy a hearty breakfast. be sure to pack some easy snacks to eat. At breakfast on the morning of your Trail mix can be nibbled for a boost wedding, consume a combination of of energy, and a banana can take the carbohydrates and protein. edge off of hunger pangs. Avoid anything The carbs will provide the initial burst messy that can drip onto clothing or get of energy you need to get going, and stuck in your teeth. the protein will keep you feeling full. A Arrange to have snacks stowed in the combination of whole wheat toast, fresh limousine or another mode of transfruit and Greek yogurt makes for a fillportation so that you can refuel on the ing start to the day. way to the ceremony or in transit to the reception. n Stay hydrated. Although drinking a lot of water can result in more frequent trips to the bathroom — which can be cumbersome

to give you the boost you need. But caffeine is only a temporary fix. After the effects of the caffeine wear off, you could find yourself more tired than before and crash at an inopportune time during the day. Instead, a brisk walk outdoors may help recharge your batteries. Afterward, time spent on the dance floor enjoying the reception will likely stimulate some adrenaline to keep you going. n Eat dinner.

When family is beckoning and the photographer needs to get yet another pose, it is easy to skip dinner. Be firm with your decision to enjoy your meal. After all, you paid for it and it should not go to waste. Weddings take up the entire day, and it can be easy to succumb to a lack of energy as the day progresses. But by n Don’t overdo it with caffeine. heeding a few tips, it is possible to It may be tempting to lean on an remain in top form throughout the energy drink or a super-size cup of coffee entire wedding day.

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