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The newest styles for the season are sweet and bold


One couple’s wedding was a medley of love and luck

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The Red Lion Hotel is gearing up for its 2016 wedding expo on Feb. 28.

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Locals Tyler and Nicole Johnson celebrated their love with an enchanting September wedding in Carlsborg with friends and family. Luckily, the rain held off long enough for them to say, “I do.” Check out the details behind the casual engagement that featured a plethora of local vendors.

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Don’t forget the marriage license by OLYMPIC PENINSULA NEWS GROUP 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 beginning on the third day after application. 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. There are no blood tests, witnesses or birth or divorce certificates required to apply for a marriage license. Applicants do not have to be residents of the state to obtain a marriage license. The license is only valid for weddings that are performed within the state. There is a $59 fee for marriage licenses due at the time of application. Cash, money orders or checks are accepted at this time. Additional information can be found online at www.clallam.net or by phoning 360-417-2220. In Jefferson County, an online application for a marriage license to be filled out by both parties can be found at www.co.jefferson.wa.us. Navigate to the auditor’s department.

While the form can be filled out online, both parties still must visit the Port Townsend office together at 1820 Jefferson St. and provide valid identification to obtain the marriage license, plus pay a $51 fee. 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 auditors’ offices to complete paperwork, an “Application For Marriage License


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Be prepared when choosing popular months by METROCREATIVE The season couples choose to get married can affect many aspects of their ceremonies and celebrations. Vendors are in high demand during popular wedding seasons like spring and summer. But those same vendors may be more flexible and less expensive during those times of year when fewer couples tie the knot. According to TheKnot.com, a leading web-based wedding resource, June, August, September and October are the most popular months for couples to say “I do,” while January, February and March are the least popular months to get married. Wedding dates can affect wedding costs considerably, and knowing this can help couples find the date that works best for them and their budgets.


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the year can be a more budget-friendly option for cost-conscious couples. Prices for reception sites and vendors may be lower in January and March than during other times of the year; however, February may not be so budget-friendly thanks to Valentine’s Day. December also may not garner significant discounts thanks to the holiday season, when vendors may be in high demand for holiday parties.

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Recognize that if you want to get married on a Saturday at the height of wedding season, you may not get first choice on your venues and vendors. Have a list of service providers at the ready just in case your first choices are already booked. By understanding how dates and times can affect weddings, couples can make more informed decisions when planning their nuptials.


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Hair stylists, photographers, caterers, florists and more filled the Red Lion Hotel’s ballroom during the 2014 wedding expo. This year, the event takes place Sunday, Feb. 28, and includes a fashion show.

Red Lion Hotel’s wedding expo is ready to bring out local resources by OLYMPIC PENINSULA NEWS GROUP photos by ADRIEN CRAVEN

It’s time for Red Lion Hotel’s annual Wedding Expo at 221 N. Lincoln St., slated from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28. Admission to the show is free.

“We have many new vendors, so [we] plan to use the entire main building, not just the upstairs ballroom,” said Red Lion Hotel catering sales manager Lindsay Fox, who is coordinating the event. New this year is a fashion show featuring looks from Black Diamond Bridal, Moxie Boutique, Moss, Sassy Kat and Necessities and Temptations Red Lion has lined up an array of North Olympic Peninsula businesses.

For those venturing into matrimony, the ins and outs of planning a wedding can seem overwhelming. That’s why Red Lion Hotel in Port Angeles and NEW THIS YEAR other local businesses are here to help you find the The show, which has expanded in size, will highanswers and turn your wedding into the spectacular light resources and talent on the North Olympic Peninsula that can make your wedding a success. event that you envision.

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As for cake and dessert vendors, An Elegant Touch Wedding Rentals of Sequim will be there with their chocolate fountains, which are a fixture at weddings and events throughout the state. An Elegant Touch is equipped to handle anything from intimate birthday parties to a small-business grand opening to as many as 6,000 guests at a Microsoft party. Representatives from Costco and Raindrop Desserts of Port Angeles will be at the expo to share their talents,

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For those seeking expert advice on trendy looks for wedding day hair and makeup, the expo is bringing in hair/ makeup artist Sara Kelly, along with Mary Kay beauty consultant Christina Taylor. CONTINUES ON PAGE 8

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Representatives from Amazing Changes Hair Studios in Port Angeles also will be there to give tips on getting the perfect bridal look and also can offer tips for the good-looking groom. Black Diamond Bridal owner Belva Bodey will be bringing her expertise on bridal gowns. Moxie Boutique, Moss, Sassy Kat and Necessities and Temptations owners and employees will be on deck, too, with bridal attire advice before and after the fashion show.

Weddings are a chance for couples tying the knot to be the center of attention. All eyes will be glued to the bride and groom on this special day, which makes it even more important for couples to look their collective best. Brides might garner most of the attention on a couple’s wedding day, but dashing grooms also will get their share of attention. As a result, grooms must be just as diligent as their blushing brides with regard to grooming and appearance on their wedding days. To look picture-perfect, grooms may want to include these grooming tips in their wedding day prep.


In addition to floral displays and decorating ideas, vendors who design invitations and provide printing services are also expected. Jason Hooper and DJ RoBoTiX will supply the tunes while brides-to-be browse the vendor tables. Door prizes, goodie bags, complimentary tastings, nonalcoholic beverages and a chance to win a grand prize — an overnight stay at Red Lion, vouchers from vendors, wine and more for the bride and groom — all add up to a fun weekend to get into wedding mode. Red Lion is growing the event, and Fox will be accepting applications until a week before the event. For more information, phone Fox at Red Lion Hotel at 360-417-5710 or email Lindsay.Fox@ redlion.com. To get a head start on 2016 wedding trends before the expo, check out the story on page 14.


Schedule a haircut with a professional stylist roughly a week before the wedding to get your hair shaped and trimmed. Although trendy hairstyles may show off creativity, keep in mind that photos last forever, and it’s often better to stick with a classic cut. Resist the urge to wash your

Grooms also may want to book a manicure. Keep in mind that salons will do men’s nonpolish manicures and pedicures, and they can be well worth the investment. Photos of entwined hands or close-ups of the ring exchange will have guests zeroing in on your fingers.


Make sure your teeth have been thoroughly brushed and that you have used a minty mouthwash so you’re primed for that first kiss. Many grooms also opt for whitening treatments prior to the wedding.

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Get plenty of sleep the night prior to the wedding. Being well rested will help reduce puffy eyes, dark circles and sallow skin. It also will put you in a more positive mood, which can help you enjoy the day even more. The day of the wedding, shower using water and a mild soap. Avoid any skin irritation by patting your face and body dry, rather than rubbing it with the towel. Moisturize your skin to avoid dry patches. Reducing shine is key for wedding day photos. Rely on face and hair products that will not add unnecessary sheen to your skin or hair to avoid making you look greasy. Matte hair waxes and sprays will tame tresses.



Shaving is another thing grooms must consider. If you have a beard, make sure it is clean, combed and trimmed. Men who shave the day of their weddings may find their skin is sensitive and irritated, which can lead to redness. Unless your facial hair grows especially fast, shave the evening before. This is a good time to splurge on a professional shave with a straight razor at a barber shop.


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by LAURA LOFGREN photos by ADRIEN CRAVEN Tyler and Nicole (Croxford) Johnson’s love story isn’t one that took long to create. Tyler, 30, and Nicole, 36, both attended Port Angeles High School, but they didn’t know each other until they met through a mutual friend in 2013. Nicole was living and working as a court stenographer in California for 10 years when she decided to move closer to home. She moved to Portland, Ore., and visited Port Angeles during the holiday season. That’s when she met Tyler, who works for the Sequim Fire Department, and through Facebook chat, he asked her to a Seattle Seahawks playoff game. “He said he had an extra ticket. Nobody has an extra ticket,” Nicole laughed. That game was their first date and the year the Seahawks won the Super Bowl. From there, they have been building a life together. They dated long distance for about a year before they moved in together in Carlsborg.


That same mutual friend who introduced Nicole to Tyler convinced Nicole to take a trip with her to Arizona for a Seahawks rally in January 2015. Nicole said she was reluctant to go without Tyler, but eventually gave in. But Tyler flew down there, too, without Nicole knowing, to surprise her. “We were at the Seahawks rally the night before and we went in to get a drink, and all of a sudden I just heard them chanting my name,” Nicole said.


Above, Nicole and Tyler Johnson pose for a photo with their wedding party in front of their hand-built tent. Right: Reception table centerpieces mimicked the rose gold of Nicole’s ring and the overall color scheme and rustic theme of the wedding in Carlsborg. “I turned around and [Tyler] was up on the stage and proposed in front of all these random strangers.” Of course, Nicole said yes. “I don’t know how he pulled it off.” After the proposal, the couple began to plan their wedding for Sept. 5, 2015.


The event had a simplistic glamour to it, incorporating as many local avenues as possible. “We wanted an outdoor thing,”

Nicole said. They planned their event on a 14acre Sutter Road property in Carlsborg that had tons of grass, trees and ponds, utilizing a smaller portion for the special day. “We knew it was going to be a lot of work, and we wanted to do it here,” Nicole said. “There was no barn or structure, so if it rained, we were going to have a problem, and that whole week it rained,” Nicole recalled.

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“I was on a mission to not get a big traditional dress,” Nicole said. “I knew what I wanted, but I couldn’t find it.” Nicole was looking for a more bohostyle dress. She had purchased two less expensive dresses, which were OK, she said, but they weren’t perfect. Nicole found her third and final dress by chance on Instagram. One day a post came up from Free People on Instagram, “and they were going to release a wedding line of five dresses,” she said. One of them just happened to be exactly what Nicole was looking for. Made by Australian Spell Designs, the flowy dress didn’t come for about four months, causing a bit of anxiety. But it ended up arriving on time and being “perfect” — aside from the length. Belva Bodey at Black Diamond hemmed Nicole’s dress, “because I’m a tiny little person, and [she] also made it so I could bustle up the train for the dance party afterward,” Nicole said. “[Bodey] has always done the best work and is a staple in the community for weddings and dances.”


With 230-240 guests in attendance, the Johnsons had a lot to do to pull of the day. With the threat of rainy weather, Nicole began to worry her special day would be a damp one, but the sun came out just long enough for her and Tyler to say “I do” and have a huge, but casual, event. “It was just a big outdoor party, which is what we wanted,” Nicole said. The couple had a band and a DJ to provide music throughout their wedding event. Local band Good Machine performed for the whole wedding until DJ Stan Selector came on late at night. “They seriously made the day come together,” she said. Melanie Ratliff and her husband Erik were the food caterers, and they focused on all local and Northwest fare. “They are the ones that handpicked all the berries for our cobbler,” Peninsula Daily News/Sequim Gazette

Nicole said. Dinner consisted of salmon, salads and more. “We brought in barbecues from random friends to make everything work. It was a last-minute thing.” The cupcakes and cake were done by family friends Joanna Calloway and Tonya Opdyke. “Tyler’s mom, [Jeana Johnson], works at Sofie’s Florists in Sequim, and they did all our flowers,” Nicole added. “And our 750 doughnut holes came from Cock-a-doodle Doughnuts in Port Angeles,” Nicole said. The doughnuts were enjoyed well into next day’s rainy clean-up, she added. Guests were invited to camp in “Tent City” for the night, and Nicole and Tyler slept in their own handmade tent, created by Nicole’s sister, Hayley. Hayley’s creations also were incorporated throughout the event, including copper paint-dipped feathers and dream catchers in trees. With help from friends and family, the Johnsons were able to create a simple, specialized and sweet wedding that reflected their personalities. “It was perfect,” Nicole said. “I can’t believe it didn’t rain.”

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Above: Nicole’s bouquet and flower crown consisted of a variety of flowers, herbs, succulents and even hops. Everything was arranged by Tyler’s mom, Jeana Johnson, and Sofie’s Florists in Sequim. Left: The Johnsons’ cake was accompanied by individual cupcakes for their guests. Inset: The bride and groom’s wedding bands were custom-made in Sequim at Plaza Jewelers, and the rose-gold color of Nicole’s ring was reflected throughout the wedding.


More men, women seeking second weddings by METROCREATIVE Couples planning to get married do so with the intention of spending the rest of their lives together. Few couples exchange rings thinking divorce or the loss of a spouse is in their future, but some marriages do end. Happily, that reality does not prevent many people from seeking happily ever after once again. A recent study from the Pew Research Center found that many people who were married before are deciding to take the plunge a second time. Four in 10 new marriages in the United States now include one partner who was married before. Roughly 42 million American adults have gotten married a second time — up from 22 million in 1980. The Pew study also discovered that more men than women are likely to get remarried. Around 65 percent of previously

married men have a desire to remarry, compared to 43 percent of previously married women. Men and women about to get married for a second time can consider the following tips to help make the day one to remember forever. •  Recognize that a second wedding is in no way less important than the first. Couples should remember that this is still the first wedding for the two of them as a couple and it should be seen as just as special as any other wedding celebration. It’s easy for men and women marrying for a second time to be hard on themselves, especially when thinking back to the gifts that were given and the money spent by guests for their first marriage. But a new relationship and love is worthy of a good party. Friends and family who are supportive of you shouldn’t have reservations

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No rules for rehearsals by METROCREATIVE

Many couples find their wedding rehearsal dinners to be relaxing respites from the whirlwind of wedding planning. Such dinners enable the happy couple to slow down and enjoy themselves in a relatively casual gathering with their closest friends and family members. Rehearsal dinners typically take place a night or two before the wedding. The couple, members of their wedding party, the parents of the bride and groom and others involved in the wedding typically attend this dinner. The couple generally takes the time at the dinner to thank everyone for their contributions to the wedding and to offer some small gifts of

appreciation. No rules govern rehearsal dinners, so couples have the freedom to plan the dinners as they see fit. Rehearsal dinners often come immediately after the ceremony rehearsal, when the wedding party and the officiant go over the timing and details of the wedding. Make arrangements with the ceremony site and officiant prior to making dinner reservations. Parents of the groom traditionally host the rehearsal dinner, so they will be integral in planning the event. That means couples should keep an open and gracious mind. Remember, the rehearsal dinner doesn’t have to be a lavish affair, and it can be customized to any budget or preference. Some couples feel that host-

ing rehearsal dinners in casual settings can make the dinner more comfortable for members of the wedding, who can use the dinner as an opportunity to mingle and get to know one another before the wedding. This will help to tame nerves and enable the wedding party to loosen up and enjoy themselves even more. Some people may be more inclined to socialize and have fun when they’re not worried about putting on airs. Restaurants that have special meaning to the couple often make for great places to hold rehearsal dinners. The bride and groom can suggest their ideas, but ultimately it is the person handling the bill who has the final say. Couples who want greater control over the rehearsal

dinner festivities can suggest hosting it themselves. Despite its name, the rehearsal dinner doesn’t actually have to be a dinner, as couples can opt for meals at a different time of the day, like brunch or lunch. An earlier occasion gives guests plenty of time to get home and rest up for the festivities of the wedding to come.

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With each passing wedding season, trends evolve. In recent years, we’ve seen events go from more structured, formal affairs to billowy, laid-back engagement. We’ve seen bouquets go from uniform bundles of one flower to more unrefined bunches that consist of everything from thorny bushes or herbs to only in-season flowers. Wedding dresses are adding more personal touches, like pockets, and the style has never been more alternative, with bridal jumpsuits stepping up their game. As for wedding ceremonies and receptions, they’re always personalized, but there seems to be a rustic theme running through a majority of them here on the North Olympic Peninsula. Here, local business owners have given some insight into what they’re seeing in wedding fashion for 2016.

The most popular thing I’m seeing for bridal is color, lots of champagnes and blushes and cafes. There are some really unique and beautiful colors with lots of lace details. Shoulder straps are really popular right now, as are dresses with a lower back. The mermaid and trumpet styles seem to be the most popular right now. We’re expanding our selection to include a plus size section of Casablanca dresses, so brides of all sizes can look beautiful. As for bridesmaids: the maid of honor is in one style of dress,


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Vintage is very in right now, along with the soft palette of colors, like soft rose/blush, light Tiffany blue, sea foam green and champagne. Rustic chic is also still used: burlap, lace, mason jars but glammed up a bit. I am seeing more and more tables that don’t match one another, which is amazing to give your guests more details to look at. Nothing seems to be “cookie cutter”

lately, which makes it a ton of fun to decorate. Flowers are still popular, but the wildflower look really adds the different textures and relaxed feel to coordinate well with the vintage and rustic chic themes. Kim Leppell of Kim’s Creations & Tulle Shed 360-640-0777 kimscreationsandtulleshed.com



Of the weddings I have booked so far this year, each bride has specifically said they are most interested in me focusing on getting “candid shots.” Of course, they still want the more traditional bride and groom shots, along with family and friends, but I feel that brides (and grooms) are really looking for their photographers to capture the emotion and personality of their big day. As artists, we are always pushing to create more unique images, such as using interesting angles, creative poses, new camera effects, etc.; however, I’ve found that newlyweds are most happy and excited about the images where a photographer doesn’t necessarily seem to be present.

Piper Lemcke of Port Angeles and her bridesmaids went with a rustic theme and wore personalized cowboy boots for the wedding. So as a photographer, successfully photographing a wedding is largely about anticipating when those sweet, happy or meaningful moments are going to happen and facilitating an environment where those moments can and will happen naturally. Cindy Kern of Cindy Marie Photography 406-281-0730 cindymariephoto.com


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Learn how to trim down costs and negotiate your way to a dream wedding by METROCREATIVE There’s obviously a lot that goes into planning a wedding: location rental, attire, food, invitations . . . the list goes on. Whether you want something simple or extravagant, you’re going to end up throwing down some big bills to celebrate your love. Here are some things to keep in mind when planning for your big day.


Couples should remember to build hidden expenses into their budgets when planning their weddings. In the days of yore, the responsibility of paying for a wedding fell to the bride’s parents. But that tradition has largely fallen by the wayside in recent years, when more and more couples have used their own savings to finance their weddings. Few couples enter the process of planning their weddings unaware of just how expensive weddings can get, but costs can easily begin to escalate if couples are not careful. There are some hidden expenses that couples must build into their budgets to avoid finding themselves in debt as they walk down the aisle as husband and wife. •  TAXES: Sales tax might not seem so significant when you’re buying

everyday items, but the taxes add up quickly when paying for a wedding. Depending on where you live, state and local sales tax can exceed 9 percent in the United States, and some Canadians pay as much as 15 percent in combined sales taxes depending on where they live. Before signing contracts with any vendors, couples should get the price including sales tax written into their contracts. •  GRATUITIES: Gratuities are another potentially hefty expense. Some reception halls build gratuities for staff into their estimates, and these tips for the staff can be as high as 25 percent at some venues. But even if gratuities for reception hall staff are already accounted for, don’t forget to include tips for additional vendors the day of the wedding. Couples may be expected to tip the florist, photographer, band or DJ and even the reception hall maitre d’ if his or her gratuity is not included in the aforementioned staff tip. Brides-to-be typically tip their hairstylist and makeup artist on the day of the wedding as well. •  POSTAGE: Couples who plan to invite guests via email or online invitations can skirt the cost of postage. But many couples still prefer traditional paper invitations, which include return envelopes that tradition sug-


Port Angeles High School graduates Dave and Amber Berger were recently married at Olympic View Cabins in Port Angeles. gests should also be stamped. Save-the-date cards have grown in popularity as well, and these cards also must be stamped and mailed. Depending on the size of your guest list, postage can cost several hundred dollars before you mail your last invitation. And don’t forget to save some money for postage to mail thank-you

cards once the big day has come and gone. •  OVERTIME: Overtime fees for reception hall staff and additional outside vendors are typically written into contracts, but few couples imagine needing more than the predetermined allotment of time noted in their contracts.

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It’s better to be safe than sorry, as unanticipated events such as a misplaced wedding license or heavy traffic on the way to the venue can force the party to start late and thus extend past its deadline.


Many couples look for ways to cut wedding costs, and couples facing that very dilemma should know that there are several ways to save money but still host the wedding of their dreams. •  GUEST LISTS: Guest lists can consume a significant portion of couples’ wedding budgets. When compiling the guest list, couples should keep in mind that guests will need save-the-date cards, invitations, catered meals (including cocktail hour, dinner and dessert), drinks and gifts (including hotel gift bags and wedding favors). The cost per guest will be more than just the per person cost of the meal couples negotiate with their caterer. •  RECEPTION: Couples planning on having a morning wedding can shift their receptions from the evening to the afternoon, when the cost per meal will be considerably less. Afternoon receptions also can be alcohol-free, saving couples even more money. If a nighttime reception is a musthave, choose a limited cash bar instead of an open bar. Limited cash bars often provide guests with free beer and house wine while guests who prefer liquor or mixed drinks must pay for their own libations. If you are planning an outdoor wed-

ding reception, you may even be able to provide your own alcohol, which can save considerable amounts of money. Couples also can trim reception costs by choosing the least expensive meal package. Packages often differ greatly in price but are not always so different with regard to their menus. •  ARRANGEMENTS: Floral arrangements are a big part of many couples’ weddings. The bride needs her bouquet, as do her bridesmaids. In addition, many couples decorate their ceremony space with flowers, and of course reception table centerpieces typically include flowers. When working with your florist, request in-season flowers, which will cost considerably less than exotic flowers that are out of season. In addition, let your florist know your budget and ask that he or she recommend flowers that won’t break the bank. •  GIFTS: While it’s become customary to prepare gift bags for guests staying in hotels, couples should not go overboard with such gifts. Gift bags need not include more than a snack, a bottle of water and a homemade thank-you card.

with regard to their willingness to negotiate, the following are a few tips for couples hoping to get the best deals possible on their wedding services. •  Prepare, prepare, prepare. Couples who blindly enter negotiations with wedding venues and vendors are far less likely to get a good deal. Couples who find a venue they like should receive quotes from similar venues before negotiating a rate with the venue they most prefer. Arming oneself with quotes from competitors increases the chances of receiving a more couple-friendly quote from the venue liked best, as that venue won’t want to lose business, especially to one of its chief competitors. In addition to pricing, estimates from other venues can vary based on what they include. Even if a favorite venue does not come down much on its original quote, they may be willing to add extra services. •  Avoid making demands. The right tone can go a long way with wedding vendors. Vendors often like it when couples know what they want, but couples are


Negotiating prices with wedding vendors is something brides- and grooms-to-be may not anticipate, but the process of negotiation is paramount for couples who hope to plan their dream weddings without ruining their budgets. Though vendors vary considerably

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not doing themselves any favors when they express those desires as demands. •  Don’t be afraid to ask for more. Making demands and asking for more are not the same thing. When negotiating with wedding vendors, there’s no harm in asking for more. •  Make sure all contracts are itemized, and read them thoroughly before signing on the dotted line. The negotiation process is often tedious, and contracts should reflect that. When hiring a wedding vendor, make sure the contract is itemized, spelling out in intimate detail just what was negotiated and how much each item costs. Be especially mindful of extra fees that can add up. They will be in the contract, and it’s up to couples to have them removed before they sign and the contract becomes official. •  Remember there are two parties involved in the negotiation process. Vendors are not the only ones who might need to bend a little at the negotiating table. Couples might have to be flexible in order to make their dream weddings a reality.

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story and photos by LAURA LOFGREN If you’re planning a spring, summer or even a fall wedding, the options seem endless here on the North Olympic Peninsula. But if you’re looking for a truly unforgettable backdrop to your nuptials (your social media posts), Olympic National Park offers myriad locations to say, “I do.” In order to get married in the park, the couple must first apply for a special use permit through Olympic National Park. Cheryl Higbee, fee program supervisor for the park, says the steps for acquiring and submitting the application are rather easy. “The first step is getting the application online,” Higbee said. You can find the application by visiting www.nps. gov/olym and choosing the “Plan Your Visit” tab to the left. From there, select “Basic Information” then “Permits & Reservations.” Once on the Permits & Reservations page, you’ll be able to locate and download the appropriate form. From there, Higbee said, the couple can mail, fax or email the form. For mail, send to c/o Olympic National Park, 600 E. Park Ave., Port Angeles, WA 98362; for email, send to cheryl_higbee@nps.gov; for fax, send to 360-565-3093. Once Higbee receives the application, she and the staff review it and may call with any questions or concerns. If all goes well, she’ll send you another permit form to sign and keep with you during the ceremony. This form must stay with the person in charge of the event and who is authorized to make decisions related to the permitted activity. “We try to inform park rangers when something is happening where,” Higbee said. While having popular spots — the Hurricane Ridge picnic area, Rialto Beach, Lake Crescent or Kalaloch Beach — setting the stage for your special day, if you’re looking for a bigger, more private event, the park may not be your first choice. “You can’t close off areas for a wedding,” Higbee said. Generally, ceremonies in the park allow 50 people or fewer, she said. “The main thing we look at is that [the application] agrees with the park’s policies and doesn’t impact visitors.”


Above: The West End’s Rialto Beach in Olympic National Park could be the dramatic backdrop to your wedding day. Below: Lake Crescent is a popular spot within the park to exchange vows with your beloved. There are many location options available. That all is to say that if you don’t want people stopping to watch you wed while they’re out on a hike, you may think about exploring more private park areas. As for entrance fees to the park, those are still applicable, according to Higbee. She said she’ll happily work with the wedding party to pay for the necessary park passes in advance if need be. The main thing to remember if you want a memorable Olympic National Park wedding is to keep the number of guests low and decrease impact on both visitors and the wildlife. That’s why, Higbee said, they only allow ceremonies in the park. You’ll just have to take the reception to another impressive Peninsula spot to celebrate. For more information on the special use permit application process, phone Higbee at 360-565-3092. Peninsula Weddings 2016

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