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The Port Angeles Naval Elks Lodge resurrects its bridal event

PERSONAL STORIES Three brides share details of their special days


A love story made for the big screen, one couple reconnects

A special supplement produced by Peninsula Daily News and Sequim Gazette


CONTENTS Read what one shop had to say about 2017 dress trends



The Elks Lodge in Port Angeles is resurrecting its bridal show

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Starting with a teenage summer romance, Joy and John Puhrmann always had a connection. Despite going their separate ways, they reconnected after years and have joined their families, together at last.


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Keep an eye on these dress trends by LAURA LOFGREN It can be difficult to keep up with the fashion industry and the frequent changes in trends. When it comes to your big day, you may want to tap into what’s popular or you may go your own way. But let’s be honest; we know you have a Pinterest board full of wedding dress ideas, and then some. To help guide you on your perfectdress search, Benita Sinclair, president/owner of Benita’s Bridal Formal Tuxedo in Silverdale, has some tips and trends to keep in mind. Benita’s offers a full range of bridal style trends, from heavily adorned to simply chic. Sinclair suggests trying a subtle color in a gown. “We’re seeing a lot of beautiful color accents, like blush pinks, gold and champagnes,” Sinclair said.

“Ivory and white are still there.” Kristen Caum, senior bridal stylist, said they’re seeing a lot of classic styling, “of old-time glamorous Hollywood, [plus] romantic, slim and A-line silhouettes in soft lace and vintageinspired ball gowns with whimsical layers of tulle and organza.” Caum said ruffles — from subtle to bold — are on point for this 2017 wedding season, as well as peek-a-boo bodices and modest, high necklines with long sleeves. With the long sleeves and with 3/4 sleeves, Caum suggests trying them with lace or illusion details. Plunging backs and necklines and detailed backs with beading are popular, too. Caum and Sinclair said threedimensional floral details; brilliant, just for the bride but for bridesmaids. glimmering metallics in embroidery; Benita’s Bridal Formal Tuxedo has and beading and crystal embellishbeen in business for 42 years, spements are growing in popularity not cializing in bridal and formal wear,



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them to meet our staff; and I would love to have them meet our officers,” Pearce added. Wedding-planning season is in full swing on the The Elks held five weddings last year in the ballPeninsula. room, with each one being completely different than Brides and grooms alike are pinning down caterthe last. ers, DJs, florists and more in an effort to prepare for “Every bride has a different idea of what that one of the biggest days of their lives. room’s supposed to be, and it’s magic every time,” The Naval Elks Lodge No. 353 in Port Angeles is Pearce said. “I want everybody to be able to see [the here to help with exactly that planning process. ballroom].” The Elks have decided to bring back their bridal Tours of the Elks lodge will be available during show, with the last show (held in conjunction with the show for those who are interested. Peninsula Daily News) taking place back in FebruThroughout the event, mimosas and other “fun ary 2011. stuff” will be given out to brides and guests, Pearce said. This year’s show is slated to be held in the ballPeninsula Daily News archives Pearce added that she hopes to make this an anroom on the third floor of the lodge, located at 131 Kathy Balducci models a wedding dress at the nual event again. E. First St., on Saturday, Feb. 18. annual Peninsula Daily News Bridal Show at the Even though the Elks Bridal Show is this weekThe show, which is free and open to the public, Naval Elks Lodge Ballroom in Port Angeles back end, Pearce said they’re still accepting last-minute will take place from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. vendors. ““We have a lot of great local talent here. We have in February 2011. The cost for a space is $50, all of which goes back great photographers. We have great musicians. We the bridesmaids, Black Diamond Bridal, photograto the Elks and their charities. have great stuff here,” said Julie Pearce, events phers and DJs. For information about the event or to become coordinator and bar manager at the Elks lodge. Pearce said the goal is to get at least 20 vendors. a vendor, phone Pearce at 360-670-1119 or email This year’s bridal show will feature all local ven“I would like [the public] to see local talent; I NavalElksEvents@gmail.com. dors, including a few ladies who personalize gifts for would like them to see the building; I would like

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A wedding story: by LAURA LOFGREN photos by A. JAE PHOTOGRAPHY Joy (Goettling) and John Puhrmann’s love story is one that you’d watch in a dim movie theater with your significant other, tearing up at heart-string-tugging moments, rooting for it to all be OK and chuckling at how it all turned out. The Puhrmanns’ story is a real one of teenage summer romance, parting paths and reconnection after years apart. Their romance began in the summer of 1995 in Birch Bay, a bit north from Bellingham. John and a friend were vacationing right next door to Joy and her adopted sister, Marie. The two teens spotted the girls on their deck and decided to ride their bikes nearby to get their attention. It worked. When they met, John told Joy he was 16, and Joy told John she was 15; in reality, they were each one year younger. The four teens hung out during their time in Birch Bay, and Joy and John decided that after their vacation, they would try a long-distance relationship. That lasted about six months and out of it came just a good friendship, John said. They stayed in touch and got back together for a ski trip at one point, but it appeared they both were moving in different directions as they entered their 20s. They both married and had children — Joy is the mother of Deven, 14, and Cadence, 12; John is the father of Jazzlyn, 10. In 2009, John and Joy “rekindled” their relationship. Awhile after John had divorced, he wanted to reconnect with someone with whom he had been friends and on a whim dialed Joy’s parents’ number — which would be disconnected


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John and Joy as teenagers >> two weeks later. Joy, too, had recently been divorced and wasn’t exactly looking for a new relationship right off the bat. Her mother took his number down, and John ended up calling again a few months later. In September 2009, Joy said she would love to see him and invited him camping at Lake Cushman with her family. John lived in the Fife/ Milton area, so he gladly agreed. First every other weekend then every weekend after that for four years, John would travel from Fife to visit

Joy in Port Angeles. He slowly but surely blended his family with hers. “He was very, very patient with me,” Joy said, “and he was very good with the kids.” It wasn’t long before John proposed to Joy. The couple took a trip to Maui, Hawaii, with some friends. One night, on their way to dinner, John pulled Joy aside. “She thought we were just taking a

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different route,” John said. He proposed to her on the beach as the sun set. “We always think that everything was by chance,” Joy said of their relationship thus far. A few months before the wedding, they found a letter John wrote for a high school English class titled “The Girl I Lost.” It was about their summer love and how they would one day meet again by the ocean. They read that letter at their wedding to remind everyone and themselves of just what a fateful relationship they’ve had. Married in Joy’s parents’ backyard, the Puhrmanns transformed the area into a beach-themed setting. One highlight from the wedding day was when Cadence sang and played on the piano “Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Elvis Presley. She stumbled a bit with the fingering about halfway through the song, and her sheet music blew off the music stand. John and Joy both ran over to her to help her get back on track. They both started singing with her when they noticed the whole crowd had started singing along with them. “I don’t think there was a dry eye at that moment,” Joy said. “That’s all anyone was talking about.” The night after their wedding, the Puhrmanns took a surprise honeymoon trip to Birch Bay, which was planned by Joy. Once they arrived, they realized it had been 21 years since they were last there together. With no schedule, they spent the next three days relaxing and reminiscing. They walked the beach and enjoyed some great food before meeting up with Joy’s family again for a camping weekend. “It was just perfect,” Joy said. Peninsula Daily News/Sequim Gazette

The details Joy had a ton of help from her sister, Marie, when it came to making the big day happen. While the devil is in the details, the Puhrmanns were able to pull off a beautiful beach-themed wedding in the backyard of Joy’s parents on July 30, 2016, in Port Angeles. The couple had about 145 guests attend their oceanic event. The reception was a potluck handled by Joy’s mother. Guests were served smoked chicken and halibut, among other tasty treats. Marie made the coconut wedding cake, which featured ombre blues. The cake topper was of a couple on the sand, the groom carrying the bride in his arms. Guests were treated to cupcakes. The Puhrmanns incorporated flowers from Hawaii in their wedding decor, including birds of paradise, palm leaves and white orchids. Cherry Hill

Florist & Gifts facilitated the flowers. A palm leaf arbor was the backdrop for the wedding ceremony. The Puhrmanns also incorporated a tiki bar into their reception. For music, they hired Chandra Graham from Getta Groove Entertainment, and guests danced on a 60-foot by 20-foot dance floor well into the evening. Hair and makeup for Joy was done by Alena Adragna of Kaboom Salon in Sequim. A. Jae Photography, out of Port Orchard, captured the day. Joy’s dress came from Benita’s Bridal Formal Tuxedo in Silverdale. Joy’s diamond ring was that of John’s grandmother, which is about 60 years old now. During the ceremony, the Puhrmanns, with their children, performed a sand ceremony that featured sand from Hawaii.

Clockwise from top: Joy and John Puhrmann pose with their entire wedding party outside Joys’ parents’ home, where the wedding took place; the Puhrmanns served color-coordinated, beach-themed cake and cupcakes at their reception; the new Puhrmann family stops for a group shot (from left are Jazlynn, John, Joy, Cadence and Deven); John and Joy show off their wedding rings. Peninsula Daily News/Sequim Gazette

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Nature can make a couple’s wedding day that much more special, especially here on the Peninsula. Beautiful backdrops like ocean waves or rolling country hills lend a lot to a wedding, making the day even more perfect for couples and their guests. But Mother Nature is also the inherent risk in hosting an outdoor wedding. Weather is unpredictable, and couples who hope to tie the knot in the great outdoors must develop a contingency plan just in case Mother Nature decides to rain on the parade. While outdoor wedding venues often have backup venues in place should the weather prove uncooperative, couples can take some additional steps to ensure their rainy wedding days

sively outdoors, meaning they don’t have backup options indoors on their FIND A PLACE TO TAKE PHOTOS premises. Wedding photos document a couple’s If that’s the case, couples can rent big day, and many couples arrange for tents to serve as their safety nets. outdoor photos whether they’re tying Tents can be expensive, and some the knot indoors or outdoors. couples may not want to pay for a tent But couples must arrange for a they ultimately may not use. place to take photos in case outdoors But tents may be a couple’s only is not an option. option if their chosen venue has no If possible, walk the grounds of your indoor alternatives. ceremony or reception site with your ESTABLISH A CUTOFF TIME photographer in the weeks before the Depending on how remote the wedding to scout out potential areas to shoot indoors in case the weather is ceremony location is, couples might be able to wait until a few hours before not cooperating. Ask a representative from the venue their weddings to decide if they will still tie the knot outdoors. to recommend potential photo locaMake the call earlier if your wedtions around the building. ding is to be held at an especially CONSIDER A TENT remote location. But no matter where Some wedding venues are excluthe wedding is, establish a cutoff time to let guests know if the wedding will be indoors or outdoors. Include such

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Some inclement weather may not be enough to deter couples or guests from braving the great outdoors. Couples getting married in the summer may be able to withstand a summer shower, but provide guests with umbrellas just to be safe. The umbrellas will make for a nice wedding gift, and hopefully couples and guests won’t even need to use them. They can also be used to protect guests from harsh sunlight if the weather decides to really clear up. Outdoor weddings can be magical, but couples must build contingency plans in case Mother Nature proves uncooperative come the big day.


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•  Married Sept. 17, 2016, at Eaglemount Wine and Cider in Port Townsend •  Theme: Sophisticated Country •  Dress/Tux: Groom’s suit from Men’s Warehouse. Bride’s dress from David’s Bridal but was completely redesigned and altered at Black Diamond Bridal. •  Flowers: From Amie’s Garden in Sequim. •  Wedding party: 8 •  How did you meet?: Originally at my sister Heidi’s hair salon. Then we reconnected years later when we began working together at Peninsula Bottling. •  What was your favorite part of your special day?: Just being surrounded by our closest family and friends; having the people we care about the most come together to share in our special day was really amazing! •  What advice would you give to brides/grooms planning their 2017 wedding?: Don’t stress the small stuff! Even if every detail isn’t perfect, it will still be a perfect day! Also, book the good vendors, and book them early.

•  Married Oct. 15, 2016, at Faith Lutheran Church in Sequim •  Theme: Country/Western •  Dress/Tux: Dress from Benita’s in Silverdale. The suit was already owned. •  Flowers: From Costco and Sofie’s Florist. •  Wedding party: 8. •  How did you meet?: Match.com. •  What was your favorite part of your special day?: We loved that family and friends came together from near and far (Norway even) to share our special day and each one made it so. I loved what my husband said during our vows. And I loved being able to show everyone that I found my best friend and life partner. •  What advice would you give to brides/grooms planning their 2017 wedding?: Book your venue in advance and have a backup plan in case something doesn’t go as planned. Also, be organized. If you have a checklist of things to get done, you can enjoy spending time with family and friends.

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•  Married March 5, 2016, at Fairview View Bible Church in Port Angeles •  Theme: A fall theme and a little rustic •  Dress/Shirt: Dress from David’s Bridal. Shirt bought from online •  Flowers: From my friend Janet who works at Safeway. •  Wedding party: 5. •  How did you meet?: When Michael started working for my dad in 2005. I was 11 years old, he was about to turn 21. I started having a crush on Mike when I was 16. I couldn’t care less about age because Mike is a wonderful man, and I love him. •  What was your favorite part of your special day?: Seeing Mike when I walked down toward him. He was crying, and I was crying. •  What advice would you give to brides/grooms planning their 2017 wedding?: Breathe! If you need a break, take a little walk around the venue to get some air. Not everything is going to go perfect the day of your wedding. All you can do is breathe and let it go because your wedding day is going to be great once you say “I do.” Nothing else is going to matter. You are marrying the love of your life, and the little mistakes won’t matter at the end of the day.




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I loved makeup balled from there. growing up (I got to wear it for PDN: What You’ve planned and plotted for dance recitals, areas of the months to get your big day just right, etc.), and Peninsula do and now you’re getting down to the then, like you serve? minute details of your special day. so many T: While With your bride tribe by your side, the bulk you are ready for the finishing touches people, I ended of my of your wedding-day look. up with work That’s where makeup artist Bernaacne happens dette Teel comes in. as a in Port As you’re getting ready to walk teen. It’s Angedown the aisle, Teel wants you and a good les and your girls to look their very best, no motivator Sequim, I matter what style you love. to practice am available We spoke with Teel — owner and tl with makeup! for travel just lead makeup artist of Beautiful You Bu As I got older, about anywhere, Makeup Artistry in Port Angeles — via m i yK s even out of state. e email about her business and asked her I would do friends’ t ur Photo co makeup for weddings I do all my bridal work about her wedding day makeup tips. or special events and started on-location, so given enough practicing more creative looks on time for scheduling and arranging PENINSULA DAILY NEWS: What myself at home. travel, anything is possible. motivated you to start Beautiful You Eventually, one of my photographer Makeup Artistry? PDN: What services do you offer? TEEL: I was an “art kid” all through friends gave me a gentle nudge and said she would start hiring me if I T: I offer standard full makeup my school years, even during college, turned it into a business. services, with both traditional and which I think helped give me an eye I took time to research the profesairbrush foundations. for colors, structure, etc. But my actual sional/state requirements, started I also do private lessons, tattoo covtransition into makeup happened building my kit, and things snowerage and limited specialty “costume” gradually.


makeup application. PDN: What kinds of products do you use? T: Lots! My kit is a mix of multiple brands, mostly higher-end, but some drugstore, too. The beauty of being a self-employed artist is that I get to use what I like and do not have to be limited to a certain brand. I love my Bobbi Brown foundations, and the majority of my eyeshadows are Urban Decay, Kat Von D and Makeup Geek. PDN: How long does a bridal makeup application usually take? T: I always tell my brides to leave an hour for their makeup on the day-of, give or take, which can be done in conjunction with hair styling. A point I try to emphasize with brides is to account for interruptions. It is certainly possible for the makeup itself to go faster, but it is my experience that people always want to talk to the bride on the day-of (not to mention snacking, bathroom breaks, etc.), so it is normal to start and stop quite a bit.


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The length of a trial run (something I strongly PDN: What are some basic “dos” and “don’ts” for recommend) depends largely on how much of a vibridal makeup application? What can brides do to sion the bride has ahead of time for her overall look, avoid that “too much” look or the “not enough” look? but usually one to two hours. T: A good rule of thumb is, if you are wanting a timeless/classic look, don’t stray too far from what PDN: Why do you think brides should hire a prois normal for you — so just a slightly amped-up verfessional makeup artist for their wedding day? sion of what is already your signature style. T: The benefit of hiring a professional is that it I do get brides who want to use their wedding day takes the stress off of the bride. for a total makeover, and that’s great, too! It is a nice moment to catch your breath before But quite often people just want to be a slightly the busyness of the day takes over, and you have the fancier version of themselves. added bonus of a beautifully polished finished look. Having said that, if you want to go completely nonAlso, professional artists have certain tricks and traditional and are dead set on wearing green lipstick products to help ensure the makeup lasts the whole for your wedding, then go for it! Just bear in mind you day through, with hopefully minimal upkeep. will be looking at those pictures for a very long time. Your wedding attire should be a reflection of “you,” PDN: If a bride wants to try doing her makeup however natural or adventuresome you may be. herself, walk us through how she can accomplish a natural look that will still pop in photos. PDN: What do you recommend brides do with T: Much of makeup is very personal and subjectheir skin care routine before the wedding? Should tive. The best thing a bride can do is to practice her anything change or be added? full look well in advance, whatever that may be, T: This is probably the most important part of so she has time to try new products or styles that makeup — skin care! maybe aren’t part of her daily routine. The secret to good makeup begins with good skin If you are a non-makeup wearer normally, do try care. Yes, some people have magically perfect skin with to wear some kind of foundation (or at least tinted no effort whatsoever ... for the rest of us, however ... moisturizer); don’t be afraid to emphasize your One of the biggest challenges for makeup is eyes a little; and know that blush has a tendency to working with skin that is flaky, peeling or rough in disappear in photos, so a little more than normal is texture. Unfortunately, face makeup clings to these good there, too. and will emphasize rather than hide it. Obviously there is a fine line to walk, however, so If these are issues for a bride, my advice is to add as not to go “too” overboard. regular exfoliation to your skin care routine, in adBe sure to check your makeup in natural light dition to adequate moisturizing. If those combined are not enough to minimize the before you head out.

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