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PUBLISHER’S LETTER 9 NICETIES 10

PLANNING FOR YOUR WEDDING AND RECEPTION Wedding emergency kits save the day 12 Clever words for handmade signs 13 Choosing wedding professionals 14

SPRING / SUMMER COVER PHOTOGRAPHER: Wallflower Photography DRESS: Weddings With Joy BOUQUET: Blitz & Co Florist JEWELRY: Third Wish Studios HAIR STYLIST AND MAKEUP: Chémel Salon MODEL: Maddy Pinkerton, Heffner Management SOUTH SOUND WEDDING RESOURCE

Fashion colors for spring 2017 20 Ten Tips: What to look for in a wedding gown 21 Things we like 22 Buy a dress, help a cause 30 Environmentally friendly celebrations 31 Finding a wedding officiant to conduct your ceremony 32 Tips for unplugged weddings 35 Advice from newlyweds 45, 50, 52 Remembering deceased loved ones at weddings 89

FALL / WINTER COVER PHOTOGRAPHER: Wallflower Photography DRESS: Weddings With Joy BOUQUET: Bay Floral JEWELRY: Third Wish Studios HAIR STYLIST AND MAKEUP ARTIST: Chémel Salon MODEL: Leah McGlothern

WEDDING DRESSES AND BOUQUETS Glamorous and glittering 36

TRENDING: Three styles from the 1960s 46 (contents continued on page 6) PHOTO BY WALLFLOWER PHOTOGRAPHY

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REAL LOCAL WEDDINGS Romantic garden wedding in Puyallup 54 Fourth of July wedding at Chambers Bay 57 Midcentury wedding theme features bright colors 60 A glittering New Year’s Eve wedding in Tacoma 64 Unity rope ceremony unites couple with God 68 Romantic, elegant country wedding 72 Indian wedding celebrated along the waterfront 74 Personal touches mark wedding at Museum of Glass 78 Friends pitch in at Farm Kitchen wedding 81 Port Gamble site for elegant family wedding 85

EVENTS Tacoma catering and event organization raises funds for Emergency Food Network 91 Hoedown at the Ranch 92

RESOURCES Find what you need at local wedding shows 28 Local wedding and event resources 94 Find wedding and event professionals 95

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publisher’s letter

Congratulations on your engagement!

As I prepare this magazine or meet couples at our wedding shows and wedding workshops, I love listening to the love stories. Every story is unique. But this year, more than ever, I heard a repeating mantra from the couples that reflects what I believe: “Your wedding is one day; your marriage is a lifetime.” It’s sound advice. Enjoy your fleeting engagement time. Like your wedding day, it passes too quickly! In this issue you will see local weddings featuring a variety of wedding themes, styles, colors and venues. I hope you find some inspiration in these beautiful pages. Our wedding dress and bridesmaid features are sure to engage you in conversation about what style of dress you want and what you want your bridesmaids to wear. We’ve paired the clothes with custom handmade jewelry, plus gorgeous floral bouquets. See the latest in hairstyles and makeup on these pages, too. The 1960s Bohemian look is making a comeback, especially in the Northwest, so check out the photographs of three very different looks from that era. Thanks to our local, highly skilled wedding professionals and our newlyweds, this issue has sound advice for newly engaged couples. In 2017, South Sound Wedding & Event magazine presents wedding shows in Bremerton and Olympia, plus the South Sound Wedding Workshops in Olympia and Tacoma. Check our websites for details: www.westsoundweddingshow.com, www.southsoundweddingshow.com and www.southsoundweddingshow.com/workshop. You will find more wedding inspiration on our social media pages: Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. Find the links on www.weddingandeventmagazine.com. I look forward to meeting you at one of our wedding events in 2017. Wishing you a lifetime of happiness,

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Chalk it up Rustically framed chalkboards are lovingly handcrafted by Angelina Rose, the Chalk Whisperer. Using repurposed wood for the frames, she hand-paints the boards with a special custom mix of brightly colored chalkboard paint. Then she handwrites a chalk message in her beautiful script. www.chalkwhisperer.com PHOTOS BY MARCY MERRILL

Artisan Garden Create a glass flower garden at your wedding or reception, or any event. Flowers can be custom-made to match your wedding colors. They can be made out of vintage platters, bowls and vases. These unique glass flowers make beautiful keepsakes after your special day. Glass flowers withstand weather changes but should be placed indoors during freezing temperatures. Glass Garden: www.pj1007.wix.com/glassgarden

Niceties PHOTOS BY L DESIGNS PHOTOGRAPHY

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This Tops It Custom cake toppers and signs are popular at weddings and receptions. Signs add a personal touch and serve as a lasting memory of your big day. “Best day ever” cake topper can be painted gold or another color. The couple’s initial sign is two-toned and layered. Both laser-cut signs are made from sustainable birch wood. Signs are made in the South Sound. Lee Six Designs, www.leesixdesigns.etsy.com PHOTOS BY LEE SIX DESIGNS | CAKE BY AMBER MICHELE SWEET TREATS

Handcrafted Elegance Make a statement in this handcrafted necklace, right, made with nine strands of freshwater pearls, crystals, rhinestones and sterling silver chain. High-quality materials in a mixture of textures and sizes add appeal to the piece. This necklace features a modern brooch as an off-center focal piece. Because each Third Wish Studios design is custom-made, yours can be as bold or as simple as you like! This necklace, left, is handwoven, with hundreds of freshwater pearls and Swarovski crystal beads. Each is delicately wired to a sterling silver chain. The bold piece is perfect for a strapless gown and a truly elegant bride. We paired the necklace with simple drop earrings of freshwater coin pearls.  Designer Rebecca Johnson customizes jewelry to fit your personality and style. This beautiful plum bridesmaid dress, right, inspired a quirky, retro design. The focal piece is a vintage 1970s brooch repurposed as a pendant. Freshwater pearls peppered with Swarovski crystal beads tie the design of the necklace and three-strand bracelet together. The bracelet easily becomes an everyday wearable after the big day. www.thirdwishstudios.com PHOTOS BY WALLFLOWER PHOTOGRAPHY | JEWELRY DESIGNER: THIRD WISH STUDIOS

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Wedding emergency kits save the day

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Wedding emergency kit F YOU DON’T HAVE A WEDDING DAY

emergency kit, someone in your wedding party is sure to need something that you will wish you had brought. To avoid that sinking feeling, plan ahead and bring items that you anticipate someone will need. Wedding coordinators and most venue managers and caterers have bridal emergency kits on hand; however, they may not include thread in your bridesmaids’ dress colors. When you pack specific personal items that you might need, you can prevent or solve potential problems, and knowing that you have these backup items will be of comfort to you. If the bride and groom are too busy to put together an emergency kit, they can ask a family member or bridal party member. When the items are presented in an attractive and useful container, such a kit makes a thoughtful wedding shower gift.

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TO SOOTHE

TO KEEP COOL

o Clip-on battery-operated fans o Large fans o Hand fans TO REFRESH YOU

o A straw to take a sip of water without ruining your pictureperfect lipstick o Water bottles, especially for summer weddings, so you won’t get dehydrated and faint at the altar o Breath mints o Finger foods: carrot sticks, celery, apples, bananas, small sandwiches (but without drippy condiments) o Large bibs or napkins to cover wedding attire while eating. Better yet, before photos are taken, eat before you get dressed into your wedding attire. TO REPAIR AND ADJUST CLOTHING

o Pearl corsage pins o White satin covered buttons o White shirt buttons o Safety pins o Sewing kit with scissors and thread to match wedding day apparel o Body tape strips (from bridal apparel stores) o Shoelaces o Moleskin for better shoe fit o Lint brush o Stain remover pen o Double sided tape o Clear and colored nail polish o Static guard o Strong, quick-drying glue

o Pain reliever o Antacid o Bandages o Rubbing alcohol TO KEEP YOU LOOKING GOOD

o Hair spray o Hairbrush with mirror o Make-up remover wipes o Oil blotting tissues o Nail file o Clear elastic hair bands o Earring backs o Bobby pins and hairpins o Tweezers TO KEEP YOU FEELING FRESH

o Baby powder o Toothbrush o Toothpaste o Deodorant o Lotion o Tissue pack o Tampons o Cotton swabs TO RESCUE THE RECEPTION

o Matches or lighter o Extra candles o Green flower tape o Camera battery o Memory card for camera or video camera TO COVER ALL YOUR BASES

o Note pad, pencil or pen o Duct tape o Sanitizing wipes o Wedding license o Comfortable shoes

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SIGNS WE LIKE

Clever words for handmade signs CEREMONY SEATING: n Pick a seat, either side, you’re loved by

WEDDING SIGNS n & both, the groom and bride. n LOVE n Choose a seat, not a side. We’re all family n With my whole heart for my whole life. once the knot is tied. n You will forever be my always. n Now that we are together forever, please n I always knew it was you. feel free to sit wherever. n Better together! n Since this wedding has 2 brides, pick a n Grow old with me, the best is yet to be. seat not a side. n I’ve been looking for you since I heard n We are all one family. Please choose a my first fairytale. seat, not a side. n Once in a lifetime you meet someone n Friends of the bride, friends of the groom, who changes everything. sit where you like. There is plenty of room. n We decided on forever. n Come as you are. Stay as long as you can. n He stole my heart, so I’m stealing his name. We’re all family now, so there’s no n Happiness is being married to your

seating plan.

UNPLUGGED CEREMONY n Welcome to our unplugged ceremony. Please turn off all cell phones, cameras

and any other device and enjoy this special moment with us! Thank you! n There’s a guy here taking pictures . . . we asked him to come. So please rest your cameras our ceremony only needs one. Thanks, the newlyweds. WELCOME / GUEST BOOK n Welcome to our love story. n Welcome to our beginning. n Leave your wishes for the new Mr. & Mrs. n Order of ceremony: Music starts.

We get married. Everyone parties! n This way to love, laughter and happily ever after. n Happily ever after starts here. n . . . And they lived happily ever after. n From this day forward n Every love story is beautiful, but ours is my favorite. n To have and to hold from this day forward. 07/08/17 n Katie and Scott: Vows here. Party There. Love everywhere (using arrows to guide guests) n 07/08/17: Best. Day. Ever! n Our wedding is dedicated to our parents who demonstrate daily that it is possible. n Our love story: First date (date) First kiss (date) “I love you” (date) She said yes (date)

best friend. n I have found the one my soul loves. n Mr. Right & Mrs. Always Right n Mr. & Mrs. n Thank You n Bride. Groom. n My mother told me to pick the very best one and YOU ARE IT! n Commitment to forever (wedding date) RECEPTION n To have and to hold (printed on custom

drink glasses) n Mutual weirdness forever. n Buffet, booze and bad dance moves. (on arrow pointing to reception) n All you need is love . . . and a cupcake! n Trust me, you can dance! – Alcohol n Sip Sip Hooray! n Till death do us party! n Drunk on love (list the signature cocktails) n Eat, drink and get married. n Light the night (glow stick send off) n Let love sparkle! Sparkler send-off at 10:15 pm. n Love is sweet. Take a treat!

RECEPTION/WELCOME BY THEME NAUTICAL THEME: n Shoes here. Vows there. Love

everywhere (using arrow to guide guests) n 2 less fish in the sea! 07/09/16 n The adventure begins. n In high tide or low tide, I’ll be by your side. n By the salty sea, I pledge my love to thee. n As the ocean has no end, so does my love for you. COUNTRY OR BARN THEME: n Grab your jar and head to the bar! (if

using mason jars as glasses for guests) n Hay, we’re hitched! n Just Hitched! n Roast a marshmallow and party s’more! GATSBY OR 1920S THEME: n “I love her and that’s the beginning

and the end of everything.” ­­ — F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby RELIGIOUS: n I have found the one whom my soul

loves. — Song of Solomon 3:4 n Where you go, I’ll go. Where you stay, I’ll stay. — Ruth 1:16 n And then two shall become one. — Ephesians 5:31 n We love because He first loved us. —1 John 4:19 n A cord of three strands is not easily broken. — Ecclesiastes 4:12 FLOWER GIRL/RING BEARER: n Uncle Tim, wait till [or wait’ll] you see her n Uncle Matt, here comes your bride. n Here comes the bride (sometimes

followed by this sign: All dressed in white) n Ring Security n Last chance to run SOCIAL MEDIA TAGS n Here comes the love of your life. n Oh snap! Don’t forget to use our hashtag. n If you think I’m cute, wait till you see #LEtietheknot the bride. n Love Instagram? Share your photos with us. n Too late to run, cause here she comes. Please use our hashtag: #LEtietheknot n Hurry, I want cake! n Help us capture the love! #LEtietheknot n I loved her first (if ring bearer or flower girl is a dog) REMEMBERING LOVED ONES n We know you would be here today if

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Choosing wedding professionals

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VERYONE WANTS A BEAUTIFUL,

memorable wedding day. The definition of what is beautiful and memorable for some couples will be different from the definition for others. When you become engaged, talk to your loved one about what will be most meaningful — for both of you — to create your dream wedding. Your parents may have been married in a church and had a simple cake-and-punch reception in the church basement. Times have changed. Today most people marry and have a reception at a private venue, not a church. Weddings and receptions have become full-scale productions. While planning, determine if you want a simple, medium-size or large wedding. The next step is to determine your budget.

is planned well, communications are clear and all helpers do their tasks flawlessly. But many times, someone cancels at the last minute, setup at the wedding and reception site takes longer than one anticipates and nonprofessionals aren’t aware of the importance of timing at a wedding.

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For those who enjoy making crafts, handmade decorations are a There are thousands of wedding good way to use professionals ready to help you plan your your skills and wedding and offer you first-rate products creativity. Leave the and amazing service. The more experienced catering, flowers, wedding professionals have been involved music (DJ), officiating, photography and in 100 or more weddings. At every other needs to the wedding professionals. wedding, they gain valuable experience, all the while learning what works best and TOURING WEDDING VENUES what doesn’t — lessons and advice they When touring venues, you will need to can share with the next couple they work learn what is provided and what is not. For with. When you meet with professionals, example: Are tables and chairs provided? you will learn about what they offer to If not, can you rent them from the facility? make preparing for your wedding a calmer If so, who does the setup and tear-down? experience so you can relax and enjoy your Be sure there is a place for the couple and wedding day. wedding attendants to change clothes on site. Ask about different table and chair DOING IT YOURSELF: BEST SAVED FOR setups. If you are considering having both DECOR your wedding and your reception there, ask When brides- and grooms-to-be want to about the various layout options. save costs, they sometimes consider using an iPod for their music, having friends or If you want to get married in a barn or at family (or themselves) bake their wedding a farm, find out if there are farm animals cake or cupcakes and having a friend cater on site. If so, consider that there might be a their reception. But before you do this, manure odor in hot weather. Ask the venue consider the time, expense and frustration owner. it may cost you. It’s not as easy as you think.

because it goes so fast,” says Sandra Winters, catering and event director for The Vault Catering Co. When planning your wedding, secure your venue, caterer and photographer first, as they are always the most likely to be booked a year or more out. After you’ve narrowed your list of potential caterers, look at each caterer’s website to get an idea of what they offer and what you want served. Ask the caterer to give you a quote so you know if it will work with your budget. Once you have found the perfect menu, schedule your tasting. Bring along a list of questions. 

“When we meet with a couple, I always tell them to ask me a lot of questions,” says Winters. “All questions are as important to me as they are to you. I have catered many VAULT CATERING OFFERS SOUND ADVICE weddings and events, and I have probably seen everything happen once. I know “Once you become engaged, the biggest what you will need, what works best, guest thing is to remember to relax, have fun, favorites and things that might not work as enjoy and take in every bit of this time, SOUTH SOUND WEDDING & EVENT MAGAZINE | 2017


There are thousands of wedding professionals ready to help you plan your wedding and offer you first-rate products and amazing service.

well as a bride thought [they] would. When we sit down to work out their menu, I tell them to list everything they want, knowing that they can always reduce or add if needed. It’s always best to see the big picture, knowing that anything can be changed.” PHOTOGRAPHERS GIVE HELPFUL TIPS

Photographers closely follow a schedule on your wedding day to ensure you are getting all the photographs you want. “It’s important to involve your photographer in the process of creating and troubleshooting a detailed timeline of your wedding day,” says Scott Schoeggl, co-owner of Wallflower Photography. “It’s always good to have a little extra time built into your schedule so you don’t have to worry about being off by a few minutes from someone showing up late,” says Kier Smith, co-owner of Firstlight Photography. “A good professional photographer will be able to make up some of the time and keep things moving (a good reason for making sure you hire a professional wedding photographer), but the less you have to worry about this the better.”

getting them done before the ceremony while you’re fresh, then taking the family portraits after the ceremony.” For the reception, determine how much of it you want photographed. “If you aren’t doing a grand getaway at the end of the reception, you can save a lot of money just having the photographer at the reception long enough to cover the important events (toasts, dances, bouquet and garter toss) and anything else of importance, then let the photographer go,” says Smith. “This is also a good reason to make sure you hire a professional wedding DJ to make sure your reception flows smoothly and events take place on time so you don’t have to pay your photographer to stay for extra time.” “We strongly suggest getting a book made by the photographer, something that will be a physical copy of your photos,” Smith

adds. “We go [to] great lengths to preserve your wedding photos; however, a lot can go wrong with digital images, especially with technology changes.” WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A PHOTOGRAPHER

When meeting with photographers, find someone you like. “A wedding photographer plays a huge part in your wedding day and is at your side through most of it,” says Smith. “They are responsible for capturing one of the most important days of your life, and you want to make sure you are comfortable with them. Of course you want to make sure you like the style of their photos, but personality and the relationship with your photographer play a huge part in getting the best wedding photos.” “Find an experienced wedding photographer,” advises Smith. “You are looking for a person that will be responsible

When planning your wedding day photography schedule, it is important to decide where and when to shoot portraits of the couple, the wedding party and family groups — before the ceremony or after it. “My preferred method is to shoot the couple and wedding party before the ceremony and the family groups after, but every wedding is different,” says Schoeggl. “The wedding day timeline should also include a list of each family portrait that needs to be photographed, with the names of every person who should appear in it. All this advance planning really helps the wedding day go smoothly, and when that day finally arrives, it becomes your job to worry no longer and let the professionals you hired give you an amazing day.”

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ADVICE FROM WEDDING PROS

Tips for meeting with wedding pros n When shopping for wedding

professionals, look at websites and reviews. professionals in each field, and call to inquire if they have your wedding date open. If so, set an appointment to meet. Confirm your appointment 24 to 48 hours prior. n Take a list of questions with you,

along with color swatches and photos or dream boards (on your phone, tablet or laptop or as hard copies), and share your theme or look (casual, shiny, elegant, simple, etc.) for your wedding. n Once you have described your

wedding ideas, ask the professionals for their input and suggestions. n Look at their portfolios, and ask

if they have any work samples similar to your wedding theme and colors.

n Listen carefully to how they

describe their work and former clients.

n Ask for references from customers. n Ask whether they provide a

contract and, if so, when.

n Find out if they have business

insurance.

n If you feel a connection with

a wedding professional you’re interviewing, be prepared to sign a contract and make a deposit (after you have done your research).

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n Select two or three wedding

the photos you want, and you want that in a photographer on your wedding day.”

“Some florists create hand-held bouquets that have a front and back side. “If you don’t know, look in front of a mirror. Turn “There are photographers for every budget, the bouquet slowly to see which side is the and as with most things in life, you get fullest, most well-balanced and visually what you pay for,” says Schoeggl. “If you’re pleasing,” says Miller. “If your bouquet is hoping for a great set of wedding photos, a cascade style, naturally, the botanicals prioritize them in your wedding budget and drape downward. So be mindful of this plans. Research wedding photographers when carrying your bouquet. A cascade early in your wedding planning so you can photographed tilting sideways, or even take your pick from a wider selection of upside down, is a missed opportunity to available artists. At first, keep the price tag create that perfect image.” out of your evaluations, and focus on how much the photographer’s images, style and “Fresh flowers are more photogenic, so if the personality appeal to you. If you realize weather is hot, baby your flowers,” Miller that the photographers you love cost more says. “Keep them inside with water until you than you expected, you’ll still have time to need them for pictures, and let them have readjust your budget to get the quality of another drink before the ceremony.” photography you want.” FLOWERS FOR YOUR WEDDING DAY

for photographing a day that will be a huge part of your life; you don’t want to trust it to that $500 Craigslist photographer, or the uncle that likes taking photos and has a nice camera. We’ve got over 200 weddings under our belt; we know how weddings flow and know how to work under the stress of a wedding and make sure you get 16

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As you do with other professionals, be sure to research wedding florists to find the best one for you. “I believe there is a perfect florist for every wedding,” said Julia Miller, owner of Julia’s Floral. Look at florists’ websites, social media pages and reviews to get a good sampling of each florist’s work.

CORINA BAKERY RECOMMENDS TASTING AND STURDY CAKE STANDS

When choosing a bakery, Molly Ott, owner and general manager of Corina Bakery, recommends that you ask these questions: “Is the bakery located within a reasonable distance from the venue? Does it offer desserts for those with allergies (that taste as good as the rest)? Also, ask the expert, what is your cake serving-suggestion size?”

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Make an appointment for tastings with two to three bakers, so they can prepare the foods you prefer and need, especially if there’s a special dietary need. “We like to share this advice regarding wedding cakes: listen to the experts when it comes to the engineering and display of your cake,” said Molly. “Wedding cakes can often weigh upwards of 60 pounds. Many couples want to display cakes on pretty stands that weren’t engineered to bear the weight of a tiered cake. Therefore be sure that the cake stand will hold your heavy wedding cake.”

time, it’s important to have an open mind when trying on different dress silhouettes. “Bridal industry dress sizing tends to run on the smaller side, so don’t get too hung up on the size of the dress,” says Courtney Foreman, owner of Weddings With Joy. She recommends that you keep your entourage small while shopping. Leaving any children in the care of others, she says, will help the appointment go more smoothly. Foreman

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“Is the bakery located within a reasonable distance from the venue? Does it offer desserts for those with allergies (that taste as good as the rest)?” — MOLLY OTT, CORINA BAKERY

If you plan to have an outdoor wedding, be realistic about climate and temperature. For an indoor wedding, pay attention to where the cake is displayed. Most wedding cakes are planted on tables in front of windows, causing them to be backlit. Find a space within the room that offers light to the front of the cake. That will ensure the cake is seen and photographed at its best! SHOPPING FOR YOUR WEDDING DRESS

Wedding dress stores usually also carry bridesmaid dresses, and some offer tuxedo rentals. When you find the stores where you want to shop, scheduling an appointment is highly recommended. Generally, most boutiques are small, so for the most positive experience, scheduling an appointment is recommended to ensure personal attention. When you shop, be sure to bring photos of wedding dresses that you like to help the dress shop consultant understand what you are looking for. At the same SOUTH SOUND WEDDING & EVENT MAGAZINE | 2017

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WHAT TO WEAR TO THE APPOINTMENT

It’s helpful to wear proper undergarments so you can get a good idea of how the dress will look. Be sure to wear shoes with a heel height similar to what you think you will wear for your wedding. Foreman recommends that you schedule only two appointments in a given day to make it easier on the bride. “Once you try on eight or more dresses per boutique and you like multiple dresses, all you’re doing is causing more confusion [for] yourself,” says Foreman. “You lose focus on what could be potentially your dream dress, if you’re caught up in too many bridal appointments in one day.”

WHEN WILL I GET MY DRESS?

It’s important to allow six months to special-order your dress. It takes three to four months for the dress to be made; then allow four to eight weeks for alterations. Sometimes dresses are already in stock with the designer, and for some dresses you can add rush shipping to receive them faster. WHAT’S THE COST FOR ALTERATIONS?

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also warns, “You can really make yourself go crazy if you start your search too early, so I recommend waiting to look for wedding dresses until you are within a year and a half of the wedding date.”

Alteration costs vary, depending on the independent stitcher you use. Many different things factor into the cost of alterations. The most common wedding dress alterations are having the dress hemmed to your height and putting

in a bustle. It’s recommended to budget at least $400 (an average cost) for alterations. NEED A DRESS QUICKLY?

Most of the dresses at Weddings With Joy can be purchased off the rack. MUSIC FOR YOUR WEDDING AND RECEPTION

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Once you have researched DJs and selected three to interview, set up in-person meetings to determine which DJ is the right fit for you. WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A DJ AND A MASTER OF CEREMONIES

A DJ plays music for your ceremony, reception or both, and a master of ceremonies (or emcee), who may also be the DJ, makes the announcements. “This is one of the most important days of your life,” says Becka Page, BPM Entertainment. “You are throwing a party for a large number of people to attend. Plan early to book a quality entertainer to make your event the most successful.” “This is the person you are hiring to be in front of all your guests the entire night with announcements and music,” says Page. “Your DJ can make or break your event. They should be experienced,

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“Your DJ can make or break your event. They should be experienced, organized, reputable and also have a great, approachable personality.” — BECKA PAGE, BPM ENTERTAINMENT organized, reputable and also have a great, approachable personality.” “The photographer and DJ are the two people that couples will spend the most time with at the wedding,” explains David Sader, owner of Absolute Music. “Try to find professionals with personalities you are comfortable with.” Find a DJ that fits your style and suits your needs. “Depending on your style of wedding, you may or may not want an overexaggerating game-style host,” says Cory Kollilis, owner of Sound EFX Music. “You may want a more laid-back [DJ], a formal DJ, or a DJ who can get the party going.” When you meet with potential DJs, “Share your musical taste, your hobbies and your overall vision of the day with your DJ,” says Sader. “Weddings are not a one-sizefits-all kind of event.”

Tips before you sign a contract n Meet at least three wedding

providers in the same business or offering the same service or product before signing a contract with one, to be sure you have selected the right professional for you.

n Read documents carefully n Check the dates (rehearsal and

wedding) and deadlines. Are they accurate?

n Does the contract language match

what your provider told you? If not, ask questions before signing. n Is there a deposit? How much?

When is the payment due? Note it on your calendar. Is it refundable? If so, what percentage is refundable, and under what circumstances?

Some DJs offer lighting and other equipment When you are looking for a DJ, look at rentals, so be sure to ask what they offer. skill level, experience and equipment provided. “You also want to look for PLANNING MUSIC FOR YOUR WEDDING someone who can get the party going AND RECEPTION during the reception, but many clients love You will need to notify the DJ about the that I can control the whole night with my venue, size of the room, floor plan and announcements, music and coordination number of guests, so the DJ can plan the with all the other vendors,” Kolilis says. appropriate sound system. Sometimes two sound systems are needed. Coordinate with the DJ if you are having live music at your wedding or reception, so When you are planning your reception the DJ knows when to play recorded music. seating chart, put the younger guests closest to the speakers and the older guests farther away. When you meet with the DJ, talk about the music you like. “Choosing songs that are If there is no wedding planner, the DJ happy [and] fun and that people love to can fill that role the day of the wedding. sing along to early in the reception creates “Their expertise can make the difference anticipation for dancing later on,” says Page. between a day that flows smoothly and one with unnecessary confusion and missed While you may have a few favorite songs opportunities,” says Sader. “For example, I that you want the DJ to play, it’s best to let always coordinate with the photographer the DJ select the songs that work best for to make sure they are ready and in place getting the guests onto the dance floor, if before I start any of the critical things that that’s your goal. “The hardest situation for a happen during a wedding. Since the DJ DJ to be in is having a playlist of 100 mustmakes the announcements, it is the DJ’s play songs by the newlyweds and the songs responsibility to make sure that everything aren’t working for the crowd,” said Page. is in place before they start talking.” SOUTH SOUND WEDDING & EVENT MAGAZINE | 2017

n For services to be provided at

the wedding by an individual (for example, DJ or photographer), will the provider you meet with be the person at your wedding, or will someone else be sent? Is there a backup plan if the sole professional becomes ill or has an equipment malfunction? n What time will the provider or staff set

up at your wedding and reception? Be sure to communicate timelines to your venue and other wedding professionals.

n If you meet with the professional

months in advance, it’s good to set a time to check in the week of your wedding. Set the appointment ahead of time.

“I have been a music professional for most of my adult life, and I still prepare for each wedding in advance. I go over request lists, assemble folders of music that I will need that day . . . ,” says Sader. “What separates a good DJ from a not-so-good DJ is how they respond to the unexpected.” With years of experience come skill and finesse. “I have learned over the years to start the music at the hook or chorus of the song instead of starting it from the beginning,” says Kollilis. “This is especially cool for the wedding ceremony. “Live mixing also gives us the ability to create excitement.” CONTRIBUTORS TO THIS ARTICLE: Absolute Music BPM Entertainment Corina Bakery Firstlight Photography Julia’s Floral Sound EFX Music The Vault Catering Co Wallflower Photography Weddings With Joy weddingandeventmagazine.com | 

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TRENDING

Fashion colors for spring 2017 PANTONE

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Pink Yarrow

17-2034

ANTONE HAS ANNOUNCED its spring

2017 colors for men and women, which you will find reflected in bridesmaid dresses, men’s formalwear and other items.

PINK YARROW, PANTONE 17-2034 Pink yarrow is a tropical, festive, stimulating color.

PANTONE Island Paradise

As you look at these colors, keep in mind that your monitor, tablet or phone does not give accurate representations of these colors. Color printed on paper reflects differently from fabric, so it is not reliable either. For the best representations of your wedding colors, use fabric swatches. Buy one yard of fabric—enough for you to cut out pieces to share with your florist, bridal apparel store, men’s formalwear store and other vendors. These are the top ten colors for men’s and women’s fashion for spring 2017:

14-4620

ISLAND PARADISE, PANTONE 14-4620 Island Paradise is a cool, blue-green shade of aqua that speaks of tropical settings and a desire to unwind.

PANTONE Kale

18-0107

KALE, PANTONE 18-0107 Kale, a foliage-based green seen in nature, complements the more vibrant tones in the palette.

PANTONE Pale Dogwood

13-1404

PALE DOGWOOD, PANTONE 13-1404 Pale dogwood is a quiet and peaceful shade of pink.

PANTONE Hazelnut

14-1315

HAZELNUT, PANTONE 14-1315 A key neutral color for spring, this shade brings earthiness to mind.

PANTONE Niagara

17-4123

PANTONE

NIAGARA, PANTONE 17-4123 Niagara is the most prevalent color for spring 2017. It is a classic denim-like blue.

15-0343

Greenery

PANTONE

Primrose Yellow

13-0755

PRIMROSE YELLOW, PANTONE 13-0755 This bright yellow color conveys enthusiasm, good cheer and sunny days.

GREENERY, PANTONE 15-0343 This tangy yellow-green is evocative of foliage.

Tips on researching, choosing and sharing wedding colors n Research the latest fashion colors.

Why? Because fashion and retail selections reflect color trends. It’s best to choose trendy wedding colors because you’ll have more options and be more likely to find what you need.

n What colors do you and your PANTONE Lapis Blue

19-4045

LAPIS BLUE, PANTONE 19-4045 This strong and confident, intense blue shade conveys energy and radiance.

loved one prefer? Think of the colors you have in your home or in your wardrobe. Which colors are you drawn to?

n To help decide on colors, go to a

large department store together and see which colors you are both drawn to.

n Go to a bridal to look at PANTONE Flame

17-1462

FLAME, PANTONE 17-1462 This red-based orange is flamboyant and vivacious. It adds fiery heat to the spring 2017 palette.

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To see color samples and learn more, visit the editor’s blog at www.weddingandeventmagazine.com.

bridesmaid dress colors. What do you like?

n Go to a men’s tuxedo shop and

look at colors there, what are you drawn to?

n Do research and find tips at

www.weddingandeventmagazine. com/spring-colors

n Other resources include national

wedding shopping websites such as David’s Bridal and Men’s Wearhouse, which have helpful color-pairing tips.

n Choose at least two colors for

your wedding and a third for an accent color.

n To share your wedding colors,

buy a yard of fabric in each color, cut it into pieces, and share it with your florist, apparel store, caterer and others. Select the fabric that represents the color you want. Paint samples from the hardware store or photos on your phone, tablet, computer or printer all look different; they may not accurately show the color you want.

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TEN TIPS

What to look for in a wedding gown Research wedding gown stores to find stores in your region. 2 Make appointments at the stores you want to visit. 3 We recommend no more than two stores a day, so you won’t become overwhelmed with choices. 4 Be sure to bring one or two people whose opinions you really value to your bridal appointment. 5 Find a gown style that suits your body shape. If you aren’t sure, ask the sales associate. 6 While at the store, look at veils, hair accessories, jewelry and bridesmaid dresses. 7 When you find your gown, ask how long it will take to receive it. 8 If you find your gown at the first store, remember to cancel your appointment at the second store. 9 Determine what alterations you will need for your gown. 10 Ask for the store’s recommendations for stitchers to alter the gown. 1

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Signe and Erik Lund

were married Jan. 17, 2016, at Historic 1625 Tacoma Place. Guests signed a large wine bottle to congratulate the couple.

FLORIST: Swoon Floral Design PHOTOS:The Marianos Photography

Things We Like

FROM REAL WEDDINGS

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Things We Like

FROM REAL WEDDINGS

Nicole “Niki” and Geoff Johnston

were married June 25, 2016, at Chambers Bay. Their wedding cake was decorated with crisscrossed fabric ribbon. Flowers and greenery draped the ceremony arbor. CAKE: Finale — Signature Cakes by Lydia FLORIST: Paper Hearts PHOTOS: Wallflower Photography

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Things We Like

FROM REAL WEDDINGS

Kelli and Patrick Prentice

were married July 9, 2016, in a wedding with “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” theme held at the bride’s family cabin on Lake Cushman. The lush forest, full of ferns and moss, lent itself perfectly to the romantic theme. The reception was held at Olympia Country and Golf Club. The highlights of the wedding decor were the custom-made floral-and-yarn backdrop for the couple’s table and a photo backdrop for guests, both created by Fleurae Floral Design. PHOTOS: Shelby Payne Photography FLORIST: Fleurae

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Things We Like

FROM REAL WEDDINGS

Kristy and Bryan Dykert were married in a fairy-tale-themed wedding on Oct. 4, 2015, at Thornewood Castle in Lakewood. FLOWERS: POSH Wedding Flowers CAKE: Dahlia Bakery PHOTOS: Wallflower Photography

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FROM REAL WEDDINGS

Reini and Justin Kawabori

were married June 18, 2016, at Indian Summer Golf & Country Club in Olympia. The wedding theme was “Once Upon a Time,” based on the ABC television show. The bride dressed as Snow White’s Evil Queen from the show, a character she impersonates in cosplay up and down the West Coast. Her dress design was based on the character’s dress. It was custom-made by her mother, a seamstress. DECOR: Epic Event Decor PHOTOS: Your Depth Productions

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IND WHAT YOU NEED AT LOCAL WEDDING SHOWS

SOUTH SOUND WEDDING & EVENT MAGAZINE is presenting two wedding shows

in January and February 2017.

“Our wedding professionals’ displays will inspire you to create the wedding you have always dreamed of,” says Paula Lowe, wedding show producer. Expect to meet skilled wedding professionals at these midsize shows. The professionals in attendance are eager to talk with engaged couples and to help them plan their wedding or provide a service or product. “Wedding shows are a good place for couples to meet skilled wedding professionals and learn who they want to do business with,” says Lowe. “While you look at their photos and promotional materials, you will get a feel for their work and their personalities. Set up in-person meetings with the ones you’re considering, to tour their venues, see their photography studios, or sample their catering. From those combined experiences, you will be better able to choose those who will help you make your day special.”

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SUNDAY, JAN. 29 10:00AM–3:30PM ••• KITSAP CONFERENCE CENTER

www.westsoundweddingshow.com THE WEST SOUND WEDDING SHOW IS SUNDAY, JAN. 29, FROM 10:00 A.M. TO 3:30 P.M. AT THE KITSAP CONFERENCE CENTER AT BREMERTON HARBORSIDE. It is an opportunity to

meet Kitsap Peninsula professionals who will help you with your wedding and reception. Two fashion shows will showcase the latest hairstyles and makeup, gowns, tuxes, bridesmaid and flower girl dresses, bouquets and jewelry. See the fashion shows at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Guests will receive a bag filled with discount coupons and gifts. They are also eligible to win prizes. Discounted tickets are available online. At the door, save $1 with military ID or a donation of nonperishable food for the Bremerton FoodLine. For more information, visit www.westsoundweddingshow.com

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SATURDAY, FEB. 4 10:00AM–3:30PM ••• MARCUS PAVILION AT SAINT MARTIN’S UNIVERSITY

www.southsoundweddingshow.com ON SATURDAY, FEB. 4, SOUTH SOUND WEDDING & EVENT MAGAZINE PRESENTS THE 10TH ANNUAL SOUTH SOUND WEDDING SHOW AT MARCUS PAVILION AT SAINT MARTIN’S UNIVERSITY IN LACEY. The show runs

from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. There will be fashion shows at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. with the latest styles of gowns and tuxes. Models will display the latest hairstyles, makeup, bouquets and jewelry. Guests will receive a bag filled with discount coupons and gifts and will be eligible to win prizes. Discounted tickets are available online. For more information, visit www.southsoundweddingshow.com SOUTH SOUND WEDDING WORKSHOP

South Sound Wedding & Event magazine presents the South Sound Wedding Workshop at South Sound venues. These intimate,

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PREPARE BEFORE YOU GO Research wedding shows online. Be sure to register online for shows

that require advance registration.

Attend the event with the people

PHOTOS BY FIRSTLIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY

you want to help you make decisions, such as your fiancé, maid of honor, bridesmaid, mother or friend.

Know which products or services

you need for your wedding or reception.

Bring fabric swatches of your color

scheme.

Bring photos of your ideas. Bring your calendar to make

appointments with vendors.

Have your checkbook and credit

card so you can make deposits to book vendors’ services.

Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Bring labels with your name,

address, phone number and email address to make it easier to register for prizes.

friendly gatherings inform and educate brides- and grooms-to-be and their families about planning their weddings and receptions. During the free workshop, vendors present resources available to couples and families. South Sound wedding professionals speak at the workshop, giving couples tips about planning their events and saving money. Couples and their families are encouraged to ask questions and interact with the vendors. There are two workshops in 2017. FEB. 23, 6:00–8:00 PM, INDIAN SUMMER GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB MARCH 11, 2:00–4:00 PM, TITLOW LODGE

For more information, see www. southsoundweddingshow.com/workshops WEDDING SHOW AND WEDDING WORKSHOP INFORMATION For the most up-to-date information about shows and workshops, visit www.weddingandeventmagazine.com/ wedding-shows.

AFFORDABLE ELEGANCE IN DOWNTOWN SUMNER AtticHansen.com 253.863.1285

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GIVING BACK

Buy a dress, help a cause

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RIDES FOR A CAUSE is a nonprofit

organization based in Portland, Oregon, that collects and sells donated wedding dresses, both new and used, at reduced prices. The inventory is wideranging and changes constantly, as new dresses arrive daily. Proceeds help support a variety of women-focused charities.

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Puget Sound-area brides can help raise money for the organization’s mission by purchasing their wedding dresses from Brides for a Cause. The organization has a permanent storefront location in Portland that is open seven days a week on a walk-in basis. The shop also travels to Tacoma, SeaTac, Des Moines and Seattle a few times a year to give local brides an exceptional limited-time opportunity to shop from its unique inventory. Each road show is held for two to three days and features more than 500 one-of-a-kind wedding dresses in sizes 0-28, with prices starting at $150.

“We understand weddings can get very expensive. Our bridal store is a great option for brides on a budget.”

Two Stunningly Beautiful Waterfront Settings...

— ERIN SCHARF, BRIDES FOR A CAUSE “We understand weddings can get very expensive. Our bridal store is a great option for brides on a budget,” says Erin Scharf, founder of Brides for a Cause. It also caters to last-minute brides who may need a wedding dress in a week or month, since everything is sold off the rack. • Located on picturesque North Bay in Allyn • One large setting can accomodate 100+ guests • Another is more intimate and personal • Indoor reception area includes dressing facilities, partial kitchen, table and chair rentals Most reasonable rates in the Puget Sound region!

PHONE: FAX:

360-275-2430 360-275-2455

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Already have a wedding dress? Brides for a Cause accepts wedding dress donations year-round. The organization is currently accepting wedding dresses from 2010 and later. Donations are tax-deductible and may be mailed to the Portland boutique or dropped off at a local event. To learn more about the Portland boutique, upcoming road shows and donating a wedding dress, visit www.bridesforacause.com

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GO GREEN

Environmentally friendly celebrations OING GREEN IS MORE than a trend;

it is a responsible way to live.

Some of the most elegant wedding menus and dining accouterments are already environmentally sound, and often less expensive. From using real dishes and cutlery, rather than disposables, to serving seasonal foods from local farmers markets and donating leftovers to charitable organizations, many green practices are very classy and eco-chic. FOR A GREEN WEDDING n Use recycled paper products for

invitations, save-the-date cards and other communications to guests. An alternative is to use emails for save-the-date announcements or invitation responses. n Flowers, bows and other decorations from the wedding can be reused for display at the reception. n If there is another wedding in the same venue earlier or later in the day, consider sharing flowers, bows and other decorations with the other wedding. n Candles from the ceremony can be taken home and enjoyed after the wedding. FOR A GREEN RECEPTION n Use china and silverware, not disposable

dishes or plastic flatware.

n Use tablecloths, napkins and other linens

that can be laundered and reused.

n Choose menu items from local growers

so that the food doesn’t travel far and you support local business owners and suppliers. n Use recycled paper for menus, place cards and other printed pieces. Better yet, find a creative way to identify guests’ places without using paper. Perhaps the wedding party or young girls and boys could escort guests to their seats, referring to a seating chart. n Consider sharing flower vases, glass chimneys for candles, or other reusable items with a friend’s wedding, reception or event.

n Use battery-operated LED lights on

tabletops. They give the illusion of candlelight but are reusable. (They are also safer than burning candles, which are prohibited by some venues.) n Schedule an outdoor event during daylight hours to lower energy consumption for lighting and heating. n Choose green favors — edible favors, seedlings in pots, native plants (trees or herbs) — in recyclable packaging. Instead of favors, consider charitable donations in the names of your guests. FOR GREEN TRANSPORTATION n Arrange group transportation for guests

from the wedding to the reception and from the hotel to the wedding ceremony. Rent buses, vans, golf carts, horse carriages, boats or other forms of transportation. n Organize carpooling for the wedding party and guests. n Hold your wedding and reception in the same location so no transportation is needed between them.

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GO VINTAGE

Taking old things and making them into something new is an enjoyable and satisfying way to establish a green or vintage theme. Here are a few tips. Find old bridal gowns at vintage clothing stores or thrift shops. Perhaps a loved one has a wedding gown stashed in the attic, awaiting a second ceremony. Clean the gown, and then wear it as is, having it altered by a tailor to fit. To freshen or update the style of the gown, find a stitcher who specializes in reviving old gowns. For a classy ride from the church ceremony to the reception, look for a vintage car collector who can transport the couple in style.

Keep me close to your heart THE BEST MEMORIES ARE MADE OUT OF DETAILS

Borrow vintage decor from family and friends for the ceremony and reception. You might even be able to borrow vintage cake knives and cake toppers. WEDDING . ANNIVERSARIES . A LIFETIME OF CELEBRATIONS INFO@BOUNDLESSWEDDING.COM | WWW.BOUNDLESSWEDDING.COM

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CUSTOM CEREMONIES

Finding a wedding officiant to conduct your ceremony

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OUR WEDDING IS ONE OF the

greatest celebrations in your life — perhaps the greatest of all. It’s a day when you are joining with the one you love for the rest of your life. You are declaring your love and pledging your loyalty in front of your family and friends, telling them that you have found the one you love. It’s a great, important day. Who, then, will guide you through your ceremony and sign your marriage license? You have several options. If one of you is a member of a worship organization or denomination, ask your pastor, minister, rabbi, or priest (or similar official of any religious organization) — all seminarytrained clergy. For those who do not have a regular place of worship but want to get married in such a place, some religious venues accommodate weddings for nonmembers, though they may require that the couple have certain beliefs (e.g., belief in God or something larger than themselves). Many seminary-trained clergy will perform a ceremony at your venue; it doesn’t have to be a place of worship. For those who want a nondenominational ceremony, there are four options of people to officiate at your ceremony and sign the marriage license: 1. A Life-Cycle Celebrant™. 2. A wedding officiant who has a credentials and a certificate. 3. Justices of the supreme court, judges of the court of appeals, judges of the superior courts, supreme court commissioners, court of appeals commissioners, superior court commissioners or judges of courts of limited jurisdiction. 4. A family member or friend who has credentials and a certificate from an online provider of such credentials. Provided these officiants have the right credentialing, they are all qualified to sign a marriage license and turn it in to the county. 32

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When determining which kind of wedding officiant you want for your wedding, interview at least two to three of each kind to find the person who best suits you and your needs. “Ask hard questions and get a sense of personality and how an officiant does the work,” suggests Annemarie Juhlian, nondenominational minister and wedding officiant. She suggests these questions, “Does your officiant resonate with you? Does he or she express delight and excitement to know you better and to be a part of your wedding day? Does this person promptly get back to you via email or phone, and are they flexible, accommodating, creative and thoughtful?” To make a decision, Juhlian suggests, “Go with your gut. Go with an officiant who leaves you with the feeling of ‘this person has our back.’”

These questions apply to whomever you meet, no matter their official position. It is important to find the right person to conduct your ceremony. While meeting with potential officiants, ask them about their fees, so you know how much to budget. WHOM TO SELECT? WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE? TRAINED CLERGY ARE UNIQUELY QUALIFIED

“We get specialized training in doing ceremonies and counseling,” says the Rev. Dr. Tammy Stampfli, The United Churches of Olympia. “Our weddings are faithbased: we believe in something larger than ourselves that people connect with in a spiritual way.” Stampfli requests that the couple meet with her three times before the wedding

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“It’s an honor to be part of someone’s life transition,” says Stampfli. “It’s great to be a part of a community of faith and have your community there for you.” LIFE-CYCLE CELEBRANTS SPECIALIZE IN DESIGNING UNIQUE CEREMONIES

Life-Cycle Celebrants are educated and trained by the Celebrant Foundation & Institute. They study for eight months to two years to gain their certification. Celebrants officiate at every life event, including weddings and commitments, funerals and memorials, baby namings, adoptions and house blessings. They are educated in the history, creation and performance of ceremonies that enable couples to incorporate personally significant symbols, rituals and traditions.

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They serve all faiths and cultures. “We are experts in blending multiple world views and finding the common threads that link all humanity together,” says Pamela Torres, certified Life-Cycle Celebrant.

Annemarie Juhlian

“Being nondenominational and ‘interfaithful’ in our approach translates to celebrants’ not having a dogmatic approach nor formulaic elements we must follow,” says Danna Schmidt, Life-Cycle Celebrant. “We have a more thoughtful and methodical approach to the ceremonial design, most especially because we are well-steeped in the anthropological aspects, mechanics and artful accoutrements of a well-ordered ceremony,” says Schmidt. “As a Life-Cycle Celebrant, my job is to dig below the surface and discover and then shine a light on their unique love and what is important to them,” says Pam Torres. “This process is a collaboration. With expert guidance, the ceremony is truly the fusion of their love story [and the] values and intentions that surround their choice to be married.” Rather than provide a list of options for the ceremony, the Life-Cycle Celebrant learns from the bride and groom what holds the most value in their lives and what symbols and themes they have in common. “Oftentimes I have couples who want something simple, but then through working with them, they ended up infusing several rituals in their ceremony,” says Schmidt.

Choose someone who is: 1. An experienced public speaker. 2. Dependable to show up at the rehearsal and wedding, lead the rehearsal and conduct your wedding ceremony. 3. A person you can easily work with to come up with the language for your ceremony, including your vows. 4. Willing to hold the ceremony script in a folder so that any nervousness won’t be apparent from shaking of the paper. 5. Responsible and trustworthy to sign the marriage license and return it to the county by the deadline.

Schmidt sends her couples a questionnaire. “It becomes a form of premarital discussions,” says Schmidt. Sometimes answering the questions is the couple’s favorite part of their time together as a couple. “I am all about new and different,” Schmidt says about her job. “I love that there are no two couples that are the same and no love stories that are the same. I’m a ritual freak, so I can conceive unique rituals. I’m a wordsmith, too, so I utilize my lyrical writing skills — so perfect for ceremony.”

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rehearsal. She gives them a personality test so they can gain understanding about themselves. She asks the couple what topics they want to discuss, and then she advises them. “Premarital counseling is important; it gives you tools on how to better your relationship,” she says.

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Nontraditional officiants have a license and certificate they have received online. They may be ordained ministers of a religious organization that has no regular worship services. These officiants have varying amounts of experience. “Marriage is a big deal, and taking this lifetime step takes enormous consideration, courage and heart,” says Juhlian.

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To legally perform wedding ceremonies, family members or friends can get credentialing and a certificate online for a nominal fee. If you ask a family member or friend to perform the ceremony, there are things to consider. “When you are the best friend, you are part of the couple’s family system,” says Stampfli. “You don’t provide any perspective because you are part of their lives.” She says if the couple gets premarital counseling with a therapist, perhaps a best friend could officiate.

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Another concern about having a friend or family member officiate is that the person may have little or no experience in leading a wedding rehearsal or conducting a wedding ceremony. If the wedding is small and casual, there’s less to conduct, but if it’s a medium to large wedding, the inexperience will show.

America’s changing religious landscape n Twenty-two percent of all households (about 28.4 million couples) have a mixture of religious identifications. n Fourteen percent of men and women are not affiliated with any particular religious creed (This represents an increase from 8 percent in 1990.) n Forty percent of Christians and 47 percent of Jews do not belong to a church or synagogue. Source: The American Religious Identification Survey 2001

county in which they plan to be married. There is a three-day waiting period, and the license is valid for 60 days. There are rules regarding returning the signed license: when, where, who and how. Check with the county for rules and regulations. For information about the Celebrant Foundation & Institute, visit www.celebrantinstitute.org. To receive credentialing from the Seattlebased Universal Life Church Monastery, visit www.themonastery.org. PROFESSIONALS QUOTED IN THIS ARTICLE: Rev. Dr. Tammy Stampfli, The United Churches of Olympia, www.theunitedchurches.org Danna Schmidt, Life-Cycle Celebrant, Waypoint Ceremonies, www.waypointceremonies.com Pamela Torres, Life-Cycle Celebrant, www.pamtorres.com Annemarie Juhlian, Seattle wedding officiant and celebrant, www.marriedbyannemarie.com

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videographers are hired by the couple to capture the wedding and reception. Doing their jobs well is often challenging when guests with cell phones or cameras push in front of them to take photos. To avoid that scenario, consider confiscating all recording devices before the ceremony. Then guests can simply enjoy the event, and professional recorders won’t have to dodge others’ phones or cameras. 1. Post a sign at the entrance of the

ceremony asking guests to turn in cell phones, cameras and video cameras. If you prefer not to do this, go to number 7. 2. Ask two to four people to collect guests’ recording devices and put each in a bag with the guest’s name. 3. Ask one or two people to guard the precious devices during the ceremony. During that time, the bags can be arranged in alphabetical order for easy distribution after the ceremony. 4. After the ceremony, get at least four

people to dispense the devices. 5. The couple should be available at some point for guests to take photos of them, perhaps after the emcee has announced them at the reception. 6. If you don’t want photos taken during the reception, either, keep the devices safe during that time. 7. If you don’t want to take away phones and cameras, then request that guests not take photos during the ceremony. 8. Sign text suggestion: “Welcome to our unplugged ceremony. Please turn off your phones and cameras.” 10. Sign text suggestion: “Wedding. There’s 9. Sign text suggestion: “Welcome to our a woman here with a big, impressive unplugged wedding. We invite you to be camera. We invited her here to capture our fully present during our ceremony. Please special day. So that you can be fully present turn off all cell phones and cameras. with us, we ask that you please keep your Thank you.” cameras and phones tucked away.”

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ADVICE FROM NEWLYWEDS

Enjoy all the 1. Make sure events that take place it’s about you. There’s a lot of leading up to the day. Focus pressure from outside sources and third parties. It’s important to realize on the marriage and your future it’s your day and that is all that together, not just the party.

matters. Everything should come to —ABBIE AND STEVEN SANER your approval. 2. Things are going to go wrong and that’s OK, perfect as planned. Don’t let it bother you; you don’t want a memory of that negative. Go into the day knowing something FIND MORE ADVICE ON may go wrong. PAGES 50 AND 52 3. We made an Excel spreadsheet about what needed to get done, the due date and who was responsible; then we could keep track of who was in charge of ordering the cake, etc. Keep track of everything. A piece of advice I would Also make sure that you start planning the give to engaged couples wedding well in advance, and be done well in advance. planning a wedding is to

— ELLEN AND PRINCE SHARMA not forget why you are doing this in the first place! It is so easy to get wrapped up in the superficial aspect of planning your wedding, but in the end the only thing that matters is that you are showing all the most important people in your life that you promise to love and respect each other for the rest of your lives and through anything. It is all about the joining of two souls more than anything else! Also, it helps to have an awesome bridal party to support you and an organized wedding planner that can worry about things so you don’t have to! 

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Enlist as much help as possible with planning, and don’t be afraid to delegate tasks to family or friends! Also don’t get caught up in little details. Guests will not remember such things as place settings, tablecloths and centerpieces. They will just remember how they felt and how much fun they had celebrating the newly wed couple. Last, make it how you want and don’t allow others to make you lose sight of your dream wedding. — MCKENZIE AND MICHAEL HOLMES SOUTH SOUND WEDDING & EVENT MAGAZINE | 2017

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We are so happy with the way each little detail turned out — it was our fairy-tale wedding for sure — but one thing we experienced was we were so caught up with the bliss of the day, we could hardly stop to examine the decorations or notice how many people were there or if everyone got fed! Also, during planning there were definitely some regrets I had where I pushed ideas and wants so far that I didn’t take into account how my husband felt about it, or I even failed to communicate about it! Wedding planning can make or break your day together, depending on how well you communicate and listen to each other. I know a lot of prior brides can relate with this. So to all you brides-to-be, you’ve been dreaming of this day forever, but keep it simple! And keep reminding yourself it’s just one day. Stick with just a handful of ideas you’ve been dreaming of for your wedding and you won’t drive yourself crazy with a long list that keeps building. Trust me, you won’t be thinking about your guest count or that one decoration that didn’t make it on the table when you’re saying your “I dos.” It’s all about marrying your best friend and growing closer together from the experience. It’s an important day but a fleeting day. You have the rest of your lives together from here on out! Spend time during the wedding planning encouraging your spouse and doing little things to make his day. Laugh at your mistakes, have FUN and in the midst of the stress make time to get away and relax together!

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ADVICE FROM NEWLYWEDS Reading articles about wedding how-tos and scouring Pinterest is super helpful in the beginning to get the creative juices flowing, but my advice is to proceed with caution and quit the scouring as quickly as possible. Live in the present and enjoy the engaged life. I knew all along that doing what felt true to us was important, but I got sucked in at times, caring about all the lists online saying what a n If there is a corkage fee, use magnum wine bottles. wedding needed. “Just do you” is what Barry says, n People drink a lot more white wine than expected. and do not worry. “Who of you by worrying can n Book your venue early; most fill up a year or more add a single hour to your life?” Luke 12:25. As for in advance. all the tedious details, just do what’s you and do n Have a small wedding party if possible; it saves what honors you and your relationship. And with money and makes things more close and personal. love, eat on your wedding day!  There is also less confusion and drama on the day of the wedding.

— NOLAN AND BARRY RIVERA

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to choose their dress at the shop too. n Have a little basket with necessities in each of

the bathrooms: small personal deodorant, antacid, hand lotion, ibuprofen, floss picks, small individual containers of mouthwash and, in the women’s room, tampons and pads. n Have fun with it, and try not to stress too much. It should be fun! — TESSA AND ALEX WARDIAN

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The process will always go by fast and be stressful, no matter how much planning you put into it. The critical part is just to take the time to figure out what the most important things are to each of you so that you can ensure they are integrated into the ceremony and reception. Once you have a list of must-haves, then you can set your priorities and plan your event around those priorities. Also, never stop being true to yourselves. Advice and recommendations will always freely flow from friends and family, so don’t lose focus on what you want. Hopefully, you only get to do this once, so it should speak to you as a couple. If you follow your vision, it is sure to feel much more sincere, personal, and genuine — which you and your guests will undoubtedly appreciate! — CARDEN AND GREG GRIFFITH

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more than the friendship that we held,” says McKenzie. Both of them attended and graduated from Washington State University, but some of those years, they were apart because she attended school at the WSU Spokane campus. The couple became engaged at Lake Coeur d’Alene on May 3, 2014, a week before McKenzie’s graduation. After graduation, she completed grad school at WSU Spokane.

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was romantic, with a quaint garden feel. Flowers and bridesmaid dresses displayed

the colors of the wedding: peach and blush tones, silver and gold. “We wanted our location to have the right romantic feeling to it,” says McKenzie. “We did not want to fluff up our ceremony,” she says. “We kept it simple, and it was still impactful and emotional. We did not want the wedding to be all about us, but rather everyone there, as a show of appreciation for all that they have contributed to helping us get where we are.”

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McKenzie also says, “The photographer was especially important because we wanted someone who had an appreciation for all the little details so that we could look back and relive our special day through our photos. Genesa was able to capture it exactly how we wanted it!” THEME, DECOR: The decor featured

mixed metals and glass vases in geometric shapes. The aisle was lined with candles in geometric vases and with flowers. Vintage furniture was used at the entrance to hold cards and gifts, and the guest book. At the reception, the centerpieces were champagne- and peach-colored flowers displayed in antique gold vases. SPECIAL MOMENTS: The couple waited

until the ceremony to see each other in their wedding attire. “It made it much more meaningful for our friends and family to take it in with us,” says McKenzie. “We just feel that the guests really picked up on how genuine our wedding was.”

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one year after their engagement — Carden and Greg Griffith were married at Chambers Bay. The couple chose the venue because it overlooks Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains.

were from out of town. “Our guests told me that our wedding had a personal and intimate feel,” say Carden. VISION: Their vision for their wedding was

wedding of mutual friends at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York in 2014. “We were strategically placed at the same table during the wedding reception . . .,” explains Carden. “The bride was confident that we would hit it off.” A match was made that day, thanks to an insightful bride.

to get all their friends and family together. “We wanted to maximize the amount of time that we’d get to spend with them and make sure our wedding was true to us,” says Carden. The couple wanted their extended families and friends to get to know one another, so they arranged a few gatherings before and after the wedding. “The end result was three days of quality time spent with our closest friends and family, truly melding into one cohesive group,” says Carden.

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natural scenery and on us,” she says. The wedding colors, navy blue and lilac, were woven throughout the wedding flowers, wedding attendants’ attire, tablecloths, and other elements. The couple used a few chalkboard signs to convey messages to their guests. One expressed their wish for an “unplugged” wedding, with no cameras or cell phones. Another asked guests to “choose a seat, not a side,” a necessity since the bride’s family was much larger than the groom’s. weddingandeventmagazine.com | 

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For the reception, the couple built flower boxes from western red cedar. The florist surrounded the Mason jar containing a lighted candle with succculents and cut flowers. Carden and Greg also labeled index cards “Words of Wisdom” for guests to use to write advice to the couple. The reception tables were covered with navy blue tablecloths and were sprinkled with silver confetti forming the words “Love,” “Always” and “Forever.” At the bar, two signature drinks were served, representing the bride and groom. Framed signs that matched the style of the wedding invitations announced the custom drinks.

carden & greg THEME, DECOR: Because the scenery was stunning, the couple chose to keep the decorations “very simple and clean”

GUEST FAVORS: A small box with a Lindt

truffle inside was put at each place setting. Inside the box was a note that stated the couple had made a donation to the United Service Organizations (USO) in lieu of favors. SPECIAL MOMENTS: At the reception the

couple ended up crowd surfing. “A first time for both of us,” says Carden. First, the groomsmen and saber bearers lifted up the groom. “Then, not to be outdone, my brothers and cousins picked me up, and before I knew it, I was getting tossed in the air and moved around the dance floor seven feet in the air!” says Carden. “It was definitely exhilarating and made some of the best pictures. So much fun!”

Carden remembers the final song at the reception, when the DJ played “Free Bird” as the encore song. “It was incredible to see all of our family and friends mixed together in a giant circle, arms around each other, swaying to the song,” she says. “That will forever be one of our favorite moments. That moment in time truly embodied what a wedding should be: the bringing together of two families.”

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— which had a 1960s, midcentury, “Mad Men” theme — took place July 23, 2016, on friends’ property in Centralia. “We loved our wedding location because it was so special to have our friends share their house and property with us,” says Noelle. “It was simple but beautiful — nature all around us.”

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HOW THEY MET: “We actually knew each

other in high school, but hung out with completely different groups,” says Noelle. “We officially met in 2014 at the Brewfest at McMenamins Olympic Club in Centralia.”

Noelle. “I think sometimes people can get caught up in the details of the wedding and forget what it is really about.” Noelle says the couple wanted to share with their loved ones “the love we both finally found.”

VISION: “We wanted to show our friends,

THEME, DECOR: The wedding colors were

family and each other the significance of what we mean to one another and the seriousness of our commitment,” says

1960s shades of teal, orange and yellow, in keeping with the midcentury, “Mad Men” theme. Noelle’s mom, Melody Nelson, also

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their professional caterer, served as their wedding planner and put together the decor. GREEN TOUCHES: Melody found much of

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memorable part of the wedding was standing at the altar with the love of my life,” says Noelle. “I don’t think either of us even looked into the crowd; we just stared into each other’s eyes. We were both just so happy and full of love.” Noelle works in the medical field, and Justin is a business owner. They make their home in Centralia. CATERER: Five Star Catering, Centralia CAKE AND DESSERTS: Abby’s Cookies and Cupcakes FLORIST: Benny’s Florist JAZZ BAND: Carol LaMar Trio

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HOW THEY MET: The couple met at a that Abbie Oars Saner and Steven family Fourth of July party. They were Saner will always remember: it engaged for more than a year. Though was their wedding night. the two say they had plenty of time to prepare for their ceremony and wedding, VENUE: They were married at Historic Abbie says, “The greatest emphasis was 1625 Tacoma Place, with 180 guests given toward the effort we underwent in witnessing the ceremony. “Most of our preparing to become a married couple.” family and friends live in or near Tacoma, so it was a great location for the ceremony VISION: Celebrating their wedding on New and reception,” says Abbie. Year’s Eve was meaningful to the couple. “We wanted . . . an atmosphere that brought

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all the things we love together: food, drinks, music and each other,” says Abbie. “We wanted to celebrate our love by hosting our family and friends on New Year’s Eve, encompassing all that glitters in food, decorations and attire. The night reflected the way in which we come together as family and friends, all year long.” COLORS AND DECOR: True to that

glittering vision, the bridesmaids wore dresses in gold, silver and rose gold. The

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reception, they were presented with a choice of a cinnamon roll or a jam-filled scone as a midnight snack or early breakfast. SPECIAL MOMENTS: The most memorable

moment for the bride was her dad’s walking her down the aisle while her stepdad officiated the ceremony. As a surprise, Abbie’s brothers sang and played guitar during the ceremony and reception. “It was unexpected and perfect!” said Abbie.

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Unity rope ceremony unites couple with God

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NGELINA “ANGIE” BARBER

and Abraham “Abe” Barber married July 30, 2016, at a friend’s hilltop farm in Poulsbo.

both been praying and seeking God about our future spouses.”

“In six years we have done so much growing in Christ together,” says Angie. HOW THEY MET: The couple met in the “By the grace of God, we have learned spring of 2010 at Angie’s 17th birthday what it means to put Christ first in our party. “I was so glad to have him at the relationship and live an abundant life by party, I gave him a big hug to thank him applying His word to our lives. We count before he left,” remembers Angie. The ourselves blessed to be loved like this in our couple texted each other throughout the upcoming marriage, and that this love will summer. Then, in September, they had their grow stronger every day as the challenges first date, at a movie. and victories come.” On that date they discovered their “shared love for Jesus, music, investing in friendships, outdoors, traveling and adventure,” remembers Angie. “We had

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setting for our wedding celebration. Our friends worked tirelessly all year to make it as gorgeous as could be for our wedding, and we will be forever grateful.” THEME, DECOR: The couple sought to

make their wedding rustic, romantic and ethereal, using natural earth tones with a touch of dusty pink and bronze. The reception decor featured hand-painted Mason jars, green hydrangeas, burlap, tulle, lace and small chalkboard signs on every table. The 140 guests signed a slice of a large tree trunk. Friends lent the couple a cross for the ceremony; it had been used at Easter Sunday worship services. The couple wanted a unity ceremony, so they chose to braid a rope. “Each strand of the rope signifies each person in the relationship: Jesus, my husband and me,” says Angie. “Our pastor explained the symbolism as we braided the rope. The ceremony is based on Ecclesiastes 4:12, ‘Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.’”

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SPECIAL MOMENTS: Remembering some

of the special moments from her wedding, Angie says it’s hard to choose only one. As the reception wound to a close in the evening, the guests lined the driveway, holding sparklers, as the couple waved goodbye and “Love Me Tender” by Norah Jones played in the background. Then the couple drove away in a friend’s 1953 Chevrolet Bel Air.

“All I could think or feel was pure joy,” says Angie. “It happened! We’re finally married! My husband and I agree it was one of the happiest moments in our lives.” Angie is a wedding photographer, and Abe is a construction plumber. They make their home in Poulsbo. FLORIST: Florist in the Foothills

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Romantic, elegant country wedding

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ANIELLE AND CODY DIENI were married Sept.

16, 2016, at Mountain View Manor.

HOW THEY MET: The couple met playing

softball in Des Moines. “Cody’s team was short one girl; I offered to play with their team, and we’ve been inseparable ever since,” says Danielle.

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VENUE: Both the wedding and reception

were held at the venue. The couple enjoyed the view of Mount Rainier, the gardens and the size of the ceremony site. Nearly 120 people attended their wedding. VISION: When planning their wedding,

the couple put a high priority on hiring a “phenomenal photographer” and getting “amazing flowers.” They wanted a romantic, elegant wedding. Blush, ivory,

champagne and gold were their colors. “I wanted everyone to feel like they were at a beautiful, formal party,” says Danielle. “Although I was going for a glamorous ambiance, I wanted our friends and family to see how much we make each other laugh,” says Danielle. “I wanted everyone to see that our love is so strong because we are best friends.”

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danielle & cody “Although I was going for a glamorous ambiance, I wanted our friends and family to see how much we make each other laugh,” says Danielle.

THEME, DECOR: At the ceremony, wine

barrels placed on each side of the aisle were topped with floral arrangements. At the reception, tall trumpet vases of flowers formed the centerpieces, and gold chandeliers hung inside the tent. The couple’s sweetheart table had a sequined blush tablecloth, and tall candleholders were placed on it. During the reception, the guests toasted marshmallows for s’mores at the venue’s fire pit. SPECIAL MOMENTS: The couple’s nine-

month-old son sat in a wagon pulled by his cousin. He waved to everyone as he went down the aisle. He also clapped as

their friend presented the ceremony. “We have known our friend who officiated our wedding for six years,” says Danielle. “It was beyond special to have him standing at the altar with us.” Danielle is a restaurant worker, and Cody is a manager for a transportation company. They make their home in Auburn. VENUE: Mountain View Manor CATERER: Al Lago Restaurant CAKE AND COOKIES: Cupsakes FLORIST: Althauser Design visit www.weddingandeventmagazine.com TO SEE MORE REAL WEDDINGS,

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Waterfront Indian wedding in Des Moines

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LLEN AND PRINCE SHARMA

met in 2013 while both were attending dental school at the University of Washington. After being engaged for nine months, they married on May 21, 2016, at the Des Moines Yacht Club. Both of their families are from Washington state, and they wanted their wedding ceremony and reception to be convenient for their families and friends. He hails from SeaTac and she’s from Tonasket.

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VENUE: The couple married in a

traditional, yet modern, Indian wedding ceremony on the Des Moines waterfront. They had planned to marry outdoors, but it rained that morning, so the ceremony was moved indoors at the yacht club.

traveled by car with a procession of family and friends and made a grand entrance at the ceremony venue. There he mounted a white horse as drummers regaled him. In traditional fashion, his family followed the drummers and danced around him.

Ellen, who wore a traditional red-and-gold lehenga, stayed indoors while Prince was on the horse and his family was outdoors. Before the ceremony, Prince dressed in his Soon after the outdoor parade, Prince and ceremonial attire, a red-and-gold sherwani. Ellen met for their first look at each other in He wore a traditional Indian headdress with their wedding apparel. beads covering his eyes, so that he wouldn’t be able to see his bride when he arrived VISION: “We wanted to keep our ceremony at the ceremony site. Once dressed, he somewhat traditional, with pieces of our SOUTH SOUND WEDDING & EVENT MAGAZINE | 2017


ellen & prince SPECIAL MOMENTS: “My favorite memory was seeing Ellen for the first time at the wedding,” says Prince.

personalities,” says Prince. “We wanted it to be new school, not completely old school. Our vision was to make it a wedding that was enjoyable for everyone and one that represented our personalities.” About 200 family and friends witnessed the three-hour ceremony beneath the mandap. In planning the wedding, the most important elements were different for the bride and groom. “For Ellen, it was important to her to experience a really positive environment because it was the last time, for a while, that she’d see her friends and family, because we were moving to Texas,” explains Prince. SOUTH SOUND WEDDING & EVENT MAGAZINE | 2017

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“For me, [it was important that] the wedding and reception were done how we wanted it done,” says Prince. “Secondly, the music was important to me.” The wedding ceremony and reception capped a three-day weddingcelebration that involved many traditional Indian rituals, including a henna ceremony for Ellen. When her henna application was completed, Prince had a henna heart dyed onto his hand. After the wedding ceremony, the couple took time to rest. In the afternoon, they changed into other outfits for more photographs along the beach in Des Moines. RECEPTION DECOR: The wedding

reception began at 7 p.m. at the Kent Event Center, where 500 guests dined on Indian food. The reception colors were purple and green. A sofa and flower-filled arches served as a stage for the couple, as is traditional at an Indian wedding. Ellen and Prince sat there while they listened to speeches and enjoyed a performance by the University of Washington’s Bollywood dance team, called Kahaani. “It was awesome,” says Prince. “They are well known and compete on a national level. We were fortunate to have them at our reception.” SPECIAL MOMENTS: Ellen’s favorite

memory from her reception was her first dance with Prince. “My favorite memory was seeing her for the first time at the wedding,” says Prince. Soon after their wedding, the couple graduated from dental school, on June 4, 2016. Ellen is a captain and dentist in the U.S. Army, and Prince is also a dentist. They make their home in Texas. CEREMONY VENUE: Des Moines Yacht Club RECEPTION VENUE: Kent Event Center CATERER: Maharaja Restaurant CAKE: Crème De La Crème DECORATOR: Universal Decor

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Personal touches mark wedding at Museum of Glass

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ESSA AND ALEX WARDIAN were

married Sept. 6, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. at the Museum of Glass.

VENUE: The couple chose the Museum

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HOW THEY MET: Tessa and Alex met at

the Little Red Hen, a country-music bar in Green Lake (Seattle), during a karaoke night. They were together for three years and engaged for nine months. VISION: The couple set out to have an

enjoyable and entertaining wedding. “We wanted to add personal touches that made

it uniquely us,” says Tessa. To personalize the wedding to reflect their favorite things, they included art and wine and had the theme song from “Star Wars” as their wedding recessional. COLORS AND DECOR: Tessa and Alex

chose bright colors for their wedding and reception to “offset the large reception area with lots of chrome,” says Tessa. Their colors were chartreuse, coral and blush. GUEST FAVORS: Guests received heart-

shaped, rose-gold-colored wine stoppers. SPECIAL MOMENTS: Among the many

memorable moments from the wedding, the couple especially enjoyed hearing each other’s vows, signing the marriage certificate and seeing their guests have a

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tessa & alex VISION: The couple included art and wine and had the theme song from “Star Wars” as their wedding recessional.

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“The flower girl sat on different people’s laps during dinner and speeches because she thought she should be part of the grown-up wedding party table,” says Tessa. For the first 10 minutes of the ceremony, the guests remained standing because the officiant forgot to tell them to sit down. Tessa remembers something else unexpected: “Many of our guests tried all seven cake flavors at the reception.” Tessa is a family nurse practitioner and Alex is a dentist. They make their home in Snohomish.

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OLAN AND BARRY RIVERA

were married on July 16, 2016, at the Farm Kitchen in Poulsbo, surrounded by 160 family members and friends, many of whom pitched in to help with wedding tasks. The couple were engaged for a little more than a year. “It flew by,” says Nolan.

HOW THEY MET: The couple met in

Bozeman, Montana, in June 2013, while they were training for summer jobs leading service trips for high school students. VENUE: “The grounds at the Farm Kitchen

were impeccable,” says Nolan. The large grounds were conducive to playing lawn

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games, enjoying the gardens or feeding apples to the horses. The ceremony was in an orchard surrounded by large cedar trees. VISION: “We wanted a simple celebration

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of neutral earth tones, the wedding party’s attire added color. The bridesmaids wore blush and cream shades, while the groomsmen wore outfits in green, blue and brown. One of Nolan’s favorite decorated areas was at the ceremony site entrance. There, beneath a tree, instant cameras were placed on a table with paper, so guests could take photographs and write love notes on the paper, and tape them into a memory book.. On a jute clothesline, friends had used clothespins to hang cross-stitch hoops filled with lace left over from Nolan’s wedding dress. Also hanging there was a woodburned sign handmade by Nolan. (Nolan + Barry, July 16, 2016) The flowers were purchased at an area farm and were arranged by the cousins of the bride’s mother. A friend of Nolan’s family served as the wedding coordinator, handling the events of the day. GREEN TOUCHES: Nolan found an old

glass door in her dad’s garage and used it for a table list to help guests find their seats. Barry’s aunt recycles used paper into new, handmade paper. “She collects flowers and presses them into the paper to create beautiful greeting cards,” says Nolan. “We were so blessed by her help and couldn’t have imagined a more perfect way to do the invitations.” Nolan’s dad and brother helped Barry collect ferns and cedar leaves for Barry’s aunt to use in the paper for the invitation cards. Nolan handwrote an invitation and photocopied it onto recycled copy paper to place inside each card. The couple handmade much of the decor, using vintage items from Nolan’s parents’ attic: old mirrors and old doors. The reception featured three food stations, representing Washington with a salmon dish, Iowa with pork chops and Texas with beef brisket. 82

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Several family members and friends baked cookies for the wedding reception. Nolan’s mom and a friend of hers created succulent centerpieces, using Mason jars and other jars purchased from thrift stores. “We liked the look of the layers of little rocks that I collected in Austin, from my parents’ property and from my friend’s property on Hood Canal.” Noelle wrote every guest’s name on a rock. The rocks served as place cards and favors. “I thought it would be a nice keepsake for them, especially since I really love collecting unique rocks,” says Nicole. SPECIAL MOMENTS: Nolan wore Barry’s

grandmother’s dress from 1958. When the couple first became engaged, they

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Port Gamble site for elegant family wedding

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HARON AND BRAD ROGERS

were married Aug. 20, 2016, at St. Paul’s Church in Port Gamble. Their reception followed at the Hood Canal Vista Pavilion, down the street from the church. “We got to have a church wedding, dinner under the big tent and dancing under the stars overlooking the water,” says Sharon. The couple met on eHarmony and were engaged for a year and a half.

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VISION: The couple’s vision for the

wedding was an elegant family party. “Family is very important to us,” says Sharon. “Most people speak of giving away their daughter or losing their son, but we wanted to demonstrate that we are truly joining families, and everyone we invited is an extension of our family.” During the ceremony the couple had a salt ceremony. The bride used pink salt while the groom used gray. They alternated pouring their colored salt into a clear vase. To the couple, it signified that they were joining two families into one. THEME, DECOR: Their wedding colors of

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Strings of white lights were hung over the patio at the reception, and white leather couches were placed on the lawn for extra seating. There was an ice bar for guests, and diamondshaped ice cubes were served in beverages at the reception. The dinner was served family

style, so no one had to wait to eat. A remembrance area featured photos from the couple’s parents’ and grandparents’ weddings, plus photos of loved ones who couldn’t attend the wedding. After dinner, the couple and their guests danced to live music. For a late-night snack, ice cream was served. GREEN TOUCHES: The couple

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The couple and the wedding party rented guest houses at Port Gamble from Thursday through Sunday, so the bridal party had extra time together. “We enjoyed the experience,” says Sharon. Sharon works in sales and Brad is an electrical engineer. They make their home in Kirkland. VENUE: St. Paul’s Church and Hood Canal Vista Pavilion at Port Gamble Weddings CATERER: Sunshine’s All Naturals Catering CAKE: Honey Crumb Cake Bakery ICE CREAM: Sub Zero Ice Cream ICE CARVING: Creative Ice Carving FLORIST: The Pink Peony WEDDING COORDINATOR: Weddings with Wendy BAND: Michael Benson Band BAGPIPER: Neil Hubbard HARPIST: Mary Frank

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You or a family member can light a pillar candle on a table before or during the wedding ceremony. Acknowledge departed loved ones in the ceremony program by listing their names. Place framed pictures of loved ones on the guest book table, reception table or ceremony table. Place handmade photo charms in the bride’s bouquet, or the groom may wear a photo pin or hang a charm from his boutonniere. Local craft designers make these custom charms. Read a poem or share a memorable story about your loved one with your guests during your wedding or reception. Wear something during your wedding that belonged to your loved one — jewelry or a hankie, for example. At your reception, dance with your spouse to your deceased loved one’s favorite tune, and ask your DJ or master of ceremonies to dedicate it to your loved one. Professional officiants may have other suggestions; ask yours.

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“We were thrilled to raise funds for Emergency Food Network to help feed the hungry in Pierce County,” says Emily Cook, chapter president. “With EFN’s ability to produce $12 worth of food for every $1 raised, we were able to make a $91,500 impact to those in need!”

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Additionally, guests donated 410 pounds of food to the EFN at the event. The EFN is always in need of these foods: peanut butter, canned meat (tuna, chicken or salmon), soups with protein, canned fruit, canned vegetables, baby food, infant formula and granola bars. The fundraising event, “From Surviving to Thriving,” also raised more than $5,600 for scholarship funds for Tacoma NACE. “Funds raised for the Tacoma NACE scholarship fund will allow our elected leaders to participate in leadership training at our national NACE conferences, enabling Tacoma South Puget Sound NACE a more sustainable position for the future,” says Cook. ABOUT THE EVENT

Nearly 100 people attended the Parisianthemed dinner and auction, which featured decor by PJ Hummel & Co. and a Parisian-themed menu created by an Aramark chef at the Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center. Live music was performed by the Emmanuel del Casal Band, from Smooth Groove Productions, and the Solo Harp of Susan Haas. The event emcee was Adam’s DJ Service. After the auction, Rock-Bot provided live-music karaoke.

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AUCTION COMMITTEE: Monique Nadeau (co-chair), Emily Cook (co-chair), Heather Hope, Angie Mingus, Jacque Riehl and Julia Miller. VENUE: Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center CATERER: Aramark WINE HOST: Jerry DeLay, B & G Handyman Services LIGHTING AND AV: PSAV PHOTOGRAPHY: Rachelle Erickson Photography PHOTO BOOTH: 1000 Words Event Entertainment EVENT DESIGN & DECOR: PJ Hummel & Co EVENT COORDINATION: Riehl Events FLORIST: Julia’s Floral MUSIC: Emmanuel del Casal Band KARAOKE: Rock-Bot HARPIST: the Solo Harp of Susan Haas AUCTIONEER: Amy McDonough EVENT LOGO: Stefanni Becker EMCEE: Adam’s DJ Service HOTEL: Courtyard by Marriott Tacoma Downtown

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Nearly 20 Tacoma and Seattle wedding and event professionals contributed their professional services and products to this event.

Association of Catering and Event Professionals brought their families and friends to an old“We introduced a lot of new vendors and fashioned picnic at Rein Fire Ranch. They friends to NACE,” says Rachelle Erickson, called it “Hoedown at the Ranch.” organizer of the event for both chapters. “It was a fun-filled, action-packed hoedown, More than 80 people in Western attire and a great time was had by all,” she says. enjoyed yard games, had their caricatures drawn, took horse-and-buggy rides, VENUE, RENTALS, AUDIO AND MC: tossed water balloons, played tug-of-war, Rein Fire Ranch participated in a three-legged race and sat CATERER (PICNIC AND PIES), DECOR: by the campfire. Children played in bounce Gallucci’s Catering houses, colored, created spin art and EVENT CO-PLANNER, PHOTOGRAPHY roasted hot dogs and marshmallows. They AND DESIGN: Rachelle Erickson Photography used the marshmallows for s’mores. EVENT CO-PLANNER, S’MORES AND HOT THE HOEDOWN MENU

Children had kid-friendly food: pizza bites, miniature macaroni-and-cheese bites, fresh fruit, popcorn and more. Adults enjoyed barbecue skewers featuring chili-lime chicken, flank steak and roasted mushrooms, plus potato salad, fresh fruit, corn muffins, pulled-pork sliders, confetti slaw and other dishes. A fresh pie buffet was displayed for dessert.

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LOCAL BRIDAL AND EVENT RESOURCES For quick access to this region’s wedding resources, visit South Sound Wedding & Event magazine’s website:

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services and products. Take a few moments to read the editor’s blog for the latest trends. See photos of real weddings, and pick up hot trends, tips and ideas. The wedding show page South Sound Wedding & Event magazine lists upscale shows and workshops presented is distributed in eight counties in the South by South Sound Wedding & Event, as well as Sound area of western Washington. These area open houses and tastings. are information sources for the major FIND RESOURCES AND PHOTOS visitor centers in the territory: CMYK / .eps

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Olympia-Lacey-Tumwater Visitor & Convention Bureau www.visitolympia.com Mailing: P.O. Box 7338, Olympia, WA 98507 Location: State capitol campus, 103 Sid Snyder Ave. SW, Olympia 877-704-7500, 360-704-7544 MASON COUNTY

n South Sound Wedding & Event Magazine n South Sound Wedding Show n West Sound Wedding Show n South Sound Wedding Workshop

Seattle Southside Visitor Services www.seattlesouthside.com 3100 S. 176th St., Seattle, WA 98188 877-885-9452, 206-575-2489

Shelton-Mason County Chamber of Commerce www.sheltonchamber.org Mailing: P.O. Box 2389 215 W. Railroad Ave., Shelton, WA 98584

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FIND VENUES, CATERERS AND OTHER RESOURCES

Some wedding and event businesses are listed on the websites of local visitor and convention bureaus. Some sites have pages dedicated to weddings. For a quick solution to finding a venue and a caterer, put together a list of your needs, and send it to the area’s visitor and convention bureau. Be very specific, including the number of guests and your preferences regarding the venues for wedding and reception, for example: indoors or outdoors, a single location, a waterfront venue, on-site catering (or not) and free parking. The staff will send a request for proposals to area businesses and will return responses that fit your needs.

Travel Tacoma + Pierce County www.traveltacoma.com Visitor Information Center, first floor, Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center 1500 Broadway, Tacoma, WA 98402 253-830-6601 Lakewood Chamber of Commerce www.lakewood-chamber.com 6310 Mount Tacoma Dr. SW, Suite B, Lakewood, WA 98499 253-582-9400 KITSAP COUNTY

Kitsap Peninsula Visitor and Convention Bureau www.visitkitsap.com 9481 Silverdale Way NW, Suite 281, Silverdale, WA 98363 800-337-0580, 360-692-1084

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The Centralia-Chehalis Chamber of Commerce www.tourlewiscounty.com 500 NW Chamber of Commerce Way, Chehalis, WA 98532 800-525-3323, 360-748-8885 GRAYS HARBOR COUNTY

Grays Harbor Tourism www.visitgraysharbor.com P.O. Box 1229, Elma, WA 98541 800-621-9625 Westport-Grayland Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center www.westportgrayland-chamber.org Location: 2985 S. Montesano St., Westport, WA 98595-0306 Mailing: P.O. Box 306, Westport, WA 98595-0306 800-345-6223, 360-268-9422 Tourism Ocean Shores www.tourismoceanshores.com 866-602-6278, 360-289-9586 JEFFERSON COUNTY

Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce www.jeffcountychamber.org Visitor Information Center 2509 Jefferson St. Suite A, Port Townsend, WA 98368 888-365-6978, 360-385-2722

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Foxglove Bridal 15 Weddings With Joy 86

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BEAUTY / COSMETICS / SPA Chémel Salon 71 Laser Artistry & Medi-Spa 29 Savi Day Spa 89 BOAT WEDDING Riviera Cruises 77 CATERING

The Vault Catering Co. 56 DJ

Mixology Entertainment 50 DESTINATION / RESOURCES

Olympia, Lacey, Tumwater Visitor & Convention Bureau 94 Travel Tacoma + Pierce County inside front cover Visit Kitsap 95 ENTERTAINMENT

Harlequin Productions 8 Washington Center for the Performing Arts 2–3

Olympic Limousine 17 Riviera Cruises 77 VENUES

Courtyard Marriott – Tacoma Downtown 59 Environmental Services Building 15 Foss Waterway Seaport 84 Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center 91 Heronswood 87 Indian Summer Golf & Country Club 83 INN at Gig Harbor 93 Jacob Smith House 34 Lacey Community Center 34 Metro Parks Tacoma 1 McMenamins Olympic Club 17 Old Alcohol Plant 63 Olympia Country Club 18 Pioneer Park Pavilion 90 Port of Allyn 30 Puget Sound Entertainment Center 69 Red Barn Studios 45 Riviera Cruise 77

Seabrook 21 South Sound Manor Event Center 61 The Hansen Place 29 The Pavilion 55 The Point Casino & Hotel 79 The Vault Catering & Co venues 56 Thurston County Fairgrounds & Event Center 80 Tin Can Alley 51 Womans Club 67 WEDDING SHOWS

South Sound Wedding Show 7 West Sound Wedding Show 7 WEDDING CAKES / DESSERTS Corina Bakery 65 WEDDING & EVENT DÉCOR & DESIGN CORT Party Rental back cover PJ Hummel & Co. 25 WEDDING & RECEPTION PRODUCTS Boundless Weddings 31

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Bigelow Family Financial 45 Olympia Federal Savings 59 FLORAL

Bay Floral 52 Blitz & Co Florist 44 Julia’s Floral 66 HOTELS

Courtyard Marriott – Tacoma Downtown 59 INN at Gig Harbor 93 McMenamins Olympic Club 17 Old Alcohol Plant 63 Seabrook 21 The Point Casino & Hotel 79 JEWELRY

Third Wish Studios 49 PHOTOGRAPHERS

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