By SCOTT KLEPACH
Chances are when you’re in the flurry of planning a wedding, the most pressing concern is probably not the history of the wedding cake. In fact, during the reception you’ll likely be so busy that you won’t have a lot of time to eat much of it either!
But it’s still neat to have a little background on such an important feature of any wedding celebration.
A number of sources, including Smithsonian Magazine, reveal that the history of the wedding cake leads back to Rome. That’s right: We can thank some of our wedding cake traditions to the time of Caesar in the ancient Roman Empire, when the groom celebrated tying the knot by delivering a barley cake — sugar really wasn’t an option then — right onto the bride’s head.
Medieval-era cakes were more like bread — tasty, probably, but not sweet. And there were piles of bread too, a ritual for the bride and groom. The recently wedded couple would kiss over the pile of buns, and if they successfully completed a lasting kiss, chances are their marriage would be fruitful and they would be more likely to have “buns in the oven.”
Moving forward to another empire, many other wedding cake traditions stem from the age of Queen Victoria in 18th-century England.
At this time, sugar was more abundant and accessible, so cakes arguably tasted better. We owe our concept of the tiered wedding cake to this historical time and place, along with icing, decorations and the “bigger is better” mentality.
Today, you can’t really go wrong with the tradition you choose. (Though you might want to think twice about the Roman tradition of smashing cake on the bride.) In fact, the only real expectation might be for the bride and groom to offer some sort of celebratory dessert, in whatever way, be it a tiered cake or a platter of cupcakes in all colors, sizes and themes. Or, you could favor other pastries, candy bars or other sweet treats, and most likely no one will complain. In fact, your bold idea may inspire its own trend, so dream big, and our taste buds will rejoice!
By SCOTT KLEPACH
PHOTOS BY J.M. HUNTER PHOTOGRAPHY
We all know how involved weddings can be — a huge number of details has to be coordinated so everything goes smoothly. But some go through all this work, even when there’s no one tying the knot.
Photographers like Jessica M. Hunter throw stylized “mock weddings” to gather vendors and highlight their work. In May, Hunter and the team she assembled held just such an event with the theme, “Enchanted Forest.” The photo shoot was held at Suncadia Resort just outside Cle Elum.
“It showcases the photographer’s work along with all the other vendors’ work,” says Hunter, who started J.M. Hunter Photography just over six months ago. Hunter realized she hadn’t shot wedding photos, so she planned on creating a mock wedding to highlight her work right before wedding season kicked off in May.
While Hunter has seen mock weddings online, she says she’s never seen one close to home. And she knew she couldn’t do it alone, so she contacted Sarah Nelson, wedding planner and owner of Couture Events, to help her plan and execute the event. The two met in March to get all the vendors on board.
“It kind of turned out to be a huge thing, a lot bigger than I ever expected,” Hunter says. But she’s not stopping here: she’s planning another event at Suncadia during the winter. The “Winter Wonderland” wedding will incorporate snow and horse rides. We can’t wait!
MODELS Morgan MacDonald and Jared Robinson
EVENT COORDINATION Jessica M. Hunter & Couture Events (Sarah Nelson), 509-901-0693
VENUE Suncadia, 866-904-6300
PHOTOGRAPHY J.M.Hunter Photography (Jessica M. Hunter), 509-969-0543
DECOR, GLASSWARE, LINENS & BURLAP SIGN Couture Events (Sarah Nelson)
CAKE & MINI CUPCAKES Shirley’s Cakes, 509-966-4647
SILVERWARE, PLATES & CHAIRS Party Palace, 509-453-0048
TOPIARIES & CAKE TABLE GREENERY Andrea Larson, 509-307-7535
WEDDING DRESS & TIARA Fashion Corner, Sunnyside, 509-837-7345
BOUQUET, BOUTONNIERE, SHEPERD HOOKS & CENTERPIECES Blooming Elegance, 509-945-4221
FLOWER GIRL DRESSES, DESIGN & ALTERATIONS Rouse & Rebellion (Jennifer Barber), 509-406-3006
BRIDAL SHOES, JEWELRY & TUXEDO Unforgettable “Moments to Remember,” 509-969-3001
HAIR & MAKEUP Lindsey Tabayoyon, 509-972-9378
ALL STATIONERY Chemistry Card Designs (Andrea Miller), 509-969-6186
VIDEOGRAPHY Foresight Productions, 509-834-8751
RINGS Morgan Jewelers, 509-452-8858
There was bound to be fun at Stephanie Ishizaka and Tim Hubert’s wedding, since Tim is also a comedian who performs with Manic Thunder Improv. The fun continued with the couple’s “getaway” car (a pink limousine) and their honeymoon destination (Disneyland). But their wedding day at Cascade Garden in Yakima was perfect, too, says Stephanie. “Great food, music, fun, family, friends and amazing weather.”
PHOTOS BY SnL PHOTOGRAPHY
NAMES: Stephanie Weiss & Joshua Torpey
THEY LIVE IN: Selah
CEREMONY & RECEPTION: Yakima Area Arboretum
Stephanie describes her wedding day to husband, Joshua Torpey, as perfect. “What a whirlwind day!” she said. “Seeing my boys in their tuxes was amazing.” Before her son walked her down the aisle, he said he was nervous, but ready. Stephanie replied, “Me too.” When the couple was officially announced, “it was finally real!” After their ceremony Stephanie and Josh took some time to walk around the Arboretum’s grounds, “letting it all sink in.”
OCCUPATIONS She’s a high school English teacher, he’s an electrician THEY MET when Joshua sent Stephanie a drink to her table HE PROPOSED at Whistlin’ Jack Lodge TRADITIONAL OR UNUSUAL traditional NUMBER OF GUESTS 125 NUMBER OF ATTENDANTS 8 COLORS were turquoise and silver THEY SPENT THE NIGHT at home AND HONEYMOONED in Sun River, Ore. SOME FAVORITE MOMENTS … their first dance to Blake Shelton’s God Gave Me You, chosen by Joshua, and “that last moment before I walked down the aisle,” said the bride, “seeing our 2-year-old son and Josh waiting for me.”
stephanie & joshua’s team
CATERING Moore Cheffin, 509-480-2809, caterer and family friend
PHOTOGRAPHY SnL Photography, 509-833-8062
VIDEOGRAPHY Bride’s brother-in-law
FLOWERS KB Floral, 509-930-0112
RENTALS Yakima Area Arboretum, 509-248-7337
WEDDING GOWN David’s Bridal, Kennewick, 509-735-3250
ATTENDANT GOWNS David’s Bridal
RINGS Fred Meyer Jewelers, 509-576-6815
SHOES Nordstrom, nordstrom.com
TUXES Lin-Paul’s Bridal and Tuxedo, 509-248-6191
HAIR Maximus Salon, 509-469-1819
MAKEUP Makeup by Melissa, Yakima/Tri-Cities, 509-302-3541
MUSIC Reflex Pro Disc Jockey, 509-949-5951
CAKE Christie’s Cakes, 509-961-5430
JEWELRY Amazon.com / Laura’s Boutique
PHOTOS BY QUIET STARS PHOTOGRAPHY
NAMES: Sara Ann Radke & James Lee Brown
THEY LIVE IN: Juneau, Alaska
CEREMONY & RECEPTION: The lodge at Cascade Garden
Sara said after she met her future husband through an online dating site, “there was no secret that we wanted to marry within just a few months of dating …” When James proposed, she said “yes to the man of my dreams that night!” Avid fantasy and Renaissance fair fans, the couple had a fantasy wedding, too, with custom-made “steampunk” costumes and attendants who dressed as fairies and even a pirate. Many guests came in costume as well. “Our venue was perfect,” said the bride. “The carved wood details and rustic design of the lodge and the outdoor landscaping created a romantic and fairy-tale like atmosphere.”
OCCUPATIONS She’s the executive director of the Juneau Symphony and a doctoral candidate in vocal performance at Indiana University, he’s a highway review engineer with the Alaska Department of Transportation THEY MET through eharmony.com. “We hit it off right away!” said the bride. HE PROPOSED before her performance at a concert with the Indianapolis Symphony NUMBER OF ATTENDANTS 6 NUMBER OF GUESTS 75 TRADITIONAL OR UNUSUAL “Traditional in terms of the service, unusual in terms of the attire!” THE THEME WAS a fantasy wedding COLORS were fall inspired with peacock feather accents ON THE MENU Slow-cooked beef and vegetables in a bread bowl with fresh-cut fruits, vegetables and cheeses. Dessert was mini pumpkin, apple and huckleberry pies and a chocolate ganache wedding cake THEY SPENT THE NIGHT at the Holiday Inn AND PLANNED A HONEYMOON IN ALASKA … although they moved there instead!
sara and james’ team
CATERING Bride’s family and friends
DRINKS Red Hook Amber Ale was served from an oak barrel
PHOTOGRAPHY Quiet Stars Photography, quietstarsphotography.com
FLOWERS The bride’s mother, Melinda Blackeagle, arranged flowers from the Toppenish Safeway
INVITATIONS electronic through weddingchannel.com
HOTELS Yakima’s Holiday Inn, 509-494-7000; Zillah’s Comfort Inn, 509-829-3399
RENTALS Cascade Garden, 509-966-3744
WEDDING GOWN Custom-designed and made by Dana Tzvetkova, shop supervisor for the Indiana University Opera and Ballet Theatre Costume Shop
ALTERATIONS Dana Tzvetkova and the bride’s mother
ATTENDANT GOWNS Dana Tzvetkova; Pearson’s Renaissance Shoppe, pearsonsrenaissanceshoppe.com; Son of Sandlar, sonofsandlar.com; Loriann Costume Designs, lorianncostumedesigns.com, and several handmade pieces by the bride’s mother and sister
RINGS Littman’s Jewelers, littmanjewelers.com
SHOES David’s Bridal, davidsbridal.com
HAIR & MAKEUP Belu Salon, belusalon.com
MUSIC DJ’d by a friend and the bride’s brother
CAKE Made by the bride’s sister
PHOTOS BY PROJECT RUNWAY
NAMES: Haley Pickering & Jeremy Sogge
THEY LIVE IN: Selah
CEREMONY & RECEPTION: Spring Creek Homestead
Haley Pickering says her wedding to Jeremy Sogge “fully portrayed my style.” With a shabby-chic theme, the day included many touches that were hand-made by the bride. “I had miniature chandeliers hanging from the ceiling, blue and purple mason jars as vases. The candy bar was a hit!” Jeremy was content to let Haley make most of the choices, with the exception of one: what was on the menu. “We had your good ol’ meat and potatoes type of meal,” she said. The day included fun yard games and dancing into the evening. “It was a day to remember!”
OCCUPATIONS She’s a second grade teacher, he’s a carpenter THEY MET in Las Vegas HE PROPOSEDby putting
the ring on the end of a fishing pole NUMBER OF GUESTS 125 NUMBER OF ATTENDANTS 8 COLORS pastels and gray MENU INCLUDED Beef with merlot sauce and garlic mashed potatoes THEY GOTAWAY IN the bride’s old Honda SPENT THE NIGHT at home AND HONEYMOONED in Maui SOME FAVORITE MOMENTS when the groom taped elk antlers to the end of the guest pen and added them to the decorations, too: “… and he succeeded!”
haley and jeremy’s team
CATERING Classic Events Catering, 509-961-7525
PHOTOGRAPHY Project Thursday, 509-834-3917
FLOWERS Something Blue Floristry, 509-901-9815
INVITATIONS Handmade with bridesmaids help
RENTALS Classic Events Catering & Spring Creek Homestead, 509-469-0493
WEDDING GOWN Rush’s Bridal, Minneapolis, Minn.
ATTENDANT GOWNS Modcloth.com
RINGS Fred Meyer Jewelers, 509-576-6815
SHOES Target, 509-248-3314
TUXES Knights Chamber, St. Cloud, Minn.
HAIR & MAKEUP: Gazebo/Amanda Payment, 509-453-8226 & Heather Hirmer, a stylist and friend from Minnesota
MUSIC Entertainment Plus, 509-469-7399
CAKE Christie’s Cakes, 509-961-5340
PHOTOS BY KIRA BARON PHOTOGRAPHY
NAMES: Michele Waitt & Jared Jacobs
THEY LIVE IN: Yakima
CEREMONY & RECEPTION: Fontaine Estates Winery
Michele Jacobs has great advice for couples planning their wedding: do it a little bit at a time, and far in advance. “I was doing centerpiece stuff back in October. It made the day of go very smooth because I could focus on the last-minute details versus the whole event,” she said. “Also, delegate tasks and have fun — I did this and my wedding was perfect!” Michele loves the rustic “shabby-chic” look, and she incorporated DIY projects into much of the wedding day, including hand-made signs and centerpieces. “Pinterest was a BIG help.”
OCCUPATIONS She’s a physical therapist, he’s the manager of a medical supply company THEY MET while volunteering for the Fresh Hop Ale Festival in 2008 HE PROPOSED on Michele’s birthday. He gave her a large fancy box, and when she opened it, she saw chocolate, the ring and a hand-written sign asking, “Will you marry me?” NUMBER OF GUESTS 250 COLORS WERE natural THEY HONEYMOONED in Jaco, Costa Rica FAVORITE MOMENTS included the speeches from the matron of honor and the best man and “the fun dance party with all of our guests.”
michele and jared’s team
CATERING Cascade Catering, cascade-catering.com
PHOTOGRAPHY Kira Baron Photography, kirabaron.com
FLOWERS Design Artistry, floraldesignartistry.com
ATTENDANT GOWNS & SUITS Lin-Paul’s Bridal and Tuxedo, linpaulsbridal.com
EYELASH EXTENSIONS Jelika Lashes, facebook.com/JelikaLashes
CAKE Sweet B’s Cakes, facebook.com/sweetbsbsweetcakes
PHOTOS BY RICK SPENCER PHOTOGRAPHY
NAMES: Bailey Hillius & Brett Evans
THEY LIVE IN: Yakima
CEREMONY & RECEPTION: Family home
Bailey and Brett knew almost the instant they met that they were meant for each other. Although the two didn’t date in high school, they always kept in touch. “Then one day we ran into each other at the gas station,” said the bride. “I knew that day that that was it.” Family is important to the Evans, and played a key role in their big day. Their wedding and ceremony was held at the groom’s family home — a home he helped to build — and most of the food was provided by family as well. Going with a country theme, tuxes “were not allowed,” and the bride wore old-fashioned boots. Even the couple’s horses were involved, when they rode them off into the sunset after the reception. Said the bride, “I got to get all dressed up like a fairy princess and still wear my chaps and spurs that day. What more can a girl want?”
OCCUPATIONS She’s a “farmer engineer” on the couple’s ranch, where she takes care of the animals; he works in his family’s business, Evans & Son Inc Earth Moving THEY MET in junior high school HE PROPOSED by putting a ring on their new puppy’s collar TRADITIONAL OR UNUSUAL “A combination, I think” NUMBER OF GUESTS 120 ATTENDANTS WERE the best man, who is the bride’s brother and had just gotten out of the Marine Corp., and the bride’s cousin, who was her maid of honor COLORS were yellow, red and blue THEME was “cowboys and angels, totally country” ON THE MENU was country-style lunchtime fare for the 11:30 a.m. ceremony: sandwiches, potato, pasta and fruit salads, “flaming wedding bbq beans,” spinach dip and assorted cookies and dessert bars. Dishes were made by family members THEY GOTAWAY on their horses, Tucker and Lily AND SPENT THE NIGHT in Seaside on the Oregon coast, where they spent their honeymoon A FAVORITE MOMENT “Had to be riding into the sunset on our horses …”
bailey and brett’s team
CATERING Costco (sandwich platters) and family
PHOTOGRAPHY Rick Spencer Photography, 509-306-0783
FLOWERS John Gasperetti’s Floral Design, 509-972-2670, for bridal party. Remaining arrangements made by mother of the groom, Tessy Sleigh
RENTALS Party Connection, 509-453 7877
WEDDING & ATTENDANT GOWNS Lin-Paul’s Bridal and Tuxedo, 509-248-6191
GROOM’S RING Dunbar Jewelers, 509-457-5113
BRIDE’S RING Family heirloom from her Grandma Doreen
HAIR & MAKEUP Tawna/Onyx Salon and Day Spa, 509-966-0633
CAKE Cake Kiss, 509-966-8523
PHOTOS BY VALLEY SHOTS PHOTOGRAPHY
NAMES: Emily Barranco & Jordan Boisselle
THEY LIVE IN: Yakima
CEREMONY & RECEPTION: Spring Creek Homestead
Jordan and Emily, who met in college and dated for five years before tying the knot, enjoyed creating a vintage theme for their wedding. The couple’s caterer, Gwen Ball, loaned them props, such as a fainting couch and eclectic picture frames, that helped set the mood. The frames and couch became a fun “photo op” area for guests, who wandered the grounds at Spring Creek Homestead eating appetizers, on a what Emily describes as a “perfect” summer day.
OCCUPATIONS She’s a nurse; he’s a farmer THEY MET during their first semester at Biola University in southern California in 2007 HE PROPOSED at Descanso Gardens in La Cañada Flintridge, Calif. “Little did I know he would propose under a beautiful ivy-covered awning with a very Pride and Prejudice garden feel.” NUMBER OF GUESTS 120 NUMBER OF ATTENDANTS 9 m COLORS peach and gray for “a vintage feel” TRADITIONAL OR UNUSUAL traditional THEY SPENT THE NIGHT at Bethel Ridge Retreat AND HONEYMOONED for three days in the mountains and a week in Kauai, Hawaii A FAVORITE MOMENT was waiting to see each other until she walked down the aisle.
emily and jordan’s team
CATERING Gwen Ball, Yakima
PHOTOGRAPHY Kirk Conradi/Valley Shots Photography, 509-945-6130
FLOWERS Ashley Lynn Ball/Monday’s Flowers, Seattle
INVITATIONS Paper purchased at paper-source.com; invitations were letterpressed and assembled by bride and her sister.
WEDDING GOWN Casablanca gown from A Heart’s Desire Bridal, San Luis Obispo, Calif., 805-771-5683
ATTENDANT GOWNS Ralph Lauren from TJ Maxx
BRIDE’S RING Parry Jewelers, parryjewelers.com
GROOM’S RING Dunbar Jewelers, dunbarjewelers.com
TUXES Men’s Wearhouse, menswearhouse.com
BRIDE’S SHOES Seychelles “Kiss the bride” flat Nordstrom, nordstrom.com
GROOM’S SHOES Men’s Wearhouse
BRIDE’S HAIR Ulta Salon, 509-457-7280
MUSIC Joe Hiner/Sound Shows, 509-452-9260
CAKE Alena/Cake Kiss, 509-966-8523
Earl and Vivian (Lange) Carpenter were married July 20, 1963 in Portland, Oregon at the Evangelical United Brethren Church. Vivian had just graduated from Emanuel Hospital School of Nursing while Earl was attending Cascade College.
January 1966 they moved to the Yakima Valley, first to Mabton, then later to Yakima. At Mabton Earl was employed by Kings Garden of Seattle (now Crista Ministries of Seattle) who owned and operated the King’s Boyville Ranch where Earl was Resident Director.
Vivian was the school nurse for Mabton School and later the Wapato School District from where she retired in 1998 after 30 years of school nursing. Vivian is a Yakima native while Earl is a “transplant” from Porterville, California.
In 1980 Earl was hired by the Yakima Herald-Republic as a District Manager for Circulation. He retired in 1997 as a Field Operations Manager for circulation.
Following retirement Earl and Vivian have journeyed abroad on trips to Romania, Honduras, Ecuador, Russia, Canada, Argentina, and Ukraine where they lived for an extended period of time doing short term missionary work for their church. The Church of the Nazarene.
They have four children; Steve (Deena) of Port Orchard, Washington, Brad (Rhonda) of Nashville, Tennessee, Karen (Rob) Tranch and Scott (Carol) both of Yakima. They have ten grandchildren and ten great grandchildren. They”grew up” with their five youngest grandchildren living here in Yakima, Isaiah and Micah Tranch, Tori, Jessi and Lexi Carpenter.
Earl and Vivian will take a nostalgic journey back in time to Portland this summer to revisit many of the places where it all began 50 years ago.
Jim and Dee Barnhill of Yakima celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary July 19.
The couple were introduced more than sixty years ago on a blind date in September, 1952.
Jim started his forty-seven year newspaper career shortly after high school graduation, class of 1949 in Great Bend, Kansas. Dee started her education career at age 19, teaching all eight grades in a one-room country school.
The couple were married July 19, 1953 in Russell, Kansas. Dee was now teaching kindergarten in Great Bend while Jim was selling newspaper advertising.
Jim was a new second lieutenant in the Kansas National Guard. Thirty four years later, he would retire as a Colonel in the Army Reserve.
Following the birth of two daughters in Great Bend, Jim advanced his dual civilian/military career that would move the family first to Texas, Arkansas, California, Michigan and ultimately Yakima on April 1, 1980. Jim was the fourth publisher of the newspaper. He served 16 years at the Yakima Herald Republic, guiding the newspaper through three separate owner changes. He was a charter member of the Yakima Air Terminal Commission and on the board of Central Washington Central Fair Board. He was a member of five Rotary Clubs in four different states, over forty years.
Dee and Jim are both Rotary Paul Harris Fellows. Dee was President of the YWCA. She was an active Guild member at Memorial Hospital and volunteered at The Capitol Theatre, where she was a charter member and later president of Backstage.
During seventeen years of active and healthy retirement, the couple has traveled in the U.S.A. and many foreign countries, plus time each year in Maui. Jim was introduced to hiking and outdoor digital photography after retiring. He shares hiking and Maui sunset photo albums with several hundred e-mail addresses. He completed his last volunteer work as President of Board of Trustees of Yakima Valley Libraries, that recently completed a new library branch plus several major remodeling projects, all under budget. He now has time to read five or six novels each week.
Daughter Diana planned and hosted a reception at the Yakima Country Club with sons James and Tyler.
Oldest daughter Debra and husband Kevin Lavis and son Mark, live in Yakima and granddaughter Meg DuMez lives in Portland.
As anniversary gifts to each other, Jim, and Dee will contribute funds to charity.
Richard J. and Lucetta (Melby) Walker were married at the Army Air Corp Base Chapel, Eagle Pass, Texas July 20, 1943.
They returned to Yakima at the end of WWII, Dick had been an Officer Flying Instructor for single engine fighter pilots.
After a couple years with the family orchards they purchased their own apple and pear orchards in Cowiche and the extension of Scenic Drive in Yakima.
They have four daughters; Patricia Kroger (Ken), Yakima, Carolyn Castino (Jim) Fox Island, Sarah Voss (Jim) Ellensburg, Gretchen Shepherd (Bob) Edmonds. Eight grandchildren and nine great grand children.
After retiring from the orchard business, they built a home in Shelter Bay, La Conner and had a boat, exploring the inland coastal waters.
They have returned to Yakima and reside less than a mile from where Dick was born and raised.
Randy and Tammi Stewart are celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary. Randy Stewart and Tammi LaBombard were married July 21, 1988 in Reno, Nevada.
They have lived in the Yakima Valley for the last 25 years. Randy works in refrigeration and Tammi is self-employed.
They have one daughter, Candice Stewart-Broom (Ryan) plus two granddaughters, Chloe and Sadie.
A southern California family vacation is planned for the near future.
Richard and Loretta Herriman will be celebrating 60 years of marriage.
They were married on July 31, 1953, and raised three children in Grand-view, WA. They also have four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Richard and Loretta both retired from the Grandview School District to lead even busier lives working on their farm and hosting a revolving door of family and friends.
An open house reception to celebrate their 60 wonderful years together will be held at the Grandview Nazarene Church on Saturday, July 27th from 2 to 4 p.m.
Bart and JoAnn Crawford of Yakima are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.
The Family is hosting a celebration on August 3rd at 1pm at Christian Life Center.
They were married July 13, 1963 in Yakima, WA.
Bart retired from Boise Cascade in Yakima in 2003 after 40 years. JoAnn is retired from child care.
They have five children, Sandra (Andrés) Soto of Kent, WA., Wayne (Kathy Coalman) Crawford of Moxee, WA., Michael (RaDaina) Crawford of Wimauma, FL., Debbie (Glen) Walker of Kent, WA. Jannine (Jason) of Moxee, WA. and not forgotten, Renee (Thom) Simms of Yakima, WA.
They also have 20 grandchildren.