Jasen always told me that he would never propose on a holiday, it’s too cliché and expected in a
way. He likes to be unique and wanted it to be a surprise. After looking around town at rings, we
couldn’t really find anything that stood out for us. I had found a few online that I really liked, so we were
just trying to find something close to the one we both really liked. So, Jasen had the idea to look around
in Seattle during our trip to Seattle Supercross since they have a wider selection of jewelry in bigger
WHERE WAS IT?
I was told his original plan was to propose on Saturday before we went to Supercross, but some
issues took up the time needed for us to do what Jasen had planned. On Sunday we made our way down
to the Pike Place market to eat at Ivars like we normally do. On our walk from our parking spot to Ivars
we decided to go up in the Seattle Great Wheel and take in the view. As we’re making our way up higher
and higher, I’m just looking out the window snapping a few pictures with my phone. As my focus makes
its way back towards where Jasen is, he’s on his knee holding the ring that we were comparing to all the
others!! I was completely surprised!!!
VISION FOR THE DAY:
We wanted to keep it pretty simple and within a budget. Just us, our family, and close friends.
The simpler things are, the less likely it is for something to go wrong! Jasen’s favorite color is red, so
after searching pinterest I fell in love with the look of Turquoise and Red together. Everything just came
together so well, it was amazing!
THE PLANNING PROCESS:
Although I had plenty of time to plan (the date I had picked was just over a year away) I had to
figure things out pretty quick, because June 21st ended up being a pretty popular date! Most of my first
choice calls were booked already, but I was definitely not disappointed with the help I ended up with.
Memories at Sunset Event Center (http://www.memoriesatsunset.com) had just came up in a
search I had done, but after looking at the pictures and talking to the coordinator I knew it was perfect.
With the different inclusive packages we were able to keep it within our budget, get everything we
wanted for our day, and the help we needed! I loved the landscaping and the security of knowing if
there were weather issues, we had the option of moving the ceremony inside. With the hills and
sagebrush in the background, I knew everything would look amazing!
I had looked at tons of pictures and kind of had an idea of certain things I liked in a dress, but
still really had no idea what I really wanted. Elaina at Amy’s Bridal Boutique
(http://www.iloveamysbridalboutique.com/index2.php#/home/) was amazing!! She helped me try on
dress after dress, and I was able to find the perfect dress at my first appointment! My dress was a
Maggie Sottero, I loved every part of it!!
I knew I wanted red shoes and again after looking at tons of pictures, I fell in love with the Nina
Evelixa high heels! They were actually pretty comfortable, and made me feel elegant!
For jewelry I borrowed my grandma’s pearl necklace and earrings as well as her diamond
bracelet. It was so nice wearing jewelry from within the family; it had true meaning to it. Thank you
HAIR & MAKEUP:
My hair and makeup were done by Thomas Cossalter from Serenity Salon.
Jasen looked very handsome in a black Calvin Klein tux with a red fest from Men’s Warehouse.
My mom came up across the cute little bear honey jars as sweet favors; it’s all natural and can
be used in many ways. We love honey, and Jasen calls me that a lot, so it fit perfectly.
I did well at taking care of everything with plenty of time to spare…. except the flowers. For
some reason I put that off till the last minute. I mean I contacted the lady the day before they needed to
be ordered, so I had to figure out exactly what I wanted really quick. Kennewick Flower shop
(http://www.kennewickflowershop.net/) helped me out so much! I sent her a few pictures, and voiced
my ideas, and she matched them perfectly! She was even amazing enough to arrange my fake flowers I
bought for my bouquet and put it all together for me! I was very impressed!
Our cake was AMAZING!! Thankfully Janelle’s Cakery
(https://www.facebook.com/JanellesCakery) had a cancellation for my day 3 weeks before my wedding!
I loved my cake! I might have a smaller replica of it made sometime in the future! We kept it pretty
simple, White cake with butter cream frosting. Janelle did awesome!
At first, I made the mistake of hiring someone else in fear of everyone being booked before I
had even heard back from Aaron! After talking to Aaron, and finding out he was available I cut my losses
and went with Aaron (of course!) We were almost step siblings before the tragic passing of his father.
After seeing the amazing work Aaron can do with a camera I knew he was the one I wanted to capture
such an important event in my life. Also, it was very nice to talk to and see him again after so many
years, even if I had to pay a good clump of money to make it happen We’ve had family pictures taken,
and Jasen’s approved of the pictures. After seeing Aaron’s work on our engagement photos he was
amazed! Finally, a decision I had made that Jasen was completely satisfied with!!!
INVITATIONS & STATIONERY:
I got our invitations from Invitations by Dawn (http://www.invitationsbydawn.com) I loved the
rustic look of our redwood invites.
FOOD & DRINK:
Food was catered by Henry’s restaurant in West Richland
(https://www.facebook.com/henryscatering) We went with something for everyone, it included 2 types
of meatballs, some pasta salads, meats, veggies, and fruits. I was very pleased with everything I ate.
Drinks were provided by the venue.
We have yet to go on a honeymoon, planning something for end of September, Jasen’s thinking
A MEMORABLE MOMENT:
Of course would be the first time Jasen saw me all dressed up. I think the main one would be
after my Pastor announced us as husband and wife…. I forgot to kiss my husband!!! OOPS! Lol Thanks to
my maid of honor for reminding me to do that!!!
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE:
First a thank you to my mom, Rene Whitehurst, and Grandma, Carol Mus. They put together and
set up all the center pieces, favors and other decorations. My pastor from King of Kings Lutheran
Church, Pasto VanKampen, for premarital counseling and officiating our wedding. To our wonderful
friends that accompanied us on our special day, and help and work they put in before our big day. Maid
of honor LaTrisha Raphael and Bride’s maids Christina Westleigh, Mariah Ney, and Stacy Coomes. Man
of honor Joshua Henn, Groom’s men Hector Cortez, Tom Didway, and Matt Davidson. Jamie Bock at
Events at Sunset, she coordinated the whole day for me! She made sure everything went as close to
schedule as possible, and made sure people were where they needed to be! She did amazing, who
knows how things would have gone if it weren’t for her. Janelle Klages for my amazing cake and on such
short notice! Our amazing photographer for traveling from Portland to the Tri-Cities to work his magic
and make us look good in our pictures at least as good as we can look! I’m so glad I was able to have
such an amazing photographer for such a wonderful occasion! Finally, thank you to all our family and
friends that joined us on our wedding day. Friends and family are what makes us who we are, and we
are surrounded with amazing people! Love you all!!!