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  • A supplement to the Whidbey News-Times, South Whidbey Record and The Whidbey Examiner





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    The Shortest Distance to Far Away

    Free maps and guides plus lodging and event info

    Visitor Information Centers:For in-person help and detailed information, call or stop by one of the many visitor centers located throughout the islands.

    The Shortest Distance to Happily Ever AfterCross over by bridge or ferry and find yourself in a different world. This is the ideal place for your perfect day. Life is less complicated here. Youll find everything you need for your gathering or group getaway.

    Congratulations to Jen and Scott, married on July 27, 2013 at the Inn at Langley on Whidbey Island. Photo by Jason Koenig with JKOE Photo.

    Greater Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce 32630 SR 20, Oak Harbor, WA 675-3535

    Coupeville Chamber of Commerce905 NW Alexander StreetCoupeville, WA 678-5434

    Greater Freeland Chamber of Commerce 5575 Harbor Avenue, #101 Freeland, WA 331-1980

    Langley Chamber of Commerce 208 Anthes Avenue, Langley, WA 221-6765

    Clinton Chamber of Commerce, c/o Dalton Realty 9546 Hwy 525, Clinton, WA 98236 341-3929

    Camano Island Chamber of Commerce848 N. Sunrise Blvd, #4 Camano Island, WA 629-7136

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    ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER | Kimberlly Winjum

    EDITOR | Megan Hansen

    COPY & PHOTOS | Ron Newberry, Ben Watanabe & Staff

    MARKETING | Nora Durand, Teri Mendiola & JoAnn Baker

    CREATIVE | Jen Miller, Rebecca Collins, Michelle Wolfensparger &

    Caitlin Frost

    Additional copies of this publication may be available by calling:

    WHIDBEY NEWS-TIMES | 360-675-6611SOUTH WHIDBEY RECORD | 877-316-7276P.O. Box 1200, 107 S. Main Street, Suite E101

    Coupeville, WA 98239

    On the coverThe cover photo was shot on Whidbey Island by photographery Michael Stadler of Stadler Studio Photography,

    So the question has been popped and joyfully accepted. Now you both have to start thinking about what needs to get done to make sure this special day runs smoothly and that nothing is forgotten. Dear brides and grooms, here are the top 20 essentials to consider for a memorable wedding.

    1. GUEST LIST. This is your day, so only invite the people with whom you actually want to share the moment.

    2. INVITATIONS. Would you pre-fer to send out lavish printed invita-tions or simple virtual invitations? Whatever your choice, send them out as soon as youve set the date.

    3. WEDDING PLANNER. This service can take quite a load off your shoulders so you can focus on the important stuff.

    4. GROOMSMEN AND BRIDESMAIDS. Choose people you like and who arent afraid of being in the spotlight.

    5. CELEBRANT. Be sure that the person you choose to unite your destinies will allow you to personal-ize the ceremony.

    6. LOCATION OF THE CER-EMONY. Do you prefer a church, city hall or a beach?

    7. RECEPTION VENUE. You can opt for a reception hall in the coun-

    try, a posh hotel or simply a family members home.

    8. FLOWERS. Choose a bouquet that goes with the brides outfit and choose one that all the single women will try to catch when the time comes.

    9. RENTAL EQUIPMENT. For the sound system, tableware and even the tables and chairs, opt for a local company with a trustworthy reputation.

    10. GIFT REGISTRY. By making this virtual document available to your guests, you wont receive the same gift twice.

    11. MUSIC AND ENTERTAIN-MENT. Choose an experienced DJ who will take into account your needs and preferences.

    12. PHOTOGRAPHER. Look through a photographers portfolio and ask for references before choos-ing the person who will immortalize this special event.

    13. CAMERAMAN. Watch videos made for previous clients before making your choice.

    14. THE CAKE. Visit a few baker-ies to find a cake that makes your

    mouth water and a baker skilled in cake decorating.

    15. WEDDING FAVORS. Dont forget to give your guests a person-alized me mento of your wedding.

    16. TRANSPORTATION. Would you prefer a limousine, a sports car or a vintage car? Or maybe even a horse and carriage?

    17. RINGS. Be sure to visit more than one jewelry store before mak-ing your choices, and dont skimp on the quality of these precious symbols.

    18. THE GROOMS SUIT. The future husband should choose an outfit that shows him off to advan-tage without eclipsing the star of the day.

    19. THE BRIDES OUTFIT. This is the most beautiful day of your life, so you have a legitimate right to the dress of your dreams and shoes and jewelry and veil.

    20. HAIR AND MAKEUP. The bride should take this part of her preparations very seriously. Just think about all the photos that are going to be taken throughout the day.


    for a successful wedding

  • By RON NEWBERRYIt's been a mission of Gloria Mickunas

    to change conventional thinking about destination weddings in the Puget Sound region.

    Through her experience as a wedding and event planner, she learned quickly that the first destination that often comes to mind from her Seattle clients are the San Juan Islands.

    Enamored with Whidbey Island ever since she moved there 15 years ago, Micku-nas has worked to open more eyes about what the island offers and has been happy to see interest rise.

    "The San Juans are gorgeous and stun-ning," said Mickunas, owner of Coupe-ville-based Whidbey Party Girls! "but we have everything they offer and so much more. Not only is it more cost effective

    to have a wedding here, we're closer to Seattle. We're just a 15-minute boat ride (from Mukilteo)."

    The reasons that make Whidbey an attractive option to consider for a des-tination wedding run much deeper than

    the island's scenic beauty and rural backdrop, according to Mickunas.

    The island features a growing number of unique wedding venues. Other island assets include dedicated professionals in the catering and rental business and a shuttle service

    that runs regularly to and from SeaTac Airport, among other things.

    "We're not just barns and fields," Mickunas said. "That's been a big mis-conception."

    Yet, it's those barns, fields, woods and water views that give the island its scenic country charm and al-low Whidbey to easily pass the eye test to be considered for one of life's biggest celebra-tions.

    And word has gotten out beyond the Seattle market.

    The number of desti-nation weddings on the island from out-of-state parties has risen considerably in recent years, according to Paula Spina, who owns the Crock-ett Farm, a popular wedding venue in

    Central Whidbey that features a historic barn and bed and breakfast.

    Spina has owned the farm for 11 years and watched the wedding business on the island boom since the time she started.

    Whidbeys becoming a tre-mendous wedding destination, Spina said.

    When we started, only two or three of us were doing weddings around town. Now there are dozens of people (in the wed-ding business).

    An increase in elaborate and scenic event centers across the island that depict the Northwest seem to be part of the force behind the momentum.

    Former restaurant owners Dave and Dawn Noble moved to Langley in 2003 from the Midwest and purchased an old farmhouse and barn on 10 acres in the woods that they ultimately turned into Fireseed Catering.

    Initially starting as an off-site caterer, the Nobles transformed their barn and grounds into an events center where they could host and cater their own weddings and even pick produce from their own garden.

    Since starting out with four weddings in 2006, Fireseed has become one of

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    3531 Resort Road, Greenbank, WA 98253360.678.1912


    WHIDBEY ISLANDA premier wedding destination

    Michael Stadler photos

    There are many locations options for weddings on Whidbey, from rustic historic barns to chic, upscale event properties.

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    having yourwedding and/or reception at the

    Historic Island County Fairgroundsin Langley on beautiful Whidbey Island!

    Two commercial kitchens, small hall for intimate diningand a large, historic pole building for the main event.

    If you are considering an outdoor wedding enjoy thebeautiful barns for your backdrop!

    Contact the Property Manager for reservations and pricing at 360-221-7950 or

    Planning Your Wedding?

    having yourwedding and/or reception at the


    the islands premier destina-tion wedding sites, averaging between 40-45 weddings a year with wedding parties and guests coming from as far away as Pennsylvania, New York and Florida.

    The Northwest is what we show off, said