For some, there will always be Paris. Even if it’s the Paris hotel in Las Vegas. That’s where Mike proposed to Ashley. “He surprised me while I was on a furniture buying trip for my parents’ furniture store,” says Ashley, referring to The Village Shoppe in Yakima. “I was totally taken by surprise when I turned around and he was standing there in Vegas!” When she saw Mike behind her, she wasn’t sure what to think, but she certainly didn’t hestitate to say yes when he popped the question. The wedding reflected their interest in the outdoors, and since both are hunters, deer and elk horns decorated the candy bar.

“Our vows were personalized with fishing and hunting jokes,” Ashley says. “My dad even welded the arch and made a chandelier out of strung mason jar lights.” The bridesmaids wore one-shouldered black cocktail dresses with a feather strap that Ashley had made on Etsy, while the groomsmen wore black slacks with linen Tommy Bahama shirts, untucked. Keeping with the theme, the groom’s cake read, “The hunt is over” and was decorated with shotgun shells.

OCCUPATIONS She’s a buyer/salesperson at The Village Shoppe, and he’s an installer for Randy Grunewald Installations

THEY LIVE in Yakima

AND THEY MET when Mike’s brother and Ashley’s best friend introduced them

HE PROPOSED in Las Vegas

THEIR WEDDING was informal, and captured their love of hunting and fishing

THEIR CEREMONY AND RECEPTION was at Ritter Farms in Cle Elum

ASHLEY’S COUSIN Rick Lyon married the couple



THEME was “rustic glam”

COLORS were Granny Smith green, black and white

THEY ARRIVED AND GOT AWAY in Ashley’s dad’s green ‘69 Chevy truck

SPENT THE NIGHT at a cabin in Cle Elum n AND WILL HONEYMOON in 2013

FAVORITE MOMENT for Mike was when Ashley got out of the truck to walk down the aisle. For Ashley it was when Mike was twirling her during their sunset photos.

Ashley and Mike’s team

CATERING Ritter Farms, Cle Elum, 509-656-2564

EVENT PLANNER Mallory Huigbretse, Breathtaking Weddings and Events, 509-969-3383

PHOTOGRAPHY Michael Fisk Photography, 509-833-2132

FLOWERS Gasperetti’s Floral, 509-248-0628

INVITATIONS Wedding Paper Divas,

CAKE Christie’s Cakes, 509-961-5430

LINENS Yolanda at Gala Events, 509-576-7986

WEDDING GOWN First gown from Brides by Demetrios, Bellevue, 425-641-7334. Second gown from Nordstrom, downtown Seattle, 206-628-2111


TUXES Tommy Bahama shirts and slacks

RINGS Fred Meyer Jewelers,

SHOES Macy’s and Boot Barn (Ashley wore cowgirl boots with second dress)

MAKE-UP Michelle Roberson

HAIR Liesa Buck and Rene Salinas at Salon at Lakeside, 509-453-2742

DJ Platinum Entertainment, Pasco, 509-547-8760

RENTALS Party Barn Rentals, 509-962-3934

MUSIC Platinum Entertainment, 509-547-8760