JUNE 16, 1997
Shyleea and Michael Ettestad pose with their "dream" wedding cake created by Shelly Foltz of Woodinville.
by Deborah Stone
Readers of the Woodinville Weekly, Northlake News, and Valley View helped make Michael Wayne Ettestad's and Shyleea Kay Anslow's dreams come true.
Ettestad, formerly of Woodinville (parents Merle and June Ettestad), and Anslow, of Vancouver, Washington (parents James and Carmen Anslow), became engaged, and like many couples, they wished for a special fairy tale wedding. However, Ettestad and Anslow are both differently-abled, and they did not have the necessary resources to pay for their dream wedding.
A good family friend placed ads in the Woodinville Weekly, Northlake News, and Valley View newspapers requesting donations of any items that readers might have left over from their own weddings. The response to the ads was overwhelming; the community came forth, providing everything needed for the special occasion.
First to respond was Linda Parkurst, with a handmade traditional bride's throw-away bouquet. Carol Sivertz of Woodinville gave a Cinderella wedding dress and veil; a tuxedo was supplied by the Mr. Formal store, including a special jacket donated by Inga Houck of Carnation; jeweler Tom Alden of Bothell custom-made the groom's ring and Glenda Robinson provided the bride's ring set.
Floral arrangements were created by Betsy Gouy and Barb Regeth of Bothell; pew bows were donated by Gina Caldwell of Duvall. Candles, lights, and dinnerware were supplied by Rosalee Bennett of Woodinville, and Mr. T's Trophies donated a special plaque. A five-tiered wedding cake, topped by Cinderella and Prince Charming, was made by Shelly Foltz of Woodinville, and the Seaside Motel in Oregon helped with the cost of lodging for the couple's honeymoon. The wedding took place March 8th at the Church of Christ in Molalla, Oregon, which donated its facilities.
Ettestad and Anslow wish to extend their thanks and deep appreciation to the Woodinville, Bothell, and Valley communities for opening their hearts and making their wedding day memorable. The couple now resides in Vancouver, Washington, and can look at their wedding photos as evidence that dreams do come true.