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Picture imperfect: The journey of a wedding in the second half of life

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Picture imperfect: The journey of a wedding in the second half of life

By BRENNA SWANSTON

When Anna Ferguson-Sparks reached her late 20s without getting married, her mom told her she’d to have to start looking for a husband among men coming off of divorces. “That was not a very nice thing to say,” Anna said over the phone, laughing. But that was the attitude she—and many women—grew up with: The longer you wait to get married, t... [ Read More ]

Top 5 Articles

News: A slow fight for tribal land: Santa Barbara County, Chumash prepare for government meetings and legal battles over Camp 4
News: Reading the dance floor: DJ Tim Lopez gives local weddings a musical flair
News: Santa Maria unlikely to ban pet sales, protests continue
News: Hobnobbing with Helen: Santa Maria Women's Network attracts a crowd
Cover Story: Picture imperfect: The journey of a wedding in the second half of life
 

News

Five arrested in North County ICE operation

By DAVID MINSKY

The arrest of five people in Northern Santa Barbara County as part of a U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) sweep of Southern California that began on Feb. 6 set o...

Santa Maria unlikely to ban pet sales, protests continue

By BRENNA SWANSTON

Protests at the Animal Kingdom pet shop in Santa Maria continued on Feb. 11, even after the City Council decided at its Feb. 7 meeting not to agendize an ordinance banning ret...

Gang member accidentally shoots himself

By DAVID MINSKY

A man who was reportedly shot on Jan. 31 in Santa Maria is a convicted gang member who shot and wounded himself, said Detective Paul Flores with the city’s police depart...

Officer-involved shooting and attempted murder of officer happen in same week

By BRENNA SWANSTON

Law enforcement officers faced violence in Santa Barbara County last week, with one attempted murder of an officer in Santa Maria and an officer-involved shooting in Santa Bar...

Clarifications

• In the Jan. 19 arts story, “Color your world,” the Sun misidentified Penny Robertson in a photograph. • In the Feb. 9 story, “Hands on the artwo...

A slow fight for tribal land: Santa Barbara County, Chumash prepare for government meetings and legal battles over Camp 4

By BRENNA SWANSTON

The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors voted on Feb. 7 to take its land negotiations with the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians behind closed doors—at least part...

Hobnobbing with Helen: Santa Maria Women's Network attracts a crowd

By HELEN ANN THOMAS

The Santa Maria Women’s Network hit a home run with its February lunch meeting. They invited Los Angeles-based motivational speaker and speech coach Mimi Donaldson to...

Political Watch 2/16/17

• Following President Donald Trump’s executive order signed on Jan. 27, banning citizens from seven Muslim-majority nations in the Middle East, California Sen. Kama...

Reading the dance floor: DJ Tim Lopez gives local weddings a musical flair

By CALEB WISEBLOOD

Tim Lopez, owner and founder of Modern Symphony DJ, takes wedding planning to a meticulous level—especially when it came to his own. “My wife, fiancée at...

'Do you' on the big day: Skip the crazy lashes and spray tans and aim to look like yourself, only better

By HAYLEY THOMAS CAIN

Yes, wedding day beauty prep takes a lot longer than your normal Friday date night look. However, it doesn’t need to take a dozen hours, a yard of human hair extension...

License to hitch: Getting a marriage license in Santa Barbara County isn't hard, but there is a process

By DAVID MINSKY

Before considering you and your partner an actual married couple, you technically need permission from the government. In Santa Barbara County and the rest of California, th...

Biz Spotlights

Spotlight on: Choice Images Photo Booth

By DAVID MINSKY

A properly planned party has many elements, but should it include a photo booth? The answer is yes, according to Brenda and David Tallmadge, owners of Choice Images Photo Boo...

Commentary

Treating child criminals as victims only

By ANDY CALDWELL

Human trafficking historically referred to people forced into slavery by way of force, fraud, or coercion who are used for manual labor, illegal acts such as mules for drug ru...

Letters

Response to a response

By Gale McNeeley - Santa Maria

If Joann Williams ("Show respect for the president," Feb. 9) had read my poem on the inauguration ("A poem for Inauguration Day," Jan. 26) more carefully, ...

Liberals who hate

By Larry Bargenquast - Paso Robles

The idea of someone calling any American president Hitler is absurd, especially since nothing says "love trumps hate" like breaking windows, burning buildings, throw...

Immigration reform must include 'the wall'

By Justin Ruhge - Concerned Taxpayers Inc., Lompoc

President Trump is right: The U.S. must secure our borders from illegal immigration before we can reform our naturalization system. The U.S. must negotiate a strict treaty wit...

Supervisors should protect the dunes

By Bill Denneen - Nipomo

In my opinion, recent voting by the SLO Board of Supervisors indicates they are not in tune with their constituency. The next election could better reflect citizen desires wit...

Sports

The Benchwarmer: Gridiron gripes

By KRISTINA SEWELL

After five damn minutes of staring at my computer screen waiting for writing inspiration, I’ve decided February is a sucky month for writing sports columns, partly becau...

Alyssa Martinez

By KRISTINA SEWELL

Don’t let the fact that Alyssa Martinez is just 10 years old fool you—she takes her softball playing seriously. “Well, I started playing when I was 5 or 6. ...

School Scene

Buellton school district to vote on bond refinance options, potentially save taxpayers $1.2 million

By BRENNA SWANSTON

Buellton Union School District’s board of trustees will answer a million-dollar question on the evening of Feb. 16: How should Santa Barbara County’s taxpayers pay...

Canary

New, but not normal

The worst part about living in history is not knowing what is new, normal, or just outdated. Everybody’s freaking out right now about national politics, the geopoliti...

Street Wise

What’s your dream wedding?

Sally Dunbar Darrell Dunbar Dwight Colon Brian Kasicki

Arts

Heartfelt tribute: Righetti High School's monthly magazine releases special issue in memory of chemistry teacher John Rucker

By CALEB WISEBLOOD

John Rucker, chemistry teacher at Righetti High School for 21 years, passed away on Jan. 4 near the end of Righetti’s winter break. On the first day of the new semester,...

Humble hilarity: The Santa Maria Civic Theatre toys with dark comedy with production of 'Humble Boy'

By HELEN ANN THOMAS

Funny and thought provoking, Humble Boy—now playing at the Santa Maria Civic Theater—is a gem of a play about what happens to an English family when the father die...

Santa Maria Civic Theatre seeks actors for staged reading

By CALEB WISEBLOOD

The Santa Maria Civic Theatre holds auditions for a staged reading of In the Mood, Part 2 on Feb. 19 at 6 p.m. and Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. Writer/director Dixie Arthur is seeking to...

Dana Adobe hosts James Beckwourth talk

By CALEB WISEBLOOD

Helen Daurio will give a talk on James P. Beckwourth on Feb. 19 at 2 p.m. as a part of the DANA Cultural Center’s Sunday Speaker Series. The talk is followed by a quest...

Santa Ynez Valley Arts Association hosts new photography exhibit

By CALEB WISEBLOOD

The Santa Ynez Valley Arts Association will host a new photography exhibit titled Peace and Tranquility at the Los Olivos Wine Merchant & Café from March 2 through ...

Humor

Laundry or vortex

By SHELLY CONE

I’m by no means the first person to complain about missing socks. It’s a problem that parents have struggled with since the beginning of time. I imagine it woul...

Film

‘John Wick: Chapter 2’ is a rollicking good action sequel

Keanu Reeves reprises his role as retired legendary hit man John Wick, who in the first round (John Wick, 2014) came out of retirement after a Russian gangster stole his car a...

Eats

Bedford Winery's annual Mushroom Festival offers education and good eats in Los Alamos

By REBECCA ROSE

Allow me to apologize for my disdain of mushrooms. I was forced to evaluate my lifelong dislike of one of the culinary world’s favorite ingredients on a short drive fro...

Hot Stuff

Comedy classic

The Pacific Conservatory Theatre PCPA presents its production of the comedic romp, You Can’t Take It With You, by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman, showing through March ...

O’Sully's last show

O’Sullivan’s Pub in Santa Maria has been the place where local rock bands of every persuasion have played for years, thanks to owner Josh Snow’s (pictured) o...

Start them early

Even the littlest among us can keep a beat or a carry a tune, at least that’s the philosophy of the Music Together program, which is available at the Solvang Library on ...