I had a terrific time on Saturday with Best Man Lenhard (l) and Groom Jason (c) and Brother Lance (r). Here they are clowning in the Cellar Room (or “Man Cave”) at Novelty Hill Januik Winery in Woodinville. We had just finished a wine tour with our “Wedding Angel” Emily. Januik is such a splendid place to host a wedding!
Such a gutsy thing to do… the reworking of an heirloom wedding dress from the 1940’s! Katie entrusted her friend/neighbor/seamstress to be the talented and brave soul wielding the scissors and guiding the needle! The result was an ideal combination of elegant and nostalgic. Katie displayed a treasured photo of her grandmother wearing the same wedding gown over 70 years ago! Such a sweet nod to the history of one’s family and a way to honor those that have come before us.
It was the first time that Erin (Lindeman Weddings and Events) and I were able to work together and it was a fine experience. We teamed up for Jason and Katie’s wedding – over a year in the making!! Novelty Hill/Januik Winery in Woodinville was our base this past weekend where Trixie, the 10 pound Rat Terrier, stole the show! The details were all-consuming, yet Erin was one calm cucumber! I really appreciate her easy-going, unruffled demeanor. Weddings have enough electric emotions. Always a plus when our leader is grounded!!!
These two are so cute. After 25 years they are still modeling the value of romance in marriage! Gayle has been planning this event since last winter. She was clever as she wove her scheme into the very fabric of an industry networking meeting! It was a fun group: Greg Lowder, DJ, was on hand, Patti Payne was our Reader, Vocalist, Carolena Matus and Susan Haas the Harpist, all brought their talents to the ceremony. Jen Taylor from Taylor’d Events and her Team were our fearless leaders at Reinfire Ranch. Such a fun celebration. Note to “Mrs. Wifey” and “Mr. Hubby”: Thanks for including me, it was fun writing those funny, tender vows for you. Great “Re-Up” celebration!
It was great catching up with Anika and Zach when they were visiting from Texas two weeks ago. I love using my homemade bread for a blueberry overnight French Toast recipe. Real maple syrup and cream cheese may be involved, along with 12 eggs. It is sinful! These two will be married in December in the beautiful chapel at Villa Academy. Such a classic setting. We had a great reunion!
I applaud it when tradition is softened a bit and creativity is given a nod. Groom Brian (r) and Brother David (l) look so handsome in their light colored summer suits. Brian sported matching shoes as well – just FUN! These two looked like something out of GQ! Additional creativity: Brian and Amy commissioned a Japanese Omikuji Tree built in a frame with beautiful branches that became the backdrop for our ceremony. Afterwards, guests had a playful time tying fortunes onto the tree!
During the time leading up to this wedding, Amy was true to herself. She knew what she wanted and her creative talents worked overtime to sculpt just the right kind of day – on every level. And Amy kept her sense of humor throughout it all. We all teased her about the 30 pound train! (The dress is magnificent.) Her dream was to have her wedding at the courtyard in front of the Asian Art Museum with three types of live music – and it all flowed perfectly. It was a heartfelt service. Amy and Brian were such dedicated teammates.
From Amy: ” You were such an integral and emotional part of our ceremony. I’m so glad I saw that photo of you in Seattle Bride. Your power and ability to love came through that photo. Just like when I saw Brian. Love at first sight.