3 Reasons to Hire a Wedding Planner: Rain, Wind, Power Outage

thumbnail-Ashley-Kenny-1Anyone who’s ever seen “The Wedding Planner” loves to taunt those of us who handle weddings at the winery by asking, “Do you work in high heels and a fancy dress?” Our answer, “Heck no!” Others pose the question, “Do you wear a walkie-talkie headset?” To which we answer, “Well, sometimes, if that’s what it takes.” Our job is to be the executor of our client’s dream day, something they have envisioned for years, if not most of their lives. Talk about pressure!

Unless you’ve worked in this industry, you think of weddings as being these fun, glamorous events, which they are, of course, but . . . there are a LOT of details behind the scenes that make a wedding picture perfect. Even when all the groundwork has been expertly laid out, you can never plan for the unexpected. But expect it! Whether small or large in scale, it’s bound to happen.

Take, for example, Ashley and Kenny’s story. They chose the last Saturday in August for their Woodinville wine country wedding date, sure to be a safe bet for some Seattle summer sun, right? Not quite. The region was hit with a huge wind and rainstorm that knocked out power mere hours before their ceremony. With a meal for 100 guests still needing to be cooked and set up not yet completed, what’s a couple to do? Relax and let the wedding planner handle it!

Our team jumped into action quickly, hooking up a generator to power the kitchen appliances and calling in our dear friends at Wave Link Music to handle elegant emergency up lighting. The power ended up coming back on moments before the ceremony, of course, and the rest of the evening went off without a hitch, despite the weather’s best attempt to damper our spirits.

Would you have any idea this all went down by looking at these beautiful photos? With the right planners and vendors by your side, you too can have the perfect day (and we’ll keep the behind-the-scenes details to ourselves)!

Photography: Alison May Photography

Décor, Floral, Dessert & Wedding Planning: Blue Ribbon Cooking 

Officiant: Rev Ray Winkle

DJ: Luna Bella

New Label Design

thumbnail-NH-chardWe have a new look!  If you visited the Woodinville winery tasting room over the summer, you may have noticed we quietly started releasing new vintages of both Januik and Novelty Hill wines with a stylish new, label.  Now that fall is here, watch for our new design to begin appearing on retail shelves and at your favorite restaurants too.

Both new packages tell a story about their respective wineries: Januik’s new label is indicative of the beauty and understated elegance of Mike’s winemaking; Novelty Hill’s design is a visual depiction of Washington State’s unique growing region and the winery’s estate vineyard Stillwater Creek.

thumbnail-Januik-newThe transition to the new package begins with the 2013 reds and 2014 whites and should be complete by late spring 2016.

We hope you agree that our new look is in keeping with the quality of wine veteran winemaker Mike Januik has been bottling since Januik’s founding in 1999 and Novelty Hill’s first vintage in 2000.  We invite your comments on this page and encourage you to share our new look on your favorite social media channel as well.

Woodinville Tasting Room Specials

thumbnail-NH-whitegrapeFall is the perfect time of year for wine tasting in Woodinville, especially with many wineries busy with crush, including our own.  Grapes are arriving at the winery regularly.  Step out on the viewing platform to watch crush in action, and if you happen to visit the tasting room on a Tuesday, remember all wine purchases are 10% off, Tuesdays only.  Regardless of what day of the week you visit, your tasting fee is waived with a three-bottle purchase. We offer Woodinville’s most extensive tasting menu; choose four wines from a list featuring 20 or more selections.  Open daily, 11-5.


Washington Grape Harvest is in High Gear

thumbnail-SWC-redThere’s been lots of talk up and down the West Coast about the early wine grape harvest this year due to a warm spring and hot summer temperatures.  Like California and Oregon, Washington State’s harvest is coming on fast, and Novelty Hill’s estate vineyard, Stillwater Creek is ripening quickly too.  Harvest began in August here on the Royal Slope of the Frenchman Hills for the first time since the vineyard’s first harvest in the early 2000s.

Vineyard director Ed Kelly offered up a few interesting stats to put the season in perspective.  In 2011, Stillwater picked its first block of Merlot on Oct. 7; in 2013, the vineyard harvested its first Merlot grapes on Sept. 18th; in 2014, the vineyard picked the first load of Merlot on Sept. 16th.  This year, Stillwater Creek harvested its first bin of Merlot on Aug. 28th, an astounding 41 days earlier than 2011.

The season’s been a blur, so we are particularly appreciative of our friends at HOOT Studios who visited Stillwater Creek on Sept. 7th to capture some beautiful pictures of the site just before harvest kicked into high gear.  View photos on our Facebook page.

Summer Wedding Bliss

weddingSummer is always a busy time of year for weddings in Woodinville Wine Country, and we were thrilled to have had the privilege of sharing this incredibly personal and important day with several very special couples this season.  Receiving recognition from KOMO News as one of The Top 5 Wedding Venues This Summer and a blog on the winery as told through the gorgeous work of ij Photo was the frosting on the proverbial cake.

If you are planning your own wedding now and thinking about décor, remember lighting can have a big impact.  The latest issue of Seattle Bride offers some excellent ideas, including creative designs from Taylor’d Events by Jen and Simply Wed at the winery.

Of course, hearing from a happy couple after the celebration that we exceeded expectations is what our goal with every wedding, so it was wonderful to receive this review on The Knot from one of our August brides.

It is not too early to begin thinking about your own wine country wedding.  Dates are already booking for summer 2015, and while a summer wedding is magical, our winter weddings have a beauty all their own.  For more information or to request a proposal, please contact us.