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Weddings In Woodinville 2011 – “Winter Wonderland”

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Weddings in Woodinville … a Wedding in Winter … snowy, icy, clean, crisp.  That is what we created at the Columbia Winery for this year’s bridal show.  Following is a blog post on February 16, 2011 on the Weddings In Woodinville website.

Columbia Winery with its classic elegance is located in the heart of Woodinville’s wine country.  With Its preferred catering, exceptional menu’s and impeccable service, the winery will inspire you and create a very memorable wedding day.  The venue can accommodate 225 guests.  Merry Beth Turpin of Aisle of View transformed the winery into a winter wonderland highlighting how winter weddings are like fire and ice with décor that is shimmery and icy while the ambience is warm and inviting.  The winter wonderland theme of icy blues and soft whites glistened and radiated with a unique style.

Soft white draping surrounded the room and snowflakes lighted the walls.  Rented Elegance provided the beautiful wintery florals and décor to enhance the scene.  Soft seating surrounded the warm and inviting fireplaces.  The ceremony site was unique with its banquette seating and ample white flowers and candlelight.

Classic big band music provided by Chris Graves of Your Song Entertainment filled the room which added to the elegant atmosphere.  Chris and the band stood out in tuxes from Wall Street Custom Clothiers.

Lisa Dupar Catering and Seastar Restaurant/John Howie Steak Catering catered the event with their amazing hors d’oeuvres, an epicurean delight for all guests.

A whimsical Winter Wonderland cake by Mike’s Amazing Cakes completed the look and feel of the venue.

Azzura Photography was on hand to capture the photos seen on the blog, Pascale Collins Calligraphy set the tone of the day with her elegant silver and white paper collateral and program, Steve Cox of Creative Ice hand carved an incredible 3’ high signature drink station , and Olga Earle of La Belle Reve showcased her beautiful wedding gowns and accessories.

Outside guests were able to check out a white vintage car from British Motor Coach – a perfect way to depart any wedding!

The Royal Wedding — 1981 vs 2011

The wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton stands to be one of the biggest events of 2011. But the couple’s April 29 nuptials are under the shadow of the biggest royal wedding in the last few decades: that of William’s parents, Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer, 30 years ago. So, because many in Britain and the world will compare the couples – and wonder how Kate will measure up to Diana afterward – here’s a look at the couples by the numbers:



Diana – 19 / Charles – 31

Courtship Ages

Both were 20
Less than a year

The Courtship

8 years
February 6, 1981

The Proposal

October 2010
February 24, 1981

The Announcement

November 16, 2010
July 29, 1981

The Wedding

April 29, 2011
St. Paul’s Cathedral

The Church

Westminster Abbey

Wedding Guests

1,800 invitations sent
David and Elizabeth Emanuel

The Dress

Closely-guarded secret

What’s the biggest difference between the upcoming wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton and Prince Charles’ wedding to the late Princess Diana? It’s the power of the Internet. In 1981, most people only relied on magazines, newspapers, tabloids, and television to get their updates about the royal wedding, which was, back then, dubbed as “The Wedding of the Century.” Fast forward to 30 years later, another Wedding of the Century is in the making – that of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

On the wedding day itself, many will tune in not only on the live televised newscast of the wedding ceremony, but on live internet feeds as well. Right after the wedding, you don’t have to wait for the video release of the wedding ceremony in stores or watch a replay on television. Undoubetedly, Prince William’s marriage to Kate Middleton will reach more people than his parent’s own wedding because of the Internet.

Because of my love for weddings, you can bet that I will be glued in front of the television in the early morning hours of April 29 watching this beautiful couple say their vows.

Refresh your memoryClick here to watch a televised recording of the 1981 Royal Wedding between Charles and Diana.

A Ring, A Date, and A Place – Now What?

It’s amazing that no sooner does a happy couple announce their intention to marry when their euphoria is put on hold with the realization that the wedding must be planned. Choices must be made.  Deadlines must be met.  Guest lists must be drawn up.

Without a fairy godmother – or a wedding planner – it can be a daunting task.

Weddings are a special crazy quilt kind of celebration:  Two individuals meet for a very personal celebration of their very private bond, usually in a very public place with loads of people looking on.  What’s more, the bride and groom are contemporary people coming together for a modern ceremony steeped in centuries-old customs.

Forget about believing that this wedding is exclusively “yours.”  By asking loved ones to surround you on that day, you draw in a whole cast of characters who will have lots of opinions on how it should proceed.  Yet, at the same time, you should feel empowered to make your own decisions and generally steer the ship.

Planning the wedding is certainly part of the joy of preparing for marriage.  But sometimes couples just don’t have the time, the resources, or the interest to organize such an important celebration themselves and want to be spared the hassle.

The planning process can be practically worry-free with the help of a professional consultant.    A consultant can save you time, worry, and stress, and help you avoid making costly mistakes.  Most have extensive resources at their fingertips and are also skilled in the mechanics of party planning:  choosing vendors, reviewing contracts, booking a reception site, or flying in tropical flowers in the exact shade of yellow the bride envisions.  They know local price ranges for various services and how to map out a realistic budget.

Planning many weddings each year gives consultants the inside track on which local vendors are cream of the crop.  A competent consultant will know the latest wedding trends, resources at different price ranges, and the florists, photographers, etc. who have proved themselves to be consistently dependable and outstanding in their fields.

Consultants can do as much or as little as you want – you choose.  To find a good consultant, ask for referrals from friends.  Also, caterers, florists, and photographers often work hand in hand with consultants and may be a source of honest, reliable information. (Above excerpts are from The Wedding Sourcebook Planner, Madeline Barillo)

I would consider it an honor if you took a few minutes to peruse my website.    In it, you will see several recent weddings I have coordinated, read testimonials about my services, and get a feel for me and how I work.  This is my 22nd year in business.  I remember the first wedding I coordinated as if it were yesterday, and have grown many times over since then.  I love a challenge just as much as I love tradition.  Weddings are my passion.  If you are a bride-to-be, call me for a complimentary consultation.  If you are a vendor, please know that your brides are in good hands if you refer them to me.  And if you are a previous client, it was my privilege to work with you.  You are who make me good at my job!

Where do you go from here?  Call me at (425) 427-2277. We have many things to discuss to get you started toward your wedding day.

Weddings In Woodinville

Six Woodinville area wineries will open their doors in lavish style on Sunday, January 30th from 11:30 to 5:00 pm for future Brides & Grooms. This is not your average wedding show. This is designed as a wine tour for couples, their family and friends to come see fully decorated venues that have been transformed, each with it’s own unique theme. Industry professionals will be on hand to answer questions at each location to help plan every element of a wedding. Guests will be chauffeured in luxury transportation between each venue and there will be food and sweets at each stop as well.

The venues include Columbia Winery, DeLille Cellars, JM Cellars, Novelty Hill Winery/Januik Winery, Russell’s Barn and Willows Lodge.

Tickets are available for sale by visiting

I have the privilege of coordinating the Columbia Winery this year. I hope to see many of you there!  Enjoy the video of last year’s event by Edit 1 Media.

Our Work

Take a moment and browse our latest work. Questions? Call Merry Beth Turpin at (425) 427-2277 



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