Erin & Nick
An Eastlake couple marries their love of wine and each other during an elegant and rustic barn wedding on Whidbey Island
It was a slow afternoon at Novelty Hill–Januik Winery in Woodinville on the day tasting room assistant Erin Thomas, 28, answered the phone. Nick James, 33, who was conducting research on opening a tasting room in the area, was on the other end of the line, and Erin took the time to answer his questions. The two connected in person a few weeks later, when Nick showed up during Erin’s shift. In hopes of a date, Nick left his card, and Erin, in hopes of a job opportunity, took it. “It turned out we were both right: I got the job, and a month later we were dating,” says Erin.
Fast-forward to planning the big day. Erin, now editor-in-chief of Sip Northwest magazine, and Nick, the national sales manager for Mark Ryan Winery, dreamed of a celebration centered around their love for one another—and their shared love of food and fine wine. “Being in the food and beverage business, we knew we had to throw a good party,” says Erin. “Quality grub and premium drink were nonnegotiable.” As the two were doing their research (by thumbing through a copy of Seattle Bride, no less), Nick spotted The Wayfarer, a charming 5-acre farm on Whidbey Island. The venue’s whitewashed barn, family-style vibe, vintage décor, and the fact that it allows couples to bring in their own food, drink and music, struck them as the perfect setting for a rustic outdoor wedding.
Surrounded by the people the couple holds dearest, Erin walked excitedly down the aisle in a lace Blue by Enzoani dress. Flowers—primarily dahlias and other Whidbey Island flowers freshly picked just up the road from The Wayfarer—adorned the tables, chairs, and food and beverages stands (including a food cart with cheese and charcuterie). Guests snacked as they played yard games, while chef Bobby Moore of Barking Frog Restaurant, a friend of the couple’s, created a multicourse, family-style meal. After dancing the night away, the newlyweds, who now reside in Eastlake, spent a relaxing honeymoon horseback riding and sunning on the beach in Sayulita, Mexico.
Moms, Maids, and More (now closed)
Pie, Fremont location
Groom’s and groomsmen’s attire
Hair and makeup
Nikki Farrell of Rumours Aveda Salon