Thursday, May 21, 2015

Bachelorette Party in WA Wine Country

I took a hiatus from blogging most of last year because I was just so dang immersed in other things that I didn't have the will to even try to be funny. Or creative. Or amusing. Maybe I shouldn't even post that sentence as I'm not even sure I'm any of those things now. Except I do try at least! I try, I try, I try. And last year I didn't have the will to even do that.

However, it was an era in life that was jam-packed with a lot of memorable events! So revisiting some of them on here will make me a happy camper to reflect. Today I'm gonna highlight my lovah's bachelorette party that took place last spring (2014) in Woodinville, Washington. I'm not sure when Bachelorette parties became weekend parties vs. just a local night out but I'm all for this new normal.
Woodinville is known as 'Washington Wine Country' and is located about 30 min NE of Seattle. The neighborhoods are very affluent which is quite clear as you come into its jurisdiction and notice manicured lawns at the forefront of incredible palatial estates. Heck, even the "small" houses are a sight for sore eyes. For a 'classy' girl like Shanin, it was a gorgeous place to kick off her official outro of the single life.
^ First thing we did after the 3.5 hour drive & prior to heading to our vacation rental was head into the town and nosh on some local seafood and sip some wine with lunch. Vacation commences!
^Our meal was swiftly followed-by racing to the VRBO home and ooo-ing and aaaah-ing over all its touches. It looked even better than the online booking photos.
^Like this outdoor fire pit which had to have been designed just for Instagram, I mean, come on - look at that thing.
^And this gorgeous backyard and patio.
^And this d*mn fine eating, chilling situation.

After looking at all the space in this beyond lovely home, my brain began to attempt to delete all memory of my tiny, downtown apartment and the fact that it could have fit in the kitchen. This was unsuccessful but it was so very kind of my brain to try (what a little sweetheart). So after all the cooing and texting Jay pictures proving that we live in the same square footage that other people reserve for their mud rooms: It was back to party central which meant popping bottles like we were in a rap video. Okay, not really. But we did start off with some champagne.
^Bride last but not least.

After some gift giving, some wine sipping and a visit from a dream reader- we enjoyed a homemade dinner and settled into bed for the big day of wine tasting in the morning.
Waking up on a group wine tasting day takes you all the way back to Christmas morning as a kid. The excitement is real for a day of landscaped properties, serene vineyards, exquisite tasting rooms and yummy varietals. We couldn't have been more excited and quickly tried to get through our "necessary" (by girl standards) house photo shoot before we were on our way.
^I would like to explain that I woke up with COMPLETELY swollen eyes after a reaction to the pillow I slept on. Thus, I wore sunglasses for these pictures.

We finally arrived in wine country and wasted no time gettin' our tastin' on.

^The bachelorette and me!

^Sippin' on that local wine.
^The crew at Chateau Ste. Michelle.

After quite the day of walking, chatting, noshing and drinking wine- you know dang well what time it was: Time to go home and sleep. For those of you who don't need a nap after a day of wine tasting, I applaud you and I'm sad we can never be friends. Because everyone I know promptly needs one. We ended up having a grand ol' time at the little Mansion for the rest of the evening and before we knew it, it was time to arise and do our final send-off toast to the bride-to-be.
^Beautiful bride-to-be!
^Morning send-off champagne!
^Love her (my eyes were still egregiously swollen the next morning)
^Cheers to you, cheers to milestones.

The light was so pretty in the kitchen that morning that I couldn't stop taking photos and had a hard time whittling it down for this post! I also had a hard time saying bye to the weekend. I know bachelorette parties are organized on the foundation of being a little off-center and wild and fun. And that they are. However, after years of going out as single young girls with your friends, it's always fun to have one last symbolic party to recognize the transition of chapters. Love her so and was so happy to be there.



MadeByHind said...

These photos are amazing! it looks like you had lots of fun :-)

Pat Hatt said...

Wow, that is one huge house. Can you imagine living in there? It take a week just to clean it lol Sounds like a grand time was had by all. The window shot was sure a fun one.

SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

Amazing photos, and that VRBO house, good lord. That's a great find.

The window shot might be my favorite aside from the glass filling from underneath shot.

Caitlin @ Candyfloss & Persie said...

@Hind - thank you!! it was a blast

Caitlin @ Candyfloss & Persie said...

@Pat- no, I can't! It was so huge. And yes, the cleaning must be a nightmare. That's why I'm soooo glad I don't live there. wink.

Caitlin @ Candyfloss & Persie said...

@Steph- thanks!! And ya, it was a real good find.

Slamdunk said...

What a fun time.

Building on Pat's comment, I like the through the window shot of all the friends with the blue scrub brush learning agains the wall. It is almost like the owners were saying, "if you have a few minutes out here, could you help tidy things up a bit?"

I hope Woodinville sends you a thanks for the wonderful plug--you are selling us on the place for sure. .

Lauren Farrow said...

OMG, that looks like so much fun. You have such great friends. That sucks about your eyes but I think you look great nonetheless. I love that one photo of you and your friend in a kitchen standing in front of a window. There is this glow coming from behind you. Very pretty.

Caitlin @ Candyfloss & Persie said...

@Slamdunk - that's really funny about the brush, I never even noticed that! But you're right, it does look like that. Thank you!!

Caitlin @ Candyfloss & Persie said...

@Lauren- thanks, Lauren!!! Yes, the eye thing was super annoying but I managed to survive ;)

mirmirzimzim said...

I didn't realize that orange situation was a full pantsuit! Love.