Congratulations Marina & Andrew!
Cake Provided by Cakes to Celebrate
Congratulations Marina & Andrew!
Cake Provided by Cakes to Celebrate
Congratulations Shawna & Andrew!
Ceremony: Vineyard View
Cocktail Hour: Barrel Room
Reception: Event Pavilion
Florist: RSVP Flowers and Events
DJ- Becks Entertainment
Photography- Wayne & Angela Photography
Cakes- Cakes to Celebrate
Officiant- John Steele
Congratulations Megan & Anthony!
Wedding Date: 10-26-13
Wedding Venue: Ceremony in Vineyard View, Appetizer Hour in the Cellar Room, & Reception in the Event Pavilion
Photographer: Photo Quest
Bakery: Cakes to Celebrate
Floral Design: RSVP Events
Officiant: Keith Brown- Family Friend
DJ: Premier Events Group
Wine country sunsets are truly a spectacular backdrop to our already gorgeous venue. Depending on the time of year, romantic colors of red, orange, purple, and yellow light up the sky and vineyards and create a perfect opportunity for ceremony lighting and/or photo lighting. Make sure to visit the website below to see what time sunset is on your wedding day, and plan with your photographer to capture it.
One of the most asked questions we get from brides that are looking to book Wiens Family Cellars for their wedding is what is happening in the vineyard certain times of the year and what the weather is like. We have broken down each season below and added information and photos to help visualize the vineyard and weather during each season. We hope this helps!
The grape starts its growing season in the spring. We are signaled by the “pushing” of a bud break by the bleeding of the vine. When the vine is cut, sweet tasting water containing a low concentration of organic acids, hormones, and sugars “bleed” from the vine. Shortly after, the first bud will break through starting bud break. The first bud break is usually around the 3rd week of March and the vines grow very quickly (up to 1” per day). Usually the first grape flowers will bud around the end of April and fruit set will start close to the end of May.
The average rainfall totals are around 3” of rain from March to May with March being the wettest of the three months. The average temperature is a high of 70-80 degrees and a low of 40-50 degrees.
During the summer, the grapes are still growing and will enter the stage of Veraison. Veraison is the start of the ripening process. The grapes will turn from small hard green to red/black or yellow/green depending on the variety. This color changing is due to the chlorophyll in the berry skin being replaced by anthocyanin (red wine grapes) and carotenoids (white wine grapes). The grapes will start to soften and grow dramatically as they accumulate glucose and fructose and acid levels begin to fall.
The average rainfall totals are around .25” of rain from June-August. This is the driest and hottest time of year. The average temperature is a high of 90-100 degrees and a low of 55-65 degrees. If you are planning an outdoor evening reception, this is the time to do it!
Fall is the busiest season for us in the vineyard. It is when the grapes are harvested and crush starts. Usually harvest starts in September but can be earlier or later depending on different factors such as ripeness, weather, mildew, and diseases.
Once the grapes are harvested, the vines start to store carbohydrates in their roots and trunks for next year. Once the carbohydrate levels are high enough, the leaves will turn from green to orange/yellow.
The average rainfall totals are just around 1” for all three months with the wettest month being November. The average temperatures vary between a high of 75 degrees to 90 degrees and a low of 45 degrees to 55 degrees.
Following the first frost, the vines will lose their leaves and enter the dormancy stage.
The average rainfall totals are just around 3” of rain for all three months. The average high is right around 68 degrees and the low is just above freezing.
What do you get when you mix a crazy in love Real Estate Broker, an unsuspecting awesome girlfriend, a surprise proposal and a surprise wedding with 180 closest friends and family all on the same day? Relief, magic, tears, and one of the most unforgettable days we have ever had here at Wiens Family Cellars.
When we first met Ryan on his tour of the winery, we couldn’t believe what he wanted to try to plan. How and why would any man in his right mind try to pull off a surprise proposal and a surprise wedding with 180 guests all in the same day? Not only were we absolutely terrified for him, we thought he was a little (well a lot) crazy. Although we were very wary of the idea, we really wanted to be part of his crazy plan and were beyond excited when he decided to book here at Wiens Family Cellars. After all, it was our first surprise wedding too.
Ryan went to elementary school with Stefanie’s older brother. She says she “was the annoying little sister he wanted nothing to do with, who had a huge crush on him for as long as she can remember”. After elementary school, they remained in touch once her family moved out of the area, until roughly 1992. In April 2007, Stefanie looked Ryan up on-line and reached out. A day or two later they met up after work and have spent nearly every day together ever since.
We asked Ryan what had inspired him to want to plan a surprise wedding. He said, “if you knew me you would understand. The short of it was that I was always that guy who said he would never get married and Stefanie has always been okay with that provided we spent the rest of our lives together. I wanted to show her how special she is in that she really is that one in a million that would actually accept the fact that I robbed her of planning her special day without holding it over my head for the rest of my life. The actual inspiration for the surprise was the easy part; Stefanie hates surprises.”
After months of planning, Ryan had planned the perfect wedding. With help from Stefanie’s Mom and her best friend Andrea, they had chosen linens, flowers, menus, personalized wine favors, three beautiful wedding dresses and shoes, timelines, jewelry, and every other millionth detail that goes into planning a wedding. When we asked Ryan what was the hardest part of the planning he said, “other than finding just the right wording to put on the invitations to get the point across to 180 people to keep the secret; coming home at the end of the day and not sharing any of it with her.” We were so impressed with how Ryan chose everything based on what he knew Stefanie would want and spared no expense… all for a girl who hadn’t even said yes to marry him yet!
When the day finally arrived, it felt as if the entire winery knew what was taking place. We were all so nervous that someone would slip or ruin the surprise. Ryan surprised Stefanie with the proposal under our Mountain View Arbor by pretending to take their “usual” self photo in front of the vines. He had the gorgeous ring on his finger. When Stefanie said yes, we were so relieved! We also knew the biggest surprise was yet to come!
Ryan led Stefanie into our Cellar Room where their closest family and friends had hidden during the proposal patiently. Everyone cheered and gave their congratulations. After a couple of minutes of tears and hugs Ryan pointed to one of the three dresses he bought hanging on the barrel. He said “by the way, the wedding is at 5:30 today.” After a couple of expletives and a long kiss with Ryan, Stefanie finally knew what Ryan had done for her and realized then that he loves her more than she will ever know! She was then rushed off to the bridal suite to get ready for her wedding that was taking place two hours later.
The wedding was perfect in every way. Finally, all of their awesome family and friends who held such a big secret for so long were able to express their excitement for them. They all cheered as Stefanie walked down the aisle and she started crying for the hundredth time that afternoon. From the beautiful décor, to great food and wine, and a gorgeous bride everything was perfect! We asked them both after the wedding if they would do it all over again and Ryan replied, “Absolutely. If I ever had any doubts, I would have taken the easy route.” Stefanie agreed also and stated ,“in a heartbeat! I’ve loved Ryan for a very long time and have known he was the one I would spend the rest of my life with regardless of being married.”
Ryan’s advice to future grooms is “if you don’t trust the one you love enough to take a leap without hesitation, back away from the edge.” We seriously couldn’t agree more and feel so honored to have been part of such a special event. The only element of the event that was hard for us, was not getting to know Stefanie as well as we would have liked to. Although we felt as we knew her via Ryan, (he talked about her constantly) we are a little sad we only got to work with her for just one day. Stefanie will just have to plan a big surprise with us for Ryan one day! 10 year Vow Renewal???