Vineyard wedding: Ellinor + Tim

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When you live in the Bay Area it’s kind of hard to imagine a more perfect setting for your wedding than the surrounding wineries of Sonoma. Despite being from Texas and Louisiana, Ellinor + Tim decided to get married near San Francisco to give their guests a glimpse into their Northern California lives. So happy they did, because now we get to share all its beauty with you!

Vineyard Wedding

Vineyard Wedding

Vineyard Wedding

In terms of money saving tips, we started from the frame of mind that we did not require all of the usual wedding elements. We decided very early on what parts were important to us, and that is where we spent our money. We served a variety of desserts and only had a small cake for cutting, which cut off a whole line on the budget. We did not have a traditional bridal party, and instead we each spent time with our closest friends on the day-of while getting ready, and our siblings stood up for us at the ceremony. That saved hundreds in bouquets, dresses/suits, etc. – not to mention the stress of picking bridesmaid and groomsmen outfits!

Vineyard Wedding

Vineyard Wedding

After I added double sided menus, a double sided info card for the invitation, and day-of signage the cost for my paper goods went up, so I decided to save by addressing them myself using a typewriter at my office. Instead of a calligrapher, I bought a $9 ribbon for the typewriter and finished them off in 1 night! We accepted RSVPs via our website on, which saved the reply card, envelope, and postage. Although I was on the fence about letting that traditional element go, it made things much easier in the long run and folks who did not want to RSVP online sent us their RSVP via old-school letter, which I loved receiving.

Vineyard Wedding

Although having a wedding planner is an added expense – and one that I had always viewed as a non-attainable luxury – it turned out that Emily De Ayora of Downey Street Events saved us thousands of dollars by negotiating with vendors, price shopping, and knowing exactly what we did and did not need. She kept an eye on the budget and its many moving parts, and ensured that we came in under budget while accommodating our wish list items, some of which popped up along the way. Most importantly, her services allowed our families to relax and enjoy the event, and no price tag can be placed on that!  I cannot say enough good things about Emily!

Vineyard Wedding

Their favors? Homemade soap (made by Tim’s mom!) wrapped in pink tissue paper and raffia with a tag designed by Ellie.

Vineyard Wedding

We saved a good deal of money by having the florist make forays into event design, and we were lucky to find someone talented like Baylor, who could do that. Emily provided us a few things from her collection, including ribbon to hold the table cloths on the cocktail tables despite gale force winds, candles, and vintage votive holders. By utilizing things Emily had in her collection, as well as things she purchased in bulk, we were able to save money over what we could buy in a store ourselves — again, another reason to hire a planner!

Vineyard Wedding

Vineyard Wedding

The moral of the story? When in doubt, hire yourself an event planner! They’ve got connections, know who to call, and will take away every teeny bit of stress you’ve got running through your head so that you and your hubby can enjoy marital bliss! Congrats Ellinor + Tim!

Photography: Annie McElwain / Event design & coordination: Emily de Ayora, Downey Street Events / Floral design: Baylor Chapman, Lila B. Designs / Venue: CornerStone Sonoma / Hair & Makeup: The Dream Team, Toni Marion & Chris MacDonald / Caterer: Living Room Events /Rentals: Classic Party Rentals Napa / Paper Goods: Ellie Snow / Band: Quinn DeVeaux and the Blue Beat Review / Lighting: Illusions Lighting Designs / Ceremony musician: Harpist Sally Fletcher / Bride’s gown: Reverie by Melissa Sweet / Bridal jewelry: Earrings from Giraux, pearl bracelet from Divine Jewel / Groom’s attire: suit and shoes – Prada, tie – Ralph Lauren,  shirt – made by Andres Gorges

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jillian on Jul 20, 2011

the photos are so dreamy and sunny.. the couple looks lovely! xoxo jillian:: cornflake dreams

Lotta_heylook on Jul 20, 2011

OH, so pretty! love the florals and the paper goods. Waffels, nice!

Sally @ ourdreamlives on Jul 20, 2011

Those first two photos are incredible....!! As are the flowers. Gorgeous!!

MyDeejay on Jul 20, 2011

These are just stunning... it doesn't hurt that they are such a cute couple.

Emily on Jul 20, 2011

We had a blast planning this wedding! Congrats to Tim and Ellinor - it was a truly special day and I am so glad that I got to be a part of it.

jenn {bow tie & bustle} on Jul 20, 2011

GORGEOUS photography! such a beautiful wedding!

Lauren O'Neill on Jul 20, 2011

Beautiful! Love the tonal pops of color provided by the peonies!!

Ginny Hearn on Jul 20, 2011

Great wedding, great pictures and a good time was had by all.

Ginny Hearn on Jul 20, 2011

Great wedding, great pictures and a good time was had by all.

Adrienne on Jul 20, 2011

Beautiful wedding and great tips on how to save money. I was wondering how you worded your request that guests RSVP online at your website.

Jennica on Jul 20, 2011

Isn't it amazing how innovative brides and grooms get in the theme of their weddings. Who would of thought about a vineyard?

Ellinor on Jul 20, 2011

@Adrienne - I included a reply card that had information about where the wedding/reception were located, how to reply, and inviting guests to a welcome party the evening before. It's the paper below the save the date. Very simple wording - "The favor of your reply is requested by X date on the wedding website: [address]" That had the added bonus of letting people know the website address too!

Tammie on Jul 21, 2011

15 years ago when I was married, I hired a coordinator and it was the BEST investment for a seamless wedding day. 15 years later, I'm a wedding photographer and when I receive a referral from a wedding coordinator I do a little dance (of course in side my head ;) because I know just how much better day is going to flow. Definitely a wise investment!

Robin on Jul 28, 2011

WoW! The pictures are just wonderful. Great tips on saving money that engaged couples could actually do. And all the ways their wedding planner helped them save money is such an eye opener.

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