Even though it definitely feels like Winter here in New England, we aren’t letting go of Fall THAT easily. We still have a handful of absolutely gorgeous Fall inspired affairs and this one, well…it’s Fall’s finest. Designed by A Savvy Event and Frenchie & Flea (remember the first Frenchie & Flea wedding that we obsessed over?), this is such a gorgeous interpretation of Sonoma. A beautiful Autumn palette, an abundance of locally grown goodies and of course…the best wine EVER. Oh, and did we mention that there is so much more gorgeousness in the galleries?? Click right here!
Emarie Chervinskas of A Savvy Event teamed up with Emily Baker of Frenchie & Flea to create this intimate wedding. With a small budget and big vision, we were able to create a rustic, California wine country wedding with an Italian flair with DIY projects, vintage finds, and unique touches that reflected the bride’s vision. The color palette was pulled from the in-season harvest, including heirloom tomatoes, herbs, root vegetables, sunflowers, and the golds and greens of the vineyards.
The ceremony and wine & cheese reception was held at Scribe Winery, where we utilized an already eclectic atmosphere and furnishings and created an altar from old cherry picking ladders, and seating from assorted vintage chairs and an awesome 100-year old red couch. Sunflowers in medicine bottles, potted herbs, and rosemary branches were tied to the ladders with twine. Lauren of FleurEssence created the perfect bouquet for the bride, which added a bold pop of color against her simply elegant JCrew dress; and the groom’s rustic boutonniere was made of herbs. For the wine & cheese hour at Scribe’s tasting room and patio, we wanted the food and libations to be the star, so we dressed the table with cheese cloth table runners, potted herbs in cloches for fragrance and color, and served fresh fruit and bread, local artisan cheeses, and charcuterie on wooden cheese boards. Sonoma has a rich agriculture and Slow Food tradition, and we wanted to carry that attitude through from the ceremony at Scribe to the reception at Estate Restaurant.
For the reception dinner we celebrated the late summer/early fall harvest and used in-season, organic, and locally grown vegetables as the centerpiece. We piled them into a vintage grape crate, and surrounded them with more potted herbs. The china was collected from various discount and thrift stores, and layered to create depth and color on the table. Plates, glassware and silverware can be mixed and matched! We also handcrafted the place mats using canvas sheets from an art store (they are sold pre-cut like a pad of paper, in the perfect place mat size!) and fabric and ribbon scraps which we hot glued to the canvas. We tied the silverware in the napkin with a strip of leftover linen fabric and tucked a rosemary sprig into each place setting. Lanterns we found at a discount store were hung with robe from the trellising. We then carried the rope element down to the table top by wrapping the stem or base of varying glass vessel in it (using a glue gun!) and filled the glasses with bread sticks. Again, we wanted the food to be the focus of the table, and found that you don’t always need to use flowers to do this. Its easy to had height and color to a table with bread sticks, herbs, oil & vinegar in unique bottles, and mounds of fresh produce. We channeled European influences and added rustic touches to create a budget-friendly and beautiful table that anybody can create for any occasion! The best part is, you can take home the veggies and eat them!
The venues provided the perfect backdrops for such a sweet wedding and the photographer, Ellie Grover, captured Ariane and Nate’s special day so beautifully. We were so happy to have met and worked with such a wonderful couple, and just loved creating something so intimate and personal for them! Congratulations Ariand & Nate!
Coordination & Event Design: A Savvy Event, Frenchie & Flea / Photography: Ellie Grover Photography / Ceremony Venue: Scribe Winery, Sonoma, CA / Reception Venue: Estate Restaurant, Sonoma, CA / Flowers: FleurEssence / Linens: La Tavola / Brides Dress: JCrew