There’s just so much to love about a vineyard wedding — the breathtaking scenery never gets old in pictures! Alexis and Ve were inspired by their love of traveling and their gorgeous venue in Canada reminded them of the places they’ve been together. Their elegant wedding day features lots of DIY details, pretty florals with the perfect pop of pink, and a stunning tented reception. Here’s to many more adventures together!
Photography by Heidi Lau.
Did you include any traditions in your wedding? None. We were committed to creating an event that allowed us to really enjoy a celebration with our friends and family.
What was the best advice you received as a bride? Carve out time to enjoy the day — we were told to create a schedule that allowed time for us to be together and be present
What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding? Plan a party that both you and your partner are excited about. Enjoy the planning process together because the day of the wedding alone is too short. Make time to select your music — we spent many evenings carefully selecting our favorite songs to dance to…no YMCA or Macarena for us.
“We were determined to find a location that best represented each of our personalities — Ve was in search of a natural, relaxed setting and I envisioned uncontrived elegance. The brilliant green vineyard proved to be the perfect backdrop, marrying both of our preferences.”
Your ceremony in three words. Personal, playful and concise — approximately 10 minutes from start to finish.
How did you go about planning your ceremony? Our officiant had a selection of options; we selected and modified the option that captured not only how much we love each other, but most importantly, how much we truly like each other. We decided to honor the friends who introduced us by mentioning their names during the ceremony.
What was your ceremony music? This detail was crucial during our planning process — we felt it set the tone for the entire event. Fortunately, Ve’s close friends and roommates from university made our day extra special with a live instrumental performance of Christina Perri’s “A Thousand Years”, and Jack Johnson’s “Better Together” both played on guitar (Rob Jankowski) and cello (Chris Acconcia). Chris played a variety of classical pieces from Bach’s Cello Suite #1 while our guests were arriving and being seated.
Who officiated your ceremony? Sheldon Kofski was our Officiant — he was recommended to us by a very kind and helpful co-worker.
Did you include any traditions in your ceremony? We really wanted the ceremony to be personal and meaningful to us — both Ve’s mom and dad walked him down the aisle, as did both of mine. Our siblings and Ve’s best friend were honored guests walking ahead of us. No traditional wedding party — we really didn’t want to choose among all of our friends and felt it was important that everyone invited knew that they were important and special to us.
What were your ceremony readings? None. We opted for a “less is more” approach to prevent a lull in excitement — a short ceremony and ample cocktail-time.
What were your vows like? Our vows were co-created with our officiant using his samples. As avid travelers, we both really liked the statement, “falling in love with you has been my favorite journey.” We loved that the ceremony celebrated the hopefulness and excitement in the journey ahead and feeling as though we’re only just beginning our adventure together.
What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony? Our favorite moment, aside from being reunited with each other for photos before the ceremony, was walking down the aisle with our parents, moving toward a sea of all our favorite people, our supporters and holders of our happiest memories — the best!
Do you have any budget tips for other brides? Know your limit — make initial planning decisions based on your bottom line – it’s acceptable to have non-negotiables, but remind yourself that not all items can be non-negotiable, so choose wisely with your vision in mind. Also, ask family and friends for assistance with DIY projects.
“Our vision consisted of creating an intimate celebration that balanced romantic elegance, worthy of a baby-sitter and light-hearted fun reminiscent of a night out as young 20-somethings. We began the planning process committed to keeping things simple, but after a conversation with a very talented friend, we decided that this life event was worthy of thoughtfully created personal touches. Thanks to our friends Erika and Sue, our day became a beautiful experience. As travelers and outdoor enthusiasts, it made sense for us to celebrate our special commitment to one another in an open green space that reminded us of many places we’ve visited, with sunshine and fresh summer air — pure magic.”
Are there any DIY details you’d like to tell us about? Yes! Our friends and family are super talented and very generous with their time. Erika from Bueno Market designed our invitation, gift tags, menus and table cards. Sue Boruvka hand-painted our guest list and welcome board. My brother baked over 200 cookies for our guest gift bags/place cards and my Aunt Carolyn hand crafted floral wands for our young guests. Robin provided our sound equipment and managed the play-list that Ve and I created ourselves.
How would you describe your reception? An intimate celebration — romantic, natural elegance.
What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? We attended a wedding in an orchard several years prior and both felt that it was stunning and fell in love with the idea of an outdoor wedding.
Why did you choose this location for your reception? The FOOD! Ravine Vineyard is known for using fresh, local ingredients to create delicious products with simple sophistication. Hosting an event where guests could relax and remain in one location with important to us — we wanted to create a feeling and maintain it.
What was your wedding menu? A variety of canapes during cocktail hour // Heirloom Tomato and Bocconcini Salad with Fresh Basil and Balsamic Glaze // Choice of Hen Breast, Ribeye Steak and Vegetarian Lasagna / Peanut Butter Ice-Cream Sammies
Catering by Ravine Vineyard Estate Winery.
Did you have a signature cocktail? Peach Sangria and Mojito.
What type of cake or dessert did you serve? We selected two options for our guests: a vanilla creme-brulee round and a chocolate-hazelnut round. Our moms and Ve’s Grandma (Baka) prepared a selection of traditional home-made sweets.
Cake by Ravine Vineyard Estate Winery.
Please tell us about any other special details or moments from your reception. In an effort to break tradition, we opted out of the common first dance, instead dancing our way into the dining area to the musical stylings of Jagged Edge and Run DMC’s “Let’s Get Married”.
What was your first dance song? In an effort to make our wedding a true party, we opted to have a first dance for everyone — all of our guests were requested on the dance floor for Norah Jones’ “Come Away with Me”.
What was your favorite moment or part of the reception? Sitting at our table for two, eating the food that we deliberated over for weeks and enjoying the view of our friends and family. Deciding to eliminate a wedding party meant that all of our guests could sit back and enjoy the evening and we had time to be present together at our event.
If you had it to do over again, is there anything you would do differently? We would build in time for things to go a miss — we were stuck in traffic for over two and a half hours on a calculated one hour journey and I missed my original hair and make-up appointments, which resulted in me missing photographs with my mom before the ceremony. We should have given ourselves more time!