Real Wedding: Elizabeth & Danny

You all know how I feel about perfectly simple weddings, which is exactly what I have for you today. Elizabeth and Danny are celebrating their second wedding anniversary this month, so it’s a treat for me to share their wedding with you. Vineyard setting, simply lovely details, and beautiful photos from the very sweet Kristen Loken

Four layer cakes were displayed like in a bakery window, and were decorated with hand-made white sugar flowers, inspired by images of couture paper hats from Chanel’s Spring 2009 collection, that Elizabeth sent to the baker.

Elizabeth kindly shared some of the details about the day:

Why did you choose this for your wedding? We loved the modern architecture, concrete floors, and surrounding vineyards at Stryker and they inspired the look and feel of the wedding.

Do you have any budget tips for other brides? Save a little by sending save-the-date and rehearsal dinner invitations via email. Also, have guests email their RSVPs rather than sending back reply cards. This way guests can send their congratulations and ask any questions directly to you and your fiancé.

What was your favorite part of the day? Besides actually getting married, Danny and I looked down the rows of seats at the two large communal tables where guests were seated for dinner and realized that this was the best party list we could have possibly put together for any occasion and we were so happy to have everyone there to hang out with us.

What advice do you have for other brides? Make the wedding what you and your significant other want it to be – there’s no need to follow a prescribed list of things you have to do or feel obligated to do. Respect everyone’s wishes, but figure out how you both would do it on your own – you’re going to be making it up as you go along for the rest of your relationship so you may as well start now.



Hors d’Ouevres: Rock Shrimp Ceviche on Crispy Tortillas, Mini Tortilla Cups with Black Bean and Corn Salad, Mini Corn Tostadas with Chipotle Grilled Chicken, Cotija and Salsa Verde // First Course: Jicama Salad with Coriander Vinaigrette // Main Course: Grilled Orange-Chipotle Chicken with Roasted Tomato Salsa, Grilled Cod Tacos with Jicama Slaw and Tomatillo Salsa, Vegetarian Tamales with Ancho Mole, served with Cilantro Lime Rice and Garlic Black Beans // Dessert: Red Velvet Cake, Butter Cake with Lemon, Triple Chocolate Cake with Mocha, and Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese // Signature Wines: Stryker Alexander Valley 2007 Semillon Oz, Russian River 2007 Chardonnay, 2004 Merlot from Two Moon Vineyard in the Dry Creek Valley



Photography: Kristen Loken / Venue: Stryker Sonoma Winery in Geyserville, California / Bride’s dress: Kristen Tucker Designs / Groom’s suit: Jil Sander / Flowers: Rosenow Floral Design / Catering: Grapevine Catering Company / Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

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