georgia vineyard wedding

Christine, 29 & Jimmy, 31

Braselton, GA

Wedding Date: May 1st, 2010

Number of Guests: 30

Wedding Cost: $6,500

Wedding Ceremony Location: Chateau Elan

Wedding Reception Location: Chateau Elan

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Why did you have an intimate wedding?

We had an intimate wedding because it’s just us. They way we are. We weren’t “big” wedding people. We are really close to our friends and family and we didn’t want to spread ourselves so thin on our special day. And going into massive debt for our wedding isn’t us either. So having an intimate wedding was perfect for us and made the day that more special.

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What are some the challenges that you faced planning an intimate wedding?

Cutting down the invite list.

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georgia vineyard ceremony

Did you have any ‘issues’ with the small guest list from friends and family? If so, how did you address them?

We had both family and friends that we couldn’t invite and you just have to let them know it is nothing personal, you would love to have them there but there isn’t enough room. But we did have an “after party” that everyone was invited to.

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georgia winery wedding ceremony

What were the highlights of the ceremony?

ThelLocation (vineyard) and the cellist.

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What were the highlights of the reception?

The wonderful food and cake! And all the wine the guests could drink!

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What was the best thing about having an intimate wedding?

Being able to socialize and see all our family and friends. Also we could have the wedding ceremony right next to the reception location.

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What advice do you have for couples who are considering an intimate wedding?

Remember that this is for you, so don’t feel pressure to do things that are not you. As far as budget, make sure when you talk to your vendors to get an itemized list or a price break down of what is included in the cost. You’ll be able to see things to cut that you don’t need or could use less of. And if you need help finding vendors, a wedding planner comes in handy; they know everyone in the business.

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Photography:Lindsey Turner Photography

Ceremony and Reception: Chateau Elan

Cellist: Jessica Kornhoff

Wedding Planner: Wedding Soiree

Cake: Celso’s Cakes

Flowers: Southern Stems

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  1. Posted by Jacqueline on May 20th, 2010 at 8:27pm

    It's great to see an intimate wedding like this, the feeling behind the couple is really there, and it looks like every attention was made to make a cosy and welcoming event! Well-done!

    Love, The Party Party and Wedding Planner
  2. Posted by Dawn on May 20th, 2010 at 8:39pm

    LOVE the flowers. They truly make this wedding. So vibrant! Truly an intimate wedding and only for $6,500. Imagine the savings...thanks for sharing.
  3. Posted by mike on May 21st, 2010 at 2:45pm

    Great couple and the pictures were excellent!
  4. Posted by Sadie on August 4th, 2010 at 9:13pm

    Nice, but the "after party" idea is just plain tacky. I don't recommend doing this, unless you like to make certain guests feel like "second class" citizens.
  5. Posted by Chris Kellogg on May 7th, 2015 at 2:18pm

    I've always loved the vineyard shots. And she looks terrific in the pic. Lindsey Turner did do an excellent job.
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