Mellow + chilled… and I’m not just talking about the wine! Honestly, this Eristavi Winery wedding was the epitome of effortless Cool. With a big ‘C’.

Urban wineries are becoming more popular these days. Traditional wineries will always have their place. For many San Francisco couples, spots closer to home have their unique appeal.

Morgan and Eric chose Eristavi Winery for its convenient San Francisco location. In addition, it promised flexibility with customizing the perfect wedding package for their November wedding.

Eristavi Winery wedding - owners Lia and Nikolas with bride and groom on wedding day

Morgan and Eric with the owners, Lia and Nikolas Eristavi | Photo by Zoe Larkin Photography

About the wedding couple

Morgan and Eric are a super laid back, relaxed couple. Their wedding was a time for them to kick back and spend some time with 40 or so family members and best friends.

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The couple lives in the Outer Sunset district of San Francisco. They’ve been together for a year and a half. Like many other modern couples, they met on a dating app and hit it off!

We met at my place in the Mission to get to know each other. They emphasized how important it was to create a wedding experience that was true to their values.

Nothing over-the-top, just simple, sweet and authentic.

Planning their wedding

As well as the obvious benefits of the venue, they chose Eristavi Winery because they already knew the owners Lia and Nikolas Eristavi.

Likewise, George Elhihi who catered the wedding, was another friend of Morgan’s. He has owned and run Cafe Savini in Foster City for over 20 years.

Cafe Savini owner george Elhihi with a catering client on their wedding day

George, the caterer and owner of Cafe Savini, with Morgan & Eric | Photo by Zoe Larkin Photography

They don’t typically do weddings. But you wouldn’t know it from the incredible spread, efficient service and uber-professionalism.

The couple approached me as their photographer because their friend whom they’d originally hoped for wasn’t available. Shoutout to our pal Corey – give him a follow!

Everything came together amazingly on the day!

Order of events at Eristavi Winery wedding

The couple had me there for just 3 hours. I was super happy to oblige as they reached out just a few weeks before the date.

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friend of wedding couple driving them on their wedding day

The groom’s brother-in-law who drove us around for maximum efficiency! | Photo by Zoe Larkin Photography

We started with three portrait locations around San Francisco. We couldn’t have done it without Darrick, Eric’s amazing brother-in-law-turned-chauffeur.

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He selflessly ferried us around, circling blocks and waiting patiently at each location until we were through with photos.

We started at Precita Park in Bernal Heights just as the light was getting super pretty. Then we headed to Balmy Alley in the 24th St Mission area.

Eristavi Winery Wedding photos - prior to the wedding bride and groom portrait session in Precita Park - Zoe Larkin Photography

Precita Park and Balmy Alley wedding photos before their ceremony | Photos by Zoe Larkin Photography

To find out the final location where we took the dreamiest photos of the San Francisco skyline, keep scrolling! =) Do you recognize the spot?

After about an hour of bride and groom portraits, we hit Eristavi Winery! The guests had been enjoying a selection of cheese and (of course) wine. They greeted Morgan and Eric with a rapturous welcome.

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Soon after we arrived the ceremony got started and was officiated by a friend, Tracy. The ceremony and sit-down meal both took place in the Barrel Room. Guests were seated in their dinner seats to watch the ceremony.

The family formals were next up on our timeline. We snuck in a few other grip n’ grin pictures throughout the evening. It’s so important to capture everyone that was there and how gorgeous they looked!

The incredible food was served right after the family formals were done.

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The dinner buffet was set up in the Tasting Room. Guests would bring their plates back to their seats in the Barrel Room.

It was an inventive way of utilizing the same space for both ceremony and reception without having to ‘flip’ the space.

Just before my photo coverage was done, I snuck in a few photos of the newlyweds wrapped up in string lights.

bride and groom portraits with string lights, san Francisco wedding photographer Zoe Larkin Photography

Wrapped up in lights at their Eristavi Winery wedding | Photo by Zoe Larkin Photography

Wedding details

One thing that stands out about this wedding was how the couple kept things intimate and meaningful. Wherever they could, they used vendors they already had a connection with.

I loved the purple / pink uplighting in the barrel room – it gave a sophisticated air.

Barrel rooms at wineries are dark, so that’s something to bear in mind. These spaces don’t have windows for natural light as it would risk spoiling the wine.

I used a combination of ambient light (where the photos are grainy, but retain the ambience) plus flash images – better lit but overpowering to the colorful uplighting.

The couple had a remembrance table display to remember loved ones no longer with us. They lit memorial candles in honor of Eric’s dad and Morgan’s mom at the start of the ceremony.

They also honored the Jewish tradition of breaking the glass.

Unique features of Eristavi Winery

Eristavi Winery Wedding Zoe Larkin Photography

Details of Eristavi Winery including, of course, lots of wine! | Photos by Zoe Larkin Photography

Eristavi Winery was founded in 2006. It’s located just south of the Mission District and Potrero Hill in San Francisco.

The winery prides itself on being a family-run winery. The Eristavi family can trace its roots back hundreds of years to the mountainous Republic of Georgia, nestled on the Black Sea.

On their website, they state that their home country is where viniculture began thousands of years ago.

“Master Vintner Victor Eristavi passionately instills a unique combination of old-world winemaking techniques and modern technology to create his handcrafted wines while capturing the essence of distinct California grape varietals.”

Their winery is a beautiful way of honoring their heritage and keeping tradition alive.

Eristavi Winery has two distinct areas that are connected. The Tasting Room which you walk into first via the huge barn doors, and the Barrel Room which is lined floor to ceiling with wine barrels on three sides. Very striking!

The space is available for different size events – just get in touch with Lia for more info!

Ceremony and reception space at Eristavi Winery Wedding by Zoe Larkin Photography

The Barrel Room was the site for both the ceremony and reception | Photo by Zoe Larkin Photography

Vendor Love

Photography Zoe Larkin Photography
Venue Eristavi Winery
Catering Cafe Savini
Florals S&V Collections
HMUA Studio Cathy HM
Rings Tiffany | vintage
Officiant @tracyvrablik
Sweets Ambrosia Bakery

photographer of San Francisco Winery Weddings Zoe Larkin Photography

I would love to capture your wedding at Eristavi Winery!

About Zoe Larkin Photography

You can learn more about my services at the links below. Hoping I’ll be back at Eristavi Winery soon, shooting your San Francisco winery wedding!

Bay Area wedding photographer – Homepage | Bay Area Wedding photographer – Info, pricing, about & portfolio

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In the meantime, be sure to pin the graphic below to your Pinterest wedding planning board!

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Eristavi Winery is a San Francisco winery that's part of the trend towards urban winery weddings. Wine lovers, looking for unique San Francisco wedding location ideas? Give Eristavi Winery a try. They have a friendly team that will help customize something unique to your needs. M&E had their wedding ceremony and reception at Eristavi Winery and used nearby San Francisco locations for their wedding portrait session. | #winerywedding #eristaviwinery #sanfranciscowedding | Zoe Larkin Photography

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