Sarah and Michael may have fallen in love in Florida, but when it came time to plan their wedding they wanted to have it in Sarah's home state-Vermont. After touring the Stowehof, in Stowe, they knew the cozy and welcoming feel of the inn was exactly what they were looking for. It also helped that it is surrounded by the beautiful mountains. Their wedding celebration was fun, cozy, and carefree - just like their personalities.
It was important to them both that they honored their families. The talit over the chuppah was from Mike's relatives and Sarah's hairpeice was originally worn by her great-grandmother when she was married. Their advice to other couples planning their wedding; "Take your time and follow your heart!"
featured professionals | PHOTOGRAPHER: Jesse Schloff Photography | VENUE, CATERING, ACCOMMODATIONS: Stowehof Inn and Resort | WEDDING COORDINATOR: Saunie Sirch | GOWN BOUTIQUE: Fiori Bridal Boutique | FORMALWEAR: Men's Wearhouse | HAIR STYLIST: Always Hair | DJ: Wedding DJ VT | INVITATIONS: Paperless Post | OFFICIANT: Rabbi Rim Meirowitz
Christy and David met at church when they were both in college. Even though David made it known that he liked Christy they remained friends, even while Christy moved away for a little while. When she returned they soon realized they were taking the same Spanish class and became study buddies. This time when David asked her out, Christy said yes. Eventually, under the harvest moon, David proposed at a beach that is a special spot for the couple.
Christy and David had a very special and unique wedding under a beautiful oak tree in Palm Bay, Florida. Family is very important to them both and their wedding was particularly special because Christy’s father almost lost his life a few days beforehand. They were prepared to have their ceremony at the chapel in the hospital if he was unable to leave, but he was cleared the morning of the wedding. Because of his fragile state, Christy’s brother walked her halfway down the aisle, where she was met by her father, and her mother waited at the end. Even though it was not the original plan, having all of her family give her away became one of the most special memories of the day. Not only was her father able to attend, but her grandparents, who are both in their late 90s, also were present.
To honor Christy’s grandparents they created table runners out of her grandmother’s old fabric she had gifted to Christy. They also made a giant word search on a canvas as a nod to her grandfather’s profession as a writer and his love of puzzles. She also wrote a letter of gratitude to them for being an amazing example with their marriage of 75 years, which she had translated into their native language of Spanish.
Family also had a hand in creating much of Christy’s accessories. Her Aunt made her veil, her grandmother’s scraps became her bouquet, and her jewelry was handmade by a widow in Albania that was brought over with another Aunt who traveled to America for the wedding. Christy and David created all of their reception games, a word search, and a photo booth.