Fall is both a welcome and dissapointing season in Vermont. It is a reminder of what is coming in a few short weeks, that summer is over and the snow is imminent. But you can't beat the colors of the fall leaves, the bountiful harvest of fruits and vegetables, crisp afternoons spent at the fair, and cozy evenings around bonfires with some apple cider. It is also a favorite time to have a wedding and we love these gorgeous and inspiring images from Ashley Largesse Photography. It is a fresh departure from the typical deep plums and burnt oranges you typically see for an autumn celebration. A crisp, clean white and brigher orange hues are the perfect contrast to muted honeyed wheat and the faded greens of succulents.
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featured professionals | WEDDING VENUE: Shelburne Farms | PHOTOGRAPHY: Ashley Largesse Photography | FLORAL DESIGN: Jayson Munn Design | MAKEUP: Jennifer Perellie Makeup | WEDDING GOWN: Celia Grace | SHOES: Bella Belle | JEWELRY: Edera Jewelry | VINTAGE RENTALS: Vermont Vintage Rentals | MODEL: Lindsay
Despite several attempts by their friends to set them up, Rachel and Mike only knew each other as acquaintances for a few years. Finally at a bar in Washington DC on Saint Patrick’s Day, Rachel’s favorite holiday, they agreed to date. It was another of Rachel’s favorites- this time a place- where Mike popped the question. Outside the Plaza in New York City, Mike convinced Rachel to take a walk to the fountains. Rachel was convinced he was just trying to keep her from her favorite bar, but seconds later he surprised her with a ring. All she remembers after that is the cheering and flashing of cameras from nearby tourists.
Rachel attended Law School in Vermont and her family frequently vacationed in Woodstock. Since they both wanted a location that would feel like a getaway for their guests and themselves, Woodstock was the perfect choice. They also loved that all of the festivities were accessible just a few steps away from the front door of the Woodstock Inn.
Once their guests arrived they were able to park their cards and forget about needing transportation for the rest of the weekend. The Woodstock Inn was a great gathering space so their guests could relax, catch up, and then go out to pursue fall activities in town. It was hard to leave the Inn without bumping into one of their guests, which is exactly the way Rachel and Mike wanted it.
They had a color palette of navy, gold, blush, and silver. To incorporate silver into the table settings they used the bride’s family’s collection of silver. The light from the candles reflecting off of the silver all around the room created a beautiful, warm glow. They also represented Mike’s upbringing in New Hampshire and upstate New York by using a birch tree they cut down from his family’s property in New Hampshire. They used the birch tree for centerpieces, place cards, and candle holders. Mike even carved a design from their Save The Dates into the candle holders. Instead of having many smaller tables, Rachel wanted two large tables to have as many people sitting together as possible. Covered with blush colored tulle, there was one table representing the bride’s family and friends, and a second table representing the groom’s family and friends.
Rachel and Mike worked together, making all of the planning decisions together, and trying to cut through all of the wedding clichés. Their families were also very involved with planning and executing the wedding. Rachel’s grandparents were unable to attend due to illness, but they took time out from their reception to FaceTime with them in Oklahoma. It ended up being the last time they would talk with her grandfather and they will always cherish being able to include them on their wedding day.
Some of their other favorite moments from the weekend include being able to have a final toast with friends at Longtrail Brewery on Sunday, where they were able to sit around and chat about all the memorable moments of the weekend. Also, their friends Kathryn Zaremba, who was Broadway’s Annie Warlocks as a child, and her husband Jeremy Ney, a classically trained pianist, performed for their first dance as well as the Father/Daughter dance and the Mother/Son dance.
Rachel and Mike’s advice for other couples: “Determine what is important to you and then cut out the rest. You probably won’t remember how much effort you spent on details that don’t matter to you or don’t reflect your personality.”
featured professionals | VENUE, CATERING, CAKE, ACCOMMODATIONS, HAIR STYLIST, AND SPA SERVICES: The Woodstock Inn | PHOTOGRAPHER: AMW Studios | FLORIST: Ellen Snyder Floral Design | CEREMONY: Our Lady of the Snows | DJ: Nick Karpovich of Conway Entertainment | WEDDING GOWN & ALTERATIONS: Anna Maier | REHEARSAL DINNER: The Prince and the Pauper | STATIONERY: Kate Zaremba Company | WEDDING REGISTRY: Simon Pearce, Tiffany & Co., Neiman Marcus