Casey and Heather met when they were both living in New York City. After they started dating, they decided to move to Vermont together and Heather landed a great job there right away. Casey needed to finish her school year teaching middle school Science in New York, so Heather moved to Vermont and lived with Casey’s parents. They were apart for three months while Casey was finishing teaching. During the time they were apart, Heather bought a ring and started planning a surprise proposal for when she returned to New York City to help Casey pack. When Heather got to the airport she got right in a cab to rush to their apartment to meet Casey and propose. It felt like the longest cab ride ever because she was so nervous and they had been apart for so long. When Heather got there, she went up to the apartment, knocked on the door and got down on one knee with the ring out for when Casey opened the door. As soon as Casey opened the door, Heather told Casey how much she loved her and asked her to marry her. Casey was so surprised she responded “Is this for real?” before ultimately saying “yes.” It was perfect!
It was important to Casey and Heather that they had a wedding where all of their guests felt relaxed and had the best time ever, without having to follow a strict wedding schedule. They also wanted an outdoor option, with an inside back-up space if the weather was less than ideal. The Intervale Barn had all of what they were looking for plus more, with a pond and plenty of space for an outdoor bar, food truck, lawn games. The barn also had a state of the art sound system and the tables and chairs were included. They had amazing BBQ from Smokin’ Butts BBQ, great beverages from TRU Spirits and they had to include Heady Topper and Focal Banger by the Alchemist Brewery where Casey works as a brewer.
Some of their favorite moments from the celebration were their first dance to “The Rose” by Bette Midler, which Heather sang quietly to Casey as they danced. Heather’s family from Indiana was able to come and she enjoyed spending time with them before the wedding, catching up and making them dinner at her and Casey’s house. Casey was also thrilled her entire family was able to attend - it made for a joyous occasion.
Casey and Heather’s advice for other couples planning their wedding is: “Some of the best advice I can give, is advice that was passed down to us by some of our friends and family. Just enjoy the moments as they come. It is easy to get bogged down with planning and details and trying to make everything perfect. Perfect is in the eye of the beholder. The point of the day is to celebrate your love for each other in the company of friends and family. So long as that happens, it is perfect. Take time throughout the wedding to pause and remember the moments as they come. Don’t let the day fly by without enjoying each moment. We are glad we took this advice because now we will have these cherished moments in our minds for years and years to come.”
featured professionals | VENUE: Intervale Barn | PHOTOGRAPHER: Timothy Estey Photography | CATERER: Smokin’ Butts BBQ | FLORIST: Stray Cat Flowers | DJ: Robert Hendrix | CUPCAKES: Sugar Bean Treats | WEDDING GOWNS: Casey’s Dress: J. Crew and Heather’s Dress: Touma’s Bridal | ALTERATIONS: The Tailor Shop | HAIR & MAKEUP: Studio Bellezza | VIDEOGRAPHER: Zoila Turcios | REHEARSAL DINNER: Halvorson’s Upstreet Café| TENT RENTALS: Vermont Tent Company | BAR RENTAL: TRU Spirits | WEDDING OFFICIANT: Heather McCoy | JEWELRY: Alchemy Jewelry
On Carie’s first day at her new job in Newark, New Jersey, Mike promised to show her the beautiful parts of the state. He chose to first take her kayaking in Sea Bright and the pair started dating soon after. Carie is originally from Vermont and it was on a trip back there for Thanksgiving that the couple were planning on an overnight stay at the Red Clover Inn on their way to Saint Albans. Mike had originally planned on proposing that night, then sharing their big news over the holiday, but a snowstorm derailed his plans and they had to drive straight to Saint Albans without stopping. With a new reservation for the night after Thanksgiving, Mike proposed while they were enjoying the hot tub under the stars. Then they promptly celebrated by jumping out of the hot tub and making snow angels in the fresh snow!
Both Carie and Mike have high stress jobs yet always feel an immediate sense of calm, freshness, and serenity when they cross over the border into Vermont. Perhaps they were also swayed by the pictures of beautiful, rustic, chic barn weddings in Vermont Bride magazine, which confirmed to them that they must have their wedding in the Green Mountain state. The Red Clover Inn had sentimental value to Carie and Mike, plus the Inn features a quant, red barn, and a superb restaurant and awesome staff, making it the perfect choice for the reception.
Carie chose lavender as the theme for the wedding, as it has mind, body, and spiritual benefits in addition to a pleasant aroma and a pretty purple flower. There were shades of purple in the decor, hand drawn lavender on the invitations, and a lavender infused frosting on the cake. Since lavender promotes calmness and tranquility it was perfect for a laid back atmosphere during the entire celebration. Carie and Mike wanted a smaller wedding for a more intimate setting. Their friends and family mostly stayed at the Inn and were able to celebrate for an entire weekend of events.
Carie and Mike’s advice for other couples planning a wedding is: “Plan the wedding that is in your heart and not the wedding you think others expect of you. Relax and enjoy the day. What really matters is that you are marrying “the one” and the people most important to you are there to celebrate with you. What more could you ask for?”
featured professionals | VENUE, CATERER, ACCOMMODATIONS, WEDDING PLANNER, REHEARSAL DINNER: Red Clover Inn & Restaurant | PHOTOGRAPHER: Colette Kulig Photography | FLORIST: Pittsfield Garden Center | DJ: Wedding DJ VT | CAKE: Sweet Surrender Bakery | WEDDING GOWN: Nicole Miller | ALTERATIONS: Nazli’s Tairloring | FORMAL WEAR: Men’s Wearhouse | HAIR & MAKEUP: Shear Heaven Salon | EVENT RENTALS: Celebration Rentals | INVITATIONS: Theresa Louise Larivee | WEDDING OFFICIANT: Richard “Rev Rich” Manfre; Cousin to the groom | JEWELRY: Macy’s