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Shannon & Allen Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Stratton Mountain Vermont Wedding | Rustic Chic Burlap Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

Shannon and Allen first connected on Tinder and within a few days had their first date. The connection was immediate and they knew the relationship was something special. A couple of years later, while on vacation with Shannon’s family, Allen surprised Shannon with a proposal by the water. His teary eyes and nervous behavior told her that something was about to happen, but it was still a shock when he got down on his knee with a ring. They celebrated with champagne and dinner with Shannon’s family- the perfect ending to a whirlwind of a night.

Shannon grew up in Vermont and Allen in Maine, so they couple have a love of the slower pace in the north country. They live in the Boston area and knew that it would be a lovely escape from the city to hold their wedding in the green mountains. Shannon always knew she wanted to get married in Vermont because of it’s beauty and the special place it holds in her heart. They had actually started looking at venues before their engagement and toured Stratton while in Vermont for Christmas. They immediately fell in love with everything it had to offer- from lodging to an on site chapel, so that everything could be held in one location. They knew their guests could enjoy an entire summer weekend in Vermont with so much to see and do there.

Shannon loved to flip through Vermont Bride magazine for inspiration and loved that she could see so many different styles of weddings. They settled on a “Rustic Chic” theme with tan, soft pink, sage green, and burlap for their color palette and decor. Some of their favorite moments were the first look before their ceremony with just the two of them, and the fire and cocktail party they held on the Friday before the wedding. There was so much love, laughter and fun and everything came together above and beyond what they had imagined.

Shannon and Allen’s advice for other couples planning a wedding is: “If you’re on the fence with a first look…do it! It is such a special moment for just the bride and groom and having that captured on camera is something we are so happy that we have. We look at those pictures and talk about that moment almost every day. As a bride, the wedding day can be nerve wracking but every nervous butterfly I had went away once I saw Allen, it’s an indescribable feeling. Enjoy every second of the process from the engagement to planning to the big day because it truly does go by so fast. Wedding planning can be very overwhelming and stressful and it can cause the whole process to be more of a job than fun, when it gets stressful, take a step back, realize what all of it is for and know that in the end it will all be worth it and it does not need to be as stressful as it seems because everything will be perfect in the end.”

Shannon & Allen Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Stratton Mountain Vermont Wedding | Rustic Chic Burlap Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

Shannon & Allen Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Stratton Mountain Vermont Wedding | Rustic Chic Burlap Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

Shannon & Allen Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Stratton Mountain Vermont Wedding | Rustic Chic Burlap Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

Shannon & Allen Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Stratton Mountain Vermont Wedding | Rustic Chic Burlap Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

Shannon & Allen Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Stratton Mountain Vermont Wedding | Rustic Chic Burlap Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

Shannon & Allen Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Stratton Mountain Vermont Wedding | Rustic Chic Burlap Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

featured professionalsVENUE, ACCOMMODATIONS, CATERING, AND TRANSPORTATION: Stratton Mountain ResortPHOTOGRAPHER: Celia Kelly PhotographyFLORIST: Nancy Bishop Floral DesignDJ: Peak EntertainmentCUPCAKES: Crazy Russian Girl BakeryWEDDING GOWN: Lily Saratoga | ALTERATIONS: Will Fit You InFORMAL WEAR: Men’s Warehouse | HAIR STYLIST: Stella’s Salon + | MAKEUP ARTIST: Stacy HunterREHEARSAL DINNER: Garlic John’sFAVORS: Hobson’s Choice | INVITATIONS: Minted

 

Music Inspiration for your wedding - Memories to last a lifetime - Why you should consider live musicians at your wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine
photo: Letter10 Creative

Flash forward in time. It’s your 10th, 25th, or maybe 50th anniversary and you’re looking back on your wedding day. You chuckle together about the flower girl who unexpectedly stopped half way down the aisle, mesmerized by all the people, and the sweet if slightly embarrassing words shared about you by your minister or rabbi or officiant. You look at the lilacs growing outside the window of your home, smell the scent, and revel in the same soft purple grace you enjoyed at your wedding. When you hum your special song, or play the recording on the stereo, and dance through the halls of your home, your breath catches as you remember the moment of your walk down the aisle, the moment the musicians played your special song in the middle of the ceremony, or your first dance together as a married couple, and the music that filled the room on that day.

Music can be one of the most significant factors which will establish the ambiance, and color the memories, of your wedding day. With so many options available to today’s couples, where do you start in making music choices that will resonate for both of you – and leave memories that will still catch your breath on your 50th anniversary?

First, talk with your partner about what you like in music. Do you dream of a quartet serenading you down the aisle with your favorite classical music standards, or would you prefer a soloist or a duo with a Celtic lilt? Or perhaps you want to steer clear of traditional choices and pick some favorite pop or Broadway tunes. Do you have a special song already that you’d like to include in the ceremony? Or would you like to choose a special tune together that will become “your song?” What sort of musician would be best suited to play that tune? Do you have an ensemble in mind, or will you be finding a soloist or group of musicians that will play the repertoire you have in mind? Do you have any special memories of playing or hearing music in the past in a way that really influenced you? And what can you afford for music? The greater the number of musicians, the greater the price – so you’ll need to keep that in mind when choosing between a soloist, a duo, a quartet, or a full band. These are all important questions to explore together before you get too far in the planning!

You may have no idea what you’d like, and that’s ok too! Here are some thoughts on the next steps.

First, consider the value of live music. The feeling, the vibrancy, the life, the color of the mood of live music played by live musicians is something that will resonate in your experience of the day, in the experience of your guests, and in your memories. Ever been at a wedding where the bride is ready to walk down the aisle and a relative is having difficulty finding the right spot on the CD, or the speaker is blasting shrieks of feedback, the plug gets disconnected, or someone can’t find the off button after the bride reaches the front? With live music, there will be real and experienced people who have tailored the thoughts of you and your interests into their preparation, and who enjoy reveling in your dreams for the day and weave them into your repertoire choices, while shaping the music to fit each portion of your wedding.

The next step: browse some web sites. You can either do this together or have one of you do the initial research and report back. For starters, click here for an overview of some of the top musicians in the state.  Talk about what each of you likes and doesn’t like about a particular option, laugh a little at the differences of perspective, and revel in the similarities. Check with musicians about availability, pricing, and any other questions you may have. The joy that you find in making the choices, and in the memories created, may end up being a part of the glue that holds your marriage together and keeps a lift in your step and a glimmer in your eye for many years to come.

Lisa Carlson is a freelance flutist, performing for weddings and other occasions throughout Vermont and beyond, with musical offerings ranging from a quartet of flute with violin, viola and cello, to solo flute, to duos and trios of flute with harp, violin, piano, cello, oboe, and more. She also teaches flute in Montpelier, Vermont Lebanon, New Hampshire, and online to students worldwide.