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Stacy & Russ Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Intimate and Small Wedding at a Victorian Inn | Vermont Bride Magazine

Stacy and Russ knew they had something special from the moment they met at a local tea shop. They soon fell into a familiar and comfortable pattern of sharing their life and love together and eventually were married in a small, initimate wedding at Back Inn Time, a classy, Victorian inn in Saint Albans. Here is what Stacy shared with us about her and Russ' relationship and how they planned their wedding:

We met online, through a website called OK Cupid. The site gives you a ton of questions to answer and evaluate, and they use that data to help you identify people you might be compatible with. Russ messaged me one night, and we chatted for a while, and kept chatting for a few days after that. When we decided to meet up in person, I suggested we meet at Dobra Tea. It was close to home for me, so I could walk their easily, and it’s not too noisy or full of drunk people, so I figured it would be a place we could actually talk and get to know one another. We ended up drinking tea and talking to one another until they were closing the shop around us. On the way out, he asked if I would want to go out again, and actually made plans for later that week. At the risk of sounding like every cheesy love story ever told, I felt like that night was really the start of something special.

The first time I saw his apartment was a few weeks later, and I walked in, and immediately noticed that he had owls everywhere. I’ve been collecting (obsessed with) owl things for years, so it felt a little spooky, but in a good way. 

 

Megan & Charlie Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Rustic Outdoor Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

Megan and Charlie met while attending college in Vermont and after a short stint in Mississippi, the couple returned to Vermont after becoming engaged. The Green Mountain State is where they saw themselves settling down, so it was the perfect place for them to celebrate their wedding. Here is what Megan told us about their special day

How and where did you meet? We met during college at Green Mountain.  We had a class together my first semester, and later became RAs at the same time in the fall semester of 2010.  We were scheduled for the same night of duty, and the rest is history!

What was the proposal like? We returned to Vermont after two years of living  in Mississippi.  That summer we took a two-day, one-night backpacking trip through the Presidential Range in the White Mountains (a trek Charlie had taken in high school with close friends).  The first day started with a summit of Mount Pierce, and ended at the Lakes of the Clouds Hut. The views were breathtaking, and weather wonderful. After dinner at the Hut, Charlie invited me to walk about and explore the lake with him. While taking a moment to sit down and enjoy the view on the granite and quartz rocks, Charlie asked me to marry him! I said yes! And then he pointed out the bird (later to be IDed as a blackpole warbler) that witnessed the whole thing and snapped a picture of it! With the clouds settling in thick, we carefully returned to the hut and enjoyed a bottle of Long Trail's Brush & Barrel Series Saison while we feveriously used identification guides to help us ID the bird. After breakfast we left an inscription in the Huts journal, snapped a quick picture and summited Mount Washington where we were able to get service to call our parents.  The day ended with a long trek back to civilization towards Mount Madison and down, just before exhaustion set in.

 

Michelle & Jared Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Rustic Elegant Barn Wedding The Round Barn | Vermont Bride Magazine

Since Michelle and Jared met in Vermont and the state holds such special meaning to each of them, it was exactly where they wanted to celebrate with friends and family. A blend of elegant and rustic style in an idyllic barn setting was complimented beautifully with their peach and sage green color palette- full of vintage and antique details!

 

Elegant and Timeless Wedding Inspiration at an Historic Castle | Dramatic Gowns and Style | Vermont Bride Magazine

When Cesar Chavez and his team were planning this styled shoot, they knew they wanted to put together a unique, elegant, and fashion-forward styled shoot. And they succeeded, big time! With a color palette of maroon, dark purple, mauve,  green and gold, the details came together for a timeless look that perfectly complimented the dramatic and historic surroundings. The fashion is front and center with the bride wearing a sultry, risqué, silver sparkle illusion gown with long elegant feathers custom made by Sheri Autry Couture that really brings the "Wow" factor.

 

Sarah & Todd Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Outdoor Nature Inspired Wedding | Barn Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

Sarah and Todd’s relationship has been centered around the outdoors- their first date was a hike up Rattlesnake Mountain in New Hampshire. The proposal happened on top of another mountain, Flume Mountain, the 32nd hike of the couple’s plan of hiking the 48 peaks over 4,000 feet in New Hampshire. At the summit, Todd found a rocky outlook that was private and while sitting side by side he opened the ring box to only have the ring fall out! Thankfully he was able to catch it between his legs, but was then afraid to move for fear that the ring would fall down the rocky slope. Sarah had to get down on her knee to fish the ring out from between Todd’s legs, and while it was scary at the time, it makes for a good proposal story now!

Sarah and Todd’s first venue cancelled on them five months before the wedding. They began frantically searching for a new location and through word of mouth found Sheady Acres. After Sarah checked out their website and called to arrange a visit, the couple decided it was the perfect place. They were excited to utilize the five on-site cottages for their families to stay in, and the gorgeous barn was exactly what they were looking for. It turned out to be much better than their original venue was going to be. The icing on the cake was that Sheady Acres donates a portion of their profits to a local animal shelter.

Staying in the nature and outdoorsy theme that fits the couple so well, they chose a green and white color palette. They incorporated the outdoors in the details as much as possible. Sarah wore a hair comb with a bird on it, and the bridesmaids all wore floral patterned dresses. The tables were named after the mountains the couple have hiked, complete with a photo of Sarah and Todd on that mountain. Todd’s ring was specially designed to feature an etching of the mountain range they got engaged on. The centerpieces included a ceramic bird and the escort cards were embellished with an animal and placed on a pinecone. They also used all compostable and recycled plates, cups, and silverware.

One of the couple’s favorite moments of their wedding is the unity blueberry bush that was a part of their ceremony. Instead of a traditional unity candle, the couple chose to place soil from their parent’s homes into a potted blueberry bush, which is not planted in the yard of their home as a symbol of the promise they made to grow together. Sarah also loved her bouquet which was made up of mostly vegetables and herbs. The center was an artichoke surrounded by kale, dill, allium, poppies, and zinnias. The bouquet was also created by her mother and combined Sarah’s love of green and unique details.

It rained heavily the entire morning of their wedding day and they finally had to decide to move the ceremony into the barn. They had finished arranging the tables to make room when suddenly the rain stopped. With fifteen minutes to go before the start of the ceremony they decided to have it outside after all and made a mad dash to get it all organized. Many guests stood since there was not time to arrange enough chairs, but in the end it made for a more intimate setting. The rain held off so that their guests were able to have the cocktail hour and play lawn games outside before it started raining again right as dinner was served. 

Other favorite parts of their celebration included not hearing their personally written vows until the ceremony, and having their friends and family so close since they were able to stay in the cottages on the property. It allowed them to spend time with everyone before, during, and after the wedding which was very meaningful to them. 

Sarah and Todd’s advice for other couples planning a wedding is: “I would say, be true to yourself and do not include details because of tradition or because of what someone else wants you to do. Our original venue was going to make us compromise much of what we had envisioned for our day, but once we found Sheady Acres we were able to truly make the day, and the entire weekend, what we wanted it to be. Also, get a videographer!! I cannot express enough how much more of the day was captured in the video we have as compared to the photos. I love them the photos, but the video is so amazing because I am able to see so many of the details of the day that I missed.”

Sarah & Todd Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Outdoor Nature Inspired Wedding | Barn Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

Sarah & Todd Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Outdoor Nature Inspired Wedding | Barn Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

Sarah & Todd Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Outdoor Nature Inspired Wedding | Barn Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

Sarah & Todd Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Outdoor Nature Inspired Wedding | Barn Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

Sarah & Todd Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Outdoor Nature Inspired Wedding | Barn Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

Sarah & Todd Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Outdoor Nature Inspired Wedding | Barn Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

Sarah & Todd Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Outdoor Nature Inspired Wedding | Barn Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

featured professionalsVENUE: Shéady Acres | PHOTOGRAPHER: Jessie Dineen PhotographyCATERER: The Lazy FarmerFLORIST: Flowers by Olga, Arrangements by Bride’s Mother | ACCOMMODATIONS: Jay Peak ResortDJ: Bride’s nephew | WHOOPIE PIES: Bride’s Mother | WEDDING GOWN: Andrea’s BridalALTERATIONS: Material Instinques | FORMAL WEAR: Shirts: L.L. Bean, Ties: The Tie Bar, Pants: American Eagle, Jacket: Macy’sHAIR & MAKEUP: Alexis Hart-AllenVIDEOGRAPHER: Bride’s Stepmother | TRANSPORTATION: Jay Peak Resort Shuttle ServiceFAVORS: Ben’s Maple SyrupINVITATIONS: Paperless PostDECORATIVE FLAGS: Bride's Mother | GROOM'S RING: Michelle Lenae Jewelry | BRIDE'S RINGS: Day's Jewelers | BRIDE’S FOOTWEAR: Kate Spade Keds