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!
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.”
featured professionals | VENUE: Shéady Acres | PHOTOGRAPHER: Jessie Dineen Photography | CATERER: The Lazy Farmer | FLORIST: Flowers by Olga, Arrangements by Bride’s Mother | ACCOMMODATIONS: Jay Peak Resort | DJ: Bride’s nephew | WHOOPIE PIES: Bride’s Mother | WEDDING GOWN: Andrea’s Bridal | ALTERATIONS: Material Instinques | FORMAL WEAR: Shirts: L.L. Bean, Ties: The Tie Bar, Pants: American Eagle, Jacket: Macy’s | HAIR & MAKEUP: Alexis Hart-Allen | VIDEOGRAPHER: Bride’s Stepmother | TRANSPORTATION: Jay Peak Resort Shuttle Service | FAVORS: Ben’s Maple Syrup | INVITATIONS: Paperless Post | DECORATIVE FLAGS: Bride's Mother | GROOM'S RING: Michelle Lenae Jewelry | BRIDE'S RINGS: Day's Jewelers | BRIDE’S FOOTWEAR: Kate Spade Keds
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.”
featured professionals | VENUE, ACCOMMODATIONS, CATERING, AND TRANSPORTATION: Stratton Mountain Resort | PHOTOGRAPHER: Celia Kelly Photography | FLORIST: Nancy Bishop Floral Design | DJ: Peak Entertainment | CUPCAKES: Crazy Russian Girl Bakery | WEDDING GOWN: Lily Saratoga | ALTERATIONS: Will Fit You In | FORMAL WEAR: Men’s Warehouse | HAIR STYLIST: Stella’s Salon + | MAKEUP ARTIST: Stacy Hunter | REHEARSAL DINNER: Garlic John’s | FAVORS: Hobson’s Choice | INVITATIONS: Minted
Kristin and Walter, who goes by Woody, are avid travelers and they often take little weekend getaways when their schedule allows it. One such weekend, they headed to Amsterdam, in the Netherlands, for one such trip. After pushing through the jet lag Saturday morning, Kristin was ready to take a nap but Woody insisted they meet up with a tour group he had already paid for. As they stood waiting on a stunning bridge in the middle of Amsterdam, they spent a couple of minutes just taking in the beauty all around them. Kristin started to suspect there really was no tour group coming and then suddenly Woody got down on one knee and proposed! He had even arranged for a photographer to capture the entire thing and then they had an hour long engagement shoot around the city.
Kristin spent the first ten years of her life living in Vermont and even after her family moved to Florida they often vacationed at a summer camp in Highgate Springs. The family lake house is a beautiful spot and perfect for Kristin and Woody to hold their wedding. Having their celebration in a place that held so many childhood memories, set on a beautiful cliff overlooking the lake, was the perfect fit for the couple. The weather was gorgeous and every detail came together better than they had imagined. It was an intimate gathering of their closest friends and family with a balance of their love of the outdoors and Vermont, but still formal and elegant.
Some of their favorite moments happen to have stemmed from mishaps. After all of the flowers died due to a heatwave, Kristin and her bridesmaids went out into the nearby fields and picked buckets of wildflowers. The flowers ended up being more beautiful than Kristin had imagined. While lighting off their wish lanterns some became caught in the trees. There was a brief panic that they would catch the trees on fire, but they eventually floated away in a beautiful display. The lanterns floated across the lake and into the water, which made for a stunning sight for all of their guests.
featured professionals | VENUE: Private Family Lake House | PHOTOGRAPHER: Sarah Kjelleren and Bryant Norman | CATERER & CAKE: Have Your Cake Catering | MUSICIANS: Made In The Shade | WEDDING GOWN: Hayley Paige | HAIR & MAKEUP: Hope Gorman | TENT RENTALS: Fosters Tent Rental | TRANSPORTATION: Charter Bus & Limos | WEDDING OFFICIANT: Carter Smith
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