It was at a Halloween party Angela had in grad school where her and Mica first chanced to meet. She was dressed as Mother Nature and he was a lumberjack - talk about “opposites attract”! After grad school the couple moved to Pennsylvania where Mica accepted a teaching job at a college. They still came back to visit their friends in New Hampshire often and decided to spend New Years at the seacoast there. On New Year’s Eve day Micah took Angela to the beach, the location of their very first date and many dates since. Despite the cold they walked along the beach for a while and right before heading back Mica shocked her by getting down on one knee with a ring in his hand. Even more of a surprise, Mica had arranged for a photographer to capture the entire proposal, and did not reveal his secret to Angela until the eve of their wedding where he presented the photos to her as a wedding gift.
Angela grew up in Rutland, Vermont and Mica is from New Hampshire so they both love New England and knew they wanted to have their wedding there. Angela had grown up near the Mountain Top Inn and they had attended a friend’s wedding there, so she knew it had everything on her wish list. The location is stunning and it has the perfect blend of rustic and elegant. Because of this, Angela and Mica did not feel that they had to do much else in terms of decorating. They played off of the natural environment with neutral colors of white, gray, and green. They used wooden flower boxes, geometric lanterns, and candles to keep things simple and intimate.
Ben and Jerry’s ice cream has been a way the couple has celebrated milestones throughout their relationship so they knew serving their guests some of their favorite flavors was a must! They also wanted to include their beloved Bernese Mountain Dog, Jengo, and were thrilled that he could stay at the resort with them and be there for the ceremony.
Angela and Mica’s advice to other couples planning their wedding is: “Don’t get caught up in the little details. You know what you like and what you don’t. Just go with your first instinct. We planned our dream wedding in six short months and much of that was possible because we didn’t stress over the tiny details. The more sure you are of what you want and how you want the day to go, the less likely you are to be influenced by everyone else who has an opinion. We also found a venue that made planning our wedding incredibly easy, meaning that on the day of the wedding, we weren’t running around tending to last minute decisions and we could really enjoy the entire experience. Most importantly, remember that the only thing that really matters is that at the end of your wedding day, you are husband and wife. And that is the best feeling in the world!”
featured professionals | VENUE, CATERING, ACCOMMODATIONS, HAIR STYLIST, MAKEUP ARTIST, REHEARSAL DINNER: Mountain Top Inn & Resort | PHOTOGRAPHER: Colette Kulig Photography | FLORIST: Central Market Florist | ICE CREAM CATERING: Ben & Jerry's | CAKE: Sweet Lovin’ Creations by Debbie | WEDDING GOWN: Fiori Bridal Boutique | ALTERATIONS: Make It Sew | FORMAL WEAR: Men's Wearhouse | JEWELRY: Littman Jewelers | DJ: Starlite Entertainment | INVITATIONS: Minted | OFFICIANT: Jane Moscatiello
Friends for nine years before they became a couple, Emily and Patrick met in High School. Because of their long friendship it did not take Pat very long to decide Emily was the one, and he proposed on Christmas Day within the first year. They fell in love with The Wallingford Lodge because of it’s woodsy, secluded location, and the amazing views. Emily particularly loved that she had complete control over the decorating of the reception and she DIY’d many of the decor elements in a bohemian/fall theme.
Her favorite detail was the grape soda bottle cap pin she made for Pat in honor of the movie UP and to incorporate their love of Disney. She also loved her customized floral crown made with berries, pinecones, flowers, and succulents. Both Emily and Pat wanted to have an intimate first look before the ceremony. They met at a circle of trees near the lodge to share a giggle and some happy tears before walking down the aisle. Both of Emily’s parents walked her down the aisle, something that meant a lot to her since they are both her best friends and a huge part of her life.
featured professionals | PHOTOGRAPHER: Red Bird Photography, Moments Photography | EVENT RENTALS: Celebration Rentals | VENUE: Wallingford Lodge | FLORIST: Carr’s Florist | CAKE: Marie Coombs | FAVORS: Potlicker Kitchen, Vermont Roots | GOWN: A Trace of Lace | FORMAL WEAR: McNeil and Reedy | HAIR STYLIST: Avanti Hair | MAKEUP ARTIST: Em & M Makeup by Emily | INVITATIONS: Etsy | BAND: Bobby Dick and the Sundowners and DJ Susie Q | WEDDING PLANNING: The Event Sisters | WEDDING OFFICIANT: Carl Mazzariello
Meaghan and Jerry grew up together-graduating from the same high school- but did not start dating until their Junior year of college. Jerry attended Norwich University and Meaghan went to Saint Michael’s College. The couple spent a lot of time exploring Burlington and so it was only fitting that the Queen City was where Jerry proposed to Meaghan, during a surprise weekend getaway.
Even though Meaghan had moved to Massachusetts, and Jerry was stationed at Fort Sill, the couple knew that Vermont was where they had to have their wedding. Once they visited the Inn at the Round Barn Farm they fell in love with the picture perfect barn and scenery. Not the mention the delicious food!
Meaghan and Jerry’s advice to other couples planning a wedding is: “Don’t sweat the small stuff. I unexpectedly started a new job two months before our wedding and with that didn’t have time to finish some of the smaller things. At the end of the day those little details didn’t effect the day. Also, don’t let vendors and venues convince you to spend excess money on minor details that your guest won't even notice.”
featured vendors: VENUE, CATERING, ACCOMMODATIONS, REHEARSAL DINNER: The Inn at the Round Barn Farm | PHOTOGRAPHER: Eric Foley Photography | FLORIST: Mauli McDonald - Art of Nature | CEREMONY: Saint Andrew Church | OTHER ACCOMMODATIONS: Mad River Barn, Sugarbush Inn | DJ & PHOTO BOOTH: Crown Entertainment | CAKE: Sweet Simone’s | WEDDING GOWN: Judd Waddell | ALTERATIONS: Allegria Bridal | FORMAL WEAR: Jos A. Banks | HAIR & MAKEUP: Stoweflake Mountain Resort and Spa | VIDEOGRAPHER: Sean McLaughlin | AFTER PARTY: Mad River Barn | TRANSPORTATION: Classic Limo Service, First Student, and Sutton Luxury Limousine | FAVORS: Koozies, Etsy | INVITATIONS: The Paper Store | WEDDING PLANNER: Amy Piper, Signature Events | WEDDING OFFICIANT: Rev. James Laughlin | JEWELRY: Descenza Diamonds | BEER ON DRAFT: Switchback
Suzanne and Joe wanted to keep their wedding as "Vermont" as possible, working with many amazing local vendors to bring their vision to life. From the cozy rooms at the Inn at Weathersfield, to the antler centerpieces (a nod to Joe's passion for hunting), their efforts resulted in a hearfelt and home spun celebration full of Vermont charm. The menu at their rehearsal dinner and the reception was mostly sourced from Vermont, and they gave each guest a small burlap bag filled with amazing locally made products. Suzanne and Joe are both from Vermont and could not have imagined having their wedding anywhere else.
featured professionals | LIGHTING & RENTALS: Celebration Rentals | PHOTOGRAPHY: Andy Duback Photography | VENUE, ACCOMMODATIONS, CATERING, BAR SERVICE: The Inn at Weathersfield | CAKE: Irene's Cake by Design | WEDDING GOWN: Marry and Tux Bridal | FORMAL WEAR: JC Penney | BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES: Aliber's Bridal | FLORAL DESIGN: Jasper and Prudence | DJ SERVICES: Top Hat Entertainment | HAIR STYLIST: Boccaccio's Salon | MAKEUP ARTIST: Sarah Robinson from Indigo Salon | INVITATIONS: Wedding Paper Divas | CALLIGRAPHY: Jennifer Medler Rock | CEREMONY MUSICIANS: Ensemble Aevia | TRANSPORTATION: Butler Bus Services and Hanover Limo | WEDDING REGISTRY & GIFTS: Amazon, Macy's, Pottery Barn | Wooden parking sign: Chris' Custom Carvings
It seems fitting that Heather and Elizabeth first met while working at a bridal gown store - a fitting omen to their future. Another magical omen occured on the night Heather proposed to Elizabeth, at a Michael Buble concert. What started out as a bad experience with fraudulent tickets turned into the perfect proposal experience, with a cannon firing off red and white hearts exactly as Elizabeth said yes! The couple chose to have their destination wedding in Vermont since it was not legal for them to marry in their home state, and Elizabeth has always loved the East Coast.
The Readmore Inn had everything they were looking for in terms of accommodations and ambiance, and they chose the theme of "Books" to play along with the name of the Inn. Simple and family oriented, everyone stayed with them at the Inn and they enjoyed spending time with those closest to them every morning at breakfast. They shared a bridesmaid and Elizabeth had their florist create a ring corsage for her to carry instead of the traditional bouquet.
Some of their favorite moments from the celebration included;
- How beautiful the Popolo was for their reception, including vases of flowers that the owner took upon himself to place on each table.
- The most amazing carrot cake they hadd ever eaten - a naket carrot cake with salted caramel drizzled on top - made by the Popolo.
- Being able to get dressed up the next day for a second photo shoot with Cricket Polis of Polis Photography, who offered to do that in place of her usual engagement photos since Elizabeth and Heather were from out of state.
Elizabeth and Heather's advice for other couples planning their wedding is; "Make it simple and make you and your partner the priority."
featured professionals | PHOTOGRAPHER: Polis Photography | VENUE & ACCOMMODATIONS: The Readmore Inn | CATERING & CAKE: The Popolo | MUSICIAN: Tim Veurink | WEDDING GOWN: Bridal Warehouse | WEDDING JUMPSUIT: David's Bridal | ALTERATIONS: Alter My Heart | FLORIST: Halladay's Flowers | JEWELRY: Fred Meyer Jewelers