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March 29, 2017  TAGS:  BARN  INN  RUSTIC  ELEGANT

Carie & Michael | Mendon, VT

Carie & Michael Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Rustic Elegant Barn Wedding | Intimate Wedding at Vermont Inn | Vermont Bride Magazine

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?”

Carie & Michael Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Rustic Elegant Barn Wedding | Intimate Wedding at Vermont Inn | Vermont Bride Magazine

Carie & Michael Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Rustic Elegant Barn Wedding | Intimate Wedding at Vermont Inn | Vermont Bride Magazine

Carie & Michael Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Rustic Elegant Barn Wedding | Intimate Wedding at Vermont Inn | Vermont Bride Magazine

Carie & Michael Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Rustic Elegant Barn Wedding | Intimate Wedding at Vermont Inn | Vermont Bride Magazine

Carie & Michael Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Rustic Elegant Barn Wedding | Intimate Wedding at Vermont Inn | Vermont Bride Magazine

Carie & Michael Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Rustic Elegant Barn Wedding | Intimate Wedding at Vermont Inn | Vermont Bride Magazine

Carie & Michael Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Rustic Elegant Barn Wedding | Intimate Wedding at Vermont Inn | Vermont Bride Magazine

Carie & Michael Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Rustic Elegant Barn Wedding | Intimate Wedding at Vermont Inn | Vermont Bride Magazine

Carie & Michael Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Rustic Elegant Barn Wedding | Intimate Wedding at Vermont Inn | Vermont Bride Magazine

Carie & Michael Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Rustic Elegant Barn Wedding | Intimate Wedding at Vermont Inn | Vermont Bride Magazine

featured professionalsVENUE, CATERER, ACCOMMODATIONS, WEDDING PLANNER, REHEARSAL DINNER: Red Clover Inn & RestaurantPHOTOGRAPHER: Colette Kulig PhotographyFLORIST: Pittsfield Garden Center | DJ: Wedding DJ VTCAKE: Sweet Surrender BakeryWEDDING GOWN: Nicole MillerALTERATIONS: Nazli’s Tairloring | FORMAL WEAR: Men’s WearhouseHAIR & MAKEUP: Shear Heaven SalonEVENT RENTALS: Celebration RentalsINVITATIONS: Theresa Louise LariveeWEDDING OFFICIANT: Richard “Rev Rich” Manfre; Cousin to the groom | JEWELRY: Macy’s