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!
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
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?”
featured professionals | VENUE, CATERER, ACCOMMODATIONS, WEDDING PLANNER, REHEARSAL DINNER: Red Clover Inn & Restaurant | PHOTOGRAPHER: Colette Kulig Photography | FLORIST: Pittsfield Garden Center | DJ: Wedding DJ VT | CAKE: Sweet Surrender Bakery | WEDDING GOWN: Nicole Miller | ALTERATIONS: Nazli’s Tairloring | FORMAL WEAR: Men’s Wearhouse | HAIR & MAKEUP: Shear Heaven Salon | EVENT RENTALS: Celebration Rentals | INVITATIONS: Theresa Louise Larivee | WEDDING OFFICIANT: Richard “Rev Rich” Manfre; Cousin to the groom | JEWELRY: Macy’s
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
Rebecca and Peter met on a cold and drizzly September day on a geological field trip in western Vermont. Despite the miserable weather, the two hit it off and eventually started dating. They decided to have their wedding in Vermont because they were excited to share how exceptional the state is for everything from the people, to the scenery, to the food. Surrounded by their families and best friends, it was the perfect evening of great food, beer, and company - everything they love in life.
One of their favorite moments of the evening was their impromptu performance with their band of the song “Lawyers, Guns, and Money” by Warren Zevon. They had asked the band to learn the song since it was one of their favorites, but little did they know they would be the ones singing it! With all of their guests singing along with them it is a special moment they will always remember.
Rebecca and Peter’s advice for other couples planning their wedding is: “Take a deep breath… It will all work out and be great! You will hire people that do this for a living and will help take care of all of the details you are probably stressing over.”
featured professionals | VENUE, CATERING & ACCOMMODATIONS: THE INN AT ROUND BARN FARM | PHOTOGRAPHER: HOPSKOCH PHOTOGRAPHY | FLORIST: VILLAGE GREEN FLORIST WEDDINGS & EVENTS | ACCOMMODATIONS: MAD RIVER BARN, BUFFALO BILL'S RETREAT | BAND: THE PRENUPS | CAKE: SWEET SIMONE'S | HAIR STYLIST: LUSH SALON | MAKEUP ARTIST: MIRROR MIRROR | REHEARSAL DINNER: MAD RIVER BARN | TRANSPORTATION: FIRST STUDENT CHARTER BUS RENTAL | INVITATIONS: KATIE & CO. | WEDDING OFFICIANT: ANDY O’BRIEN
Elizabeth and Dylan’s relationship evolved from friendship to something more during their time at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York. On their eighth anniversary they planned a hiking trip in New Hampshire but what Elizabeth thought would be a day trip was really a romantic weekend getaway in a log cabin that Dylan had planned. On the first evening while sitting by a waterfall at sunset, Dylan proposed!
Elizabeth grew up in Vermont and always envisions having her wedding there someday. The couple wanted a vanue that was both indoors and outdoors, with a beautiful view. The Skinner Barn had everything on their checklist, and more. While the day of their wedding seems like a blur of amazing events, the feeling of love and support from their friends and family is what stands out to them most. An indescribable feeling of joy to accompany a surreal weekend of celebrating their relationship and marriage.
Elizabeth and Dylan have this advice for other couples: “All the details are fun (and sometimes stressful) to plan but remember what it’s all about. No matter what the details look like, it will be the most amazing day, celebrating you and your partner with so much love from family and friends. One thing we did is we took a moment to ourselves right after the ceremony, we walked down the aisle and went straight to the side of the barn, where they had set up a glass or champagne for us and we just had a few minutes to reflect and be alone, it was one of the most memorable moments of our wedding. So even if it’s only a few minutes, take it, spend a few minutes alone with your new husband/wife.”
featured professional | VENUE: THE SKINNER BARN | PHOTOGRAPHER: JAMY BEECHER PHOTOGRAPHY | CATERER: CATERING BY DALE | BOUQUETS AND BOUTONNIERES: MAD RIVER GARDEN CENTER | DJ: DJ LUIS CALDERIN | CAKE: MIX CUPCAKERIE | WEDDING GOWN: MAGGIE SOTTERO | GOWN BOUTIQUE: CAMILLA’S BRIDAL | FORMAL WEAR: BANANA REPUBLIC | MAKEUP ARTIST: VIVIAN INFANTINO | HAIR STYLIST: KRISTEN JARVIS | REHEARSAL DINNER: MAD RIVER BARN | PHOTO BOOTH RENTAL: MICHAEL TALLMAN PHOTOGRAPHY | RENTALS: VERMONT TENT COMPANY | TRANSPORTATION: ALPINE TRANSIT | FAVORS: CARMAN BROOK FARM | INVITATIONS: RUSTIC PAPERS | WEDDING OFFICIANT: LINDSEY FARRELL
Feeling a connection to the Vermont landscape and people from their very first visit, Lisa and David chose it for their dream destination wedding. They knew they wanted a barn venue and after viewing a video on the Alerin Barn website, they decided to go check it out. It was love at first sight with the perfect outdoor space for the ceremony and a rustic, chic feel that Lisa was looking for. They went with a soft, romantic color palette of dusty shale, soft mint, blush, ivory, and gold—all colors that their wedding photographer knew would look wonderful in the photos as well. Lisa and David DIY’d a lot of the decor, such as the “LUEA” letters hanging in a door frame, centerpieces made of family photos, a suitcase that belonged to Lisa’s aunt became their card holder, and they had little colorful books from Black Ink for guests to write stories or well wishes in.
To read more about Lisa and David's love story and to see more photos from their wedding, be sure to pick up a copy of the Winter/Spring 2017 Vermont Bride Magazine at select retailers throughout New England, New York, and New Jersey, or purchase a copy on our website here!
featured professionals | VENUE: THE ALERIN BARN | PHOTOGRAPHER: J. HARPER PHOTOGRAPHY | CATERER: SWEET BASIL CAFE & CATERING | FLORAL DESIGN: ALL ABOUT FLOWERS | CAKE: BENTLEY'S BAKERY & CAFE | DJ: AVID ENTERTAINMENT | GOWN: SIMPLY VERA BY VERA WANG | ALTERATIONS: QUEEN DRESSMAKERS | FORMAL WEAR: INDOCHINO, H & M | HAIR AND MAKEUP: SHEAR SENSATIONS | JEWELRY: BLUE NILE, TIFFANY & CO., DESIGNED BY SERGIO | VIDEOGRAPHER: BRIAN DELABRUERE | FAVORS: CABOT MAPLE SYRUP | INVITATIONS: SALOMOM E. FRAUSTO, BROTHER OF BRIDE | REHEARSAL DINNER: SCREAMING BOAR SMOKEHOUSE | ACCOMMODATIONS: FAIRBANKS INN, COMFORT INN AND SUITES | TRANSPORTATION: BUTLER'S BUS SERVICE | OFFICIENT: GLENN COLLINS | SPA SERVICES: BLISS SPA, SHEAR SENSATIONS | REGISTRY: CRATE & BARREL, TARGET, MACY'S | VEIL: GILDED SHADOWS | GARTER, ROBES: ETSY
Vermont is a place that is very dear to both Finn and Lindsay. Finn grew up there and over the last several years it has become a second home to Lindsay. Plus you can’t beat the beautiful, natural backdrop! The couple wanted to share their favorite spot with Lindsay’s family and all of their friends. It was important that their guests could stay on property and have plenty to do together, since most would be coming from out of town. The Mountain Top Inn & Resort had all of the amenities, and the breathtaking vistas, that they were looking for. Their entire wedding weekend was held on site, from the rehearsal dinner down by the lake, to a Sunday farewell brunch. Their guests enjoyed horseback riding, playing tennis, walking the trails, and even skeet shooting. Not only is the Mountain Top Inn beautiful, but it is practically a “summer camp for adults,” as Lindsay puts it. From s’mores around the fire pit to sipping drinks by the pool—there was something for everyone.
To read more of Lindsay and Finn's love story and to see more photos from their wedding, check out the Winter/Spring 2017 issue of Vermont Bride Magazine, now available for purchase in select retailers throughout New England or on our website.
featured professionals | VENUE, CATERER, & ACCOMMODATIONS: MOUNTAIN TOP INN & RESORT | PHOTOGRAPHY: GARRENTEE PHOTOGRAPHY | HAIR STYLIST AND MAKEUP ARTIST: PAIGE CARRARA , THE SPA AT MOUNTAIN TOP INN & RESORT | FLORAL DESIGN: A SCHOOLHOUSE GARDEN | CAKES & CUPCAKES: IRENE'S CAKES BY DESIGN | RENTALS: LINEN SHOP | INVITATIONS: TEXTSTYLE DESIGN | MUSICIANS: EAST COAST SOUL | PHOTO BOOTH: TOP HAT | VIDEOGRAPHY: DAVE BIGLER | WEDDING GOWN: WATTERS | FORMAL WEAR: CALVIN KLEIN | OFFICIANT: FATHER OF THE GROOM
Glenna and Jon had one of those rare, yet fabulous, winter Vermont weddings. It takes a special someone to want to have their wedding during the cold and snowy months in the Green Mountains, but since she was a young girl, Glenna had always dreamt of a winter engagement. The snow, the cold, and the rustic charm of the winter all seemed so romantic! So, in early June with a newly purchased engagement ring burning a hole in his pocket, Jon was confronted with a logistical problem. With the summer heat rising, Jon quickly thought of a plan. Jon contacted the hotel in DC that he stayed at during the weekend of his first date with Glenna and made special arrangements with them for the big day.
When the day came, Jon drove Glenna down to DC ostensibly to have dinner with friends. Jon explained that he had reserved the hotel room so that they could celebrate their 2 year anniversary in the city. Upon entering the room, Glenna realized that there was much more to the surprise. Jon had arranged for the hotel to decorate the room in a winter wonderland theme, thus creating the winter engagement Glenna had always wanted, despite the fact that it was the middle of the summer. A Christmas tree, garland, and fake snow covered the hotel suite along with a dusting of rose petals, pine cones, and presents wrapped for Christmas. On the floor, white rose petals spelled out the words, "Will you marry me?". When Glenna turned around to look at Jon he was on bended knee with an engagement ring featuring the center stone from her grandmother's engagement ring...And the rest, as they say, is history!
To read more of Glenna and Jon's love story and to see more photos from their wedding, pick up your copy of the Winter/Spring 2017 issue now! Available in retailers throughout New England or for sale on our websitehere.
featured professionals | DJ: PEAK ENTERTAINMENT | VENUE, CATERER, AND ACCOMMODATIONS: THE INN AT THE ROUND BARN FARM | PHOTOGRAPHY: COLETTE KULIG PHOTOGRAPHY | FLORIST: A SCHOOLHOUSE GARDEN | CAKE: MIX CUPCAKERIE | GOWN & ALTERATIONS: HITCHED | FORMAL WEAR: MYSUIT | HAIR STYLIST: KERRY ARMSTRONG FORMAL HAIR DESIGN | MAKEUP ARTIST: JENNIFER PERELLIE MAKEUP | PHOTO BOOTH RENTAL: PHOTOBOOTH PLANET | REHEARSAL DINNER: MAD RIVER BARN | ACCOMMODATIONS: MAD RIVER BARN, SUGARBUSH | INVITATIONS: ETSY | TRANSPORTATION: MOUNTAIN TRANSIT | OFFICIANT: ZEKE CHURCH