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!
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.
The eighth issue of the Vermont Bride LOOKBOOK is now available! Our LOOKBOOK is a digital publication that comes out twice a year and features inspiration for your Vermont and New England wedding with stylized photo shoots featuring the latest trends in design, themes, and decor, as well as real wedding stories from weddings held at some of Vermont's best venues and featuring the state's finest vendors. The LOOKBOOK is also a great resource for finding a variety of vendors to help you plan the wedding of your dreams. Each ad links directly to their listing on our website for more info, as well as a link to their website - planning a wedding has never been so easy!
And the best part about the LOOKBOOK is that it is easy to access from any device, and it is free to read! Easily share content with family and friends, or pin images to reference later. To read the Vermont Bride LOOKBOOK, issue number 8, right now click here!
This Valentine’s Day, what could be more romantic to watch than a wedding processional? Here’s a sampler of videos with some fun ways of thinking about the wedding processional! Hopefully these will engage your romantic spirit, enthusiasm, and sense of adventure, while opening up your vision of a wedding processional in some unexpected and fun ways! Everyone loved the wedding of Catherine Middleton and Prince William, so let’s just start there! Catherine’s processional was “I Was Glad When They Said Unto Me” by Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry, a British composer who lived from 1848-1918 – not your everyday processional music selection! Nor did anything else about their wedding qualify as “everyday.” I love the close-ups of their faces, and what a fun way to start this video processional adventure:
Changing gears completely, let’s have a look at an African styled wedding processional, shall we? Love the beat, and check out the stilts at about 1:30! And the smile on that bride – she’s clearly loving every moment:
OK – getting mellow again – get out the tissues if you haven’t yet, for this groom singing the bride up the aisle:
Get down, everybody, let’s dance:
Here’s a traditional Korean wedding – the bride enters at about 1:22:
I just love this sweet and mellow processional to a solo flute playing the theme to the movie “Braveheart:”
And while we’re in a Scottish theme, anyone for bagpipes?
In the next video, the two grooms assembled a large group of musicians, including many talented friends, for a rousing and touching entrance. This one features the musical performance very strongly – the grooms enter at about 10:00:
Something to think about: Pachelbel’s Canon is the most popular processional – but so often the folks who love the music only end up hearing a phrase or two before the bride has arrived at the altar. How about delaying the bride’s entrance and give everyone a little chance to anticipate?
For contrast again – I love the beat and the mellow sway of this African American processional:
The gentle, sweet vocals in this Jewish wedding processional end with the bride circling the groom seven times before the couple moves to the huppah. The Seven Circles is a Jewish tradition representing the seven wedding blessings and seven days of creation, and demonstrating that the groom is the center of her world. I recommend having tissues handy again, before the groom starts singing for the bride’s entrance:
And, well, this is Vermont, and we couldn’t be complete without Maria’s processional from “The Sound of Music.” Not sure I’d recommend a tune representing “How do you solve a problem like (name of bride or groom) – but I guess it worked for Julie Andrews, and it does sound lovely in context:
Enjoy! And Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!
Lisa Carlson is a freelance flutist, performing for weddings and other occasions throughout Vermont and beyond, with musical offerings ranging from a quartet of flute with violin, viola and cello, to solo flute, to duos and trios of flute with harp, violin, piano, cello, oboe, and more. She maintains a studio in Montpelier, Vermont, and teaches flute in Vermont, in Lebanon, NH, and online to students worldwide.
The Winter/Spring 2017 issue of Vermont Bride Magazine is finally here! We have been working non-stop for the last couple of months putting together this fabulous issue. It is full of inspiration for any style and budget- from a outside-the-box space inspired wedding to vintage, cozy, and intimate celebrations complete with Grandma's homemade jam. We have curated images from all over Vermont, and beyond, to help you plan the wedding of your dreams. Inside the pages of our magazine you can get tips for choosing the right hairstyle, see how a lovely couple from the city pulled off a winter wedding in Vermont, find the perfect vendors to help make your vision a reality, and explore the option of a honeymoon in St. Lucia.
Whatever type of wedding you are thinking of having, if you are planning a wedding in Vermont or New England then Vermont Bride is a must have resource. You can find copies for sale at area retailers throughout New England, or you can purchase it here on our website - and maybe even a couple of the past issues for further research! ;-)
Here is a little sneak peak of some of the inspiration features you will find within the pages of our magazine:
A Bygone Romance featuring: PHOTOGRAPHER: Wedding Photography by TSM | COORDINATOR & FLORAL DESIGN: Unveiled Design & Events | VENUE: Rand-Bryan House | DESIGN & DECOR: Greenhouse Picker Sisters | GOWN: Blush Bridal | HAIR STYLIST & MAKEUP ARTIST: Brittany Campbell, Sunshine Makeup and Artistry | CAKE: T-Tuttlecakes | STATIONERY: Scrappy Seahorse Designs | MODELS: Candice & John
Farm Fresh Inspiration featuring: PHOTOGRAPHER: The Light + Color Photography | STYLING & DETAILS: Sarah Jo Willey | FLORAL DESIGN: Creative Muse Floral Design | GOWN BOUTIQUE: Fiori Bridal Boutique | GOWN DESIGNER: Lillian West | VENUE: The Barlow House | MODELS: Allison Machia, Allison Gervais, Anna Willey, Ella Willey
Derby Devine Inspiration featuring: PLANNING & DESIGN: Jaclyn Watson Events | PHOTOGRAPHY: JAGstudios | VENUE: River Road Farm | CATERING: Forks & Fingers | DESSERTS: Birchgrove Baking | RENTALS: Chase Canopy | DRAPING: Drape Art Design | FLORAL DESIGN: Apotheca Flowers | STATIONERY: Admire Design | GOWNS: A Little Something White | JEWELRY: Libero Jewelers | MAKEUP & HAIR STYLIST: Dana Bartone & Co.
If you want to talk about destination weddings, this one is unique and extreme. The photos of Maja and Patrick’s intimate ceremony in Iceland are jaw droopingly gorgeous and the warmth of their love and happiness seem to melt the chilly landscape around them. Despite battling some less than ideal weather, Maja and Patrick were able to realize the magical elopement they envisioned. Iceland was breathtaking, with every road bringing new, spectacular views. The couple, and their photographer, drove 800km in two days in search of new vistas, awe-struck by the raw landscape. Maja and Patrick fell in love with Iceland because of it’s romantic, melancholy scenery and it’s neutrality. Since their families are spread all over the world it was impossible to include everyone, so they decided a private wedding followed by receptions in different locations seemed the fairest way to go about it. It also helped that they could start their honeymoon right away!
Megan and Rick initially met at a cafe at the University of Vermont, but it wasn't until Rick invited Megan boating on Malletts Bay that they sparked a connection. Their engagement was picture-perfect, with champagne by the fire at the Von Trapp Lodge in Stowe, followed by a horse drawn sleigh ride at sunset where Rick got down on one knee in the sleigh and proposed. The couple already knew the perfect place to hold their wedding—The Tyler Place Family Resort—which is owned by Rick’s family. Their guests were able to stay on the property in the resort's cabins, where they were greeted by welcome bags filled with Vermont organic products.
The Tyler Place Resort offered a beautiful backdrop to their celebration, which included an outdoor ceremony under an arbor, and signature cocktails and appetizers on the lawn. Their advice for other couples planning their wedding: “Keep it simple and don’t spend more than you can afford. People will remember the good times and human interactions, not the expensive items littering your wedding site.
featured professionals | VENUE, CATERING, FLORAL DESIGN, & SPA SERVICES: The Tyler Place Family Resort | PHOTOGRAPHER: TP Photographer, Zorin Furman | BLACK AND WHITE PHOTO OF BRIDE AND FATHER: Sarah J. Magistro | GOWN: Fiori Bridal Boutique | ALTERATIONS: Linda's Sew Unique | HAIR & MAKEUP STYLIST: Lauren Medard | FLORAL DESIGN: Flowers by Debbie | DJ & EVENT LIGHTING: 802 Events | INVITATIONS: Wedding Paper Divas | CALLIGRAPHY: Megan Dunbar, bride | CAKES & CUPCAKES: Sweetie Pies | MUSICIAN: Chris Hill, pianist | FAVORS: Vermont Organic Products | JEWELRY: Eaton's Fine Jewelry | WEDDING COORDINATOR: Jamie West | OFFICIANT: Judge Ron Kilburn
photo by Letter10 Creative
Classical music wafting through the air, elegantly winding through the gathered group of family and friends – or would you prefer a little Celtic lilt to put a spring in your step on your special day? Or what about that special hymn grandma always used to sing? Or that pop tune or show tune you always sang as a kid - or first danced to as a couple? Or what about something totally different - something composed just for your special day?
When most people think of “wedding music” what pops to mind is often Wagner’s “Bridal Chorus” (“Here comes the bride…”) or Mendelssohn’s “Wedding March,” or perhaps Pachelbel’s “Canon in D.” You might imagine a church organ or perhaps a classical quartet. Many couples do choose some variation on the above for their wedding music - and why not? Classic, elegant choices that are easy to walk to, and that are tested by time, will never go out of style. Would a bride avoid wearing a long gown and decide not to exchange rings simply because everyone else does? Traditional choices can say as much about you as non-traditional choices, if chosen from the heart. This type of connection with tradition and the past can be comforting, sentimental, and certainly can make your decision-making simpler!
But sometimes couples choose music that’s a little different - and again, why not? It’s your day to paint the town - the music will paint the atmosphere and color the feeling of your celebration - why not choose music that has significance for you personally? That touch of you in the music will touch your guests as well as bringing you smiles - or tears - or a lift in your every move. Again, if the tunes that are significant for you are also popular with others, then go for it! If not, the sky’s the limit!
I had the honor of playing for a wedding where the bride had arranged or composed the music for her own wedding - including a special song performed by a friend. At another, the bride commissioned a friend to create medleys of a series of special songs - primarily Broadway songs and hymns, and chose popular but non-traditional classical music for the prelude. Many couples wish to have entirely classical music for their weddings, but prefer to completely avoid the traditional wedding standards. There are too many options to list here, but you may wish to look into music by Bach, Vivaldi, Handel, Haydn, Mozart, for the classic sound that’s not “wedding standard.” And by the way - don’t think of these composers as the stodgy old men you often see in pictures - if Bach really were the person we think of when we see his stiff representation in portrait, do you honestly believe he would have fathered 20 children? Or composed the intensely energetic music he did? Bach, in particular, composed some of the most versatile and awe-inspiring music ever heard - and a great deal of his music has been arranged for many different combinations of instruments, and is often heard at weddings, though never as the standards that could be considered “over-used” - so check him out! I’ve also recently played as recessionals: “Viva La Vida” by Coldplay and “I Want to Hold Your Hand” by the Beatles and “Landler” from Sound of Music; as processionals: “Til’ There Was You” and “Fanny Power.” I’ve played two weddings where the request was for music throughout the ceremony – essentially a soundtrack - a mix of styles, in one case with music continuing even as background for the vows, and the entire ceremony built on musical selections that were particularly special for the couple.
Want to get even more unique? Vermont boasts a huge variety of composers and song writers. If this is of interest, you may wish to contact Steve Klimowski, clarinetist from the ”Classic Consort” - also director of the Vermont Contemporary Music Ensemble – for names of Vermont composers who might suit your style. Why not consider having a special song composed just for your special day? It would lend a whole new meaning to the phrase “playing our song!”
Lisa Carlson is a freelance flutist, performing for weddings and other occasions throughout Vermont and beyond, with musical offerings ranging from a quartet of flute with violin, viola and cello, to solo flute, to duos and trios of flute with harp, violin, piano, cello, oboe, and more. She also teaches flute in Montpelier, Vermont and online to students worldwide.
Amy and Jay wanted a simple, vintage wedding with an organic feel that would highlight the beauty of fall in Midwestern Illinois. From the ceremony to the reception, their focus was having their friends and family around them. So instead of having a head table they set the tables up in a U shape to create one large family table. Amy's wedding gown was the same one her mother wore for her own wedding, which she had altered for a more modern look. The vibrant flowers echoed the fall color palette surrounding the natural setting. From their "first look" to fun photo ops in the corn field, Amy and Jay definitely succeeded in creating the casual and heartfelt celebration they dreamed of!
featured professionals | PHOTOGRAPHER: Jon Larson Photography | VENUE: Storybook Gardens | GOWN ALTERATIONS: DMP Tailoring and Alterations | GROOMS ATTIRE: H & M | Floral Designer: Pocket Full of Posies Florist | CATERER: Sweet Dream Desserts and Catering
Lauren grew up visiting Vermont to ski with her family, Stratton Mountain being a favorite destination. After She and David started dating, he quickly learned to ski and the couple spent many weekends in the winter traveling up to Stratton to ski, and in the fall and spring to hike. It became such a special place to them that David chose it as the location to propose to Lauren. On a rainy Saturday he surprised Lauren with an ATV ride up the mountain. With a beautiful view of Stratton Village and Bromley in the distance, David got down on one knee and popped the question! He even had champagne for a toast before they rode back down the mountain to enjoy a couple’s massage and a special dinner at her favorite restaurant.
With all of their history there, it came as no surprise that they chose Stratton for the location of their wedding celebration. The village also offered the perfect playground for their guests with an abundance of restaurants, bars, shopping, and activities - plus there was lodging available for everyone. They carried the theme of their location into their place cards, which were shaped like gondolas, and their tables which they named after their favorite trails on the mountain. Another Vermont favorite, maple cotton candy, was a hit during dessert and was a way for the couple to share their love of the Peru Fair, which they go to every year.
Some of their favorite moments involved how happy their families were throughout the day. Lauren’s father danced better, faster, and harder than anyone else and his joy was radiating with every move. They also loved their first look at the covered bridge, something they have skied under many times but had not gone inside of very often. It was a special moment that they took to reflect and relax before the ceremony.
Their advice for other couples; “Make your wedding about you! Choose the things you love and that will make you happy on your special day. Capture as many moments of happiness and joy as you can. And in the end, just relax and enjoy it all because the day goes by entirely too fast!”
featured professionals | VENUE, CATERING, ACCOMMODATIONS: Stratton Mountain Club | PHOTOGRAPHER: Polis Photography | FLORIST: Flowers By Cara | CEREMONY: Chapel of the Snows | MUSICIAN: The Soul Sensations | CAKE: Price Chopper, Decorated by Flowers By Cara | WEDDING GOWN & ALTERATIONS: Angela’s Bridal | FORMAL WEAR: Men’s Wearhouse | HAIR & MAKEUP: Day Spa at Stratton Village | VIDEOGRAPHER: The Cavallaro Group | REHEARSAL DINNER: The Firetower | FAVORS: Maple Cotton Candy from Lewis’ Sugarhouse, and Kettle Corn by John Butler | INVITATIONS: Minted | WEDDING OFFICIANT: Justin Moore | JEWELRY: Barmakian Jewelers