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Nikia & Kyle's Real Wedding | Winter Wedding | Mountain Top Inn and Resort | Vermont Bride Magazine

Nikia and Kyle met skiing in Vail, Colorado and soon discovered that they shared a love of the outdoors and snow. After dating and adopting a dog together, aptly named "Vail", they were engaged on the top of Beehive Mountain in Acadia National Park. So it was easy to decide on a season, theme, and location when it came time to plan their wedding. It had to be winter, on a mountain, with lots of skiing references. The Mountain Top Inn and Resort was the perfect place to make all of their wedding dreams come true. Their love for the snow was evident when it started snowing during our outdoor ceremony. It was a good thing they opted for a hot chocolate bar for their guests to enjoy before the ceremony! Bridesmaids, parents of the bride and the bride herself were transported to the ceremony by horse drawn sleigh. Fur coats and wraps were a must for the outdoor ceremony, and snow boots and vintage skis played a major role in the decor. The wedding invitations were ski themed, guests signed a pair of skis in lieu of a traditional guest book, and even the cocktail list was a ski sign.

Nikia & Kyle's Real Wedding | Winter Wedding | Mountain Top Inn and Resort | Vermont Bride Magazine

Nikia & Kyle's Real Wedding | Winter Wedding | Mountain Top Inn and Resort | Vermont Bride Magazine

Nikia & Kyle's Real Wedding | Winter Wedding | Mountain Top Inn and Resort | Vermont Bride Magazine

Nikia & Kyle's Real Wedding | Winter Wedding | Mountain Top Inn and Resort | Vermont Bride Magazine

Nikia & Kyle's Real Wedding | Winter Wedding | Mountain Top Inn and Resort | Vermont Bride Magazine

Nikia & Kyle's Real Wedding | Winter Wedding | Mountain Top Inn and Resort | Vermont Bride Magazine

 

featured professionalsVENUE: The Mountain Top Inn & Resort | PHOTOGRAPHER: Kathleen Landwehrle Photography | HAIR STYLIST: Five Elements Salon and Day Spa | CINEMA AND VIDEO: Boucher Visuals | BAND: Ripcord | FLORAL AND EVENT DESIGNER: A Schoolhouse Garden | BAKERY: Trillium Fine Desserts

 

Traditional cake is not the only choice when it comes to dessert at your wedding. In fact, more times than not these days, we as wedding photographers are seeing trends in smaller bite-sized desserts and tables full of colorful candies, with take-home bags that can double as guest favors. The sweet-tooth in me just loves this trend, though I rarely get the time to indulge. Here are my top five favorite dessert trends right now:

 

Wedding Dessert Trends | Ben and Jerrys Ice Cream | Vermont Bride Magazine

ICE CREAM, ESPECIALLY BEN & JERRY’S CARTS

 

 

Wedding Dessert Trends | Pie | Vermont Bride Magazine

PIE

 

 

Wedding Dessert Trends | Cookies & Milk | Vermont Bride Magazine

COOKIES AND MILK

 

 

Wedding Dessert Trends | Candy Bars | Vermont Bride Magazine

CANDY BARS

 

 

Wedding Dessert Trends | Bite Size Dessert Barns and Mini Cupcakes | Vermont Bride Magazine

BITE-SIZED DESSERT BARS AND MINI-CUPCAKES

 all photos by Letter10 Creative

Hi! I’m Jamie – a photographer and designer at Letter10 CreativeA fourth-generation Vermonter, I’m inspired by Vermont’s natural beauty, laid-back lifestyle, food and people. When not documenting love stories, I’m a board member of The Vermont Association of Wedding Professionals, and Secretary for Vermont Professional Photographers. I enjoy teaching Zentangle, playing disc-golf and tasting my way around the world. My husband is also named Jaime, and I love that we get to photograph weddings together

Sarah & Michael's Cape Cod Wedding | Real Wedding Inspiration | Vermont Bride Magazine

Sarah & Michael’s wedding day brought together friends & family from all over the country. With Sarah having grown up in California, summering in the Cape, attending college in New York and then working in El Paso, TX, friends who knew each other only by name & stories for years finally met face to face. It was truly the celebration of two families coming together and everyone enjoyed the New England hospitality the Cape had to offer – clam chowder and all!

Sarah & Michael's Cape Cod Wedding | Real Wedding Inspiration | Vermont Bride Magazine

Sarah & Michael's Cape Cod Wedding | Real Wedding Inspiration | Vermont Bride Magazine

Sarah & Michael's Cape Cod Wedding | Real Wedding Inspiration | Vermont Bride Magazine

Sarah & Michael's Cape Cod Wedding | Real Wedding Inspiration | Vermont Bride Magazine

Sarah & Michael's Cape Cod Wedding | Real Wedding Inspiration | Vermont Bride Magazine

Sarah & Michael's Cape Cod Wedding | Real Wedding Inspiration | Vermont Bride Magazine

Sarah & Michael's Cape Cod Wedding | Real Wedding Inspiration | Vermont Bride Magazine

featured professionalsPHOTOGRAPHER: Rebecca Marie Photography & Design | DRESS DESIGNER: Birnbaum & Bullock Bridal Salon | MUSEUM: Borsari Gallery | CATERER: Chapin's Restaurant | MUSICIANS: Clockwork Band | FLORAL DESIGNER: Floral Reactions | SHOES: Kate Spade | CEREMONY LOCATION: Our Lady of Victory Church | TUXEDO AND MENS ATTIRE: Puritan Cape Cod | OFFICIANT: Rev. Mark Hession | BAKERY: The Scratch Cake

 

November 22, 2017

Fair Isle Fete

Fair Isle Wedding Inspiration | Vermont Bride Magazine

"Fair Isle" refers to both a style of knitting, but also a tiny island off the northern coast of Scotland. Noted for its charming graphic patterns and colors, Fair Isle is a cozy accent that is equally at home in the wintery lodge or a country garden. The lush mountains of Vermont are the perfect place for recreating the rugged, hilly landscape of the northern British Isles. Add in some fairy-inspired flower crowns, rustic wooden bowls, a soft cable-knit sweater or scarf, and you have the ingredients for a timeless, old-world celebration.

For more gorgeous photos of this feature, check out the Winter/Spring 2016 print edition, availabe for purchase now!

Fair Isle Wedding Inspiration | Vermont Bride Magazine

Fair Isle Wedding Inspiration | Vermont Bride Magazine

Fair Isle Wedding Inspiration | Vermont Bride Magazine

Fair Isle Wedding Inspiration | Vermont Bride Magazine

featured professionals | PHOTOGRAPHER: The Light + Color Photography | GOWN: Fiori Bridal Boutique | FLORAL DESIGN: The Village Green Florist Weddings & Events | LOCATION: The Inn at the Round Barn Farm | HAIR STYLING: Sarah Crowley | MAKEUP: Jennifer Perellie Makeup | WOODEN BOWLS: Dick Ellsworth

Lauren & Justin | Real Vermont Wedding | The Round Barn, Warren, Vermont | Vermont Bride Magazine

We love the rustic, woodsy details of Lauren and Justin's wedding at the Round Barn in Warren. Lauren and Justin chose Vermont for their celebration after enjoying countless weekends skiing in the Green Mountains. The soft, green foliage mixed with weather-worn wood, and a touch of moss, and of course beautiful flowers - it was truly a country fairytale held in a charming barn. How much more "Vermont" can you get than that? 

Lauren & Justin | Real Vermont Wedding | The Round Barn, Warren, Vermont | Vermont Bride Magazine

Lauren & Justin | Real Vermont Wedding | The Round Barn, Warren, Vermont | Vermont Bride Magazine

Lauren & Justin | Real Vermont Wedding | The Round Barn, Warren, Vermont | Vermont Bride Magazine

Lauren & Justin | Real Vermont Wedding | The Round Barn, Warren, Vermont | Vermont Bride Magazine

Lauren & Justin | Real Vermont Wedding | The Round Barn, Warren, Vermont | Vermont Bride Magazine

featured vendorsPHOTOGRAPHER: Mark Davidson Photography | HAIR STYLIST: Lush Salon | FLORAL DESIGNER: A Schoolhouse Garden | CATERER: Catering from the Heart | BAND: Flipside | GROOMSMAN ATTIRE: Frank's Tailor | BRIDESMAID DRESSES: Monique Lhuillier | CEREMONY LOCATION: Our Lady of the Snows | RECEPTION VENUE: The Round Barn Farm | MUSICIANS: Vermont Symphony Orchestra | INVITATION DESIGNER: William Arthur

 

 

Wedding Music 101 with Lisa Carlson | Vermont Bride Magazine
Photo by The Light + Color Photography

Many brides envision walking down the aisle to their favorite processional before they are even engaged! Tunes played by their favorite ensemble waft through their minds as they envision the guests arriving during the prelude, and then the big moment – the grand entrance! And then of course Mendelssohn Wedding March for the recessional – or maybe anything BUT the Mendelssohn – but either way, it’s all just as clear as a bell - a wedding bell that is. One phone call or email, sign the contract, and the music is set!

But some of you may be saying “Whoa! Wait a minute! What’s a prelude? I don’t have a favorite processional – I don’t have a clue what I’d like to walk in to. Mendel-who?” Trust me, YOU are not alone. I’ve spoken with many brides over the years, and the first thing you should be aware of is that no matter what you know or what you don’t know yet, you are not the only one in that boat. Furthermore, this is your wedding and you deserve to understand the big picture regarding your special music choices – and don’t let anyone make you feel awkward about asking a basic question - anything!

 So on that note, for those of you just starting this process and a little queasy about how to even know where to start, here’s a little explanation of some basic terms and an overview to get you started on your wedding music planning.

First, a few terms:

Ensemble:  Ensemble (relative to wedding music) refers to a group of musicians who play together.

Repertoire: The word repertoire (reh’-per-twar) refers to the specific musical selections/songs/tunes/pieces you choose, or have available. Different musicians have different types and ranges of repertoire available. In some cases, your repertoire will be limited to a specific list of offerings from a chosen ensemble, or a specific style of music. In other cases, your repertoire options are very wide. In many cases, making unique repertoire choices outside of your chosen ensemble’s standard repertoire will be possible with an extra fee to cover music purchase and/or time spent arranging or rehearsing that music.

Prelude:  The first music your guests will hear when they arrive on site is called the prelude. For weddings, the word prelude means any and all music that’s played from the time guests begin to arrive until the ceremony begins – normally about 20-30 minutes. If you choose an ensemble you like, you can normally just leave the specific repertoire choices for the prelude up to them – unless you have something either specific or general that you really want to hear. You can click the following link to find more thoughts regarding the prelude.

Processional: The processional is the big moment – the grand entrance! Most commonly, there are two musical selections for the processionals. The wedding party’s processional comes first – accompanying the bridesmaids (sometimes accompanied by groomsmen, or sometimes the groomsmen enter separately), the maid of honor, and finally the ring bearer(s) and/or flower girl(s). Once the flower girl has arrived at the altar, the bride’s processional begins. You can click the following link to find additional thoughts about processional choices. The most popular wedding processional tends to be Canon in D by Pachelbel – click the link for an article featuring YouTube videos of this piece in many different forms!

Interlude: An interlude is music in the middle of your ceremony – I find that about half of the weddings I play for have at least one interlude, and about half have none. Most commonly, an interlude may accompany a candle-lighting or other ritual. 

Recessional: The recessional is your walk back up the aisle at the end of the ceremony – your big introduction as a married couple, walking into the world together! 

So the bottom line is that you’ll most likely want to choose repertoire for two processionals and one recessional. The musicians you choose for your wedding will be able to offer many specific suggestions.

I’ll be writing more detail about all these aspects of wedding music, including both specific and general thoughts on how to make those special choices, so stay tuned for more. For now, I hope to make sure that ALL wedding couples can start the process with a basic understanding of the music lingo in order to begin forging into your planning with confidence!  

Lisa Carlson (LisaFlute.com), offers ensembles for weddings and other occasions in duos, trios, quartets in a variety of instrumental combinations, and is staff wedding music writer for Vermont Bride Magazine. She also maintains a private flute  studio in Montpelier, Vermont, in addition to teaching flute at Upper Valley Music Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire, and online. 

95 Triple X Wedding Show | Essex Vermont | January 24th | Vermont Bride Magazine
If you haven't pre-registered for the 95 Triple X Bridal Show yet, don't worry - there is still time! This is the can't miss wedding planning event for anyone planning their nuptials in Vermont. It is taking place on January 24, from 12 to 3 at the Champlain Valley Expo in Essex Junction.

Finding vendors online can only show you so much, but getting to meet them in person, talk to them face to face, and see (or taste!) samples of their products and services is an invaluable resource. Some of the area's finest wedding professionals will be there, including:

FIORI BRIDAL BOUTIQUE
SUPERSOUNDS ENTERTAINMENT

DAVID’S BRIDAL
HAMPTON INN BURLINGTON
MARY KAY COSMETICS
THE JARED JABAUT AGENCY
BENCHMARK MORTGAGE
PREMIER ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS
THE MANSFIELD BARN
PERSONA SALON
BEN & JERRY’S BURLINGTON CATERING
HAVE YOUR CAKE CATERING by THE SKINNY PANCAKE
MILNE TRAVEL AMERICAN EXPRESS
DICKEY’S BARBECUE PIT
KIM MARTIN PHOTOGRAPHY
CENTRAL MARKET FLORIST AT PRICE CHOPPER
OASIS DAY SPA
PHOTOBOOTH PLANET
BARE MEDICAL SPA & LASER CENTER
BED, BATH & BEYOND
ONE CREDIT UNION
VERMONT BROWNIE COMPANY
MEN’S WEARHOUSE
ECCO
SPECTAC HEALTH FITNESS & PERFORMANCE
ECHO, LEAHY CENTER FOR LAKE CHAMPLAIN
SPECTAC HEALTH FITNESS & PERFORMANCE
SOIREE’S BY LORI
RODAN & FIELDS
AMANDA BADGLEY DESIGNS
SHERATON BURLINGTON HOTEL
MOE’S SOUTHWEST GRILL
VERMONT BRIDE

95 Triple X Bridal Show | Essex Vermont | January 24 | Fiori Bridal Boutique | Vermont Bride Magazine

A wedding is a true statement of the uniqueness of the couple, and these days anything goes, even down to the guest book. Years ago the tradition was to have a book for people to sign. We at Letter10 Creative offer customized guest books incorporating your engagement photos and pictures from your courtship, along with elements of your invitation so it matches your color scheme and style – a little more personalized than a plain-ole book.

Guest Book Ideas for your Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

When my husband and I wed eight years ago we opted to go less traditional and do a polaroid album since we’re both photographers. We had guests take photos of each other, place them in an album and write a little note. We like to open it up every anniversary and giggle at the goofy-drinky faces, and see how much everyone has changed over the years. This same idea could also be used with a photo booth.

Guest Book Ideas for your Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

If you prefer something to hang on your wall and admire every time you walk by, there are many options like matted photo frames, thumb-print  art pieces, and even plates to sign.

Guest Book Ideas for your Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

I just love anything homemade, and this memory quilt is no exception. What a wonderful item to pass on from generation to generation!

Guest Book Ideas for your Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

Snowy Pond Winter Wedding Inspiration | Vermont Bride Magazine

The weather is finally turning cold and the snow is on it's way to cover the Vermont countryside in a peaceful blanket of white. It's time to cuddle up by the fire with a chunky, knit blanket and a warm cup of cocoa and dream about summer. The time between Christmas and Valentine's Day is also affectionately known as "Engagement Season" - full of romantic proclamations of love and the exciting beginning of life's next chapter. More engagements occur during these two months then at any other point of the year. Funny how the coldest part of the year holds the most warmth for the heart.

Snowy Pond Winter Wedding Inspiration | Vermont Bride Magazine

Snowy Pond Winter Wedding Inspiration | Vermont Bride Magazine

Snowy Pond Winter Wedding Inspiration | Vermont Bride Magazine

We thought it appropriate to share a little sneak peak of one of the features in the Vermont Bride Winter/Spring issue, now available for purchase. It features a serene, snowy pond and a cozy, rustic lodge adorned with winter's finest greenery and some pops of yellow and red to brighten the mood. Candles, hot cocoa, and tasty pastries warm everything up and it's the perfect time to break out the scarves and shawls. And maybe a pair of ice skates, too!

Snowy Pond Winter Wedding Inspiration | Vermont Bride Magazine

Snowy Pond Winter Wedding Inspiration | Vermont Bride Magazine

November 22, 2017

Engaged! Now What?

Engagement Help | What are the next steps? | Real Wedding Advice | Vermont Bride Magazine

Many congratulations on your engagement. This is a very thrilling time in your lives, and after the glow of excitement has subsided, you may be wondering “what now?” Well, you’re in a great place because Vermont Bride would love to help you plan your perfect day... from wedding planners, caterers and venues, to music and photographers, we’ve got you covered! 

Here are some words of wisdom from some of Letter10 Creative’s bride’s on planning a wedding:

Engagement Help | What are the next steps? | Real Wedding Advice | Vermont Bride Magazine

 “Plan early and follow your vision for your wedding day.  Always remember to take breaks and spend time with each other – things can get overwhelming.” Megan

Engagement Help | What are the next steps? | Real Wedding Advice | Vermont Bride Magazine

“A wedding seems overwhelming at first but it doesn’t have to (and shouldn’t be) a stressful experience. Remember that no matter what happens on your wedding day, the most important part is the love you and your partner have for each other, and the family and friends that are there to support you. Don’t stress the small stuff. You won’t remember ten years from now that one of your centerpieces was missing a flower!” Jenny