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Kelly & Ronnie Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Mountain Resort Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

After walking around all day with a ring in his pocket, Ronnie finally felt the perfect moment as he and Kelly walked around the Boston Public Gardens before a dinner reservation. When Kelly sat down by the water to take in the view, Ronnie seized the moment and got down on his knee to propose. Since both Ronnie and Kelly are from Vermont, with Sugarbush Resort being between both their hometowns, it was the obvious choice. They loved that their friends an family could all stay on site to enjoy an entire weekend of celebrating.

With their wedding being held at a ski resort, and Ronnie being an avid skier, they knew they wanted to incorporate skiing into the wedding somehow. They found a pair of antique, wooden skis that they decided to use for guests to sign instead of a traditional guest book and they could become something the couple can display in their home forever.

It was important to both Kelly and Ronnie to include personal, family touches. Kelly’s grandfather performed the ceremony, and they invited all of their aunts, uncles, and grandparents that celebrated a milestone anniversary that year to come out to the dance floor to their wedding song. Kelly and Ronnie’s advice to other couples planning a wedding is: “Right before the rehearsal, let go and enjoy the next couple of days.  There is nothing that you can do to prevent what could or will happen on your wedding day.  Know that you have done everything you can to prepare for this day.”

Kelly & Ronnie Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Mountain Resort Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

Kelly & Ronnie Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Mountain Resort Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

Kelly & Ronnie Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Mountain Resort Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

Kelly & Ronnie Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Mountain Resort Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

Kelly & Ronnie Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Mountain Resort Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

featured professionalsVENUE: Sugarbush ResortPHOTOGRAPHER: Sweet Lady Jane PhotographyFLORIST: A Schoolhouse GardenDJ: Craig Mitchell | CAKE: Sweet Simone’sHAIR STYLIST: Indigo Salon | MAKEUP ARTIST: Makeup Artist GuildREHEARSAL DINNER: TimbersJEWELRY: Diamonds and More

 

Elizabeth and Heather Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Same Sex Marriage | Intimate Bed and Breakfast Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

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."

Elizabeth and Heather Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Same Sex Marriage | Intimate Bed and Breakfast Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

Elizabeth and Heather Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Same Sex Marriage | Intimate Bed and Breakfast Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

Elizabeth and Heather Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Same Sex Marriage | Intimate Bed and Breakfast Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

Elizabeth and Heather Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Same Sex Marriage | Intimate Bed and Breakfast Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

Elizabeth and Heather Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Same Sex Marriage | Intimate Bed and Breakfast Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

Elizabeth and Heather Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Same Sex Marriage | Intimate Bed and Breakfast Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

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

 

Liza & Pat Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Vintage, Rustic Barn Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

Pat used to live across the street from the bar that Liza worked at and after a year of prompting from friends and coworkers, they finally began dating. Eventually they bought a house together, moving in during the winter. Once summer came and the snow thawed, they discovered an idyllic creek in their backyard which quickly became their favorite spot to relax. One afternoon Pat went down on one knee right in the water and asked Liza to marry him. They then had an impromptu celebration with close friends, family, and lots of champagne making it one of their fondest memories of their engagement.

Since both Liza and Pat are native Vermonters there was no question that was where they would hold their wedding. Liza has a penchant for vintage and the Barn at Lang Farm had the perfect combination of vintage style and Vermont fee that they were looking for. With antique touches and incredible views of Camels Hump beyond the farm’s gardens, the couple were sold. Their vintage-meets-rustic theme featured a blush, navy, gray, and marsala color palette and included lots of homemade and vintage touches.

Liza had grown up swooning over her grandparent’s black and white wedding portraits and knew she wanted to incorporate them somehow into the decor. She collected wedding portraits from other family and friends and dedicated each table to a different couple. It was a special way to include people whose marriage had inspired them in their own relationship. They also asked certain family members to bring a special dessert- grandma’s homemade donuts, Jackie’s signature apple pie, and Katie’s macaroons-to create a homemade dessert spread that their guests are still talking about!

They tried to DIY as much as possible so that their personalities and style really shone through. From wine bottle centerpieces, made from bottles of wine they shared, to a meticulously curated playlist of music, Liza and Pat did everything together. In this way the fun-loving and happy couple were able to give their family and friends a truly unforgettable party.

Liza and Pat’s advice for other couples: “t’s easy to get caught up in excitement and the details, but don’t let it stress you out. In the end, your guests will remember the experience, not the font on your invitations. Remember that ultimately this is a celebration for the two of you, so it should reflect both of you. Don’t try to do everything yourself - you’d be surprised what your groom wants to help with.”

Liza & Pat Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Vintage, Rustic Barn Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

Liza & Pat Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Vintage, Rustic Barn Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

Liza & Pat Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Vintage, Rustic Barn Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

Liza & Pat Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Vintage, Rustic Barn Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

Liza & Pat Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Vintage, Rustic Barn Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

Liza & Pat Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Vintage, Rustic Barn Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

Liza & Pat Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Vintage, Rustic Barn Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

featured professionalsVENUE: The Barn at Lang Farm | PHOTOGRAPHER: Colette Kulig Photography | CATERER: Bevo Catering | FLORIST: Centerpiece Florist | CAKE: Bride & Groom | GOWN: CB Couture | ALTERATIONS: Linda’s Sew Unique | FORMAL WEAR: Menguin | HAIR STYLIST: Liliana’s Hair | MAKEUP ARTIST: Beatriz Jarvis Makeup | INVITATIONS: Bride & Groom | JEWELRY: After Midnight Jewelers, Perrywinkle’s Fine Jewelry

Rachel & Michael Real Vermont Wedding | Woodstock Vermont | Vermont Bride Magazine

Despite several attempts by their friends to set them up, Rachel and Mike only knew each other as acquaintances for a few years. Finally at a bar in Washington DC on Saint Patrick’s Day, Rachel’s favorite holiday, they agreed to date. It was another of Rachel’s favorites- this time a place- where Mike popped the question. Outside the Plaza in New York City, Mike convinced Rachel to take a walk to the fountains. Rachel was convinced he was just trying to keep her from her favorite bar, but seconds later he surprised her with a ring. All she remembers after that is the cheering and flashing of cameras from nearby tourists.

Rachel attended Law School in Vermont and her family frequently vacationed in Woodstock. Since they both wanted a location that would feel like a getaway for their guests and themselves, Woodstock was the perfect choice. They also loved that all of the festivities were accessible just a few steps away from the front door of the Woodstock Inn.

Once their guests arrived they were able to park their cards and forget about needing transportation for the rest of the weekend. The Woodstock Inn was a great gathering space so their guests could relax, catch up, and then go out to pursue fall activities in town. It was hard to leave the Inn without bumping into one of their guests, which is exactly the way Rachel and Mike wanted it.

Rachel & Michael Real Vermont Wedding | Woodstock Vermont | Vermont Bride Magazine

Rachel & Michael Real Vermont Wedding | Woodstock Vermont | Vermont Bride Magazine

Rachel & Michael Real Vermont Wedding | Woodstock Vermont | Vermont Bride Magazine

Rachel & Michael Real Vermont Wedding | Woodstock Vermont | Vermont Bride Magazine

Rachel & Michael Real Vermont Wedding | Woodstock Vermont | Vermont Bride Magazine

They had a color palette of navy, gold, blush, and silver. To incorporate silver into the table settings they used the bride’s family’s collection of silver. The light from the candles reflecting off of the silver all around the room created a beautiful, warm glow. They also represented Mike’s upbringing in New Hampshire and upstate New York by using a birch tree they cut down from his family’s property in New Hampshire. They used the birch tree for centerpieces, place cards, and candle holders. Mike even carved a design from their Save The Dates into the candle holders. Instead of having many smaller tables, Rachel wanted two large tables to have as many people sitting together as possible. Covered with blush colored tulle, there was one table representing the bride’s family and friends, and a second table representing the groom’s family and friends. 

Rachel and Mike worked together, making all of the planning decisions together, and trying to cut through all of the wedding clichés. Their families were also very involved with planning and executing the wedding. Rachel’s grandparents were unable to attend due to illness, but they took time out from their reception to FaceTime with them in Oklahoma. It ended up being the last time they would talk with her grandfather and they will always cherish being able to include them on their wedding day. 

Rachel & Michael Real Vermont Wedding | Woodstock Vermont | Vermont Bride Magazine

Rachel & Michael Real Vermont Wedding | Woodstock Vermont | Vermont Bride Magazine

Rachel & Michael Real Vermont Wedding | Woodstock Vermont | Vermont Bride Magazine

Rachel & Michael Real Vermont Wedding | Woodstock Vermont | Vermont Bride Magazine

Some of their other favorite moments from the weekend include being able to have a final toast with friends at Longtrail Brewery on Sunday, where they were able to sit around and chat about all the memorable moments of the weekend. Also, their friends Kathryn Zaremba, who was Broadway’s Annie Warlocks as a child, and her husband Jeremy Ney, a classically trained pianist, performed for their first dance as well as the Father/Daughter dance and the Mother/Son dance.

Rachel and Mike’s advice for other couples:  “Determine what is important to you and then cut out the rest.  You probably won’t remember how much effort you spent on details that don’t matter to you or don’t reflect your personality.”  

Rachel & Michael Real Vermont Wedding | Woodstock Vermont | Vermont Bride Magazine

Rachel & Michael Real Vermont Wedding | Woodstock Vermont | Vermont Bride Magazine

Rachel & Michael Real Vermont Wedding | Woodstock Vermont | Vermont Bride Magazine

featured professionalsVENUE, CATERING, CAKE, ACCOMMODATIONS, HAIR STYLIST, AND SPA SERVICES: The Woodstock InnPHOTOGRAPHER: AMW StudiosFLORIST: Ellen Snyder Floral DesignCEREMONY: Our Lady of the Snows | DJ: Nick Karpovich of Conway EntertainmentWEDDING GOWN & ALTERATIONS: Anna MaierREHEARSAL DINNER: The Prince and the Pauper | STATIONERY: Kate Zaremba CompanyWEDDING REGISTRY: Simon Pearce, Tiffany & Co., Neiman Marcus

Courtney & John Real Vermont Wedding | Jackson Gore Inn | Okemo Mountain | Vermont Bride Magazine

With the help of a close friend in the jewelry business, John picked out a gorgeous Art Deco ring and even managed to sneak down to Courtney’s parents home in Rutland to ask for their blessing. The following weekend John moved in with Courtney, and surprised her with “one more box” to unpack-which was the ring! Both John and Courtney are native Vermonters so they knew their wedding had to be in Vermont. After looking at several locations they both fell in love with the Jackson Gore Inn. There was gorgeous views of the mountains, plenty of natural light, and the wedding coordinators made sure that everything was perfect.

Courtney is an avid skier so hosting the wedding at a ski resort made her feel right at home. John also appreciated the venues golf course and that there were many activities for their guest to enjoy while they were there. Courtney’s mother hand made the centerpieces out of vintage plates, teacups, and candlesticks. They were so beautiful that John and Courtney gave them away to guests, although it was hard to part with them! Another of the bride’s favorite details were the small sentimental touches in her gown/accessories.  Her “something blue” was a blue flower appliqué taken from her Mother’s wedding gown, and sewn into the inside of hers.  She wore a necklace that was made from her maternal Grandmother’s ring, and her “something old” was a handkerchief sewn by her paternal Great-Great-Great Aunt.

Courtney & John Real Vermont Wedding | Jackson Gore Inn | Okemo Mountain | Vermont Bride Magazine

Courtney & John Real Vermont Wedding | Jackson Gore Inn | Okemo Mountain | Vermont Bride Magazine

Courtney & John Real Vermont Wedding | Jackson Gore Inn | Okemo Mountain | Vermont Bride Magazine

 

The groom had several favorite details including the cigar bar which featured vintage tins and decorations also made by the mother of the bride. Both of their mothers have Italian heritage, so we wanted to honor that by stocking the dessert bar full of our families’ traditional Italian desserts such as Jordan Almonds, Torrone, and Anginetti (Gennettes). Both John and Courtney are very family oriented. Both chose their siblings to serve as our Maids of Honor and Best Men.  They were both fortunate to have their Grandmothers in attendance as well.  Their ceremony was held in Courtney’s childhood church, and the processional and recessional music were the same songs that her parents walked down the aisle to 40 years ago.

A few of their favorite moments from the day;

  • A hilariously heartfelt and choreographed performance for the Maids of Honor speech. 
  • When they “stole away” to the upper floor of the round room and took a moment to enjoy each other and to watch all the guests rocking out on the dance floor.
  • Dodging raindrops while trying to get some great outdoor photos.
  • Serendipitously, the evening before the wedding, they were treated to a concert by the Vermont Symphony Orchestra and a huge fireworks display.  

 

Courtney & John Real Vermont Wedding | Jackson Gore Inn | Okemo Mountain | Vermont Bride Magazine

Courtney & John Real Vermont Wedding | Jackson Gore Inn | Okemo Mountain | Vermont Bride Magazine

Courtney & John Real Vermont Wedding | Jackson Gore Inn | Okemo Mountain | Vermont Bride Magazine

John and Courtney’s advice for other couples; “Try to relax and enjoy the process….it can be a very stressful, but also an extremely enjoyable fun experience.  Your wedding day will be a complete whirlwind, but you will find that most of the things you worried about, turn out just perfectly.  All that really matters is that your family and friends are there to surround you with love.”

featured professionals |  VENUE, CATERING, & ACCOMMODATIONS: The Roundhouse at the Jackson Gore Inn | PHOTOGRAPHER: Lili Boxer | FLORIST: Bloomers Garden Flowers | CEREMONY: Trinity Episcopal Church | MUSICIAN/DJ & PHOTO BOOTH RENTAL: Music that Moves You | CAKE: Michelle’s Sweet Creations | WEDDING GOWN: Stella York | FORMAL WEAR: Men’s Warehouse | HAIR & MAKEUP: Five Elements Salon & Day Spa | REHEARSAL DINNER: Table 24 | WEDDING OFFICIANT: Rev. Liam Muller | ENGAGEMENT RING AND GROOM’S WEDDING BAND:  Tick Tock Jewelers | BRIDE’S WEDDING BAND: Lang Antiques

Erica & James Real Wedding in Stowe | Vermont Bride Magazine

Stowe is one of those quintessential Vermont towns where the streets are lined with cute shops and adorable houses, the snow-capped mountains tower in the distance, and everyone you pass waves hello. It's not wonder that it is a favorite destination for weddings. You don't have to look far for inspiration in the natural beauty and local artisans, and you can throw a stone and hit an amazing Resort, Inn, or B & B to host your "I do's". This is one of those simply lovely Stowe weddings where everything looks effortless and carefree. Where the decor perfectly matches the seasonal flowers in a nearby field, blooming, and the bride and groom can't resist a dip in the pool (with their gown and suit on!).

Erica & James Real Wedding in Stowe | Vermont Bride Magazine

Erica & James Real Wedding in Stowe | Vermont Bride Magazine

BridgetDaniel Main

Big Tupper Ski Lodge is, according to their website, a "basic, no frills, affordable ski/snowboarding experience for individuals and families."  However, "basic" and "no frills" couldn't be FURTHER from the truth when it came to Bridget and Daniel's wedding day. They completely transformed the bare-bones lodge into a beautiful reception filled with lights hanging on tree branches, glowing lanterns, and simple rustic elegance. Almost everything was done by family members, friends, and other people who helped pull things together. The inspiration for the wedding came from Bridget's idea of "Burlap and Birch" but her mother (who recently started her own wedding event design business) is the true artist and knew that they could pull together a beautiful wedding that was on a budget.

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