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
Kristin and Ian grew up not too far from each other - she in Massachusettes, and he in nearby Vermont - but it was at a bar in Boston that fate arranged for them to meet. After Kristin's friend literally pushed her to strike up a conversation with Ian (she really did nudge them together!), the rest was history. They both love to travel and the couple even lived in Nicaragua for a few months and have been back to visit several times since. But it was back in Vermont, while snowshowing on Ian's mother's property in Woodstock, that he proposed.
Kristin and Ian decided to hold their wedding at Ian's family's farm for the woodsy, rustic vibe they were looking for. Kristin even held a yoga class for friends and family in the upstairs of a barn on the morning of the wedding. The ceremony was held on a small hill overlooking the pond with a reception under a tent nearby. Wild flowers and mason jars adorned the tables and the couple gave out seeds as favors. Kristin's father is Armenian and her whole family joined him on the dance floor for a traditional Armenian dance called a "Baurd", and set the tone for the party for the rest of the night!
Diana and Warren were married on a beautiful summer day at Lareau Farm Inn, tucked away in the green mountains. The farm has plenty of rolling land, with a rustic Vermont barn and breathtaking views of the mountains as a backdrop. The path to the wooden chuppah was lined with mason jars filled with flowers and the guests sat on long wooden benches for the ceremony. Warren’s Dad officiated the ceremony, which was very intimate and family oriented. Afterwards, guests played croquet and corn hole during cocktail hour, and there was a fire pit for roasting marshmallows later on in the evening. Once the sky had darkened, Diana, Warren, and some of their guests lit off floating lanterns to end their incredible wedding celebration.
featured professionals | PHOTOGRAPHER: Photography by Mallory | MAKEUP ARTIST: Elizabeth England Studios |HAIR STYLIST: Jessica Murphy | VENUE: Lareau Farm Inn | FLORAL DESIGNER: Mother of the Groom | BAKERY: Sweet Simone’s | BAND: The Grift
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
Fall is both a welcome and dissapointing season in Vermont. It is a reminder of what is coming in a few short weeks, that summer is over and the snow is imminent. But you can't beat the colors of the fall leaves, the bountiful harvest of fruits and vegetables, crisp afternoons spent at the fair, and cozy evenings around bonfires with some apple cider. It is also a favorite time to have a wedding and we love these gorgeous and inspiring images from Ashley Largesse Photography. It is a fresh departure from the typical deep plums and burnt oranges you typically see for an autumn celebration. A crisp, clean white and brigher orange hues are the perfect contrast to muted honeyed wheat and the faded greens of succulents.
To see more images from this feature, and tons of other inspiring ideas and photos, be sure to check out the Vermont Bride LOOKBOOK issue 7! Check it out here.
featured professionals | WEDDING VENUE: Shelburne Farms | PHOTOGRAPHY: Ashley Largesse Photography | FLORAL DESIGN: Jayson Munn Design | MAKEUP: Jennifer Perellie Makeup | WEDDING GOWN: Celia Grace | SHOES: Bella Belle | JEWELRY: Edera Jewelry | VINTAGE RENTALS: Vermont Vintage Rentals | MODEL: Lindsay
Alex and Bekki discovered some interesting commonalities when they met at a bar in Haverhill, Massachusettes. Bekki is a high school ceramics teacher and Alex happens to enjoy ceramics as a hobby. They were also surprised to learn that Bekki’s apartment was located right next to Alex’s parent’s house. It was not long after their first meeting that they went out for their first date.
On a trip to Bekki’s family’s lake house in Maine, Alex surprised her with his grandmother’s engagement ring in a handmade birch box one early morning on the front porch as she was reading. They decided to have their wedding in Bekki’s home town of Lyme, New Hampshire and they knew the are would be beautiful in the fall. Being a teacher herself, Bekki liked the idea of getting married in an old school house and the Lyme Academy Building had a wonderful old charm- plus enough space to comfortably fit all of their guests. The nearby Dartmouth Skiway had a post and beam interior that they both loved, plus a beautiful overlook of the mountain from the large deck.
Their color palette of slate blue, orange, and cream was perfect for a fall harvest theme. They had gorgeous centerpieces of pumpkins, gourds, bittersweet, and vines. Bekki’s mother made table runners with sunflowers on them and Bekki created ceramic acorns for decorations that doubled as favors. They used names of New Hampshire mountains for the different tables. Their love of New England was apparent and their wedding perfectly blended into the fall landscape.
featured professionals | VENUE: The Dartmouth Skiway | PHOTOGRAPHER: Sarah Marie Studios | CATERER: Delicata Catering | FLORIST: Safflowers | CEREMONY: The Lyme Academy Building | ACCOMMODATIONS: The Lake Morey Inn | DJ: A Good Time DJ’s | WEDDING GOWN & FORMAL WEAR: Marry and Tux | ALTERATIONS: Hranush | HAIR & MAKEUP STYLIST: Anne Jenkins | REHEARSAL DINNER: The Norwich Inn | DANCE FLOOR & BAR SERVICE: Bloods Catering | TRANSPORTATION: North Country Auto Rental & Shuttle | WEDDING OFFICIANT: Dena Cutting
With so many rustic, barn Vermont weddings, it can be refreshing to see something a little different - like this contemporary, urban styled event in downtown Burlington. With a hip, modern feel and a bold cobalt blue and orange color palette, we think it fits right in with Burlington's artsy vibe. Marriam Khan, of Just Weddings and The Little Purple Cake Shippe, and Lindsey at Farmhouse Group Events, collaborated to create the vibrant, fun theme that took place at The Farmhouse Tap and Grill. To check out more photos from this feature, see the Vermont Bride Lookbook, volume 6!
The bold bright colors & textures of locally sourced flowers, in a clean contemporary metal container, paired with the angles and clean lines make a more masculine atmosphere. Use of metallic colors, like wire on the bout stems also gives it an urban and manly touch. Jamie of Letter10 Creative designed the invitation using 100% cotton paper with a modern lattice design inspired by the couple’s unity rings and customized to feature their initials. A bit of ribbon adds the perfect detail, and coordinated perfectly with the groom’s ties.
With all of the impromptu musical performances and entertainers that frequent downtown Burlington in the summer months, it's the perfect place for a casual reception with a little bit of something for everyone. Enjoy a stroll down the brick street, stopping at art galleries and taking in historical city hall and the church that gives the street it's name.
Mini, bite-sized cupcakes made of red velvet with a cream cheese frosting are tastefully decorated with custom cupcake wraps, hand cut to match the color theme and topped with the couple's initials. Matching cake pops are a fun and delicious favor and go perfectly with the menus and place setting. Both grooms are sporting bold and eye-catching ties from Beau Ties Ltd. The “Gerbera” pattern of the fabric is a soft woven silk. The bow tie is a standard prettied, and the necktie is a standard skinny.
featured vendors | PHOTOGRAPHER: North Photography | EVENT DESIGN & FLORAL DESIGN: Just Weddings ~ Just Beautiful Flowers | VENUE & CATERING: Farmhouse Tap & Grill Beer Garden | EVENT COORDINATION: Farmhouse Group Events | BAKERY: The Little Purple Cake Shoppe | RENTALS: Vermont Tent Company | STATIONERY: Letter10 Creative | TIES: Beau Ties Ltd.
You could not have asked for a more gorgeous day than the one Karla and Miles had for their wedding at The Hildene in Manchester, Vermont. The sky was the perfect shade of blue and the sun illuminated the stunning foliage in the gardens at The Hildene, making it seem like something out of a fairytale. With stunning mountain vistas, bluebird skies, and a garden bursting with colors, it was a beautiful day for a beautiful couple.
When we first laid eyes on this fresh and fancy-free inspiration photo shoot, styled by Sarah Jo Willey of Creative Muse Floral Design, we fell in love with it's easy-going, soft floraly look. The Boho Chic style craze has seen a resurgance as of late, and with it's nature inspired, effortless feel, we can totally see why. Free spirited, like the majestic horses featured in this shoot, a Boho Chic wedding features lots of soft, flowing dresses, bold and vibrant flowers, whimsical details, and a relaxed vibe.
The old saying, "Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue", still has a lot of meaning to modern-day brides. Fun and meaningful traditions such as these are at the heart of wedding history and give ample room for injecting your own personal spin on things. The color blue is a classic in wedding design and easily coordinates with a myriad of other colors. From elegent to bohemian, the options are endless when starting with blue as your foundation.