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Lauren & David Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Stratton Mountain Resort | Ski Resort Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

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!”

Lauren & David Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Stratton Mountain Resort | Ski Resort Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

Lauren & David Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Stratton Mountain Resort | Ski Resort Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

Lauren & David Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Stratton Mountain Resort | Ski Resort Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

Lauren & David Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Stratton Mountain Resort | Ski Resort Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

Lauren & David Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Stratton Mountain Resort | Ski Resort Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

Lauren & David Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Stratton Mountain Resort | Ski Resort Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

featured professionalsVENUE, CATERING, ACCOMMODATIONS: Stratton Mountain ClubPHOTOGRAPHER: Polis PhotographyFLORIST: Flowers By CaraCEREMONY: Chapel of the SnowsMUSICIAN: The Soul SensationsCAKE: Price Chopper, Decorated by Flowers By Cara | WEDDING GOWN & ALTERATIONS: Angela’s BridalFORMAL WEAR: Men’s WearhouseHAIR & MAKEUP: Day Spa at Stratton VillageVIDEOGRAPHER: The Cavallaro GroupREHEARSAL DINNER: The FiretowerFAVORS: Maple Cotton Candy from Lewis’ Sugarhouse, and Kettle Corn by John Butler | INVITATIONS: MintedWEDDING OFFICIANT: Justin Moore | JEWELRY: Barmakian Jewelers

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White Rocks Inn, Photo by Letter10 Creative

Probably one of the single most important decisions to make regarding your wedding, after the actual date, would be what venue to host it at. For those that have day-dreamed about their wedding day, and already started planning it pre-engagement, this may be an easy task - but for most it is a difficult decision. Often guest count and budget come into play when narrowing down the options, but also the type of venue is an important factor to consider. Vermont has many different styles of venues and locations to choose from and the number of choices can be overwhelming.

If you live in Vermont, starting with venues close by can be an obvious place to start. However, don't let distance discourage you from venturing out beyond your 'burb. Many venues offer on-site accommodations which can be well worth the cost as it eliminates the need for other expenses, such as transportation, and all of your guests can stay at the same place allowing the party to extend later into the night and the entire weekend. Plus you have the added benefit of discovering a new part of Vermont and avoiding having your wedding at the same venue as all of your friends.

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Echo Lake Aquarium, Photo by Rodeo & Co.

With so many venues to pick from, it can be hard to decide, but there are some basic factors that should go into your decision: