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!
Sarah and Todd’s relationship has been centered around the outdoors- their first date was a hike up Rattlesnake Mountain in New Hampshire. The proposal happened on top of another mountain, Flume Mountain, the 32nd hike of the couple’s plan of hiking the 48 peaks over 4,000 feet in New Hampshire. At the summit, Todd found a rocky outlook that was private and while sitting side by side he opened the ring box to only have the ring fall out! Thankfully he was able to catch it between his legs, but was then afraid to move for fear that the ring would fall down the rocky slope. Sarah had to get down on her knee to fish the ring out from between Todd’s legs, and while it was scary at the time, it makes for a good proposal story now!
Sarah and Todd’s first venue cancelled on them five months before the wedding. They began frantically searching for a new location and through word of mouth found Sheady Acres. After Sarah checked out their website and called to arrange a visit, the couple decided it was the perfect place. They were excited to utilize the five on-site cottages for their families to stay in, and the gorgeous barn was exactly what they were looking for. It turned out to be much better than their original venue was going to be. The icing on the cake was that Sheady Acres donates a portion of their profits to a local animal shelter.
Staying in the nature and outdoorsy theme that fits the couple so well, they chose a green and white color palette. They incorporated the outdoors in the details as much as possible. Sarah wore a hair comb with a bird on it, and the bridesmaids all wore floral patterned dresses. The tables were named after the mountains the couple have hiked, complete with a photo of Sarah and Todd on that mountain. Todd’s ring was specially designed to feature an etching of the mountain range they got engaged on. The centerpieces included a ceramic bird and the escort cards were embellished with an animal and placed on a pinecone. They also used all compostable and recycled plates, cups, and silverware.
One of the couple’s favorite moments of their wedding is the unity blueberry bush that was a part of their ceremony. Instead of a traditional unity candle, the couple chose to place soil from their parent’s homes into a potted blueberry bush, which is not planted in the yard of their home as a symbol of the promise they made to grow together. Sarah also loved her bouquet which was made up of mostly vegetables and herbs. The center was an artichoke surrounded by kale, dill, allium, poppies, and zinnias. The bouquet was also created by her mother and combined Sarah’s love of green and unique details.
It rained heavily the entire morning of their wedding day and they finally had to decide to move the ceremony into the barn. They had finished arranging the tables to make room when suddenly the rain stopped. With fifteen minutes to go before the start of the ceremony they decided to have it outside after all and made a mad dash to get it all organized. Many guests stood since there was not time to arrange enough chairs, but in the end it made for a more intimate setting. The rain held off so that their guests were able to have the cocktail hour and play lawn games outside before it started raining again right as dinner was served.
Other favorite parts of their celebration included not hearing their personally written vows until the ceremony, and having their friends and family so close since they were able to stay in the cottages on the property. It allowed them to spend time with everyone before, during, and after the wedding which was very meaningful to them.
Sarah and Todd’s advice for other couples planning a wedding is: “I would say, be true to yourself and do not include details because of tradition or because of what someone else wants you to do. Our original venue was going to make us compromise much of what we had envisioned for our day, but once we found Sheady Acres we were able to truly make the day, and the entire weekend, what we wanted it to be. Also, get a videographer!! I cannot express enough how much more of the day was captured in the video we have as compared to the photos. I love them the photos, but the video is so amazing because I am able to see so many of the details of the day that I missed.”
featured professionals | VENUE: Shéady Acres | PHOTOGRAPHER: Jessie Dineen Photography | CATERER: The Lazy Farmer | FLORIST: Flowers by Olga, Arrangements by Bride’s Mother | ACCOMMODATIONS: Jay Peak Resort | DJ: Bride’s nephew | WHOOPIE PIES: Bride’s Mother | WEDDING GOWN: Andrea’s Bridal | ALTERATIONS: Material Instinques | FORMAL WEAR: Shirts: L.L. Bean, Ties: The Tie Bar, Pants: American Eagle, Jacket: Macy’s | HAIR & MAKEUP: Alexis Hart-Allen | VIDEOGRAPHER: Bride’s Stepmother | TRANSPORTATION: Jay Peak Resort Shuttle Service | FAVORS: Ben’s Maple Syrup | INVITATIONS: Paperless Post | DECORATIVE FLAGS: Bride's Mother | GROOM'S RING: Michelle Lenae Jewelry | BRIDE'S RINGS: Day's Jewelers | BRIDE’S FOOTWEAR: Kate Spade Keds
Shannon and Allen first connected on Tinder and within a few days had their first date. The connection was immediate and they knew the relationship was something special. A couple of years later, while on vacation with Shannon’s family, Allen surprised Shannon with a proposal by the water. His teary eyes and nervous behavior told her that something was about to happen, but it was still a shock when he got down on his knee with a ring. They celebrated with champagne and dinner with Shannon’s family- the perfect ending to a whirlwind of a night.
Shannon grew up in Vermont and Allen in Maine, so they couple have a love of the slower pace in the north country. They live in the Boston area and knew that it would be a lovely escape from the city to hold their wedding in the green mountains. Shannon always knew she wanted to get married in Vermont because of it’s beauty and the special place it holds in her heart. They had actually started looking at venues before their engagement and toured Stratton while in Vermont for Christmas. They immediately fell in love with everything it had to offer- from lodging to an on site chapel, so that everything could be held in one location. They knew their guests could enjoy an entire summer weekend in Vermont with so much to see and do there.
Shannon loved to flip through Vermont Bride magazine for inspiration and loved that she could see so many different styles of weddings. They settled on a “Rustic Chic” theme with tan, soft pink, sage green, and burlap for their color palette and decor. Some of their favorite moments were the first look before their ceremony with just the two of them, and the fire and cocktail party they held on the Friday before the wedding. There was so much love, laughter and fun and everything came together above and beyond what they had imagined.
Shannon and Allen’s advice for other couples planning a wedding is: “If you’re on the fence with a first look…do it! It is such a special moment for just the bride and groom and having that captured on camera is something we are so happy that we have. We look at those pictures and talk about that moment almost every day. As a bride, the wedding day can be nerve wracking but every nervous butterfly I had went away once I saw Allen, it’s an indescribable feeling. Enjoy every second of the process from the engagement to planning to the big day because it truly does go by so fast. Wedding planning can be very overwhelming and stressful and it can cause the whole process to be more of a job than fun, when it gets stressful, take a step back, realize what all of it is for and know that in the end it will all be worth it and it does not need to be as stressful as it seems because everything will be perfect in the end.”
featured professionals | VENUE, ACCOMMODATIONS, CATERING, AND TRANSPORTATION: Stratton Mountain Resort | PHOTOGRAPHER: Celia Kelly Photography | FLORIST: Nancy Bishop Floral Design | DJ: Peak Entertainment | CUPCAKES: Crazy Russian Girl Bakery | WEDDING GOWN: Lily Saratoga | ALTERATIONS: Will Fit You In | FORMAL WEAR: Men’s Warehouse | HAIR STYLIST: Stella’s Salon + | MAKEUP ARTIST: Stacy Hunter | REHEARSAL DINNER: Garlic John’s | FAVORS: Hobson’s Choice | INVITATIONS: Minted
Casey and Heather met when they were both living in New York City. After they started dating, they decided to move to Vermont together and Heather landed a great job there right away. Casey needed to finish her school year teaching middle school Science in New York, so Heather moved to Vermont and lived with Casey’s parents. They were apart for three months while Casey was finishing teaching. During the time they were apart, Heather bought a ring and started planning a surprise proposal for when she returned to New York City to help Casey pack. When Heather got to the airport she got right in a cab to rush to their apartment to meet Casey and propose. It felt like the longest cab ride ever because she was so nervous and they had been apart for so long. When Heather got there, she went up to the apartment, knocked on the door and got down on one knee with the ring out for when Casey opened the door. As soon as Casey opened the door, Heather told Casey how much she loved her and asked her to marry her. Casey was so surprised she responded “Is this for real?” before ultimately saying “yes.” It was perfect!
It was important to Casey and Heather that they had a wedding where all of their guests felt relaxed and had the best time ever, without having to follow a strict wedding schedule. They also wanted an outdoor option, with an inside back-up space if the weather was less than ideal. The Intervale Barn had all of what they were looking for plus more, with a pond and plenty of space for an outdoor bar, food truck, lawn games. The barn also had a state of the art sound system and the tables and chairs were included. They had amazing BBQ from Smokin’ Butts BBQ, great beverages from TRU Spirits and they had to include Heady Topper and Focal Banger by the Alchemist Brewery where Casey works as a brewer.
Some of their favorite moments from the celebration were their first dance to “The Rose” by Bette Midler, which Heather sang quietly to Casey as they danced. Heather’s family from Indiana was able to come and she enjoyed spending time with them before the wedding, catching up and making them dinner at her and Casey’s house. Casey was also thrilled her entire family was able to attend - it made for a joyous occasion.
Casey and Heather’s advice for other couples planning their wedding is: “Some of the best advice I can give, is advice that was passed down to us by some of our friends and family. Just enjoy the moments as they come. It is easy to get bogged down with planning and details and trying to make everything perfect. Perfect is in the eye of the beholder. The point of the day is to celebrate your love for each other in the company of friends and family. So long as that happens, it is perfect. Take time throughout the wedding to pause and remember the moments as they come. Don’t let the day fly by without enjoying each moment. We are glad we took this advice because now we will have these cherished moments in our minds for years and years to come.”
featured professionals | VENUE: Intervale Barn | PHOTOGRAPHER: Timothy Estey Photography | CATERER: Smokin’ Butts BBQ | FLORIST: Stray Cat Flowers | DJ: Robert Hendrix | CUPCAKES: Sugar Bean Treats | WEDDING GOWNS: Casey’s Dress: J. Crew and Heather’s Dress: Touma’s Bridal | ALTERATIONS: The Tailor Shop | HAIR & MAKEUP: Studio Bellezza | VIDEOGRAPHER: Zoila Turcios | REHEARSAL DINNER: Halvorson’s Upstreet Café| TENT RENTALS: Vermont Tent Company | BAR RENTAL: TRU Spirits | WEDDING OFFICIANT: Heather McCoy | JEWELRY: Alchemy Jewelry
On Carie’s first day at her new job in Newark, New Jersey, Mike promised to show her the beautiful parts of the state. He chose to first take her kayaking in Sea Bright and the pair started dating soon after. Carie is originally from Vermont and it was on a trip back there for Thanksgiving that the couple were planning on an overnight stay at the Red Clover Inn on their way to Saint Albans. Mike had originally planned on proposing that night, then sharing their big news over the holiday, but a snowstorm derailed his plans and they had to drive straight to Saint Albans without stopping. With a new reservation for the night after Thanksgiving, Mike proposed while they were enjoying the hot tub under the stars. Then they promptly celebrated by jumping out of the hot tub and making snow angels in the fresh snow!
Both Carie and Mike have high stress jobs yet always feel an immediate sense of calm, freshness, and serenity when they cross over the border into Vermont. Perhaps they were also swayed by the pictures of beautiful, rustic, chic barn weddings in Vermont Bride magazine, which confirmed to them that they must have their wedding in the Green Mountain state. The Red Clover Inn had sentimental value to Carie and Mike, plus the Inn features a quant, red barn, and a superb restaurant and awesome staff, making it the perfect choice for the reception.
Carie chose lavender as the theme for the wedding, as it has mind, body, and spiritual benefits in addition to a pleasant aroma and a pretty purple flower. There were shades of purple in the decor, hand drawn lavender on the invitations, and a lavender infused frosting on the cake. Since lavender promotes calmness and tranquility it was perfect for a laid back atmosphere during the entire celebration. Carie and Mike wanted a smaller wedding for a more intimate setting. Their friends and family mostly stayed at the Inn and were able to celebrate for an entire weekend of events.
Carie and Mike’s advice for other couples planning a wedding is: “Plan the wedding that is in your heart and not the wedding you think others expect of you. Relax and enjoy the day. What really matters is that you are marrying “the one” and the people most important to you are there to celebrate with you. What more could you ask for?”
featured professionals | VENUE, CATERER, ACCOMMODATIONS, WEDDING PLANNER, REHEARSAL DINNER: Red Clover Inn & Restaurant | PHOTOGRAPHER: Colette Kulig Photography | FLORIST: Pittsfield Garden Center | DJ: Wedding DJ VT | CAKE: Sweet Surrender Bakery | WEDDING GOWN: Nicole Miller | ALTERATIONS: Nazli’s Tairloring | FORMAL WEAR: Men’s Wearhouse | HAIR & MAKEUP: Shear Heaven Salon | EVENT RENTALS: Celebration Rentals | INVITATIONS: Theresa Louise Larivee | WEDDING OFFICIANT: Richard “Rev Rich” Manfre; Cousin to the groom | JEWELRY: Macy’s
It was at a Halloween party Angela had in grad school where her and Mica first chanced to meet. She was dressed as Mother Nature and he was a lumberjack - talk about “opposites attract”! After grad school the couple moved to Pennsylvania where Mica accepted a teaching job at a college. They still came back to visit their friends in New Hampshire often and decided to spend New Years at the seacoast there. On New Year’s Eve day Micah took Angela to the beach, the location of their very first date and many dates since. Despite the cold they walked along the beach for a while and right before heading back Mica shocked her by getting down on one knee with a ring in his hand. Even more of a surprise, Mica had arranged for a photographer to capture the entire proposal, and did not reveal his secret to Angela until the eve of their wedding where he presented the photos to her as a wedding gift.
Angela grew up in Rutland, Vermont and Mica is from New Hampshire so they both love New England and knew they wanted to have their wedding there. Angela had grown up near the Mountain Top Inn and they had attended a friend’s wedding there, so she knew it had everything on her wish list. The location is stunning and it has the perfect blend of rustic and elegant. Because of this, Angela and Mica did not feel that they had to do much else in terms of decorating. They played off of the natural environment with neutral colors of white, gray, and green. They used wooden flower boxes, geometric lanterns, and candles to keep things simple and intimate.
Ben and Jerry’s ice cream has been a way the couple has celebrated milestones throughout their relationship so they knew serving their guests some of their favorite flavors was a must! They also wanted to include their beloved Bernese Mountain Dog, Jengo, and were thrilled that he could stay at the resort with them and be there for the ceremony.
Angela and Mica’s advice to other couples planning their wedding is: “Don’t get caught up in the little details. You know what you like and what you don’t. Just go with your first instinct. We planned our dream wedding in six short months and much of that was possible because we didn’t stress over the tiny details. The more sure you are of what you want and how you want the day to go, the less likely you are to be influenced by everyone else who has an opinion. We also found a venue that made planning our wedding incredibly easy, meaning that on the day of the wedding, we weren’t running around tending to last minute decisions and we could really enjoy the entire experience. Most importantly, remember that the only thing that really matters is that at the end of your wedding day, you are husband and wife. And that is the best feeling in the world!”
featured professionals | VENUE, CATERING, ACCOMMODATIONS, HAIR STYLIST, MAKEUP ARTIST, REHEARSAL DINNER: Mountain Top Inn & Resort | PHOTOGRAPHER: Colette Kulig Photography | FLORIST: Central Market Florist | ICE CREAM CATERING: Ben & Jerry's | CAKE: Sweet Lovin’ Creations by Debbie | WEDDING GOWN: Fiori Bridal Boutique | ALTERATIONS: Make It Sew | FORMAL WEAR: Men's Wearhouse | JEWELRY: Littman Jewelers | DJ: Starlite Entertainment | INVITATIONS: Minted | OFFICIANT: Jane Moscatiello
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
Meaghan and Jerry grew up together-graduating from the same high school- but did not start dating until their Junior year of college. Jerry attended Norwich University and Meaghan went to Saint Michael’s College. The couple spent a lot of time exploring Burlington and so it was only fitting that the Queen City was where Jerry proposed to Meaghan, during a surprise weekend getaway.
Even though Meaghan had moved to Massachusetts, and Jerry was stationed at Fort Sill, the couple knew that Vermont was where they had to have their wedding. Once they visited the Inn at the Round Barn Farm they fell in love with the picture perfect barn and scenery. Not the mention the delicious food!
Meaghan and Jerry’s advice to other couples planning a wedding is: “Don’t sweat the small stuff. I unexpectedly started a new job two months before our wedding and with that didn’t have time to finish some of the smaller things. At the end of the day those little details didn’t effect the day. Also, don’t let vendors and venues convince you to spend excess money on minor details that your guest won't even notice.”
featured vendors: VENUE, CATERING, ACCOMMODATIONS, REHEARSAL DINNER: The Inn at the Round Barn Farm | PHOTOGRAPHER: Eric Foley Photography | FLORIST: Mauli McDonald - Art of Nature | CEREMONY: Saint Andrew Church | OTHER ACCOMMODATIONS: Mad River Barn, Sugarbush Inn | DJ & PHOTO BOOTH: Crown Entertainment | CAKE: Sweet Simone’s | WEDDING GOWN: Judd Waddell | ALTERATIONS: Allegria Bridal | FORMAL WEAR: Jos A. Banks | HAIR & MAKEUP: Stoweflake Mountain Resort and Spa | VIDEOGRAPHER: Sean McLaughlin | AFTER PARTY: Mad River Barn | TRANSPORTATION: Classic Limo Service, First Student, and Sutton Luxury Limousine | FAVORS: Koozies, Etsy | INVITATIONS: The Paper Store | WEDDING PLANNER: Amy Piper, Signature Events | WEDDING OFFICIANT: Rev. James Laughlin | JEWELRY: Descenza Diamonds | BEER ON DRAFT: Switchback
Rebecca and Peter met on a cold and drizzly September day on a geological field trip in western Vermont. Despite the miserable weather, the two hit it off and eventually started dating. They decided to have their wedding in Vermont because they were excited to share how exceptional the state is for everything from the people, to the scenery, to the food. Surrounded by their families and best friends, it was the perfect evening of great food, beer, and company - everything they love in life.
One of their favorite moments of the evening was their impromptu performance with their band of the song “Lawyers, Guns, and Money” by Warren Zevon. They had asked the band to learn the song since it was one of their favorites, but little did they know they would be the ones singing it! With all of their guests singing along with them it is a special moment they will always remember.
Rebecca and Peter’s advice for other couples planning their wedding is: “Take a deep breath… It will all work out and be great! You will hire people that do this for a living and will help take care of all of the details you are probably stressing over.”
featured professionals | VENUE, CATERING & ACCOMMODATIONS: THE INN AT ROUND BARN FARM | PHOTOGRAPHER: HOPSKOCH PHOTOGRAPHY | FLORIST: VILLAGE GREEN FLORIST WEDDINGS & EVENTS | ACCOMMODATIONS: MAD RIVER BARN, BUFFALO BILL'S RETREAT | BAND: THE PRENUPS | CAKE: SWEET SIMONE'S | HAIR STYLIST: LUSH SALON | MAKEUP ARTIST: MIRROR MIRROR | REHEARSAL DINNER: MAD RIVER BARN | TRANSPORTATION: FIRST STUDENT CHARTER BUS RENTAL | INVITATIONS: KATIE & CO. | WEDDING OFFICIANT: ANDY O’BRIEN
Elizabeth and Dylan’s relationship evolved from friendship to something more during their time at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York. On their eighth anniversary they planned a hiking trip in New Hampshire but what Elizabeth thought would be a day trip was really a romantic weekend getaway in a log cabin that Dylan had planned. On the first evening while sitting by a waterfall at sunset, Dylan proposed!
Elizabeth grew up in Vermont and always envisions having her wedding there someday. The couple wanted a vanue that was both indoors and outdoors, with a beautiful view. The Skinner Barn had everything on their checklist, and more. While the day of their wedding seems like a blur of amazing events, the feeling of love and support from their friends and family is what stands out to them most. An indescribable feeling of joy to accompany a surreal weekend of celebrating their relationship and marriage.
Elizabeth and Dylan have this advice for other couples: “All the details are fun (and sometimes stressful) to plan but remember what it’s all about. No matter what the details look like, it will be the most amazing day, celebrating you and your partner with so much love from family and friends. One thing we did is we took a moment to ourselves right after the ceremony, we walked down the aisle and went straight to the side of the barn, where they had set up a glass or champagne for us and we just had a few minutes to reflect and be alone, it was one of the most memorable moments of our wedding. So even if it’s only a few minutes, take it, spend a few minutes alone with your new husband/wife.”
featured professional | VENUE: THE SKINNER BARN | PHOTOGRAPHER: JAMY BEECHER PHOTOGRAPHY | CATERER: CATERING BY DALE | BOUQUETS AND BOUTONNIERES: MAD RIVER GARDEN CENTER | DJ: DJ LUIS CALDERIN | CAKE: MIX CUPCAKERIE | WEDDING GOWN: MAGGIE SOTTERO | GOWN BOUTIQUE: CAMILLA’S BRIDAL | FORMAL WEAR: BANANA REPUBLIC | MAKEUP ARTIST: VIVIAN INFANTINO | HAIR STYLIST: KRISTEN JARVIS | REHEARSAL DINNER: MAD RIVER BARN | PHOTO BOOTH RENTAL: MICHAEL TALLMAN PHOTOGRAPHY | RENTALS: VERMONT TENT COMPANY | TRANSPORTATION: ALPINE TRANSIT | FAVORS: CARMAN BROOK FARM | INVITATIONS: RUSTIC PAPERS | WEDDING OFFICIANT: LINDSEY FARRELL