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
Erin had no idea that she would meet her future husband when she embarked on her Appalachian Trail thru-hike (hiking the entire trail from Maine to Georgia), but when she met Paul on a section of the trail in Sunfish Pond, New Jersey they swapped emails after eating lunch together. Paul had hiked from Georgia to Maine the year before and was working as a Ridge Runner on the trail. He met up with Erin for one of her final weeks of her hike and they had their first date. The Sunfish Pond section of the trail would later have even more significance as it is the spot where Erin proposed to Paul! She convinced him to go on an impromptu hike on their way to Vermont for Thanksgiving and surprised him with handmade wooden engagement rings.
Erin and Paul decided on Vermont for the location of their wedding because it fit the bill for the outdoor, mountain wedding they wanted. It also helped that Erin’s parent’s home was the perfect location to hold it. Included in their invitations were prayer flags, which they asked their guests to do something creative with and mail them back. The couple then took the flags and hung them in the trees at the site of their ceremony.
featured professionals | PHOTOGRAPHER: ARTSINFOTOS | TENT & EVENT RENTALS: CELEBRATION RENTALS | CATERER: WOODBELLY PIZZA | FLORIST: AMANDA’S GREENHOUSE | ACCOMMODATIONS: FAIRBANKS INN, THE COMFORT INN | MUSICIANS: KATIE TRAUTZ AND THE GREEN MOUNTAIN BOYS | HAIR & MAKEUP: WILLA’S BEAUTY SALON | FAVORS: CUSTOM ART (LINOLEUM BLOCK PRINTS CREATED BY THE GROOM), AND A BLUEBERRY MUFFIN | INVITATIONS: PETITE RUE | WEDDING OFFICIANT: JEREMY GABRIELSON, BROTHER OF THE BRIDE
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!
Feeling a connection to the Vermont landscape and people from their very first visit, Lisa and David chose it for their dream destination wedding. They knew they wanted a barn venue and after viewing a video on the Alerin Barn website, they decided to go check it out. It was love at first sight with the perfect outdoor space for the ceremony and a rustic, chic feel that Lisa was looking for. They went with a soft, romantic color palette of dusty shale, soft mint, blush, ivory, and gold—all colors that their wedding photographer knew would look wonderful in the photos as well. Lisa and David DIY’d a lot of the decor, such as the “LUEA” letters hanging in a door frame, centerpieces made of family photos, a suitcase that belonged to Lisa’s aunt became their card holder, and they had little colorful books from Black Ink for guests to write stories or well wishes in.
To read more about Lisa and David's love story and to see more photos from their wedding, be sure to pick up a copy of the Winter/Spring 2017 Vermont Bride Magazine at select retailers throughout New England, New York, and New Jersey, or purchase a copy on our website here!
featured professionals | VENUE: THE ALERIN BARN | PHOTOGRAPHER: J. HARPER PHOTOGRAPHY | CATERER: SWEET BASIL CAFE & CATERING | FLORAL DESIGN: ALL ABOUT FLOWERS | CAKE: BENTLEY'S BAKERY & CAFE | DJ: AVID ENTERTAINMENT | GOWN: SIMPLY VERA BY VERA WANG | ALTERATIONS: QUEEN DRESSMAKERS | FORMAL WEAR: INDOCHINO, H & M | HAIR AND MAKEUP: SHEAR SENSATIONS | JEWELRY: BLUE NILE, TIFFANY & CO., DESIGNED BY SERGIO | VIDEOGRAPHER: BRIAN DELABRUERE | FAVORS: CABOT MAPLE SYRUP | INVITATIONS: SALOMOM E. FRAUSTO, BROTHER OF BRIDE | REHEARSAL DINNER: SCREAMING BOAR SMOKEHOUSE | ACCOMMODATIONS: FAIRBANKS INN, COMFORT INN AND SUITES | TRANSPORTATION: BUTLER'S BUS SERVICE | OFFICIENT: GLENN COLLINS | SPA SERVICES: BLISS SPA, SHEAR SENSATIONS | REGISTRY: CRATE & BARREL, TARGET, MACY'S | VEIL: GILDED SHADOWS | GARTER, ROBES: ETSY
Vermont is a place that is very dear to both Finn and Lindsay. Finn grew up there and over the last several years it has become a second home to Lindsay. Plus you can’t beat the beautiful, natural backdrop! The couple wanted to share their favorite spot with Lindsay’s family and all of their friends. It was important that their guests could stay on property and have plenty to do together, since most would be coming from out of town. The Mountain Top Inn & Resort had all of the amenities, and the breathtaking vistas, that they were looking for. Their entire wedding weekend was held on site, from the rehearsal dinner down by the lake, to a Sunday farewell brunch. Their guests enjoyed horseback riding, playing tennis, walking the trails, and even skeet shooting. Not only is the Mountain Top Inn beautiful, but it is practically a “summer camp for adults,” as Lindsay puts it. From s’mores around the fire pit to sipping drinks by the pool—there was something for everyone.
To read more of Lindsay and Finn's love story and to see more photos from their wedding, check out the Winter/Spring 2017 issue of Vermont Bride Magazine, now available for purchase in select retailers throughout New England or on our website.
featured professionals | VENUE, CATERER, & ACCOMMODATIONS: MOUNTAIN TOP INN & RESORT | PHOTOGRAPHY: GARRENTEE PHOTOGRAPHY | HAIR STYLIST AND MAKEUP ARTIST: PAIGE CARRARA , THE SPA AT MOUNTAIN TOP INN & RESORT | FLORAL DESIGN: A SCHOOLHOUSE GARDEN | CAKES & CUPCAKES: IRENE'S CAKES BY DESIGN | RENTALS: LINEN SHOP | INVITATIONS: TEXTSTYLE DESIGN | MUSICIANS: EAST COAST SOUL | PHOTO BOOTH: TOP HAT | VIDEOGRAPHY: DAVE BIGLER | WEDDING GOWN: WATTERS | FORMAL WEAR: CALVIN KLEIN | OFFICIANT: FATHER OF THE GROOM
We have several gorgeous real weddings featured in our newest issue, the Winter/Spring 2017 issue of Vermont Bride Magazine. Over the course of the next two weeks we will be giving little sneak previews of each wedding, with additional photos to the ones that are featured in the magazine itself. Each one is unique and beautiful in it's own way, and Jessican and Chris' wedding is no exception to that, with its bright and airy details like blush pink table runners and pink and white bouquets.
Jessica and Chris are the opposite of fussy-they wanted a wedding that was simple, inclusive, and above all, authentic. They wanted their family and friends to feel how important they meant and how they each played a role on their journey that led to their union. Every detail that went into their wedding had a personal touch and held special significance to the couple. To read more about their love story and to see more photos from their wedding, pick up your copy of the Winter/Spring 2017 issue now! Available in retailers throughout New England or for sale on our website here.
featured professionals | PHOTOGRAPHER: BEN HUDSON PHOTOGRAPHY | VEIL: FIORI BRIDAL BOUTIQUE | VENUE: THE BARNS AT LANG FARM | FLORIST: STEPHANIE GUELDNER | CAKE: KATHY NILAN | CATERER: THE GREAT NORTHERN | RENTALS: VERMONT TENT COMPANY | GOWN: J. CREW | ALTERATIONS: LINDA'S SEW UNIQUE | HAIR & MAKEUP STYLIST: RACHAEL ROUTHEIR | FORMAL WEAR: J. CREW | JEWELRY: TICK TOCK JEWELERS | INVITATIONS: TALLY HO DESIGN | DJ: LUIS CALDERIN | FAVORS: BOYDEN VALLEY WINERY | ACCOMMODATIONS: HOMEWOOD SUITES | REHEARSAL DINNER: BLUEBIRD BBQ | OFFICIANT: REV. MICHAEL CASHMEN