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Sabrina & Conor Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Rustic Round Barn Wedding | Destination Wedding in Vermont | Vermont Bride Magazine

Sabrina and Conor officially met at a typical White Mountain, backwoods bonfire, even though the two had grown up in the same town. The pair have lived all over New England, and finally settled in Burlington, Vermont, and immediately fell in love with the charm of Vermont. After becoming engaged, Sabrina used Vermont Bride's website to help her find information on local vendors to make her wedding vision a reality. They wanted all of their close family and friends to be able to stay at one location and enjoy an entire weekend together, and Sleepy Hollow Inn completely fit the bill for them.

To read more of Sabrina and Conor's love story, and to see more images from their wedding, get your copy of the Summer/Fall 2017 issue of Vermont Bride Magazine today! Look for it in select stores throughout New England, New York, New Jersey, or purchase it directly from our website.

Sabrina & Conor Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Rustic Round Barn Wedding | Destination Wedding in Vermont | Vermont Bride Magazine

Mary Alice & Brian Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Rustic Barn Wedding in Jericho Vermont | Vermont Bride Magazine

Mary Alice and Brian wanted their wedding to strongly reflect the Vermont culture that they love so much--local food, local beer, and a mountain backdrop. The Mansfield Barn was the perfect fit for the location and they quickly found many amazing local vendors to create the wedding of their dreams, including having a Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream station where their guests could make their own sundaes. Mary Alice and Brian are big ice cream fans and decided to forgo having a cake in favor of ice cream. They even had matching ice cream bowls with the words "Mrs." and "Mr." on them which they used to give each other their first bites of ice cream.

To read more of Mary Alice and Brian's love story and to see more photos from their wedding, pick up a copy of the newest issue of Vermont Bride Magazine, the Summer/Fall 2017 edition, available in stores throughout New England, New York, and New Jersey in June. Or purchase a copy directly from our website!

Mary Alice & Brian Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Rustic Barn Wedding in Jericho Vermont | Vermont Bride Magazine

Helen & Trevor Real Vermont Wedding | Rustic Barn Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

Helen and Trevor love the Mad River Valley in Vermont and everything it has to offer, so it was the perfect location for their wedding celebration. They wanted an intimate wedding weekend where their guests could stay and enjoy all of the festivities, which was exactly what the Lareau Farm Inn provided them. It was the perfect venue for the relaxed and positive vibe they were seeking for their outdoor wedding.

To read more of Helen and Trevor's love story and see more photos from their wedding, be sure to pick up your copy of the Summer/Fall 2017 issue of Vermont Bride magazine, available for preorder now!

Helen & Trevor Real Vermont Wedding | Rustic Barn Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

Eleanore & Michael Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Elegant, French Country Wedding in Vermont | Vermont Bride Magazine

Michael chose the perfect time to propose to Eleonore, right before they were about to head home to Vermont to celebrate Christmas with their families. Before they left California, where they were both doing residencies at Stanford, Michael gave Eleonore a beautiful Tiffany necklace as an early Christmas present. When she turned around after putting it on he was waiting with the ring. Even though they were living in California at the time, the couple knew they wanted to have their wedding in Vermont where they had both grown up and their relationship had begun.

To read more of Eleonore and Michael's love story and to see more photos from their wedding be sure to pick up your copy of the Summer/Fall 2017 issue of Vermont Bride magazine, now available for preorder here!

Eleanore & Michael Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Elegant, French Country Wedding in Vermont | Vermont Bride Magazine

Alyssa & Ryan Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Stratton Mountain Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

Alyssa and Ryan's wedding on the top of Stratton Mountain was enveloped in a majestic mist that added a bit of mystery and romance to the ceremony. It ended up being one of their favorite aspects of their day, along with the butterfly that few over thier head during the ceremony, and the amazing spread of cannoli and cupcakes at their reception. Their wedding is one of our featured Love Stories in the newest issue of Vermont Bride magazine, available now for pre-order on our site and in newsstands throughout New England in the middle of June!

Megan & Charlie Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Rustic Outdoor Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

Megan and Charlie met while attending college in Vermont and after a short stint in Mississippi, the couple returned to Vermont after becoming engaged. The Green Mountain State is where they saw themselves settling down, so it was the perfect place for them to celebrate their wedding. Here is what Megan told us about their special day

How and where did you meet? We met during college at Green Mountain.  We had a class together my first semester, and later became RAs at the same time in the fall semester of 2010.  We were scheduled for the same night of duty, and the rest is history!

What was the proposal like? We returned to Vermont after two years of living  in Mississippi.  That summer we took a two-day, one-night backpacking trip through the Presidential Range in the White Mountains (a trek Charlie had taken in high school with close friends).  The first day started with a summit of Mount Pierce, and ended at the Lakes of the Clouds Hut. The views were breathtaking, and weather wonderful. After dinner at the Hut, Charlie invited me to walk about and explore the lake with him. While taking a moment to sit down and enjoy the view on the granite and quartz rocks, Charlie asked me to marry him! I said yes! And then he pointed out the bird (later to be IDed as a blackpole warbler) that witnessed the whole thing and snapped a picture of it! With the clouds settling in thick, we carefully returned to the hut and enjoyed a bottle of Long Trail's Brush & Barrel Series Saison while we feveriously used identification guides to help us ID the bird. After breakfast we left an inscription in the Huts journal, snapped a quick picture and summited Mount Washington where we were able to get service to call our parents.  The day ended with a long trek back to civilization towards Mount Madison and down, just before exhaustion set in.

Michelle & Jared Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Rustic Elegant Barn Wedding The Round Barn | Vermont Bride Magazine

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 & Todd Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Outdoor Nature Inspired Wedding | Barn Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

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.”

Sarah & Todd Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Outdoor Nature Inspired Wedding | Barn Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

Sarah & Todd Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Outdoor Nature Inspired Wedding | Barn Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

Sarah & Todd Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Outdoor Nature Inspired Wedding | Barn Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

Sarah & Todd Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Outdoor Nature Inspired Wedding | Barn Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

Sarah & Todd Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Outdoor Nature Inspired Wedding | Barn Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

Sarah & Todd Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Outdoor Nature Inspired Wedding | Barn Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

Sarah & Todd Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Outdoor Nature Inspired Wedding | Barn Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

featured professionalsVENUE: Shéady Acres | PHOTOGRAPHER: Jessie Dineen PhotographyCATERER: The Lazy FarmerFLORIST: Flowers by Olga, Arrangements by Bride’s Mother | ACCOMMODATIONS: Jay Peak ResortDJ: Bride’s nephew | WHOOPIE PIES: Bride’s Mother | WEDDING GOWN: Andrea’s BridalALTERATIONS: Material Instinques | FORMAL WEAR: Shirts: L.L. Bean, Ties: The Tie Bar, Pants: American Eagle, Jacket: Macy’sHAIR & MAKEUP: Alexis Hart-AllenVIDEOGRAPHER: Bride’s Stepmother | TRANSPORTATION: Jay Peak Resort Shuttle ServiceFAVORS: Ben’s Maple SyrupINVITATIONS: Paperless PostDECORATIVE FLAGS: Bride's Mother | GROOM'S RING: Michelle Lenae Jewelry | BRIDE'S RINGS: Day's Jewelers | BRIDE’S FOOTWEAR: Kate Spade Keds

Shannon & Allen Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Stratton Mountain Vermont Wedding | Rustic Chic Burlap Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

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.”

Shannon & Allen Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Stratton Mountain Vermont Wedding | Rustic Chic Burlap Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

Shannon & Allen Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Stratton Mountain Vermont Wedding | Rustic Chic Burlap Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

Shannon & Allen Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Stratton Mountain Vermont Wedding | Rustic Chic Burlap Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

Shannon & Allen Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Stratton Mountain Vermont Wedding | Rustic Chic Burlap Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

Shannon & Allen Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Stratton Mountain Vermont Wedding | Rustic Chic Burlap Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

Shannon & Allen Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Stratton Mountain Vermont Wedding | Rustic Chic Burlap Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

featured professionalsVENUE, ACCOMMODATIONS, CATERING, AND TRANSPORTATION: Stratton Mountain ResortPHOTOGRAPHER: Celia Kelly PhotographyFLORIST: Nancy Bishop Floral DesignDJ: Peak EntertainmentCUPCAKES: Crazy Russian Girl BakeryWEDDING GOWN: Lily Saratoga | ALTERATIONS: Will Fit You InFORMAL WEAR: Men’s Warehouse | HAIR STYLIST: Stella’s Salon + | MAKEUP ARTIST: Stacy HunterREHEARSAL DINNER: Garlic John’sFAVORS: Hobson’s Choice | INVITATIONS: Minted

Casey & Heather Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Same Sex Marriage | Intervale Barn Burlington Vermont | Vermont Bride Magazine

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.”

Casey & Heather Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Same Sex Marriage | Intervale Barn Burlington Vermont | Vermont Bride Magazine

Casey & Heather Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Same Sex Marriage | Intervale Barn Burlington Vermont | Vermont Bride Magazine

Casey & Heather Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Same Sex Marriage | Intervale Barn Burlington Vermont | Vermont Bride Magazine

Casey & Heather Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Same Sex Marriage | Intervale Barn Burlington Vermont | Vermont Bride Magazine

Casey & Heather Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Same Sex Marriage | Intervale Barn Burlington Vermont | Vermont Bride Magazine

featured professionalsVENUE: 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 CaféTENT RENTALS: Vermont Tent Company | BAR RENTAL: TRU Spirits | WEDDING OFFICIANT: Heather McCoy | JEWELRY: Alchemy Jewelry