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Rachel & Michael Real Vermont Wedding | Woodstock Vermont | Vermont Bride Magazine

Despite several attempts by their friends to set them up, Rachel and Mike only knew each other as acquaintances for a few years. Finally at a bar in Washington DC on Saint Patrick’s Day, Rachel’s favorite holiday, they agreed to date. It was another of Rachel’s favorites- this time a place- where Mike popped the question. Outside the Plaza in New York City, Mike convinced Rachel to take a walk to the fountains. Rachel was convinced he was just trying to keep her from her favorite bar, but seconds later he surprised her with a ring. All she remembers after that is the cheering and flashing of cameras from nearby tourists.

Rachel attended Law School in Vermont and her family frequently vacationed in Woodstock. Since they both wanted a location that would feel like a getaway for their guests and themselves, Woodstock was the perfect choice. They also loved that all of the festivities were accessible just a few steps away from the front door of the Woodstock Inn.

Once their guests arrived they were able to park their cards and forget about needing transportation for the rest of the weekend. The Woodstock Inn was a great gathering space so their guests could relax, catch up, and then go out to pursue fall activities in town. It was hard to leave the Inn without bumping into one of their guests, which is exactly the way Rachel and Mike wanted it.

Rachel & Michael Real Vermont Wedding | Woodstock Vermont | Vermont Bride Magazine

Rachel & Michael Real Vermont Wedding | Woodstock Vermont | Vermont Bride Magazine

Rachel & Michael Real Vermont Wedding | Woodstock Vermont | Vermont Bride Magazine

Rachel & Michael Real Vermont Wedding | Woodstock Vermont | Vermont Bride Magazine

Rachel & Michael Real Vermont Wedding | Woodstock Vermont | Vermont Bride Magazine

They had a color palette of navy, gold, blush, and silver. To incorporate silver into the table settings they used the bride’s family’s collection of silver. The light from the candles reflecting off of the silver all around the room created a beautiful, warm glow. They also represented Mike’s upbringing in New Hampshire and upstate New York by using a birch tree they cut down from his family’s property in New Hampshire. They used the birch tree for centerpieces, place cards, and candle holders. Mike even carved a design from their Save The Dates into the candle holders. Instead of having many smaller tables, Rachel wanted two large tables to have as many people sitting together as possible. Covered with blush colored tulle, there was one table representing the bride’s family and friends, and a second table representing the groom’s family and friends. 

Rachel and Mike worked together, making all of the planning decisions together, and trying to cut through all of the wedding clichés. Their families were also very involved with planning and executing the wedding. Rachel’s grandparents were unable to attend due to illness, but they took time out from their reception to FaceTime with them in Oklahoma. It ended up being the last time they would talk with her grandfather and they will always cherish being able to include them on their wedding day. 

Rachel & Michael Real Vermont Wedding | Woodstock Vermont | Vermont Bride Magazine

Rachel & Michael Real Vermont Wedding | Woodstock Vermont | Vermont Bride Magazine

Rachel & Michael Real Vermont Wedding | Woodstock Vermont | Vermont Bride Magazine

Rachel & Michael Real Vermont Wedding | Woodstock Vermont | Vermont Bride Magazine

Some of their other favorite moments from the weekend include being able to have a final toast with friends at Longtrail Brewery on Sunday, where they were able to sit around and chat about all the memorable moments of the weekend. Also, their friends Kathryn Zaremba, who was Broadway’s Annie Warlocks as a child, and her husband Jeremy Ney, a classically trained pianist, performed for their first dance as well as the Father/Daughter dance and the Mother/Son dance.

Rachel and Mike’s advice for other couples:  “Determine what is important to you and then cut out the rest.  You probably won’t remember how much effort you spent on details that don’t matter to you or don’t reflect your personality.”  

Rachel & Michael Real Vermont Wedding | Woodstock Vermont | Vermont Bride Magazine

Rachel & Michael Real Vermont Wedding | Woodstock Vermont | Vermont Bride Magazine

Rachel & Michael Real Vermont Wedding | Woodstock Vermont | Vermont Bride Magazine

featured professionalsVENUE, CATERING, CAKE, ACCOMMODATIONS, HAIR STYLIST, AND SPA SERVICES: The Woodstock InnPHOTOGRAPHER: AMW StudiosFLORIST: Ellen Snyder Floral DesignCEREMONY: Our Lady of the Snows | DJ: Nick Karpovich of Conway EntertainmentWEDDING GOWN & ALTERATIONS: Anna MaierREHEARSAL DINNER: The Prince and the Pauper | STATIONERY: Kate Zaremba CompanyWEDDING REGISTRY: Simon Pearce, Tiffany & Co., Neiman Marcus

Sarah & Michael | Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Stowe, Vermont | Vermont Bride Magazine

Sarah and Michael may have fallen in love in Florida, but when it came time to plan their wedding they wanted to have it in Sarah's home state-Vermont. After touring the Stowehof, in Stowe, they knew the cozy and welcoming feel of the inn was exactly what they were looking for. It also helped that it is surrounded by the beautiful mountains. Their wedding celebration was fun, cozy, and carefree - just like their personalities.

It was important to them both that they honored their families. The talit over the chuppah was from Mike's relatives and Sarah's hairpeice was originally worn by her great-grandmother when she was married. Their advice to other couples planning their wedding; "Take your time and follow your heart!"

Sarah & Michael | Real Vermont Wedding | Stowe, Vermont | Vermont Bride Magazine

Sarah & Michael | Real Vermont Wedding | Stowe, Vermont | Vermont Bride Magazine

Sarah & Michael | Real Vermont Wedding | Stowe, Vermont | Vermont Bride Magazine

Sarah & Michael | Real Vermont Wedding | Stowe, Vermont | Vermont Bride Magazine

Sarah & Michael | Real Vermont Wedding | Stowe, Vermont | Vermont Bride Magazine

Sarah & Michael | Real Vermont Wedding | Stowe, Vermont | Vermont Bride Magazine

Sarah & Michael | Real Vermont Wedding | Stowe, Vermont | Vermont Bride Magazine

Sarah & Michael | Real Vermont Wedding | Stowe, Vermont | Vermont Bride Magazine

Sarah & Michael | Real Vermont Wedding | Stowe, Vermont | Vermont Bride Magazine

Sarah & Michael | Real Vermont Wedding | Stowe, Vermont | Vermont Bride Magazine

Sarah & Michael | Real Vermont Wedding | Stowe, Vermont | Vermont Bride Magazine

Sarah & Michael | Real Vermont Wedding | Stowe, Vermont | Vermont Bride Magazine

Sarah & Michael | Real Vermont Wedding | Stowe, Vermont | Vermont Bride Magazine

Sarah & Michael | Real Vermont Wedding | Stowe, Vermont | Vermont Bride Magazine

Sarah & Michael | Real Vermont Wedding | Stowe, Vermont | Vermont Bride Magazine

Sarah & Michael | Real Vermont Wedding | Stowe, Vermont | Vermont Bride Magazine

Sarah & Michael | Real Vermont Wedding | Stowe, Vermont | Vermont Bride Magazine

featured professionalsPHOTOGRAPHER: Jesse Schloff Photography | VENUE, CATERING, ACCOMMODATIONS: Stowehof Inn and Resort | WEDDING COORDINATOR: Saunie Sirch | GOWN BOUTIQUE: Fiori Bridal Boutique | FORMALWEAR: Men's Wearhouse | HAIR STYLIST: Always Hair | DJ: Wedding DJ VT | INVITATIONS: Paperless Post | OFFICIANT: Rabbi Rim Meirowitz

 

 

Silver & Indigo Wedding Inspiration | Elegant Classy Wedding Inspiration | Vermont Bride Magazine

 

This gorgeous indigo and silver inspiration is one of our favorite features of the Summer/Fall 2016 issue of Vermont Bride magazine. Indigo is a deep and vibrant hue that has many variations in tone, from electric to tropical. Originating in India, it also has the distinction of being one of the world's first widely used dyes for fabrics and textiles. With such an exotic history, it is no surprise that indigo pairs well with lustrous and sparkly silver. The cool tones of silver cut through the depth of indigo for a balance and contrast that is elegant and regal.

To see more images from this gorgeous inspiration be sure to pick up your copy of the Summer/Fall issue! Available where magazines are sold, throughout New England, or on our site.

 

Silver & Indigo Wedding Inspiration | Elegant Classy Wedding Inspiration | Vermont Bride Magazine

Silver & Indigo Wedding Inspiration | Elegant Classy Wedding Inspiration | Vermont Bride Magazine

Silver & Indigo Wedding Inspiration | Elegant Classy Wedding Inspiration | Vermont Bride Magazine

Silver & Indigo Wedding Inspiration | Elegant Classy Wedding Inspiration | Vermont Bride Magazine

featured professionalsPHOTOGRAPHY: L'Estelle Photography | WEDDING COORDINATOR: D'Love Affair Weddings & Events | VENUE: Sunset Bay Yacht Groups | GOWN: Clara Couture Bridal | ACCESSORIES: Davie & Chiyo | JEWELRY: Romance In Silver | MAKEUP ARTIST: Elena TsangHAIRSTYLIST: Angela Liu, Dotcom Group | WEDDING DECOR: Universal Decor | FLORAL DESIGN: Orchidwood Floral DesignCAKE & DESSERTS: Hello Sunshine Cake Studio | STATIONARY DESIGN: Maurelle Calligraphy + Design | ENGAGEMENT RING: KIG Fine Jewelry & Custon Design | MODELS: Joleen Mitton, Phillip Dzhenganin

 

Kelly & Tom | Vermont National Country Club Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

Heavy rains threatened to make Tom and Kelly's wedding day a washout but luck was on their side. The sky opened and allowed them to take advantage of the beautiful grounds at the Vermont National Country Club. What would a wedding at the Vermont National Country Club be without a spin in a golf cart? There was even a picture-perfect sunset with gorgeous purple undertones to perfectly match the elegant purple and silver details of their celebration. We especially adore the embroidered set of ring pillows exclaiming, "His" and "Hers".

Kelly & Tom | Vermont National Country Club Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

Kelly & Tom | Vermont National Country Club Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

 

We recently had the pleasure of doing an inspiration photo-shoot at Jay Peak Resort in Jay, Vermont. It was early March, but there was still plenty of snow on the mountain to give us the wintery backdrop we were looking for. Spring skiing was in full swing but the breeze still said Winter to us! Our model, Sydney, was a great sport and braved the brisk air for the sake of fashion. She did get to wear a warm and cozy fur shawl (courtesy of Fiori Bridal Boutique, who also provided the gown) for some of the photos, though!