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The Hidden Gold in Vermont | Why Vermont Wedding Vendors Are The Best | Vermont Bride Magazine
photo by Ashley Largesse Photography

Everyone knows about the blazing reds, brilliant oranges, and yellows from their late September luminosity to their late October warmth, in our Vermont autumn. Everyone knows about the lush green of the Vermont mountains in summer, and the breathtaking billows of white in the Vermont winter. These are all great reasons to have a Vermont wedding, but I would like to suggest that the best reason of all to have a Vermont wedding is the hidden gold of the people of Vermont wedding industry. Not only do these Vermonters show a high level of excellence in their own area of expertise, but a cooperative spirit which I believe is unrivaled, and truly sets the stage for the very best day possible.

I’ve had numerous conversations over the years with wedding venders who have moved from out of state. They tend to progress along the same lines. The wedding industry in other states (I won’t be specific, but we’ve covered quite a few states in these conversations!) tends to operate more on a competitive level, with each person exclusively doing their own aspect of the job, with little or no consideration of how each person fits within the big picture. The focus is not so much on the totality of the day from the couples’ or families’ experience, but just on doing their thing and moving on to the next gig. On moving to Vermont, a whole new world opened up for these wedding venders – in getting to know the other folks around them who were working on the same weddings, they realized that everything is so much more enjoyable and works so much more smoothly when they know the other folks who are parts of the same overall picture of the day. 

The Hidden Gold in Vermont | Why Vermont Wedding Vendors Are The Best | Vermont Bride Magazine

Tourterelle French Wedding Venue in Vermont | Vermont Bride Magazine

Tourterelle is one of the sweetest spots for a wedding I know of. In addition to amazing views everywhere you look, there’s a comforting simplicity in everything about the place. 

From Christine’s ready and calm assistance to make sure everything is going smoothly for everyone, to the rustic Pavillion, housing receptions protected from the weather but with an outdoor feel, to the fountain in the small pond, with the family of ducks strolling by, it’s a place where you can feel at home.

Tourterelle French Wedding Venue in Vermont | Vermont Bride Magazine

 

Tourterelle French Wedding Venue in Vermont | Vermont Bride Magazine

Tourterelle is widely known for the excellence of their French Country Cuisine. Their culinary excellence has received much notice, both locally and beyond. Here’s a quote from “The Urban Spoon”:

"We travelled by motorcycle thru Vermont to tour the New England states of Maine, Mass. ,etc to New York City. We ate here the night the hurricane came in, and this was we believe the best meal of our trip. We have travelled extensively including two trips to Paris and also eat often at our favourite French restaurant, 'La petit France' in Toronto, Canada. We will return if we find ourselves within 500 miles of the place."

The Hampton Inn Burlington | Vermont Wedding Venue | Vermont Bride Magazine

If you are looking for a wedding venue that can offer you everything from a ballroom, to catering, to lodging - then you should definitely check out The Hampton Inn, in Burlington. Their wedding planner and onsite staff can cover all of the details to make your special day perfect. You can have your ceremony outside in their garden, then an elegant reception in their newly renovated Champlain Ballroom which can hold up to 275 guests. The staff at The Hampton Inn will take care of all the set-up, decorating, catering - they even do custom wedding cakes!

At The Hampton Inn there are also several smaller rooms perfect for a bridal shower or rehearsal dinner. Make your celebration stress free by blocking rooms for your friends and family to stay in after your wedding - they will even give them a group discount. This is the perfect solution for couples who are looking for a wedding weekend celebration. The day after your wedding you can have a brunch and hang out by the pool! Take the guess work out of planning your wedding and contact them today.

The Hampton Inn Burlington | Vermont Wedding Venue | Vermont Bride Magazine
Photos by Ashley Largesse Photography

The Mountain Top Inn & Resort | Vermont Bride Magazine

If you’re looking for the best that nature provides, together with excellent service and elegant detail, The Mountain Top Inn & Resort in Chittenden, Vermont, is a must see. From the main lodge, to the lakeside house, to the barn, the small chalets, and the Wedding Knoll, to the friendly staff, The Mountain Top Inn & Resort is one of my own personal favorite places to be and to play music.

As a wedding musician, I’ve seen and played at The Mountain Top Inn & Resort every year since 2008, have seen the inside and outside of virtually every building, worked with the staff, and heard the comments of numerous wedding couples and families. From large groups on the Wedding Knoll or in the beautifully rustic new barn, to intimate gatherings in one of the small chalets tucked away in the woods, to the lakeside pavilion, the 350 acres of natural beauty, combined with full amenities and welcoming staff, provides everything a wedding couple and their families could wish for. From my own perspective, the staff has always been friendly, clear, and creates an environment where I’m able to provide the best service that I can without distraction from technical details that can hamper the progress of the day.

Mountain Top Inn & Resort | Vermont Bride Magazine

 

Mountain Top Inn & Resort | Vermont Bride Magazine

Mountain Top Inn & Resort | Vermont Bride Magazine

November 21, 2017

Fall Inspiration

Fall is a gorgeous time of the year in Vermont, when the mountains get to show off their colors and the temperature cools enough for warm, knit sweaters and bonfires in the evening. Rich hues of red, orange, yellow, and brown are everywhere and the fruits from the labors of summer are harvested. It's no wonder that it is many of the locals' favorite season. Summer may have the distinction of being "wedding season", but there is something about a fall wedding in Vermont that conjurs cozy, romantic thoughts. Today, we put together some inspiring fall images to get you excited for the cooler weather.

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1. Beautiful Fall Bouquet of Sunflowers, Kale, Hypericum Berries, Solidago, Broomcorn and various Greens by Peck's Flower Shop.

2. How stunning would a fall reception be, overlooking the mountain foliage across the lake in The Pond Pavillion at The Equinox Resort & Spa?

3. Give the gift of Vermont with crisp, sweet apple favors at each place setting. Image via La Bottine Couture.

4. This maple leaf adorned cake is simple but makes a stunning statement, cake by Irene's Cakes by Design, image by Paul Reynolds Photography.

5. Choose a gown with a little more coverage for a chilly outdoor wedding, like this gorgeous design by Justin Alexander, available at Fiori Bridal Boutique.

6. A rustic display of homemade maple and apple donuts is sure to warm your guests and satisfy their appetites. Photo by Stoilov Studio.