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Amanda &  Ben Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Country Inn Wedding at the Lilac Inn | Cozy Vermont Wedding at a Country Inn | Vermont Bride Magazine

 

How and where did you meet? Benjamin and I met in Philadelphia at the, now closed 941 Theatre, on New Year’s Eve 2008. It was love at first sight. I thought he was so handsome! We were friends for a few years, then started dating long-distance in 2011, i was in Vermont and he was in Philadelphia, I eventually moved to Philadelphia by the end of that summer.

What was the proposal like? Benjamin proposed on Christmas morning in our living room in Philadelphia. It was just the two of us and it was so personal and romantic I still can’t believe how surprised I was. It was so special!

Amanda &  Ben Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Country Inn Wedding at the Lilac Inn | Cozy Vermont Wedding at a Country Inn | Vermont Bride Magazine

Elizabeth and Heather Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Same Sex Marriage | Intimate Bed and Breakfast Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

It seems fitting that Heather and Elizabeth first met while working at a bridal gown store - a fitting omen to their future. Another magical omen occured on the night Heather proposed to Elizabeth, at a Michael Buble concert. What started out as a bad experience with fraudulent tickets turned into the perfect proposal experience, with a cannon firing off red and white hearts exactly as Elizabeth said yes! The couple chose to have their destination wedding in Vermont since it was not legal for them to marry in their home state, and Elizabeth has always loved the East Coast.

The Readmore Inn had everything they were looking for in terms of accommodations and ambiance, and they chose the theme of "Books" to play along with the name of the Inn. Simple and family oriented, everyone stayed with them at the Inn and they enjoyed spending time with those closest to them every morning at breakfast. They shared a bridesmaid and Elizabeth had their florist create a ring corsage for her to carry instead of the traditional bouquet.

Some of their favorite moments from the celebration included;

  • How beautiful the Popolo was for their reception, including vases of flowers that the owner took upon himself to place on each table.
  • The most amazing carrot cake they hadd ever eaten - a naket carrot cake with salted caramel drizzled on top - made by the Popolo.
  • Being able to get dressed up the next day for a second photo shoot with Cricket Polis of Polis Photography, who offered to do that in place of her usual engagement photos since Elizabeth and Heather were from out of state.

Elizabeth and Heather's advice for other couples planning their wedding is; "Make it simple and make you and your partner the priority."

Elizabeth and Heather Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Same Sex Marriage | Intimate Bed and Breakfast Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

Elizabeth and Heather Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Same Sex Marriage | Intimate Bed and Breakfast Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

Elizabeth and Heather Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Same Sex Marriage | Intimate Bed and Breakfast Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

Elizabeth and Heather Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Same Sex Marriage | Intimate Bed and Breakfast Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

Elizabeth and Heather Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Same Sex Marriage | Intimate Bed and Breakfast Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

Elizabeth and Heather Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Same Sex Marriage | Intimate Bed and Breakfast Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

featured professionals | PHOTOGRAPHER: Polis Photography | VENUE & ACCOMMODATIONS: The Readmore Inn | CATERING & CAKE: The Popolo | MUSICIAN: Tim Veurink | WEDDING GOWN: Bridal Warehouse | WEDDING JUMPSUIT: David's Bridal | ALTERATIONS: Alter My Heart | FLORIST: Halladay's Flowers | JEWELRY: Fred Meyer Jewelers

 

Kristina & Alain Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Winter Elopement on Valentine's Day | Hotel Vermont Burlington | Vermont Bride Magazine

Kristina and Alain met on a balcony at a mutual friends party. When the crowd dissipated and they were the only two people left outside, Alain took the opportunity to kiss Kristina, and their love story began! One of their first getaways as a couple was to Burlington, Vermont - just a short drive from their hometown of Montreal. They immediately fell in love with the scenery, food, and amazing people in Burlington. When Kristina received an email from Hotel Vermont advertising their elopement package, she knew it was the perfect option for her and Alain.

Hotel Vermont took care of all the details for the elopement, so all Kristina and Alain had to do was hire a photographer. They chose a dark red and deep purple color palette- perfect for their Valentine’s Day wedding. Despite the chilly temperatures they opted for an outdoor ceremony, fireside, and took the opportunity to take photos on Church Street with all of the twinkling lights. They even braved the wind for photos on the lake at sunset. It might have been the coldest weekend of the year, but seeing the sunset on the lake ended up being one of their favorite moments of the day.

Krstina and Alain’s advice for other couples planning their big day: “Make sure you hire reputable vendors and do all of your planning ahead of time so you can relax and take in the day because even though we eloped it went so fast.  Remember nothing is ever ‘perfect’ and it’s the things that don’t go as planned that make it the most memorable.”

Kristina & Alain Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Winter Elopement on Valentine's Day | Hotel Vermont Burlington | Vermont Bride Magazine

Kristina & Alain Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Winter Elopement on Valentine's Day | Hotel Vermont Burlington | Vermont Bride Magazine

Kristina & Alain Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Winter Elopement on Valentine's Day | Hotel Vermont Burlington | Vermont Bride Magazine

Kristina & Alain Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Winter Elopement on Valentine's Day | Hotel Vermont Burlington | Vermont Bride Magazine

Kristina & Alain Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Winter Elopement on Valentine's Day | Hotel Vermont Burlington | Vermont Bride Magazine

Kristina & Alain Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Winter Elopement on Valentine's Day | Hotel Vermont Burlington | Vermont Bride Magazine

featured professionals | VENUE & ACCOMMODATIONS: HOTEL VERMONTPHOTOGRAPHER: COLETTE KULIG PHOTOGRAPHYCATERER: PIZZA VERITASFLORIST: CLAYTON FLORALCAKE: MIRABELLES CAFEWEDDING GOWN: DAVID’S BRIDALFORMAL WEAR: KENNETH COLEMAKEUP: SEPHORA WEDDING | OFFICIANT: CAMERON KEITEL FROM THE HOTEL VERMONT | JEWELRY: SWAROVSKI

Glenna & Jon Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Winter Barn Wedding in Waitsfield Vermont | Winter/Spring 2017 Issue | Vermont Bride Magazine

Glenna and Jon had one of those rare, yet fabulous, winter Vermont weddings. It takes a special someone to want to have their wedding during the cold and snowy months in the Green Mountains, but since she was a young girl, Glenna had always dreamt of a winter engagement. The snow, the cold, and the rustic charm of the winter all seemed so romantic! So, in early June with a newly purchased engagement ring burning a hole in his pocket, Jon was confronted with a logistical problem. With the summer heat rising, Jon quickly thought of a plan. Jon contacted the hotel in DC that he stayed at during the weekend of his first date with Glenna and made special arrangements with them for the big day.

When the day came, Jon drove Glenna down to DC ostensibly to have dinner with friends. Jon explained that he had reserved the hotel room so that they could celebrate their 2 year anniversary in the city. Upon entering the room, Glenna realized that there was much more to the surprise. Jon had arranged for the hotel to decorate the room in a winter wonderland theme, thus creating the winter engagement Glenna had always wanted, despite the fact that it was the middle of the summer. A Christmas tree, garland, and fake snow covered the hotel suite along with a dusting of rose petals, pine cones, and presents wrapped for Christmas. On the floor, white rose petals spelled out the words, "Will you marry me?". When Glenna turned around to look at Jon he was on bended knee with an engagement ring featuring the center stone from her grandmother's engagement ring...And the rest, as they say, is history!

To read more of Glenna and Jon's 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 websitehere.

Glenna & Jon Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Winter Barn Wedding in Waitsfield Vermont | Winter/Spring 2017 Issue | Vermont Bride Magazine

Glenna & Jon Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Winter Barn Wedding in Waitsfield Vermont | Winter/Spring 2017 Issue | Vermont Bride Magazine

Glenna & Jon Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Winter Barn Wedding in Waitsfield Vermont | Winter/Spring 2017 Issue | Vermont Bride Magazine

Glenna & Jon Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Winter Barn Wedding in Waitsfield Vermont | Winter/Spring 2017 Issue | Vermont Bride Magazine

Glenna & Jon Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Winter Barn Wedding in Waitsfield Vermont | Winter/Spring 2017 Issue | Vermont Bride Magazine

featured professionalsDJ: PEAK ENTERTAINMENT | VENUE, CATERER, AND ACCOMMODATIONS: THE INN AT THE ROUND BARN FARM | PHOTOGRAPHY: COLETTE KULIG PHOTOGRAPHY | FLORIST: A SCHOOLHOUSE GARDEN | CAKE: MIX CUPCAKERIE | GOWN & ALTERATIONS: HITCHEDFORMAL WEAR: MYSUIT | HAIR STYLIST: KERRY ARMSTRONG FORMAL HAIR DESIGN | MAKEUP ARTIST: JENNIFER PERELLIE MAKEUPPHOTO BOOTH RENTAL: PHOTOBOOTH PLANET | REHEARSAL DINNER: MAD RIVER BARN | ACCOMMODATIONS: MAD RIVER BARN, SUGARBUSHINVITATIONS: ETSY | TRANSPORTATION: MOUNTAIN TRANSIT | OFFICIANT: ZEKE CHURCH

 

 Lovely Winter Warmth Wedding Inspiration | Vermont Bride Magazine

Spring may be here now, but for those of you planning a winter wedding you are probably immersed in finalizing your plans for flowers, decor, and the special little details yet to come. What I am getting at is any time of the year is the right time to ooh and aah over snow-dusted floral arrangements, cozy fires, and mouth watering, rich desserts. This country style winter inspiration, coordinated by DIY Wedding Mentor and photographed by Ashley Largesse, is full of warm and cozy details. Light and airy flower designs, by The Village Green Florist Weddings & Events, in icy blues and soft greens cut through the richness of the chocolate browns and evergreens to create a lovely contrast. With a crackling fire, cupcakes towering with fluffy frosting, and hand-knit accessories, the cold of the snow seems to melt away.

To view more images from this inspiration photo shoot, check out the full feature in the Vermont Bride Lookbook, volume 6!

Lovely Winter Warmth Wedding Inspiration | Vermont Bride Magazine

Lovely Winter Warmth Wedding Inspiration | Vermont Bride Magazine

Lovely Winter Warmth Wedding Inspiration | Vermont Bride Magazine

Lovely Winter Warmth Wedding Inspiration | Vermont Bride Magazine

Lovely Winter Warmth Wedding Inspiration | Vermont Bride Magazine

Lovely Winter Warmth Wedding Inspiration | Vermont Bride Magazine

Lovely Winter Warmth Wedding Inspiration | Vermont Bride Magazine

featured professionals | PHOTOGRAPHER: Ashley Largesse Photography | COORDINATION: DIY Wedding Mentor | FLORAL DESIGN: The Village Green Florist Weddings & Events | GOWN: Fiori Bridal Boutique | HAIR STYLIST: Lush Salon & Boutique | MAKEUP ARTIST: Jennifer Perellie Makeup | STATIONERY: Christa Alexandra Designs | DIY DESSERT TAGS: Build Basic | ANTIQUES: Five Corners Antiques | CUPCAKES: My Little Cupcake

 

Nikia & Kyle's Real Wedding | Winter Wedding | Mountain Top Inn and Resort | Vermont Bride Magazine

Nikia and Kyle met skiing in Vail, Colorado and soon discovered that they shared a love of the outdoors and snow. After dating and adopting a dog together, aptly named "Vail", they were engaged on the top of Beehive Mountain in Acadia National Park. So it was easy to decide on a season, theme, and location when it came time to plan their wedding. It had to be winter, on a mountain, with lots of skiing references. The Mountain Top Inn and Resort was the perfect place to make all of their wedding dreams come true. Their love for the snow was evident when it started snowing during our outdoor ceremony. It was a good thing they opted for a hot chocolate bar for their guests to enjoy before the ceremony! Bridesmaids, parents of the bride and the bride herself were transported to the ceremony by horse drawn sleigh. Fur coats and wraps were a must for the outdoor ceremony, and snow boots and vintage skis played a major role in the decor. The wedding invitations were ski themed, guests signed a pair of skis in lieu of a traditional guest book, and even the cocktail list was a ski sign.

Nikia & Kyle's Real Wedding | Winter Wedding | Mountain Top Inn and Resort | Vermont Bride Magazine

Nikia & Kyle's Real Wedding | Winter Wedding | Mountain Top Inn and Resort | Vermont Bride Magazine

Nikia & Kyle's Real Wedding | Winter Wedding | Mountain Top Inn and Resort | Vermont Bride Magazine

Nikia & Kyle's Real Wedding | Winter Wedding | Mountain Top Inn and Resort | Vermont Bride Magazine

Nikia & Kyle's Real Wedding | Winter Wedding | Mountain Top Inn and Resort | Vermont Bride Magazine

Nikia & Kyle's Real Wedding | Winter Wedding | Mountain Top Inn and Resort | Vermont Bride Magazine

 

featured professionalsVENUE: The Mountain Top Inn & Resort | PHOTOGRAPHER: Kathleen Landwehrle Photography | HAIR STYLIST: Five Elements Salon and Day Spa | CINEMA AND VIDEO: Boucher Visuals | BAND: Ripcord | FLORAL AND EVENT DESIGNER: A Schoolhouse Garden | BAKERY: Trillium Fine Desserts

 

Snowy Pond Winter Wedding Inspiration | Vermont Bride Magazine

The weather is finally turning cold and the snow is on it's way to cover the Vermont countryside in a peaceful blanket of white. It's time to cuddle up by the fire with a chunky, knit blanket and a warm cup of cocoa and dream about summer. The time between Christmas and Valentine's Day is also affectionately known as "Engagement Season" - full of romantic proclamations of love and the exciting beginning of life's next chapter. More engagements occur during these two months then at any other point of the year. Funny how the coldest part of the year holds the most warmth for the heart.

Snowy Pond Winter Wedding Inspiration | Vermont Bride Magazine

Snowy Pond Winter Wedding Inspiration | Vermont Bride Magazine

Snowy Pond Winter Wedding Inspiration | Vermont Bride Magazine

We thought it appropriate to share a little sneak peak of one of the features in the Vermont Bride Winter/Spring issue, now available for purchase. It features a serene, snowy pond and a cozy, rustic lodge adorned with winter's finest greenery and some pops of yellow and red to brighten the mood. Candles, hot cocoa, and tasty pastries warm everything up and it's the perfect time to break out the scarves and shawls. And maybe a pair of ice skates, too!

Snowy Pond Winter Wedding Inspiration | Vermont Bride Magazine

Snowy Pond Winter Wedding Inspiration | Vermont Bride Magazine

Maria & Justin | Real Vermont Wedding | Rustic Winter Barn Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

The chill of the winter snow did not dampen the warm, heartfelt mood at Maria and Justin's festive wedding at The Mountain Top Inn & Resort. The softly falling snow only added to the romantic and cozy ambiance of the rustic-barn-in-the-woods feeling. Snowflakes and skis adorned the venue and the newly wed couple took an intimage and magical ride through the snowy trees on a horse-drawn sleigh. Read more about Maria and Justin's love story and to see more photos in our newest issue, available now!

Maria & Justin | Real Vermont Wedding | Rustic Winter Barn Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

Maria & Justin | Real Vermont Wedding | Rustic Winter Barn Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

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If you're brave enough, winter is a great time to take photos, especially if you want to highlight your love of the season without getting married in the cold!

As a photographer and past-bride, I always recommend an engagement portrait session. Are you questioning whether or not to have one? DO IT. This is why:

Comfort. If you are apprehensive around cameras or intimidated by having your photo taken, it will show in your wedding portraits. Engagement portraits are a great time to get to know your photographer better, strengthen your relationship and see how they work. For us as photographers, it’s the perfect time to find your best angles, what makes you smile naturally, and your personal preferences. Let’s face it, not everyone is a model, and most people (including myself!) don’t know what to do in front of a camera, but it is a photographer’s job to make you look good. Once you see your photographer’s vision and process you will feel so much more comfortable – that, in my book, is priceless.

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An Engagement Session is a great time to get to know your photographer better, and to take time to be a bit more creative.

Trapp Family Lodge, Stowe, Vermont

Vermont Bride Magazine | Stowe Vermont Winter Wedding Covered Bridge

Winter is not the traditional season for weddings in Vermont, but it has been gaining popularity in the past few years. With opportunities for soft textures, cosy fires, and soul-warming libations, it's no wonder that more couples are choosing a snowflake adorned setting for their "I do"s. Kayse and Eben had been frequent "weekend warriors", driving up to Vermont for mini ski adventures, for years and knew it would be a special treat for their friends and family to experience the enchanting atmosphere that Stowe had to offer.

Read on to see what Kayse had to say about their path to this special Winter wedding:

Vermont Bride Magazine | Trapp Family Lodge Winter Wedding Vermont

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