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CONTENTS FROM THE SUMMER 2011 ISSUE
Cover photo by RaidenShine Photography
The cover bride for Summer 2011 issue is Amanda (Menard) Giroux
The Summer 2011 ISSUE - - OUR LARGEST ISSUE YET! Weighing in with 116 pages of information, resources, beautiful photography and extensive vendor lists, Vermont Bride Magazine is the guide to bridal events for this 2011 Wedding Season. Look for a copy available throughout the state of Vermont.
Leah (Harstenstein) & Greg Morse - Photos by Daria Bishop
Leah (Harstenstein) & Greg Morse
On Halloween night, 2003, while attending my first year at Wagner College in New York City, I met Greg, another freshman. He was from upstate New York and ran on the Division I track team. We spent the night watching the famous Greenwich Village Halloween parade with a group of close friends. I was dressed as a Christmas tree, Greg as himself. We both had fun that night but did not think much of it. As college started to fly by we became the best of friends. Everyone thought we were dating, but we just loved spending time together! Finally, when it just so happened that we were both single, we decided to try dating.
As college finished, Greg took a Wall Street job and I stayed in school to pursue my master’s degree. We stayed very close, both living on the Upper East side and enjoyed time together.
We both love to travel! We were on a two week trip to South America with my parents; on our second night in Chile, there was an incredible sunset over the ocean. We were sipping wine on a balcony staring off into the sky when Greg told me he’d be right back. He came back and gave me a small Tiffany’s box, but not a ring box. I opened it and there was a beautiful necklace with the initials “LKM.” My last name started with an “H” so I was not sure if the store made a mistake. I gave him a puzzled look, he asked me if I knew what the necklace meant. Before I could say anything, he said, “They are your new initials if you say yes.” He pulled my grandmother’s amazing engagement ring out of his pocket and that was it!
Our Wedding Venue
Growing up in Vermont, it was definitely where we wanted to be married. We chose the Basin Harbor Club and the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum for our celebration. I had previously worked at the Basin Harbor Club and Greg agreed it was a beautiful location. The rehearsal dinner and ceremony were held at the Club. Immediately after the ceremony, guests walked over to the Museum where cocktail hour was held in the boat building area. The reception took place under a large tent from Celebrations Rentals.
Our Wedding Roles
Greg and I were both very involved in the wedding planning. Greg focused on the honeymoon and wedding cake but helped with input on everything. We also looked to our parents for lots of advice and ideas.
Favorite Wedding Moments
The ceremony location at the Basin Harbor Club is just stunning. The beautiful weather, amazing string trio, and incredible surrounding gardens made the day.
The guests had bubbles to blow at us as we walked back down the aisle.
The Ben & Jerry’s ice cream wedding cake was great!
Advice for Brides and Grooms
Be different! Modern times allow for wedding flexibility. Just because a book says one way, doesn’t mean that is the only way.
The Lake Champlain Maritime Museum never had a wedding on site before. We asked and they said yes! We ended up with exactly what we were looking for.
Have an indoor site as backup for inclement weather.
Read all the fine print in wedding contracts. Make a chart to pay everyone on time. We asked many vendors if we could mail the final payment a week before the wedding because we left for our three week honeymoon the day after the wedding.
Ask for lots of help! One person cannot do it all!
Things will go wrong even if you spent more than 18 months planning, but at the end of the day, you will still be married to the person you love.
Splurge on photography––it’s what you have to keep forever.
Vermont Bride Magazine Summer 2011 Issue
Featured Vermont Bride professionals:
Entertainment/ceremony: Lisa Carlson, flute
802-229-9901 | lisaflute.com
Entertainment/reception: Peak Entertainment DJ, Inc.
802-888-6978 | peakdj.com
Cake: Ben & Jerry’s
802-222-1665 | benjerry.com
Ben and Jerries
Tent & Rentals: Celebration Rentals, Inc.
802 247-0002 | celebrateinvermont.com
Accommodations: The Basin Harbor Club
Catering: Occasions Catering
Ceremony Location: The Basin Harbor Club
Cocktail Hour & Reception: The Lake Champlain Maritime Museum
Entertainment: A House on Fire (reception band)
Entertainment: Cassarino Music (cocktail hour)
Floral Design: Flowers in Season
Hair & Makeup: Shear Cuts in Vergennes
Photography: Daria Bishop | dariabishop.com
Wedding Gown: Nadine Kaprelian (dress maker)