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Bekki & Alex Real New Hampshire Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine | New England Wedding Inspiration

Alex and Bekki discovered some interesting commonalities when they met at a bar in Haverhill, Massachusettes. Bekki is a high school ceramics teacher and Alex happens to enjoy ceramics as a hobby. They were also surprised to learn that Bekki’s apartment was located right next to Alex’s parent’s house. It was not long after their first meeting that they went out for their first date. 

On a trip to Bekki’s family’s lake house in Maine, Alex surprised her with his grandmother’s engagement ring in a handmade birch box one early morning on the front porch as she was reading. They decided to have their wedding in Bekki’s home town of Lyme, New Hampshire and they knew the are would be beautiful in the fall. Being a teacher herself, Bekki liked the idea of getting married in an old school house and the Lyme Academy Building had a wonderful old charm- plus enough space to comfortably fit all of their guests. The nearby Dartmouth Skiway had a post and beam interior that they both loved, plus a beautiful overlook of the mountain from the large deck.

Their color palette of slate blue, orange, and cream was perfect for a fall harvest theme. They had gorgeous centerpieces of pumpkins, gourds, bittersweet, and vines. Bekki’s mother made table runners with sunflowers on them and Bekki created ceramic acorns for decorations that doubled as favors. They used names of New Hampshire mountains for the different tables. Their love of New England was apparent and their wedding perfectly blended into the fall landscape.

Bekki & Alex Real New Hampshire Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine | New England Wedding Inspiration

Bekki & Alex Real New Hampshire Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine | New England Wedding Inspiration

Bekki & Alex Real New Hampshire Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine | New England Wedding Inspiration

Bekki & Alex Real New Hampshire Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine | New England Wedding Inspiration

Bekki & Alex Real New Hampshire Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine | New England Wedding Inspiration

Bekki & Alex Real New Hampshire Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine | New England Wedding Inspiration

Bekki & Alex Real New Hampshire Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine | New England Wedding Inspiration

Bekki & Alex Real New Hampshire Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine | New England Wedding Inspiration

featured professionalsVENUE: The Dartmouth SkiwayPHOTOGRAPHER: Sarah Marie StudiosCATERER: Delicata CateringFLORIST: SafflowersCEREMONY: The Lyme Academy BuildingACCOMMODATIONS: The Lake Morey InnDJ: A Good Time DJ’s | WEDDING GOWN & FORMAL WEAR: Marry and Tux ALTERATIONS: Hranush | HAIR & MAKEUP STYLIST: Anne Jenkins | REHEARSAL DINNER: The Norwich InnDANCE FLOOR & BAR SERVICE: Bloods Catering | TRANSPORTATION: North Country Auto Rental & ShuttleWEDDING OFFICIANT: Dena Cutting

 

Vermont Bride Magazine Lookbook Issue No. 7 | Wedding Inspiration and Resources for Vermont and New England Weddings

The seventh issue of the Vermont Bride Lookbook is here! This issue is full of gorgeous inspiration from an elegant and luxurious spring garden wedding to a rustic, winter soiree at a cabin in the woods. Browse ideas from real Vermont weddings held all over the state, in a variety of venues and styles. Check out our vendor directory and find out more information about each vendor by simply clicking on their ad.

The Lookbook is easy to view on all devices, from your desktop to your smart phone, and you can even bookmark pages or share content to Facebook, Pinterest, or via email. It is definitely an essential resource for any modern bride or groom planning their wedding! The best part is it is free to read and will be available to you any day, any time, and for as long as it's on the internet, which is basically forever. Check it out now! 

 

Musican Choices From The Heart | Ceremony Music Inspiration | Vermont Bride Magazine
photo by Letter10 Creative

I still often cry at weddings. This may sound like a strange admission from someone who plays music at weddings all the time. Especially a flutist - no one wants a flutist sputtering and squeaking into their instrument during their processional. Rest assured, I have learned to turn off the faucet at the right times, but, well, I do often cry at weddings. 

It doesn’t seem to matter for me whether a couple has chosen Pachelbel’s “Canon in D” for processional or “When You Wish Upon a Star;’ ”Adagio” from Handel’s G major flute sonata  or the Celtic tune “Fannie Power;” Schubert’s “Ave Maria”  or Journey’s “Don’t’ Stop Believin;”  Wagner’s “Bridal Chorus” or “Laendler” from Sound of Music; the Filipino popular song  “Ikaw” or the Jewish traditional song “Dodi Li” (my beloved) or the Broadway hit “’Til There Was You.” When I know the choice of ceremony music is heartfelt and reflects either the bride or groom’s love of tradition or their desire to be unique in a particular way, especially when I know that a particular tune brings tears to their eyes - I do frequently get caught up in the joy and emotion of the moment.

Your wedding day is, in the very best sense, all about you. It’s a time when you  choose from a palette of colors, sounds, views and words that reflect you - as individuals and as a couple. If each choice, as you make it, stirs your soul, helps you to understand and respect one another better - your similarities and your differences - and brings on the joy or the tears or the strength or the vulnerability that you seek, that will be felt by others present at your wedding. 

This past year, I met with a wedding couple and as I was playing through a few possible processionals, the bride-to-be told me “That one made me cry!” Well, I played a few more possibilities just to be sure, but it seemed clear that “Sheep May Safely Graze” was the one that was meant to be the wedding party processional for her wedding, where her daughter would be the junior maid of honor. As I was playing “Sheep May Safely Graze” as a duo with my own violinist daughter months later at this wedding, and the bride’s daughter was walking up the aisle, well, yes, I held off the tears for the time being, but only due to years of experience. I’ve played “Sheep May Safely Graze” many times, as well as the Pachelbel Canon that followed for the Bride’s processional, but in this moment, knowing how the bride felt about these pieces, I felt the music with a fresh perspective, energy and emotion.

Some couples know exactly what they want, while some have no idea. Sometimes the process can feel easy, sometimes overwhelming. As you can imagine from the list of processionals mentioned above (all from weddings I’ve played in one calendar year), the options for wedding music can be wide open and virtually limitless. If you’re overwhelmed with the decisions about wedding music, first speak with the professional musician you’ve chosen for your wedding. They may be able to make some suggestions that strike a chord for you, and that they know sound great with the instruments you’ve chosen. There are also numerous lists of options available online - a google search may make the difference between not knowing where to start and - “aha! That’s perfect!” And of course there’s YouTube. Your professional may be able to send you links to videos to give you some ideas, or you can browse yourself.

Your first step: know that your options are very wide, but can be very simple if you know what clicks for you (bearing in mind that in some cases there may be an extra charge for special sheet music purchases or arrangements, or some options may be less suitable for the instrument combination you may have already chosen). Your second step: find the music that makes your heart skip a beat or that brings you joy or sighs or tears - or whatever emotion you wish for your day.  The loved ones who gather with you on your day will feel it too.

Lisa Carlson is a freelance flutist, performing for weddings and other occasions throughout Vermont and beyond, with musical offerings ranging from a quartet of flute with violin, viola and cello, to solo flute, to duos and trios of flute with harp, violin, piano, cello, oboe, and more. She maintains a private flute studio for in Montpelier, Vermont and also teaches online to students worldwide.

 

Cortney & Justin Mexico Wedding Inspiration | Vermont Bride Magazine

As summer is winding down it may leave many of us dreaming of the beach and warmer weather. Perhaps this Labor Day weekend, even, you are traveling for one last hurrah at the ocean. So it seems fitting for us to share this warm and bright destination wedding that took place in Puerto Morelos, Mexico. Under a stunning blue sky and amid the swaying palm trees, Cortney and Justin said "I do" on the beach, with barefoot bridesmaids and and sound of crashing waves in the distance. The beauty of the Azul Beach Resort only added to the tropical location and their friends and family enjoyed dining al fresco and then dancing the night away in celebration of their two families joining together.

Cortney & Justin Mexico Wedding Inspiration | Vermont Bride Magazine

Cortney & Justin Mexico Wedding Inspiration | Vermont Bride Magazine

Cortney & Justin Mexico Wedding Inspiration | Vermont Bride Magazine

Cortney & Justin Mexico Wedding Inspiration | Vermont Bride Magazine

Cortney & Justin Mexico Wedding Inspiration | Vermont Bride Magazine

featured professionals | PHOTOGRAPHER: Aldabella Photography | TRANSPORTATION: DestinationWeddings.comVENUE, CATERING, FLORAL DESIGN: Azul Beach Hotel by Karisma | DRESS STORE: Blue Bridal Boutique | VIDEOGRAPHY: CaribePhoto | DRESS DESIGNER: Casablanca Bridal | HAIR STYLIST: Jennifer Voss-Pachello | TUXEDO AND MENS ATTIRE: Michael Kors | SPARKLERS: Special Events Mexico

 

Courtney & John Real Vermont Wedding | Jackson Gore Inn | Okemo Mountain | Vermont Bride Magazine

With the help of a close friend in the jewelry business, John picked out a gorgeous Art Deco ring and even managed to sneak down to Courtney’s parents home in Rutland to ask for their blessing. The following weekend John moved in with Courtney, and surprised her with “one more box” to unpack-which was the ring! Both John and Courtney are native Vermonters so they knew their wedding had to be in Vermont. After looking at several locations they both fell in love with the Jackson Gore Inn. There was gorgeous views of the mountains, plenty of natural light, and the wedding coordinators made sure that everything was perfect.

Courtney is an avid skier so hosting the wedding at a ski resort made her feel right at home. John also appreciated the venues golf course and that there were many activities for their guest to enjoy while they were there. Courtney’s mother hand made the centerpieces out of vintage plates, teacups, and candlesticks. They were so beautiful that John and Courtney gave them away to guests, although it was hard to part with them! Another of the bride’s favorite details were the small sentimental touches in her gown/accessories.  Her “something blue” was a blue flower appliqué taken from her Mother’s wedding gown, and sewn into the inside of hers.  She wore a necklace that was made from her maternal Grandmother’s ring, and her “something old” was a handkerchief sewn by her paternal Great-Great-Great Aunt.

Courtney & John Real Vermont Wedding | Jackson Gore Inn | Okemo Mountain | Vermont Bride Magazine

Courtney & John Real Vermont Wedding | Jackson Gore Inn | Okemo Mountain | Vermont Bride Magazine

Courtney & John Real Vermont Wedding | Jackson Gore Inn | Okemo Mountain | Vermont Bride Magazine

 

The groom had several favorite details including the cigar bar which featured vintage tins and decorations also made by the mother of the bride. Both of their mothers have Italian heritage, so we wanted to honor that by stocking the dessert bar full of our families’ traditional Italian desserts such as Jordan Almonds, Torrone, and Anginetti (Gennettes). Both John and Courtney are very family oriented. Both chose their siblings to serve as our Maids of Honor and Best Men.  They were both fortunate to have their Grandmothers in attendance as well.  Their ceremony was held in Courtney’s childhood church, and the processional and recessional music were the same songs that her parents walked down the aisle to 40 years ago.

A few of their favorite moments from the day;

  • A hilariously heartfelt and choreographed performance for the Maids of Honor speech. 
  • When they “stole away” to the upper floor of the round room and took a moment to enjoy each other and to watch all the guests rocking out on the dance floor.
  • Dodging raindrops while trying to get some great outdoor photos.
  • Serendipitously, the evening before the wedding, they were treated to a concert by the Vermont Symphony Orchestra and a huge fireworks display.  

 

Courtney & John Real Vermont Wedding | Jackson Gore Inn | Okemo Mountain | Vermont Bride Magazine

Courtney & John Real Vermont Wedding | Jackson Gore Inn | Okemo Mountain | Vermont Bride Magazine

Courtney & John Real Vermont Wedding | Jackson Gore Inn | Okemo Mountain | Vermont Bride Magazine

John and Courtney’s advice for other couples; “Try to relax and enjoy the process….it can be a very stressful, but also an extremely enjoyable fun experience.  Your wedding day will be a complete whirlwind, but you will find that most of the things you worried about, turn out just perfectly.  All that really matters is that your family and friends are there to surround you with love.”

featured professionals |  VENUE, CATERING, & ACCOMMODATIONS: The Roundhouse at the Jackson Gore Inn | PHOTOGRAPHER: Lili Boxer | FLORIST: Bloomers Garden Flowers | CEREMONY: Trinity Episcopal Church | MUSICIAN/DJ & PHOTO BOOTH RENTAL: Music that Moves You | CAKE: Michelle’s Sweet Creations | WEDDING GOWN: Stella York | FORMAL WEAR: Men’s Warehouse | HAIR & MAKEUP: Five Elements Salon & Day Spa | REHEARSAL DINNER: Table 24 | WEDDING OFFICIANT: Rev. Liam Muller | ENGAGEMENT RING AND GROOM’S WEDDING BAND:  Tick Tock Jewelers | BRIDE’S WEDDING BAND: Lang Antiques