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November 21, 2014  TAGS:  STOWE  PURPLE  GOLD  RUSTIC

Real Wedding | Amy & Michael

Stowehof Inn, Stowe, Vermont

AmyMike Main

The pure emotion of love seen in the eyes of Amy and Michael is what drew us to their story. This, obviously heartfelt, celebration was full of personal details that spoke of what the day meant to the couple. It is hard to not see the deep connection these two have. From the paper crane garlands to the childhood photos adorning the tables, the homemade decor brought everything together. Read on for Amy and Michael's love story...

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Amy & Michael met at college and had been dating a few years when Michael was deployed to Afghanistan with the 1-4 Calvary. Michael and Amy had agreed they would wait until after his deployment to get married, to ensure their love was strong enough to survive the distance and stress of having a loved one in a war zone. Upon his return, in February of 2013, Michael surprised Amy by taking her ring shopping. They agreed on a beautiful Vera Wang design, however, Michael wanted to surprise her and made her wait. That October, Amy went on a 2 week trip to a rehabilitation clinic in Haiti providing free occupational therapy services to stroke survivors. The night after she returned, after nearly five years of dating, Michael popped the question.

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The wedding was held at the Stowehof Inn, in Stowe, Vermont. The couple researched many venues, but didn’t fall in love with any until they found the Stowehof. They were glad and lucky to have the on-site wedding coordinator’s help.  She was a true blessing and helped make everything run smoothly, especially planning it from over 1,500 miles away. Amy spent many days on Pinterest and looked through several Vermont Bride magazines, bookmarking ideas that helped to make all the little details perfect. The wedding was full of hundreds of small details Amy spent hours creating.

Their friends and family also contributed to the special touches of the day. On the day of the wedding Amy's brother surprised them with a home brewed lager he made, with a label his wife had designed featuring the happy couple's name and wedding date. Amy's maternal grandfather walked her down the aisle, which was adorned with paper cranes hanging from the birch arbor, in recognition of their last name. The Maid of honor, a flutist, played "A Thousand Years", accompanied by a friend on guitar. The recessional was played by the same guitarist and another friend, who performed "I'm Yours" by Jason Mraz.
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Family played an important part in the ceremony. The arbor had rosemary bushes, known as a love charm, on each side, which were then given to the bride and groom's mothers as a gift. The fabric around the bouquet was from her grandmother and a blue heart was sewn into her dress from the dress her grandmother wore to the bride’s parents wedding. One of the most important, personal aspects of the ceremony was a gold "reserved" sign, designed by Amy, for her late father. He was a corrections officer and his badge, hat, and picture were also placed on his seat. Their personalized vows, in which the groom mentioned sharks and the bride mentioned spiders, made their friends and family laugh and cry. Everyone could tell through the loving, honest, and comical vows, they were meant for one another.
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The reception was styled in a vintage chic/ rustic design, with a purple and gold color palette. The bride and groom drank from engraved mason jars and there were bouquets of white roses in mason jars as well. Love quotes hung around each corner in framed signes and scattered about with Scrabble pieces. Grapevine balls were painted gold and decorative globes hung from the tree in the dining room. The table numbers were pictures of the bride and groom at each corresponding age and the piano displayed past family wedding photos. In lieu of favors a donation was made to the American Heart Society in memory of Amy's grandmother.
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A family friend created their beautiful, chocolate, wedding cake, which was served downstairs by the pool after dinner.  They also had a dessert bar, stocked with truffles, dove butter cookies, and an ice cream sundae station with Ben and Jerry's. Amy and Mike also shared their first dance by the pool, under the globe lights, to “You are the Best Thing”, followed by a surprise swing dance they choreographed to “Sing, Sing, Sing”. The finale was a firework show and sparklers, followed with singing by the bonfire which went late into the night.
FEATURED VENDORS | VENUE & CATERER: Stowehof Inn & Resort | WEDDING PLANNER: Saunie Surich (from Stowehof Inn) | INVITATIONS: Bride made the Save the Dates on Vista Print, then used Wedding Wire for the Invitation | WEDDING GOWN: David’s Bridal, with lace sleeves sewn on by seemstress. | PHOTOGRAPHER: The Portrait Gallery | FLORIST: Wildflower Designs | CAKE: Family friend: Lynn Stromberg | DJ: Digital DJ, DJ Bun | TUXEDOS: Men's Wearhouse | BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES: Calvin Klein