MEET NANCY OF NJOY WEDDINGS & EVENTS

If you’re dreaming of a luxurious, epic wedding that you and your guests will be talking about for years to come, you need to know NJoy Weddings & Events. From weekend-long celebrations at a private estate to something uniquely you (like getting married on an ice rink), their team brings wedding dreams to life. 

Nancy Jeffries-Dwyer, the Founder, Chief Event Officer, and Creative Director of NJoy Weddings & Events, sat down with Vermont Weddings to share how she got her start in the business over 30 years ago, and after planning hundreds of weddings, what her favorite moment is. 

How did you get into wedding planning?
While working toward my Bachelor’s degree in Fashion & Design at Ryerson University in Toronto, I modeled wedding gowns on the weekends at the Robert Simpson department store. The combination of my degree, modeling, and weddings inspired me to work in the industry and eventually begin my own wedding planning business.

How would you describe your style?
We create fashion forward weddings for modern romantics. Our style is timeless and epitomizes classic design principles, elegantly presented, with luxury and romance front of mind.

What inspires your work?
As a designer I’m inspired by everyday things in the world around me: line, form, shape, color, movement, flow, balance.  These constants are evident in the great designers who I most admire: Givenchy, Chanel, and Dior to name a few. Classic and timeless!

As a planner, I am appropriately obsessed about details, timelines, order, and structure in order to create peace and calm in what could otherwise be chaos with hundreds of wedding planning details.

Any special tips for couples for choosing / working with a wedding planner?
It’s critical for a couple and a wedding planner to “click” and to have great chemistry. Each party needs to understand the other’s role in the relationship. Ultimately the couple needs to have great trust in who they are hiring. For my team, this begins with one-on-one conversations with the couple to discover who they are as individuals, as a couple, and how they fit into their collective family.

What’s your favorite moment during a wedding?
That’s easy, as it always brings a tear to my eye…When I’m standing with the bride and her dad, or both parents, fluffing her gown, just before they process down the aisle. This is such a “real moment” of love, anticipation, the past, and the future all together in one single moment. It’s pure magic!

What’s your favorite thing to do in VT?
Well, given that we haven’t gone anywhere or seen anyone in so long…I’d love to host an immense family reunion at a private estate home on a lake with views of the mountains. We’d have lots of activities for “kids” of all ages like old fashioned campfires and singalongs, boating, games, and lots and lots of stories.

If you weren’t a wedding planner, what would you do?
I would definitely be a producer of some variety. I’ve produced countless stage productions: major fashion shows, epic Gala fundraising events, and full length Broadway musicals (at least 15). I co-founded the Stowe Theatre Guild in 1995, have taught junior choir, and served on several Boards in support of the Arts. 

I’m known for being the person to ask if “you want something done, and done well,” and I absolutely love production – from conceptualizing to engagement to execution. Every step along the way fills me with great satisfaction!

What’s a fun fact about yourself?
My husband says I have a great sense of humor. When the inevitable pressures arise during a planning experience it’s important to remember to laugh, and to inspire those around you to do the same!

Thank you, Nancy! Learn more about NJoy Weddings & Events in the vendor guide. 

THIS COUPLE CELEBRATED THEIR MICROWEDDING WITH A SUNSET CEREMONY AND DINNER

Alison and Simon’s elegant microwedding at The Essex Resort and Spa was “touching and sweet” says photographer Colette Kulig. The couple downsized their original wedding plans (due to Covid-19) and focused on the details that mattered most to them – a meaningful ceremony and an intimate dinner with immediate family and best friends at sunset. We love how the couple used a blue color palette throughout to bring all the details together! Check out their full gallery below! 

White bride and groom walking down aisle after outdoor wedding ceremony at the Essex Resort in Vermont

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Photographer: COLETTE KULIG PHOTOGRAPHY | Wedding Venue: ESSEX RESORT & SPA

A COLORFUL, ROMANTIC SPRINGTIME STYLED SHOOT

When this romantic styled shoot showed up in our inbox we may have audibly sighed. It’s so dreamy!

“We wanted to create a romantic, Old World-inspired session that focused on the vitality of spring,” says photographer Julia.

Unique Wedding Ceremony Floral Installation on a Tree

Blossoming Bough brought this vision to life with lush florals (we especially dig the floral installation on the tree for a ceremony backdrop), a tablescape with natural details like moss and quail eggs, and a dreamy, colorful bespoke stationery suite.

Check it all out below!

Two brides nuzzling while holding large bouquets during a spring elopement styled shoot in Vermont

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Planner: JACLYN WATSON EVENTS | Floral Design: BLOSSOMING BOUGH | Photographer: JULIA LUCKETT PHOTOGRAPHY | Makeup Artist: HILLARY FAY STUDIOS | Venue: TRAPP FAMILY LODGE | Papery: CHRISTA ALEXANDRA DESIGNS | Rentals: VERMONT TENT COMPANY | Linens: BBJ LINENS | Models: CHARLOTTE ATKINSON AND PAIGE MCLAUGHRY

A SPECTACULAR LUXE TENT WEDDING BY JACLYN WATSON EVENTS AT TOPNOTCH RESORT

When Hilary and Adam tied the knot, the ski-loving Texans wanted to provide guests with a weekend-long celebration in Vermont. The couple enlisted the expertise of Jaclyn Watson Events to bring their dreams to life, resulting in a truly spectacular wedding at the Topnotch Resort in Stowe, Vermont.

“The design element of the event took many months to plan, says Jaclyn. The team handpicked each piece to create the special style of elegance that reflected the couple. “Everything from the heavy greenery floral design to the custom stationery elevated the event and wowed the guests and couple alike!” Check out their gallery, captured by Savannah Brown, below. 

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Wedding Planner: JACLYN WATSON EVENTS | Wedding Venue: TOPNOTCH RESORT | Specialty Rentals: CHICKADEE HILL | Photographer: SAVANNAH BROWN

MEET MAKEUP ARTIST JENNIFER PERELLIE

Every bride wants to feel confident on her wedding day, which is why a talented makeup artist plays a key role on your wedding day. Jennifer Perellie is an award-winning, internationally-published makeup artist. With over a decade’s worth of experience, she’s helped countless brides feel their best on their big day. She sat down with Vermont Weddings to share a bit about herself and how she became an in-demand makeup artist.

How did you get into wedding makeup?
I worked on counter for a big makeup company while freelancing on location for film and photoshoots. I booked a wedding through conversation one day, and completely fell in love with the whole experience! I knew right from the first wedding that it was a perfect fit for me. Luckily, the Vermont wedding industry is very welcoming, and it did not take long before I was working weddings full time. I feel very lucky to be a part of such a supportive and talented community. 

How would you describe your style?
I truly think the most beautiful makeup is what I’d call enhancing makeup. I prefer a natural, fresh face that enhances a bride’s beauty. I excel in creating ethereal, perfectly-blended makeup with a subtle glow that stays put all day.

What inspires your work?
The power of makeup inspires me. I love how even the most subtle change or addition can make the biggest difference. For example, I love how a bold red lip can make me feel confident. Makeup not only sets the mood – it can change it completely. It’s really is a powerful tool that can be used to convey emotion. It’s also just so much fun!

What’s your favorite moment during a wedding? 
Definitely the moment the bride is done with her hair and makeup, gets into her wedding dress and sees herself in the mirror for the first time. It’s a wonderful moment to witness. 

Any special tips for couples for choosing / working with a wedding makeup artist or about wedding makeup in general? 
First I recommend that they look closely at portfolios. Even though makeup is creative, look for consistency in the work. Look for closeups, zoom in on the work and really see it! Look at the style of the work. If you gravitate towards their style that’s a good sign. 

Professionalism is just as important as talent. Not only will you need a MUA who you can trust with executing your vision, you also need someone who is organized and responsive with communication and follow-through. 

Investment is also important to consider. Price matches talent and experience. A seasoned makeup artist who excels in their field is going to be a bigger investment but it’s absolutely worth it.

Lastly, make sure you like your makeup artist and feel comfortable around them. You will be spending a lot of time together along with your closest family and friends on the morning of your wedding. It’s important to like who will be helping you all get ready during those moments before the ceremony begins.

What’s your favorite thing to do in VT?
My favorite thing to do is pack up my truck and head out for a day of kayaking.

If you weren’t a wedding makeup artist, what would you do?
Before my career in makeup I was a working mixed media artist. I have sold paintings all around the world. If it wasn’t for the creative outlet I have with makeup, I would probably still be painting professionally. 

What’s a fun fact about yourself?
I have a painting on an album cover of the songwriter who wrote Taylor Danes “Tell It To My Heart”.

 

Thank you, Jennifer! Learn more and contact Jennifer in the vendor guide.