THIS COUPLE HOSTED AN INTIMATE PICNIC WEDDING AND THEN HIKED MOUNT MANSFIELD

Like many couples, Lauren and Nick had to change their 2020 wedding plans – several times. The couple finally settled on an intimate picnic reception at Edson Hill in Stowe with loved ones. And honestly? We couldn’t be happier they had to change plans because their garden party style, wedding picnic is so gorgeous! The lush, colorful, boho florals by A Schoolhouse Garden and elegant decor pieces contrast nicely with the casual nature of a picnic. It all comes together to set the scene for a lovely, intimate wedding celebration. 

The couple’s adorable dog, Luna, almost steals the show with her cute antics (another benefit to smaller, outdoor weddings: you can easily bring along your dog).

Spectacular Mt Mansfield Vow Reading

And, if the picnic wasn’t cool enough, the adventurous couple hiked up Mount Mansfield following the celebration for a private vow reading. The views are incredible!

Check out their gallery, captured by Jenna Brisson Photography below! 

White couple cheersing during picnic wedding reception in Vermont

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Photographer: JENNA BRISSON PHOTOGRAPHY | Venue: EDSON HILL | Floral Design: A SCHOOLHOUSE GARDEN

MEET EMILY OF TIPSY TULIP DESIGNS

When you love what you do, it shows. And Emily of Tipsy Tulip Designs, loves her job! This Vermont florist’s passion for crafting beautiful bouquets and floral decor is palpable, and her creations are stunning! We’ve featured her work several times on the blog (check out her profile to see those features) so it’s delightful to get to know the maker behind the florals better. Read on to learn more about how Emily got into floral design, what inspires her, and what song always gets her on the dance floor (it may surprise you!). 

How did you get into wedding floral design?

I got into floral design after doing flowers for my own intimate wedding in 2018! We couldn’t find a florist who didn’t have to travel 2.5+ hours to get to our remote wedding location. Doing my own wedding flowers lit a spark in me that I just couldn’t control!

How would you describe your style?

I would describe my floristry style as garden style. I fall somewhere between traditional and modern. I love mixing old school and new school mechanics to create unique bouquets and arrangements. I can make two bouquets with the exact same ingredients, but they can each have a little different flare.

What inspires your work?

My work is inspired by a combination of my love for all things flowers and for my passion to awe my couples. Arranging flowers brings me so much joy!

What’s your favorite part of your job? 

My favorite part of my job is creating the bridal bouquet. On average, I use 12-16 different flowers and greenery varieties to create the bouquet. I typically spend 1-2 hours perfecting the bouquet, and can spend up to 3 hours for larger, more intricate bouquets with cascades or detail work. I always create the bridal bouquet in front of a large floor-length mirror. It allows me to see what both the bride and everyone else sees on the wedding day at the same time.

Any special tips for couples getting married?

My biggest piece of advice for couples is to live in the moment and do not overthink it. Do you want that trendy neon signs for behind your sweetheart table? Go for it!

What’s your favorite moment during a wedding? 

I’d love to say my favorite moment during the wedding day is when the couple exchanges vows or the first dance, but as the florist, I don’t often see those moments. My favorite moment is handing over the bridal bouquet and seeing the bride’s reaction as she holds it for the first time. That moment that makes all the hard work, late nights, and rose thorn pricks worth it.  

What song gets you on the dance floor at a wedding?

The number one song that makes me run to the dance floor and sing it at the top of my lungs is “Pour Some Sugar on Me” by Def Leppard. “You Shook Me All Night Long” by AC/DC or anything Shania Twain is also guaranteed to get me up there.

What’s your favorite thing to do in Vermont?

My favorite thing to do in Vermont is visiting local breweries and play tourist in my own state. My current favorite go-to place is the Arrowhead Lodge in Milton. The owners, Nick and Lauren, have created such a warm, friendly, and inviting atmosphere. Nick’s in-house-made cider is an absolute must have while there.

If you weren’t a florist, what would you do? 

If I wasn’t a florist, I would be a chemical engineer. I have a very heavy mathematical and science brain. While a lot of people assume I am very artsy and creative, I see it all as numbers, formulas, and equations. Every bouquet, arrangement, and piece I create has a recipe and while I may deviate from it a little here and there, I always start with a recipe. I find things like the golden ratio and 60/30/10 rule incredibly helpful when designing.

What’s a fun fact about yourself?

I love to learn new things and because of that have a hard time watching any sort of TV or movies. There are a few good documentaries and Netflix series that I love but for the most part, I spend my free time reading blogs or learning/practicing new floral techniques!

Thank you, Emily! Check out Tipsy Tulip Design’s profile to learn more and contact Emily. 

What is Ring Insurance and Why Do You Need It

Congrats – you’re engaged! You have a shiny new ring on your finger (which you probably can’t stop staring at), and are excited to show it off! After calling your family and friends to share the good news, one of the next calls you should make is to your local insurance agent to get ring insurance to protect your new bling. 

In this post, we’ll cover what is ring insurance, what this kind of policy covers, how it differs from other types of insurance you may already have, and what it typically costs.

Woman holding man's face and smiling during Vermont engagement session
Allison Macy Photography

What is Ring Insurance?

Ring insurance is a product you can purchase to protect yourself from financial loss if something happens to your jewelry. Local State Farm agent Kaitlyn Raymond explains that her agency provides a specific insurance policy called a Personal Articles Policy which couples can purchase to protect the ring from situations like loss, theft, or damage. “The benefit of this policy is that it provides clients coverage on an all perils basis,” explains Kaitlyn. “This offers much broader coverage than a home insurance policy, which is insured on a ‘named only’ peril basis.” 

A Personal Articles Policy can also cover other jewelry, such as wedding bands or watches, and other valuable possessions, such as a camera or laptop.

Why is This Policy Important?

Not to freak you out, but imagine you put your ring down to wash something… and you can’t find it. Or you get home from an afternoon biking and realize somewhere, somehow your diamond fell out. Yikes.

Obviously, losing a piece with such sentimental value is a blow emotionally – and nothing can fully protect you from that. However, ring insurance can protect you from the financial burden of wanting to replace that ring. 

During a season in which couples tend to be on a tight budget (think: paying for your wedding, honeymoon, maybe a house, etc.) replacing an engagement ring out of pocket may not be financially feasible. That’s where insurance comes in. 

How does it work? You pay a small fee (called a premium) to the insurance company in exchange for coverage (a policy). If something happens to the ring, the insurance company will handle the financial burden of replacing it.

Juniper Studios
Juniper Studios

How is Ring Insurance Different from Homeowners or Renters Insurance?

Homeowners insurance or renters insurance typically covers the policyholder from specific named perils such as a fire, theft, wind etc. “Those policies are really intended for catastrophes,” says Kaitlyn.

While it may feel catastrophic, losing your engagement ring is not a covered loss under a homeowners or renters policy. By contrast, a Personal Articles Policy provides protection against all possible perils including theft, loss, and damage. Misplaced your engagement ring while cleaning? That’s a covered loss. Broke a prone and lost the center diamond while gardening? Covered. Had your hotel room broken into and your ring stolen? That’s covered too. In short, this kind of policy covers pretty much everything.

Keith MacDonald Photography

How Much Does It Cost?

The cost of a ring insurance policy varies based on the overall value of the items covered. However, it’s typically very affordable. Kaitlyn says most clients pay as little as $5 a month to insure their engagement ring. 

How Do You A Policy for Your Ring?

Getting your engagement ring insured is a quick and simple process. You can apply for ring insurance as soon as the ring is purchased. Kaitlin recommends getting coverage as soon as possible. “The number one claim is forgetfulness…people taking the ring off and losing it,” she says. “These claims usually happen within the first few weeks because people aren’t used to paying attention to their ring yet!”

If the ring is over $5,000 you’ll need an appraisal to submit with your application. Typically you can get this directly from the jeweler.

Kelsey Regan Photography

Say Yes to Peace of Mind 

Now that you understand what is ring insurance, you know it’s a smart buy to protect yourself against a major possible financial loss. For a small cost, you can rock your ring with confidence, knowing that if something were to happen you’ll be covered.

If you’re looking for a unique gift for a newly engaged couple, an IOU for ring insurance is an awesome gift. While the couple would have to apply for coverage themselves, you could write a check for an average policy cost ($60) with a memo to put it toward insurance. (Maybe send them this article too!) It’s not something all couples think about automatically, and for less than the cost of an InstaPot you’ll be gifting them with peace of mind.

Thank you to Kaitlyn for helping us break down ring insurance! She’s available to answer any specific questions you have about your insurance needs.

THIS COUPLE’S ENGAGEMENT SESSION SHOWED OFF THEIR FAVORITE PLACES

In full disclosure, I’m friends with today’s couple. Which is how I know the joy and love captured by Kelsey Regan Photography is 100% real. It’s also how I know Alex and Adam wanted  their engagement session to be reflective of their life together in Vermont. 

They started the session at their home with their beloved pup, Huck. Then, they strolled around Mobb’s Farm, which is one of their favorite place to walk. And finally, they ended the evening at Oakledge Park in Burlington, which is where they had their first date and where Adam proposed. (“And we got an A+ sunset,” adds Kelsey.)

This session is a great example of choosing the engagement shoot location(s) that’s important to you as a couple. Meeting somewhere that’s familiar will put you at ease, and it gives your special place a whole new meaning! 

Couple kissing in engagement photo on Lake Champlain, Vermont at sunset

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Photographer: KELSEY REGAN

A RUSTIC FALL WEDDING AT THE OLD LANTERN INN AND BARN

When you’re self-described “completely obsessed” with the fall, like bride Jess, a Vermont autumn wedding is the only logical choice! Jesse and husband Aidan celebrated their wedding among peak foliage at the Old Lantern Inn and Barn. The couple instantly fell in love with the Old Lantern’s “intimate and magical feel,” says Jesse. 

The couple says their ceremony, held inside the rustic barn, was the highlight of the day. “Sharing such intimate words and promises with one another while in the presence of the people we love and cherish most was so powerful and moving.” says Jesse.

In terms of design, the couple wanted to keep things simple. “We didn’t want the wedding to be overly formal or stuffy; we wanted to showcase the rustic beauty of Vermont in the fall.” The natural beauty of the area certainly shines through in their lovely gallery below!

White couple sharing private vows on the shore of Lake Champlain in Vermont

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Wedding Venue: OLD LANTERN INN AND BARN | Photographer: JULIA LUCKETT PHOTOGRAPHY