Love on the Waterfront: Capturing Romance at the Colchester Causeway

An iconic Vermont landmark surrounded by beautiful Lake Champlain, the Colchester Causeway is the perfect place for a photoshoot. The almost fourteen-mile trail, also known as the Island Line trail, has plenty of space for people to explore by walking, running, or biking. Briana and Michael embraced one of many Vermont public spaces by having their engagement photos beautifully captured by Margaret Michael Photography and we’re excited to share more with you below!

Bike Trails & Wedding Tales

The couple originally met eight and a half years ago at a softball tournament, when Briana was visiting her friends and Nathaniel was competing. For an intimate proposal, Nathaniel chose to pop the question in Briana’s childhood bedroom at her parent’s house. Their daughter called Briana into the room to ask her to find something – and there Nathaniel was, waiting on one knee. Briana was in complete disbelief, and her family recalls that she kept asking “what are you doing, what is that?!” We love how Nathaniel incorporated one of their children into the proposal, as they are such an important part of their relationship.

For their engagement shoot, the couple took photos at multiple spots along the Colchester Causeway, which spans from Burlington to the Champlain Islands. Margaret Michael Photography did a fantastic job of choosing a variety of spots that showcased the breadth of nature that the Causeway has to offer. From the forest to the lake, Burlington’s natural beauty shined under Margaret’s lens. Briana incorporated a pop of color into the photoshoot by wearing an orange puff sleeved dress with a bow that tied in the back, as well as tan-heeled cowboy boots. Nathaniel stuck to Vermont classic dress with his white t-shirt, hiking shorts, and Nike runners. Their relatively casual dress matched the vibe of Colchester Causeway perfectly!

Margaret did an excellent job capturing the intricate details, particularly the sparkly accent nails on Briana’s ring fingers and her rose gold engagement ring. She also connected with other locals on the path by including a blurred shot of bikes passing by Briana and Nathaniel in one of her photographs. (It’s also one of our favorites from this shoot!)

Despite the cloudy weather, the Vermont sky showcased beautiful shades of blue, lavender, and pastel pink at sunset. Nathaniel and Briana’s laughter and joy at being engaged were wonderfully wholesome and clearly evident through Margaret’s photos.

Next August, the couple will be married at Lake Morey Resort – and their wedding is at the perfect time. It will be a month before their tenth anniversary together! Congratulations on your engagement Briana and Nathaniel, and we look forward to seeing your gorgeous lakefront wedding.

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A Warm and Vibrant Lakefront Wedding At Shore Acres Inn

When Casey and Karl decided to tie the knot, Shore Acres Inn in North Hero, Vermont was the natural choice for their wedding venue. Casey was a bartender at the property and knew the owners personally, which made for seamless wedding planning. The beauty of Shore Acres’ location also played a role in their choice, given its stunning lakefront setting in the picturesque Champlain Islands. From the moment they announced their engagement, it was clear that their special day would be an enchanting affair filled with personal touches, breathtaking views, and the love of family and friends. From the quaint charm of the island to the intimate connections they had with the venue staff, everything seemed to fall perfectly into place. Continue reading for all the charming details and to see how their dream wedding unfolded!

All the Details of their Warm Toned Wedding

Casey chose to get ready at one of Shore Acres’ many rooms on their forty-six acre property. Her floral arm tattoo looked elegant in her sleeveless dress, as did her half up half down hairstyle with flowers in it. Karl and Casey did their first look in a peaceful wooded area of the property, and their intimate embrace was well captured by Vermont wedding photographer Portrait Gallery. Karl cried at the sight of Casey, adding even more emotion to their first look. Their photographers, Geoff and Wendy, also made time for shots with the bridesmaids and the groomsmen before the wedding began. The bridesmaids wore mauve dresses in a lightweight fabric that had a variety of necklines – a recurring trend at recent weddings. The groomsmen and the groom himself all wore matching navy blue suits with a vest, pink ties, and matching brown dress shoes. (A subtle detail that we love is the matching watches that all the groomsmen wore!)

For the ceremony itself, the couple was married at one of the lawns on Shore Acres property overlooking the lake. The day was beautifully warm and sunny, adding a glow to their special day. To frame the lake, the couple had a hexagonal altar with colorful floral arrangements on each side. Beside the altar, they placed two golden pots filled with natural grasses to add a touch of summer. Vermont wedding florist Tipsy Tulip Designs provided Casey with gorgeous fall-toned bouquets, complete with lighter accents to coordinate with the bridesmaids’ dresses. We love how the bouquets’ palette turned out, with the ribbon around them that perfectly matching their dresses. 

In one of the most heartwarming moments of the wedding ceremony, Karl and Casey’s father were both crying tears of joy as Casey walked down the aisle. Their wedding was officiated by a close family friend. One of our favorite photos from the entire wedding was a vintage feeling sepia photo of Casey and Karl holding hands as they walked to their reception.

Dancing the Night Away: A Lively Reception

After the ceremony, the couple hosted their reception at a tent on the grounds. Casey and Karl had their own table with a sign that said Mr. & Mrs. on it and Casey reused her bouquet for a table ornament as well. Their meal was catered by Shore Acres, and their cake was adorned with fresh flowers, adding more color and details to the delicious creation! Later in the evening, DJ Super Sounds brought the energy with a great music selection and all of the wedding guests joined in for the dancing. It made for a lively night with plenty of fun for everyone and infectious smiles. Casey and Karl also took more intimate photos outside of the tent at night, and the lighting gave them such a stunning glow. 

 Congratulations to Casey and Karl on your stunning lakefront wedding day! 

Vendors:

Venue and Catering: Shore Acres, Photographer: Portrait Gallery, DJ: Super Sounds, Florist: Tipsy Tulip Designs, Officiant: a family friend.

Elegance in Every Frame: Learn More About Vermont Wedding Photographer Portrait Gallery

Are you currently looking for a wedding photographer? Meet Portrait Gallery! Geoff and Wendy are the talented photographers behind the lens and have captured over 500 weddings over the years. In addition to photography, Portrait Gallery can also provide videography, a second photographer, and even a photo booth to enhance your Vermont wedding.

Learn More About Tipsy Tulip Designs: Your Vermont Wedding Floral Specialist

Tipsy Tulip Designs is a wedding florist located in Milton, Vermont. Lead designer and owner, Emily, turned her lifelong passion for gardening and designing creative floral arrangements into a career. She works with couples to combine their personal styles with her own rustic, romantic designs to create floral arrangements, bouquets, and installations that will take your breath away!

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Venue Spotlight: Reading Farms Estate

Welcome to our Meet The Pros series, where we shine a spotlight on the exceptional venues and professionals that make every Vermont wedding magical. Today, we’re thrilled to introduce you to the enchanting Reading Farms Estate, a hidden gem nestled in the heart of Vermont. We had the pleasure of sitting down with Arturo, the passionate owner of this breathtaking property, who shared with us the many reasons why Reading Farms Estate is the quintessential location for a dream Vermont wedding. From its historic charm to its picturesque landscapes, get ready to fall in love with this extraordinary venue.

The vibe: what are three words would you use to describe your venue?

Reading Farms Estate is elegant, grand, and unique! I think our venue combines the charm of historic architecture with the luxury of modern amenities, offering a truly exceptional setting for your special occasion. 

The space: Can couples host their ceremony and reception on-site? What are those spaces like? 

Absolutely! We offer a variety of stunning landscapes to host both your ceremony and reception. As a private home/estate, we pride ourselves on creating a personalized and over-the-top experience tailored to each couple’s unique vision. (If you can dream it, we aim to make it happen!) Here’s a closer look at the enchanting spaces available:

For wedding ceremonies, our formal garden, eastern lawn, or back pond near our lovely gazebo are great choices for a more intimate setting. Our most popular ceremony site is, our beautiful 200-year-old maple tree alley, which provides shade to your guests as your photographer captures you through the filter beams of warm light!

If you are looking for a more cottage-core vibe, our meadow lawn on the west side of the property has amazing open views, where you can see colors changing on the horizon. (Aka absolutely perfect for a fall wedding!)

The open pavilion barn is another great option if you are looking for a more rustic yet modern space. The marquee lawn surrounded by the front pond and our private helipad with the main house are also available as backdrops for your special day. Lastly, you can have your ceremony on “Heart Hill”. We mow the hill in the shape of an abstract heart. Where you and your guest will be able to appreciate the entire estate from high above, overlooking our 400 acres.

When it’s time for the reception, we have multiple options available, all depending on your guest count and whether or not you’d like a tent. If you want a tent, the eastern lawn, meadow lawn, maple tree alley, and marquee lawn are perfect possibilities. For couples planning a celebration of 80 guests or less, you do not need a tent as our barn accommodates that size comfortably.

The amenities: What do you include?

You have the option to rent the entire property for a full day, granting access to the ceremony, reception, and after-party areas, as well as the Bridal and Groom Suites for preparation. This package accommodates up to 150 guests on the day of the event.
 
We also offer a 2-3 night reservation package that accommodates 40 overnight guests across the main house, theater, and living barn. Additional day guests and extended stays can be arranged as needed. All other elements from planning, design, rentals, and catering will be provided by our preferred vendor On Thyme Events. 
 
The area: What is there to do in the local area?
 
Reading Farms Estate is in a great location, being only 10 minutes away from the lovely town of Woodstock! We are also 30 minutes from Killington and Okemo. 5 minutes from us is the Art Hall Foundation. 
 
Does the property have a rich history? Yes, we do! The original part of the main house and barn were built in 1776. George Gallowhur purchased the property back in the 1920s from the Keith clan which had royal lineage, and escaped Scotland after being exiled. George Gallowhur heritage was Dutch and was a well renounced traveler, this influenced and is reflected on Reading Farms’ architecture.
 
The property has been under the same family for over 100-years and is a testament of labor of love and pride. 
The fit: Who are your ideal clients?
 
At Reading Farms Estate, our ideal clients are those who seek to experience the pinnacle of sophistication and luxury for their elevated ceremonies, rehearsal dinners, or day-after brunches. Nestled amidst 400 pristine private gated acres in the enchanting village of Reading, Vermont, our exclusive venue offers an unrivaled setting that stands out for its complete freedom from noise or time restrictions—a truly distinctive feature in the state.
 
Whether you envision an intimate gathering or an extravagant event with up to 3,000 guests, Reading Farms Estate provides the perfect backdrop for your special day. Surrounded by the charm of neighboring Woodstock, Vermont, our venue is designed to make your dream celebration a reality, catapulting you to the next chapter in your love story.
 
We cater to those who value total privacy and security, now offering a few selected weddings per year to maintain an unparalleled level of exclusivity and attention to detail. At Reading Farms Estate, anything is possible!
 
Learn more about Reading Farms Estate by visiting their profile on our Vendor Guide.

A Uniquely Rustic Engagement Shoot at Shelburne Farms

We adore that Vermont serves as the picturesque setting for countless romantic tales—be it a first date, a memorable vacation, an engagement, or a grand wedding celebration. Although Cassie and Keegan are not hosting their wedding in Vermont, they sought to capture the essence of our enchanting state through their proposal and engagement photos, expertly taken by Keith MacDonald Photography! Last October, Keegan coordinated with Keith to document his proposal at the Von Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, Vermont. The couple was delighted by the breathtaking peak foliage adorning the surrounding hills, amplifying Cassie’s astonishment at the proposal. Opting to forego an engagement shoot in their home state of Connecticut, they chose to return to Vermont for another photography session with Keith- and we’re excited to share the stunning images from that special shoot below!

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For their engagement shoot, Cassie and Keegan they chose to host their photoshoot at Shelburne Farms, a popular destination for couples in Vermont. Cassie and Keegan enjoyed a perfect May day in Vermont and managed to miss out on our mud season completely. We love how the couple each brought two outfits for the shoot, one that was dressier and one that was more laid-back. Cassie wore a knee length puff sleeved white dress with heels for her first outfit, and straight leg jeans paired with a white blouse and sneakers for her second outfit. Keegan wore a collared striped shirt with jeans and sneakers for his outfit, but then changed into a pair of Nikes and a henley style cream t-shirt for a more casual look.

The couple chose a variety of spots across Shelburne Farms for their photo shoot, including the shores of Lake Champlain, the gardens of the historic Inn, and the inside of a rustic barn. One especially unique aspect of their engagement photoshoot was Keith MacDonald’s choice to use a film camera as well as a digital camera to capture the couple. The film photos came out beautifully, especially the magical picture where Cassie is surrounded by a gorgeous flash of orange, which you’ll see in the gallery below!

We love how the couple chose to spend time vacationing in Vermont together before getting married in Connecticut in 2025. Keith MacDonald will be traveling to photograph their wedding there as well, and we look forward to seeing the incredible moments he captures during Cassie and Keegan’s big day! Congratulations Cassie and Keegan, and good luck planning your wedding.

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Meet Vermont Wedding Florist, Jordy, of Heaven Scent Floral Art

When it comes to crafting the perfect wedding day, the intricate details often make the most lasting impressions. One thing that plays a pivotal role? Floral arrangements! Vermont wedding florists are renowned for their ability to capture the natural beauty and essence of the region, transforming venues into breathtaking spaces that reflect the unique love story of each couple. Among these talented artisans is Jordy, the creative force behind Heaven Scent Floral Art. Jordy’s passion for floristry and her keen eye for design has earned her a stellar reputation in the Vermont wedding community. Learn more about her journey and the exquisite artistry she brings to life by reading below!

How did you get into wedding floral arrangements?

As a passionate gardener & botanical artist with a love of color and interesting textures, these were the initial hints to develop my floristry skills. Raised on the southeast coastline of Australia very remotely- the vast bushlands in my backyard, and huge cliff lines to the beach and ocean were my whole world as a child & becoming a florist was the only thing I knew how to do, it came very naturally and I’ve never looked back!

How would you describe your floral arrangement style?

Our tag line is simple, natural, and elegant- I would also add timeless. Trends come and go so regularly, and we try to stay true to our heart’s creativity, grounded in what I see when I walk through the natural woodlands in beautiful Vermont and my own flower garden.

What inspires your work?

I draw my inspiration from my beloved homeland Australia, daily walks in nature with my two ridgebacks, and my colorful flower garden in Warren, VT. I am also a botanical illustrator and landscape painter, sometimes the abstract nature of designing a painting creates the feel of a wedding floral palette too! My artistic worlds cross over in many ways- all with nature as the primal inspiration.  I’m always observing how plants grow, move, change and their colors. (Nature always puts the right colors together!) I avoid the online world as much as possible for inspiration.

Any special tips for couples for choosing/working with a wedding florist in general?

Find someone who is passionate about the natural world. Someone who knows flowers, their bloom cycles ,and their season,  as well as understands color theory. It’s also important to find someone who gives you all the time you need and will work with your budget. A strong social media presence doesn’t mean they are any better at what they do.  In short: Find someone who knows flowers, their seasons, and your budget!

What’s your favorite moment during a wedding?

Always, always, always meeting the bride in person for the first time and seeing her reaction to her bouquet… we are usually both crying with joy!

What’s your favorite thing to do in VT? / Local spot to visit?

All the magnificent natural trails and places to walk, the rivers and their swimming holes, the lakes and their secret spots away from the crowds to swim. I love to cook from our local farm CSA so don’t eat out much. (But my daughter and I adore Taco Gordo near our studio in the Old North End, Burlington!)

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

I’d be without doubt a full time book binder, botanical illustrator/ landscape painter! I take classes at all the Art Schools in Burlington weekly: Burlington City Arts, Shelburne Craft School and The Davis Studio are my favorites. The Studio Place Arts in Barre offers amazing bookbinding courses too.

What’s a fun fact about yourself?

I love to dance with my daughter, and I adore surfing in Maine, Costa Rica and my country- Australia. I was raised in Bells Beach, Australia, other than my child and two ridgebacks, surfing is my greatest joy!

Thanks, Jordy, for sitting down and chatting with us! To learn even more about Jordy and her stunning floral work, visit Heaven Scent Floral Art in our Vendor Directory.

Your Guide to the Perfect Summer Elopement in Vermont

Eloping is one of the most intimate ways to begin your marriage, usually including only the couple, a photographer, and an officiant. Since Vermont is filled with some of the most breathtaking nature (Yes, we’re biased!)  in the country, it is an obvious choice for couples looking to elope surrounded by the wilderness. Suppose you’re dreaming of a summer elopement in Vermont. In that case, you’ll want to continue reading for our top tips, as well as some amazing images from Emily and Matt’s relaxing, yet adventurous elopement, with the help of Kate Seymour Photography

Eloping in Vermont: The Essential Details

When planning your special day – no matter how big or small- one important item to factor in is your marriage license. Live somewhere else but wanting to elope in Vermont? You are able to obtain a marriage license from any town or city clerk in the state. If you and your partner both live in Vermont, the marriage license must be picked up at the town in which you reside. (At the time of writing this post, the cost is $80) The marriage license is valid for sixty days from the date that it is first issued, and if the wedding is not performed by an authorized person within that time frame – it is considered to be void. 

How or where you elope is where the fun comes in! An elopement can take place anywhere your heart desires, whether it’s a picturesque mountaintop, a serene beach, or even the comfort of your own backyard- and the celebration can be as intimate as an officiant and the couple or include a few family or friends. Some couples even ask a family member or friend to become a temporary officiant for their big day. If you are interested in going this route, Vermont allows anyone over the age of 18 to become a temporary officiant for your wedding, for the cost of $100. (Fun fact: some wedding professionals, like photographers for example, are officiants too, like Kate Seymour Photography! This makes your elopement even more streamlined and intimate). After the wedding ceremony, the officiant must input the date and location, sign your license, and deliver it back to the clerk’s office where it was purchased within 10 days. After that, you are officially married!

Matt and Emily's Adventurous Elopement

Originally, Matt and Emily were going to get married in Boston in August of 2020, but their plans shifted due to the pandemic. Like so many others, the couple held off for a bit until their original wedding date was creeping up on their calendar. Matt and Emily decided that they would like to elope in Vermont. Although they had never visited the location of their elopement before, they took a suggestion from Kate Seymour to get married on the shores of Lake Willoughby in the Northeast Kingdom.  (A stunning location we recommend everyone visits at least once!)

Parts of the wedding were hosted across the lake and the state forest, giving the couple ample time to explore the place where they would be married. Instead of choosing to get married by the lake, which would have been busy in the peak summer months, Emily and Matt decided to have their first look and ceremony at a nearby river. They dressed themselves in the surrounding woods and had their first look at a trail that led down to some falls. Despite the wedding being last minute, the couple looked absolutely amazing, and both of their outfits were perfect for summer in Vermont! We love how Emily kept shorter natural nails while incorporating pearl nail art for the occasion. 

A Scenic Day Full of Hiking and A Sunset

Following their peaceful and exuberant ceremony by the falls, the couple took a scenic drive to the lake. On the way, they stopped at a meadow ornamented with purple flowers for a few more photographs before heading to Mount Pisgah. The couple changed into their hiking clothes for a brief hike to the first overlook where they witnessed sweeping views of the lake and forest. Finally, they made it to the lake just in time to witness the sunset painting the Vermont sky in shades of light pink and orange. Since the weather remained warm, the couple and their officiant decided to take a brief dip in the lake to end their beautiful night. Their adventurous spirit was personified by Emily and Matt choosing to run into the water in their wedding outfits. The draping of Emily’s dress looked even more gorgeous floating atop the clear lake water. 

Vermont is the perfect place for outdoor-loving couples to elope, regardless of the season, there is something for everyone. If you’re interested in a Vermont elopement, Kate Seymour has a ton of inspiration on her website that can help with planning your perfect day. Congratulations Emily and Matt, we’re happy to see that your last-minute wedding turned out beautifully! 

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