A Breathtaking Fairytale Elopement in a Vermont Castle

When it comes to elopements, the picturesque landscapes of Vermont have always been a sought-after destination, and Becca and Brendan’s Vermont elopement was no exception! Choosing to embrace the notorious date of Friday the 13th, the couple’s intimate celebration turned superstition on its head, proving that the day can also be just as lucky. With Hillary Fay Studios and Moho Photo by their side, Becca and Brendan’s special day was one straight out of a fairytale. Continue reading for all the details of this one-of-a-kind elopement at Gregoire Castle, plus our top tips for planning your own elopement in Vermont.

Deciding On A Vermont Destination Wedding

A couple’s journey to exchanging vows is always a unique tale of love, preferences, and sometimes, a touch of serendipity. Such was the case for Becca and Brendan who, enamored by the enchanting allure of Vermont during a visit, decided it was the perfect backdrop for their special day.

Vermont’s breathtaking landscapes and warm, welcoming communities, captured their hearts on a previous trip; so when it came time to select a wedding location, the choice was easy! Vermont’s charm promised a day of peace, joy, and unmatched ambiance.

Becca and Brendan knew that, while planning an elopement just for the two of them, they still wanted a one-of-a-kind venue! An evening of scrolling on Airbnb led them to a unique discovery – a castle named Gregoire located in Irasburg, Vermont. With a venue booked, it was time to set a date, and the couple chose one that some may find a bit superstitious: October 13th! (Yes, Friday the 13th) Embracing their love for the unconventional and finding fortune in what many consider an ominous day, Becca and Brendan found that it perfectly aligned with their journey, marking nearly five years of shared moments and luck as a couple.

An Enchanting Elopement with Talented Vermont Wedding Vendors

Starting the day in leisure, the couple enjoyed champagne in a hot tub, embracing the tranquil morning hours. Intimate phone calls to family members replaced traditional pre-ceremony gatherings, maintaining the day’s serene spirit. When it was time to start getting ready, Becca had her hair and makeup done by the talented Hillary and Ashley from Hillary Fay Studios. Moriah of Moho Photo was on site to put the couple at ease, and of course, to dreamily document such a beautiful day! From first looks to the ceremony, dinner, dancing, and a late-night lantern walk – no detail was left behind due to Moriah’s talented lens.

Becca and Brendan’s officiant, Carmen George, who also served as their florist, exceeded all expectations, adding to the day’s perfection. After vows were exchanged, the couple explored the castle’s grounds and took portraits.

Inside the castle, champagne, dinner, and desserts aplenty awaited the newlyweds! The wedding dinner? A delightful surprise catered by The Dancing Sail out of Newport, showcased some of the best dishes Becca and Brendan had ever tasted, maintaining the day’s theme of pleasant unpredictability. For dessert, cakes crafted by Sarah at The Goose Chase Cake Design featured local flavors like maple, a nod to Vermont’s famous commodity.

Becca and Brendan cherished the intimacy and ease of their wedding day, where the focus remained solely on their union. Their elopement not only reflects their personalities and unique love story but also serves as an inspiration for those planning their wedding to seek what truly resonates with them. (It’s your special day, so plan it the way you want to!)

Congratulations, Becca and Brendan, on your special day. The couple plans to revisit Gregoire Castle on their first wedding anniversary, bringing their loved ones along to celebrate their love– and such a special place!

For information on planning your own elopement in Vermont, read our tips at the end of this blog post.

How to Elope in Vermont

Planning an elopement is exciting and is also a deeply personal decision for couples who prefer a more intimate celebration of their love. Here are our team’s top tips for couples looking for information on how to elope in Vermont:

Decide on the Core Elements: What do you want your special day to look like? Feel like? Your elopement is all about celebrating your love in a way that feels true to both of you. Choosing an “us only” elopement means your possibilities are virtually limitless, stretching from incredibly laid-back or romantic to adventurous. Consider incorporating personal touches that reflect your relationship; this could be anything from exchanging vows at the site of your first date to integrating a favorite shared hobby into the day.

Additionally, think about the season – Vermont, for example, offers stunning backdrops ranging from lush green summers to snowy winter wonderlands or vibrant fall foliage! The time of year can significantly influence the feel of your day. Should you decide to include a handful of guests, think about their capabilities (for example, it might be difficult for grandma to hike a few miles to the summit of a mountain!)

Manage the Legalities: The paperwork might seem like the least romantic part of your elopement, but it’s essential. You’ll need to make an appointment with a Vermont town clerk in your town of residence to apply for your marriage license.  If neither of you are a Vermont resident, you can choose any town clerk in the state. We advise making an appointment with a town clerk in the area you are eloping!

Once you receive your marriage license, you’ll have 60 days to get married. (Woohoo!)  After your elopement, the marriage license needs to be returned within 10 business days by the person performing your ceremony- more on that below!

More common legality questions, and answers, can be found here.

If you or your partner is considering a name change post-marriage, start researching the process early as it can be time-consuming. There are resources and even companies out there, like NewlyNamed, that can help you navigate this process.

Choose Your Location and Vendors: Vermont is home to a variety of stunning locations, from the serene Lake Champlain to the majestic Green Mountains. Once you’ve determined your desired date and atmosphere for your elopement, the next step is to begin the process of selecting vendors for the occasion.

A crucial choice for an elopement in Vermont is selecting an officiant. Options include a Vermont Justice of the Peace, a judge, or an ordained minister. Alternatively, you could have a friend obtain a temporary authorization from the state specifically for your ceremony. (Fun fact: some wedding photographers are also ordained. Make sure to ask!)

While an officiant and potentially a photographer are your key priorities, don’t overlook other elements that can enhance your day, such as a florist for a bespoke bouquet or a local bakery for an intimate wedding cake. When selecting vendors, look for those who have experience with elopements and understand the nuances of these smaller, more intimate gatherings!

Disclaimer: Seeing that you’ve visited us here at Vermont Weddings,  the above tips are for those looking to elope in Vermont! However, each state has different laws when it comes to elopements. We advise doing your own research if looking to plan an elopement outside of Vermont.

Vendors:

Venue: Gregoire Castle, Photographer: Moho Photo, Makeup/ Hair: Hillary & Ashley for Hillary Fay Studios, Officiant & Florals: Carmen George Weddings, Dress: Brickhouse Bridal, Suit: Knot Standard, Videography: Andrew Gallivan, Cake: The Goose Chase Cake Design

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