STUNNING MOUNTAIN VIEW WEDDING AT HILDENE

Lauren and Dusty are native Vermonters who have been together for 10 years. The timeless, historical, and elegant Hildene was the perfect backdrop for their summer wedding. Lauren and Dusty actually attended a prom at Hildene (as friends) when they were still in high school so they knew it was a perfect place to tie the knot. 

Gorgeous Vermont Mountain Views at Hildene Wedding

Nestled between the Taconic and Green Mountains in Vermont is the glorious Hildene Estate. Hildene was the summer home of Abraham Lincoln’s son Robert Todd Lincoln, and it is where Lauren and Dusty chose to begin their marriage with breathtaking mountain views and sweeping valleys below. 

Hildene is located right at the center of historic Manchester Village and encompasses everything charming and classic New England. It is full of interesting shops, excellent restaurants, and beautiful churches. So, even native Vermonters, like Lauren and Dusty, gravitate to it for celebrations.  

The Ideal Tented Wedding Venue

Lauren and Dusty had the perfect summer day for an outdoor tented wedding. They chose a beautiful pastel pink color that was used throughout all of the details, including the flowers and bridesmaid dresses. The sail cloth tent for the reception looked so gorgeous and romantic for all of their guests to enjoy dinner and dancing to celebrate this wonderful couple!

Be sure to check out more posts of our real summer Vermont weddings here.

Wedding Venue: HILDENE, THE LINCOLN FAMILY  | Photographer: SIXPENCE STUDIOS

HOW TO HONOR LOVED ONES AT YOUR WEDDING

Couples often want to honor loved ones who aren’t present on their wedding day and who have been an important part of their life. You likely are envisioning your wedding day being surrounded by loved ones. But what about family and friends who cannot be there to physically celebrate, like loved ones who are ill or deceased? Honoring these special people through rituals can help couples feel connected to these people on such an important occasion. 

Officiant and Life-Cycle Celebrant Janet Dunn provided a variety of ideas for how to remember loved ones who aren’t present on your wedding day and wrote sample scripts you can use in your ceremony.

HOW TO HONOR LOVED ONES IN YOUR CEREMONY

As the focal point of your wedding day, your wedding ceremony is a natural place to honor loved ones who can’t participate in person. Janet Dunn provided a few ideas to place this moment of remembrance and some sample language to inspire you. 

Wedding Ceremony Welcome

The officiant’s welcome to your wedding is one place to mention a word of remembrance. As you welcome those who are physically present, it’s easy to take a moment to acknowledge those who are not. Here’s some sample language for a welcome statement that honors loved ones:

Sample Welcome Script 1:

Welcome. We appreciate that you’ve come from near and far to join us for this joyful ceremony. PARTNER and PARTNER are thrilled that you could be here to share their most special day with them. They also remember other loved ones who cannot be here to share this moment with them today. Both those who were simply unable to attend and those who have passed away. We hold these people dear in our hearts today.

Sample Welcome Script 2:

Welcome everyone. PARTNER and PARTNER thank you for your presence here today. They ask for your blessing, encouragement, and lifelong support for their decision to be married. They would also like to acknowledge those who could not be here but would have loved to share in this occasion, particularly LOVED ONE. We hold their memories close to our hearts today.

A Moment of Silence in Your Wedding Ceremony

Janet crafted some beautiful sample scripts that you could use to honor loved ones during your wedding ceremony with a moment of silence. This may directly follow the welcome, or go before your vows or recessional. Note that there is no “right” place for this; it’s what feels most natural for your specific wedding ceremony. 

Moment of Silence Script 1:

At this time, we’d like to take a moment of silence to remember those who are not here with us. Even though they are not here physically, they are a part of the foundation that makes PARTNER and PARTNER the people they are today. May we always remember NAMES. Though they are absent physically, we invoke, through our thoughts and prayers, their loving presence.

Moment of Silence Script 2:

We would like to take a moment to recognize those that could not be here today. While they may not physically be with us, PARTNER and PARTNER feel their love and support.

Light a Candle 

Candles are a common symbol of remembrance. They’re also readily available and simple to add to a ceremony. Be sure to check with your venue for restrictions around candles first! Here’s a heartfelt sample script for this act: 

Candle Lighting Script:

Love has gathered us here today to witness the joining of PARTNER and PARTNER. Had NAME been here today, they would have been incredibly proud to be celebrating this marriage with us. Still, we feel their presence with us, as they surround us with their spirit and shower us with their love. It is in their memory that we now light this candle. Let us all bow our heads for a brief moment of reflection to acknowledge NAME’S presence here with us.

A Memorial Chair During the Ceremony

Saving a chair for your loved ones is a physical reminder of their presence and love. To make it more personal, you could put a framed photo of them on the chair and something small that reminds you of them. (Ex. A stuffed fish for your grandfather who loved to fish.) Or you may choose to hang a sign on the chair that says “In Memory Of NAME” with a flower. 

You could also hang photos from loved ones’ weddings down the aisle. This is a wonderful way to acknowledge the marriages that came before you.

Choose Readings That Remind You of Your Loved Ones

Incorporate meaningful readings into your ceremony that remind you of your loved ones. At my wedding, we read a modified version of a book about love my grandma used to read to me. She was ill and unable to attend in person, and this felt like a special way to honor her. 

You don’t have to explicitly say why each reading was chosen, so this can be a subtle way to honor a loved one if that feels more true to you.

In addition to your ceremony, there are several ways to honor your loved ones throughout your day. 

A SENTIMENTAL ACCESSORY

Wearing something that reminds you of your loved one can be a tangible way to feel a connection to them.

For example, making a pin with a photo charm of a loved one pinned to the inside of a suit coat is a simple way to keep their memory close. This can be displayed in a shadowbox frame after the wedding too. 

Using an item of clothing from your loved one, you could create a variety of accessories, including a pocket square and flowers to pin to your hair. I’ve also seen couples sew a heart-shaped piece of fabric into the bottom of a dress, or inside of a suit coat. 

If you have access to a loved one’s wedding dress, I highly recommend looking into Ceci Leibovitz’s jewelry. Her pieces are truly lovely and you can create a necklace or cufflinks for your own wedding day (and beyond). (Ceci Leibovitz is part of our 2022 Vermont Weddings Gift Guide.) 

You may also choose to wear a piece of your loved one’s jewelry, such as a pair of earrings.

A BLESSING BEFORE DINNER

A pre-dinner blessing or prayer is another natural place for a moment of silence and/or an acknowledgement of the loved ones who aren’t physically present. 

CREATE A PHOTO DISPLAY

Many couples create a photo display with pictures of their love story and from parents’ and grandparents’ weddings. If you’re doing something similar, you can include photos of loved ones in this display as well. 

You could select their wedding photos (if applicable) or photos of you with them. This collection is often displayed on the welcome table, a guest book or favor table (if different), or dessert table. Sometimes couples will also add a remembrance candle to the display. 

HONOR YOUR LOVED ONES IN YOUR FLOWERS 

Janet suggests displaying a bouquet of flowers at your ceremony spot or altar with flowers symbolizing your loved ones. You could also include symbolic flowers in your bouquet, such as their birth month flower or a favorite bloom. Either of these options is a beautiful way to subtly pay tribute to your loved ones.  

A third option is to tie a ring, charm, or a ribbon of lace (from a loved one’s dress) around your bouquet. (I recommend having someone in charge of removing this and safely storing it after your ceremony.)

FLORAL PRESERVATION

Preserving your bouquet after your wedding is a wonderful way to remember both your wedding day and your tribute to your loved one. Tanglewood Floral Preservation creates custom keepsakes such as trays, ornaments, and decor pieces using your flowers and resin. 

FOCUS ON LOVE – PICK WHAT WORKS FOR YOU

No matter how you choose to honor your loved ones, what matters is that it feels authentic to you and helps you connect with their love and your partner. “Whether you use words, candles, flowers, or moment of silence…remembrance is what affirms the connection. On a day when two hearts join, focus on the love,” says Janet. It’s up to you if you choose to do something explicit, or if you’d prefer to keep the remembrance more private and personal.

Finally, it’s natural to feel sadness or disappointment that they’re not able to physically celebrate with you. While weddings are a joyful occasion, it’s natural to feel a range of emotions during such a momentous occasion. Focus on the love, and do what feels right for you.

We hope these ideas help you to authentically celebrate your loved ones and feel their loving presence on your wedding day.

VENUE SPOTLIGHT ON AN AFFAIR BY THE LAKE

Do you love being by the lake? Are you looking for a wedding venue that provides a beautiful blank canvas you can transform into your wedding vision? Are you looking forward to relaxing on your wedding weekend with loved ones? If you answered yes, you’re going to love today’s venue spotlight on An Affair by the Lake. This unique property in Addison Vermont is located on Lake Champlain and combines the charm of a historic Victorian inn with picturesque lake views. Owner Loraine sat down with us to share more about this gorgeous, unique property. 

The space: What’s the vibe?

Imagine a relaxed, lakeside venue that’s elegant but unfussy with spectacular views.

The ceremony gazebo overlooks the lake and majestic Adirondack Mountains, which play host to spectacular sunsets. A spacious lawn provides lots of room for lawn games and cocktail hour lakeside. The original post and beam barn, while only suitable as storage, provides a rustic, authentically-Vermont backdrop for photos. Just beyond the barn, receptions can be hosted under a tent.

The amenities: What’s Included?

Couples can make use of the full property (grounds, lakefront, historic Victorian home) for 3 days. Our stunning lakeside gazebo provides the perfect backdrop for your ceremony. Couples rent their reception tent (we can fit one up to 200 guests) and a luxury restroom trailer.

We also provide onsite lodging for up to 8 guests in the gorgeous Victorian home, where the wedding party can also get ready in grand style the morning of the wedding. And, speaking of the wedding morning, we provide a mini brunch for houseguests!

We offer partial planning services and full day-of coordination. This includes finding vendors best suited to you, as well as creating layouts, timelines, task checklists, and an overall comprehensive wedding plan. You are not on your own, we are with you every step of the way! Our clients value their time, and love that we can take so much off their plate. Plus, our help means our clients can relax and focus on each other and those nearest and dearest on the weekend of their wedding. 

The area: What is there to do in the local area?

The charming towns of Middlebury and Vergennes are both about 15 minutes away, and offer eclectic shops, amazing restaurants (which are perfect for off-site rehearsal dinners), wineries and microbreweries. And we’re only 45 minutes from Burlington. 

Whether you’re looking for an early morning run or a more leisurely walk, step off the property and onto the new, spectacular Lake Champlain Bridge to explore the hiking trails and scenic views at the Crown Point Historic Site just across the bridge in NY. If you prefer a little more of a hiking challenge, Snake Mountain Trail is 10 minutes away and provides breathtaking views of the lake and Champlain Valley.

You can also find great golfing nearby at Basin Harbor Club, Ralph Myhre Golf Course at Middlebury College, or challenging mini golf just down the road.

The history: Does the property have a rich history? 

The Victorian home was originally built in 1873 and we’ve been lovingly restoring it over the past 20 years, balancing historic charm with updated styling. The property’s massive cottonwood tree, at approximately 200 years old, is the second largest cottonwood in Vermont.

Three rapid fire questions:

Favorite moment during a wedding: When the processional music starts and the walk down the aisle begins. This never stops being emotional and heart-stopping!

Favorite thing to do in VT: Hiking, kayaking, snowshoeing, skiing, anything outdoors!

Best advice for couples: Take time to enjoy the journey towards your wedding day, and especially the day-of. All of it will fly by, so don’t waste precious time getting caught up in the small stuff. At the end of the day, you will be married, and you’ll be surprised how many of the little details you fretted over really didn’t matter. And do yourself a huge favor, have a day-of coordinator so you can really relax and fully enjoy the day!

Thank you, Lorraine! Learn more about An Affair by the Lake in the vendor guide.  

MEET VERMONT WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER BEN HUDSON

One thing that really stands out about Vermont wedding photographer Ben Hudson is his love for his family, and how that inspires his work as a photographer. He commits to each couple’s wedding fully, and and honors the specialness of their weddings by only taking on about 15 clients a year so he can give his full energy to each. He describes his work as documentary style, intent on capturing the unforgettable moments of each couple’s celebration. Read on to learn more about this talented wedding photographer and visit the vendor guide to reach out to Ben! 

How did you get into wedding photography?

I fell in love with photography at a summer camp in Maine when I was 12 years old and that is where I learned how to work in a dark room and develop my own film. My passion for photography grew through high school and college when I focused mainly on landscape photography and concerts. It was in 2006 that a friend asked if I would photograph their wedding. I said yes and then from there forward I have not looked back. Weddings have been my focus ever since. 

How would you describe your photography style?

I am a documentary style wedding photographer. I want you to enjoy your family and friends and let me capture your day as it unfolds. I feel as though your wedding should not be a photoshoot where I direct you throughout the day. It should be your wedding. I will direct you when it comes to portrait time…other than that, I capture what happens.

What inspires your work?

My family. The most important thing in my life is my family and friends. I only take on 15 weddings a year so that I have time to enjoy my family. When I am photographing a wedding it is all about you, your family, friends and your day. Weddings are a very unique celebration as this may be the only time you are surrounded by almost every person you love in the world. My job is to document this day, the location and the people who are gathered around you.

Any special tips for couples for choosing a wedding photographer?

Have someone capture the day that you are comfortable with. If possible, meet in person before your wedding, read reviews and view a full gallery to make sure you are a good fit. They will be around you for one of the most important days in your life. 

What’s your favorite moment during a wedding?

I love the beginning of the day and the reception. I feel as though this is when everyone’s true personalities come out. Things are not as stiff and formal and everyone is being their true self; their guard is down and they are just living their best day.

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

In the winter I love to snowboard and my main mountains are Sugarbush and Jay. In the fall and summer I enjoy getting out on my bike and exploring the swimming holes with my wife and kids. I also LOVE the ocean….so I go to Maine, North Carolina, or Puerto Rico.

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

I would travel the world with my family, run a small travel company focusing on ecotourism and possibly run a B&B or hostel on one of my favorite islands in the tropics or the Greek isles. 

What’s a fun fact about yourself? 

I was in the movie A Man without a Face, and my great grandmother was mother superior in the Sound of Music. When I got married, my mom chose the song we danced to, and she chose, “Climb Every Mountain” from the movie which my grandmother sang….It was interesting.

What’s a song that always gets you on the dance floor?

“Poker Face” – Lady Gaga

Thank you, Ben! Learn more about Ben Hudson Photography in the vendor guide.

A FUN BACKYARD WEDDING WITH A SPECIAL COCKTAIL HOUR PHOTO WALL

Jess and Ben’s fun backyard wedding was intimate, filled with thoughtful details and ended with a lively party. What could be better? 

Photographer Moriah of Moho Photos says that one of her favorite details was their cocktail hour decor. “The couple took over the garage for cocktail hour, and my favorite feature was the wall they covered with photos of them, their parents, and their grandparents. It was a really special touch!” says Moriah. It’s also a great reminder that personal touches don’t have to be elaborate to be meaningful and special!

Other highlights include the cutest, festive pup and lots and lots of smiles – you can totally feel excitement and fun of this day! Check out the full gallery below.

MEET JANA OF TANGLEWOOD FLORAL PRESERVATION

Does the idea of letting your beautiful wedding florals wilt away after your wedding make you want to wilt a little yourself? What if you could preserve their beauty – and the memories of your wedding day – for a lifetime? Tanglewood Floral Preservation creates unique, custom keepsakes with your wedding florals that you’ll treasure for a lifetime. Read on to learn more about Jana, the artist behind these amazing creations!

How did you get into floral preservation? 

My whole life I have always been drawn to flowers and nature. I have been working with resin since 2017, but I never felt like I had found my specific ‘niche’ until one day on Instagram I encountered a large resin block of preserved flowers and instantly fell in love! With the full support of my partner Joe, we took the dive into the world of floral preservation! We are now also beginning to offer handmade wooden stands and frames from locally-sourced Vermont wood and larger pieces like end tables, clocks and other functional art. 

How would you describe your style? 

I tend to be a very “intuitive” artist. I think my style is more ethereal/whimsical, however I really try to work with my clients specific vision and I am able to adapt to their wishes/style too. 

What inspires your work? 

Getting to be a part of helping people preserve not only their flowers but their most beautiful memories lights me up inside and I feel so blessed to be doing it!

Any special tips for couples thinking about floral preservation? 

I think it’s important for couples to choose an artist with whom they feel a connection to and share an artistic vision, and also someone that has a good amount of experience working with resin as a medium, because like anything worthwhile, it takes lots of practice! 

I think it’s important for couples to understand that floral preservation can be thought of as a long term investment, preserving not only your beautiful flowers, but the irreplaceable memories that accompany them.

Also, we suggest that couples who are considering floral preservation talk to their florist about using a combination of larger and smaller flowers along with a variety greenery and various textures so that we can have a greater variety to work with for the different pieces we create. 

What’s your favorite moment during a wedding? 

When the couple is just about to start their vows. They are both nervous but excited, and then a calmness takes over. It’s as if in that moment, everyone else disappears and you can feel the love in they way they look at each other. Gets me every time!

What’s your favorite thing to do in VT? 

I love hiking and exploring all of the scenic trails Vermont has to offer and enjoying the beaches of lake Champlain. Art’s Riot, The Burlington Waterfront and Foam Brewery are some of our favorite local spots for music and pretty views.

If you weren’t doing floral preservation what would you do? 

Probably making resin jewelry and other kinds of art…woodworking…hanging out with my kids, our two dogs and my horse. 

What’s a fun fact about yourself? 

My dad taught me how to ski when I was only 2 years old. 

What’s a song that always gets you on the dance floor? 

The new Elton John Dua Lipa remix of “Cold heart” is my latest favorite to dance to.

Thank you, Jana! Learn more about Tanglewood Floral Preservation in the vendor guide.

VENUE SPOTLIGHT ON COMMON GROUND CENTER

Couples who want their Vermont wedding to feel rustic, nature-inspired, and fun will love today’s venue: Common Ground Center. This unique venue offers both outdoor and indoor spaces for wedding celebrations, and onsite cabins for guests to stay. If spending a weekend with your loved ones in the beauty of the Vermont countryside sounds like your jam (um, yes!) then read on!

The space: What’s the vibe?

Rustic, exclusive, camp vibes. We have 700 acres to explore while you’re here for your wedding! 

The amenities: What’s Included?

Our venue is rustic with modern amenities. We have a variety of indoor and outdoor spaces to have your ceremony and your reception can be hosted in our gorgeous dining hall. We have fields, a pond, rustic barns and mountain views that make a stunning backdrop for all of your photos and are sure to leave lasting memories for you and your guests.

Use of the full property is included for 3 days. We provide tables and chairs (seating up to 160). We have a large screened porch and tents on site for extra coverage in Vermont weather. Couples do need to rent a tent if they want to have an outdoor reception. 

Lodging for 31 people in our stunning and cozy Ecolodge and our cabins and tent spaces sleep an additional 140 people with epic camp vibes. We also have a sweet wood fired oven – hello, pizza night!

The area: What is there to do in the local area?

We are located within 30 minutes of Burlington and Middlebury. We have 700 acres to explore with hiking trails, a pond, Lewis Creek access, tennis and basketball courts, a game room, and so much more. All are great options for outdoor activities with family and friends!

The history: Does the property have a rich history?

Our site was originally a farm and has been lovingly restored throughout the years. We maintained the original charm but added modern upgrades to spaces. We’ve also built new structures including our Ecolodge and cabins that are eco-friendly and include materials harvested from the property. 

Three rapid fire questions:

1. Favorite moment during a wedding: There is a distinct and palpable feeling at the end of every wedding weekend.  Everyone seems so relaxed and like they went on a vacation after the wedding weekend is over!
2. Favorite thing to do in VT: Anything and everything outside. Finding natural swimming holes, exploring new trails, or just lounging in a hammock with a good book.
3. Best advice for couples: Utilize our Rental Coordinator in your planning stages, bring an A-team to have a stress free set up and take down, and hand off as much as possible so you can just enjoy your celebration!

Thank you, Common Ground Center! Learn more about this venue in the vendor guide.

MEET WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER MORIAH OF MOHO PHOTOS

Moriah of MoHo Photo describes herself as a wedding photographer for fun-loving, adventurous couples – and that vibe shines through in all of her work. Whenever her name pops up on my feed I feel a smile come over my face and get inspired. (Remember that fun arcade date engagement shoot?!) Learn more about Moriah below!

How did you get into wedding photography? 

I grew up loving photography – I was that person in high school who dug out the unused dark room in the school to teach myself how to shoot and roll film. 

My first experience with wedding photography was when my sister got married, and she asked if I could take portraits of her and her new husband during the wedding (while also being in the wedding party as maid of honor – wild times!). 

It was that experience that established my love of couples portraits during a wedding day – it’s such a beautiful combination of capturing people I care about, finding their unique connection to highlight and photograph, all while getting really creative in the process. After that I was totally hooked and knew this is what I had to do for a living.

How would you describe your photography style? 

In three words: fun, candid, joyful. I love finding the balance between capturing my couples as they are and inspiring them to be their best selves in front of my camera….And I always make sure we have fun in the process.

What inspires your work? 

My couples! It’s kinda like taking a trip to your favorite place, but it’s new every time with each person I work with. Getting to know their true selves and the connection they have with each other is at the core of how I document my people.

Any special tips for couples for choosing / working with a wedding photographer or about wedding photos in general?

Make sure you have amazing chemistry with your photographer! Not only will they be one of the only people with you the entire day (other than your new partner of course), but the level of comfort you have with your photographer will help you feel relaxed and natural, which will make your images shine.

What’s your favorite moment during a wedding? 

I love the quiet in-between moments, when no one is really watching and the couple is totally immersed in what’s happening around and between them. Those moments I photograph are always the most powerful images from a wedding day.

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

I’m totally spoiled by the beer scene in Vermont. I love spending a lazy weekend exploring local towns and finding new breweries and food spots. My current favorites are Four Quarters in Winooski and Hill Farmstead in Greensboro. If you book me for a session down by the waterfront in Burlington there’s a good chance we’ll be stopping at Foam during the session.

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

I actually worked as a Business/Quality Analyst in the IT world for manyyyyy years before going full time with photography. I sometimes miss the logical structure of IT, but I’m so much happier focusing that energy on my creative business. I also have a dream when I ‘retire’ from weddings of owning an alpaca farm in the Northeast Kingdom and helping rescue animals there.

What’s a fun fact about yourself? 

I love to travel! I’ve spent a lot of time in Mexico and Namibia working with local communities, and I’m always looking for ways to travel more consciously and intentionally. My bucket list spots are Mongolia and Patagonia for extended stays!

What’s a song that always gets you on the dance floor? 

Anything by Taylor Swift, but I’m a huge sucker for live bands and anything they play with high energy.

 

Thank you, Moriah! Learn more about MoHo Photo in the vendor guide. 

Photographer: MOHO PHOTO

VENUE SPOTLIGHT ON THE INN AT WEATHERSFIELD

If you’re looking for a venue that feels like a secret, tucked-in-the-woods gem, where the focus is farm-to-table menus in an elegant, rustic setting, the Inn at Weathersfield is your perfect match. Set on 21 wooded acres, the Inn is an intimate, charming wedding venue where you can relax and celebrate with family and friends for a wedding weekend full of activities and delicious eats. Innkeeper Marilee shares more about this unique venue. 

The space: What’s the vibe? 

Think: a private chapel in the woods, and a farm-to-table dining experience.

The amenities: What’s Included?

For ceremonies, the Chapel in the Woods is completely hidden and accessed by a winding path. It’s surrounded by native ferns, tall pines and evergreens. The reception space on our event lawn features a stamped concrete patio that looks like wood planks, a pavilion deck on one end with a backdrop of evergreens, and the dining deck on the other end with a built-in, wood burning fire pit.

Use of the full property is included for two days. We provide tables and chairs (seating up to 120), all tableware, glassware, service ware, etc. We ask that couples rent a tent for receptions over 45 if they are hoping for an outdoor reception (over this number can’t be moved inside if weather becomes an issue). 

We also provide lodging for up to 12 guests.

From start to finish we provide the backdrop for your weekend. Couples enjoy rehearsal/welcome dinners in our vegetable garden, cocktails on the front porch, and a farewell breakfast in the parlour.

The area: What is there to do in the local area?

We are located just 9 miles off Interstate 91, just 20 miles from Woodstock and 20 minutes from Ludlow/Okemo. Ascutney Mountain is minutes away for hiking, mountain biking and exploring. The Connecticut River is nearby for kayaking. There are breweries nearby – Outer Limits and Harpoon – and space to play lawn games outside at the Inn.

The history: Does the property have a rich history?

The Inn began as a four room house, built by a Revolutionary War veteran in 1792. Over time, it expanded to include 12 guest rooms, all with private baths. Historic charm is maintained with wood burning fireplaces, exposed beams, and wide plank floors throughout the property. Every room has been remodeled for modern comforts and includes free WiFi, smart TVs and either a king or queen bed.

Three rapid fire questions:

1. Favorite moment during a wedding: As the couple walks down the aisle. I am so happy and honored they chose to get married at the Inn.
2. Favorite thing to do in VT: Hike Mt. Ascutney or kayak down the river…oh, and star gaze at night.
3. Best advice for couples: Find a venu that you feel connected to, not only the location, but the setting and staff.

Thank you, Marilee! Learn more about the Inn at Weathersfield in the vendor guide.

MEET WEDDING VIDEOGRAPHER KASAYDIA

Kasaydia is a Vermont wedding videographer who loves telling her couples’ love stories. Her couples say that she helped them through the planning process, stay calm and enjoy the big day, and relive the magic through her wedding films. She runs Kasaydia Wind Media, a small team of videographers. Read on to learn more about Kasaydia! 

How did you get into wedding videography?

I got my bachelors in tv/video production, then my master’s in communications, and from there I combined my love for the two to find a job that really makes me happy!

How would you describe your style?

I would say my style would be rooted in storytelling. Whether it’s light and airy, or dark and moody… I love being able to change the feeling of a video, and the story it tells, with the colors and music. Editing is my favorite thing!

What inspires your work?

Just being able to create something out of nothing. It is the coolest feeling in the world!

Any special tips for couples?

Be communicative! Let us know what means the most to you to have captured and have fun! Don’t worry about the cameras or trying to look a certain way on them. Trust me – you look amazing and we want to capture you being yourself! 

What’s your favorite moment during a wedding?

I love when all of the dances happen like the first dance and the parents’ dances. They feel so special and important. 

 

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

My favorite places to eat are Wally’s Bagels and Sebs in the summer! 

If you weren’t a videographer what would you do?

I would probably be a full time dance teacher with my own studio!

What’s a fun fact about yourself? 

I can do quite a few impressions/different voices! 

What’s a song that always gets you on the dance floor?

“This Old Heart of Mine” by Rod Stewart.

Thank you, Kasaydia! Learn more about Kasaydia Wind Media in the vendor guide.

Meet Wedding Planner Jackie of Jaclyn Watson Events

Wedding planner Jackie, the owner and lead designer of Jaclyn Watson Events, creates custom, bespoke weddings that her couples and their guests remember for a lifetime. You’ve likely swooned over one (or more) of her weddings on Instagram before yourself! Read on to learn more about Jackie.

How did you get into event planning? 

After planning my own wedding, I knew this was something that I would be good at and I dove right in! 

What inspires your work? 

Knowing that I get to be creative everyday inspires me

Any special tips for couples? 

Choose a wedding planner that fits both your budget and your personality – you’ll be spending a lot of time together! 

What’s your favorite moment during a wedding? 

When the couple says I do, walks back down the aisle and I get the first hug and congratulations!

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

Go to Scale and have poke bowl or Acai bowl

If you weren’t a wedding/event planner what would you do? 

I would have been a paramedic 

What’s a fun fact about yourself?  

I used to be a performer and did juggling

What’s a song that always gets you on the dance floor? 

“Footloose” – ha!

 

Thank you, Jackie! Learn more about Jaclyn Watson Events in the vendor guide.

Meet Wedding Planner Kaylen of Sara Judith Events

Kaylen is the uber talented wedding planner behind the brand Sara Judith Events. Who is Sara Judith? Her rescue cow! After working for the top wedding planners and event companies in Beverly Hills, Kaylen happily settled in Vermont and is excited to help bring couples’ dream Vermont weddings to life with her exquisite design and heartfelt details. Read on to learn more about Kaylen!

How did you get into the wedding industry?

I got into wedding planning when my brother got engaged in 2010. My sister in-law was not into planning, so they told me to take the reins and fully design their special day! From that day forward I have gotten joy from bringing joy to my clients!

How would you describe your style?

My style and inspiration go hand in hand and are individualized for every event. My clients inspire my work. When someone hires me, it is about them, not me. I personalize their events to their personality, their vision!

Any special tips for couples?

Never hire a planner who is willing to only work the day-of! You have spent hours of your time and energy pouring your heart into one of the most important days of your life, don’t leave it in the hands of someone who hasn’t taken the time to learn your vision. Also, there are endless options out there, and endless opinions from others! Make sure you are doing what you and your partner feel represents you best, it’s your day! Nobody else’s 🙂 

What’s your favorite moment during a wedding?

My favorite moment at weddings is when the couple walks back down the aisle after saying I Do! The joy on their faces is what makes my job the best job in the world!

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

My favorite thing to do in Vermont is spend time with my rescue cow (who my company is named after!) and all the other animals at The Little Red Barn Farm Sanctuary in Tunbridge, VT! Revolution Kitchen in downtown Burlington is my favorite spot for food, they make THE best coconut cream pie!

If you had to choose another career, what would it be?

I couldn’t imagine not being involved in events, but if I had to choose something else to do I would work in the field of Nutrition and Mental Health.

What’s a fun fact about yourself?

I have my Graduate Certificate in Human Behavior and I am a certified coach through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition! So basically I am an event planner and can double as a therapist if you get stressed! 🙂

 

Thank you, Kaylen! Learn more about Sara Judith Events in the vendor guide. 

MEET WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER SEAN HOOD

Sean Hood is a talented Vermont wedding photographer who has knack for capturing couples’ wedding days while allowing them to unfold naturally. He’s committed to getting to know each couple and uses those personal connections to create galleries that are unique to each couple. Sean’s excitement for his craft is so apparent, and his work is so stunning! Read on to learn more about Sean. 

How did you get into the wedding industry?

I got into wedding photography because my dad’s best friend was a wedding photographer. He offered me a job assisting him when I was 18 years old. I had never even attended a wedding before, so I was immediately excited by the whole idea. The whole concept of having the opportunity to capture the emotion and story of one of people’s biggest days was really interesting to me. After the first wedding I became obsessed. Assisting quickly turned to second shooting. Eventually, I went on to shoot his son’s wedding day, and the rest is history. 

How would you describe your style?

I always tell everyone that my photography style is light and airy, timeless, and posed-photojournalistic. I love to tell your story, which means candids and real moments, as well as some posed photos to archive and print. I think it’s essential for a wedding photographer to be laid back and flexible. It’s my job to make sure we take photos in the best possible lighting, without interrupting how your wedding day would play out naturally.

What inspires your work?

Meeting the couples, their families, learning where they’re from, and their stories. Creating that connection, feeling all of the love, and emotion from the wedding day is so essential for me. 

Any special tips for couples?

The vendor you will spend the most time with on your wedding day will likely be your photographer. So, I think it’s really important to meet, talk, and laugh. It makes sure that you can be just that much more comfortable on your wedding day. 

Ask your wedding photographer for full wedding galleries. Make sure you like what you see, that all of the special moments during the day were captured, and you like the way the lighting looks, especially through reception. 

Create a timeline, but create buffer times just in case you start to run behind. 

Most importantly, relax and be present on your wedding day. It only happens once, and your families, friends, and vendors are there to help you along the way. 

What’s your favorite moment during a wedding?

First looks! It’s the anticipation of getting to see each other, followed by getting to witness some real beautiful reactions and relief. It’s just so beautiful. I also love the fact that it’s one of the only times that couples get to themselves on a wedding day, which I think is just really important when the rest of the day is so busy.

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

I really look forward to skiing in my offseason. I usually ski at Sugarbush. It’s always a good excuse to meet up with friends, and goof around like when we were growing up. 

If you had to choose another career, what would it be?

That’s really a tough one. I’ve always been pretty good with computers, so maybe like cyber security or IT. 

What’s a fun fact about yourself?

I was the New Year’s baby in Central Vermont in 1996, but we didn’t get any of the gifts from the hospital because they were all going to the leap year baby!

What’s a song that always gets you on the dance floor?

“September” by Earth, Wind, and Fire.

 

Thanks, Sean! Learn more about Sean Hood Photography in the vendor guide.

MEET JASMINE, VERMONT WEDDING FLORIST OF A CLOVER AND ONE BEE

Jasmine’s interview reminds me a bit like her florals: vibrant, lovely, and with some surprises thrown in for good measure! This Vermont wedding florist, the guru behind the brand A Clover & One Bee, sat down with Vermont Weddings to share her take on floral design, and a bit about life outside the shop. Read on to learn more! 

How did you get into wedding florals?

It was the creative genius of my flower friend, Nina Towne, who owns Proud Flower in Waterbury (VT).  I helped her with a mutual friend’s wedding.  We had a blast flowering that special event, and when I solved a day-of bridesmaid dress issue with scissors, a stapler, and a broach, she exclaimed – ‘That’s it! We’re going into business together!’.  

A year later, I said goodbye to my previous career, and partnered with Nina. It wasn’t the first time the idea had crossed my mind, but I needed Nina’s enthusiasm, persistence, and wisdom to give me the guts to do it.  Everyone who is close to me says it made perfect sense: I’ve always needed plants and flowers around me, have a penchant for design, am project-oriented with a particular eye for detail, and love celebrating with people!  Seriously, pop the cork on those bubbles!   (Sidebar: while we’re no longer business partners, Nina and I are forever flower sisters, and I am grateful beyond words to her for shining the light for me.)

How would you describe your style?

Fluid, animate, textural.  There is a quote from an Ani DiFranco song. “Evolve,” that goes: I have the kind of beauty that moves. I feel that way about floral design.  It should look alive and have movement.

What inspires your work?

People.

Any special tips for couples?

Make sure you jive with the floral designer and their natural style, and then don’t stress!  Because this is what they do, and they’ve got you.  Your wedding is going to be amazing.  Your wedding flowers are going to be beautiful.

What’s your favorite moment during a wedding?

The moment the officiant announces that you’re married.  That moment is the reason this whole amazing party is happening. The look on the faces of the couple when they realize that they have really just done what they came to do is always a winner.  (Here’s a photo of my husband and I at that moment on our wedding day!)

Jasmine’s interview reminds me a bit like her florals: vibrant, lovely, and with some surprises thrown in for good measure! This Vermont wedding florist, the guru behind the brand A Clover & One Bee, sat down with Vermont Weddings to share her take on floral design, and a bit about life outside the shop. Read on to learn more! 

How did you get into wedding florals?

It was the creative genius of my flower friend, Nina Towne, who owns Proud Flower in Waterbury (VT).  I helped her with a mutual friend’s wedding.  We had a blast flowering that special event, and when I solved a day-of bridesmaid dress issue with scissors, a stapler, and a broach, she exclaimed – ‘That’s it! We’re going into business together!’.  

A year later, I said goodbye to my previous career, and partnered with Nina. It wasn’t the first time the idea had crossed my mind, but I needed Nina’s enthusiasm, persistence, and wisdom to give me the guts to do it.  Everyone who is close to me says it made perfect sense: I’ve always needed plants and flowers around me, have a penchant for design, am project-oriented with a particular eye for detail, and love celebrating with people!  Seriously, pop the cork on those bubbles!   (Sidebar: while we’re no longer business partners, Nina and I are forever flower sisters, and I am grateful beyond words to her for shining the light for me.)

How would you describe your style?

Fluid, animate, textural.  There is a quote from an Ani DiFranco song. “Evolve,” that goes: I have the kind of beauty that moves. I feel that way about floral design.  It should look alive and have movement.

What inspires your work?

People.

Any special tips for couples?

Make sure you jive with the floral designer and their natural style, and then don’t stress!  Because this is what they do, and they’ve got you.  Your wedding is going to be amazing.  Your wedding flowers are going to be beautiful.

What’s your favorite moment during a wedding?

The moment the officiant announces that you’re married.  That moment is the reason this whole amazing party is happening. The look on the faces of the couple when they realize that they have really just done what they came to do is always a winner.  (Here’s a photo of my husband and I at that moment on our wedding day!)

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

My favorite thing to do in Vermont is to be outside.  Three years ago I would have said: mountain biking and skiing.  Now, it’s watching my 2 year old daughter explore and discover.  A few years from now, I hope it will be mountain biking and skiing with my daughter and my husband!

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

Write novels. Hey, dream big.

What’s a fun fact about yourself? 

When I was a teenager I won a fashion design contest judged by Oscar de la Renta.  And, yes, I would looooooove to do a fresh floral wedding dress for a bride, so hit me up if you’d looooooove to wear one.

What’s a song that always gets you on the dance floor?

“Let’s Dance” by David Bowie. Ha!  Some things are just that simple.

Thank you, Jasmine! Learn more about A Clover & One Bee in the vendor guide.

CRAFTING YOUR WEDDING SIGNATURE DRINKS MENU – AND FIVE DELICIOUS RECIPES FROM MAD RIVER DISTILLERS

Offering a signature drink at your wedding is a fun way to add a personal touch to your celebration. A signature drink menu allows couples to showcase their personal tastes and creativity. We especially love it when couples infuse their cocktail menu with local flavors and ingredients! 

Our friends at Mad River Distillers, a Vermont craft spirits producer of whiskey, rye, rum and brandy, mixed up five delicious signature cocktail recipes for you to try for your own Vermont wedding. (Or really, anytime you need a special drink!) We’re sharing their delicious recipes and our best tips on creating your own wedding signature cocktails menu. Cheers!

This blog post is sponsored by Mad River Distillers. We’re excited to partner with and share this Vermont business!

Why have a signature drink at your wedding? 

Signature drinks are an easy way for couples to add a personal touch to their bar menu. Between the cocktail selection, the name, and the menu sign, there are several opportunities to showcase your personality! 

Offering a signature drink is also an opportunity to showcase local flavors and makers, like the cocktail recipes below from Mad River Distillers. 

Can you have a signature drink and an open bar at a wedding?

For sure! Many couples who provide an open bar offer a signature drink for the reasons above. 

Other couples may choose a signature menu in lieu of an open bar, as it limits the number of spirits needed to stock the bar. A signature drink in addition to a beer and wine bar is a great option for many couples, especially ones who are DIYing their bar.

How many choices should you offer on a wedding signature drink menu? 

We recommend offering one to three signature cocktails for your wedding. More than that may be too confusing for guests trying to quickly order a drink at the bar! 

If you offer more than one drink, you could select a cocktail for each partner (think “yours” and “mine”) and a combination drink (“ours”). 

Ideas for a signature drink name and sign

First, you don’t have to have a fancy name for your drinks. Straightforward names ensure guests can quickly make a selection at the bar. 

If you do want to get creative with your names, here are a few ideas:

  • Use your last name: “The Smiths Spritz” 
  • Refer to a special location: “The Stowe Sour” 
  • Include your pet: “Duke’s Daiquiri”  
  • Play off the marriage theme: “The Mint to Be Mojito”

Signature drink ideas and recipes from Mad River Distillers 

Mad River Distillers is a craft producer of whiskey, rye, rum and brandy in the heart of Vermont’s Mad River Valley. The ingredients for their spirits are sourced regionally from non-GMO, fair trade and organic suppliers and the mashing, fermenting, distilling and aging occur on site at their distillery in Warren, Vermont. You can visit their tasting rooms in Waitsfield and Burlington. 

In creating these five cocktails, the Mad River Distillers team says, “We wanted to offer recipes that are beautiful, taste delicious, and are also not too complicated for a wedding caterer to put together.”

We’re excited to share these delicious cocktail recipes with you for your wedding! We’ve broken the recipes down into drinks featuring whiskey and ones featuring rum so you can pick and choose based on your tastes. 

Signature drink recipes featuring whiskey

Bourbon Spritz

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz Mad River Distillers Bourbon Whiskey
  • 1 oz Aperol
  • .75 oz Lemon Juice
  • Prosecco / Sparkling Wine / Club Soda
  • Orange slice

Instructions:

  1. In a large wine glass, add all ingredients over ice.
  2. Top off with your choice of Prosecco, sparkling wine or club soda.
  3. Add an orange slice for garnish.

Rye Smash

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz Mad River Distillers Revolution Rye Whiskey
  • 1 oz Royal Rose Raspberry Syrup
  • 1 oz Lemon Juice
  • .25 oz Fernet Branca

Instructions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a shaker over ice.
  2. Shake briefly.
  3. Strain contents into a Double Old Fashioned glass.
  4. Top off with Fernet Branca. 
  5. Garnish with a mint sprig and raspberries.

Maple Bourbon Sour

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz Mad River Distillers Bourbon Whiskey
  • 1 oz Vermont Maple Syrup
  • 1 oz Lemon Juice
  • 4 dashes Angostura bitters

Instructions:

  1. Combine ingredients in a shaker and shake briefly.
  2. Strain contents into a Double Old Fashioned glass over a large ice cube.
  3. Top with Angostura Bitters.
  4. Garnish with a slice of lemon and orange.

Signature drink recipes featuring rum

Grapefruit Daiquiri

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz Vanilla Rum
  • .75 oz grapefruit juice
  • .50 oz lime juice
  • .50 oz simple syrup
  • 6 dashes Scrappy’s Grapefruit Bitters

Instructions:

  1. In a shaker, add all ingredients with ice.
  2. Shake for about 8-10 seconds.
  3. Strain contents into a coupe glass.
  4. Add a rosemary sprig for garnish.

Black Currant Mojito

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz RUM 44
  • .50 oz Black Currant Syrup
  • .75 oz lime juice
  • Club soda
  • Mint sprig

Instructions:

  1. In a shaker, add all ingredients with ice.
  2. Shake for about 8-15 seconds.
  3. Strain contents into a Highball glass over fresh ice.
  4. Top off with club soda. 
  5. Add a fresh mint sprig for garnish.

A final tip to manage the costs of a signature drink menu

If you offer a signature drink menu, be prepared for guests to order those cocktails – and lots of them. Even with an open bar, they will likely be the most popular choices of the night. That means you’ll want to be sure to have lots of drink ingredients on hand. 

Also, talk with your bar service ahead of time about the cost for these drinks. (Editor’s note: we didn’t heed this advice, and our final bar tab was hundreds higher than it could have been if we had paid attention to the ingredients in our signature drink!) One thing we love about the recipes from Mad River Distillers is that they utilize common ingredients!

How great do all five of those cocktails sound?! Any of them are sure to be a hit for your signature drink! 

We hope these recipes and tips inspire your own signature wedding cocktail menu. We’d love to hear which of these signature cocktails you’ll be trying first – and what you’ll name it!

Tag us on Instagram when you make your special drink and learn more about Mad River Distillers and their cocktail recipes.

MEET WEDDING VIDEOGRAPHER AMANDA OF EIGHTZERO2 PRODUCTIONS

Amanda of Eightzero2 Productions is a talented wedding videographer who helps her couples relive their wedding day memories through her journalistic, beautiful wedding films. Clients describe her a true professional, with an eye for details, and genuinely fun to work with. From this brief interview, we can totally see that! Amanda’s passion for her craft and her fun loving spirit shine through. Read on to learn more about Amanda! 

How did you get into wedding videography?

I’ve always been fascinated with storytelling. I created my first film when I was in the sixth grade, a historic look at the Lyndon Outing Club. Since then, I knew I wanted to pursue a career that incorporated storytelling in a medium that suited my interests. I graduated with a Broadcast Journalism degree and ventured into the world of television news in South Carolina. That experience shaped me in many ways including teaching me how to select the best sound bites. 

Now, I get to travel and meet inspiring couples who constantly blow me away. It is such an honor to be welcomed into a couples’ life and share in some very intimate moments. I do not take this work for granted. It fills my cup and then some!

How would you describe your style?

My background really crafts my style. I approach every wedding from a journalistic perspective. I want the couple, friends and family to relive the day as it happened, key moments, how the energy was, the tears shed, the laughter that ensued.  

What inspires your work?

A major part of my life revolves around travel. Prior to the pandemic I took long, international trips each year to soak up new cultures, learn new traditions and immerse myself in a different environment. I find these experiences really enhance how I see the world. 

I also soak up a ton of inspiration from other vendors I work alongside or follow on social media. It is such a luxury to have social media as a way to connect us all and share ideas!. 

Any special tips for couples?

I think it is incredibly important to know the style you want and to be clear with your vendors about moments that you want captured. We all do our absolute best not to miss a beat but that can be challenging if something happens we weren’t made aware of. Be as transparent as possible about how the day will go and if either party is planning a surprise, let us know! I promise we will keep it under wraps!

What’s your favorite moment during a wedding?

I’m a complete sucker for first looks. Whether it is with the couple or the parents… #waterworks, every single time. 

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

I’m addicted to golf. It is by far my favorite passion outside of filming. When I’m not editing or at a shoot I’m likely at the golf course (Rutland Country Club). I love the challenge of the game, the mental focus it takes allows me to fully immerse myself in something outside of work. 

Aside from golf, you can find me sitting on a dock at Shadow Lake in Glover where my family has a summer camp. It is a small, charming spot where I can disconnect and really enjoy nature and time with my family and friends. As I get older, this time is what I cherish most.

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

I would likely be a patient-care advocate. Living with an autoimmune disorder I’m constantly on the phone advocating for my own care. I’ve learned through my own experiences that this is crucial in getting the care and medications I need. It is a luxury to work for myself and have the flexibility to be on the phone with insurance companies and doctors offices. Most people do not have this time. I’m thankful I do. 

What’s a fun fact about yourself? 

I used to play trombone in a jazz band and absolutely love when a couple has live music at their wedding.

What’s a song that always gets you on the dance floor? 

For a wedding reception there are two that I love: “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” by Stevie Wonder and “Low” – by Flor Rida and T-Pain – both offer a good time!

Thank you, Amanda! Learn more about Eightzero2 Productions in the vendor guide.

MEET WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER GARREN OF GARRENTEE PHOTOGRAPHY

Whenever Garren’s name pops up on my Instagram feed, I’m going to smile – guaranteed (see what I did there?). Inspired by his fun, fearless couples, GarrenTee Photography specializes in wedding photography that is bold and evocative. Curious about the business name? That’s inspired by Garren’s other passion: golf. Read on to learn more about this Vermont wedding photographer!

A Black and White Photo of Garren of GarrenTee Photography

How did you get into the wedding industry?

I stumbled into photography back in 2003 when I bought my first digital camera for a trip to Indonesia. I fell in love with photography on that trip, and immersed myself in learning all I could about it. I met a wedding photographer in 2005, and he took me under his wing. I worked with him for 2 years and then started my own business in 2007. 

How would you describe your style?

I always tell my clients that I have a hybrid style. I shoot documentary style for most of the day but love including big giant landscape portraits and cinematic edits. So in short, I do a little bit of everything! 

What inspires your work?

I’m inspired by a lot of things! Mostly documentary style photography from other photographers such a Two Mann studios, Cafa Lui and Victor Lax. I take a lot of inspiration from our home state of Vermont. It’s such an amazing canvas to create big bold landscape portraits. I always love including my couples into that canvas!  We live in such an amazing place, it’s hard to not be inspired by it.  

Any special tips for couples?

I think one of the most important parts of choosing your wedding photographer is to make sure you click with them and their personality. You’re going to spend tons of time with them and if you get along it always comes out in the pictures!  

Secondly, ask for a full gallery so you know their “whole” style.  It’s easy for photographers to post the best of the best on Instagram. 

Lastly, make sure you communicate to your photographer what you like! Share images from their portfolio with them that speak to you. We might not recreate those exactly but we love to have ideas on what you like so we can create something similar in our own style!

What’s your favorite moment during a wedding?

Oh man this is hard, so many moments are so much fun. I particularly love when I get 20-30 minutes with my couple to create amazing portraits. I also love heartfelt moments, like the post ceremony hugs and emotions, a couples’ first look, a bride’s mom seeing her in her dress for the first time, etc.  

 

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

I’m a big golfer and play all over. My wife and I also love to get in the car and drive around Vermont – you may get lost, but you’ll never really be lots! I’ve also stumbled upon some of my favorite engagement spots by exploring the state in the car. 

 We love Worthy Kitchen in Woodstock, Hops on the Hill in Killington, and spending time at our home golf club, Rutland Country Club. 

If you had to choose another career, what would it be?

I grew up in the restaurant business so most likely still bartending somewhere warm! 

What’s a fun fact about yourself?

Like I said, I’m a big golfer and I play competitive amateur golf all over the US. I’ve won 6 state amateur titles!

What’s a song that always gets you on the dance floor?

I’m usually on the dance floor from the start of dancing till we leave. I’m a huge 80/90’s hip hop guy so anything old school hip hop will get me going! There’s nothing I love more than an amazing, wild dance party at a wedding…love to get in the mix! 

Thank you, Garren! Learn more about GarrenTee Photography in the vendor guide.

MEET WEDDING BAKER BEATRIX OF BLUE HOUSE BAKESHOP

One surefire way to treat your guests (and yourself) on your wedding day – a dessert table laden with sweet treats that look like art and have a homemade, delicious taste! Beatrix from Blue House Bakeshop shares her approach to creating these standout wedding desserts and a bit about her life outside the kitchen. 

How did you get into the wedding industry?

I first fell in love with the wedding industry in college while working for a Vermont catering company. When I finally started my own baking business, I knew I wanted to get into wedding desserts. I started by making my friends’ and family’s wedding cakes, and quickly expanded from there.

 How would you describe your style?

My baking style is fun and approachable with a touch of elegance. I always want my desserts to look like they will taste delicious, and then actually BE delicious and make you go back for seconds (or thirds).  

What inspires your work?

When it comes to wedding desserts, I take so much inspiration from all the other amazingly creative and talented Vermont wedding vendors. I’m usually one of the last vendors that couples book with, and that is actually so helpful because it allows me to see the overall wedding style and create desserts that will complement all the other elements. 

One surefire way to treat your guests (and yourself) on your wedding day – a dessert table laden with sweet treats that look like art and have a homemade, delicious taste! Beatrix from Blue House Bakeshop shares her approach to creating these standout wedding desserts and a bit about her life outside the kitchen. 

How did you get into the wedding industry?

I first fell in love with the wedding industry in college while working for a Vermont catering company. When I finally started my own baking business, I knew I wanted to get into wedding desserts. I started by making my friends’ and family’s wedding cakes, and quickly expanded from there.

 How would you describe your style?

My baking style is fun and approachable with a touch of elegance. I always want my desserts to look like they will taste delicious, and then actually BE delicious and make you go back for seconds (or thirds).  

What inspires your work?

When it comes to wedding desserts, I take so much inspiration from all the other amazingly creative and talented Vermont wedding vendors. I’m usually one of the last vendors that couples book with, and that is actually so helpful because it allows me to see the overall wedding style and create desserts that will complement all the other elements. 

Any special tips for couples? 

I always encourage couples to consider 3 questions when trying to plan out a dessert menu: 

1. What are your favorite desserts to eat? 

2. What will be seasonal at the time of your wedding? 

3. And what types of desserts fit the overall vibe of your wedding?

What’s your favorite moment during a wedding? 

As a wedding vendor, my favorite moment is when I get to put the finishing touches on the dessert table and stand back and take in the overall aesthetic. It’s the best! As a wedding guest, obviously my favorite part is the cake cutting!

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

My favorite thing to do in Vermont in the summer is to hit up a local maple creemee stand after a successful wedding delivery. Canteen Creemee Co’s maple creemees are a particularly special treat. 

If you had to choose another career, what would it be?

If I wasn’t running a home bakery I would probably still be working in the wedding and event industry in some capacity. I love everything about it! 

What’s a fun fact about yourself?

A “little known” fact these days is that I used to be a pretty decent athlete! I played competitive soccer my whole life into college and then took up running half marathons after that until a knee injury sidelined me (womp womp). 

What’s a song that always gets you on the dance floor?

I am a horrible dancer, but the second I hear “Crazy In Love” by Beyoncé and Jay Z at a wedding, I am the first one to bust a move.

Thank you, Beatrix! Learn more about Blue House Bakeshop in the vendor guide. 

AN CLASSICALLY ELEGANT INTIMATE WEDDING AT THE INN AT WEATHERSFIELD

This lovely wedding is prettier than a picture. Hosted at the Inn at Weathersfield, beautiful details and heartfelt celebration combine for this wow-worthy, intimate wedding. (Which happened to fall on the bride’s parents’ 39th wedding anniversary!) Honestly, we can’t say we’re surprised; the bride, Liz, is the wedding sales manager at Topnotch Resort, so she has an industry insider’s perspective! 

The Benefits of a Microwedding

Liz and Scott had to reschedule their wedding not once, but three times due to the pandemic. They ended up dropping their guest list from 120 people to 25, and although the hassle of rescheduling was exhausting, the end result was amazing. “We never would have been ones to suggest a microwedding, but after it happened, we realized that we got to spend a full weekend with our immediate families and closest friends without distractions,” says Liz. 

Inspired by the Vermont lakes and a breezy vibe, they created a truly magical setting. Classic white and pastel blooms by Blossoming Bough added effortless elegance to the event. Kelsey Regan Photography captured the beauty and love of the day. Check out the full gallery below! 

Bride and groom kissing on the front lawn of the Inn at Weathersfield during Vermont wedding

A Mountain Top Golden Hour Engagement Shoot

Megan and Ryan took a Sunday drive up from Boston last September for an engagement session in Vermont. They hiked up the Wu Ledges overlook in Waitsfield where they were greeted by the beautiful, natural Vermont foliage right at golden hour. Clear skies, warm weather, and a couple in love…what could be better?!

Photographer Keith MacDonald shared how much he loves doing engagement sessions with his wedding clients. “It’s a great way to get to know each other better before the wedding day and shake out any photo-taking nerves.” He also mentioned, “I love working with couples to find new locations, and always recommend timing their session around the late afternoon for that sunset glow!” This couple definitely nailed that timing – check out their gallery below!

MEET KAYLA, THE OWNER OF SALT & BUBBLES

Wine and cheese are a pairing as classic as any, and one we wholeheartedly love. That’s why we were super excited to chat with Kayla the owner of Salt & Bubbles Wine Market and Bar. Located in the Essex Experience in Essex Junction, Vermont, Salt & Bubbles has quickly become a local hotspot. In addition to their wine bar (which can be rented for small private events) the team offers catering for off-site events. Kayla’s knowledge of wine is rich, and her personality as bubbly as libations she pours! 

Read on to learn more about Kayla and Salt & Bubbles! 

How did you get into wine?

I was working for Marc Provencher who opened Taverna Khione in Shelburne, VT. He focused on showcasing unique and different wines all from Greece to go along with all the authentic Greek food he was bringing to the Vermont food scene. Part of the job training included learning about the Greek “places of origin” or what I now regularly refer to as appellations, a term I use more frequently than I’d ever thought possible back then. I got the chance to taste, learn, and get the hang of the wine world. 

I started reading about wine more and wound up at Honey Road where not only was the wine program fabulous, but the education was really top notch. Learning from experts not just on these regions but how to talk about wine, sell it, and enjoy it was fascinating to me. As I continued to work at Honey Road with mentors like Allison Gibson and Dana Parseliti I found a path for myself, and knowing how I best learn, I needed a goal – Certified Somm. The rest is history and many many many empty bottles and scribbles in notebooks. 

Do you have a favorite wine?

I can’t pick a favorite wine, but I’ll share one that stands out and embodies a fun wine concept of “terroir” (fancy to say, nostalgic to taste and smell, and an all around romantic concept). The bottle is COS Cerasuolo di Vittoria, a blend of Nero d’Avola and Frappato from Southern Sicily made by some legends of natural wine and winemaking in general in Sicily. I remember drinking this bottle and feeling transported to another place, a moment in time, tasting specific notes of earth, fruit, sun, and having a lightbulb moment enjoying sipping on this delicious treat. It’s still a favorite bottle for me and COS is still a favorite producer. That being said, I love a lot of different wines from all over the world!

What inspires your work?

People inspire all of this. Wine is wonderful and romantic, but to me it’s really a vessel or a bridge to connecting with others. It’s a moment in time to maybe relax with your friend or partner, to learn something new or discover even the smallest thing about yourself (i.e. your palate and what you enjoy). While serving guests at Salt & Bubbles, I love sharing new knowledge and information in small bites that feel accessible and watching first time guests become regulars. 

I love seeing Salt & Bubbles actually be the place I envisioned it to be – a place for people to come and celebrate being together, celebrate each other, to reconnect, to be joyful, or just to be content and happy in these small moments. Each day friends get together with old friends, or partners get a few moments of peace from their rambunctious kids, or get to know our regulars enough to know their kids names, ask how their new job is. It all matters and especially learning how much we all really need each other and need connection. I’m not just happy but feel compelled to continue to provide that safe and joyous place for community to be built and sustained. 

How would you describe Salt & Bubbles as a venue for intimate events? 

A small, cozy, bright space for your group to gather, taste, enjoy, and indulge. We can curate a more specific menu to your needs but are focused on a cheese, charcuterie, and other small tapas style items that pair well with wine. We offer flights or tastings, bottles (especially of bubbles) and would love to host your next event.  

What’s your favorite moment during a wedding?

Every wedding has one, or hopefully many, but the first moment of full blown joy and laughter gets me. For me, it was when everyone began to dance. My wedding was a traditional Jewish wedding in a few ways, one of which was the horah dancing that immediately ensued after my husband and I came back from the altar. Everyone, young and old, began to dance, and while I can’t say I loved being lifted in a chair, I did love seeing everyone together joined in this one moment of smiles, happiness, especially after being so far away from one another. 

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

I love riding my horse or walking my dogs anywhere in Vermont. Two favorite spots are Charlotte Park and Wildlife Refuge and Mills Riverside Park in Jericho, VT.

What’s a fun fact about yourself? 

I love animals and I have 2 rescue dogs, 1 rescue cat, 1 rescue horse! I love them all and they are how I both stay sane and sometimes go insane. 

What’s a song that always gets you on the dance floor?

Anything Cher!

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Thank you, Kayla! Learn more about Salt & Bubbles in the vendor guide. 

AN EXQUISITE SUMMER WEDDING FOR MODERN ROMANTICS

This elegant summer wedding is a modern romantic’s dream! Featuring classic, exquisite design, and on-trend, modern touches (like those Bridgerton inspired bridesmaid gowns, and the rattan chandeliers) NJoy Weddings and Events created a wedding celebration not easily forgotten,

After postponing their wedding due to covid, Courtney and Reid were overjoyed to celebrate with their family and friends in their hometown of Manchester, Vermont. The couple invited their guests for several days of activities including golf, hiking, and plenty of time to relax and catch up by the pool. “From a lovely bridal lunch at their country estate, to their gorgeous, blow out reception at the Country Club, their wedding was truly an unforgettable event for all,” says Nancy. We agree and invite you to check out the full gallery below!

Wedding Planner NJOY WEDDINGS & EVENTS | Photographer PATRICIA LYONS PHOTOGRAPHY | Hair MAKEMEFAB, NEW YORK | Makeup FLAWLESS COSMETIC DESIGN | Ceremony FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH |Venue EKWANOK COUNTRY CLUB | Florist TARAPOLLIO DESIGNS | Band ELEMENT MUSIC | Tent & Rentals RAINORSHINETENTS, SARATOGA | Linen & Napkins BBJ/LATAVOLA | Linen & Napkins INDIA AMORY | Transportation ICE HOUSE LIMO

THIS GROOM PLANTED AN ENTIRE SUNFLOWER FARM FOR HIS BRIDE

Talk about letting your love bloom! Hannah loves sunflowers, so Richie and his family planted acres upon acres of sunflowers on their family farm in Rutland, Vermont. In addition to being amazingly romantic, this grand gesture sets the scene for a stunning wedding.

We also love how Richie’s blue-gray suit from McNeil & Reedy pops against the yellow sunflowers!

Check out the couple’s wedding film and gallery, captured by Sixpence Studios below! 

Photographer & Videographer SIXPENCE STUDIOS | Tux/Suit Designer MCNEIL AND REEDY | Floral DesignerMICHELE AND EDITH | DJ DJ DOMINIC | Catering THE WHEEL INN | Makeup/Hair BLUSH SALON (KIM)

AN ENCHANTING HOLIDAY WEDDING AT SLEEPY HOLLOW INN

Julia and Irvin dreamed of a magical, winter Vermont wedding. They set a date right around Christmas, and thanks to a little holiday magic, they had a snowstorm that weekend!

Christmas Holiday Vibes for this Winter Wedding

With a fresh blanket of snow on the ground, their Sleepy Hollow Inn Wedding looks like it’s straight out of a snowglobe. With Christmas trees glowing with lights, snow falling, and gorgeous winter wedding attire (check that dapper green velvet suit!), this couple’s dream came true.

Couple smiling on winter wedding day at Sleepy Hollow Inn in Vermont

More Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration

Be sure to check out more posts of our real Vermont wedding posts here.

Venue: SLEEPY HOLLOW INN – SKI AND BIKE | Photographer: CAITLIN FLETCHER PHOTOGRAPHY

MEET MATT OF BEYOND BLISS FILMS, A VERMONT WEDDING VIDEOGRAPHER

Matt Levins of Beyond Bliss Films isn’t just a wedding videographer, he’s also a recent Vermont wedding alum! He tied the knot in 2021, which gives him a fresh “just been in your shoes” perspective when working with clients. In learning more about his approach to wedding film making, we were struck by his dedication to the craft and his excitement for thoughtfully capturing each unique wedding.

The results speak for themselves. When you find yourself tearing up at a video of strangers, you know it’s good! Read on to learn more about Matt. 

How did you get into the wedding industry?

I ended up in the industry accidentally on purpose. I knew I wanted to pursue videography after working as a student videographer at Castleton University. A bunch of people ask me to film their weddings while I was a student, but I felt like it was too much pressure, and I knew I’d feel bad if it wasn’t great since these were people that I wasn’t super close with. 

The right opportunity arose when my cousin got married back in 2016; I casually filmed pieces of his wedding and posted highlights a throughout the next few weeks. Soon after, my girlfriend’s (now wife’s) sister got married in Florida and needed a videographer. She flew me down to Florida for the wedding in exchange for a wedding video.

How would you describe your style?

Our style puts our couples’ stories first. We build all of our wedding films using audio recorded from toasts, vows, notes, etc. and utilize this to tell the story of our couples and their wedding day.

Also, I try not to be noticed too much outside of the moments that we need to capture. I strive to look for those little moments that you may miss as the ones getting married. I’m talking about your cousins laughing in the corner, your nieces and nephews making the silliest faces, and those tears that are shed by guests during your father-daughter dance.

We also love to end our edits with a bit of fun, usually editing to the beat of the track and showing off all the wild dance moves of the wedding guests.

What inspires your work?

I’m inspired by the great photographers we’ve gotten to work with throughout the years. I find myself (more often than I’d like to admit) flipping through their blog posts from recent weddings, looking through their best shots, and brainstorming if and how they may translate to video and how to make them happen at the next wedding I film.

Just driving through the natural beauty of the backwoods of Vermont will some way, somehow give me ideas for filming and editing the next wedding.

Another huge inspiration is, of course, our couples. After the wedding, I take notes on little things that happen throughout the day that speak to the personality of our couples, as to make sure to incorporate the little details of this into their film.

What’s your favorite part of your job?

My favorite part of the job is getting to know a little bit about our couples and their family/friends throughout the day. One of my favorite lines when I’m trying to get a laugh out of the group is to say something like, tell me about a funny moment from so-and-so’s childhood. After a pause filled with giggles, naturally, the room can’t stop laughing at a particular memory.

Any special tips for couples?

My tip to couples is to take it all in on the day. Don’t worry about the little things, once the day starts, everything somehow always takes care of itself. 

I’d also offer thinking about videography as more of a forever gift to yourselves, instead of something that’d just be nice to have to look back on your wedding. Your anniversary, when your kids grow older, when a loved one passes away, and so many more moments will have you looking back on your wedding film!

What’s your favorite moment during a wedding?

The moment of absolute pure joy when our couples walk back down the aisle together, hand in hand, newly married.

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

I love to snowboard, drink craft beer, and do other adventurous outdoor activities. I snowboard at Killington, and for après, my go to local spot is Sushi Yoshi.

If you had to choose another career, what would it be?

I think I’d be a builder, carpenter, etc. Much like video, you can turn virtually nothing into something far beyond your wildest dreams, but it takes patience and perfection throughout the process.

What’s a fun fact about yourself?

I’m a proud cat father to Louie, never wanted to really go to college but somehow ended up with a Master’s degree, and prefer yankee swaps over secret santa’s.

What’s a song that always gets you on the dance floor?

Mr. Brightside by The Killers just hits different for some reason.

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Thank you, Matt! Learn more about Beyond Bliss Films in the vendor guide.

HOW TO HAVE THE BEST WEDDING MORNING

I had the best wedding morning. I woke up with my husband and spent the morning at my house hanging with my bridesmaids while we got our hair and makeup done, sipping champagne and catching up. (My husband went out for lunch and jumped in a swimming hole with his groomsmen – it was a very hot summer day!) It was relaxed, simple, and so much fun. 

I’ve also been part of wedding mornings that were chaotic and stressful. Ones that left me feeling rushed, hungry, or a just little frazzled heading to the ceremony.

That’s why I know how helpful it is to have a plan for your wedding morning. It’s is the onramp to your wedding celebration, and the goal is a smooth transition that gets you ready and excited. 

Read on for our best tips for a smooth, fun wedding morning!

1. Make a clear plan and timeline for your wedding morning

There are a lot of moving parts to your wedding morning, and a lot of emotion. Make a plan with your partner so you both feel good on your wedding morning. Consider the following:

  • What do you want to do the morning of your wedding? (Ex. wake up with your partner, do a yoga class with your wedding party)
  • What do you have to do? (Ex. hair and makeup, get dressed)
  • What do you realistically have time for? (Ex. if you have a 3pm ceremony and 8 person bridal party, that yoga class may not work, but you can wake up with your partner and enjoy a cup of coffee before splitting up to get ready)
  • Who do you want to be with you? (Your wedding morning can be emotional; choose to surround yourself with people who make you feel good. Maybe in addition to your bridesmaids, you really want your aunt there, for example. Many couples choose to get ready separately, but maybe you want to all get ready together!)

Once you know what you want from your wedding morning, you can draft a timeline to keep everyone on schedule. Your unique, final timeline will be created with your vendor team, but we have excellent templates to help you get started in our Ultimate Wedding Planning Guide. (Along with additional tips!)

2. Communicate your expectations about your wedding morning to everyone involved

I recommend sending an email to your wedding party a week in advance with all the details for your wedding weekend. If you need your bridesmaids to be at your hotel room to start hair and makeup by 7am, don’t spring that information on them at 10pm after your rehearsal dinner!

Consider: 

  • Where do people need to meet? (Ex. your hotel room, your house, the venue, a salon)
  • When do you need them there? (This is where you’ll rely on your wedding day timeline)
  • What should they bring? (Do they need to bring everything they need for the wedding, or will you be going back to the lodging in between getting ready and the ceremony?)
  • Transportation – are you providing transportation? Is everyone responsible for their own? 
  • What do you want them to wear? (It’s important to wear a loose neck or button-down top to avoid messing up hair and makeup) 

Clear expectations help everyone feel confident! 

3. Set the mood with music on your wedding morning

A fun playlist can help shake off the nerves (and sleepiness) and get everyone in the mood to celebrate! Check out our Spotify Playlists for some inspiration. We curated one specifically for your wedding morning. (Don’t forget to pack and charge a portable speaker.)

4. Pass out gifts on your wedding morning

If you’re planning to give gifts to your bridesmaids and groomsmen, the wedding morning is a great time to do this since you’re all together in a more intimate setting. 

Check out our Gift Guide for dozens of unique, Vermont-made gift ideas for your wedding party. If you’re planning to gift something to wear on your wedding day (ex. jewelry, a tie) it’s a good idea to tell your crew not to worry about that item ahead of time so they don’t buy something else in preparation. 

5. Take the classic wedding morning picture in matching pj’s with your bridesmaids

One popular gift for bridal parties that’s always a hit is matching pajamas! This also makes for a great photo opportunity. Pop some champagne, pile on a bed and snap your own cute picture with your bridal party. It’s a classic for a reason and still one of my favorite pictures from my own wedding.

6. Don’t Forget to Eat – Ideas for A Wedding Morning Breakfast and Lunch

Nobody wants to be hangry on your wedding day, so don’t forget to feed your crew and eat! Some easy ideas for a wedding morning breakfast that will fill everyone up: a bagel bar, a breakfast casserole (easy to make ahead of time), and a big fruit salad. 

Depending on the timing of your ceremony, you’ll want to also provide lunch or at least some heavy snacks as well. Think: a hearty, mayo-free pasta salad or sandwiches. 

A mimosa bar and coffee are always fun too! 

If you’re getting ready and eating off site from your lodging, we recommend bringing your toothbrush, some mouthwash and some floss so you can freshen up after eating.

7. Do a trial run with your wedding day attire and accessories

Do a test run of everything you’re wearing on your wedding day before your wedding morning. We mean everything from your dress or suit to shoes, accessories, and undergarments. 

You don’t want to find out your underwear pinches funny or have to Google “how to tie a bow tie” on the morning of your wedding. 

Also, be sure to remove all the extra strings and tags from your clothes, like those pesky hanger loops on bridesmaid dresses or the suit jacket vent threads. 

8. Shift your mindset on your wedding morning from “planning” to “celebrating”

Take off your wedding planning hat, and slip on your party hat (metaphorically speaking, or depending on your style, for real). Take a few minutes to admire yourself in the mirror after you’ve slipped on your dress or suit; play a special song and sit quietly; stage a dramatic champagne bottle pop while yelling “IT’S MY WEDDING DAY!” … whatever you need to do to ground yourself in the moment. You’ve done the planning and now the day is here – enjoy and celebrate! 

We hope these tips help you start your wedding morning off right!

MEET VERMONT WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER KATE SEYMOUR

After meeting Vermont wedding photographer Kate Seymour, you may be torn: do you ask her to photograph your wedding with her gorgeous, natural style…or be your new adventure BFF and break it down on your dance floor all night long? Read on to learn more about Kate, her photography style, favorite things to do in Vermont, and her advice for couples! 

How did you get into the wedding industry? 

On a bit of a whim! A friend asked if I would photograph her wedding (knowing I had a strong photography hobby) and once the butterflies flew away, I fell in love with capturing every special moment of the day! Haven’t looked back since.

How would you describe your style? 

Natural, earthy, and raw. Love bringing the outdoors into my images and keeping things candid.

What inspires your work? 

Outdoor adventure and movement – this maintains the natural look and feel and makes couples comfortable!

What’s your favorite part of your job? 

Meeting new people, hearing their stories and seeing new places!

Any special tips for couples? 

Be as detailed as possible when discussing your day with your photographer. We are here to capture everything to tell a story. Every little moment is a special moment, even if it doesn’t seem like it, I guarantee you that looking back on your day, images of the smallest things on your wedding day will bring back all the feels!

What’s your favorite moment during a wedding? 

The first dances. They can tell you so much about the relationship, the personality, and maybe I’ll get to learn a few new moves. 😉

What’s your favorite thing to do in VT?

Spending time on the trails (on foot, on skis, or on two wheels). Vermont is FILLED with fun trails to explore, often leading you to hidden waterfalls, swimming holes, mountain overlooks, etc.

If you had to choose another career, what would it be? 

Adventure guide. I absolutely love sharing outdoor experiences with others. I’d love to travel the world planning exciting adventures for those who may be hesitant to head out on their own, giving them the skills and knowledge to feel more comfortable in their own escapades.

What’s a fun fact about yourself? 

I used to own a dog boarding and daycare ranch in Wyoming.

What’s a song that always gets you on the dance floor? 

That’s easy… whatever the first song that’s played… I’m on the dancefloor right from the beginning and typically never leave (except to take off my shoes and continue barefoot).

Thank you, Kate! Learn more about Kate Seymour Photography in the vendor guide. 

A TRIED AND TRUE TEMPLATE FOR WRITING YOUR WEDDING THANK YOU NOTES QUICKLY

Just when you’ve finished celebrating your wedding, and think you can move on to living that married life (admit it, you haven’t stopped admiring that second ring on your finger) you catch a glimpse of that daunting stack of wedding thank you cards you still need to write. 

We get it, writing thank you cards for your wedding, bridal shower, or other event can often be looked at as a chore, but it’s actually a really admirable way to show your friends and family appreciation.

To make this process easier for you, follow our formula for writing your wedding thank you notes and some commonly asked questions about thank you card etiquette.

Sample Thank You Note for a Gift 

Use this thank you note template to write the perfect note easily and quickly.

1. Start your thank you note with a personal greeting 

Something simple like “Dear Uncle Bob” works fine! Just don’t forget this part – it personalizes it to the reader.

2. State your thanks for the specific gift or gesture in your thank you note

“Thank you for the beautiful picture frame”

“Thank you for watching our dog during our wedding weekend”

“Thank you for the generous gift” covers a monetary gift

Basically, you want to be clear that you’re thanking them for the specific gift they sent.

3. Illustrate your appreciation with specific details on why you like the gift

“We’ll be using the picture frame to display one of our wedding pictures”

“Knowing Buddy was having a great time with you allowed us to really relax and enjoy the day”

“We’re so excited to use this to plan a wine tasting on our honeymoon in Napa”

You don’t have to get into too many details, but a quick one-line explanation makes the card feel more personable.

4. Make a connection to the future

“We’re looking forward to seeing you at Thanksgiving”

“Let’s plan to have dinner when I’m back from my honeymoon”

5. Thank them again, but in a different way

“Thank you again for sharing our big day with us. Having you there made the celebration even more special”

6. End with a closing salutation

“Sincerely”

“With love”

“Many thanks”

You can then follow it by your suffixes (Mr. and Mrs. Smith), or with some simple like “The Happy Couple”.

Thank you to Tracy Stolese of Shelburne Gift Company for providing guidance on the thank you note template.

Thank You Note Wedding FAQs

Should wedding thank you notes be written or can I just send emails?

Break out the stationery, this is one time we definitely think written is best. A handwritten note conveys a deeper level of appreciation. Looking for unique greeting cards? Check out Cards by Cato and Tiny Gang Cards for unique, made-in-Vermont options! 

Do I need to send a thank you note for a check?

Yes! You should send a thank you card for all gifts, including monetary only gifts. You can include a note in the card about how you plan to use the funds. For example: My partner and I are excited to use this toward a wine tasting while on our honeymoon in Portugal.

When should I send my wedding thank you notes?

The longer you wait the harder it will be to get started! We recommend sending your thank you notes within 3 months of your wedding or wedding shower – sooner if possible. 

Unless you’re leaving for your honeymoon immediately following the wedding, a good rule of thumb is to get the thank you notes out before you leave – one less thing hanging over your head while you’re away!

There’s an old tradition that guests have up to a year to get you a wedding gift, so couples can take up to a year to send out their thank you notes… we don’t advise this. It’s easier to forget to do them than you think, and you don’t want to leave your guests hanging. 

Who do you address thank you notes to?

If you’re writing a thank you for a gift, you should then address the note to the names signed on the gift. If a family sends a gift collectively, you could address the card to the family to save space in the card.

What if you don’t know who a gift is from?

This happens more than you think! Once you’ve narrowed down the list of potential guests (this is where a gift log is super helpful!) you have a couple of options. 

You could try to ask around to get an idea of who it may be from. (This is easier for a shower with a more limited list.) For example, you can ask the shower host if they may have an idea of who the gift is from. Often guests mention the gift to the host at some point, so with any luck your host can point you in the right direction. Or they may know the guests well enough to help you narrow it down. 

Then, reach out to those guests with a simple text, email, or call, and say something like… “Hey! We received this gorgeous gift and want to make sure we thank whoever gave it to us, but we’re missing a card. Is this from you by any chance?” Yes, it’s a little awkward, but most people will be flattered by your efforts to express your gratitude.

Alternatively, you can send a generic thank you card (Thank you for coming to our wedding!) to those who you’ve not matched a gift to. Guests may follow up with you once they see the generic thank you to make sure you received their gift. (At which point you can generously thank them for it!)

Don’t feel bad if you find yourself in this situation; it happens and people understand! 

Do you send a thank you for just a card?

It’s definitely not necessary. If the person could not attend your day, and did not send a tangible item to you, but instead wished you well through a card, the general guideline is that you do not have to send a thank you note back. But, it’s totally up to you. If it feels right, go for it!

Before you go, don’t forget to download and print your free printable gift trackers so you don’t miss a thank you note!

GET TO KNOW VERMONT PHOTOGRAPHER AND VIDEOGRAPHER MADISON

Authentic, candid and vibrant – three words that could describe Madison Anne Studio‘s photography and wedding films – and her own personality! Madison offers both photography and videography services for weddings and elopements. Read on to learn more about her!

How did you get into the wedding industry? 

I entered some local competitions in high school and fell in love with photography. I photographed my first wedding solo at 18! I attended Champlain College with a BFA in Creative Media, and kept shooting weddings and photos throughout college. In school my focus was photography, videography, and professional writing. I’m lucky to have worked with amazing clients who have provided recommendations, which led to more bookings. 

How would you describe your style?

Relaxed, candid, storytelling

What inspires your work? 

Keeping it real is so important to me. I want your gallery to look how you remember it feeling. Full of love, laughter…maybe even some goofy shots of you breaking it down on the dance floor. It’s always 100% true to you.

What’s your favorite part of your job? 

I love getting to make friends with my couples. After capturing the proposal, engagement session, and wrapping up a wedding it gets a little emotional saying goodbye (for now until anniversaries and babies). 

Any special tips for couples? 

Take a moment to really look around and enjoy your day. You get so pushed and pulled around – take some time for yourself to really enjoy it and remember it. 

What’s your favorite moment during a wedding? 

First look with private vows. I’m always in tears because I’m just so happy for you both! 

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

I love to explore and eat! A nice day spent hiking, visiting Moss Glens Falls in Stowe and then to Idletyme or Istanbul Kebab House is a great day. 

If you had to choose another career, what would it be? 

A wedding planner! I just planned my own wedding this September and had such a blast creating everything, and the payoff to see it all put together is amazing!

What’s a fun fact about yourself?

I’ve been to 25 states, 13 countries and 11 national parks in the last few years. And honeymooned in Germany and Sweden this past December.

What’s a song that always gets you on the dance floor? 

Get Low

 

Thanks, Madison! Learn more about Madison Anne Studio in the vendor guide. 

The 2022 Vermont Weddings Gift Guide

It’s here: the ultimate collection of Vermont-made gifts perfect for any Vermont wedding occasion or Vermont lover. We’ve curated over 100 gift ideas for everyone on your list. And, every single gift supports a local VT business. 

On a more personal note, this guide has been a huge labor of love. We logged countless hours compiling this list, and we’re so happy that launch day is finally here! It’s been such a fun experience to connect with well known brands and discover new businesses. One thing is clear: Vermont is full of talent. We’ve already gifted things from the guide (and bought a few for ourselves…) and we’re confident the guide will help you do the same. 

We’re also really proud this resource supports the Vermont Foodbank (keep reading for details on that – and how you can help). The 2022 Vermont Weddings Gift Guide gives back to our local community in more ways than one, and we’re so excited for you to check it out.

What’s included in the Vermont Weddings Gift Guide?

Over 100 gift ideas – all from local, Vermont businesses. The guide is organized by business, with a little background info and our curated picks for recipients, such as couples, bridesmaids/groomsmen, parents, favors, etc. Many of the featured businesses identify with at least one of the following: women-owned; minority owned; eco-conscious; certified-organic; family-owned. 

Plus, we included a few yummy cocktail recipes and tips for creating Vermont welcome baskets and writing the perfect thank you note.

What makes the Vermont Weddings Gift Guide unique?

We’ve never seen another gift guide quite like this one! 

For one: everyone featured is a Vermont business, so it’s truly a celebration of our state. 

We also handpicked gifts for any wedding gift-giving coming your way. You’ll find suggestions for couples getting married, bridesmaid gift ideas, groomsmen gift ideas, gift ideas for parents of the couple, and unique wedding favor ideas. Of course, you can mix and match these ideas to best fit your crew, but these selections will help get you started. 

There are a variety of styles and price points represented. 

The Gift Guides that give back to the Vermont Foodbank

In keeping with the theme of supporting our local community, we donated part of each featured artist’s registration fee to the Vermont Foodbank. We raised $1,300, which translates to 2,165 meals for neighbors in need.

Here’s my ask of you: The 2022 Wedding Gift Guide below is free, but we created two amazing supplemental gift guides that you can download for a small cost to take your gifting to the next level (read more about them below). 

If you enjoy The 2022 Vermont Weddings Gift Guide and are about to make a financial donation, please consider buying the supplemental gift guide bundle! I’m sure you will find even more great ideas AND you’ll be helping us donate even more meals to neighbors in need (part of each Bundle purchase goes to the Foodbank).

How to shop the Vermont Weddings Gift Guide

Click the open bracket button in the bottom right corner of the preview below and the Gift Guide will appear as a full-screen, interactive guide. To get the full viewing experience, I recommend viewing this on a desktop rather than a phone. Then, you can flip through the pages like a catalog. Everything is interactive, so just click on a gift to shop. (Please note that Vermont Weddings cannot guarantee inventory or availability; contact each maker directly if you have questions.) 

If you’re using this guide to build your own Vermont registry, we recommend using a site like Zola, so you can add gifts from any local business. 

Don’t forget to download the free gift tracker to keep track of all those sweet gifts!

Why does shopping local matter?

Have you seen the meme about when you buy from a small business owner, an actual person does a happy dance? That’s actually true! When you buy from a local business, your neighbors (the people behind that business) benefit! Small businesses make up a large, important part of the Vermont economy and choosing to buy from them is a tangible way you can help our community.

Isn’t shopping local or buying from small businesses more expensive?

This is a common misconception and one we’re excited to tackle. Yes, some of the gifts included in the gift guide are splurge-worthy gifts, because they are handcrafted or one-of-a-kind. But buying local isn’t always more expensive, especially when you consider the quality. And – there’s the double bonus of the real impact supporting a small business. We included a range of price points in the guide to fit most budgets.

Want Event More Gift Ideas?!

We’ve got you covered! We created two supplemental gift guides that build upon the Vermont Weddings Gift Guide (with some new wedding gift ideas and pricing information included!). 

The Gift Guide Pairing Menu

This is perfect if you liked the gifts from the guide, want want help putting it all together. We’re giving you several bundle ideas and our best tips for creating your own unique gift bundles that will delight your friends and family. Click here to buy.

Gift Ideas for the First Five Years

Consider us your gifting fairy godmother! We’re giving you three traditional anniversary gift ideas for years 1 – 5, and ideas for other events such as baby showers and housewarmings. Basically, we got your first five years of marriage covered – no stressing about gift ideas here! Click here to buy.

Bundle the Pairing Menu and Gift Ideas for the First Five Years together and save 20%. Plus $2 of every bundle goes directly to the Vermont Foodbank. (You can create a bundle from either link above.)

Love for the 2022 Vermont Weddings Gift Guides 

We gave early access to some Instagram followers and asked for their feedback. Here’s what they had to say:

“This truly is a gift masterpiece – WOW! I honestly wish I had this while planning my wedding, but I’m stoked to have it for future events. As a fellow Vermonter, it’s amazing to see all the talent from our state.” – Brooke, Vermont bride

“This introduced me to so many Vermont makers that I didn’t know I needed in my life.”  – Jill, Vermont bride

“Not only did I learn about some new brands, but it also reminded me of some really great Vermont brands that I’ve seen in passing…now I know of some people I could gift them to, based on your suggestions.” – Liz, Vermont Bride and Wedding Professional 

“I already have three things in my shopping cart – this makes it so easy to shop small and help out small businesses who deserve it!” – Crystal, Vermont bride

bride opening gift on wedding morning

Vermont Businesses Listed in Our Gift Guide

Here’s an alphabetical index of who you’ll find featured inside the guide:

802 Dinner Party – 33
A Clover and One Bee – 42
AO Glass – 37
As Little Cooking As Possible – 13
Belle Savon Vermont – 40
Blake Hill Preserves – 35
Botanical Tribe Apothecary – 9
Caledonia Spirits – 25
Catinko Creations – 19
Cards by Cato -12
Carrier Roasting Coffee -32
Ceci Leibovitz Jewelry – 6
Cedar Creek Crafts – 15
Cheese & Wine Traders – 32
Courtney Reckord – 4
Crazy Cotton Candy Lady – 41
Daily Chocolate – 30
Earth & Salt Shop – 7
Elmore Mountain Therapeutics – 7
Erin Elyse Designs – 18
Farmer’s Body – 8
Farmhouse Flowers – 42
Fire.Fire. – 41
Found & Feral – 4
Yes Miss Bridal Jewelry by Gosia Meyer – 5
Hope Sharp – 21
JK Adams – 38
Kestrel Coffee Company – 35
Lake Champlain Chocolates – 31
Lawson’s Finest Liquids – 28
Linds Loves Ink – 14
Mad River Distillers – 25
Maquam Winery – 28
MarMadeThat – 17
Mint Print Studios – 14
Morado Designs – 23
Nomadic Kitchen – 30
PajamaGram Company – 23
Runamok Maple – 34
Salt & Bubbles – 29
Sam Macy Designs – 21
Shelburne Gift Company – 10
SILO Distillery – 24
Snug Bug Shop – 20
Special Occasions by Sarah – 16
Stonecutter Spirits – 24
Tanglewood Floral Preservation – 43
Tiny Girl Gang Cards – 18
Vermont Bowl Company – 39
Vermont Maker’s Market – 19
Vermont Rocks – 22
Vermont’s Own Gift Shop – 39
VT Charcuterie – 36
Willough Designs – 12

We hope you enjoy the 2022 Wedding Gift Guide! It was such a fun project, and we’re confident it will help you with your gifting needs.

Did you enjoy the guide or buy something from it? Tag us on Instagram so we can see and celebrate! 

BEST OF 2021: FLOWERS

Wedding florals – whether a bouquet, centerpiece, or installation – add a huge amount of style to your day. Here are a few of our favorite designs from 2021. Learn more about these incredible florists in the vendor guide!

Love these looks? We’re sharing our “semi finalist” picks on Instagram. Go check it out for even more inspiration!

A Pop of Personality

This bright, colorful arrangement by A Clover and One Bee is absolutely stunning and makes us happy just to see it – we can only imagine how the bride felt carrying it! (Photo: Margaret Michael Photography)

Crisp & Classic

This bouquet of bright whites and soft pastels by Blossoming Bough Flowers was the perfect accent for this couple’s romantic, intimate wedding at the Inn at Weathersfield. (Photo: Kelsey Regan Photography)

Wild Wonder

Tipsy Tulip Designs created this knockout bouquet that’s unique and bold, but still feminine and oh so pretty. (Photo: Jenna Brisson Photography)

Bold & Beautiful

Bold colors and textures throughout the bouquets and arrangements created by Flower Power VT add to this wedding’s gorgeous boho design. (Photo: Kelsey Converse Photography)

Grand Greenery

A grand tent at Topnotch Resort calls for a special touch, so A Schoolhouse Garden created these stunning greenery-forward table runners and installations. Together with the ratan lanterns, the entire vibe is casual elegance at its finest. (Photo: Andy Madea)

Thank you to everyone who submitted for the Best of 2021 series! Don’t forget to check out our “semi finalists” on Instagram, and sign up for our newsletter to get each Best of post emailed to you weekly this month!

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Quick recap: what is Vermont Weddings Best of 2021 Series?

A little backstory if you’re unfamiliar: we started the Best of series last year (2020) to highlight some of the amazing work by the talented teams in the Vermont wedding industry. It’s an opportunity to both celebrate a year’s worth of weddings and inspire couples who are planning a future Vermont wedding. (A quick note on the word “best”: the intention isn’t to make this a competition between weddings, but to share a small, but representative, sample of the weddings in Vermont this year.  To that end, please know that we love each and every wedding that was submitted, and the final picks are carefully chosen based on a variety of factors to create a compelling series.)

Here’s what you can expect:

All December, we’ll be rolling out inspiring stories in various categories:

  • Read Now: Best of Engagements 
  • Read Now: Best of Style 
  • Best of Florals
  • Best of Party Animals
  • Best of Design & Details
  • Best of Elopements
  • Best of Location
  • Best of Community

Plus, because the submissions were just THAT good, we’re sharing our “semi finalist” picks for each category on Instagram. That means you’ll want to follow us to see even more highlights, and come back to the blog each week to see the “best” picks in each category.

We recommend signing up for our newsletter – we’ll send you an email each week with the highlights so you won’t miss a thing. (Going forward we only send 1 – 2 emails a month.)

BEST OF 2021 WEDDING STYLE

Your wedding day style (attire, hair, makeup, accessories) reflects who you are and sets the vibe of your big day. While every couple is gorgeous in their own way, here are just a few of our favorite looks from 2021. Schedule your hair makeup trial, and go find your dream dress now because we promise you will want to recreate these looks for your wedding!

Love this post? We’re sharing our “semi finalist” picks on Instagram. Go check it out for even more inspiration!

Beaded Beauty

The scalloped beading on this dress from Fiori Bridal reminds me of butterfly wings, and is simply stunning. (Photo: AveyBaby Photography)

Glam & Gorgeous

With her bold lip and fur shawl, this bride embodies glamour! (Photo: Colette Kulig Photography)

The James Bonds

These grooms’ classic, debonair style is a great compliment to their killer (see what we did there?) wedding planned by Destinations Found. (Photo: GarrenTee Photography)

The Perfect Mismatched Bridal Party

This bridal party absolutely nailed the mismatched look. Each bridesmaid looks gorgeous in her own unique way. A coordinated color palette and beautiful, natural makeup by Jennifer Perellie ties it all together. (Photo: LuvLens Photography)

Boho Beauty

This couple crushed the romantic, boho look. The bride handmade her own lush bouquet, and her maid of honor (@makeupby_cbelle) created this natural makeup look that completes the vibe. (Photo: Jenna Brisson Photography)

Classic & Cool

This couple is so glamorous. Jennifer Perellie created a makeup look that allows the bride’s natural beauty to show through and compliments the classic wedding planned by Lindsey Leichthammer. And that candid shot of the couple with their sunglasses…too cool for words. (Photo: Matt Lim)

The Cape Skirt

The beading on this dress is enough to make us soon, but the CAPE…we’re toast. This dress sets the tone for this amazing celebration. (Photo: K Lenhart Weddings)

 

Sheer Perfection

This bride embodies feminine and free spirited style in this lace and tulle gown with blush undertones from Veilmonté Bridal Showroom. The addition of a long veil is perfection.  (Photo: Julia Rebecca Photography)

 

Happily Leather After

We are obsessed with this white leather jacket with “happily ever after” embroidered on the back. Your wedding reception, after party, honeymoon, bachelorette party, the grocery store…we can think of several occasions to rock this. (Photo: Colette Kulig Photography)

 

Effortless Elegance

Is there anything more elegant than a sweeping cathedral veil? This couple effortlessly married their two heritages (Indian and Filipino) with a beautiful celebration planned by Odyssey Events. (Photo: Nicholas Natale)

 

Thank you to everyone who submitted for the Best of 2021 series! Don’t forget to check out our “semi finalists” on Instagram, and sign up for our newsletter to get each Best of post emailed to you weekly this month!

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Quick recap: what is Vermont Weddings Best of 2021 Series?

A little backstory if you’re unfamiliar: we started the Best of series last year (2020) to highlight some of the amazing work by the talented teams in the Vermont wedding industry. It’s an opportunity to both celebrate a year’s worth of weddings and inspire couples who are planning a future Vermont wedding. (A quick note on the word “best”: the intention isn’t to make this a competition between weddings, but to share a small, but representative, sample of the weddings in Vermont this year.  To that end, please know that we love each and every wedding that was submitted, and the final picks are carefully chosen based on a variety of factors to create a compelling series.)

Here’s what you can expect:

All December, we’ll be rolling out inspiring stories in various categories:

  • Read Now: Best of Engagements 
  • Best of Style 
  • Best of Flowers
  • Best of Party Animals
  • Best of Design & Details
  • Best of Elopements
  • Best of Location
  • Best of Community

Plus, because the submissions were just THAT good, we’re sharing our “semi finalist” picks for each category on Instagram. That means you’ll want to follow us to see even more highlights, and come back to the blog each week to see the “best” picks in each category.

We recommend signing up for our newsletter – we’ll send you an email each week with the highlights so you won’t miss a thing. (Going forward we only send 1 – 2 emails a month.)

BEST OF 2021 ENGAGEMENTS

The Vermont Weddings Best of 2021 series starts today! Pop the champagne (like the first couple below) and let’s get into it. 

What is Vermont Weddings Best of 2021 Series?

A little backstory if you’re unfamiliar: we started the Best of series last year (2020) to highlight some of the amazing work by the talented teams in the Vermont wedding industry. It’s an opportunity to both celebrate a year’s worth of weddings and inspire couples who are planning a future Vermont wedding. (A quick note on the word “best”: the intention isn’t to make this a competition between weddings, but to share a small, but representative, sample of the weddings in Vermont this year.  To that end, please know that we love each and every wedding that was submitted, and the final picks are carefully chosen based on a variety of factors to create a compelling series.)

Here’s what you can expect:

All December, we’ll be rolling out inspiring stories in various categories:

  • Best of Engagements (that’s today!)
  • Best of Style 
  • Best of Florals
  • Best of Party Animals
  • Best of Design & Details
  • Best of Elopements
  • Best of Location
  • Best of Community

Plus, because the submissions were just THAT good, we’re sharing our “semi finalist” picks for each category on Instagram. That means you’ll want to follow us to see even more highlights, and come back to the blog each week to see the “best” picks in each category.

We recommend signing up for our newsletter – we’ll send you an email each week with the highlights so you won’t miss a thing. (Going forward we only send 1 – 2 emails a month.)

Best of 2021 Vermont Engagements

Today we’re kicking off our Best of 2021 series with a look at a few of the best engagements of the year. Was it us, or was 2021 the year engagements got super epic?! It was nearly impossible to narrow down our picks in this category. From surprise engagements to beautifully curated shoots, here are our picks for the Best of 2021 Engagements this year.

The Champagne Pop

This couple looked like they had the most fun during their entire shoot, and this illuminated champagne spray? Epic. (Photo: GarrenTee Photography)

Further Reading: These Grooms-to-Be Had the Most Fun for Their Summer Evening Engagement Shoot

Flying High

This surprise engagement in a hot air balloon takes engagement photography to a whole new level. (Photo: Kelsey Regan Photography)

High(land) Fashion

This engagement session involved an adventurous couple and some Vermont highland cows. All together it’s such a fun, cool session! (Photo: Hallie Jade Pictures)

Further reading: Expert Advice for Your Winter Engagement 

You Are My Sunshine

It’s hard to tell what’s glowing more: the bright sunflower, the golden hour sunshine, or the couples’ love for each other. (Photo: Allison Macy Photography)

Game On

This couple explored downtown Winooski for their Vermont urban engagement session, including a stop at the arcade bar, Archives. The resulting pictures make us all winners. (Photo: MoHo Photo)

Waterfall Wonder

Sorry TLC, but with views like this we will be chasing waterfalls. (Photo: Kate Seymour Photography)

Romantics in the Rain

Remember that iconic scene from The Notebook in the rain? Yeah, this shoot is giving us all those vibes. Super romantic. (Photo: Madison Anne Studio)
 

This Pic is Lit

This couple timed their hike perfectly to totally bask in the sunset’s golden glow. (Photo: Keith MacDonald Photography)
 

Boardwalk Bliss

This bride-to-be literally jumped in the air when her partner surprised her with a proposal on Burlington’s beautiful boardwalk. (Photo: Love Wins Photography)
 

Falling in Love

A blanket of golden leaves, sunlight through a canopy of foliage, a couple in love… what could be better? (Photo: Margaret Michael Photography)
 

Apple of My Eye

This session is so, so cute. It feels a little retro and nostalgic, but still very fresh. It’s total eye candy! (Photo: Jess Driver Photography)
 

Thank you to everyone who submitted for the Best of 2021 Engagements category! Don’t forget to check out our “semi finalists” on Instagram, and sign up for our newsletter to get each Best of post emailed to you weekly this month!

FOUR HOLIDAY COCKTAIL RECIPES YOU’LL WANT TO SIP ON REPEAT THIS WINTER

Cheers! Having the perfect cocktail holiday recipe makes each celebration during the holiday season that much sweeter. No matter what you’re celebrating this season, these are four holiday cocktail recipes featuring Vermont libations you’ll want to sip on repeat on season long! 

(Psst – These brands are featured in our Vermont Weddings Gift Guide, launching January 2022. Want to be the first to hear about it? Sign up for our newsletter!)

Espresso Martini with Mad River Distillers Vanilla Rum

Tastes like: A dessert in a glass – with a kick of energy

Pairs well with: Late night gift wrapping

While you’re making it, listen to: A Marshmallow World” – Dean Martin

How to make the Espresso Martini with Mad River Distillers Vanilla Rum

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 oz Vanilla Rum
  • 1/4 oz VT Maple Syrup
  • 1/2 oz maple cream liqueur
  • 2 oz cold brew coffee (we recommend brewing a strong batch of Vermont coffee like Carrier Roasting Coffee or Kestrel Coffee Company)

Instructions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice
  2. Shake well
  3. Strain into a chilled coupe glass
  4. Garnish with cinnamon or cocoa

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The Stonecutter Harvest Moon

Tastes like: A little fruity and a little spicy

Pairs well with: A holiday movie marathon

While you’re making it, listen to: “Jingle Bells” – Alan Jackson

How to make the Stonecutter Harvest Moon

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 oz Stonecutter Single Barrel Gin
  • 2 oz apple cider
  • 1/2 oz freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 oz simple syrup
  • Dash of cinnamon

Instructions:

  1. Fill a mixing glass with ice
  2. Combine all ingredients in mixing glass and stir
  3. Strain into a chilled glass
  4. Garnish with thin apple slices and/or cinnamon stick

Maple Manhattan with SILO Maple Whiskey

Tastes like: A classic, it’s warm and cozy

Pairs well with: Warming up after frolicking in the snow

While you’re making it, listen to: “Baby It’s Cold Outside” by Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors

How to make the Maple Manhattan with SILO Maple Whiskey

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz SILO Maple Whiskey
  • 1/4 oz Sweet Vermouth
  • Dash of Angostura Bitters 

Instructions:

  1. Fill a mixing glass with ice
  2. Combine all ingredients in mixing glass and stir
  3. Strain into a chilled glass
  4. Garnish with a cherry

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The Caledonia Spirits Kingdom Buck

Tastes like: Refreshing, zesty, and bright

Pairs well with: Decorating the house or chopping down a Christmas tree

While you’re making it, listen to: “Winter Wonderland” – Darius Rucker

How to make the Caledonia Spirits Kingdom Buck

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz Caledonia Spirits Barr Hill Reserve Tom Cat Gin
  • 1/4 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz cranberry syrup
  • Ginger beer to taste

Instructions:

  1. Combine first three ingredients over ice in a copper mug
  2. Top with ginger beer
  3. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary, lime wheel, and floating cranberries (Try skewering the cranberries and coating with sugar for an extra festive look!)

If you make any of these cocktails – tag us on Instagram so we can virtually cheers you! 

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MEET MARINA OF VEILMONTÉ BRIDAL SHOWROOM

One look at Veilmonté Bridal Showroom and I want to convince my husband to have another wedding just so I can wear one of these dresses! Owner Marina Smith shares more about her story, her love of dresses, and how this unique bridal shop came to Burlington.