Guide to an Alternative Wedding Registry

Ah, the wedding registry. One of the parts of wedding planning that sounds so good in theory, and actually feels pretty challenging in practice. 

A traditional registry can be a great option for many couples, but for many others, it’s not. Maybe you’ve lived together for a while and have all the big stuff covered, or maybe you’re planning to move in the near future and don’t want extra possessions. Whatever your reasons, it’s totally possible to build an alternative wedding registry that still allows your community to shower you with gifts (they want to!) without more physical stuff. We’ll show you how.

How to Ask for No Gifts 

First, you need to explicitly say no physical gifts (sometimes referred to as “boxed gifts”) and explain why. For example, “Tricia and Brian are getting ready to move to a new city! As such, they kindly request no gifts they’ll need to pack up.” This information should be on your wedding website and provided to anyone who is hosting a bridal shower, engagement party, etc.

Why Register for Services & Other Non-Boxed Gifts 

The thing is, people still want to get you something. So, it’s helpful to have a plan for what you want people to get you in lieu of boxed gifts. These options give the gift giver an opportunity to feel like they’re getting you something tangible, and will benefit you and your partner!

bride opening gift on wedding morning
Kelsey Regan Photography

Alternative Wedding Registry Ideas

Register for a honeymoon fund 

This is common these days; many couples even include it as a line item on a traditional registry! 

Here’s how to tactfully ask for money toward your honeymoon: “Your presence is the best gift of all – we can’t wait to celebrate with you! We truly have everything we need at the moment for our home, and kindly request no boxed gifts. However, for friends & family who have inquired, we have set up a fund to help us make the most of our honeymoon to [destination] together!”

You could do this as a cash fund (many sites like Zola make this really easy) or register for experiences via a site like Airbnb

Subscriptions to Add to Your Alternative Wedding Registry

What do you and your partner love to do together? Register for more of that! Or, think about what would make your lives easier and add that to your list. Some ideas include…

  1. Wine or beer of the month club (local friends: Salt & Bubbles Coup Club is great!)
  2. Floral bouquet subscription (Farmhouse Flowers and A Clover and One Bee both provide this for Vermonters!)
  3. Meal kits or food subscriptions like Blue Apron or Butcher Box 
  4. A CSA membership to a local farm would be a great gift
  5. You can also register for subscriptions that make your life easier like a year of Amazon Prime or Instacart

Date Night Registry Essentials

This could be such a fun option and provide you with a year – or more – of fun date night ideas! For example:

  1. Movie tickets to the local theater 
  2. Passes to a local museum or attraction
  3. Gift cards to local restaurants (provide examples)
  4. A gift card to a local spa 
  5. Entertainment subscriptions like Spotify, Netflix, Disney+ etc. 

Couple kissing at bottom of ski slope after their Vermont winter elopement
Juniper Studios
A white couple pops champagne after getting married at Sterling Ridge Resort, VT
Jenna Brisson

An Adventure Lovers Alternative Wedding Registry

If you and your partner are adventurous, fuel your passion for the outdoors with a registry that helps you to get out and explore more. Consider:

  1. Passes to your local state park (or a National Parks Pass)
  2. Ski passes 
  3. Mountain bike passes 
  4. Gift cards to a gear shop you love so you can pick out something together

Register for Charitable Donations

In lieu of a registry, you could ask for donations to a charitable organization that holds a close meaning to you both. (This is also an excellent option in lieu of favors!)

Final thoughts on the Alternative Wedding Registry

I can pretty much guarantee that no matter how many times you say no gifts, someone is going to hand you a big white bag with a bow on top and a gift inside at some point. When that happens, be gracious. Say thank you (here’s a guide to writing the best thank you notes) and know that person is just trying to honor your marriage the way they know best!

Have You Seen the Vermont Weddings Gift Guide?

Even if you’re skipping a traditional registry, we highly suggest browsing our Gift Guide – it’s unlike any other! We’re confident you’ll find something to give your partner, anyone who helped celebrate your wedding in a meaningful way…and lots of other ideas!

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Three Rehearsal Dinner Themes (And Coordinating Invitation Templates)

While rehearsal dinner themes aren’t necessary, they can be helpful to guide your planning by focussing your choices on a particular color palette or style. It may be related to your wedding theme, but it doesn’t have to be. If you had your heart set on a theme that didn’t quite make the cut for your wedding – this is the opportunity to do it. 

Your rehearsal dinner is the pre-party of your wedding weekend. It’s a chance to celebrate with your closest family and friends in an intimate setting and get excited for what’s ahead.  

Kaylen, the incredible wedding planner behind Sarah Judith Events, shares three rehearsal dinner themes that could work at a variety of venues.  

Bonus: We created three templates you can customize for invitations to your rehearsal dinner for each of these themes! Scroll to the bottom of the article to get yours.

Something Blue

Blue is the color of love, purity, faithfulness, and modesty. Tradition says “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue” will bring luck on your wedding day…why not make your something blue your rehearsal dinner?

Check out the ways Kaylen incorporates shades of pastel blues and in a watercolor-like palette that’s sweet, romantic and fresh. This theme could play equally well at a lakeside setting (and lean more nautical) or a mountain affair (and lean more garden party). 

Blue hydrangeas are in season in Vermont in the summer, which is an excellent floral choice.  Ask you florist for more recommendations on bringing the blues to your floral arrangements.

Black & Gold Rehearsal

Looking for a classy and elegant rehearsal dinner theme? You can’t go wrong with black and gold! 

Surprise and treat your guests with special details, like a champagne wall, balloon arch, gold silverware, and hand lettered gold place cards.

With fewer people attending your rehearsal dinner than your wedding it can be an opportunity to go a little “all-out!” Don’t forget about the themed gold rimmed cake as well! (These bakers are sure to create a stunning, glittering creation.)

Positano Vibes

If you have been lucky enough to visit Positano, a village in Italy off the Amalfi coast, you know how gorgeous it is! Even if you haven’t been (or are planning to go for your honeymoon), you can bring a little bit of  this cliffside village to Vermont as your rehearsal dinner theme. 

This colorful theme is whimsical, fun and joyful. Blue and white plates pop against yellow details – including an adorable lemon place card! 

A seating chart written on old wine jugs and a serve yourself sangria bar are excellent choices to bring this vibe to life. Check out Salt and Bubbles Wine Bar & Market for some wine suggestions (they also offer mobile bar catering) to bring a true taste of the region to your party. Your guests will enjoy feeling transported to a different country with a delicious italian dinner and wine. Salute! 

Rehearsal Dinner Invitation Templates

Like one of the themes above? You’re luck because we have three invitation templates per theme you can customize for free for your rehearsal dinner using Canva (you can use the free version).

You can print these and mail them to your wedding party and close friends/family, or you could email them the invitation (that’s what I’d do). It’s an extra little touch to make those who are closest to you feel special! 

Check out the designs below and get your templates to customize your favorite

Wedding Planner: Sarah Judith Events

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7 Productivity Hacks I use Daily as a Mompreneaur

As a busy solo entrepreneur and mom, I wear a lot of hats on any given day. Just as I’m writing this, my inbox is full, I just started another load of laundry, and I’m half-heartedly thinking about what we’ll have for dinner. (To be clear, I don’t say any of this to complain – it’s a gift to have a full life!)

Personally, I was attracted to entrepreneurship for the ability to have a more integrated work/life approach and I know many of my colleagues and clients are too! 

That said, in order to take advantage of the benefits of entrepreneurship, I’ve had to learn some productivity hacks along the way. Here are some of my best habits that may help you too.

#1: Don’t Put Off Tasks That Take Less Than 2 minutes.

Ignored, small tasks can pile up quickly. It’s easy to procrastinate responding to an email, scanning a document, or filing something away, but I always feel worse when I do. Putting off the task ultimately adds redundant work to my plate (ever re-read the same email 3 times before responding? Yeah, me too.) and adds to my mental clutter. 

My rule is, that if a task takes less than two minutes to complete, just get it done right then and there. If I’m having a particularly busy week, I set aside 10 minutes a day to clear my to-do list of these small items. 

#2: Experiment with Time Blocking as a Productivity Hack

If there’s a major project I need to tackle (like writing this blog post) I’ll block out time on my calendar like I would for a client meeting. I usually choose a time block between 30 – 90 minutes. During that time I try to remove as many distractions as possible: email away, phone down (and turned over and/or silenced). 

When I worked in an office, I’d set my status as “busy” on Slack. Research shows focusing on one thing at a time will help you get it done better and efficiently. 

As a fun bonus, I also LOVE to use my productivity playlist for this time to hack my brain into focus mode! 

#3: Regularly Invest in Education 

Here’s the thing: I can either spend time (sometimes lots of it) learning how to do something myself – or I can shortcut that and learn from someone who’s already mastered it. Investing in coaches and personal development has been one of the BEST commitments I’ve made in the business. It has been scary to make some of those investments when the upfront costs are high, but it’s always paid off. Ultimately, paying for education tells my brain “this is important!” and helps me stay committed to taking action on my goals.

Self-development isn’t usually thought of as a productivity hack, but I really believe these investments have helped me hone in on what’s most important, learn some key skills from experts, and commit to an action – ultimately getting where I want to go quicker! 

Looking for help? I offer a select number of 1-on-1 coaching spots each season to help entrepreneurs with their business goals! Content development, website copy, social media planning, and setting up systems are all things I’ve helped clients with in the past. Please DM me if you’re curious to learn more about current openings.) 

#4: Clean Up Digital Spaces Monthly 

I realized pretty quickly that wasting time searching for “that photo of a cute dog with a floral collar that looks springy” amongst dozens of unorganized folders on my desktop wasn’t the best use of my time. (That dog photo is here by the way.) Having a well-organized digital space (desktop, Google Drive, Dropbox, etc.) is hugely helpful to my productivity. I’m still refining my systems, but here are a few tips I’ve implemented that have helped so far: 

1. Creating a Dropbox folder specifically for images I may want to use again on my website or in blog posts and including notes about who the photographer is and if I had a specific plan for the image (ex. a picture of a bride in tights for a story on winter wedding inspiration).

2. Using the “save” feature on Instagram to file posts I may want to reshare or draw inspiration from. I create separate folders for topics like audio, reel ideas, and photos to repost. 

3. Planning time each month to clean up my desktop, downloads folder (it can be a hot mess), and inbox. 

#5: Set Time Limits on Social Media

It may sound odd coming from someone whose job is largely built on Instagram, but I really value taking time away from my phone to recharge and ensure I’m focusing on other to-do’s. I set a daily limit on my phone (under Settings) to limit my daily time on Instagram, and really try my hardest to not “ignore the time limit” and stick to it.

I’ve only been doing this for a couple of months, but I already see the difference in how I interact with the app professionally and personally! For work, it’s forced me to give up some perfectionistic tendencies and just hit “post”. That means I’m actually able to create more content than I would have if I agonized over the same 20-second reel over and over and over. Personally, it’s been enlightening to see which accounts I value the most in this season, and it’s becoming easier to stop the mindless scrolling when I know the timer will run out! (And go do something else that’s ultimately more important.)

#6: Invest in Tools & Services

One of the life lessons I keep learning time and time again is that while I may be able to do anything (ex. write blog posts, handle client inquiries, clean my house, raise a child, etc.) it doesn’t mean I have to – or can – do everything at once. While I have invested in some virtual assistant support in my business, I’m primarily still a solopreneur. That means I touch pretty much everything in the business at one point or another. To ease this load a bit, I’ve invested in a few key tools:

  1. Honeybook: I use Honeybook daily to keep my business running smoothly. From handling inquiries to sending contacts and managing payments, this system is at the core of my client-facing business operations. It’s almost like an assistant, and I don’t know what I’d do without it! (You can save 50% off your first year with my link – Visit Site)
  2. Asana: I use the free version of this online project management tool and have for years! It’s primarily my to-do list and my editorial calendar, although I also use it for projects as well.
  3. Instacart: Ok, this isn’t specifically a business tool, but hear me out! When life gets really busy (hello, wedding planning/working wedding season/early parenthood/etc.) normal weekly routines can feel overwhelming. Those weeks, having groceries delivered straight to my door is praise-hands-emoji-level bliss and frees up mental space for other priorities at hand. (Get $10 off your first order – Visit Site)

#7: Celebrate Your Accomplishments Often

I always think I’ll remember all the projects I’ve worked on, but I don’t. When I worked for someone else, taking a few minutes each month to write down that month’s wins made my annual reviews so much easier. Now that I work for myself, this practice gives me a sense of accomplishment and gratitude, fueling me to do more! This practice is also a good reminder to myself of the work I’ve already done that could be repurposed or reshared. It’s easy to get caught in creation mode, but sometimes promoting what’s already out there (perhaps with a tweak or two) is even more effective – and more efficient!

 

What do you think? Do any of these productivity hacks inspire you to try something new? Do you have a great hack I missed? I’d love to learn about it! 

Adventurous Wedding at Onion River Campground

Onion River Campground was the perfect place for Emily and Julia to tie the knot! Located just twenty minutes from Montpelier, this enormous 23-acre campground has a beautiful natural setting along Vermont’s Winooski River. The joyous spirit of the day was reflected in the wild nature of the flowers growing all around the hillsides surrounding their celebration. 

Emotional Ceremony In An Apple Orchard

Emily and Julia live a big, urban, contemporary life, but gathered over 100 loved ones for an outdoor ceremony under a Chuppah surrounded by a beautiful apple orchard. They carefully planned their wedding ceremony to bring together traditions, while also making it unique to them. They were surrounded by so much love and joy from everyone who was present. 

Summer Camp Feel Wedding at Onion River Campground

The guests happily descended the hillside to an enormous tent that stands near the river. Emily and Julia wanted their wedding to be FUN! They spent the afternoon playing lawn games, feasting on Vermont-themed food, and making memories. They literally threw people in the air and danced into the night. They included special touches like party favors, s’mores, and… dinosaurs! They ended the night together gathered around campfires. 

This couple perfectly demonstrates how your wedding can be however you want it to be! There are no rules and you can create a wedding day that is unique to you and your love story! There’s room to dream at an Onion River Campground wedding.

Wedding Venue: ONION RIVER CAMPGROUND | Photography: NOVELLA PHOTOGRAPHY | Flowers: JACQUELYN RIEKE

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Meet Photographers Kolleen and Bobby Kintz

You know how fun the best double date of your life was? That’s kinda what it’s like to work with Bobby and Kolleen Kintz, the husband and wife team behind Photos by Kintz. These two radiate joy and love to instantly put you at ease in front of the camera. Plus, as a two-person team, they can capture more moments of your special day with teamwork and complementary perspectives. Read on to learn more about this couple!

How did you get into wedding photography? 

Bobby was born with a camera in his hand. But seriously, as soon as he discovered he could use it to get out of class, he took over photography for the high school yearbook. From there, he trained in sports photography out in Los Angeles, which is where he met and fell in love with Kolleen, who had the brilliant idea of taking all this talent and starting a business together. Bobby documented a few weddings in LA, but it was only after marrying the love of his life that he decided he wanted to be a wedding photographer. We said “I Do” at a backyard Vermont wedding and shot our first wedding together just 3 weeks later. Over the last 10 years we have documented countless love stories and fallen further and further in love with wedding photography and each other!

How would you describe your photography style? 

Playful, romantic, vibrant. We aim to capture authentic moments, and do so by creating an environment where our clients can relax and enjoy themselves. We promise to make you laugh! 

What inspires your work? 

Our clients! We love getting to know you and telling your story, it is an honor. We tailor our style to each client. We want to capture photos that truly represent who you are. 

Also…Nature! We feel deeply fortunate to be living and working in Vermont. The spectacular beauty of the Green Mountain State keeps us feeling humble and inspired on the daily. We incorporate as much nature as possible into our work. You will see us lying on the ground, putting flower petals in front of our lens, or maybe even climbing a tree! Whatever it takes to get “the shot”. 

And…Our marriage! As we approach 10 years since our wedding day, it feels more important than ever to be with a couple at the beginning of their journey into marriage. We love each more each year, and have grown so much as husband and wife and business owners.

Any special tips for couples for choosing a wedding photographer? 

Remember that your wedding photographer is the one vendor who will spend the entire wedding day by your side. It’s important to find someone you click with! Or better yet, two people! 

What’s your favorite moment during a wedding? 

We love to whisk a couple away from the reception for a few minutes to capture photos during the golden hour. We get to watch the sunset with so many couples! Seeing their faces as they watch the sun set on their first day as a married couple is so special. Not to mention, the light is so perfect for photos during this time. 

A close second would be the father-daughter dances. Ever since becoming parents to our little girl, Olive, we always cry!

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

Tough call between skiing or swimming! We love living in Waitsfield where the possibilities are endless. 

We are loyal to Mad River Glen where we ski every day that Mother Nature allows us. This vintage ski resort is a real throwback experience and some of the toughest terrain in the country. Kolleen’s grandparents skied the first season here in 1949. 

But, when the weather warms up, you can find us swimming in the Mad River or jumping off rocks at Warren Falls. The crystal clear mountain water may be unforgiving, but the experience is unforgettable. Blueberry Lake is another favorite family hangout.  

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

Travel the world! We’d love to be documentary film makers and start a band. Bobby studied cinematography and is a film buff. Kolleen plays guitar and sings, and is learning the piano. We love adventure and plan to convert a school bus into a home on wheels so that we can travel the open road and photograph beautiful sights all over the country. 

What’s a fun fact about yourself? 

We are professional clowns. (Think: Charlie Chaplin and Lucille Ball.) We have been training in physical theatre and comedy since 2010 and have performed together through the years. We share the life-changing experience of traveling to Haiti to perform with Clowns Without Borders for more than 5,000 children. We love teaching circus skills to children and have run summer camps for many years. 

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

“I Want to Dance with Somebody” (Kolleen changes the lyrics to some Bobby), and we always turn up for “Turn Down for What” by Lil Jon. But seriously, we love it all! 

Thank you Kolleen and Bobby! Learn more about Photos by Kintz in the vendor guide.

Traditional Anniversary Gifts for Vermont Lover

Once you get married, you unlock a new holiday every year – your anniversary! Anniversaries may just be the most special holiday of the year because it’s one that you earn. Each year you spend 365 days choosing each other and building a life together.

Traditional anniversary gifts are a fun way to recognize this important milestone in both of your lives. And, following the traditional anniversary gift ideas makes the process of purchasing your spouse get a little easier. If you got married in Vermont, buying gifts every year from local, Vermont vendors is a special way to celebrate! 

Below you’ll find ideas for each big milestone – all from Vermont makers!

TRADITIONAL WEDDING ANNIVERSARY GIFTS YEAR 1: PAPER

Your first anniversary is definitely a special one! The theme of paper represents a blank slate to write your story together. The thread of the paper is a symbol of your connectivity and blossoming relationship. 

Wildflower Seed Notecard Set by Cards by Cato: Each card contains embedded wildflower seeds that grow when planted and is printed on 100% post-consumer fiber paper.

Vermont Alphabet Print by As Little Cooking As Possible. Order a Vermont art print to remember your Vermont wedding or request a custom design. 

YEAR 10: ALUMINUM

Year ten is a big one for many couples. Aluminum represents a durable, yet flexible relationship that you both have sustained through the ups and downs of marriage.

Couple Sculpture by Vermont Rocks: This is such a unique gift. It’s the use of rocks with aluminum (it’s actually steel, but we won’t tell if you don’t) figures on the top that can be shown doing any activity that you and your spouse enjoy.

YEAR 20: CHINA

China represents the delicate care and tending your relationship takes year after year. You both look after each other carefully and look after your relationship after twenty years.

Resin Chess Set by Catinko Creations: Ok, this isn’t made of china… but it’s as beautiful as china! Plus, you can play with your partner and make new precious memories together!

Handblown Vase by AO Glass: Again, not china, but dare we say it’s even more beautiful and useful? This heirloom vase will be the centerpiece of your table for years to come!

YEAR 30: PEARL

A pearl comes from deep in the ocean and takes anywhere from five to twenty years to form. The pearl as this traditional anniversary gift represents the depth and longevity of your marriage.

Pearl Necklace by Yes MISS Bridal Jewelry: A gorgeous piece of jewelry to commemorate thirty years together! You could also pass this down to a daughter or even granddaughter on the day of their wedding to make it extra special.

Ornament by Mint Print Studios: Choose a pearly ornament to represent a special date or memory from your relationship

YEAR 40: RUBY

Ruby is one of the most sought-after gemstones. It represents love and passion. Here are my recommendations for this wonderful anniversary:

Keepsake Necklace by Ceci Leibovitz: Take a swatch of ruby fabric from something you or your spouse wear and have it set within a special necklace or cufflinks. 

Jam Set by Blake Hill Preserves: How about a ruby red jam (strawberry, raspberry, etc) and a coupon for breakfast in bed. (We’d recommend throwing in a bag of coffee from Kestrel Coffee Roasters or Carrier Roasting Co. as well!) 

YEAR 50: GOLD

Fifty years of marriage is incredible and should be celebrated as such – with gold. Gold represents strength, wisdom, and prosperity.

Trail Ring or Necklace by Courtney Reckord Jewelry: Celebrate one of your favorite hiking trails with a signature gold ring or necklace

Vanilla Bean Bar by Botanical Tribe Apothecary: Not only does this smell delicious, but it also includes gold flakes within the bar. While you can’t keep it forever, it will definitely be a gift that’s appreciated.

Looking for even more Anniversary gift ideas?

Imagine always having the perfect gift idea ready for your anniversary, a baby shower, a housewarming…for five whole years. That’s where the Vermont Weddings Gift Ideas for the First Five Years Guide comes in! You’ll get three traditional anniversary gift ideas for years 1 – 5, and ideas for other big occasions. Basically, we got your first five years of marriage covered! Plus it’s only $6 – a great investment to always have the perfect gift idea!

We also have our Vermont Weddings Gift Guide! It is 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 – all made by local Vermont businesses.

I hope these gift ideas inspire you as you celebrate the anniversary of your Vermont wedding and shop local whether you are newlyweds or married for years! 

The New Vermont Weddings Collection with Gosia Meyer Jewelry Launches Today!

I am giddy typing this post right now because it means I get to share a VERY special new collaboration: The Vermont Weddings Collection at Gosia Meyer Jewelry! I teamed up with uber-talented Vermont jewelry designer Gosia Meyer to create a stunning new collection together, and I am SO excited for you to see it! (This is where you’d hear me squeal if we were in person.)

Gosia Meyer Jewelry

Gosia’s designs are chic, timeless pieces that are designed to be worn over and over again. She is based in Vermont and offers custom jewelry design services in addition to her extensive collection.  Her designs are Sterling Silver, 14K Gold-Filled, and solid gold, accented by semi-precious gemstones and freshwater pearls. They truly are beautiful accessories for your big day – or any day! 

A New Bridal Jewelry Collection Made in Vermont

Gosia and I connected about the idea of designing a specific collection that could be perfect for a Vermont bride. I explained my visions, and she created the most amazing pieces beyond my dreams! 

Every piece in this collection is designed to be worn on your wedding day, and to make every day thereafter feel more special. We thoughtfully designed each piece for a particular recipient (like a bridesmaid or mother of the bride), but intentionally made the designs universally appealing so you can mix and match to best suit your crew. 

There are three pieces in the collection: The Love Knot Bracelet, The Part of You Necklace, and the Better Together earrings.

LOVE KNOT BRACELET

Knots symbolize the bonds of love. Whether it’s romantic love or friendship, these bonds hold our lives together and make them richer.

This handmade, 14k gold-filled bracelet is the perfect gift to thank a friend who’s helping you tie the knot (bridesmaid, maid of honor, friend who’s officiating, etc.) This classic bracelet is a beautiful reminder of your special bond.

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PART OF YOU NECKLACE

When you truly love someone, they become a part of you and live in your heart forever.

This delicate, handmade necklace features a freshwater pearl inset in a hammered circle, which represents a mother holding a child. It’s the perfect gift to honor and thank the mother figures in your life. This stunning necklace is a gorgeous symbol of your relationship and love.

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BETTER TOGETHER EARRINGS

“I’ll tell you one thing, it’s always better when we’re together.” – Jack Johnson

These sweet, handmade earrings feature two hammered concentric rings: one silver and one gold, with a delicate dangling freshwater pearl. Each metal is lovely by itself, but they’re even better together – just like you and your loved one. They are perfect for your wedding and for everyday wear. These earrings are a beautiful, subtle reminder of your union.

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How incredible are these pieces? Save 10% on this collection using the code MYVERMONTWEDDING at checkout!

I’m so grateful to partner with this wonderful Vermont business, and we’re both excited for you to get your hands on these pieces!

Colorful Summer Wedding at the Wilburton Inn

Sarah and Noah knew immediately they wanted to get married in Vermont. It’s where their love story began, after all. They visited several venues in the area, but as soon as they arrived at The Wilburton Inn, they know they found the perfect spot for them. Sarah describes it as beautiful and a little quirky with lots of space to gather with their friends and family for days of festivities. After delaying their wedding in 2020, it was more important than ever to bring everyone in their lives together to celebrate their love and have Hannah Photography capture their beautiful day!

Outdoor Wedding at The Wilburton Inn

The Wilburton Inn in Manchester, VT offers gorgeous panoramic mountain views, plenty of outdoor space, and specializes in destination weddings. Sarah and Noah wanted to ensure their wedding felt joyous and fun from start to finish. They did just that by incorporating beautiful, bright colorful flowers wherever they could! The floral arch for their ceremony and the bride’s bouquet from Birds of a Flower was especially stunning! The bridesmaids also all wore different colored dresses. 

If you are planning a Vermont wedding, the bride passed along some advice for couples. Sarah says, “plan a moment of quiet for just you and your partner after the wedding ceremony.” It was the perfect little stillness that was just their own and so special to them. 

Lively, Dance Centered Tented Reception

This couple LOVES the dance floor so it was a top priority to have the best time dancing with everyone at their reception. The Grift provided a great soundtrack as well as the most infectious energy! The version of the hora they played was particularly enthusiastic, definitely one of the best the team at the Wilburton had ever seen! 

As for the shirtless dance that is featured in so many photos, it is actually a Middlebury tradition with their college friends: you take your shirt off whenever “Like a Prayer” by Madonna comes on! And as for the lift… “We like practice what we call our ‘party tricks’ around the house when we’re bored,” says Sarah (who used to be a dancer). “That lift was from a show I was in college. We obviously had to pull out our best party trick for the dance floor!” This party looks like an absolute blast!

Congratulations, Sarah and Noah on you Vermont wedding!

Wedding Venue: WILBURTON INN | Photography: HANNAH PHOTOGRAPHY | Florals: BIRDS OF A FLOWER | Band: THE GRIFT

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Meet Wedding Photographer Jenna Brisson

Jenna Brisson is one of those wedding vendors who you just know you’ll stay friends with after the big event. She’s bubbly, authentic, and a wicked talented wedding and elopement photographer. I joke with her that she’s the current reigning queen of dog photos because, as a dog lover herself, her feed is always filled with the most adorable shots of couples with their pets at their engagements, elopements and weddings. Sound like someone you’d like to know better? Pull up a seat and get to know Jenna!

How did you get into wedding photography?

In high school and college I took a couple of photography courses, developed my own film, etc and loved it but never had the means to buy myself a “fancy” DSLR camera.  Shortly after we got married, my husband, Mark, bought me a Canon Rebel as a gift. I started taking photos of anything and everything – Vermont landscapes, our cat’s shenanigans, you name it.  After a couple of years, my sister-in-law (who is Vermont family photographer) connected me with a local photographer who needed a second photographer/assistant for the summer. I said yes, ended up working almost 20 weddings with her that first year and fell in love with wedding photography. I started my own business that October, and this will be my 5th year owning my own business!

How would you describe your photography style? 

My approach to wedding photography blurs the line between photo-journalistic and fine art styles to provide couples with timeless imagery representing real, organic moments in an artistic way. While I am drawn more towards capturing the organic, naturally candid moments of the day, I believe there is also a time and place to trust your wedding photographer to gently direct you through a few beautiful portraits in glowy, golden hour light.  In my opinion, the best wedding galleries represent an intentional mix of the two.

What inspires your work? 

Honestly? It is such an honor to document one of the happiest days in a couple’s life, that the job in itself is inspiration enough. I know this sounds corny, but couples put an insane amount of trust in their photographer and it’s such a gift to be able to preserve these memories for them for generations.

Any special tips for couples for working with a wedding photographer?

Oh gosh, yes! I actually wrote an entire blog post on this!.  My #1 tip? I always tell couples that while it’s important to love my work, it’s equally important that they feel comfortable chatting with me on our first phone or Zoom call. Feeling the slightest bit comfortable speaking with your photographer will help you feel that much more comfortable being photographed.  So, find someone you get along with – it helps, I promise. 

What’s your favorite moment during a wedding? 

I love documenting those first few moments of the recessional, just after the couple makes things official.  These are often some of my favorite photos of the day because the couple’s joy is so authentic and tangible. And, for at least a few moments, they are 100% present and not worried about the what/when/where/how of the remainder of their wedding timeline.

What’s your favorite thing to do in VT?

Aside from adventuring outdoors with Mark and our two rescue pups, Winnie and Milo, I love spending my free time boating on Lake Champlain with Mark and our friends, drinking a local beer at a brewery or our favorite local hangout, checking out the Farmer’s Market, or planning our next vacation. We caught the travel bug pre-pandemic and can’t wait to get back out there and see more of the world.

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

I have always thought that being a counselor of some sort would be really rewarding! If I can’t help document people’s stories, I would love to be able to listen to them and help as much as I can.

What’s a fun fact about yourself? 

I used to work for Senator Leahy in various capacities: in his Montpelier office in college, on his campaign after college, and in his DC office a year or two later.  During his campaign, I was asked to drive him in the motorcade for Michelle Obama when she visited Vermont (and got to meet her). More recently, I was asked to photograph Senator Leahy’s retirement speech which was a really special thing to capture having worked for him over a decade ago.

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

Ooh I’m a sucker for “September” by Earth, Wind & Fire. Full disclosure: I’m a little bit of an old soul in the music department, but don’t get me wrong – I love the heck out of some Beyonce too!

Thank you, Jenna! Learn more about Jenna Brisson Photography in the vendor guide.

Whimsical and Elegant Summer Wedding at Lake Willoughby

This lakeside summer wedding at Lake Willoughby was right out of a dream! Jess and Jared’s love story began in Vermont over a cup of 802 coffee, and they’ve loved exploring Vermont together ever since. When they across Lake Willoughby together, they immediately fell in love. 

Jess and Jared knew this was the perfect place to invite their family and friends to celebrate their marriage. The summery pastel colors tied everything together and blended perfectly with the lake backdrop. All of the amazing florals were locally sourced by Blossoming Bough Flowers

Quintessential Vermont Summer Wedding

Of all the seasons, summer in the Northeast Kingdom is nothing short of magical. Jess and Jared aimed to curate a wedding weekend full of everything they love about Vermont. The venue and cabins at Willoughby Haven and the Willoughvale Inn brought everyone together in beautiful accommodations for all of their guests.

The weekend offered a delicate balance of whimsical elegance and a summer camp reunion. Jess and Jared made food and entertainment top priorities for their guests complete with kayaks, maple creemees, local beverages, wood-fired fare, campfires, and even a signature wild blueberry basil mocktail.

The welcome bags for their guests included gifts, jam, and maple candies sourced from Willey’s general store in Greensboro.

Breathtaking Lake Views at Lake Willoughby

This couple took advantage of the lake views whenever possible! They chose to do the first look out on the dock and had their ceremony on the beach overlooking the water and the mountains. The portraits on the beach at sunset are some of my favorites!  They hosted the reception under a beautifully decorated tent for dinner and dancing.  Amanda at Pine Events Co. offered invaluable support as the executive designer and planner to make everything perfect for this wedding! Check out the full gallery below. 

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Talking About Introducing and Gifting Sex Toys with Vermont Pleasure Store Earth and Salt

It’s pretty universally recognized that sexual satisfaction is a major part of relational satisfaction, but this is an area that’s largely overlooked when considering wedding gifts! In part, that’s understandable. We typically are private (or at least more reserved) about this area of our lives and because it’s so personal, it can be challenging to choose the right gift for someone else. Nevertheless, a gift focussed on intimacy and pleasure can be a wonderful surprise for a couple getting married! 

Beth Hankes, owner of the Burlington-based adult pleasure store Earth and Salt, sat down with Vermont Weddings to discuss some of the biggest misconceptions about sex toys and why gifting a sex toy or sex-themed gift may be the best wedding gift we could give!

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

Photo: Isora Lithgow Creations

Not Your Average Adult Pleasure Store: Earth and Salt is a Mission-Driven Store You Can Feel Good About

Earth and Salt’s mission is to see all people free to live in their pleasure. “I was very intentional about the wording of that,” says Beth. “I want to be a resource for everyone who is looking to experience more pleasure in their lives, whether physically, emotionally, and/or interpersonally. And I want to be sure that I’m serving their individual vision of their pleasure, as it is different for all of us, and it changes through the course of our lives. The space to be who we are, as we are, right now, is so crucial, and that is what I want my store to be for folks.” I love that the shop is broad in its definition of pleasure and inclusive of the ways individuals may seek that. 

Social justice is also a cornerstone of Beth’s business model. “I intentionally find toy and accessory companies that are owned by women, BIPOC folks, trans and nonbinary folks, as investing in these businesses both gives money to these communities of people, and advances innovation by and for these folks in the sex toy and accessory space. I also aim to offer a wide range of educational resources (books, blog posts, workshops) on numerous intersectional topics, presented by educators from a diverse set of backgrounds. This allows me to support their work and give them a wider audience, and to again, provide that space for people to find community and be seen for who they are.” 

In short, Earth and Salt’s mission and offerings go well beyond any tired notions of a sex store, and supporting this business is supporting important social justice work. (Which is also something to feel good about!)

Busting The Biggest Myth About Sex Toys

Beth says the biggest misconception about sex toys is that they’re taboo or rare. In fact, sex toys are normal and common! “So many different people use them for numerous reasons,” explains Beth. “They are not replacements, but enhancements to what folks are already doing.” 

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How to Choose a Sex Toy

When you’re looking to purchase a toy, there are three things to consider: thee function, shape, and material. 

First, consider the function of the toy – what is it designed to do, and where? Does that sound awesome to you or not? 

Then, consider the shape. Does the shape work with your or your partner’s body? Does the base of the toy allow you to hold it easily? 

Thirdly, consider the material. Beth explains, “Sex toys are unregulated in the US, and not all toy makers use body-safe materials.” She recommends silicone, stainless steel, glass, and ABS plastic.

While some folks are uncomfortable shopping for these items in person, a progressive adult store like Earth and Salt can be very helpful. The staff at Earth and Salt are knowledgeable about the products and trained in talking to folks about these products and sex. Beth adds, “it’s really difficult to judge the size, weight, and noise level of a lot of toys without seeing and touching them in person.”

How To Broach the Topic of Sex Toys with Your Partner

While we’ve already busted the myth that sex toys are weird or unusual, it’s understandable that if this is new to your relationship, bringing it up may feel a bit scary and vulnerable. 

One approach is to set a meeting to discuss the topic so both parties can prepare. This doesn’t have to be formal, but agree on a specific time and topic ahead of time, rather than ambushing your partner. This allows each party time to process emotions and prepare questions. 

Frame the conversation about your personal needs, desires, and interests instead of any perceived lack in the sex you’re having, or in your partner’s performance. 

Also, propose it as an experiment. Beth suggests the idea of a “willingness window”, a concept from author Emily Nagoski. Propose that you try out the toy together for only 5 or 10 minutes, and then decide if you want to continue using it or not in that session. This way neither party feels locked into something. 

If you decide to try something, talk about it again after. Give each partner time to reflect if you liked it and if you’re willing to try it again. This kind of open communication is key to a healthy sex life (and marriage!).

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Let’s Talk Gifts! How Do you Gift a Sex Toy to a Friend Getting Married? 

Maybe you’re looking to purchase a unique gift for a friend and want something that they’ll really enjoy. (We’re willing to bet the right sex toy is more enjoyable than even the most beautiful set of silverware – ha!) If you’re thinking about gifting a sex toy to a friend getting married, Beth has some tips to keep in mind. 

First, “you’ll want to choose a toy that could be enjoyed by a wide range of people, so look for something that is relatively simple in its design, that has a number of speeds, and can be used just about anywhere on the body.” She recommends a bullet vibrator or a finger vibrator

If you want to gift something sex-related but not a specific toy, Beth recommends massage oil or massage candles, a silky blindfold, a feather teaser, a book, or (Beth’s favorite option) a sex wedge. Also, gift cards are a lovely option as they encourage couples to explore the possibilities for themselves! 

Finally, ask an expert like the team at Earth and Salt! “They will know what the best sellers have been in the store, which are better bets for gifting than choosing a toy at random, says Beth.” 

If you’re worried about your friend opening the gift publicly (say at a bridal shower), add a bright tag that says something like “open in private” or “a sexy little something” to tip them off. Or just ship the gift directly to the couple so they can open it in private. (You could bring a card to the shower explaining the gift has been sent separately.)

Educational Parties at Earth and Salt for Bachelorette Parties, Birthday Parties, and More 

Ready to take your knowledge to the next level? Earth & Salt offers private parties, which include a 30 minute educational workshop and the chance to shop the store with your crew. This would be such a fun addition to any Burlington-area bachelorette party or bachelor party (or for any occasion, really!).

“It is so fun and so rare to get to learn about sex as a friend group,” says Beth. “And it can be both a fun and meaningful way to spend time together.”

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Thank you, Beth! We’re so excited to promote this amazing Vermont brand and business. Earth and Salt was part of our 2022 Vermont Weddings Gift Guide, a collection of gift ideas from Vermont makers. To learn more about Earth and Salt, visit their website or shop in store in Burlington. 

Photographer: Isora Lithgow Creations

THE MOST FUN ARCADE ENGAGEMENT PHOTOSHOOT

Meaghan and Matt invited photographer Moriah, of MoHo Photos for a fun photoshoot crawl, which they dubbed “the engagement gauntlet.” Starting at the Winooski River, they made their way to The Archives on the circle, an arcade bar in which Matt brought tokens for before the pandemic and was eager to use. They strolled along the Winooski river, and topped off the day with creemees at Al’s.

Moriah says her favorite moments were along the river where the couple was able to relax and take in the sounds of the river and the golden light. Based on the gallery below, we can’t choose our favorites! This engagement is a great inspiration for couples who want to do something a little different for their engagement shoot and visit a few spots that are meaningful.

Couple playing arcade games during engagement photoshoot in Vermont

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Photographer: MOHO PHOTO

THIS COUPLE DIY-ED THEIR STUNNING WINTER ELOPEMENT AT AN AIRBNB

Rachael and Nathaniel celebrated their beautiful winter elopement on a snowy Tuesday at BlackAframeVT, an Airbnb A frame cabin in Wardsboro, VT.

The couple set up their own decorations, made themselves a scrumptious dessert, and celebrated on their own terms. Check out the stunning gallery by Hallie Jade Pictures below!

Couple kissing after winter elopement ceremony in Vermont

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Photographer: HALLIE JADE PICTURES

A SUMMER WEDDING ON THE HOTTEST DAY OF THE YEAR TO WARM UP YOUR WINTER

It’s a cold wintery day, so let’s warm things up with a flashback to this summer wedding! Photographers Kolleen and Bobby Kintz shared that this June wedding day was one of the hottest on record. “I guess the steamy romance and passionate love between this New Jersey couple and their families heated up New England for the weekend!” jokes Kolleen. 

This knockout wedding at Basin Harbor definitely warmed our hearts as well! A favorite moment of the day was sitting on the docks as newlyweds watching the sun go down as newlyweds. “We feel so lucky to share moments like that with our clients,” says Kolleen. “We partied until the wee hours with this crew, who really know how to have a good time!” 

Lucky for us, we get to share in the celebration as well with their gallery; check it out below. 

Bride and groom sitting on dock looking over the sunset during Vermont wedding

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Photographer: PHOTOS BY KINTZ | Venue: BASIN HARBOR

FAMILY TRADITIONS INSPIRED THIS SUMMER VERMONT WEDDING

Daryl and Kyle celebrated their summer Vermont wedding surrounded by family at the Inn at Weathersfield. The couple wanted to be sure they honored their family heritages for their wedding. The groom, Kyle, is from Vermont, and bride Daryl’s family is from the Taos Pueblo tribe in New Mexico. 

A Native American Smudging Ceremony 

During their ceremony Daryl’s dad performed a smudging ceremony. “This consists of burning cedar branches and ‘smudging’ (waving) the smoke around the couple and all of the attendees,” said photographer Kate Seymour. “The purpose of this is to ward off bad spirits and offer protection and blessings. After this, he presented the bride and groom with a very special gift: two eagle feathers from the tips of an eagle’s wings. He explained that these feathers are the ones that steer the bird in the direction it wants to go – a perfect symbol for a new marriage.”

The wedding was on the hottest days of the summer. This go with the flow couple rolled with the new plan to move the reception inside so everyone could enjoy the air conditioning during dinner and toasts. After dinner the party moved outside to enjoy dancing under the tent! See their full gallery below. 

Bride and groom kissing in the woods during Vermont wedding

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Wedding Venue: THE INN AT WEATHERSFIELD | Photographer: KATE SEYMOUR PHOTOGRAPHY | Flowers: CEDAR CIRCLE
 

A SUMMER BARN WEDDING WITH EPIC FLORAL DESIGN

When Melanie and Max’s Maquam Barn wedding ceremony popped up on my Instagram feed, I gasped. The floral archway is beyond gorgeous! The couple threw a beautiful, floral-filled barn wedding focused on celebrating with their family and friends this past summer. Highlights include the floral installations, perfect weather, and exchanging their vows privately before the ceremony. 

Wedding planner Lindsey Leichthammer included peaches as a recurring detail throughout the event design. She said, “as a nod to the groom’s Georgia roots, I added whole and halved peaches into Clayton Floral’s amazing green garlands, and painted custom place cards, menus, and table numbers to include peaches as well.” 

To top it all off, the couple got on stage with the band late in the evening. Florals, family, and fun… it’s a recipe for an amazing wedding. See the full gallery below. 

Bride and groom exchanging vows under floral ceremony archway

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Wedding Venue: MAQUAM BARN & WINERY | Wedding Planner: LINDSEY LEICHTHAMMER EVENTS | Photographer: JULIA LUCKETT | Florals: CLAYTON FLORAL

A DIY BLOGGER’S GORGEOUS SUSTAINABLE VERMONT WEDDING

There’s something magical about Lake Champlain in late summer: warm days, cool evenings, and the beauty of the changing leaves. That gorgeous backdrop set the scene for Marissa and Marshall’s Basin Harbor wedding this past year.

The bride is the creative powerhouse behind the popular DIY blog and Instagram @onecrafdiygirl, so you know there were going to be some amazing DIY details! “We wanted to make our wedding as personal and sustainable as possible,” Marissa said.

Stunning DIY Wedding Details

The couple and their community pitched in to do just that. Family and friends collected glassware for table settings, and collaborated to create standout details, such as the arbor made of oars, and custom “M” disco ball that glittered over their dance floor.

Another creative DIY detail? “On the wedding aisle, instead of flowers we hung frames on the chairs of all of our family members on their wedding day,  to honor the love that was present and those that have passed,” shared Marissa. And keeping sustainability top of mind, “We opted for flowers that were locally-sourced and seasonal.”

(Related Reading: How to Honor Loved Ones at Your Wedding)

We love the personal details and the confidence Marissa and Marshall have for doing things their way. From their decor to choosing to do their first look with vampire fangs, to setting sail on an antique boat after saying their vows, their wedding was a true celebration of their love.

Couple sitting on boat on wedding day at sunset on Lake Champlain in Vermont

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Flowers: FLOWER POWER VT | Venue:BASIN HARBOR | Planner/Designer: GRANDEST GATHERINGS | DIY Details: ONE CRAFTDIY GIRL | Photographer: KELSEY CONVERSE

A WINTER ENGAGEMENT PHOTOSHOOT FEATURING HIGHLAND COWS

Is there anything more “Vermont” than cows?! So, when Sydney, Larry, and photographer Hallie, came across a herd of cows during an early morning engagement shoot in Newbury, you know that they couldn’t pass up the opportunity to include them. The result looks straight out of a catalog – effortlessly cool, totally Vermont, and so very fun.

Hallie’s finance now works at this farm, so he knows to keep the cows all prepped for an impromptu engagement shoot! 

If you’re looking to get a moove on your engagement photos, check out the gallery below for some inspiration!

Couple posing in front of highland cows during winter engagement photoshoot in Vermont

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Photographer: HALLIE JADE PICTURES

A SURPRISE WINTER PROPOSAL IN STOWE FIT FOR A HALLMARK MOVIE

Kevin and Cody’s winter Stowe engagement was straight out of a Christmas Hallmark movie! The couple arrived at The Lodge at Spruce Peak in Stowe for a drink. The twinkling lights glittered across the ice rink, lending a magical backdrop for the big moment. And Cody, was totally unaware of the big question to come!

Says photographer Madison: Kevin reached out a few months ago to plan the surprise. When they arrived at the rink for a drink, I was trying my best to blend in at the bar. I must have done such a good job because Cody approached me and asked to take their photo! I laughed, hid my real camera, and took the photo. After she asked “are you a professional?”. A while later, after he proposed she yelled “she was a professional!”. It was hilarious and set the tone for the rest of the shoot.”

Check out this couple’s romantic winter proposal below. 

Couple kissing on the ice rink after surprise proposal in Stowe Vermont

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Photographer: MADISON ANNE STUDIO

BEST OF 2021: COMMUNITY

The best part of weddings in 2021? Hands down: the community moments. While the people are always the true highlight of celebrations, 2021 weddings were even sweeter after months of social distancing. Long awaited hugs and overwhelming joy to be together again…that’s what stands out the most across Vermont weddings in 2021. 

As we close out our Best of 2021 series, we hope you enjoy these moments of community, and that it inspires gratitude for your own family and friends. 

Bride and bridesmaids popping a bottle of champagne on wedding morning

Besties & Bubbles

A bottle of bubbly and your best pals by your side… the best way to kick off your magical wedding day, planned by NJOY Weddings & Events at Hildene.

(Photo: Corinne Parker Photography)

Painting of a bride and groom walking down the aisle and being showered with confetti at Vermont wedding

Just Married

In this painting, wedding painter Hope Sharp captures that “just married” magic of twirling down the aisle as a married couple at The Essex Resort and Spa.

Flying High

This couple is quite literally being lifted by their community, and by the looks on their faces, they are soaking in every celebratory moment! (Photo: Ben Hudson Photography)

Groom lifting bride off dance floor during an epic first dance at their Vermont wedding

Epic First Dance

This couple’s first dance on the marble court at the Wilburton Inn looks amazing – check out that lift and twirl. And the looks on their wedding party’s faces… priceless! (Photo: Jesse Schloff Photography)

The Quiet Family Moment

We love this special, intimate moment soaking in the excitement of the day as a family before rejoining the party. (Photo: Jess Driver Photography)

The Tear Jerker

This couple postponed their wedding over a year, so they and their community was VERY ready to celebrate their wedding. From their emotional vows to their family’s toasts, the entire day was filled with love. (Video: Beyond Bliss Films)

Epic Champagne Toast

When The Old Lantern Inn’s owners’ daughter tied the knot this year, the celebration was epic. One standout moment? The groom, father of the bride, and father of the groom all sabered champagne bottles and poured a toast to the union of the families. (Photo: Andy Duback)

 
Bride and groom kissing as their friends lift them into the air on the dance floor at their Vermont wedding

The Glow Up

The glow sticks are super fun, but the real glow comes from the couple in love who know their community is always there to lift them up. (Photo: Kelsey Regan Photography)

 

Confetti Toss

This theatrical wedding planned by Destinations Found included an epic, colorful confetti drop that is sure to be a standout moment for these wedding-goers for years to come! (Photo: GarrenTee Photography)

Bride and groom dancing and laughing under parachute during Vermont wedding reception

Parachute Party

Who remembers these parachutes from elementary school?! This couple busted one out during their reception at Topnotch Resort to the delight of guests. What a fun idea! (Photo: Henry Cotton)

 
BIPOC couple walking through sparkler exit at Vermont wedding

A Sparkling Beginning

The end of your wedding day is the start of your next chapter as a married couple. If this couple’s sparkler exit is any indication, we’d say they have a very bright future ahead! (Photo: Juniper Studios)

 

The Childhood Reading

The bride had asked her nephew to read Shel Silverstein’s “The Romance” during their wedding at The Inn at Weathersfield. During dinner, he worked up the courage and delivered a memorable performance. (Photo: Kelsey Regan Photography)

 

A Royal Send Off

Talk about a fairytale ending to a romantic wedding day! (Photo: Keith MacDonald Photography)

 

That’s a wrap! Thank you to everyone who submitted for the Best of 2021 series. This was truly an incredible year.

The Full Best of Vermont Weddings 202 Series:

Don’t forget to pop over to Instagram to see even more community moments, and the “semi finalists” for each of the other categories.

We’re excited for another year of memorable weddings ahead!

BEST OF 2021: Location

Vermont may be a small state, but we have an impressive, long list of beautiful locations to get married! From the shores of Lake Champlain to the tops of the Green Mountains … and everywhere in between… there are a variety of venues to set the stage for your romantic wedding. Here are a few of the best places couples exchanged vows in 2021.

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

Mountains Majesty

Sparkling waters and sweeping mountain views make The Equinox Resort’s pond one of the most romantic, majestic to tie the knot. (Photo: Kelsey Regan Photography)

The barn and firepit at dusk at Lareau Farm Inn in Vermont

Home Away From Home

With lodging on site, a cozy firepit, and plenty to explore, the Lareau Farm Inn makes you feel like you’re at home – if you’re home was really, really cool. (Photo: Hannah Photography)

Lakeside & Lovely

With views overlooking Lake Champlain, sparkling aquariums and more, ECHO is a unique, modern setting for a true Vermont wedding. (Photo: Madison Anne Studio)

Backyard Bliss

From getting ready at the elegant Inn at Burkyn to a lovely backyard celebration, this wedding in the mountains is a total stunner. (Video: Beyond Bliss Films)

Bride and groom walking down country road in Vermont in the fall

Falling For You

With rolling hills and colorful foliage, Sterling Ridge Resort sets the scene for a truly lovely Vermont wedding. (Photo: Cait Borgault Photography)

Garden Romance

A gorgeous barn and colorful, sprawling gardens …it’s no wonder Farmhouse Flowers is one of the best backdrops for a Vermont wedding! (Photo: Danielle Allendorf)

 

Riding High

If you fell in love with Vermont for the skiing, you are going to love Sugarbush Resort‘s mountain top ceremony location and iconic “Just Married” chair lift sign. (Photo: Jenna Brisson)

 
Bride and groom walking up a hill at sunset with dramatic clouds and mist

Edge of the World

How breathtaking is this image? It looks like the couple is in the middle of an epic, romantic movie (but really they’re at private home in Shelburne, Vermont). (Photo: Ben Hudson Photography)

Into the Woods

This couple tied the knot under a canopy of trees at The Inn at Weathersfield before celebrating dinner in the quaint, romantic Inn. (Photo: Kate Seymour Photography)

 
Bride and groom on the lawn at VT historic estate

Bridgertons in Vermont

The Hildene’s splendor and elegance is unmatched and the views are unparalleled. It’s definitely one the best! (Photo: Juniper Studios

 

Perfect Pairing

The rolling hills and vineyard at Maquam Barn and Winery are the perfect pairing for a romantic wedding. (Photo: Danielle Allendorf)

 
 

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:

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: ELOPEMENTS

There’s something extra romantic about elopements – a couple focussed entirely on their love for one another… swoon. Here are just a few of our favorite elopements from 2021!

(Interested in planning your own Vermont elopement? Start here!)

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Bride and groom hiking up a mountain during Vermont elopement

Top of the World

This couple climbed to the top of Mt. Mansfield for their epic elopement and included their moms as witnesses! (Photo: Jenna Brisson Photography)

A couple eloping during the winter in Vermont surrounded by a winter landscape. 

Romantic Retreat

This couple planned a romantic elopement at a private home, and the bride created all of the lovely, simple decor herself! (Photo: Hallie Jade Pictures)

(Read the full elopement story)

Love is The Bomb

This couple showed off their adventurous and creative sides with a colorful smoke bomb photo session as part of their fall elopement. (Photo: Madison Anne Studio)

Bride and groom kissing in the field of Vermont during elopement

Backcountry Romance

After canceling their initial wedding plans, this couple they booked a tiny house in the woods in Warren, Vermont to elope…and take some epic portraits along the way! (Photo: Keith MacDonald Photography)

Mountain Magic

You know the old saying “cold hands, warm hearts”? It rings true for this couple! They eloped on the summit of Killington Mountain and skied down on a sunny, freezing day! (Photo: Juniper Studios)

(Read the full elopement story)

Curvy bride wearing a glittery gold bridal top and groom smiling and standing in front of a bright blue wall

All That Glitters is Gold

The bride’s gold, glittery dress, her bold bouquet, and the bright blue wall backdrop…it’s all so fun. The couple’s obvious joy makes it even more fun and special. (Photo: Margaret Michael)

Bride and groom laughing on mountain top with colorful foliage in the background in Vermont

Peak Romance

This couple planned their elopement in under two weeks! They started with a sunrise hike, and the peak foliage turned out to make the most gorgeous backdrop. (Photo: MoHo Photo

 

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:

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: DETAILS & DESIGN

From traditional and elegant to boho and casual, a couple’s style informs each design choice and detail on their wedding day. Here are a few of our favorite details and designs from 2021 Vermont weddings.

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

Fresh & Floral

As a nod to the groom’s Georgia roots, Lindsey added whole and halved peaches into Clayton Floral’s amazing green garlands (also peep that archway installation – it’s UNBELIEVABLE), and painted custom place cards, menus and table numbers to include peaches as well. This Maquam Barn wedding is definitely a highlight of the year. (Photo: Julia Luckett Photography)

(Read the full wedding story)

The Bold & Beautiful

This “camp” inspired lakeside wedding designed by I Dews Design & Events was equal parts fun, beautiful, and sentimental. Their wedding incorporated nods to their family, including the groom’s grandfather’s UVM beer stein in their tablescapes.  (Photo: Obsidian)

A table full of wedding cakes

A Celebration of Cakes

Why have one cake when you can have a whole table of them? We love this display of multiple cakes (we especially love the gold brushstroke design) by The Goose Chase Cake Designs. It creates a huge visual impact and provides a variety of flavor options for guests! (Photo: Dear Edith & Lily)

Fresh & Festive

The chandeliers, the drapery, the neon sign and the pink tufted chairs … we can’t get enough of this design by Jaclyn Watson Events. It’s classically beautiful, but with a bit of a fresh update! (Photo: Rodeo & Co)

Elegance Under the Tent

NJOY Weddings & Events created a timeless, romantic reception tent for this Hildene wedding. We especially love how the tent glows after dark from the strands of twinkling lights that highlight the tent’s drapes. Total modern romance! (Photo: Corinne Parker)

A place card for wedding with custom logo with a heart for a Vermont wedding

Love-Inspired Logo

This couple, both graphic designers, designed their own (super cool) wedding logo, and made these candles – holders and all – as gifts for all their guests. (Photo: K Lenhart Photography)

A Stand Out Seating Chart

This seating chart floral display by Nectar and Root is one of the most unique, lovely design choices we’ve seen this year. It’s a small sample of the gorgeousness that is this wedding by Lindsey Leichthammer Events at the Inn at Grace Farm is gorgeous. (Photo: Jenna Brisson Photography)

(Read the full wedding story)

 

Love Notes

The bride, a teacher, asked her students to write down what love and marriage mean to them. The resulting cards are sweet, adorable, and unique additions to each table. (Photo: Love Wins Photography)

Dinner table set for outdoor wedding with bright pink flowers down the center

Dinner Party Goals

This al fresco dinner party at The Grafton Inn is stunning; we love the bright florals and lanterns down the center of the table. It’s casually elegant, and oh-so-fun.  (Photo: Loveland Creative)

 
Vermont wedding barn with greenery drapery

Paradise Found

We love how The Linen Shop’s neutral table liners show off the long farmhouse tables and lay the perfect backdrop for the lush greenery. Topped off with oodles of greenery and twinkling lights, and we feel like we’re in a garden paradise! (Photo: Cassi Claire)

 

A DIY Dream

Both wedding filmmaker Madison Anne Studio and photographer Juniper Studios highlighted this gorgeous boho wedding. The bride handmade many of the decor pieces, including the incredible crochet ceremony backdrop.

 
 

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:

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: PARTY ANIMALS

For these 2021 Vermont weddings, the biggest party animals were of the four-legged variety! Vermont is a dog paradise, and when it comes to weddings, many couples choose to involve their furry family members in their special day! Scroll down to see our favorite wedding animals from 2021.

(Related reading: How to Include Your Dog at Your Wedding)

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

Bride and groom kneeling and kissing over their dog who is wearing a floral collar

Pup in Petals

This doggo is pawsatively rocking her floral collar! (Photo: Juniper Studios

 
Bride and groom smiling at their labradoodle dog on wedding day

Dandy Doodle

Spooner the labadoodle has a lovable, ruffled look, and she’s ready for the camera to capture her big smile up close! Odyssey Events (Photo: Oliver Parini Photography)

Bride and groom posing with their dog who is wearing a bandana that says Wedding Crasher

Cute Wedding Crasher

This puppy sported a “wedding crasher” bandana and was a beloved guest at this couple’s backyard wedding! (Photo: Madison Anne Studio)

Loyal Companion

This couple knew they couldn’t celebrate their Inn at Grace Farm wedding (planned by Lindsey Leichthammer Events) without their faithful companion, Truman, by their side. Friends helped the senior dog down the aisle, and he patiently and lovingly watched the whole ceremony. (Photo: Jenna Brisson

Bride and groom smiling at their golden retriever dog wearing a bow tie for wedding

The Golden Boy

This couple’s golden boy, Theo, dressed up in his own tux for their elegant wedding at the Wilburton Inn! (Photo: Kelsey Regan Photography

The Baaaad Romance

There is nothing sheepish about these adorable farm guests who came by to wish the couple well at their Farmhouse Flowers wedding! (Photo: Taylor Main Photography)

Small dog wearing a flower collar putting her paw on owners leg

Flower Girl

Luna was excited to take a walk down the aisle with her parents as the official flower girl! (Photo: MoHo Photo)

 
Bride and groom posing with two dogs, one wearing a bow tie bandana and one wearing a floral collar during Vermont wedding

A Perfect Pair

This couple celebrated their wedding at The Grafton Inn with their two best buds their side, both dressed to impress! (Photo: Loveland Creative)

 

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:

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.)

A JOYFUL OUTDOOR SUMMER WEDDING AT THE INN AT GRACE FARM

When asked what they love about each other, Sasha says she loves Tom’s giant heart, and Tom says he loves Sasha’s affectionate nature. That combined love is felt through today’s entire wedding gallery, captured by Jenna Brisson PhotographyLindsey Leichthammer Events planned the couple’s joyful celebration, hosted at the lovely The Inn at Grace Farm.

A Special Dog of Honor

The couple’s beloved senior dog, Truman, sat in perfect attendance in the first row to watch his humans tie the knot. Sasha and Tom made sure to get a few special photos with him as well! (And their signature drink was named in his honor.)

(Related Reading: How to Include Your Dog in Your Wedding)

A Gorgeous Floral Seating Chart

One unique detail: the couple’s seating chart. They created an installation using a collection of bud vases with bright florals and small name tags. A small acrylic sign read: Find your seat here, but your place is on the dance floor. Guests listened, and danced under the twinkle lights all night long! Check out the full gallery below; it’s sure to put a smile on your face. 

Couple kissing after outdoor wedding ceremony in Vermont

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Wedding Venue: THE INN AT GRACE FARM | Photographer: JENNA BRISSON PHOTOGRAPHY | Wedding Planner: LINDSEY LEICHTHAMMER EVENTS | Floral Design: NECTAR & ROOT

A ROMANTIC BACKYARD FALL MICROWEDDING

Vermont’s peak foliage set the beautiful scene for this couple’s backyard fall wedding. Brides Kyla and Sabrina opted for an intimate celebration so they could focus on one another and their close friends and family. They set a festive spirit with simple, meaningful decor, including a “Just Married” carved pumpkin! Vermont wedding photographer Moriah of MoHo Photo captured the couple’s romantic fall microwedding. 

The couple exchanged private vows during their first look (“It was all I could do to not start ugly crying while capturing such a sweet moment,” says Moriah)  and their ceremony was simple and filled with laughter. Following their ceremony, the couple headed to a nearby waterfall to capture some portraits before continuing their celebration with loved ones. Check out their gallery below! 

Black bride and white bride nuzzling in front of bright foliage during Vermont fall wedding

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Photographer: MOHO PHOTO

10 VERMONT WINTER WEDDING IDEAS TO INSPIRE YOUR CELEBRATION

Celebrating your winter wedding in Vermont presents unique opportunities (Skiing! Snow!) and some challenges (Cold temperatures! Snow!). Whether you’re an adventurous couple looking to experience Vermont’s famous ski slopes, or looking to create a cozy, indoor soiree, a winter wedding in Vermont can be a magical wonderland. Here are 10 ideas to inspiration your own Vermont winter wedding!

Kelsey Regan
Juniper Studios

Wear a Wedding Dress with Sleeves

If there was ever a season to rock a wedding dress with sleeves – it’s winter. Whether you lean more boho or classic, there is a sleeve style to suit your winter bridal look!

(Bonus tip: rock tights and boots!)

Danielle Allendorf

Rock a Fur Accessory Over Your Winter Wedding Dress

Nothing says winter chic quite like fur. Whether you wear a jacket or a shawl, fur is a timeless, cozy accessory that will keep you both warm and stylish while outside.

Keep your Bridesmaids Warm with Accessories

Gift your bridesmaids coordinating scarves, mittens, or fur shawls to wear during winter bridal party portraits. They’ll appreciate the extra layer, and they’ll be warmed with the memories your wedding every time they wear them!

Idena Beach Photography

Go Bold with a Red Color Palette

Red as your primary winter wedding color is a classic, bold choice. The festive color pops against winter’s stark white, which makes for some dramatic photos!

Danielle Allendorf

Or, Embrace Winter’s Moody and Muted Color Palette

Lush, dark greens, moody florals, and muted pastels all reflect the colors of the winter season. These color palettes are simple and elegant, and let the natural beauty of your surroundings shine.

Sean Hood

Carry an Umbrella to Protect You From Snow

If it’s actively snowing, you’ll appreciate the protection. As a bonus, an umbrella is a great prop for couple portraits!

Juniper Studios

Go Skiing (or Snowboarding) During Your Vermont Winter Wedding

If you love to ski, why not take a run during your winter wedding? If you aren’t up for braving the actual slopes (that would be me), you can incorporate your love of the sport into your winter wedding with a pair of skies to sign as a guest book alternative, or include a ski gondola wedding cake topper. (Not pictured, but very fun, would be shotskis at the bar as well.)

Colette Kulig

Embrace Candlelight for Your Wedding Decor

Nothing sets the scene for a cozy, elegant evening quite like candlelight glow! Even if you can’t have real candles in your venue, battery operated candles and fairy lights achieve a similar magic twinkle.

Sean Hood

Have a Ring Warming Ceremony

This is a beautiful ceremony tradition during any season, but it feels particularly appropriate when the weather is chilly. You can have a sign near your ceremony entrance asking guests to hold your rings and infuse them with good wishes. Or, as part of your ceremony, have your officiant pass the rings around and ask your community to bless them.

Jenna Brisson

Frolic in the Snow for Vermont Winter Wedding Portraits

Embrace the snow for your wedding pictures! Jump in (or have your partner carry you), snuggle up, and enjoy the magic of the winter season.

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Looking for more winter vibes? Read our tips on rocking a winter engagement shoot.

THE MAGICAL, MULTICULTURAL, INDIAN WEDDING OF A VT STATE SENATOR AND SON OF A DAIRY FARMER

Senator Kesha Ram and husband Jacob Hinsdale share a deep love for Vermont, and the beauty of the state was the backdrop for their unforgettable weekend-long Indian American fusion wedding at An Affair by the Lake in Addison, Vermont.

Kesha is a Vermont Senator (she’s the youngest woman in history and the first woman of color to serve in the Vermont Senate). Jacob is a born-and-bred Vermonter, growing up on his family’s dairy farm. Their lives intersected when Kesha returned to Burlington to work on a downtown revitalization project. She was introduced to Jacob because of his mild obsession with tiny houses, and they soon found they had a lot in common. Now, the couple lives in Shelburne with their dog, Miso.    

Honoring Her Indian Heritage with Special Wedding Ceremonies

Kesha is a biracial Indian American who is culturally Hindu and Jewish. Jacob is descended from French-Canadian Catholic ancestry and English Protestants. The couple wanted to honor both their cultural identities and their love of Vermont in their wedding. Lindsey Leichthammer Events helped to plan the beautiful, multicultural celebration, which included a Mehendi (henna ceremony), an Indian wedding ceremony led by a Hindu priest, a Sangeet, where family and friends performed their best Bollywood dances, and a more “conventional” American ceremony and reception on Saturday. It was also important to the couple for their celebration to be rooted in Vermont, so all of their vendors were local businesses.

“We wanted to honor and inspire our common narrative of love, family, and belonging,” says Senator Ram. The result is an inspiring, unique, beautiful celebration! See their gallery below. 

Couple celebrating an Indian wedding ceremony in Vermont

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THESE GROOMS HAD THE MOST FUN FOR THEIR SUMMER EVENING ENGAGEMENT SHOOT

Jake and Andrew’s Vermont engagement session is just a preview of the romance and fun their 2022 Vermont wedding is sure to bring. Their fun-loving engagement session was captured by Vermont wedding photographer GarrenTee Photography

These grooms-to-be had a whirlwind, modern day fairytale romance. They met on a dating app, and they joke that within a week of meeting, “it was clear we were stuck with each other!” 

Smiles, a golden sunset, and an epic champagne spray – this engagement photo shoot is packed with inspiration! Check it out below. 

Grooms walking in field in Vermont during engagement photoshoot
Grooms spraying champagne during nighttime Vermont engagement shoot

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Photographer: GARRENTEE PHOTOGRAPHY

A TRADITIONAL CHURCH CEREMONY AND A RUSTIC BARN RECEPTION

Meghan and Matthew chose an intimate, traditional church ceremony at their local church, followed by a small reception and dinner at the lovely Barnard Inn. Their rustic barn reception was classy, elegant and sentimental in all the best ways. 

Photographer Danielle Allendorf, commented, “Every aspect of their day was thoughtful, unique, and all around beautiful. I could tell from the moment I walked in the door that family means the world to both of them. You could feel the joy throughout the entire day as these two families turned into one.” 

Bride and groom standing on stairwell outside house smiling on their Vermont wedding day

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Venue: THE BARNARD INN RESTAURANT & MAX’S TAVERN | Photographer: DANIELLE ALLENDORF | Bridal Dress: FIORI BRIDAL BOUTIQUE

THIS COUPLE ELOPED ON TOP OF MOUNT MANSFIELD WITH THEIR PUP

This couple shared an intimate mountain top elopement at the top of Mount Mansfield in Stowe, Vermont and the gallery from Jenna Brisson Photography is nothing short of spectacular.

Ally and Liam knew they wanted to exchange vows in a private setting, on a day that had sentimental meaning to them both. And of course, their pup, Pinto, had to be a part of their special day!

(Curious how to include your dog in your big day? Here are some tips from wedding photographers.)

From the picturesque views to the pure excitement that the couple shared, it was a magical day. 

Ally surprised Liam with a subway sign from the train stop in NYC, where the couple would meet to ride together in college. Thoughtful, unique details like this are what make each couple’s celebration personal.

This elopement had it all: an adorable dog, epic views, and above all, a lot of love!   

Couple on top of Mt Mansfield with dog during Vermont elopement ceremony at sunset

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Photographer: JENNA BRISSON PHOTOGRAPHY | Videographer: WOOD & ETHER | Florist: THE QUIET BOTANIST

A FAIRYTALE CASTLE WEDDING SET IN VERMONT’S NORTHEAST KINGDOM

And they lived happily ever after! This couple’s fairytale wedding was set in a one-of-a-kind hidden castle in Vermont’s serene Northeast Kingdom. “This wasn’t just a castle wedding,” says bride Casey. “It was an intimate, romantic wonderland focused on family, and making lifelong memories!”

Colette Kulig Photography and EightZero2 Productions captured those memories in the beautiful gallery and video below, marked with bright, bold colors adding to the whimsical, joyful vibe of the day. Casey says, “I can’t express how amazing our vendor team was. They made the day picture perfect.” It was heaven on earth!” 

Surrounded by close family and friends, Casey and Lucas certainly had the most magical day of their life! 

Couple smiling at ceremony arch during VT wedding