Meet Unique Vermont Wedding Venue, Casa Di Mangano

In the heart of Vermont, a state renowned for its breathtaking landscapes and enchanting small towns lies Casa Di Mangano, a unique tiny home property in Jamaica that stands out as a haven for lovebirds and wanderlust souls. This unique Vermont wedding venue, known for its serene beauty and rustic charm, has caught the eye and heart of many, but none more so than Domenic, the owner of Casa Di Mangano.

Not just content with owning this beautiful slice of Vermont, Domenic chose this very place to tie the knot, celebrating his own wedding! We recently had the opportunity to sit down with Domenic, who shared the inside scoop on what makes Casa Di Mangano not just a property, but a memorable experience for couples wishing to have a one-of-a-kind wedding weekend. Read more below!

The Space: What’s the vibe?

Casa Di Mangano stands as a haven of intimate enchantment, where each event becomes a tapestry of personal connection and joy! We have lots of open land, allowing your imagination to run wild when it comes to planning your wedding day. We welcome your creativity and are here to help you brainstorm and coordinate outside vendors. For all the couples out there hunting for that ideal spot that lets you paint your love story exactly how you’ve dreamt it—without breaking the bank—we’re waving at you!

We offer a peaceful retreat nestled in the heart of the Green Mountains. Here, the hustle of the outside world fades away, replaced by the tranquil beauty of nature. We have 5 accommodation spaces you can rent, allowing guests to stay on-site with you. (Each tiny home is different, and all have their own charm!) If you’ve been searching for a wedding venue that allows you to be creative, and feels like a family reunion Casa Di Mangano is perfect!

The amenities: What do you include?

Whether you’re dreaming of a romantic weekend getaway, planning an intimate elopement, or orchestrating a micro wedding for 20+ people, Casa Di Mangano caters to your every need. Our 30-acre property boasts ample space for small or large events, with picturesque tree-lined trails for wandering.

The first wedding we ever held on the property was our (Domenic & Sarah; pictured above) own micro wedding! However, we also love that our property is spacious, allowing weddings of all sizes to be held here. Casa Di Mangano is truly a blank slate for any of your wildest wedding dreams. We’ll work with you to coordinate rentals, catering and other wedding professionals.

Our five cottages feature 20+ beds, providing guests with plenty of space to relax! With comfortable beds, inviting decor, and a focus on privacy, each cottage is an ideal setting for couples, families, or groups looking for a special place to gather and create new memories. (Oh, and before we forget- yes, we are pet friendly!)

The Location: What is There to Do in the Local Area?

The local area has something for everyone, from gondola rides to the top of Stratton Mountain, fishing, mountain biking, and waterfall excursions, to farmers markets and live music year-round. Our charming town of Jamaica, Vermont is a great hidden gem for you and your wedding guests to explore!

The History: What Is the Venue’s Story?

Our property sits on a piece of history that feels like stepping back in time. Imagine this – from 1880 to 1930, there used to be a narrow-gauge railroad connecting Brattleboro to Londonderry, Vermont, and it ran right through where our tiny homes are now! Although the trains have long stopped running, the legacy of this railroad lives on here. 

Who are your ideal clients?

We love catering to the adventurous spirits out there! Casa Di Mangano is like a dream come true for couples who are all about creating something unique and personal for their wedding day. It’s for those who have a vibrant, DIY mindset and are on the hunt for an affordable yet breathtakingly beautiful venue to say their ‘I do’s. So, if you and your partner are the type who love to roll up your sleeves and transform a space into something that’s all about you and your story, we’re the spot. Think of us as that ideal, versatile backdrop that’s just waiting for your touch to bring it to life. We’re all about making those cherished, fun memories possible, without breaking the bank.

Thank you, Domenic! Learn more about Casa Di Mangano by visiting their profile in our Vendor Guide.

This Couple Had Their Engagement Photos Done at Their Future Wedding Venue

There’s something purely magical about capturing love amidst the lush greenery and picturesque views of Vermont. That’s why engaged couple, Paxton and Julie, decided to take a little pre-wedding adventure to the very spot they’ll be saying “I do” and let the brilliant Todd Stoilov work his photographic wizardry for their engagement shoot. Imagine this: two lovebirds, a myriad of natural backdrops thanks to beautiful wedding venue Crofter’s Green, and a camera ready to capture every laugh, twirl, and tender look.

Keep scrolling for the stunning images that came from this session and our insights on why visiting your wedding venue before the big day can make all the difference.

A Love Story Years In The Making

Paxton and Julie’s story is truly heartwarming and it sounds like they are planning a wedding that reflects the journey they’ve already had together! Paxton and Julie met in college back in 2017 and slowly grew to be best friends and even roommates through their last year of school. (Spoiler alert: everyone around Paxton and Julie knew that they were in love before they did!)

In May of 2020, the pair began dating and knew they’d found “the one”. While on a trip to Dingle, Ireland in the summer of 2022, Paxton surprised Julie with a proposal in front of their Airbnb; a converted coach bus set on beautiful farmland. Aiming for a wedding just as magical and green as the landscape in Ireland, the couple found Crofter’s Green in Montgomery, Vermont, and knew it would be a perfect location. Not only is the venue secluded and full of lush greenery, it also has a stunning event barn and one-of-a-kind, themed cottages on-site for wedding guests to stay in.

During a recent venue visit, the couple coordinated with Vermont wedding photographer Todd Stoilov to capture their love story and the results are nothing short of romantic!

Why You Should Visit Your Wedding Venue Before Your Wedding

Visiting your wedding venue multiple times before your big day is critical for numerous reasons, each trip helping to ensure that your wedding day unfolds as beautifully and smoothly as possible! We’ll dive a bit more into this below:

Building a Connection: For Paxton and Julie, visiting Crofter’s Green on multiple occasions, including for their engagement photos, helped them build a connection with the venue they’ll be saying “I do” at. Having your engagement photos taken at your wedding venue can be practical and also deeply meaningful. It creates a sense of continuity in your wedding journey, capturing the anticipation and love leading up to the big day. The venue becomes more than just a backdrop; it’s a character in your story, providing a narrative thread that weaves through your engagement and wedding photos, enhancing the cohesion and depth of your wedding memories!

Familiarity with the Venue: Multiple visits help you become familiar with the layout and logistics of the venue. Knowing the ins and outs can be crucial for planning the flow of your day, from the ceremony to the reception. You’ll know where the restrooms are, how the guest flow will work, and where key events will happen. Multiple visits can also mean more time with your vendors and brainstorming sessions, which ensures everyone is on the same page.

Troubleshooting Potential Issues: Venue visits before your big day can help you spot and address any potential issues before they become problems on your wedding day. This could be anything from identifying a need for additional signage to avoid guest confusion, to realizing a particular area might be too cramped for the guest flow you envisioned. Knowing things like this well ahead of time allows you to work with your vendors on solutions or plan B’s, so that when your wedding day finally arrives you can relax knowing that everything is covered.

If You’re Planning a Destination Wedding in Vermont: Vermont is an amazing location to have a destination wedding! Choosing to have a destination wedding brings about a unique experience compared to getting married in your hometown, particularly when it comes to exploring venues and knowing the surrounding area. We’re biased, but Vermont is beautiful all four seasons, and there’s no harm in visiting it more than once before your wedding day! (Wink, wink) Gaining prior exposure to the locations you want to get married at can enhance your visualization of where your ceremony and reception will take place, especially if your chosen site boasts numerous options for both. The impact of viewing pictures versus experiencing the venue in person cannot be understated, as it provides invaluable insight into the layouts and logistics of your big day and things to do in the surrounding area.

Crofter's Green: A Unique Vermont Wedding Venue

Crofter’s Green is the perfect wedding venue for those looking to tie the knot in a rustic environment. Nestled in picturesque Montgomery Center, this Vermont wedding venue offers unique on-site cottages as accommodations for the wedding party and guests. Located on 25 acres in the heart of the Green Mountains, rustic meets elegance in their handcrafted post-and-beam wedding barn! With unique on-site accommodations, a fire pit, and three uninterrupted days of merriment included in all of their wedding packages, Crofter’s Green gives upscale adult summer-camp vibes. They are also a fully customizable venue and offer a wide range of vendor options.  Learn more about Crofter’s Green and the services they offer by clicking here.

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The Hottest Vermont Wedding Trends for 2024 (and 2025!)

With each passing year, the realm of weddings takes a gentle shift, embracing new aesthetics, themes, and ideas that capture the imaginations of brides and grooms around the world. As we look at wedding planning in 2024 and beyond, it’s clear that the horizon holds a delightful array of trends waiting to be explored. Thanks to the stellar wedding professionals that make up the Green Mountain State, we have the inside scoop on Vermont wedding trends for 2024 (and beyond!) Keep reading for trends and ideas that may inspire your own celebration!

Love in Full Bloom: Colorful Florals Are Back!

When reaching out to Vermont wedding professionals, one of the most popular Vermont wedding trends for 2024 was more color, especially when it came to florals.

“I’m most excited about the return of colorful flowers in any way, shape, or form! In the past, we’ve seen a lot of neutrals, whites & ivories and I feel like a lot of couples in 2024 are leaning towards either a sunset vibe or at the very least, earthy tones such as cactus, spice & nutmeg! The growing trend of wildflower or garden party weddings is also a joy to see.” says Hallie of The Linen Shop.

Expect more pops of color in 2024 and beyond- whether through full-blown floral installations or in simple, bud vases.

Mixing It Up: Mismatched Bridal Parties

The trend toward mismatched bridal parties has been gaining momentum and continues to do so in 2024 for several reasons. Mismatched bridal parties offer a way to play with a broader color palette and integrate more complex or nuanced wedding themes. This can create a visually striking and dynamic aesthetic that is both modern and stylish, allowing for creativity and flexibility!

“One of the weddings I’m working this year will have bridesmaids wearing different colors, so I am making each bouquet for them different to go with their dress. We are doing pops of orange, pink, and coral, citrus. It’s going to be so fun!, says Adriane of Anaphora.

To keep things somewhat uniform, you can have your bridal party wear the same color, but mix things up with different shades, textures patterns or silhouettes. Allowing your bridal party to choose mismatched attire is a way to honor the budget, individual personalities, and preferences of each member, making the wedding more inclusive and personal. (And  because of that point alone, we think this is one trend that will be sticking around!)

I Saw The Sign: Unique Wedding Signage

When it comes to weaving in special details of your love story into your special day, your wedding signage, stationary or seating chart are all great places to start! Wedding guests and professionals love seeing the personal touches couples choose to showcase on their special day.

“There are endless possibilities when it comes to adding personal touches to your seating chart or place cards! I love hearing the story of how a couple met, where their favorite spot is, what careers they have, their passions and hobbies, etc., and creating something magical with those details. Signage and stationery pieces are the perfect details to showcase what makes you uniquely YOU on YOUR special day!, says Sierra , the wedding stationer extraordinaire behind Lettering With Love Co.

Something For Everyone: Things To-Do Beyond Dancing

While it’s easy to get caught up in the idea of a packed dance floor, the truth is that not every guest will necessarily be itching to show off their moves.  Many couples have been adding additional things to do during their wedding to accommodate this! Some examples are: cozy seating areas, fun photobooths, interactive food stations and lawn games or axe throwing.

“The Vermont wedding trend I’m seeing increasingly more of is couples wanting to extend their celebrations. Think: welcome parties the day before the wedding, after parties, or even farewell events before guests travel back home.” Talena of Premier Entertainment recently shared with us. “We’ve been incorporating more activities for events too, like lawn games, music bingo (a huge hit that can be tailored to your guests), photo booths, and La Hora Locas.”

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Color Revelations: The Three Must-Have Color Schemes & Themes of 2024 (and 2025!)

Couples planning their 2024 and 2025 Vermont weddings can’t get enough of the following color schemes and theme trends:

Flower Power

Continuing the trend of bright and colorful blooms is wildflower or garden party-inspired celebrations! Beatrix of Blue House Bakeshop shared with us “I have a wedding cake trend that it’s still going strong in 2024 – the pressed flower cakes! They are perfect for wildflower and garden party themes.”

This theme is prevalent in the spring and summer months, allowing couples and their vendors to pull from Vermont’s natural beauty, and provide a romantic atmosphere. From whimsical escort cards and signage to beautiful tablescapes, and even through fashion- this trend continues to grow!

Earth Tones

Another trend that works almost every season, is the earth tone trend. (Think shades of green, terracotta, or nutmeg, mixed with cream and deep wood tones!) This earthy color palette provides lots of flexibility when it comes to decorating. Couples can keep things simple with lush greenery that pops against sunset-hued florals, or get even more rustic and detailed through linens, chargers, fruit or veggies in their decor, and more! Our state is home to so many historic and beautiful barns, making this trend the perfect match to compliment the charm of these quintessential Vermont venues.

Playing with Patterns

Last but not least, couples wedding planning are getting more creative with the patterns and textures used during their big day! “Embrace your style and incorporate that into the day, if you like bold, jewel tones bring those in.  If you LOVE velvet, add that to the look.  Looking for sunset colors? Bring those to the table.  Ask your vendors what they’ve seen work well and then use that as a jumping-off point with your style.  It is YOUR day, after all.” says Hallie of The Linen Shop.

Simple additions of texture or pattern through linens can create a big impact, offering a cost-effective way to add elegance and style. For example, using patterned table runners or textured centerpieces can significantly enhance the visual appeal without the need for other extensive decorations.  Additionally, the incorporation of patterns or textures can play a crucial role in emphasizing the wedding theme. A vintage-themed wedding might feature antique lace and soft, floral patterns, while a modern wedding might lean towards bold geometric shapes and sleek textures.

Keeping It Real: Crafting Your Dream Wedding by Following Your Heart

And there you have it, a little glimpse into the kaleidoscope of 2024 Vermont wedding trends out there! Before you dive headfirst into the Pinterest rabbit hole or start second-guessing your choices because they don’t fit the mold, remember this: your wedding day is all about you and your partner. At the end of the day, what truly matters is that your celebration feels right in your heart and mirrors the uniqueness of your love story. So, whether you decide to plan a large luxe wedding, say your I-dos in a candlelit backyard, or stick to something timelessly classic, make sure it’s a reflection of you. Your wedding day is your canvas; paint it in a way that makes your heart happy. Here’s to a wedding day that’s as wonderfully unique as you are!

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Love in Totality: How This Couple Made Their Eclipse Wedding Dream Come True

Imagine a love story being sealed beneath a total solar eclipse. This is exactly what unfolded for one lucky couple at the breathtaking Jay Peak Resort in Vermont. In an extraordinary concurrence of cosmic timing and personal destiny, their wedding day coincided with this awe-inspiring celestial event, transforming their celebration into a once-in-a-lifetime phenomenon!  Every fleeting moment, tender exchange, and even the ethereal eclipse itself were immortalized by the skilled lens of Kate Seymour Photography and we’re so excited to share more with you below.

Ski Passes and Wedding (Eclipse) Glasses

Having origins in the Jay region, Shawn and his now-wife, Bryn, have extensively indulged in skiing there. When it came time for their special day, they just knew it had to be slopeside at Jay Peak Resort. While planning, the couple realized that they’d be remiss if they didn’t involve a once-in-a-lifetime twist! On April 8, 2024, Vermont was in the line of totality, being able to view a one-of-a-kind full, solar eclipse! Knowing this information, the couple focused their special day around this unique celestial event. Bryn found a celestial-themed dress, stocked up on eclipse glasses, and the couple planned their ceremony to end exactly as full totality happened.

Bryn and Shawn’s love for skiing has taken them on adventures all over the world. It was a no-brainer that their wedding would be centered around their favorite activity. However, they didn’t place much importance on traditional wedding photography. The couple only desired to capture their ceremony, family photos, and the solar eclipse. Nonetheless, when their photographer, Kate Seymour Photography, offered to take them on a skiing adventure session a day before their ceremony at Jay Peak Resort, they couldn’t resist.

Kate began by snapping some shots of the couple and their beloved pet, a one-eyed bunny named Percy, at their Slope-Side Condo. Once Percy grew camera-shy, the trio hit the mountain for a fun-filled skiing session. After a few runs, Shawn and Bryn’s friends joined in for some additional photos.

Saying 'I Do' Under the Solar Eclipse

The couple’s much-awaited wedding day coincided with the arrival of a total solar eclipse, whose trajectory directly passed over Jay Peak. Bryn and Shawn, along with their 40 guests, ascended the tram to reach the summit, with palpable excitement in the air as the moon started to eclipse the sun. Upon arriving at the peak, everyone scurried towards the snowy ridge to capture some photos of the happy couple before the ceremony commenced.

As they approached the summit, Bryn and Shawn were welcomed with raucous applause, cheers, and encouraging words from over 100 eclipse enthusiasts who had already gathered at the peak! The following hour was spent in taking family photos and intermittently gazing towards the sky in anticipation of the celestial event.

The couple had orchestrated their ceremony to coincide with the eclipse, with the moon’s gradual takeover of the sun casting an eerie dusk-like lighting that exuded a mystical aura. As the total eclipse drew near, the wedding ceremony began, and the air grew colder as the guests gathered around the newlyweds.

Just as the moon completed its final encroachment of the sun, Bryn and Shawn exchanged rings and were declared husband and wife, kissing as they gazed in awe at the wondrous phenomenon occurring in the sky. Emotions ran high as they hugged and trembled with adrenaline and excitement, relishing in the fleeting moments of totality with their loved ones. The unforgettable experience was etched forever in their memories, and is undoubtedly going to be cherished for years to come!

The next total solar eclipse won’t grace the skies of Vermont for another 400 years, making it a once-in-a-lifetime event for many of us, including myself. I’m honored that wedding photographer Kate Seymour Photography shared such a one-of-a-kind wedding with me so that I could then share it with you, dear readers! Check out Bryn and Shawn’s interview with Vermont’s Local 22 & Local 44 News below for even more details about their celestial celebration.

For those considering getting married during the next total solar eclipse, wherever it may be, Kate Seymour Photography has already expressed to us that she would be thrilled to capture all the love and adventure that comes with such a momentous occasion!

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Photographer: Kate Seymour Photography, Venue: Jay Peak Resort.

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Unique Seating Chart Ideas

Are you and your partner looking for a creative and personal way to guide your guests to their seats on your big day? Look no further than seating charts inspired by your shared hobbies and interests. Not only will these ideas add a unique touch to your wedding, but they’ll also make your guests feel even more connected to your love story. Let’s explore some delightful seating chart ideas that are sure to impress your guests!

Planner: Jaclyn Watson Photo: Kate Seymour

Why Unique Seating Charts and Escort Cards Matter

Let’s face it, there are many details and decisions that go into the wedding planning process that it can be easy to overlook a few. One aspect that should not be overlooked is your seating chart and escort cards. Both of these items will ensure that the beginning of your reception runs smoothly.

“Easily one of the most important signage pieces you should have at your wedding is a seating chart. Having a seating chart or escort card display creates a level of courtesy and organization for your guests and their overall experience at your wedding. Without such organization, it leaves guests confused and causes chaos within the reception space – guests are moving chairs around, families are split up, etc, says Sierra, owner of Lettering With Love Co. “If it seems overwhelming to assign every guest to a specific seat, just do the table assignment! This is an easier option for couples that are doing food stations, a buffet, or a family-style dinner.” 

Typically, if you have a seating chart, you don’t need to do escort cards. On the flip side, escort cards provide an opportunity for you to showcase your creativity and add a personal touch to your wedding. By choosing unique and thoughtful escort card ideas, you can make your guests feel special and appreciated.

Travel Themed Seating Chart Ideas

If you’re a couple with a passion for travel, why not use your globe-trotting adventures as inspiration for your seating chart? Assign tables based on different destinations that hold special memories for you both. Whether it’s where you first met, got engaged, or where you’re jetting off to on your honeymoon, each table can be a ticket to a cherished place in your hearts. (Check out the Fenway-inspired seating chart by Jaclyn Watson Events above!) 

Alternatively, consider naming tables after your favorite spots to visit as a couple, such as beloved restaurants, bars, or music venues. It’s like taking your guests on a journey through your love story!

Ski Themed or Mountain Themed Seating Charts

If you’re a couple who loves hitting the slopes or hiking up mountains, why not bring that adventurous spirit to your seating chart? Name tables after local mountain peaks or ski trails that hold a special place in your hearts. For a playful twist, consider using mock ski lift passes as unique table markers.

We love how this couple used birch logs and carabiners to create a one of kind seating chart that reflected their hobbies for their Mountain Top Resort wedding!

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Photo: Julia Luckett
Julia Luckett Photography

Floral Seating Chart Ideas

Nature enthusiasts, this one’s for you! Let the beauty of nature inspire your seating chart. Give guests seed packets with table numbers, allowing them to plant a little piece of your love at home. Create a unique display with tiny bud vases featuring names attached.

Check out this seating chart by Blossoming Bough. We love the mix of botanical prints, wildflowers, antique library trays, and seed favors. Absolutely gorgeous! Or this elegant box display by Tipsy Tulip Designs

If you’re leaning towards escort cards, cards with pressed wildflowers are something guests will love to take home as a reminder of your day! (Check out the  beautiful example by Colorful Calligraphy below.)

Photo: Abigail Grey Photography
Photo: Ellen Sargent Photography
By: Colorful Calligraphy

Seating Chart Ideas for Music Enthusiasts 

If you and your partner share a deep love for music, why not let your favorite records or songs set the tone for your seating chart?  Use favorite records or songs to inspire your seating chart – you could even have a fun game that if the song is played that table has to dance! 

Photo: Colette Kulig Photography

Seating Charts that Double As Favors

Here’s a double win—combine your seating chart with wedding favors. Not only does this idea add a personal touch, but it can also save you money. Ideas to consider: a wall of cute sunnies, like the heart-shaped sunny display by Jaclyn Watson Events, or something more colorful like this photo from Photos by Kintz. Other ideas guest are sure to love: ornaments, or Swiftie-inspired friendship bracelets.

Photo: Pogo Photo
Photo: Photos by Kintz
Photo: Kelsey Regan Photography

Food and Beverage Themed Wedding Seating Chart

Delight your guests with a treat upon arrival! Whether it’s a glass of bubbly or a signature cocktail (check out those mini margs below!) a beverage cart says “let’s get this party started!”

You could also write seating assignments on empty growlers, like Sarah Judith Events created, below. 

Of course, maple syrup is always a win for a Vermont wedding! Mini favor-sized maple syrup bottles with guest names look great in a collection and are a sweet treat to take home. 

Check out the Vermont Gift Guide for these favors 

Or, simply use food as a decor item such as these adorable clementine escort cards. Apples or pumpkins would be oh-so-sweet for a fall wedding! We also love the beautiful cutting board display captured by Kelsey Regan Photography. The bride and her family collected different serving trays and had them engraved to display each guest’s name to serve up a personal touch!

By Bridget Photography
Kelsey Regan Photography
Sara Judith Events

A Seating Chart For Your Vermont Wedding

Incorporating your hobbies and interests into your seating chart is a wonderful way to infuse your personalities into your wedding day. Whether you’re globetrotters, bookworms, nature lovers, or foodies, there’s a seating chart idea that’s perfect for you. These unique touches will not only guide your guests to their seats but also remind them of the special bond you share as a couple. So, let your passions shine and make your wedding day an unforgettable reflection of your love story! Need help? These Vermont wedding planners will bring your vision to life!

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A Vibrant Wedding With An Effortlessly Cool Motorcycle Entrance

We’re excited to share with you today the gorgeous wedding of Claire and James! The ceremony, held at the charming Vermont Swiss and Bloom Farm in Enosburg, was filled with colorful florals, vintage glassware, and a grand motorcycle entrance – more on that below! The entire day was captured beautifully by Gold Wing Photography, showcasing the true love and vibrant spirit of this Vermont wedding. Get ready to be swept away by this technicolor love story!

A Ride to Remember

Nestled in the heart of Enosburg, the Vermont Swiss and Bloom Farm provided an idyllic setting for James and Calire’s extraordinary wedding!  This charming venue, known for its panoramic landscapes and sprawling fields, perfectly encapsulated the spirit of Vermont’s natural beauty. The farm’s rustic elegance and vibrant surroundings created a picturesque canvas for the day’s festivities. 

Claire and James kicked off their wedding day by getting ready together and when it came time for the ceremony to start, they arrived in style! The traditional wedding procession was delightfully upended when the couple opted to arrive at their ceremony not in separate cars but together on a motorcycle, with Claire seated elegantly in the sidecar. As Claire and James pulled up, laughter and applause erupted from their family and friends, setting a joyful and expectant tone for the following celebrations. 

Down at the altar, a bohemian rug and antique stained glass windows, which hung from an old tree set the stage for the couple’s heartfelt vows. We also love how Claire’s bridesmaids wore a mix of complementary colors that followed the wedding’s vibrant color scheme. 

True Love in Technicolor: All The Details Of This Colorful Wedding

Once the couple officially said “I Do”, they moved directly into a champagne toast and their first dance at an adjoining field by the river. Under the open sky, their first dance song filled the air, performed acoustically by their favorite musician, enveloping Claire and James in a deeply personal ambiance!

After cocktail hour, Claire and James entered the venue ready to party! In a true testament to creativity and a personal touch, Claire unveiled a second dress, a beautiful polka-dotted tulle number that she had meticulously sewn herself. (Yes, you read that correctly!)

The attention to detail was evident in every corner of the Vermont Swiss and Bloom Farm’s barn, from the colorful centerpieces by Jaci Scafati to the chic, sheer linens elegantly draped from the ceiling. There was a vast assortment of vintage glassware for guests to choose from when getting their drink for the evening’s festivities. In this space, every hue told a story that was as unique as it was beautiful! Green Meadows Catering served delectable cuisine that ensured wedding guests were well-nourished and prepared to dance the night away.

Claire and James’ wedding was a celebration of color and family, with some guests traveling from as far as Japan to be a part of the joyous occasion! The warmth and love that flowed from each wedding guest was infectious, permeating every aspect of the celebration with an unparalleled sense of joy and unity. Congratulations, Claire and James, on your gorgeous day!

Capture Your Love Story With Gold Wing Photography

Gold Wing Photography is a Vermont wedding photographer focusing in story driven, editorial, and documentary-style wedding photography. Our mission? To ensure that you end up with not just pictures, but cherished moments of your wedding day, each one encapsulates an emotion, a feeling, a memory. 

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Photography: Gold Wing Photography , Venue: Swiss and Bloom, Florals: Jaci Scafati, Ceremony Dress: Jenny Too, Catering: Green Meadows Catering, Ceremony Music: Chris Walton, Cake: Devon Achilles.  Friends & family provided: hair and makeup, DJing and planning: Amy Clackner; Claire’s MOH.

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A Rustic and Romantic Wedding Weekend in the Heart of Manchester, Vermont

Manchester, Vermont is an idyllic location for weddings, with its stunning natural beauty and quaint village streets providing the perfect backdrop for wedding celebrations. Its small-town feel only adds to the charm of this New England gem, making it a sought-after destination for couples seeking a romantic wedding in Vermont. We’re delighted to showcase the wedding of Megan and Christian, which was beautifully captured by Colette Kulig Photography and perfectly embodies the timeless elegance and warmth of this enchanting town!

Beginning Where the Story Started: A Rehearsal Dinner at Equinox Resort

Megan and Christian’s Manchester Vermont wedding weekend commenced at the very location where their journey towards marital bliss began. The site of Christian’s romantic proposal to Megan, the tranquil pond at Equinox Resort, was chosen for their rehearsal dinner as an ode to their past and a celebration of their future. Surrounded by their dearest friends and family, the couple (who have been sweat hearts since elementary school!) basked in the natural beauty of Vermont, setting the stage for the rest of the weekend. 

The Big Day: Laidback and Love-Filled

Just down the street from the Equinox Resort is the Inn at Manchester, which served as the perfect backdrop for Megan and Christian’s getting-ready moments, cocktail hour, and reception. Megan and her bridesmaids spent the morning being pampered by the team of Make Me Fab while enjoying champagne and mimosas in the Inn’s bridal suite, while Christian and his crew hung out in the main Inn and Carriage House. 

Before heading out to St. Paul’s Church for the ceremony, Megan and Paul spent a few quiet moments together for their first look.

Over at St. Paul’s Church, Monsignor Bob (affectionately called “Father Bob”) was the priest who performed Christian and Megan’s wedding ceremony and is from their hometown of Newtown, CT. 

He is also the priest who performed every funeral for those who were killed in the Sandy Hook school shooting in 2012.  Father Bob had reached the mandatory retirement age in the Catholic church and was supposed to retire from the priesthood a couple of years ago, but was granted an extension to allow him to delay his retirement so that he could perform the 10th anniversary of mass of Sandy Hook.  Because of this, his retirement was scheduled for early 2024, and Megan and Christian’s wedding was one of the last that he performed before his retirement. 

After the ceremony, school buses shuttled both the wedding party and guests back to the Inn at Manchester for an unforgettable evening of celebration!

A Wedding Reception Filled To The Brim With Sweet Details

Megan and Christian hosted their cocktail hour outside the charming Inn at Manchester’s Event Barn, complete with live music from the talented East Coast Soul and bespoke signature cocktails that were savored by guests. 

While guests said both were delicious, the Cucumber Margarita was a huge hit.  So much in fact, that Megan and Christian’s wedding planners, The Event Sisters,  ended up having to send someone to the grocery store to buy out all of the cucumbers, and one of the Inn’s managers just about killed their juicer trying to keep up with the demand for cucumber juice to make the drink’s simple syrup – ensuring there was never a lapse in guests getting their margaritas!  

The Event Barn’s interior underwent a remarkable transformation courtesy of The Event Sisters, The Linen Shop, Rain or Shine Tent and Event Co, and Megan’s Pinterest-worthy vision. Meghan had sourced mixed water glasses (clear and amber) to coordinate with the other glassware and votive candle holders, pulling in clear crystal and burnt amber glass colors across the tables.  These with the rich brown chargers gave the tables a warm and elegant feel to the table top decor.  Megan really thought through all of the details and made sure everything was elegant and beautiful in her planning! All of this, along with tasteful bistro lighting and sheer drapes, lent a magical ambiance to the occasion.

After Megan and Christian kicked things off with their first dance, the couple did a special grandparents’ dance – Christian with his grandmother and Megan with her grandfather – before their parent dances and officially opening the dance floor. (There was not a dry eye in sight!)

B&W Catering dished up delicious dishes to fuel guests for an evening of dancing, while Christian’s mom provided some desserts and Jenica of Fancy Pants Cakes created a beautiful 3-tiered cake that mimicked a birchwood tree, complete with carved initials.

For anyone looking for something extra to do, a photobooth by Equinox Photobooth was perfectly placed so that guests could get their picture taken while waiting in line for the bar. After the reception, remaining guests walked across the street to Mulligans to continue the celebration late into the night for the couple’s after-party. Congratulations, Megan and Christian, on your special wedding weekend!

Vendors:

Rehearsal Dinner: Equinox Resort, Wedding Venue: The Inn at Manchester, Event Planning: The Event Sisters, Catering: B&W Catering, Florals: Nancy Bishop Floral, Photographer: Colette Kulig Photography, Cake: Fancy Pants Cakes, Videographer: Fox & Sparrow Films, Entertainment: East Coast Soul,  Hair and MUA: Make Me Fab, Invitations: Mine and Kindred, Officiant: Monsignor Robert Weiss, Rentals: Rain or Shine Tent and Event Co., Linens: The Linen Shop, Photobooth: Equinox Photo Booth.

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The Ultimate Guide to Planning a Surprise Proposal in Vermont

Are you considering popping the question in Vermont? You’re in luck; this post serves as our ultimate guide to planning a surprise proposal in Vermont. Who can resist a surprise proposal, especially when it’s one on Lake Champlain in Burlington, Vermont? We’re excited to share Natalie and Brandy’s Lake Champlain proposal captured beautifully by Isora Lithgow Creations, with you all today, alongside our top planning tips.

In short: this guide is one to sail-e-brate! (Alright, we promise that’s the only pun!) Whether you are a local Vermonter or visiting from out of town, Vermont Weddings is here to help you plan an unforgettable surprise proposal in the Green Mountain State. 

The Story Behind the Serene, Surprise Proposal on Lake Champlain

When visiting Burlington for a recent day trip, Natalie and Brandy had a long list of things they wanted to do and see– one of which was a private sailboat ride on Lake Champlain through Sail Vermont. Little did Brandy know that one of the most exciting moments of her life was about to unfold!

The ingenuity behind Natalie’s surprise proposal took shape with a unique strategy: Vermont wedding photographer Isora Lithgow Creations assumed the guise of a Sail Vermont marketing team member. This innovative approach was pivotal in ensuring the proposal remained a complete surprise. Disguised under the pretext of capturing promotional content during the leisurely sail, Isora was perfectly positioned to photograph Natalie and Brandy’s special moment without hinting at the actual motive.

Needless to say, when Natalie got down on one knee Brandy was shocked! See the heart-warming images below, then continue reading for our top tips for planning your surprise proposal in Vermont.

Planning Your Surprise Vermont Proposal

Planning a surprise proposal can be both thrilling and, admittedly, a bit nerve-wracking! A proposal is a huge milestone in your relationship and a memory you and your partner will cherish forever. Since an even like this doesn’t happens very day, making sure the proposal is something your partner will want is important.To ensure it goes smoothly and becomes a moment both of you will cherish forever, consider the following points:

Know Your Partner’s Preferences: Make sure the proposal aligns with your partner’s personality and preferences. Would they appreciate a public proposal or something more intimate? Understanding what they would genuinely enjoy is crucial.

Privacy: Consider whether your partner would prefer a private moment just between the two of you or a grander gesture with friends and family nearby to celebrate immediately after. Respect your partner’s personality and preference for public or private moments.

The Setting: Choose a meaningful location. It could be the place where you had your first date, a dream destination like Vermont, or somewhere that resonates with your shared memories or dreams. The setting can significantly impact the ambiance of the proposal. We’re Vermonters, so of course we’re suckers for mountain top proposals after a hike, popped questions lakeside on Lake Champlain or Lake Willoughby, or something adventure filled during a ski run, sailboat ride, or after a bike ride. 

If you’re planning a proposal during a trip to Vermont, we highly recommend checking out Vermont’s state website for certain areas to explore, and ask your partner about certain activities or locations they may want to visit. (Then, you can use that information as you plan the element of surprise!) For actual proposal ideas, see proposal locations and ideas from real Vermont couples in the engagement section of our blog.

Capturing the Moment: Photography Tips and Tricks

Whether you’re working with a professional photographer or a trusted friend, the key elements when it comes to coordinating with a photographer are timing, communication, discretion, and having a flexible plan. A proposal is one of the few moments in life that is genuinely fleeting; capturing it can mean the world to you and your partner!

Start Early: Begin your search for a Vermont photographer at least 1-3 months in advance, or if you’re traveling –  as soon as you know you are going to pop the question during your trip to Vermont. This gives you enough time to research and select the right local photographer without feeling rushed. For family members or friends stepping into the photographer role, notify them as soon as possible to ensure they’re available.

Communication is Key: Share with the photographer details about your proposal plan – time, exact location, positioning, and a signal for the big moment (if needed!)  Use a messaging app for real-time updates on the day. If you’re visiting from out of state, a Vermont photographer can help provide their first-hand experience and expertise for these items.

Positioning: Decide beforehand where the photographer will hide. It should offer a clear view of the moment but also keep them sufficiently hidden. Think about using natural cover, like trees in a park, or urban elements, like parked cars or street corners, depending on the location. In Natalie and Brandy’s proposal above, they disguised their photographer, Isora, as a staff member of their sailboat ride. If you’re feeling creative in how elaborate you want to be, go for it!

A Back-Up Plan: 3 words- always have one! Vermont can be unpredictable, especially when it comes to weather! Additionally, crowded locations, running behind schedule, or other unforeseen circumstances might require a Plan B.  Discuss alternative locations or dates with your photographer and anyone else helping with the proposal to ensure everyone is organized and on the same page.

Making the Most of Your Vermont Visit

Vermont is renowned for its breathtaking scenery, including rolling green hills, vast forests, picturesque lakes, and stunning mountain backdrops! It would be a shame not to make the most of your visit, especially while celebrating such a monumental life event.

There is also truly not a bad time to visit our beautiful state either. Autumn brings spectacular foliage with vibrant colors, winter provides a snowy wonderland perfect for cozy nights in or out on the slopes, spring offers blooming flowers and lush greenery, and summer boasts warm weather, lush landscapes, and plenty of outdoor recreation.

For easy reference, here are some popular tourist destinations in Vermont, and their websites to assist you in your trip itinerary: 

You're Engaged! Now What?

First and foremost, this is a time to celebrate! Whether you choose to enjoy this special moment in private or share the excitement with your loved ones, it’s all about making the occasion memorable and reflective of your relationship. Here are some tips for celebrating right after the big question is popped:

Savor the Moment Together: Take time to bask in the joy and love of the moment. Share your feelings, and dreams for the future, and reflect on your journey together. This is a huge milestone! Amidst the excitement of sharing your news, make sure to stay present and soak in the joy, together.

Spread the News: In times when not everyone can be together physically, set up video calls to share the news with your family and friends! If friends or family are nearby, coordinate times to celebrate with them whether it be going out to dinner or a bigger celebration like an engagement party.

Remember, the most important thing is that the celebration reflects your unique bond and relationship. There is no right or wrong way to celebrate; it’s all about what makes you both happy and what you’ll remember fondly in the years to come.

Now it’s time to Plan: When you’re ready to officially start planning, we’ve got you covered there too! For couples looking for a robust planning resource from start to finish, we highly recommend getting The Ultimate Wedding Planning Guide which, includes 23 pages of advice and insights on topics you care about, like building a guest list, styling your bridal party, and tracking your budget. Plus you get access to the fully customizable Google spreadsheets. (Did you just breathe a little sigh of relief?!)

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Meet Lettering With Love Co., a Vermont-based Wedding Stationer and Calligrapher

Wedding signage and calligraphy bring a personalized touch that elevates the overall aesthetic of a wedding day, making it uniquely memorable. By incorporating bespoke lettering elements, from elegant invitations to thoughtfully designed directional signs, couples can create a cohesive theme that flows throughout their ceremony and reception. 

We recently sat down with Sierra, the owner of Lettering With Love Co. She specializes in turning ordinary words into extraordinary art, ensuring that each piece of written decor resonates with the couple’s personality and love story! Sierra’s attention to detail and passion for design make her a cherished partner in bringing wedding visions to life.  Learn more about Sierra and her work below.

How did you get into wedding stationery and calligraphy?

I’ve been an event planner for almost 10 years, but on a whim, I decided to take a lettering class by a local artist when I lived in Denver, CO, and quickly fell in love with the creative outlet. When COVID hit in 2020 I (obviously!) had a lot more time to practice it. Shortly after, we moved to Hawaii and had a fresh start so I thought, why not!? I dove head first into creating Lettering With Love Co. Now I’m here in Vermont and loving it!

How would you describe your style?

I’m grateful I have had the opportunity to take Lettering With Love Co. from coast to coast as it has exposed me to diverse cultures and clients. I love connecting with my couples to see how I can share their story and make THEIR style shine through the signage and stationery pieces I create.

What inspires your work?

My inspiration is sourced from so many different things – textiles, architecture, nature, color, fashion, and my clients.

Any special tips for couples for choosing/working with a wedding stationer in general?
Trust the process and trust your calligrapher! Signage and stationery are an investment, but it’s an incredible opportunity to showcase you as a couple. We love inspo photos, but trust us to take them and add a little bit of YOU, to create something magical you’ve never seen before!
 
What’s your favorite moment during a wedding?
Cake! I will NEVER pass up a sweet slice of wedding cake. I also love getting to witness the moment a couple sees their reception all put together – months and months of details finally making their debut!

What’s your favorite thing to do in VT? Local spot to visit? 
Anything outside and in the sun – hiking, camping, skiing, riding horses! I enjoy finding cute little shops to explore and local foods to try.

If you weren’t doing signage and calligraphy what could you see yourself doing?
I could see myself as an interior designer or full-time cowgirl. 

What’s a fun fact about yourself?
When I was younger, I dressed up as a baked potato for Halloween. I stuffed a pillow in my oversized shirt, rubbed some pollen on it to make it look like butter, and made a jacket out of aluminum foil.

Your wedding stationery and signs are a tangible expression of your love and some of the first glimpses your guests will have of your big day. When selecting a wedding calligrapher in Vermont, opt for someone who truly understands your vision and aesthetic. It’s important to meet with your Vermont stationer to share your inspirations, color schemes, and elements that embody your relationship. A skilled Vermont calligrapher will take the time to understand your story as a couple and work closely with you to design invitations, RSVP cards, signs, and other stationery items that beautifully communicate the theme and emotion of your wedding. Learn more about Vermont stationer Lettering With Love Co. by visiting their vendor profile in our Vendor Guide.

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Tips and Tricks for Choosing your Wedding Guest List

Congratulations- you’re engaged! Now what? Before the fun parts of wedding planning begin, there’s one task that must be done first to keep you on track.

Yes, we’re talking about creating your guest list. Just as important as determining your budget, choosing your wedding guest list can be one of the most daunting- yet crucial- tasks of planning a wedding. With so many special people to consider and limited space, you may feel overwhelmed by the thought of deciding who to invite. Fortunately, with a few tips and tricks, you can easily navigate the wedding guest list for your Vermont wedding!

Factors to Consider When It Comes To Your Guest List

Colette Kulig Photography

There are several factors to consider when making your guest list to ensure that you include the right people and create a memorable experience for everyone involved.

Start early: Begin creating your guest list early in the planning process. It will influence many other decisions, including the choice of venue, catering budget, and even the formality of your event.

Consider your budget and venue size: Each additional guest means an additional cost, so it’s important to determine how many guests you can comfortably accommodate within your budget. If you have chosen your venue, and it is smaller, you may also need to be more selective with your guest list.

Prioritize: Who are the people that have had a significant impact on your life? Who do you truly want to celebrate this special day with? It’s important to include close family and friends who have supported you and your partner throughout your relationship.

Consider the dynamics and relationships between your guests: Are there any potential conflicts or tensions that may arise if certain people are invited? It’s important to ensure a harmonious atmosphere and avoid any unnecessary drama on your big day.

Tips for Creating Your Guest List

Now that you’ve gone over things to consider, it’s time to sit down and make your list!

Tip One: Draft Independently, Then Merge Something we recommend doing is to draft independently, and then merge. What do we mean by this? Each partner should start by drafting their own guest list. This includes family, friends, colleagues, and anyone else they consider important. Once done, come together to combine the lists. This ensures everyone significant to you both is considered from the start!

Tip Two: Categorize Your Guests Divide your list into categories: immediate family, extended family, close friends, colleagues, and acquaintances. This helps in understanding who the must-invites are versus those you can consider not inviting if you need to trim the list. (More on this in the section below!)

Tip Three: Stay United Families and friends might have their own opinions on who should or shouldn’t be invited. While it’s important to listen, ultimately, the decision is yours and your partner’s. Support each other’s decisions and present a united front.

Strategies for Cutting Your Guest List

Creating your wedding guest list can be a challenging task, especially when you realize you need to make some cuts. While it may be difficult to trim down your list, it’s necessary to ensure that you can accommodate your guests comfortably and stay within your budget. Here are some strategies to help you cut your guest list without causing too much stress or conflict:

1. Start with the must-haves: Begin by making a list of the absolute must-have guests. These are the people you cannot imagine getting married without. Focus on immediate family, close friends, and those who have played a significant role in your and your partner’s lives.

2. Set limits: Determine a specific number of guests that your venue and budget can accommodate. This will help you set clear boundaries when making cuts.

4. Consider plus-ones: Plus-ones can add up, so it is important to remember this as you are planning. Assess whether or not every guest on your list needs a plus-one. If you have single friends who don’t know anyone else at the wedding, it is common wedding etiquette to offer them a plus-one. However, if your guest is part of a tight-knit group, they may not need one. 

5. Consider alternate events: If you are struggling to cut down your guest list, consider hosting a separate event, such as a post-wedding brunch or a casual get-together, where you can invite more people and they can celebrate with you and your partner that way.

How to Handle Guest List Issues and Potential Conflict

Communication is always key. If you’re dealing with a delicate situation, such as deciding whether to invite an estranged family member or a friend who may not get along with others, have open and honest conversations with your partner and those involved. Explain your reasons for your decisions and try to find common ground.

It’s also important to set clear boundaries. If someone insists on bringing an uninvited guest or if you receive unsolicited recommendations, kindly (but firmly!) communicate your intentions. Let them know that you have considered your guest list carefully and have made the decision that is best for you and your partner.

If you encounter any resistance or pushback from certain individuals, try to understand their perspective. Be empathetic and patient, but also stand firm in your choices. Remember, it’s your wedding day, and you should feel comfortable and happy with the guest list you have created.

Handling guest list issues and potential conflicts requires sensitivity and diplomacy. By approaching these situations with empathy, open communication, and firm boundaries, you can navigate these challenges and ensure that your wedding day is filled with love and happiness for everyone involved.

Crafting your wedding guest list requires thoughtfulness, organization, and sometimes, tough decisions. By following these tips, you and your partner can create a list that reflects your wishes for your special day while also being mindful of practical considerations. Remember, your Vermont wedding is a celebration of your love and commitment to each other; those who truly matter will understand and support your choices.

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Meet Vermont Wedding Photographer Gold Wing Photography

Are you looking for a photographer who has a gift for capturing real, candid moments? For the past 7 years, Lillian of Gold Wing Photography has been telling love stories with her camera, finding that sweet balance between capturing those unexpected, fleeting moments and delivering beautifully crafted portraits.

Lillian’s love for photography combined with her passion for storytelling make her a highly sought-after Vermont wedding photographer. Our team recently sat down and chatted with Lillian about her work and love for all things art-related. Continue reading to learn all about Lillian!

How did you get into wedding photography? 

I have always been drawn to the natural beauty of Vermont, inspired by my imagination, melodies, and fairytales. As a child, I could be found in my dress-up box and dancing with my shadow on long summer evenings. As technology developed, I used any camera or camcorder I could get my hands on to photograph my doll’s weddings, my best friends in my backyard, and the light as it moved through the corners of our old Vermont home. Photography has continued to grow naturally in my life, and so did my first step into photographing weddings. I fell in love with the powerful storytelling tool and have never looked back!

How would you describe your photography style? 

I describe my work as natural editorial, meaning that I believe in the documentary approach of letting the flow of the day dictate my direction while still creating timeless art. Candid moments can be editorial. Just because it looks beautiful does not mean it has to feel forced or posed– the opposite, I create an environment for you to feel comfortable and seen, I can offer as your guide and witness. Your love will radiate, that’s where the real beauty lies. 

What inspires your work? 

I draw equally from my own photo albums and memories as I do from cinema and fantasy. Romanticization is a balancing act that requires equal parts reality and creativity. 

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

It’s important to remember that your wedding photographer will be with you throughout your entire wedding day. Decide what energy you want around you. Often when art resonates with you in your soul, there is a soul behind that art that will resonate with you too. Follow the art and then follow your heart!

What’s your favorite moment during a wedding? 

That’s almost an impossible question because I really do believe that no two weddings are the same, but if I had to pick something, I would say cocktail hour. There is something so fun and fresh about watching everyone bask in the glow of your newly spoken vows and the friendships and memories that are forged between your guests. I really enjoy playing witness to those moments, true genuine moments in the afternoon light.

What’s your favorite thing to do in VT?

A favorite pastime for me would have to be swimming in the pond in my parent’s backyard. I love the seclusion and serenity that Vermont has to offer, feeling the cool water, gazing at the clouds, and watching ripples obstruct an upside-down reality that feels void of time and the perfect way to reset. I also love a polar plunge!

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

I believe that I always would have been, and always will be, an artist. In addition to photography, I have always had a deep love for writing music and poetry and exploring my world through art. The time that is not spent in photography is spent in recording studios, my diary, daydreaming, and traveling.

What’s a fun fact about yourself? 

I am a German speaker and was presented as a debutant at an Opera Ball in Hannover, Germany when I studied aboard for a year at age 15. I will always find a way to be around beautiful dresses and fairytales! 

Thank you, Lillian! View more of Lillian’s gorgeous work by visiting her profile in our Vendor Guide.

A Breathtaking Fairytale Elopement in a Vermont Castle

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

Deciding On A Vermont Destination Wedding

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

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

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

An Enchanting Elopement with Talented Vermont Wedding Vendors

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

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

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

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

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

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

How to Elope in Vermont

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Vendors:

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

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A Laidback and Love-Filled Micro Wedding in Fairfield, Vermont

When love has been blooming for over two decades, a wedding becomes less about pomp and more about promise. Such was the case for Jess and Jeremy, a couple who decided to make their union official in the most intimate of settings! The venue of choice? The Soule House & Carriage Barn, nestled in the picturesque landscapes of Fairfield, Vermont. This wasn’t just any wedding; it was a microwedding in Vermont, embodying the essence of intimacy, laidback joy, and heartfelt connections. Continue reading for the tale of how Jess and Jeremy, together for over twenty years with three boys in tow, decided it was time to “make it legal” in a swift and meaningful ceremony, planning their big day in merely four weeks!

A Love Story Two Decades In The Making

For Jess and Jeremy, their story isn’t one of sudden sparks or whirlwind romance; it’s a narrative of endurance, a slow burn that has deepened over more than two decades. Their journey, marked by shared experiences and the joy of raising three boys, stands as a testament to a love that has not just survived, but continues to thrive.

When the couple ultimately made the decision to get married, it wasn’t about marking a new beginning. Instead, it was a heartfelt acknowledgment of the life they’ve intricately woven and built together over the years. (and to make it officially, well, official!)

Planning A Micro Wedding In Vermont In 4 Weeks

The thought of orchestrating a wedding within a mere four weeks could easily send any couple into a spiral of stress, yet for Jess and Jeremy, it was simply another exciting chapter in their long-shared love story!

This brisk timeline didn’t faze them; it highlighted their desire for simplicity and genuineness on their special day. With their laidback demeanor guiding the way, they embarked on this whirlwind planning phase, relying on the trusted team at The Soule House & Carriage Barn to bring their vision to life. Lindsay, who works at The Soule House, has actually known Jess almost her whole life and was so excited to help bring this special day to life.

“Jess was my oldest sister’s best friend and we lived in the same neighborhood growing up. Fondly known as “Corky” due to her maiden name being Corrigan, Jess has always been cherished in our lives.” says Lindsay. “It was an honor to have the opportunity to transform our childhood friendship into a professional relationship as her wedding planner!”

The flexibility and efficiency of The Soule House’s staff were paramount, enabling the creation of a day that perfectly captured the essence of the couple’s relationship: straightforward, meaningful, and utterly authentic. Jess and Jeremy exchanged their “I-Do’s” with a beautiful fireplace as their backdrop in front of their three boys and closest friends and family.

This day was not marked by opulence but by the richness of shared moments and quiet affirmations of love. Friends and family, some of whom have witnessed the couple’s love story from the start, basked in the warmth of their bond, making the celebration not just an event, but a heartfelt, intimate gathering.

There was toasting. There was happy tears and hugs! There was dancing… and most importantly, there was love. Congratulations to Jess and Jeremy!

Vendors:

Venue: The Soule House & Carriage Barn, Photographer: Tara Partlow of BirdieLou Photography, Justice of the Peace: Helene Biggie.

The Soule House & Carriage Barn: Perfect for Microweddings

Nestled in the heart of Vermont’s stunning landscapes, The Soule House & Carriage Barn offers an idyllic backdrop for those dreaming of a microwedding. This venue, known for its intimate charm and rustic elegance, perfectly aligns with the desires of couples seeking a personalized and heartfelt celebration of their love. If you can believe it, Jess and Jeremy’s microwedding was a first for their dedicated staff!  The Soule House’s ability to transform any wedding, even one planned within the brisk span of four weeks, into a profoundly memorable occasion speaks volumes of its versatility and commitment to excellence. For larger celebrations, on average, couples spend $5,600 to reserve The Soule House and Carriage Barn which includes full weekend access (Friday – Sunday) to both the Carriage Barn and house, which sleeps 10. There is no additional fee for use of their ceremony site. Contact them for pricing details specific to your celebration!

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Say Yes to the Dress: What Every Bride Should Know Before Wedding Dress Shopping

Are you currently planning your dream Vermont wedding? Then it’s time to think about one of the most magical parts of your journey to the altar: wedding dress shopping! (Cue a happy dance!) Whether you’ve been dreaming about your perfect gown since you were a child or you’re diving into this part of the planning without a clear vision, shopping for your wedding dress is a unique experience that should be cherished and enjoyed.

Thankfully, with our tips and expert advice from the renowned bridal boutique, Veilmonté in South Burlington, Vermont, this blog post is here to ensure that your dress shopping adventure is everything you’ve ever dreamed of and more. We sat down with Veilmonté’s owner, Marina Smith to learn everything we could about wedding dress shopping and today we’re sharing her secrets!

For every bride-to-be looking forward to their fairytale moment, keep reading; this guide to wedding dress shopping was created especially for you.

Things to Know Before You Go

How far in advance should you start looking at dresses?

Each bridal boutique is going to be different. It’s recommended to start wedding dress shopping in Vermont at least 9 to 12 months before your wedding day. This timeframe allows ample time for browsing different styles, trying on dresses, making a decision, and accommodating any necessary alterations. Wedding dresses can take anywhere from 4 to 8 months to be made and shipped (ours take 4 months to create!), and alterations can take an additional 2 to 3 months. Starting early helps ensure that you have enough time to find the dress of your dreams without feeling rushed or facing limited options due to time constraints.

Can I walk-in or should I make an appointment with bridal boutiques? 

For most bridal boutiques, it is highly recommended or even required that you make an appointment before visiting. Bridal appointments ensure that you receive personalized attention from a bridal consultant who can assist you in finding the perfect dress, and it also ensures that fitting rooms and adequate space are available for you and your party. While some boutiques may accommodate walk-ins if they have availability, scheduling an appointment guarantees your spot and often leads to a more fulfilling (and less stressful!) experience. Always check the boutique’s policy online or call ahead to confirm their requirements. At Veilmonté we operate by private appointments only, giving you our undivided and personalized attention.

Is there anything brides should bring to their appointment?

Yes, there are several items brides should consider bringing to their bridal appointment to ensure they get the most accurate feel for how their dress will look on the big day!

  1. Undergarments: Bring a strapless bra or any specific undergarment you plan to wear on your wedding day. (Note: At Veilmonté all of our dresses are padded so in that case, a specific bra is not as necessary) Some brides choose to bring shapewear to see how it complements the dresses they try on. It’s important to bring these to see how the dress fits with the undergarments and to ensure there are no visible lines or bulges- and that you ultimately feel comfortable!
  2. Shoes: If you’ve already chosen your wedding shoes, bring them to see how they look with the dress and to get an idea of the dress length alterations needed. If you haven’t chosen shoes yet, bring a pair with a heel height similar to what you plan to wear so you can get an accurate idea of how the dress will flow. We also have a wide selection to choose from!
  3. Accessories or Hair Clips: While not essential, bringing along any jewelry, headpieces, or veils you plan to wear can help you visualize the complete look, the look of a blushing bride! Veilmonté has a wide selection of beautiful accessories, veils, jewelry and even shoes in store for brides to try on.

What To Expect During Your Bridal Appointment

In your experience, what helps you and your team select dresses during an appointment?

In my experience, having an open mind is absolutely key for a bride-to-be selecting dresses during her appointment! It allows for flexibility and openness to trying styles that you might not have initially considered but could turn out to be the perfect fit. I know many other bridal shops would agree.

We also welcome and encourage bringing along any visual inspirations, such as a picture of a favorite design from a previous appointment, pictures from the internet, or a curated Pinterest board. Visual references can greatly enhance our understanding of what brides are looking for and help tailor the appointment to their preferences.

For Veilmonté specifically, our brides benefit greatly from the wishlist feature we offer. Once an appointment is booked, our brides can submit their wishlist with designs from our website, which gives us a good starting point for their appointment.

We also prioritize getting to know our brides and their tastes by interviewing them before we start trying on dresses. This conversation, based on their descriptions and preferences, allows us to assist in picking styles from our racks that may appeal to them. To incorporate their vision into the process, we allow our brides to pick their first 3 dresses on their own from our collection – and it’s always so fun to see what they select! 

What tips can you offer for a first-time wedding dress shopper?

Aside from the information listed above, I have 3 additional tips for brides:

  1. Book your appointment after booking your venue and figuring out your wedding style or aesthetic. This will help you have a better image in your mind about how you want to look during the big day!
  2. Do not feel like we are bothered by how many styles you are trying on – this is why we do what we do! We want you to try on as many styles as possible so we can make sure you are choosing THE ONE.
  3. Listen to your inner voice when deciding on the dress selection. “The one” is a feeling and only you as the bride can truly sense it. It’s great to gather feedback from your friends and family, but at the end of the day it is your dress and you need to be the one who is head-over-heels in love with it!

You Found The Dress! Now What?

What steps should a bride take next after choosing their dress?

First, let’s pop that champagne, do a dance and shed some happy tears. Finding the perfect dress is so exciting. As you await your special day, the next steps are as follows: making sure you book your alterations (if you dress them) and storing your dress properly.

At Veilmonté, we provide a high-quality waterproof garment bag to all of our brides and a plastic bag if needed (in the case if the bride will travel with it). We advise our brides to hang it high so it doesn’t get wrinkled at the bottom. We steam all the dresses before brides come to pick them up and we advise them to get a portable steamer and lightly steam it the night before the wedding using distilled water and let it dry overnight. 

I also recommend unfollowing any bridal accounts related to wedding dresses after finding your perfect dress. They are a great resource before finding your dress, but after? They can sometimes leave brides second guessing themselves or doubting their selection! You do not need the extra and unecessary stress.

How far in advance of your wedding date should alterations be started and/or completed?

The specific timing can vary based on the complexity of the alterations needed and the schedule of your tailor or seamstress, so it’s wise to consult with them as early in your planning process as possible! 

It’s generally recommended to start the alterations for your wedding dress about 2 to 4 months before your wedding date. This timeline allows for enough time to have all the necessary fittings and adjustments made without rushing. Ideally, the final fitting should be scheduled about 2 weeks before your wedding. This close to the wedding, your body is not likely to change much, ensuring your dress will fit perfectly on your special day. 

Again, this is just a generic timeline and we recommend talking to the seamstress you’re hoping to work with. Most boutiques will have a list of trusted and skilled seamstresses they recommend.

About Veilmonté Bridal Showroom

Veilmonté, conveniently located off Route 7 in South Burlington, offers a truly exceptional experience for brides-to-be wedding dress shopping in Vermont. Owner Marina Smith guides all brides through the entire process and dedicates her time and expertise to helping them find the dress of their dreams – as well as other goodies, such as accessories, shoes, jewelry and bridesmaid dresses.

Unlike other bridal shops in the area, Veilmonté’s showroom is unique in that they make their own dresses at their factory, which is owned by Marina’s Aunt, in Moldova. The design team is extremely detail-oriented, utilizing high-quality fabric and materials, innovative sewing techniques and technologies, and a deep passion for beauty and perfection in every wedding dress they create!

Veilmonté’s commitment to excellence and personalized service ensures that every bride who walks through their doors will leave feeling confident, beautiful, and ready to say ‘I do’ in the dress of their dreams.

Book Your Appointment at Veilmonté Bridal Showroom

Veilmonté’s showroom operates by private appointments only, allowing the bride and her party to have the entire space to themselves while shopping for the most important dress of their lives. Learn more about Veilmonté and book your appointment by clicking here.

A Curated Collection of Stunning Wedding Gown Inspiration

Before going wedding dress shopping in Vermont, take a look at some of our personal favorite Veilmonté bridal looks from past Vermont brides:

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Meet Jenica, The Wedding Baker Behind Fancy Pants Cakes

When planning your wedding, every detail counts, especially when it comes to the centerpiece of your reception: the wedding cake! Today we’re highlighting  Jenica, the creative force behind Fancy Pants Cakes, who blends passion, artistry, and flavor to craft cakes that are as visually stunning as they are delicious. In this blogpost, we’ll delve into what inspires Jenica’s work, her unique approach to wedding cakes, and why her creations might just be the perfect addition to your Vermont wedding!

How did you get into the wedding industry?
Prior to moving to Vermont in 2012, I made cakes for friends and family, taught cake decorating classes, and attended several sugar art workshops and conferences. Upon the move to Bennington, I started Fancy Pants Cakes! From the very beginning I wanted to do both celebration (think birthdays, holidays, anniversaries) and wedding cakes. Over time I’ve developed relationships with other wedding vendors and it has been a wonderful experience! 

How would you describe your style?
Some clients come to their consultation with an idea or inspiration photo of a cake design, while others have a variety of ideas. I enjoy working collaboratively with my couples. My natural inclination as a cake artist is to find a way to personalize the cake, creating an element of surprise for their guests. I love a touch of whimsy as well, whether that’s through the use of color, an interesting texture, or a unique cake topper.
 
What inspires your work?
Cake artistry has come a looooooong way since I started baking. I am so inspired by other cake artists’ use of color, texture, and different edible mediums. I attend Cake International in the UK every year, which is the largest cake show in the world, and I’m always blown away by the sugar work that’s on display. 
 
Any special tips for couples?
Don’t feel like you need to go with “traditional” flavors because you think that will make everyone happy. The truth is, if you love something that is a little different, it’s likely that many of your guests will love it too! Don’t be afraid to experiment with flavors and add some personality into your cake. Let’s make your cake just as unique as your love story!
What’s your favorite thing to do in VT? 
My son and I go camping at different state parks every summer. We’ve been to many, but there are still a bunch on the list!
 
If you had to choose another career, what would it be?
My professional background is in environmental education. I have taught at a zoo, science center, parks, and residential outdoor schools out on the west coast. If I didn’t have my cake business, I’d likely be working with an educational nonprofit in some capacity.
 
What’s a fun fact about yourself?
I have been a park ranger at Yellowstone National Park and Mount St. Helens, teaching visitors via walks, talks, and campfire programs. 
 
Whether you’re dreaming of a classic tiered masterpiece or a modern, unconventional design, Jenica can bring your vision to life and make your wedding’s dessert selection truly memorable. Thanks, Jenica, for sitting down with us! Learn more about Fancy Pants Cakes by visiting their page in our Vendor Guide.

This Couple Had Their Dream Wedding At The Exact Spot They First Met Each Other

Love can be found in the most unexpected places, and for this couple, that place happened to be the Inn at Mountain View Farm! This charming and picturesque location was the perfect backdrop for a budding love story and we are so excited to share it with you all today.

Rustic Romance: A Vermont Barn Wedding to Remember

Laura and Mike’s journey from chance encounter to forever began five years ago when they both attended a wedding held at the Inn at Mountain View Farm as guests. Mike instantly was was intrigued by Laura and despite Laura playing hard to get for years, their love eventually blossomed during the COVID-19 pandemic. After Mike proposed, choosing a wedding venue was a no brainer! The couple returned to the very place it all began to tie the knot and start their forever together.

Mike and Laura exchanged vows on a overcast June day, where brief moments of rain and mist couldn’t dampen their guests’ spirits. The ceremony was held indoors at the site’s historic barn, beneath a canopy of verdant foliage and gentle accents of pink and white flowers.

When it was time for the reception, guests were greeted with twinkling lights overhead, and elegant table arrangements brimming with lush greenery. The party was filled with happy tears during toasts at dinnertime and packed with high energy when it came time to dance! 

To ensure the night was lively and the dance floor remained vibrant, the unique inclusion of energy shots and flip flops were hits amongst guests. This thoughtful detail ensured a packed dance floor and left guests free to let loose, focusing on the joy of the moment rather than aching feet.

Even as the night wore on and the cake was cut, the merriment continued, proof of a truly successful and memorable wedding! See all the special details from Mike and Laura’s wedding day below.

Celebrate Your Big Day At The Inn at Mountain View Farm

Tucked away in the beautiful North East Kingdom, Inn at Mountain View Farm is the perfect place to celebrate your big day. This wedding venue is complete with accommodations, historic barn and breathtaking mountain views. The Inn’s style is casual and comfortable, while still being sophisticated. The Inn’s spectacular setting makes for an unforgettable wedding backdrop. High on a ridge in the fabled Northeast kingdom, the Inn is a village of restored historic farm buildings that are surrounded by mountains and rolling, grassy meadows that provide some of the most beautiful and iconic views in Vermont!

Vendors:

Venue: Inn at Mountain View Farm, Photographer: Jessica Liggett Photography, Videographer: Love Buzz Photo

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Gliding into Forever: A Winter Wonderland Wedding with a Hockey Twist

Prepare to have your hearts do a little victory lap because we’ve got a love story that’s cooler than a fresh Zamboni-cut ice rink. Picture this: a beautiful Vermont backdrop courtesy of Mountain Top Resort, a couple madly in love, and a pair of ice skates for each. Yes, you read that right! This adorable couple decided to ditch tradition and lace up their skates for a first look that’s as unique as their love for each other. We’re excited to share with you every heart melting moment, perfectly captured by Courtney Cania Photography.

The Unique First Look on Ice

When planning their quintessential Vermont wedding, Stacie and Greg knew they wanted to have a laid back day. On the morning of their big day, Stacie and Greg embraced the essence of Vermont’s winter, opting for warmth and authenticity over traditional bridal norms. Stacie’s choice to wear fur-lined boots instead of the expected high heels was a testament to the couple’s desire for comfort and practicality. (without sacrificing style!) The bridal party donned matching Vermont Flannel Company shirts while getting ready, a perfect and practical choice for a chilly February morning.

Something Stacie and Greg share a love for is hockey and they found a perfect way to incorporate this into their special day! Amid the serenity of Mountain Top Resort’s ice rink, Stacie and Greg laced up their skates and created an unforgettable first look, infused with personal meaning and their shared passion. With the crisp air surrounding them, they glided toward one another to show off their wedding day attire. The scene was beautifully surreal, with their reflections dancing on the ice beneath them. (We’re melting over here!)

Crafting a Winter Wonderland Theme

The outdoor festivities didn’t stop there. Over at the venue’s terrace, guests were greeted with long, rustic wooden benches and cozy flannel blankets from Vermont Flannel Company to keep them warm while they anxiously waited for the ceremony to begin. For their ceremony, Stacie and Greg chose a palette of navy, brown, and balsam- all which effortlessly mirrored the natural hues found in the forested surroundings of the Mountain Top Resort. The deliberate choice of snowy white blooms by Meadows Edge Floral Design, intertwined with balsam sprigs, added a layer of elegance and enriched the rustic feeling that a Vermont winter typically brings.

Upon entering the reception area, guests were whisked away to a enchanting, winter wonderland adorned with delicate string lights, flickering votive candles, and a luxe seating area by Wild Fern Boutique. Whenever guests needed a little pick me up, they gravitated towards the bar where signature cocktails awaited them. Stacie and Greg crafted unique libations to pay homage to their cherished  four-legged companions, Jet and Mika.

To wrap up an already magical day, Stacie and Greg opted for a mid-reception horse drawn sleigh ride, complete with a ‘just married’ sign of course. Congratulations, Stacie and Greg, on your magical day!

Tips for Creating a Memorable First Look

Creating a unique and memorable first look during your wedding can add an extra layer of intimacy and excitement to your special day! This moment, when the couple sees each other for the first time in their wedding attire, offers an opportunity for an incredibly emotional and personal experience. Here are three tips to make your first look uniquely unforgettable:

1. Incorporate Personal Elements: Think about what makes your relationship unique and try to include those elements in your first look. This could be the location where you first met or a spot that holds special significance to your relationship. You could also integrate something symbolic, like reading letters you’ve written to each other before turning around to see one another, or playing a song in the background that has meaning to you both. Personal touches like these will make the moment feel even more intimate and tailored to your unique love story.

2. Use a Creative Setting or Backdrop: While first looks are commonly done in the venue where you’re getting married, consider choosing a unique setting that differs from the typical wedding backgrounds. Look for interesting textures, vivid colors, or striking natural landscapes that will not only enhance the emotion of the moment but also create stunning visual memories. The key is to select a location that feels meaningful or exhilarating to you as a couple, setting the stage for a memorable first look and exciting rest of the day!

3. Plan a Surprise Element: Incorporate a surprise element for your partner into the first look to make the moment even more special. This could be anything from wearing an accessory or piece of clothing that has sentimental value, like a family heirloom. You might even involve your pets or loved ones in the surprise, creating a multi-layered experience that encompasses more than just the visual aspect of seeing each other. Whatever surprise you choose, ensure it’s something that it is meaningful to your partner adding a layer of emotional depth to the first look experience.

Remember, the goal of a first look is to craft a moment that feels deeply personal and meaningful to both of you. By focusing on personalization and the element of surprise, you’re setting the stage for an unforgettable experience that celebrates your individual love story in a way that feels authentic and uniquely you!

Plan Your Wedding at Mountain Top Inn and Resort

Mountain Top Resort is a secluded and idyllic wedding venue located in Chittenden, Vermont. Situated on on 700 private acres of woods & meadow, with sweeping views of the surrounding Green Mountains and a pristine 740 acre lake, Mountain Top Resort is the perfect location for couples looking for a special place to hold a weekend long celebration!

Capture Every Moment with Courtney Cania Photography

Courtney Cania Photography is a wedding photographer who provides couples timeless, romantic images and an exceptional wedding experience. Courtney’s approach to wedding photography is a blend of lifestyle and documentary; her ultimate goal is to provide an exceptional wedding experience, and to show up as a good friend looking out for you on this most special day!

Vendors: 

Venue: Mountain Top Inn and Resort, Photographer: Courtney Cania Photography, Second Shooter: Amy Donohue Photography, Florals: Meadows Edge Floral Design, Rentals: Wild Fern Boutique, Hair & MUA: Blush Vermont, DJ: Big Handsome Entertainment, Desserts: Sweet Birch Bakery, Getting Ready Shirts & Blankets: Vermont Flannel Company.

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Your Newest Wedding Sidekick Reporting For Duty!

Today marks a new chapter for our community! I’m officially passing the bouquet. I’m thrilled to announce that as of today, Sarah, will be taking over as the head of Vermont Weddings!  After four incredible years, I’m stepping aside to embrace new professional and personal adventures.

I’m so grateful for the experience of leading this community, celebrating countless love stories along the way. Growing this business has been the highlight of my professional career, and it has been an honor to play a small role in your big life moments! I’m confident Vermont Weddings will flourish under Sarah’s leadership. She has been a behind-the-scenes superstar, and she’s ready to bring a fresh perspective to Vermont Weddings.Vermont Weddings will always have a piece of my heart, and I’m excited for this next chapter!

Sincerely, Tricia

About Sarah

Hi everyone! My name is Sarah and I am the new owner of Vermont Weddings! (Oh my goodness- can’t believe I am typing that!)

I’ve been working alongside Tricia, sharing inspiration and all of your love stories for the past year and a half. During our time together, the privilege of serving you and our incredible community of wedding vendors has never felt like work – not even for a single second! So, when this opportunity was presented to me, I had a mini dance party and then embraced it with open arms.

Here’s a bit about me, speed dating style:

1. I am currently planning my own wedding! My fiancé, Mark, and I met while attending Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont. During this phase of my life, I am grateful to be surrounded by ah-mazing wedding inspo daily (thanks to all of you!) and it is making planning that much more fun.

2. I have lived in a handful of places: West Virginia, Ohio, New Jersey and even Ireland for 4 months. Not to worry though, Vermont takes the #1 spot in my heart.

3. When I’m not working, I enjoy biking the Colchester Causeway, testing out new recipes, and binge watching anything on Hulu. I’m a sucker for a cute coffee shop and also love to craft. 

What’s next for Vermont Weddings?

You’re already a fan of Vermont Weddings- so hold onto your veils because you’re about to fall even deeper in love with what’s on the horizon! As I step into this new role, I’m committed to elevating your experience, bringing even more of what you already enjoy from our platform. Expect to be swept off your feet with an enhanced showcase of engagements, elopements, real weddings, and a spotlight on the Vermont wedding vendors that make these magical moments possible.

Not to mention, I’ll be sharing even more insider tips to ensure your special day is everything you’ve dreamed of and more! I’m excited for the road that lies ahead and can’t wait to share it all with you.

With love,

Sarah

Stay in the loop:

Whether you’re newly engaged or are ready to finish your wedding planning, our Vendor Guide highlights so many incredible wedding professionals that are ready to help make your celebration extra special. Our Vendor Guide is a great place to view their work, read reviews and learn more about them!

Looking for daily eye candy? Our Instagram is a great place to be! We share work from our stellar network of wedding professionals every day.

Want to connect with other couples currently planning their special day? Looking for advice or specific vendor availability? Our Facebook group is always active with people offering support or sharing their wedding wins and first hand experiences of planning a Vermont wedding.

When you’re ready to curl up on the couch and consume beautiful wedding content, the Vermont Weddings blog is your one-stop-shop for every aspect of wedding planning!

Modern Meets Traditional At This Mad River Valley Wedding

The captivating beauty of a summer wedding in Vermont never gets old. Especially when held at a beautiful private residence, creating a warm and intimate setting that instantly makes guests feel at home! Our team is excited to share with you all Kat and DJ’s beautiful Mad River Valley wedding. This special celebration was filled with timeless accents that blended seamlessly with modern touches, perfectly mirroring the unique style of the happy couple.  Continue reading for all the details and incredibly fun shots from Gold Wing Photography.

Exchanging Vows in the Comfort of Home

The charming setting for Kat and DJ’s special day was the family home of Kat’s parents, nestled in the verdant beauty of Vermont’s Mad River Valley. The couple’s photographer, Lillian of Gold Wing Photography, shared with us that she photographed Kat’s sister’s wedding in the same location just a few years prior. What a beautiful and full circle moment!

During the ceremony, emotions ran high with tears, singing, and laughter. In a moment of lightheartedness, the couple’s rings fell off their four-legged ring bearer, resulting in a comical search through the grass. (Don’t worry, the rings were found!)

The ceremony also included Greek traditions, like symbolic Stefana crowns, connected by a singular ribbon, representing Kat and DJ’s unity as a newly married couple.

Saying ‘I Do’ In Style

From the decor to outfits, the goal of a luxe yet timeless aesthetic was certainly achieved! Kat wore a modern gown by Chosen by Kyha, complete with fingerless gloves and a sleek bun. DJ was dressed to the nines with an ivory suit and black accessories.

After the ceremony, it was time for photos and we absolutely adore the vintage mustang! It adds such a fun detail to an already exciting day and you can tell Kat and DJ had a blast posing in it.

Inside the reception tent, guests were greeted with twinkling lights, luxe florals beautifully crafted by Heavenscent Floral Art and deep green and gold accents. After a quick outfit change, Kat and DJ took the dance floor as newlyweds with an upbeat first dance that got everyone up on their feet.

Amid dinner, friends and family rose one after another to honor the newlyweds with sincere and heartfelt toasts. Each oration was a glimpse into Kat and DJ’s journey, a cherished memory or anecdote, that reiterated the depth of their love for one another. When it came time for desserts, The Goose Chase Cake Design delighted everyone’s tastebuds with a delicious dessert table.

The core of Kat & DJ’s wedding celebration was undeniably the bond of family. The affection that exuded from each relative was contagious, infusing the entire celebration with unparalleled warmth. All generations, from grandparents to siblings and cousins, enthusiastically participated in the joyful occasion. A truly special day filled with love, laughter and lots of happy tears that is sure to be remembered for years to come!

Vendors:

Photographer: Gold Wing Photography, Wedding Planner: Emma Bogardus of By Emma B, Rentals: Rentals By EB, Florist: Heavenscent Floral Art, Catering: Nomadic Chef, Cake: The Goose Chase Cake Design, Band: Alex Miller Band, Bride’s Dress: Chosen by Kyha.

Capture Your Love Story With Gold Wing Photography

Gold Wing Photography is a Vermont wedding photographer focusing in story driven, editorial and documentary-style wedding photography. Our mission? To ensure that you end up with not just pictures, but cherished moments of your wedding day, each one encapsulating an emotion, a feeling, a memory. 

Add Sweetness To Your Celebration With The Goose Chase Cake Design

The Goose Chase Cake Design is a full service cake design and dessert company located in the Mad River Valley. They specialize in custom designed wedding and special occasion cakes and also build delectable dessert tables if cake is not your style! Each dessert is made entirely from scratch using fresh and local ingredients to create well balanced layers of flavors to suit any palate.

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Love Blooms in Memory: A Heartfelt Holiday Proposal

The holiday season is often accompanied by a feeling of romance, but the love story of Emmanuel and Kendra stands out with its depth and raw emotion. Their beautiful love story takes us to Essex ,Vermont, where Emmanuel proposed to Kendra at a bench dedicated to her late father. The bench was adorned with a stunning floral installation by Tipsy Tulip Designs, creating a memory of love that bloomed like a flower. Jaclyn Watson Events played a pivotal role in making this surprise proposal happen, and we are thrilled to share all the special details of this heartwarming event with you today.

Choosing the Perfect Location and Team

“I knew I wanted to make the proposal special and memorable for Kendra. Her late father was an immense part of their family and the local community. What a great man he was,” said Emmanuel. “I remember wishing I had met him when I was first introduced to the family. In fact, I still feel this way. I felt it was only right to incorporate him in the proposal when I asked for Kendra’s mother and brother for their blessings. Proposing at her father’s memory bench in his favorite park was a way to receive his blessing, and have his presence there during his daughter’s special moment. This was a location that meant a lot to everyone!” 

To help bring his vision for the proposal to life, Emmanuel worked with Jaclyn Watson Events to gather a stellar team of wedding professionals to make sure no detail was overlooked for this Thanksgiving proposal. The duo worked with  Tipsy Tulip Designs to create a floral installation that would adorn the memorial bench, an artful arrangement symbolizing Kendra and Emmanuel’s love in full bloom.

Aware of the priceless value of capturing fleeting moments in time, Emmanuel orchestrated the presence of Julia Luckett Photography to capture the raw emotions and spontaneous reactions of this pivotal moment. Along with photography, Emmanuel also hired skilled videographer Wood & Ether to help capture the anticipation, surprise, joy, and the flurry of other emotions that the surprise proposal would bring!

As Kendra walked through the park hand and hand with her mother and brother, her emotions started building. When they approached her father’s memorial bench, there was Emmanuel, surrounded by candles, flower petals and gorgeous blooms. He asked Kendra to sit on the bench where he ultimately popped the question!

Planning a Sentimental Proposal of Your Own

Emmanuel and Kendra’s proposal has inspired us to share a few ideas on how to make your own proposal sentimental and unforgettable. Here are three tips to make your proposal genuinely stand out and resonate with both of you as a couple:

  1. Incorporate Personal Significance: Reflect on your journey together and incorporate elements that hold deep meaning for both of you. This could mean choosing a location that is significant to your relationship, such as where you first met, had your first date, or a place that you both have always dreamed of visiting together. You could also include subtle references or symbols in your proposal that bring you both back to special moments you’ve shared, inside jokes, or personal interests. This attention to detail not only enhances the sentimentality of the moment but also reaffirms the depth of your understanding and connection to one another!
  2. Include Family, Friends, or Pets: Involving significant individuals or pets in the proposal can amplify its emotional impact, provided this is something your partner would appreciate. This could mean planning a surprise gathering with close family and friends right after the proposal or having someone special to you both, like a sibling or a best friend, play a role in the setup. If your pet is like family to you, incorporating them into the proposal (like attaching the ring to a collar) can add an extra layer of personal charm and fond memories to the event. 
  3. Speak From the Heart: Last but certainly not least, speak honestly and from the heart. Share why you want to spend your life with your partner, what they mean to you, and your dreams for the future together. A proposal doesn’t have to be an eloquent speech; what matters most is that it’s genuine!

Emmanuel and Kendra’s proposal is a poignant reminder that an engagement ring is just a symbol. It’s the love, the shared journey, and the deep understanding of your partner that truly make a proposal special! As you navigate your own path towards a memorable proposal, bear in mind that it’s these subtle nuances, the heartfelt gestures that transform a moment into a cherished memory in your love story.

Vendors:

Planner: Jaclyn Watson Events, Florals: Tipsy Tulip Designs, Photographer: Julia Luckett Photography, Videographer: Wood & Ether, Ring: Neil Lane.

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An Intimate and Vibrant Wedding on the Shores of Lake Champlain

Today, we’re sharing the love story of  TJ and Tau, who tied the knot in an intimate ceremony at a private residence. The incredible day these two created goes to show that when every detail is crafted with purposeful intention and love, the resultant memories are ones no one will ever forget! Continue reading for all of the details and gorgeous images from Isora Lithgow Creations that beautifully capture TJ and Tau’s personalities, their love, and their commitment to each other.

Saying I Do with a View

The day started off with TJ and Tau getting ready together, side by side. The relaxing morning set the mood for the rest of their intimate and loving day. We love how, while different, the couple’s wedding style still has aspects that mirrored one and another. (Peep the matching heart converse sneakers!)

There was an undeniable whimsical feel to TJ and Tau’s wedding ceremony, not just from the vision they had in mind, but the location they had chosen to say their ‘I do’s’. Nothing says fairytale quite like tying the knot under the shade of a 200-year-old oak tree, with Lake Champlain glistening like an infinite mirror in the background.

As guests made their way to their seats, a live pianist played entry music. Tau walked down the aisle by their younger brother, and TJ walked down the aisle with their mother.

TJ and Tau each wrote their own vows and also asked friends to read excerpts from a book that holds meaning for both of them, called “The Prophet” by Khalil Gibran. There was not a dry eye in sight!

A Lakeside Love Story in Living Color

The predominant color scheme chosen for the celebration centered on terracotta and sage, prominently displayed in the couple’s custom-made signs, stylish table linens, and TJ’s remarkable cape. These enchanting hues seamlessly integrated with the awe-inspiring, uninterrupted vistas of Lake Champlain from the couple’s secluded residence. All of the flowers for the celebration came from SparrowHawk farm, a local Queer and woman owned flower farm in Charlotte, Vermont. While TJ’s bouquet was pre-arranged by the farmers, the table top bouquets and other florals were arranged by TJ, Tau and their close family and friends.

The wedding reception was also outdoors, held under a canopy of massive, towering trees. Strings of fairy lights adorned the trees and lit the area with a soft, magical glow. Harmony’s Kitchen, based out of Burlington, handled the catering, pleasing everyone’s taste buds! Another special highlight was the dessert – an exquisite cake crafted by Thistle and Honey Baking.

When it came time to dance, Tau and TJ had their first dance to the song “Real Peach” by Henry Jamison. The festivities were then ignited, beckoning guests to dance their way through the rest of the night.

To round out the evening’s celebrations, Tau, TJ, and their guests headed to a cozy beach bonfire, creating an intimate and friendly environment that perfectly embodied the events of the day. Congratulations TJ and Tau!