Wedding Entertainment Beyond the Dance Floor

Like many couples planning their wedding, you’ve likely spent countless hours thinking about the flowers, the decor, the music, and the food, all in the name of creating an unforgettable celebration. But what about those guests who may not want to dance the night away? 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. So, what can you do to keep everyone entertained? That’s where we come in!
We recently reached out to wedding professionals and our readers for their favorite non-dancing wedding reception entertainment ideas, and the results were nothing short of inspiring.
From lawn games to photo booths, and everything in between, we’ve got you covered with some truly creative and unique ideas. Read on to discover the best ideas for wedding reception entertainment that will make your celebration truly unforgettable.
Photo Credit: Pixel Pod
Photo Credit: Colette Kulig

Lawn Games for your Wedding Reception

An outdoor wedding and lawn games are a true match made in heaven! Lawn games and other outdoor activities are a fantastic way to entertain your guests and create a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere. Classic games like cornhole, giant Jenga, and croquet are always crowd-pleasers, and they provide a fun and competitive element to the celebration. You can also incorporate themed games that match your wedding style or interests. For example, if you’re a sports-loving couple, a mini golf tournament or a friendly game of soccer would be so fun! A few of our readers sung the praises of  Burlington Axe Throwing as a unique activity for guests. As the name suggests, guests would put their hand-eye coordination to the test by trying to throw axes at a bullseye target. (Get ready for laughter and friendly competition!)

Live Wedding Painting or Custom Wedding Sketches

Live painting is a captivating form of entertainment that allows your guests to witness the creation of a work of art in real time! (This can also double as a memorable wedding favor) Whether it’s a beautiful portrait of the newlyweds or quick sketches of guests, watching an artist bring a blank canvas to life is a mesmerizing experience! We highly recommend Lucas K Barrett and Hope Sharp Art for your wedding rehearsal dinner or reception.

Interactive Food Stations

Interactive food stations (and bars like Salt & Bubbles or Vermont Mobile Spirits!) are not only delicious but also provide entertainment and a memorable experience for your guests. We’ve seen an increase in couple’s opting for food trucks during their reception or as late night food offerings. If you’re looking to scoop up something sweet, many of our readers recommended an ice cream truck! Ben & Jerrys, Sisters of Anarchy Ice Cream and Palmer’s are all delish options. While on the topic of desserts, we also love Crazy Cotton Candy Lady, who does live spinning of unique cotton candy flavors during your wedding reception. (Talk about a fun and yummy guest favor!) A s’mores table from The Vermont Marshmallow Co. is another great interactive option that will keep guests fueled all evening long!

Photo Credit: Hannah Photography
Photo Credit: Crazy Cotton Candy Lady

Table Top Games or Scavenger Hunts

For couples looking to bring some nostalgia to their big day, table top board games are a great option! You can place a few on each table or dedicate an area in your reception space for them. Card games and puzzles are also great options for guest looking to to take a break from dancing.

One of our readers, Krista, reached out with her own spin on a game… a scavenger hunt! She and her husband designed a series of “puzzles” that people found when they got to their table for the evening, each leading them to different areas of their venue. The end result? A chest that opened with puzzles for guests to take home as a wedding favor. So fun and unique!

Crafting or Coloring Area

This idea is perfect for couples who want to provide a relaxing activity for their guests. Whether you’re looking to create personalized favors or offer a more hands on way for guests to unwind, a DIY crafts or coloring station is sure to be a hit. Don’t forget to provide plenty of colored pencils, markers, and crayons or paint for guests to use. If you have a lot of younger wedding guests, this is a great way to keep them entertained as well.


Photo Credit: Sisters of Anarchy
Photo Credit: The Event Sisters

Wedding Photo Booths and Floral Walls

If there’s one thing guests love just as much as celebrating newlyweds, it’s a good photo opp! Photo booths are a wedding mainstay and for good reason. They offer a fun and interactive experience for guests of all ages, and they provide a unique opportunity to capture memories from your special day. We highly recommend our friends at PixelPod who specialize in immersive and fun photo booth set ups.

Guests can take silly and creative photos with their loved ones, creating unforgettable moments that can be treasured for years to come. For couples looking for a custom backdrop that matches their wedding theme, look no further than  Day of Rentals. Day of Rentals provides high quality flower walls for weddings and events. They are great as ceremony backdrops, photo booth backdrops, sweetheart table backdrops and so much more. 

Lip Sync Battles or Karaoke 

Karaoke or an epic lip sync battle is a fantastic way to get your guests up and engaged in the entertainment. We especially love this idea for the second half of the reception or during your after party. Whether you have a love for singing or simply enjoy watching others perform, this interactive activity is sure to create a fun and memorable experience for everyone! Pro tip: don’t forget to break out the camera for this one.

While gathering with friends and family to celebrate is fun in and of itself, we hope these ideas inspire you to infuse some creative wedding entertainment into your own big day!


For more wedding planning advice and inspiration, check out our Ultimate Wedding Planning Guide. You’ll have instant access to industry insider tips and spreadsheet templates to make planning your wedding easier and more fun.

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Meet Vermont Wedding Planners, The Event Sisters

There are a lot of moving pieces when it comes to planning a wedding, which is why many couples to a wedding planner to help bring their visions to life and ensure no detail is overlooked! From decoration help and coordinating with vendors to creating detailed timelines for your big day, having a skilled wedding planner on your team can be a huge relief!

If you’re unsure if you need a wedding planner or are simply looking to learn more about their skillset you’re in luck! We recently chatted with the dynamic duo, The Event Sisters to go over all things wedding planning.

Spoiler alert: they’re not actually sisters.  Kate and Bri met while working together in Corporate America, and developed a strong friendship and love for all things weddings. Luckily for all of us, this led to them going into business together and now they help couples all over Vermont bring their wedding dreams to life! Learn more about Kate and Bri below

How did you get into the wedding industry?

Kate: As corny as this may sound, I have always loved LOVE and weddings. When I got engaged, I told my now husband, I want to be engaged for two years so that I can plan every little detail of our wedding myself and little did I know that there were so many details that I didn’t even think of! I could not have been more thankful to have had a Wedding Planner! She took the stress out of the planning so we could enjoy every moment, handled every hiccup that came up on our wedding day (we never even knew anything happened until after the fact) and made sure everything was executed perfectly. I decided to become a Wedding Planner because I love planning, design, organization, networking and because I want couples to feel like I felt on one of the most special days in their life…stress free and able to just take it all in.

Bri: My event planning career started in a former job doing corporate event planning.  It gave me the experience and confidence to be able to multitask and execute events of all sizes – from micro, intimate parties to large, elegant affairs.  Katie and I met while working in the corporate world and from there it’s history – we’ve been following our passion to planning and growing our business ever since! 

How would you describe your style?

Our style is professional, approachable, and family oriented. We always (semi-seriously) joke with our clients that we will be part of the family by the time their wedding is over.  In reality, we love to get to know what makes them tick.  It allows us to know what types of other vendors and details are perfect for that couple, and how to make their day absolutely brilliant for them.  

The Event Sisters
The Event Sisters, Left: Bri, Right: Kate.

What inspires your work?

Kate: The couples I get the pleasure of working with. I love to get to know them and their families and truly understand their vision and see the smiles on their faces when it has all been brought to life. My kids also inspire my work. Wedding Planning is a passion of mine. While it is not my full-time job, I want to teach them that they can truly do anything they set their mind to and that doing something that brings you and others joy is so rewarding. 

Bri: The feeling of success.  Being able to help couples to pull off one of the biggest days of their lives, and ensuring that any problems that arise are taken care of.  That smile at the end of the night says it all.  

Any special tips for couples? (when it comes to wedding planning or a great wedding tip in general)

Don’t choose a Wedding Planner simply because they’ve worked at your venue before or because they have the most reviews.  Every Wedding Planner has to work at a venue for the first time, and some purposely choose to keep the number of events they do each year to a smaller, more intimate number.  Take the time to really get to know your Wedding Planner and make sure that you are a good fit.  We spend a lot of time together leading up to your wedding day and making sure that your personalities work well together and that you can have fun and laugh together is so important!

What’s your favorite moment during a wedding?

Our favorite moment is when the couple arrives and sees that their vision has been brought to life. The smile that comes across their faces and the tears that come to their eyes, it fills our hearts to know that we played even a small role in their dream wedding day.

What’s your favorite thing to do in VT? 

Kate: Love to go to the lake and boat with family and friends.

Bri: Kayaking any of the beautiful lakes and rivers in the state.  I also love to check out many of the wonderful farmers’ markets in Vermont and the beautiful variety of local goodies you can find!

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

Kate: If I HAD to choose another career, I’d have to go with Interior Designer. 

Bri: Lawyer – I love to deep dive into a topic, researching and analyzing every aspect to learn the ins and outs, and tend to like to argue my case.  

What’s a fun fact about yourselves?

Kate: I have my degree in Criminal Justice and originally wanted to be an FBI Agent.

Bri: I am a licensed CPA.  So outside of the wedding season, you can find me preparing tax returns and audits!  (I know – sounds SUPER fun!!)  

Thanks Kate and Bri for sharing your story with us! Check out their amazing work and wedding planning packages by visiting their profile in our Vendor Guide

An Intimate Spring Wedding at Farm Road Estate

When a couple loves to dance, you know their first spin around the dance floor as a married couple is going to be a highlight of the evening! That was certainly true for Emily and Ryan who surprised themselves by falling in love with dancing after signing up for lessons together. 
Emily and Ryan celebrated at the picturesque Farm Road Estate in West Dover, Vermont, and Kate Seymour Photography was there to capture every twirl. Check out their gallery below!

A Special Day at Farm Road Estate

Emily and Ryan planned for an outdoor ceremony by the pond, followed by dinner and dancing in the main room of the Inn. It was a misty morning as everyone started getting ready, and as the day went on, dark clouds began to roll in, so they decided to move their ceremony into a tent. (Farm Road Estate conveniently keeps one up all summer long.) Emily and Ryan exchanged vows with a backdrop of gentle rain, making it all the more enchanting. 

Another special component of the day was the flowers. Instead of real flowers, Emily and her mother spent months meticulously putting together sola wood flowers, which resulted in stunning and unique wooden blooms that adorned the ceremony arch and bouquets. 
Surrounded by 60 of their closest friends and family, Emily and Ryan danced the night away. (We love the large glow sticks they provided for guests!) Emily and Ryan’s day was a true celebration  of their love story. 


Venue: Farm Road Estate, Photographer: Kate Seymour Photography.

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A Vintage Inspired Fall Wedding at Sleepy Hollow Inn

The moment we saw photos from this fall wedding at Sleepy Hollow Inn, we just knew we had to share it with you all. Easy-going and laid-back, Kirsten & Kaio’s personalities shone through on their November wedding day. Despite unexpected snowfall and chilly temperatures, they embraced the magical winter wonderland with open arms.

Their joy in having loved ones gather for a celebration that exuded warmth and love was palpable – and husband and wife photography duo Photos by Kintz was there to capture everything! 

Tying the Knot at Sleepy Hollow Inn

Kirsten and Kaio fell in love with the cozy charm of  Sleepy Hollow Inn and knew it was the perfect backdrop for their wedding day. Sleepy Hollow Inn features beautiful views of Vermont’s famed Camel’s Hump, a 17 sided round barn to dance the night away in and, as the name suggests, an Inn for a number of guests to stay at. The lovely grounds also include over 30 miles of trails where guests can hike, bike, or cross country ski.

The couple got married on their 5th anniversary. Wood is the traditional gift for a 5th anniversary, which was fitting, since Kirsten is a professional woodworker! In fact, the flowers for the bouquet and boutonnieres for the big day were made out of wood.

Other personal touches included vintage decor, such as classic typewriters, black and white prints, oil lanterns, and doilies on tables. The bride and groom were also styled in throwback threads. (Kirsten wore a crocheted sweater which her mother also wore on her wedding day!) The newlyweds kept the color palette warm and neutral and there was no shortage of twinkly lights and lanterns, adding to the cozy feel. Kaio is Brazilian, so the couple served delicious Brazilian food at the reception to keep guests fueled for an epic night of dancing.

In short: Kirsten and Kaio’s Vermont wedding was equal parts laidback, romantic, and a true blend of their interests and love story. 


Venue: Sleepy Hollow Inn, Photographer: Photos by Kintz.

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The Perfect Autumn Wedding at The Equinox in Manchester Vermont

Allie and Nick’s fall wedding at the historic Equinox Resort in Manchester, Vermont shows just how breathtaking Vermont fall weddings can be! From the picturesque outdoor ceremony to the beautiful reception hall, every detail was thoughtfully planned and perfectly executed.

About The Equinox Resort in Manchester, Vermont

The Equinox Golf Resort & Spa is quintessential New England wedding venue. The Resort offers multiple elegant settings with remarkable, majestic mountain views, plenty of on-site activities and dining options and high quality service, making it a wonderful wedding destination no matter the time of year.

Allie and Nick’s wedding was the perfect blend of timeless elegance and Vermont charm! The Equinox Resort’s elegant grounds provided the ideal canvas for this masterpiece of a wedding. The Lincoln Lawn, situated in the middle of the Equinox Resort, provided the perfect backdrop (Check out the view of Mount Equinox in the background!) For their reception, Allie and Nick moved the party indoors to the Colonnade ball room, which incorporated seasonal florals and pumpkins into their decor, which popped against crisp white linens. The combination of natural elements and refined decor created an atmosphere that invited guests to immerse themselves in the beauty of the fall season.

After the couple’s romantic first dance, Silver Arrow Band played live music to keep guests energized all evening long! See all of the beautiful details and special moments captured by Vermont wedding photographer Colette Kulig Photography below.


Venue: The Equinox Resort, Photographer: Colette Kulig Photography, Planner: Destinations Found, Florist: Lily of the Valley Florist, Band: Silver Arrow Band, Hair and Makeup: True Beauty Company.


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A Sweet Summer Celebration at Sugarbush Resort

If you’re looking for a beautiful place to tie the knot, Vermont in the summertime should definitely be at the top of your list! With stunning views, and endless natural beauty, it’s the perfect location for a dreamy outdoor wedding. 

Samuel and Courtney celebrated their Vermont summer wedding in a beautiful ceremony held at Sugarbush Resort. They knew they wanted their day to be bright and timeless, so they turned to photographer Sean Hood to capture all the moments from their big day.

Surrounded by family and friends, the couple joyfully exchanged their vows at Sugarbush’s Gate House Lawn as their guests cheered them on. Their dog, Bodhi, even served a dual role as the ring bearer and best boy. (So cute!)

As the evening progressed, the newlyweds partied the night away with music from the band A House on Fire and with an epic karaoke session. Courtney even slipped into a chic reception outfit and sang her heart our to ‘Love Story’ by Taylor Swift. To keep guests fueled for an evening of dancing and fun Vermont staple, Ben & Jerry’s, served up ice cream complete with lots of sprinkles.

Sugarbush Resort: Where Rustic Charm Meets Timeless Elegance

Sugarbush Resort is nestled in the heart of the Mad River Valley in Warren, Vermont. Best known for world class skiing and beautiful fall foliage, it also serves as a perfect wedding backdrop no matter the season! Whether you want an intimate, small wedding of 50-100 guests or a large celebration with 250 friends and family, Sugarbush Resort has the scenery, venues and expertise to bring your wedding vision to life.

The town of Warren, Vermont is home to great recreation activities and filled with quintessential, small town  charm. While small, there is no shortage of things to do (think: lots of hiking and biking trails, swimming holes, zipling and golfing!) It is also quick drive to other notable Vermont towns like Waterbury, Stowe and Montpelier for your guests to explore during your wedding weekend.


Venue: Sugarbush Resort, Planner: Alyssa August (with Sugarbush Resort), Photographer: Sean Hood Photography, Videographer: Poulin Productions, Florist: Heavenscent Floral Art, Dessert: Ben & Jerry’s, Dress: Vows Bridal, Hair & Makeup: True Vermont Beauty, Band: A House on Fire.

Beach Bliss: A Romantic Lakeside Engagement Shoot in Milton, Vermont

What’s more romantic than walking on the beach and popping some bubbly? Lindsey and Ben recently celebrated their next chapter with a lakeside engagement shoot on the beautiful shores of Lake Champlain (complete with their adorable dog Tito!) Continue reading for all the details and images captured by Courtney Cania Photography.

Capturing The Magic of a Lakeside Engagement Shoot

When planning their engagement shoot, Lindsey and Ben knew they wanted something easy and relaxed. Ben’s family owns a house in Milton, Vermont just off the shores of Lake Champlain. The couple both have many sentimental  memories at this location and knew it would be the perfect place to capture even more memories

Vermont is home to many beautiful lakes, ponds and swimming holes that each provide a relaxed and romantic backdrop. (It’s no wonder that these locations are a popular choice for couples!) Complete with champagne, outfit changes, and pretty sea glass the couple found while walking this is the perfect lakeside engagement shoot. 


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An Enchanting Lake Willoughby Engagement Shoot

There are few things in life more romantic than a surprise proposal, and even fewer places more picturesque to capture it all on camera than Lake Willoughby in Vermont!  This idyllic setting is known for its pristine waters and breathtaking mountain views, making it the perfect spot for couples looking to add a touch of magic to their engagement. One couple recently had the chance to do just that, and the resulting photoshoot by Jessica Notargiacomo Photography captured the essence of this special moment. 

A Surprise Proposal Involving The Family

Libby and Chip’s proposal story is so sweet, and we are excited to share it with you today! Libby had assumed that she was involved in the planning of this milestone event, but Chip had several surprises up his sleeve. Upon arriving at Lake Willoughby, Libby started a hike with her sister. Along the hike, Chip’s siblings met Libby on the trail. They read Bible verses to her about the importance of marriage, resulting in many happy tears as Libby continued her trek!

As Libby and her sister were nearing the summit, she saw both of their families waiting for her. She also saw a trail of white rose petals leading to Chip. When she got to the lookout, Chip popped the question! “I began to say ‘Yes’ before he could even finish the proposal!” says Libby.

After their engagement shoot, Chip, Libby and their families headed out for a celebratory dinner and drinks! Keep scrolling for all the sweet details from this special day.

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Meet Wedding Photographer, Arielle Thomas Photography

Are you looking for wedding photos that stand out and capture the true spirit of your special day? Arielle of Arielle Thomas Photography is a fun and colorful wedding photographer with a passion for taking timeless and vibrant photos.

Arielle loves working with couples who aren’t afraid to be bold and think outside of the box. With her help, you can ensure your wedding photos reflect your unique personalities and the joy of your special day. Keep reading to learn more about Arielle and her work below.

How did you get into wedding photography?

My origin story is somewhat unique. I was working at a camera store, and I made a ton of connections through customers there. I was fired from the camera store in 2016, and launched my business the next day with roughly $200 to my name. I really had to hustle to make it happen, as I had no real financial support system to lean on! 

I had made friends with some wedding photographers and started second shooting with them. I’d scour the internet for work, doing anything I could to pick up jobs, and then it all took off! I continued to develop my skills and leaned into my natural talent for capturing images. And now here I am!

How would you describe your photography style?

I have a very fun approach to wedding photography. I tell my clients that I immerse myself into their wedding and become a part of it, keeping my eyes peeled for all the cool moments. 

I would describe my style classic with a bright, bold edge. I joke that I was taught all the rules, and learned how to break them to create galleries my couples love!

What inspires your work?

Location, location, location! Nothing gets me going like an epic backdrop. (I am also a mega hopeless romantic!) I originally started out as a fashion photographer, so my inspiration is also derived from that.

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

It’s important to vibe with your photographer. I love working with couples who are fun and goofy –  it’s no fun if you don’t get along and the couple doesn’t feel comfortable.

What’s your favorite moment during a wedding?

Sunset hour is such a great reprieve. It’s a moment for us to escape allows the couple to have a quiet moment together.

What’s your favorite thing to do in VT? 

I love to take a dip in one of my secret swim spots! And The Hippie Chickpea in Montpelier is a must visit. 

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

No idea! I am a great dancer, and almost double majored in photography and dance … so maybe a dancer! That or some kind of high class jewel thief. 😉 

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

It’s a tie between Billie Jean by Michael Jackson and Fireball by Pitbull!

Thanks, Arielle! Learn more about Arielle Thomas Photography by visiting her profile in the Vermont Weddings Vendor Guide.

A Magical Winter Elopement in Stowe, Vermont With Gorgeous Florals

Couples who are looking for a unique and meaningful way to tie the knot may find that a Vermont elopement offers the perfect solution. Whether you’re looking for an intimate gathering of just a few family members and friends or a totally private and secluded ceremony, a Vermont elopement can be an incredibly special and authentic way to celebrate your union. With its stunning natural beauty, incredible outdoor adventures, and charming small towns – Vermont is the perfect destination for a romantic and unforgettable elopement.

Sarah and Steven’s winter elopement in Stowe, Vermont is the perfect example of tailoring your special day to your interests and keeping things intimate. Keep reading for all the details (like that breathtaking floral work by M’s Wedding Flowers!)

An intimate Vermont Elopement

Your wedding day is a special event that should reflect your personality in every way possible, from having an elopement or an extravagant celebration to the very details of your decorations. And one crucial aspect of wedding planning that shouldn’t be overlooked is the selection of your floral arrangements.

Your wedding florals not only add an enchanting touch of nature to your ceremony and reception but also hold the power to represent your unique style and personality. We love Sarah and Steven’s floral decorations they designed with M’s Wedding Flowers. The color coordination of Steven’s suit to Sarah’s bouquet is just perfection! 

Sarah and Steven opted for a small, intimate celebration at Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, Vermont on a wintry Vermont day and these beautiful images captured the day perfectly!


Venue: Trapp Family Lodge, Flowers: M’s Wedding Flowers, Photographer: Dear Dahlia, Hair & Makeup: H Studio.

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Meet Vermont Hair and Makeup Artist, Hopcraft Collective

For brides looking to achieve a timeless wedding look, look no further than Hopcraft Collective. Based in Vermont (and Florida!) Amanda is a talented hair and makeup artist specializing in elevated and classic wedding makeup looks.

With years of experience in the beauty industry, Amanda and her talented team are masters of enhancing natural beauty and creating looks that last through the night. Keep reading to learn more about Amanda and her beautiful work! 

Hopcraft Collective

How did you get into the wedding industry?

As a budding new makeup artist, a very trusting friend asked me to do her makeup for her wedding 19 (almost 20!) years ago. One friend turned into another, and the rest is history as they say.

How would you describe your style?

Refined, clean and classic. I believe in doing simple things well.

What inspires your work?

I love following new trends and learning new techniques- yet at the same time, I am a lover of all things classic and timeless. I find myself constantly inspired to adapt what’s fashionable now into something that is wearable and timeless. I love to follow women in other parts of the world to see what they are wearing and how they style themselves. I also love to flip through vintage fashion magazines.

Any tips for couples choosing or working with a wedding professional like yourself?

When choosing a hair and/or makeup artist to work with, vibes matter! What we do goes well beyond just pretty hair and makeup and quite literally sets the tone for the day. Make sure your personality is a good fit with your artist because you’ll be spending a good chunk of your morning with them.

What’s your favorite moment during a wedding?

I love the moments right before and right after the ceremony. Both moments are equally the best, all of the nerves and excitement leading up to walking down the aisle and then the amazing “post-ceremony high” is so fun to witness.

What’s your favorite thing to do in VT? 

Where do I start? I just love to eat and drink my way around the state! I’m a huge fan of Dedalus, The 126, Hill Farmstead, Hen of The Wood…the list goes on. Oh and Palmer’s creemees!

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

A therapist was always my backup career goal, and realistically, it’s still what I do every day!

What’s a fun fact about yourself?

Im lucky to call both Florida and Vermont home. During grad school I was a licensed tour guide for The City of St. Augustine, Florida and 15 years later, I still hold a valid tour operators license.

Thanks, Amanda! Learn more about Hopcraft Collective by visiting our Vendor Guide.

An Elegant October Wedding at Basin Harbor

Fall in Vermont is a beautiful time of year, and the perfect backdrop for an elegant wedding. Megan and Will got married at the picturesque Basin Harbor Resort, located on the shores of Lake Champlain and their photographer, Ben Hudson Photography, captured all of the day’s details beautifully.

Surrounded by their closest family and friends, Megan and Will enjoyed a beautiful autumn day, full of love and laughter, culminating in a lively, fun-filled reception (aka one heck of a party!)

More about Basin Harbor in Vergennes, Vermont

Basin Harbor Resort is located in the small town of Vergennes, Vermont. It is a great wedding destination for couples looking for a peaceful, weekend-long wedding celebration. Couples that tie the knot there tend to also incorporate items such as: bonfires, fireworks, outdoor yoga classes, a paint and sip or a sunset cruise into their weekend itineraries thanks to Basin Harbor’s on-site wedding coordinators. 

Megan and Will held their ceremony at the venue’s wedding arch area and their reception under a strung light tent at the venue’s homestead lawn.  Philly’s Finest put on a great show all evening long,  taking song requests and encouraging everyone to bust out their best moves. See all the details from this memorable October wedding below.


Venue: Basin Harbor, Photographer: Ben Hudson Photography, Florals: Holly Flock Flowers, Hair: Jubilance Salon, Makeup: Mirror Mirror, Band: Philly’s Finest


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Venue Spotlight: Mountain Top Inn & Resort 

Looking for a wedding venue that offers both stunning scenery and unparalleled amenities? Look no further than the Mountain Top Inn & Resort in Chittenden, Vermont!

With its spacious grounds, luxury accommodations, and countless activities and amenities, the Mountain Top Inn & Resort has everything you need to make your special day truly unforgettable. Whether you’re planning a summer ceremony under the sun or a cozy winter wedding by the fireplace, this venue has it all. Learn more about this stunning venue by reading below.

The Space: What’s the vibe? 

Describing us in 3 words: all-inclusive, rustic-luxe and all-season!

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

Yes! As an all-inclusive venue, we offer a few different ceremony sites, from our Wedding Knoll, to our Terrace, to the loft or more intimate areas that include our view of the Green Mountains. Receptions can be held in our Event Barn, in our Restaurant, or at our Beach Pavilion (weather depending). All of these areas provide spectacular views, creating the perfect backdrop to your special day.

The amenities: What do you include?

In the summer, you’ll be able to enjoy our outdoor heated swimming pool, a private beach, and 740 acre lake. During the winter months, we have cross country skiing, snowshoeing, horse-drawn sleigh rides, and more!

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

We’re a short drive to Killington, but being remote has its perks! Set on 700 private acres, we offer hiking, cross country skiing, clay bird shooting, pontoon boat cruises, ice skating, and more. We have a complimentary shuttle that is also available to take you to Killington for your downhill skiing adventures.

The History: What Is the Venue’s Story?

Centrally located in Chittenden, Vermont, Mountain Top Resort originally started as Mountain Top Inn, a converted barn from the Long Family’s turnip farm founded in the 1870s. In the 1940s, Mr. William Barstow purchased the farm, and turned it into a full-service Inn & Tavern.

From there, William and Margery Wolfe purchased the Inn in 1945, and a few years later in 1954, developed a cross country ski center and trail system that is one of the oldest in the country today with over 60 kilometers of trails. Investors later bought the Inn in the 2000s, and had turned into Mountain Top Resort – one of Vermont’s sought after destination weddings and resort.

The fit: Who are your ideal clients? 

With multiple ceremony sites to choose from, along with reception areas, we believe this is the right fit for anyone. Our venue can fit 280 in our Event Barn, but we offer smaller, more intimate areas as well. With an in-house floral team, on-site spa + salon, along with dedicated wedding planners, accredited culinary/service staff, and luxury lodge, cabin & guest house accommodations on site, the idea of all-inclusive starts from the moment you arrive.

Learn more about Mountain Top Inn & Resort in the Vermont Weddings Vendor Guide.

A Dreamy Vermont Farm Wedding at Lareau Farm Inn

For couples looking for an idyllic countryside wedding, Lareau Farm Inn in Waitsfield, Vermont is the perfect venue. Nestled in a picturesque Mad River Valley and surrounded by beautiful rolling hills, this charming farm is the perfect backdrop for a dreamy summer wedding. It also the birthplace of beloved Vermont staple, American Flatbread — yum!

Couple Brittany and Max had their special day at Lareau Farm Inn on a beautiful July day and Arielle Thomas Photography was there to capture every detail. Continue reading to see more photos and learn all about this colorful wedding.

A Chill Vermont Wedding in The Mad River Valley

Brittany and Max had a laidback July wedding with their closest family and friends, with a focus on having fun together.

“I loved capturing this wedding because you can tell Brittany and Max are super in love with just the way they look at each other. I guarantee their cheeks were sore from smiling so much!” says photographer Arielle Thomas.

The day was filled with sunshine, laughter and loads of high-energy dancing. (And when guests didn’t want to dance, they could easily transition to lawn games, such as corn hole!)

And we can’t overlook the small, sentimental details. Both Brittany’s  bouquet charm and ‘love dad’ embroidery on her wedding veil honored her late father so he was there in spirit. (A beautiful example of how to honor loved ones at your wedding) The table numbers during the reception also featured photos of Brittany and Max over the years.

To round out an already sweet day, The Goose Chase Cake Design created a dreamy dessert table to keep guests fueled for an evening of dancing!


Venue: Lareau Farm Inn,  Photographer: Arielle Thomas Photography, Florist: Cedar Circle Farm, Dessert: The Goose Chase Cake Design, Videographer: Josh Wroblewski, Guestbook “Phone”: FeteFone.

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Make Your Bachelorette Party Memorable with These Fun Must-Haves

As you gear up for your Vermont wedding, don’t forget to take some time to celebrate with your gal pals! Your bachelorette party should be a time to let loose and make some unforgettable memories. To help make the occasion extra special, we’ve put together a list of unique and fun bachelorette party essentials that will have everyone in the party mood.

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The Perfect Playlist

No celebration is complete without the right music. Hit play on our curated Bachelorette Party playlist to kick things off and get the party started. It’s a perfect blend of classic pop anthems and today’s hits!

The Newlywed Game

This game is always the star of the weekend. (Plus it is super easy to customize for your crew) Here’s how to play:

1. Ask the bride’s partner a series of questions ahead of time (snag these vetted 15 questions to get you started). You could do this via email or video record / voice memo their answers.

2. Bring a copy of the questions & the partner’s answers with you to the bachelorette.

3. Ask the bride the same questions & reveal the partner’s responses to see if they match up! (Tip: reveal responses after each question so the answers are fresh.)

We’ve played where every correct answer earns the bride a chance to give a drink to someone else, and for every wrong answer she has to take a drink… but you do you & be safe!

Frozen Cocktail Pops

These are SO fun and delicious. You can often find these at Costco, but there are plenty of options online as well. (or you could make your own!) If you’re looking to celebrate with a non alcoholic option, our team highly recommends Vermont company,  Töst, for a delicious Non-Alcoholic bubbly offering.

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Metallic Temporary Tattoos

Remember when you were younger and would plaster temporary tattoos all over your arms? Bring back the nostalgia with metallic temporary tattoos! These always end up being a popular talking point. (Highly recommend busting these out after a few drinks…) We’ve seen tons of cute options on Etsy and Amazon. Bonus points if they match the Bachelorette Party theme!

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Places In Vermont To Host Your Bachelorette Party Weekend

Vermont is truly beautiful all four seasons, making is a great destination for a bachelorette party! Below are some of our favorite towns to celebrate in:

  1. Burlington: Vermont’s “big city” offers a vibrant downtown area with numerous bars, restaurants, and entertainment venues. Enjoy a night out on Church Street, visit local breweries, or take a sunset cruise on Lake Champlain. (Check out our Burlington weekend itinerary for more suggestions!)

  2. Stowe: A popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts, Stowe is the destination for mountain activities like skiing and hiking, as well as the après life with plenty of local spas and top notch restaurants. (And this small town truly shines during peak fall foliage!)

  3. Woodstock: This quaint town is brimming with boutiques, art galleries, and fine dining options. Explore the historic covered bridge, pamper yourselves at a spa, or enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride.

  4. Manchester: This southern Vermont town has it all: scenic landscapes, luxurious resorts, amazing restaurants and premium outlet shopping.

  5. Jay: Tucked in Vermont’s scenic Northeast Kingdom, Jay has lots to offer, including skiing/snowboarding in the winter, and mountain biking/hiking/golf during the summer, and a year-round water park at the Resort.

  6. Lake Willoughby: This beautiful glacial lake is the perfect backdrop to a chill weekend. You can rent kayaks, canoes, or paddleboards to explore the pristine waters. Or just relax on the beach and soak in the scenic views.

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This Couple Hosted a Colorful Wedding in the Vermont Countryside

If you love the idea of a colorful wedding, this post is for you! Stella and Sam’s wedding was an unforgettable occasion, full of colorful details as bright as their joy! The couple chose the River Road Farm in Manchester, Vermont for their unique celebration, and with Photos by Kintz capturing every detail, the memories of this special day will last a lifetime.

A Kaleidoscope of Colors at River Road Farm

Stella and Sam met over a decade ago while teaching at The Putney School. The couple lives in Brooklyn, New York and visit Vermont frequently, so when they were planning their special day, Stella and Sam knew they needed to honor the special place the state holds in their hearts.

When touring venues, they fell in love with River Road Farm in Manchester, Vermont. Nestled in the Battenkill River Valley, the Farm has a panoramic view of the Green Mountains and unique spaces for receptions and ceremonies. (Check out that pool!)

This couple wanted to celebrate their own unique style. To that end, Sam crafted his suit in conjunction with his costume designer friend, customizing his colorful suit to his exact specifications. Stella also debuted a second look as the evening roared on.

“This celebration was chock full of style, collaboration, and kindness. Everyone pitched in their time and talents.” says Kollen of Photos by Kintz. “There was so much joyful expression, tears of joy, and tender moments between loved ones. Everyone was so happy to celebrate Stella & Sam’s true love story. It was also a huge reunion of their tribes!”


Venue: River Road Farm, Photographer: Photos by Kintz, Hair: Sarah Beth,  Make Up:  Elizabeth England Studios, Cake: Sweet Herb Cakes, Florals: Full Moon Blooms, Planner: Alexandra Fraser.

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An Ethereal May Engagement Photo Shoot in Shelburne, Vermont

This ethereal engagement shoot in Shelburne, Vermont by Rowan Oak Studios looks like something straight out of a movie. The incredible scenery, the perfect weather, and the couple’s undeniable connection to each other are all celebrated in this gallery.

Continue reading for all the details and sweet memories that were captured magical day!

Exploring Shelburne Vermont And Its Stunning Backdrop

Although living in Massachusetts, Delaney and Mason snagged an Airbnb for a little Vermont getaway session this past May. With nothing but rain in the forecast and dark clouds over the Adirondacks, they packed raincoats and expected the worst. But just in time, the skies cleared and they got the outdoor engagement shoot they had hoped for.

“After a few smooches in a lilac bush, Mason lost his footing and fell a little further in it than intended. Clearly it was Delaney sweeping him off his feet,” jokes Gabriel, the photographer behind the lens of Rowan Oak Studios.

Delaney and Mason have a 2024 wedding planned in Manchester, Vermont and we’re already dreaming of how stunning images from their big day will be!

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A Fall Wedding at The Inn at Mountain View Farm For An Adventurous Couple

Nothing makes us fall in love with Vermont all over again more than glimmering photos of amber, orange and gold foliage. There’s an extra layer of romance in the air, and this beautiful wedding at the Inn at Mountain View Farm in East Burke serves as proof!

From the beauty of the Vermont fall foliage to the excitement of being outdoors and enjoying nature, newlyweds Liz and Rob had an unforgettable wedding full of amazing memories. Keep reading for more details on their special day.

A Northeast Kingdom Wedding Destination: The Inn at Mountain View Farm

The Inn at Mountain View Farm is an adventure seeker’s paradise. Tucked away in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, the Inn is laced with trails, a farm animal sanctuary, beautiful flower and vegetable gardens, mountain biking, fat biking, and cross country skiing on the acclaimed Kingdom Trails (which are located in their backyard!) All of these features, along with bed and breakfast accommodations, make this venue the perfect place for couples looking for a convenient and peaceful – yet activity packed – wedding celebration.

Liz and Rob love being outdoors and the Northeast Kingdom is a special place for them. After Robert attended Burke Mountain Academy and launched his ski racing career, the couple often spent summer weekends in East Burke, exploring the legendary mountain bike trails. With their love of the outdoors in mind, the couple  knew they wanted to put together an amazing reception that celebrated their union in the very place that inspired it.

When Liz and Rob set out to plan their perfect Vermont fall wedding, they wanted to make sure that it was focused on spending time with their family and friends. With that in mind, the two organized a mountain bike ride (one of the couple’s favorite activities to do together) for the Friday afternoon before the wedding. With 40+ of their loved ones joining them, it was a truly special experience that set the tone for the rest of the weekend.

Complete with rolling mountain views, peak fall foliage and a restored yet rustic Morgan barn for the ceremony this wedding at The Inn at Mountain View Farm is a quintessential Vermont celebration!


Venue: The Inn at Mountain View Farm, DJ: Top Hat, Flowers: Spring Hill Designs, Photographer: Ember Photo, Videographer:  Tucker Marshall, Catering: Willys Catering.

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Meet Wedding Photographer, Courtney Cania

One of the most exciting tasks on a wedding planning ‘to-do list’ is choosing a photographer.  How do you want your special day captured? How will your love story be told? Finding a photographer that matches your vision is so important! We recently sat down with Vermont wedding photographer Courtney Cania Photography, whose galleries are filled with authentic and inspiring light and love. Continue reading to learn more about Courtney and her work!

How did you get into the wedding industry?

I photographed my first wedding in 2009 at Eolia Mansion in Waterford, Connecticut. An acquaintance  from a college digital photography class loved my work and asked me to capture her wedding. I knew I wasn’t qualified and set expectations pretty low. However, I felt compelled to shoot the wedding despite not having any experience and the right gear. It all turned out okay, and I loved every moment! 

As more and more friends and family asked me to capture their weddings,  I launched a website “just to have a presence”… and inadvertently launched a business! I photographed a handful of  solo weddings, then spent a few years second shooting and shadowing talented wedding photographers. I made my return to solo wedding photography in 2021, and couldn’t be happier.

How would you describe your style?

I capture weddings with a blended lifestyle and documentary approach. I step in with direction and guidance when needed, and document all those wonderful unscripted moments as they unfold. I have a timeless, light-inspired aesthetic. My goal for my editing style is to reflect the wedding day accurately. I keep color tones a bit muted to avoid neon hues, but stay true-to-life.

What inspires your work?

Inspiration comes to me in many different forms. I’m inspired by beautiful light, the moment, and the energy of the scene. I draw inspiration from art, other photographers, and trends, however, my creativity is guided by one rule: look inside, then look outside. This helps me keep my work authentic to me.

Any special tips for couples for choosing or working with a wedding professional like yourself or a wedding tip in general?

My biggest tip for choosing a wedding photographer is to trust your instincts. There’s lots of practical advice out there on this topic, and I have even blogged about how to choose a wedding photographer. To sum it up, allow your intuition to navigate the process.

What’s your favorite moment during a wedding?

Weddings are full of incredible heartfelt moments, all of which hooked me as a wedding photographer. I am a sucker for portraits. I love the first look because it gives couples precious alone time on their day, and more time with family and guests after the ceremony. I love the joyful “just married” moment when a couple processes down the aisle. And I love the great times on the dance floor.

What’s your favorite thing to do in VT?

Spending time at farms or wading in the many brooks and swimming holes we have here in Vermont are highlights for me. I grew up next to a river with beautiful waterfalls. Spots like these feel like home. Also, I love to indulge in a maple creemee!

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

Before becoming a wedding photographer I worked in marketing and web development. Experience in these fields has helped a great deal in the daily management of my business. I love running a business as much as being out in the field photographing. Someday I’d like to help aspiring business owners gain the confidence and skills to set out on their own.

What’s a fun fact about yourself? 

As a kid I envisioned a life traveling to meet different people in unique circumstances to listen to their stories. I believe strongly that we benefit from hearing and sharing different perspectives. Perhaps not in the way I expected, being a photographer mirrors this vision.

Thanks, Courtney! View more of Courtney’s beautiful work by visiting her profile in our Vendor Guide.

Meet Tanglewood Floral Preservation

Your wedding is one of the most special days of your life, and you want to make sure that you can look back and cherish the memories forever. One way to do this is to consider wedding flower preservation. With the help of professional floral preservation services like Tanglewood Floral Preservation, couples can keep their wedding flowers forever, allowing them to relive their big day whenever they like! Continue reading to learn more about Jana, the artist behind Tanglewood Floral Preservation.

How did you get into floral preservation? 

From a very young age I have always had an infatuation with nature and flowers so when I began to experiment with resin and discovered the art of drying and casting flowers, I was immediately hooked!  I began to research and started experimenting with small scale casting at first and learning how to properly dry flowers. Right before the pandemic we bought our first home and It just so happened that our new house had a workshop/studio and full ventilation system in it! 

One day scrolling on Instagram I saw these amazing “floral blocks” and I had this “aha! Moment” With more time on my hands and a strong creative drive to find my “niche” I threw myself into learning all I could about floral preservation and just a few months later our business was born. The last 18 months have been such a fun adventure! We are at the point now where we are getting to create some really beautiful art because we have all the technical stuff perfected. 

How would you describe your style?

I think my style is more ethereal and intuitive. I love how nature – and specifically flowers – are so perfect in their imperfection. No two are ever exactly the same and it’s the same with our art.  We really try to work with our client’s vision and create based on their specific style unless given artistic interpretation. We are always learning and trying new techniques and always looking to improve our processes etc. 

What inspires your work? 

Floral preservation is such a unique craft and it’s one that’s always evolving, which keeps it inspiring and fun. I also always remember that it’s an honor to preserve such special flowers and the memories they hold. Not very many people in the world get to do this type of work, and that inspires us daily!

Any special tips for couples for choosing / working with a floral preservationist? Or about preserving flowers in general? 

I think it’s important for couples to choose an artist/company with whom they feel a connection to and share an artistic vision with. It’s also important to find someone that has a good amount of experience working with resin as a medium, because like anything worthwhile, it takes lots of practice.  Finally, it’s also important to note that floral preservation can be thought of as a long term investment since it’s something you’ll get to keep forever!

What’s your favorite moment during a wedding? 

When the couple is done with their vows and they walk down the aisle with such happy “We did it!” smiles.

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

Nature walks along Lake Champlain, catching some live music. We love Foam and BBCO  breweries and many different area restaurants. 

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

I love the ocean so I’d probably be on a beach somewhere or riding my horse. 

What’s a fun fact about yourself? 

One of my earliest memories is learning to press flowers in books with my older sister who is now a part of our flower drying hub in New Hampshire! 

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

We don’t get to dance much these days but Behind the Sun by Odesza  and the entire album has us dancing around the studio.


Thanks for chatting with us, Jana! Learn more about her work by checking out Tanglewood Floral Preservation’s profile in our Vendor Guide, or by visiting our 2023 Gift Guide.

Meet Wedding Florist Flower Power VT

Choosing a wedding florist who can bring your vision to life is key; finding one who also shares your eco-conscious values is even better! Flower Power VT is a specialty cut flower farm offering 100+ varieties of vibrant flowers seasonally. Floral designer Anne’s farm applies organic and sustainable farming methods to insure the highest quality harvest and a net-positive impact on our precious Champlain Valley ecosystem. 

Read on to learn more about Anne and her floral design.

How did you get into the wedding industry?

I have worked in garden centers and flower shops for a long time. 20 years ago I moved to Vermont in order to grow flowers and shrubbery specifically for my design work. I just loved the fact that weddings incorporate multiple small and large floral designs that all work together to create a mood for the day so I leaned more into that type of work and the rest is history.

How would you describe your style?

I lean toward a natural style. I love to utilize lots of different blossoms, adding interest and texture. 

What inspires your work?

I often let the most stunning blossoms on the farm, like large, lush blush peonies, or fabulous café au lait dahlias, lead me through the design process.

Any special tips for couples for choosing or working with a wedding professional like yourself or a wedding tip in general?

I think it is important to have a general idea of what you’re hoping for, and to stay open to ideas. When you’re open to all the possibilities, you may be surprised and find something more cost effective, in season or just more stunning!

I also remind wedding couples and family members to relax and enjoy their company on the day of the event, and trust their professionals to worry about the details so they can be fully present!

What’s your favorite moment during a wedding?

Prior to the big day,  I love walking the couple and wedding families around our flower gardens and greenhouses to plan the wedding florals. That experience comes to life during the actual wedding day and it is so nice to see everyone’s reactions to the final product.

What’s your favorite thing to do in Vermont?

When wedding season winds down, I absolutely love spending time skiing! You can find me enjoying bluebird days at Sugarbush and Mad River Glen.

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

Before moving to Vermont, I managed a large garden center and conventional flower shop in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.  I had opportunities to decorate many historical properties in Pennsylvania, and  while I did some floral designs for weddings then, it wasn’t to the extent of what I do now. I imagine if I wasn’t in the wedding industry, I would still be around flowers, decorating and gardening.

What’s a fun fact about yourself? 

My farm is filled with more than just lush, beautiful flowers! I also have llamas, sheep, chickens and turkeys.

Thank you Anne for sharing your love for all things wedding florals with us! Learn more about Flower Power VT in the Vermont Weddings Vendor Guide. 

These Brides Crafted a Unique & Meaningful Wedding Day All Their Own

Erin and Rachel’s colorful wedding is sure to put a smile on your face and inspire you today! These two brides had a clear vision for their big day – and with the help of their wedding team, brought those stunning dreams to life with their fall wedding in Waterbury, Vermont.

Colette Kulig Photography captured each heartfelt memory and meaningful detail. This couple’s celebration is a good reminder that with a little creativity and a lot of love, anything is possible when it comes to your Vermont wedding!

A Day Filled With One-of-a-Kind Wedding Details

Erin and Rachel put a lot of thought into every detail, making sure their big day was truly one-of-a-kind. They started the day with handwritten letters that they read to each other during their first look. It was a beautiful and intimate moment that set the tone for the rest of the day.

M’s Wedding Flowers created the lush arrangements that added pops of color to every corner of the venue. From the bouquets to the centerpieces, every detail was autumnal perfection.

The reception was just as fun-filled and creative as the rest of the day. There was colorful confetti, a scavenger hunt, and of course, plenty of dancing. It was a celebration of love and life, and everyone had a great time.

Amazing Bridal Style

But perhaps the most unique element of Erin and Rachel’s wedding was Erin’s black, beaded jumpsuit. This non-traditional bridal look was a showstopper and even won the Best of 2022: Wedding Style category! We can’t stop swooning over it.

Hopcraft Collective crafted hair and makeup looks for the brides that accentuated their natural beauty and matched their styles perfectly. 

Waterbury, Vermont – A Dreamy Wedding Destination

Waterbury, Vermont is a wonderful wedding destination. It’s a historic town with plenty of attractions nearby, such as the serene Waterbury Reservoir, the Ben & Jerry’s factory, and award-winning restaurants. Plus, you’re close to Stowe, Burlington and Montpelier to offer guests even more options for outdoor recreation, shopping, and entertainment. Erin and Rachel’s venue, Zenbarn, is nestled in the heart of Waterbury.


Venue: ZenBarn, Photographer: Colette Kulig, Florist: M’s Wedding Flowers, DJ: Michael Phillips (“Sparky”) of Aux Boston, Hair: Ali Garofano, MUA: Hopcraft Collective.

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A Vibrant and Colorful Vermont Indian Wedding

Kamal and Jag’s Indian wedding in Southern Vermont is truly a spectacular celebration! The couple’s epic wedding took place on the family’s 400 acre estate in southern Vermont. This luxurious Sikh wedding came to life with the help of wedding planner, Nancy Jeffries-Dwyer, of NJOY Weddings & Events.

“The colors, music, dance, food, and magical atmosphere made for a wedding that was extremely difficult to leave and even harder to forget!” says Nancy. Continue reading for more breathtaking details of this multi-day wedding celebration.

Traditions Celebrated During The Extravagant Indian Wedding in Vermont

Kamal and Jag chose to incorporate many traditions in their Sikh wedding that are common to other Indian weddings, such as hosting multiple events over several days, using lots of red (an auspicious color for Indian weddings), and incorporating many dancing performances by family and friends. Nancy shares there was also no shortage of delicious food and drink that weekend! 
As an example of the meaningful traditions celebrated throughout the week, Nancy shared how the ceremony began with the BARAAT, a parade where the groom makes his way to the wedding site filled with joyful music and dancing. After the groom and his party were situated, the bride made her arrival and the couple stood in front of the holy text, with the groom on the right and the bride on the left.  Everyone was ready for the ceremony to begin! 
This wedding is an exquisite example of honoring cultural traditions and incorporating your own personal touches. Every detail of this special occasion was perfectly considered and made for a truly memorable celebration!


Wedding Planner: NJOY Weddings & Events, Rentals: Green Mountain Tent Company, Tabletop Rentals: Rhinebeck Party Rentals, Linens: Green Mountain Tent Company, Sound Engineers: Atomic Pro, Desserts: Black Bird Cake Designs, Restrooms: 802 Restrooms, Make Up Artists & Hair: Sneya & Surbalu Vyas, Henna Artist: My Henna by Rashida, DJ: DJ Sabbi, Photographer & Videographer: Virdee Films, Florist & Decorator: Partyland Sajawat.

A Sweet and Sentimental Spring Wedding at The Grafton Inn

On a beautiful June day, Jed and Deborah finally got to say “I do” at the wedding of their dreams. Their celebration had been postponed due to the pandemic (check out those cheeky cocktail napkins in the gallery!) and the anticipation of the day made everything that much sweeter. The long awaited wedding was held at the beautiful Grafton Inn in Grafton, Vermont and Hannah Photography captured the memories; check out the gallery below!

A Romantic Wedding Venue in Grafton, Vermont

The Grafton Inn is a romantic, full-service wedding venue. Known for its timeless village setting and beautiful surrounding mountains, Grafton is a top choice for couples dreaming of a storybook, authentically Vermont wedding day.

The Grafton Inn features 45 individually-decorated rooms in a combination of suites and guests houses, blending its historic atmosphere with modern amenities. During the wedding weekend, guests can indulge in inclusive amenities like morning coffee service, seasonal activities at the outdoor center, use of the fitness center, and daily afternoon refreshments in the main lobby. 

A Sentimental Wedding Worth The Wait

Jed had been ribbed time and again for not proposing to Deborah on a visit to Paris in 2018. When he finally did pop the question a few months later, as the sun set over Lake Champlain, he bent down on one knee in front of a miniature Eiffel Tower he brought along in his backpack. Deborah  said “yes” before he even got the ring out of his pocket. 

Despite the many setbacks and changed wedding dates caused by the pandemic, the couple’s commitment to celebrating their love never wavered.  After a long wait (728 days, to be precise) Jed and Deborah finally got to exchange vows surrounded by loved ones.

Meaningful Wedding Details

Deborah was a classic bride in her  beautiful lace gown from Fiori Bridal Boutique. For accessories, she attached a gold locket with a photo of her sister inside to her bouquet. Deborah lost her sister quite early in life, and wanted to make sure she could have her sister be with her in spirit as she walked down the aisle.

During the ceremony, Deborah and Jed chose to play Josh Groban and Sara Bareilles’ version of “Both Sides Now” to honor family members who had passed – and released butterflies during the song to remind everyone that love always remains, even as it changes form.

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

For one more unique touch, the couple hired Hope Sharp Art to paint a live wedding portrait. Guests truly enjoyed watching the painting come to life as Hope worked throughout the reception.

View even more sweet and sentimental details from Jed and Deborah’s big day below.