On October 13, 2018, Carlyn Wells & Mike Smith started their “Apple-y Ever After” futures together at the Basin Harbor in Vergennes, Vermont. This date was important to them as Carlyn’s family has celebrated “cider weekend” since she was a toddler.

“Everyone who knows me has heard me talk about it and countdown to it as that October weekend approaches every year. It is hands down my favorite weekend of the year. To me, making apple cider is the epitome of fall in Vermont and it always feels like home to me,” says Carlyn. She introduced Mike to apple picking and cider making as he had never even been to Vermont! It is now one of Mike’s favorite times of the year too.

Unique Fall Wedding Theme: Apple-ly Ever After

It was important for the couple that their guest be able to experience a quintessential Vermont Fall weekend. Before the wedding, the guests visited a local orchard to pick apples. At the reception, guests continued Caryln’s family tradition by pressing their own apple cider and bottling their favorite flavors to take home with them. Keeping with Caryln and Mike’s fall theme, The Basin Harbor created the couple’s cider doughnut cake with fresh pressed cider flavors. Every guest experienced the same feeling that Mike and Caryln do every time they come to Vermont, the sense of home.

Carlyn and Mike’s advice for couples planning their wedding in Vermont is to enjoy every moment as it goes by fast! “We were given the advice to take a moment or two to ourselves, to step away from the party and just watch everyone enjoying and relish the fact that everyone was there for us, to celebrate us and the beginning of this new adventure. We did that, and I pass along that advice wholeheartedly.”

Bride and groom holding custom apple cider favors at Vermont fall wedding

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Wedding Florist: NEW LEAF ORGANICS | Wedding Venue: BASIN HARBOR | Photographer: AMY DONOHUE PHOTOGRAPHY