Falling in Love: A Gorgeous Autumn Wedding at Sterling Ridge Resort

Located the perfect distance from Burlington, Stowe, and Smuggler’s Notch, three of Vermont’s top destinations, Sterling Ridge Resort creates a quintessential “summer camp” feeling for a wedding. By booking the “Ultimate Wedding Package,” at Sterling Ridge, Shannon and Tommy took advantage of being able to reserve all of the cabins on the property for their stunning late fall weekend wedding. Congratulations to the happy couple, whose love was beautifully captured by Ben Hudson Photography and White Mountains Wedding Photography! Continue reading for more details about their special day.

To welcome their guests to the Green Mountain State, Shannon and Tommy held a casual welcome party on Friday, opting to take advantage of the resort space. Karaoke, yard games, a taco bar, and a Ben & Jerry’s ice cream truck created the perfect Vermont welcome, especially with all of the vibrant foliage on display.

On Saturday morning before the ceremony, the couple enjoyed the resort’s high-end, A-Frame cabin by having both their first look and bridal party captured there. During their first look, Shannon and Tommy opted to share their personal vows, making the special moment even more intimate! Vermont wedding photographer Ben Hudson did a great job of capturing the beauty of the resort while maintaining focus on the couple themselves. 

The Wedding Day: Elegant Florals and Warm Hues

The wedding took place on a beautiful lawn adjacent to the pond at Sterling Ridge, and the couple highlighted nature with simple, elegant decor. To keep the backdrop of Mount Mansfield and the fall foliage unobstructed, the couple asked Flowers by Nicole to do a floral ground arch, which ornamented the venue perfectly. As well as the arch, the couple chose to use church-style pews as seating for the guests, offering an elegant permanence. Their wedding planner, Katie of The Hoppy Wife, was married at Sterling Ridge the year before (and during the same weekend!) which meant that she easily understood how to make the resort into the perfect space for Shannon and Tommy. The bridesmaids wore mismatched dresses in various textures, all in similar golden hues that matched the warmth of the fall colors. 

After the ceremony, the couple hosted their reception in a simple tent with intimate bistro lighting and long farmhouse-style tables. The space was also ornamented by floral arrangements and candles that transformed the space into something magical. Guests of all ages hit the dance floor – thanks to the amazing DJing by Talena at Premier Entertainment. We also love how Shannon stayed in her wedding dress for the entire night of dancing, proving that you don’t need a second dress to have fun! At the end of the night, the couple had a sparkler send-off from all of their guests, which was a charming way to celebrate the newly married couple. 

Kirstin, the Marketing Manager at Sterling Ridge Resort, said that Shannon and Tommy were a perfect fit for the weekend-long wedding experience that the resort offers. Their quintessential Vermont fall wedding was a beautiful mixture of intimacy and radiated so much joy. Congratulations to Shannon and Tommy!


Venue: Sterling Ridge Resort, Photographer: Ben Hudson Photography, Videographer:White Mountains Wedding Photography, Planner: The Hoppy Wife, Flowers: Flowers by Nicole, Hair: Hair by Emily Staab, Makeup: Mirror Mirror, DJ: Premier Entertainment & Events, Catering: Cold Hollow Catering, Restrooms: Preferred Restrooms.

A Vermont Wedding Venue Like No Other: Sterling Ridge Resort

Sterling Ridge Resort is a log cabin resort nestled in the mountains providing a unique space for couples to celebrate with loved ones for an entire wedding weekend. With on-site accommodations for roughly 100 guests, you and your family and friends can enjoy cozy, convenient lodging just a short walk or drive from ceremony and reception sites. The resort’s tranquil setting, modern amenities, and close proximity to local activities and attractions allow your guests to feel like they are on vacation celebrating all Vermont has to offer, while, most importantly, celebrating you!

Picture-Perfect Vermont Weddings by Photographer Ben Hudson

Ben Hudson Photography is a documentary-style wedding photographer intent on capturing the unforgettable moments that make up that special day. Since 2007 Ben has been a wedding photographer intent on capturing the unforgettable moments that make up that special day. It is an honor to be present as families and friends come together to celebrate the unity of loved ones.  He highlights the atmosphere and special details so clients can enjoy their guests and the magic of the day!

Vermont's Leading DJ Service: Premier Entertainment & Events

Premier Entertainment & Events specializes in DJ entertainment services, uplighting, and photo booths to help give your big day the wow factor it deserves! Their experienced team truly listens to  clients to bring their vision to life- and it is what makes Premier Entertainment unique! Whether you’re planning an intimate gathering or a grand soirée, they have something for everyone – from dj services to photobooth services and games.

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