Best of 2023: Readers Choice Awards

Over the past few weeks, we have featured a selection of remarkable Vermont weddings in our annual Best of Vermont Weddings series.  Like last year, we requested  you, our loyal readers, to partake in our Readers Choice Awards and vote for your favorites!

Today, as we conclude this series and look forward to 2024, we are so excited to reveal your top choices. Despite tight competition and a significant number of votes, these winners emerged victorious. Without further ado, the highly anticipated moment has arrived, revealing the esteemed winners of each category as chosen by you!

Best of Wedding Florals: Purple Passion

 
This enchanting purple-hued bouquet by M’s Wedding Flowers truly mesmerized us… and you! These beautiful blooms took first place this year in our floral category.
 
Photo by Sarah Peet Photography

Best of Elopements: Autumnal Romance

 
A Vermont elopement is beautiful no matter the season, but it was this photo by Kate Seymour Photography that reminded readers how romantic a secluded lakeside wedding in the fall can be!

Best of Desserts: Let It Snow

 
After a flurry of votes, this delectable and intricately decorated cake by Blue House Bakeshop ended up taking first place!
 

Best of Wedding Style: Tips Up

 
This fun ski lapel pin added a whimsical touch to the groom’s outfit. It’s a perfect nod to the overall theme for this winter wedding-  and inspired all of you!
 

Best of Furry Friends: Sweet Smooch

 
This was our closest category by votes in our Best of Series! (Who can resist animals?) Congratulations to Allison Macy Photography for this winning image.
 
 
 

Best of Vermont Wedding Venues: Sterling Ridge Resort

Sterling Ridge Resort won you over with its Vermont charm and incredible views!

Photo: Isora Lithgow Creations

Best of Just Married Moments: Picture Perfect Perspective

 
This look at the couple’s first kiss, captured by Courtney Cania Photography, gave you alllll those warm “just married” feels. 
 
Venue: Quechee Inn

Best of Wedding Design: Chic Camping

Siri, “Pack my bags, I’m heading to camp!” We swooned for this summer camp chic celebration, planned by NJOY Weddings & Events at Basin Harbor, and you voted it your favorite too!
 
Photo: Julia Luckett 

Best of Rain: A Shower of Smiles

 
Not even rain could dampen these newlywed’s smiles! A true snapshot of the excitement that comes with finally getting to say the words “I do!”
 
Photo: Melanie Ruth Photography

That’s a Wrap on Best of Vermont Weddings 2023

Thank you to everyone who voted in our Readers Choice Awards! And a huge congratulations to every featured member in our Best of Vermont Weddings series! Our Vendor Guide is truly made up of the most creative and dedicated wedding professionals in Vermont. We are grateful for their support and their incredible work that continues to inspire all of us.

While this is one of our most popular string of blogs post for the year, we write about engagements, elopements and weddings year round. Have a celebration you’d like to share with us? Fill out a blog submission form for a chance to be featured.

It’s safe to say that 2023 was an amazing year, and we can’t wait to celebrate along with you all in 2024!

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Best of 2023: Desserts

Today we’re continuing our Best Of series with one of our favorite categories: desserts! Adding sweet moments to your special day is more than just a figurative expression; it’s literally achieved through delightful sweet treats. From classic wedding cakes to unique small bites, the options are limitless, which allows you to add a delicious personal touch to your big day. Choosing the best of wedding desserts is no easy feat – we’re drooling just looking at these images!

But the excitement doesn’t end there! After you’ve seen our picks, it’s over to you to vote for your favorite in our Readers Choice Award below. 

Woodland Wonder

A couple’s woodland vision came to life in the form of this stunning creation from The Goose Chase Cake Design! Delicate cake moss, meringue mushrooms, pressed ferns, and a surround of chocolate tree bark make this dessert a captivating centerpiece.
 
Photo: Sabin Gratz

A Decadent Dessert Display

This epic dessert table by Sweet Vermont Treats is a spectacular sight, loaded with a range of indulgent sweet treats to satisfy any palette!  The centerpiece is an elegantly-decorated wedding cake, surrounded by an array of delightful cupcakes and tempting mini hand pies and tarts, artfully arranged for guests to enjoy.
 

Let It Snow

We are truly in awe of this 3-tiered masterpiece from Blue House Bakeshop! This snowflake inspired cake, made up of intricate piping, has us dreaming of a white wedding!
 
 
 

Savoring Sweet Moments

Looking for a sweet way to wrap up an incredible evening? A cold, Vermont creemee (complete with sprinkles!) is the way to go. Bonus points if you get to share it with your love, like these newlyweds! We adore this snap captured by Hannah Photography.
 

Enchanting Jewel Tones

This jewel toned cake by Cronin Cakes & Sweets is a feast for the eyes! The blue marbled effect is gorgeous and the florals from Tipsy Tulip Designs add additional pops of color. It’s almost too pretty to eat!
 
Photo: Coryn Kiefer Photography

A Timeless Treat

Simple + sweet = a timeless combination! This classic cake design, framed with beautiful baby’s breath by A Clover and One Bee, keeps things effortless yet delicious! It’s a unique twist on adding flowers to your cake!
 
Photo: Sarah Peet Photography
Cake: Red Poppy Cakery

Readers Choice Awards

Now that you’ve seen our picks for the best Vermont desserts in 2023, it’s time for you to vote! We’ll share your top picks for each category at the end of the month.

 

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Unique Wedding Dessert Ideas to Make Your Special Day Extra Sweet

Wedding desserts are one of the most exciting parts of any wedding reception. They offer a sweet ending to a beautiful celebration and are a great way to show off your personality. If you’re looking for some fun and creative wedding dessert ideas, then pull up a chair (and maybe grab a snack) because we’ve rounded up  totally drool-worthy and unique wedding dessert ideas that will make your special day even more memorable.

Cronin Cakes & Sweets

A Show Stopping Cake

Nothing says “wow” like a big, beautiful wedding cake. Whether you go for a classic or edgy style, keeping the spotlight on a single show-stopping cake can make a big impact. As Jessica of Cronin Cakes & Sweets  says, “I love the idea of showcasing a large, tiered cake with ice cream!” (We concur – yum!)

Whether your style is classic or edgy (check out that black cake by Blue House Bakeshop) spotlighting a single show-stopping cake is a stunning choice!

Cronin Cakes & Sweets
Cronin Cakes & Sweets
Friday Harvest Bakery & Goods
Blue House Bakeshop
The Goose Chase Cake Design
Blue House Bakeshop

Dessert Displays & Towers

If you’re looking for variety, dessert displays and towers are a great way to go. From towers of cream puff or macarons (loving that ombré design by Friday Harvest Bakery & Goods!) to dessert tables with cupcakes in various flavors, there are endless options to satisfy your guests’ sweet tooth. Plus, these displays make for some seriously Instagram-worthy photos.

Friday Harvest Bakery & Goods
Friday Harvest Bakery & Goods
Cronin Cakes & Sweets
Sweet VT Treats
Blue House Bakeshop

Thematic Dessert Displays

Your dessert table is a great place to really play with your theme and have fun with it! Dessert is inherently fun – why not really go for it with a theme that lights you up? 

Check out these whimsical nature-inspired displays by The Goose Chase Cake Designs, featuring meringue mushrooms, butterflies, and other thematic details. “My advice to couples is think about items they love and incorporate them into your cake,” says baker, Sarah. “I like to think of a cake as a blank canvas and sugar as a sculpting medium, which means the sky’s the limit as to what we can do!”

The Goose Chase Cake Design
The Goose Chase Cake Design

Donut Walls

Who doesn’t love donuts? Donut walls are a unique and trendy way to serve dessert at your wedding. You can choose from a variety of flavors and toppings, and your guests can help themselves to as many as they want. Donut walls make for a great Instagram-worthy photo-op, and they’re sure to be a hit with both kids and adults.

Blue House Bakeshop

Ice Cream (Or a Full Blown Sundae Bar!)

An ice cream sundae bar is a classic dessert that will never go out of style. This is especially a popular option for steamy summer weddings! Whether you bring in an ice cream truck to scoop and serve (a fun interactive event!) or set up a sundae bar, guests will be delighted to cool off with a sweet treat. 

Sisters of Anarchy Ice Cream offers a delicious farm-to-spoon taste of Vermont with their premium ice creams. “We either grow or source all of our ingredients from our own berry farm or other VT farm partners – it’s a true taste of Vermont!” They offer both scoops and make-your-own sundae bars with homemade sauces, cookies, and seasonal fresh berries. “The sundae bar is truly experiential and wedding guests have raved about it. Even if you are planning to have a cake, ice cream is the perfect complement!”  

Sisters of Anarchy
Photo Credit: Sisters of Anarchy
Sisters of Anarchy

Personalized Sugar Cookies

Cookies are the perfect grab and go sweet treat (as you make your way back to the dance floor or catch up with friends). Plus, when they’re as beautiful as the creations by Sweet VT Treats, they double as favors and decorations! I think decorated sugar cookies are a fun way to have a more personalized dessert item at your wedding,” says baker, Karli. “There are endless amounts of designs to choose from: some popular options being a simple Vermont shape, the newlywed’s name, and their wedding date. Some other popular designs that people are ordering this year are: college alma mater logos, photos of pets, or personal wedding logos.” 

Sweet VT Treats
Sweet VT Treats

Finding a Vermont Wedding Baker to Bring Your Unique Wedding Dessert Ideas to Life

Is your mouth watering yet?! There are so many creative and unique wedding dessert ideas that your Vermont wedding baker can help create. You can pick one or combine a few to create a dessert spread that your guests will love. Get creative and have fun with your dessert choices to add a sweet element to your already sweet day! 

Best of 2022: Readers Choice Awards

For the past few weeks, we’ve been highlighting a few of the incredible Vermont weddings from 2022 in our annual Best of Vermont Weddings series. New this year, we asked you, our devoted readers, to vote for your favorites in our first ever Readers Choice Awards. Today we’re sharing your favorites as we wrap up this series and get excited for 2023!

Thousands of you voted for your favorites – and the polls were very close – and we’re excited to celebrate these winners! 

Best of Cakes & Drinks: Wildflower Wonder 

This pressed flower cake by Blue House Bakeshop, which matches the bride’s dress, took the cake as your top pick.

Photographer: Rodeo & Co

Best of Style: Black and White Beauties

These brides’ style was stunning and you agreed! The classic white gown, the killer black beaded jumpsuit, the wildly lush bouquets by M’s Wedding Flowers … it’s absolutely gorgeous! 

Photo: Colette Kulig Photography

Best of First Looks: All Grown Up (Readers Choice Award)

This dad was brought to tears when he sees his daughter for the first time on her wedding day, and honestly, so am I watching this clip!

Film: Beyond Bliss Films

Best of Ceremony Details: Pretty in Pink 

You loved this beautiful ceremony at the Inn at Weathersfield! From the bold pink floral aisle decor, matching ceremony arch, and coordinated petal drop as they walked back down the aisle as newlyweds – it’s unforgettable! 

Photo: GarrenTee Photography

Best of Florals: Falling in Love

You swooned for these orange and corals fall bouquets by Fleur Du Nord Farm. They perfectly pop against the dark green bridesmaid dresses and are the sweetest nod to the beautiful Vermont foliage at Sterling Ridge Resort.
 

Best of Venues: Sterling Ridge

Sterling Ridge Resort, a log cabin resort hidden in the mountains, provides a unique, private space for couples to celebrate with loved ones for an entire wedding weekend. You crowned this spot your top pick this year!
 

Best of Dogs: On the Run 

Cheddar the dog was thrilled to be included in his parent’s big day. His “my-humans-just-got-married” excitement caught your hearts!
 
 

Best of Reception Details (Tie!): Chopped 

This couple included a friendly axe throwing competition for their Mansfield Barn wedding reception, and it slashed through the competition to the top! 

Photo: Juniper Studios

Best of Reception Details (Tie!): Ring Ring

This champagne welcome that Sara Judith Events helped design, deserves a cheers of its own! 

Photo: Adam Michaels 

Best of Elopements & Microweddings: Boho Beautiful

You loved this couple’s microwedding at Sugarbush Resort, with so many beautiful boho details!
 
Photo: Rae Ann Photo LLC
 
 

Best of Champagne Pops: Smoke & Spray

You loved this unique take on the famous champagne pop photo!

Photo: GarrenTee Photography

Best of Just Married: The Aisle Kiss

This couple was so excited to be married, they barely made it to the end of the aisle before stealing another kiss! In turn, they stole your hearts!
 

That’s a Wrap on Best of Vermont Weddings 2022

Thank you to everyone who voted in our Readers Choice Awards! And a huge congratulations to every featured member in our Best of Vermont Weddings series! 2022 was an amazing year, and we can’t wait to celebrate along with you all in 2023!

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Best of 2022: Wedding Cakes & Drinks

From the initial cheers to cutting the cake, food and drink are major part of a wedding celebration. This year, couples expressed their individual styles through their wedding cakes and drinks, resulting in some truly amazing (and amazingly delicious) displays! 

We served up lots of inspiration below in our editor’s picks for Best of 2022 Wedding Cakes & Drinks, and you voted for your favorite in our Readers Choice Awards – scroll to see the winner!

Wildflower Wonder (Readers Choice Award Winner)

Pressed flower cakes had a moment in 2022, and this one by Blue House Bakeshop is one of my favorites. Not only is it stunning, but it matches the bride’s floral wedding gown!

Photographer: Rodeo & Co

Something Blue 

This 3-tier cake by Cronin Cakes & Sweets  boasts a variety of textures with small sugar flowers, real flowers from Tipsy Tulip Designs, rustic buttercream edges, and a soft blue ribbon. It’s elegant, sweet, and the perfect addition for a spring wedding!
 

Flying (Sugar) High 

This 3-tier butterfly cake made by The Goose Chase Cake Design is so unique! It rises above the display of equally unique meringue mushrooms, arranged on wood tree cookies and decorated with twinkle lights. The overall design is whimsical, magical, and woodland chic! 
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MEET WEDDING BAKER BEATRIX OF BLUE HOUSE BAKESHOP

One surefire way to treat your guests (and yourself) on your wedding day – a dessert table laden with sweet treats that look like art and have a homemade, delicious taste! Beatrix from Blue House Bakeshop shares her approach to creating these standout wedding desserts and a bit about her life outside the kitchen. 

How did you get into the wedding industry?

I first fell in love with the wedding industry in college while working for a Vermont catering company. When I finally started my own baking business, I knew I wanted to get into wedding desserts. I started by making my friends’ and family’s wedding cakes, and quickly expanded from there.

 How would you describe your style?

My baking style is fun and approachable with a touch of elegance. I always want my desserts to look like they will taste delicious, and then actually BE delicious and make you go back for seconds (or thirds).  

What inspires your work?

When it comes to wedding desserts, I take so much inspiration from all the other amazingly creative and talented Vermont wedding vendors. I’m usually one of the last vendors that couples book with, and that is actually so helpful because it allows me to see the overall wedding style and create desserts that will complement all the other elements. 

One surefire way to treat your guests (and yourself) on your wedding day – a dessert table laden with sweet treats that look like art and have a homemade, delicious taste! Beatrix from Blue House Bakeshop shares her approach to creating these standout wedding desserts and a bit about her life outside the kitchen. 

How did you get into the wedding industry?

I first fell in love with the wedding industry in college while working for a Vermont catering company. When I finally started my own baking business, I knew I wanted to get into wedding desserts. I started by making my friends’ and family’s wedding cakes, and quickly expanded from there.

 How would you describe your style?

My baking style is fun and approachable with a touch of elegance. I always want my desserts to look like they will taste delicious, and then actually BE delicious and make you go back for seconds (or thirds).  

What inspires your work?

When it comes to wedding desserts, I take so much inspiration from all the other amazingly creative and talented Vermont wedding vendors. I’m usually one of the last vendors that couples book with, and that is actually so helpful because it allows me to see the overall wedding style and create desserts that will complement all the other elements. 

Any special tips for couples? 

I always encourage couples to consider 3 questions when trying to plan out a dessert menu: 

1. What are your favorite desserts to eat? 

2. What will be seasonal at the time of your wedding? 

3. And what types of desserts fit the overall vibe of your wedding?

What’s your favorite moment during a wedding? 

As a wedding vendor, my favorite moment is when I get to put the finishing touches on the dessert table and stand back and take in the overall aesthetic. It’s the best! As a wedding guest, obviously my favorite part is the cake cutting!

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

My favorite thing to do in Vermont in the summer is to hit up a local maple creemee stand after a successful wedding delivery. Canteen Creemee Co’s maple creemees are a particularly special treat. 

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

If I wasn’t running a home bakery I would probably still be working in the wedding and event industry in some capacity. I love everything about it! 

What’s a fun fact about yourself?

A “little known” fact these days is that I used to be a pretty decent athlete! I played competitive soccer my whole life into college and then took up running half marathons after that until a knee injury sidelined me (womp womp). 

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

I am a horrible dancer, but the second I hear “Crazy In Love” by Beyoncé and Jay Z at a wedding, I am the first one to bust a move.

Thank you, Beatrix! Learn more about Blue House Bakeshop in the vendor guide.