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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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.