AN CLASSICALLY ELEGANT INTIMATE WEDDING AT THE INN AT WEATHERSFIELD

This lovely wedding is prettier than a picture. Hosted at the Inn at Weathersfield, beautiful details and heartfelt celebration combine for this wow-worthy, intimate wedding. (Which happened to fall on the bride’s parents’ 39th wedding anniversary!) Honestly, we can’t say we’re surprised; the bride, Liz, is the wedding sales manager at Topnotch Resort, so she has an industry insider’s perspective! 

The Benefits of a Microwedding

Liz and Scott had to reschedule their wedding not once, but three times due to the pandemic. They ended up dropping their guest list from 120 people to 25, and although the hassle of rescheduling was exhausting, the end result was amazing. “We never would have been ones to suggest a microwedding, but after it happened, we realized that we got to spend a full weekend with our immediate families and closest friends without distractions,” says Liz. 

Inspired by the Vermont lakes and a breezy vibe, they created a truly magical setting. Classic white and pastel blooms by Blossoming Bough added effortless elegance to the event. Kelsey Regan Photography captured the beauty and love of the day. Check out the full gallery below! 

Bride and groom kissing on the front lawn of the Inn at Weathersfield during Vermont wedding

BEST OF 2021 WEDDING STYLE

Your wedding day style (attire, hair, makeup, accessories) reflects who you are and sets the vibe of your big day. While every couple is gorgeous in their own way, here are just a few of our favorite looks from 2021. Schedule your hair makeup trial, and go find your dream dress now because we promise you will want to recreate these looks for your wedding!

Love this post? We’re sharing our “semi finalist” picks on Instagram. Go check it out for even more inspiration!

Beaded Beauty

The scalloped beading on this dress from Fiori Bridal reminds me of butterfly wings, and is simply stunning. (Photo: AveyBaby Photography)

Glam & Gorgeous

With her bold lip and fur shawl, this bride embodies glamour! (Photo: Colette Kulig Photography)

The James Bonds

These grooms’ classic, debonair style is a great compliment to their killer (see what we did there?) wedding planned by Destinations Found. (Photo: GarrenTee Photography)

The Perfect Mismatched Bridal Party

This bridal party absolutely nailed the mismatched look. Each bridesmaid looks gorgeous in her own unique way. A coordinated color palette and beautiful, natural makeup by Jennifer Perellie ties it all together. (Photo: LuvLens Photography)

Boho Beauty

This couple crushed the romantic, boho look. The bride handmade her own lush bouquet, and her maid of honor (@makeupby_cbelle) created this natural makeup look that completes the vibe. (Photo: Jenna Brisson Photography)

Classic & Cool

This couple is so glamorous. Jennifer Perellie created a makeup look that allows the bride’s natural beauty to show through and compliments the classic wedding planned by Lindsey Leichthammer. And that candid shot of the couple with their sunglasses…too cool for words. (Photo: Matt Lim)

The Cape Skirt

The beading on this dress is enough to make us soon, but the CAPE…we’re toast. This dress sets the tone for this amazing celebration. (Photo: K Lenhart Weddings)

 

Sheer Perfection

This bride embodies feminine and free spirited style in this lace and tulle gown with blush undertones from Veilmonté Bridal Showroom. The addition of a long veil is perfection.  (Photo: Julia Rebecca Photography)

 

Happily Leather After

We are obsessed with this white leather jacket with “happily ever after” embroidered on the back. Your wedding reception, after party, honeymoon, bachelorette party, the grocery store…we can think of several occasions to rock this. (Photo: Colette Kulig Photography)

 

Effortless Elegance

Is there anything more elegant than a sweeping cathedral veil? This couple effortlessly married their two heritages (Indian and Filipino) with a beautiful celebration planned by Odyssey Events. (Photo: Nicholas Natale)

 

Thank you to everyone who submitted for the Best of 2021 series! Don’t forget to check out our “semi finalists” on Instagram, and sign up for our newsletter to get each Best of post emailed to you weekly this month!

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Quick recap: what is Vermont Weddings Best of 2021 Series?

A little backstory if you’re unfamiliar: we started the Best of series last year (2020) to highlight some of the amazing work by the talented teams in the Vermont wedding industry. It’s an opportunity to both celebrate a year’s worth of weddings and inspire couples who are planning a future Vermont wedding. (A quick note on the word “best”: the intention isn’t to make this a competition between weddings, but to share a small, but representative, sample of the weddings in Vermont this year.  To that end, please know that we love each and every wedding that was submitted, and the final picks are carefully chosen based on a variety of factors to create a compelling series.)

Here’s what you can expect:

All December, we’ll be rolling out inspiring stories in various categories:

  • Read Now: Best of Engagements 
  • Best of Style 
  • Best of Flowers
  • Best of Party Animals
  • Best of Design & Details
  • Best of Elopements
  • Best of Location
  • Best of Community

Plus, because the submissions were just THAT good, we’re sharing our “semi finalist” picks for each category on Instagram. That means you’ll want to follow us to see even more highlights, and come back to the blog each week to see the “best” picks in each category.

We recommend signing up for our newsletter – we’ll send you an email each week with the highlights so you won’t miss a thing. (Going forward we only send 1 – 2 emails a month.)

A TRADITIONAL CHURCH CEREMONY AND A RUSTIC BARN RECEPTION

Meghan and Matthew chose an intimate, traditional church ceremony at their local church, followed by a small reception and dinner at the lovely Barnard Inn. Their rustic barn reception was classy, elegant and sentimental in all the best ways. 

Photographer Danielle Allendorf, commented, “Every aspect of their day was thoughtful, unique, and all around beautiful. I could tell from the moment I walked in the door that family means the world to both of them. You could feel the joy throughout the entire day as these two families turned into one.” 

Bride and groom standing on stairwell outside house smiling on their Vermont wedding day

More Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration

Be sure to check out more posts of our real Vermont wedding posts here.

Venue: THE BARNARD INN RESTAURANT & MAX’S TAVERN | Photographer: DANIELLE ALLENDORF | Bridal Dress: FIORI BRIDAL BOUTIQUE

A SPECTACULAR WINTER STYLED SHOOT AT A STATELY MANOR

Get ready to be wowed – today’s post is truly spectacular.  

The Inn at Burklyn, a stately manor in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, stage for this elegant, winter styled shoot, led by Coryn Kiefer Photography

Elegant Tablescape with a Focus on Food

Planner and Stylist Lindsey of Lindsey Leichthammer Events says, “I am in love with how this shoot came out! My assignment was styling a beautiful tablescape; I focused on creating a crisp, clean look with silvery blues and grays. With my background in food and beverage, I love to utilize food in a design, so when I found the lemons, I had to incorporate them as place cards. Showcasing Vermont foods (like that amazing local honeycomb) is a passion of mine, so I was happy to be able to play with food for this shoot!” 

Romantic Luxe Winter Floral Design Inspiration

Emily of Tipsy Tulip Designs created the lush, romantic floral design, inspired by her dream winter wedding. Her favorite detail: the gorgeous floral polls. “I wanted to give couples a fresh take on ceremony site flowers,” says Emily. “Not everyone loves an arbor, and flower poles are a great alternative. As a bonus, they are mobile. They can be used during a ceremony, and then after to flank the entrance to the reception or as a photo backdrop.”

It’s hard to overstate the beauty of this team’s work. See for yourself below! 

Couple embracing during winter elopement styled shoot at Inn at Burkyn in Vermont

More Real Vermont Engagement Inspiration

Be sure to check out more posts of our real Vermont engagement posts here.

Wedding Planner: LINDSEY LEICHTHAMMER EVENTS | Floral Design: TIPSY TULIP DESIGNS | Bridal Dress: FIORI BRIDAL BOUTIQUE | Makeup Artist: HILLARY FAY STUDIOS | Cake: NORTH COUNTRY CAKES | Photography: CORYN KIEFER PHOTOGRAPHY | Venue: THE INN AT BURKLYN | Rentals: VERMONT TENT | Invitation Suite: SIGNED BY CAITLIN | Jewelry: HUSHED COMMOTION | Model: ISABELLA WILLIAMS | Model: JOHN BLACK

What to Expect at Your First Bridal Appointment

After finding the right partner, finding the right dress may be one of the biggest – and most exciting – parts of wedding planning. Knowing what to expect at your first bridal appointment can help make this as fun as possible.

“Sometimes, when I look at all the beautiful dresses in the shop, I try to picture myself walking in the first time as a bride, and that seems exciting – and overwhelming. That’s where my team comes in!” says Geri, owner of Fiori Bridal Boutique in Essex, Vermont. Fiori has been a pillar of the Vermont wedding community for 26 years, and continues to be a destination for brides to find “the one.”

“It’s our job to help the bride figure out her preferred silhouette, and then find the perfect dress with the right details for her. Each consultant listens to the brides intently to make sure we know what she’s looking for. We have the advantage that we’ve seen dresses on hundreds of brides, which is way more helpful than looking at them on a hanger.” 

Ready to find your perfect fit? Geri sat down with Vermont Weddings to answer some frequently asked questions about what you can expect from your first appointment at a bridal boutique.

How long are bridal appointments?

Appointments are 90 minutes in length, which gives most brides an opportunity to try on up to ten dresses, with time to retry favorites and take photos.

“We’ll have brides try on veils or other accessories with their favorite picks, but we don’t ‘jack up’ every dress,” says Geri. “It’s too much information for one visit!” Brides are advised to make a separate appointment after they choose a dress to decide on accessories.

Of course, not all brides pick a dress at the first appointment. Geri says her team encourages brides to sleep on the decision and make a second appointment to focus on the two contenders. “We want each bride to be absolutely sure that it’s the one for them.”

How do I find the right bridal gown for me?

You may already have a Pinterest board full of dress ideas, which can be helpful to give the consultants an idea of your style. “We ask what you like about each dress to narrow in on your style.” 

Geri notes that while photos can be helpful, brides are often surprised to learn that gowns are designed for women who are 5’9′ to 5’11”, so she cautions that how a dress looks on you may be different than how it looks on the model if you are shorter (which most of us are!). 

Whether you have a style in mind or are still figuring out what you like, Fiori encourages brides to try a variety of styles at the first appointment. “Often brides are surprised to find they like a style they wouldn’t have thought to try on,” explains Geri. “Trying on every shape rules out second-guessing down the road!”

What do I wear to my bridal appointment? 

Brides are encouraged to wear comfortable seamless underwear. Geri says that most dresses will conceal them, so they don’t have to be nude or white. Dresses look better without bras, so there’s no need to bring a special bra to the appointment. Most dresses have built in support, and many have illusion or low back details which a bra can distract from. 

“Our bride’s comfort always comes first, and if it feels awkward for her to dress and undress in front of someone, the consultants will wait outside her room and she can let us know when she is ready for help,” says Geri. “We do appreciate the chance to have one-on-one time with brides in the fitting room to get her read on each dress. It’s an opportunity for the bride to express herself without worrying what her guests may think.”

Who do I bring to my bridal appointment? 

Who you bring with you to your appointment matters. You want to share this special moment with someone, but also choose someone who will support your choices. “If it is the first time trying on dresses, we have seen that fewer is better, says Geri. “If the bride comes with just her mom or best friend, for example, it makes for a more relaxing appointment.” 

Once a bride has narrowed her favorites, she’s encouraged to make an appointment with more people, such as close friends, bridesmaids or additional family members. “This is the time to pop the champagne and celebrate!”

If a bride is worried about her guests’ opinions overshadowing her own, she’s encouraged to talk about it with the consultant. “We can advocate for the bride’s choices. If she tries on a dress and LOVES it, we can step out of the dressing room first, and very excitedly say, ‘She loves this one, wait until you see her!’ This hopefully is a cue for the party to also love the dress.” 

What changes should I expect at my bridal appointment because of COVID?

2022 Update – While COVID restrictions in Vermont have lessened since the blog was initially published in 2020, the guidelines are always evolving. It’s a good idea to check with your bridal shop before planning your visit to ask if there is a limit of the number of guests you can bring, if there’s a current mask guideline etc. 

Bride in Fiori Bridal Dress

Say yes to your dress!

Now that you know what to expect at your first bridal appointment, it’s time to find some inspiration and go shopping!