Best of 2023: Wedding Flowers

As we look back on 2023, we’re taking a moment to reflect on the stunning array of wedding flowers that decorated Vermont’s weddings last year. From elegant bouquets to lush displays, we saw an incredible variety of floral artistry. In this special feature, we’re excited to showcase some of our favorite blossoms and bouquets from this year!

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. 

Purple Passion

This enchanting purple-hued bouquet by M’s Wedding Flowers truly mesmerized us. The assortment of blooms, each selected with care, and the coordinating lavender ribbon weave together a bohemian dream. Its diverse florals and organically modern shape bring a fun vibe, unified by an elegant monochromatic scheme.

 
Photo: Sarah Peet Photography

Bright Archway

Tipsy Tulip Designs brought to life this vibrant, citrus-inspired ceremony display for Sara Judith Events‘s wedding design. Set against the rolling Green Mountains, this stunning archway and its accompanying flowers offer a burst of bright color, creating a modern yet timeless spectacle for that special ‘I do’ moment.
 
Photo: Jenna Brisson 

Classic White

Michael Tallman Photography captures the essence of Vermont tradition with this all-white bouquet set against a charming covered bridge. Crafted and sustainably grown by Flower Power VT, each blossom in this classic arrangement speaks volumes of elegance, purity, and the timeless beauty of love.
 
Photo: Michael Tallman Photography

Golden Hour

A Clover and One Bee presents a display and bouquet that warms our hearts. Combining deep crimson, lush green, and pristine white, these bold hues stand out, especially with the hint of gold accents. This arrangement is the epitome of elegance, warmth, and beauty, reflecting the magical moment of golden hour.
 
Photo: Sand and Stone Film Collaborative

A Welcoming Display

Anaphora Flowers crafts a welcome sign and table bud vases that exude charm and warmth. The vibrant flower box accenting the welcome sign invites guests into the celebration, while the bud vases along the reception tables demonstrate how small blooms can make an impactful, grand statement. Together, they create a bold, sweet setting that’s simply irresistible.

Readers Choice Awards

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

Advice for Planning Your Own Vermont Wedding

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Meet Wedding Florist Flower Power VT

Choosing a wedding florist who can bring your vision to life is key; finding one who also shares your eco-conscious values is even better! Flower Power VT is a specialty cut flower farm offering 100+ varieties of vibrant flowers seasonally. Floral designer Anne’s farm applies organic and sustainable farming methods to insure the highest quality harvest and a net-positive impact on our precious Champlain Valley ecosystem. 

Read on to learn more about Anne and her floral design.

How did you get into the wedding industry?

I have worked in garden centers and flower shops for a long time. 20 years ago I moved to Vermont in order to grow flowers and shrubbery specifically for my design work. I just loved the fact that weddings incorporate multiple small and large floral designs that all work together to create a mood for the day so I leaned more into that type of work and the rest is history.

How would you describe your style?

I lean toward a natural style. I love to utilize lots of different blossoms, adding interest and texture. 

What inspires your work?

I often let the most stunning blossoms on the farm, like large, lush blush peonies, or fabulous café au lait dahlias, lead me through the design process.

Any special tips for couples for choosing or working with a wedding professional like yourself or a wedding tip in general?

I think it is important to have a general idea of what you’re hoping for, and to stay open to ideas. When you’re open to all the possibilities, you may be surprised and find something more cost effective, in season or just more stunning!

I also remind wedding couples and family members to relax and enjoy their company on the day of the event, and trust their professionals to worry about the details so they can be fully present!

What’s your favorite moment during a wedding?

Prior to the big day,  I love walking the couple and wedding families around our flower gardens and greenhouses to plan the wedding florals. That experience comes to life during the actual wedding day and it is so nice to see everyone’s reactions to the final product.

What’s your favorite thing to do in Vermont?

When wedding season winds down, I absolutely love spending time skiing! You can find me enjoying bluebird days at Sugarbush and Mad River Glen.

If you weren’t a wedding professional what would you do?

Before moving to Vermont, I managed a large garden center and conventional flower shop in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.  I had opportunities to decorate many historical properties in Pennsylvania, and  while I did some floral designs for weddings then, it wasn’t to the extent of what I do now. I imagine if I wasn’t in the wedding industry, I would still be around flowers, decorating and gardening.

What’s a fun fact about yourself? 

My farm is filled with more than just lush, beautiful flowers! I also have llamas, sheep, chickens and turkeys.

Thank you Anne for sharing your love for all things wedding florals with us! Learn more about Flower Power VT in the Vermont Weddings Vendor Guide. 

Best of 2022: Just Married Moments

Can you believe this is our final installment in our Best of 2022 series?! It’s been an amazing year, and we can’t think of a better way to wrap things up than a look at one of our favorite parts of any wedding: those precious just married moments. 

Editorial Picks for Just Married Moments

The emotions of being pronounced newlywed is unparalleled, and while many of these features could fit under several categories, we think this important moment deserves to be celebrated in it’s own right! Check out our editorial picks for the best just married moments of the year, and see who you picked for your favorite in our Readers Choice Awards below!

Smiles & Sunshine

Everything about this moment at Sterling Ridge Resort is bright and sunny: the weather, the traditional Bengali wedding attire, the sunflower wedding arch by Flower Power VT, and of course, the couple’s beaming smiles.
 
Photo: Elizabeth Rogers Photography 

Cruisin’ Together

These two outfitted their old military style jeep with a “just married” sign, and took off for a drive together after the ceremony. You can feel that just married excitement in this clip!

Film: EightZero2 Productions

 

Party Parade

Following their ceremony at Inn at Weathersfield, this couple led their guests in a parade to their reception! This is such a fun way to get the party started!

Photo: GarrenTee Photography

Sunset Dip

This photo is all romance! The couple stole away for some evening portraits, and the groom practically swept his bride off her feet! Won’t lie, we’re swooning a bit.

Photo: Love Wins Photography

The Flip

This couple walked into their Mansfield Barn ready to start the party with a very impressive flip and a shot! Talk about a memorable, fun entrance! We can only imagine how fun the rest of the night must have been!

Lifted High

One of the most iconic moments at a Sugarbush Resort is the “Just Married” private chairlift ride after your ceremony! It’s an amazing opportunity to soak in the day privately with your partner, and get some killer photos!

Photo: Oliver Parini Photography

The Aisle Kiss (Readers Choice Winner)

This couple was so excited to be married, they barely made it to the end of the aisle before stealing another kiss! Too sweet!
 

Sparkling First Dance

NJOY Weddings & Events planned this stunning Indian wedding celebration, which featured one of the most epic first dances we’ve ever seen! Sparklers and smoke surround the elegant couple, but they only have eyes for each other…this just married moment is straight out of a movie! 
 
Photo: Virdee Films

Arriving in Style

This couple arrived to their Farmhouse Flowers VT in style on a motorcycle complete with streamers! We love this fun, unique entrance! 

 
 

Wildly in Love

I love the expressions on their faces following their Wild Sugar Homestead ceremony! You can just feel their “oh my gosh, we did it!” excitement. Such a beautiful moment of pure joy.

Photo: Hallie Jade Pictures

 
 

Romance in the River

This couple stole away for a private moment during their Lareau Farm Inn wedding to explore the area together. It’s a great reminder to take a few minutes on your wedding day with just your partner to check in, soak it in, and steal a kiss!
 
 

Confetti Blast

This post-ceremony confetti blast at ECHO is one of the most epic we’ve ever seen! The colors, the applause, the passionate embrace…we’re giddy just looking at it! 

Photo: Sam Simons

Streaming Love

This couple ran through a tunnel of streamers after their ceremony, resulting in some huge smile and amazing photos! This is a great, unique alternative to a flower toss!
 

A Cheeky Farewell

The bride’s makeup, courtesy of Jennifer Perellie, was the only thing left on for this late night, naked pond dive! It’s a cheeky, very fun, and (we’re guessing) refreshing way to end a wedding night and celebrate the start of the next chapter!
 
Photo: Carl Heyerdahl
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Best of 2022: Wedding Florals

Flowers are the ultimate wedding accessory. Whether in a bouquet, adorned on an arbor, or decorating a tablescape, wedding florals add that extra something to each celebration. 

Editorial Picks for Best Vermont Wedding Florals

Vermont wedding florists crafted countless gorgeous creations this year, and after culling through the stunning submissions, I narrowed it down to our editorial picks for the best Vermont wedding florals of 2022.

After swooning over them, you voted for your Readers Choice Awards winner – see who below!

Falling in Love (Readers Choice Awards Winner)

I love the use of orange and corals in these 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.
 

A Petal Party

I couldn’t narrow a favorite in this submission from Blossoming Bough – the arbor; the aisle runners; the bouquet; the tablescape… all topped with a post ceremony petal toss?! It’s chef’s kiss. 

Photo: Abigail Grey Photography

The Dreamiest Arbor

Truly one of the most stunning arbors I’ve ever seen. Tipsy Tulip Designs crafted the perfect, romantic backdrop for this couple’s wedding ceremony at The Essex. (Their outfits, her in a gown from Fiori Bridal and him in a suit from McNeil & Reedy add to the glamour.) 
 
Photo: Amy Demos Photography
 
 

A Blizzard Beauty

The all white floral scheme is classic and oh-so elegant for this winter wedding. Florist Jasmine of A Clover and One Bee, shared that there was a major snowstorm that day, and she rode in a snowplow to personally deliver the bouquet to the bride! (Doesn’t get more Vermont than that!) 
 
 

Bold and Beautiful

These coral peonies steal the show, and the lilac is a stunning, unexpected compliment. I can only imagine this bouquet by M’s Wedding Flowers was as sweetly fragrant as it is boldly beautiful! 

Photo: Kate McElwee Photography

 

 

The Sunshine Day 

This arbor by Flower Power VT makes me want to break into into song – “it’s going to be a bright, bright, sunshiny day!” I can’t think of a better backdrop for a beautiful, joyful summer wedding celebration. Even more amazing: all the blooms are grown on Anne’s farm! 

 
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A DIY BLOGGER’S GORGEOUS SUSTAINABLE VERMONT WEDDING

There’s something magical about Lake Champlain in late summer: warm days, cool evenings, and the beauty of the changing leaves. That gorgeous backdrop set the scene for Marissa and Marshall’s Basin Harbor wedding this past year.

The bride is the creative powerhouse behind the popular DIY blog and Instagram @onecrafdiygirl, so you know there were going to be some amazing DIY details! “We wanted to make our wedding as personal and sustainable as possible,” Marissa said.

Stunning DIY Wedding Details

The couple and their community pitched in to do just that. Family and friends collected glassware for table settings, and collaborated to create standout details, such as the arbor made of oars, and custom “M” disco ball that glittered over their dance floor.

Another creative DIY detail? “On the wedding aisle, instead of flowers we hung frames on the chairs of all of our family members on their wedding day,  to honor the love that was present and those that have passed,” shared Marissa. And keeping sustainability top of mind, “We opted for flowers that were locally-sourced and seasonal.”

(Related Reading: How to Honor Loved Ones at Your Wedding)

We love the personal details and the confidence Marissa and Marshall have for doing things their way. From their decor to choosing to do their first look with vampire fangs, to setting sail on an antique boat after saying their vows, their wedding was a true celebration of their love.

Couple sitting on boat on wedding day at sunset on Lake Champlain in Vermont

More Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration

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Flowers: FLOWER POWER VT | Venue:BASIN HARBOR | Planner/Designer: GRANDEST GATHERINGS | DIY Details: ONE CRAFTDIY GIRL | Photographer: KELSEY CONVERSE

BEST OF 2021: FLOWERS

Wedding florals – whether a bouquet, centerpiece, or installation – add a huge amount of style to your day. Here are a few of our favorite designs from 2021. Learn more about these incredible florists in the vendor guide!

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

A Pop of Personality

This bright, colorful arrangement by A Clover and One Bee is absolutely stunning and makes us happy just to see it – we can only imagine how the bride felt carrying it! (Photo: Margaret Michael Photography)

Crisp & Classic

This bouquet of bright whites and soft pastels by Blossoming Bough Flowers was the perfect accent for this couple’s romantic, intimate wedding at the Inn at Weathersfield. (Photo: Kelsey Regan Photography)

Wild Wonder

Tipsy Tulip Designs created this knockout bouquet that’s unique and bold, but still feminine and oh so pretty. (Photo: Jenna Brisson Photography)

Bold & Beautiful

Bold colors and textures throughout the bouquets and arrangements created by Flower Power VT add to this wedding’s gorgeous boho design. (Photo: Kelsey Converse Photography)

Grand Greenery

A grand tent at Topnotch Resort calls for a special touch, so A Schoolhouse Garden created these stunning greenery-forward table runners and installations. Together with the ratan lanterns, the entire vibe is casual elegance at its finest. (Photo: Andy Madea)

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 
  • Read Now: Best of Style 
  • Best of Florals
  • 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.

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BEST OF 2020: BRIDAL BOUQUETS

A bride’s bouquet is her ultimate accessory. Whether her style is traditional or funky, a well-designed bouquet enhances her look. Here are a few of our favorite bouquets from 2020. Enjoy the inspiration and learn more about these incredible florists in the vendor guide.

All White Classic

This all-white bouquet is as timeless as it is elegant.

Tipsy Tulip Designs | Ellen Sargent Photography

Blushing Beauty

Dusty pink roses and blush ribbons make a wow statement against the dark greenery.

A Schoolhouse Garden | The Light and the Color

Wildflower Wonder

Bright colors and cascading florals make this a dramatic, fun bouquet.

Flower Power VT | Ben Hudson Photography

Bride and groom kissing in the field of Vermont during elopement

Dark Magic

Deep purples and a cascading fern whisper winter romance.

A Clover and One Bee | Amelia Marie Photography