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

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



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!


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.

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 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