Colorful Summer Wedding at the Wilburton Inn

Sarah and Noah knew immediately they wanted to get married in Vermont. It’s where their love story began, after all. They visited several venues in the area, but as soon as they arrived at The Wilburton Inn, they know they found the perfect spot for them. Sarah describes it as beautiful and a little quirky with lots of space to gather with their friends and family for days of festivities. After delaying their wedding in 2020, it was more important than ever to bring everyone in their lives together to celebrate their love and have Hannah Photography capture their beautiful day!

Outdoor Wedding at The Wilburton Inn

The Wilburton Inn in Manchester, VT offers gorgeous panoramic mountain views, plenty of outdoor space, and specializes in destination weddings. Sarah and Noah wanted to ensure their wedding felt joyous and fun from start to finish. They did just that by incorporating beautiful, bright colorful flowers wherever they could! The floral arch for their ceremony and the bride’s bouquet from Birds of a Flower was especially stunning! The bridesmaids also all wore different colored dresses. 

If you are planning a Vermont wedding, the bride passed along some advice for couples. Sarah says, “plan a moment of quiet for just you and your partner after the wedding ceremony.” It was the perfect little stillness that was just their own and so special to them. 

Lively, Dance Centered Tented Reception

This couple LOVES the dance floor so it was a top priority to have the best time dancing with everyone at their reception. The Grift provided a great soundtrack as well as the most infectious energy! The version of the hora they played was particularly enthusiastic, definitely one of the best the team at the Wilburton had ever seen! 

As for the shirtless dance that is featured in so many photos, it is actually a Middlebury tradition with their college friends: you take your shirt off whenever “Like a Prayer” by Madonna comes on! And as for the lift… “We like practice what we call our ‘party tricks’ around the house when we’re bored,” says Sarah (who used to be a dancer). “That lift was from a show I was in college. We obviously had to pull out our best party trick for the dance floor!” This party looks like an absolute blast!

Congratulations, Sarah and Noah on you Vermont wedding!

Wedding Venue: WILBURTON INN | Photography: HANNAH PHOTOGRAPHY | Linens: THE LINEN SHOP | Florals: BIRDS OF A FLOWER | Band: THE GRIFT

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BEST OF 2021: Location

Vermont may be a small state, but we have an impressive, long list of beautiful locations to get married! From the shores of Lake Champlain to the tops of the Green Mountains … and everywhere in between… there are a variety of venues to set the stage for your romantic wedding. Here are a few of the best places couples exchanged vows in 2021.

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

Mountains Majesty

Sparkling waters and sweeping mountain views make The Equinox Resort’s pond one of the most romantic, majestic to tie the knot. (Photo: Kelsey Regan Photography)

The barn and firepit at dusk at Lareau Farm Inn in Vermont

Home Away From Home

With lodging on site, a cozy firepit, and plenty to explore, the Lareau Farm Inn makes you feel like you’re at home – if you’re home was really, really cool. (Photo: Hannah Photography)

Lakeside & Lovely

With views overlooking Lake Champlain, sparkling aquariums and more, ECHO is a unique, modern setting for a true Vermont wedding. (Photo: Madison Anne Studio)

Backyard Bliss

From getting ready at the elegant Inn at Burkyn to a lovely backyard celebration, this wedding in the mountains is a total stunner. (Video: Beyond Bliss Films)

Bride and groom walking down country road in Vermont in the fall

Falling For You

With rolling hills and colorful foliage, Sterling Ridge Resort sets the scene for a truly lovely Vermont wedding. (Photo: Cait Borgault Photography)

Garden Romance

A gorgeous barn and colorful, sprawling gardens …it’s no wonder Farmhouse Flowers is one of the best backdrops for a Vermont wedding! (Photo: Danielle Allendorf)

 

Riding High

If you fell in love with Vermont for the skiing, you are going to love Sugarbush Resort‘s mountain top ceremony location and iconic “Just Married” chair lift sign. (Photo: Jenna Brisson)

 
Bride and groom walking up a hill at sunset with dramatic clouds and mist

Edge of the World

How breathtaking is this image? It looks like the couple is in the middle of an epic, romantic movie (but really they’re at private home in Shelburne, Vermont). (Photo: Ben Hudson Photography)

Into the Woods

This couple tied the knot under a canopy of trees at The Inn at Weathersfield before celebrating dinner in the quaint, romantic Inn. (Photo: Kate Seymour Photography)

 
Bride and groom on the lawn at VT historic estate

Bridgertons in Vermont

The Hildene’s splendor and elegance is unmatched and the views are unparalleled. It’s definitely one the best! (Photo: Juniper Studios

 

Perfect Pairing

The rolling hills and vineyard at Maquam Barn and Winery are the perfect pairing for a romantic wedding. (Photo: Danielle Allendorf)

 
 

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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:

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.)

GET TO KNOW THE HUSBAND AND WIFE DUO THAT IS HANNAH PHOTOGRAPHY

Megan and Jacob Hannah are not only partners in marriage and parenting, but also in business! They are the husband and wife team behind Hannah Photography. Megan sat down with Vermont Weddings to share more about their award-winning photography style and who they are behind the lens. 

How did you get into wedding photography?

Jacob’s background is in photojournalism; he was working as a newspaper photojournalist when we met in Nebraska ten years ago. I was working in insurance, and didn’t know the first thing about photography! After we got engaged, we moved to Vermont (where Jacob grew up), and dipped our toes into wedding photography and haven’t looked back since. 

Our associate, Josh Kuckens, joined us in 2018. He also has a background in photojournalism and has been a perfect addition!

How would you describe your photography style?

Photojournalistic. When we photograph a wedding, we prefer to just document the day as it unfolds. We step in to offer more direction during portraits, but otherwise, we try to just blend into the energy of the day! 

We want every photo you look back on to be attached to real memories, and we want you to be able to enjoy your day without us interfering.

What inspires your work?

We’re really inspired by families and relationships. Obviously, the relationship between a couple who is getting married is the primary focus of wedding photography. But beyond that, each partner has siblings, best friends, parents, grandparents – all of whom have played an important role in their lives. Your wedding day is special to them too! 

Personally, looking back at our own wedding photos, we cherish the ones that showcase these people over the more traditional, expected photos of us. 

Any special tips for couples for choosing a wedding photographer?

I think it’s really important to look at a lot of different photographers and find which style best aligns with your personality and wedding. There are SO many great photographers in Vermont with varying styles. 

I recommend viewing full wedding galleries when possible so that you have a good idea of how a full day is captured.

What’s your favorite moment during a wedding? 

It’s different for every wedding! We love the unexpected moments that pop up throughout the day. Usually our favorite photos from a day were not something we could have anticipated happening: a bride doing the worm on the dance floor, the son of the groom jumping into a pool fully clothed, a passing thunderstorm that results in a spectacular rainbow, that sort of thing! 

What’s your favorite thing to do in Vermont? 

There is nothing better than going for a bike ride or hike, and then cooling off by jumping into the local swimming hole!

What’s a fun fact about yourselves?

We have two year old twin daughters!

Thank you Megan and Jacob! Learn more about Hannah Photography on their profile page

BEST OF 2020: DESIGN AND DECOR

Wedding decor is as unique as each couple’s love story and interests, and it sets the stage for the celebration. Here are a few of the most unique and beautiful design moments from 2020 Vermont weddings.

Natural Beauty

This tablescape celebrates the natural beauty of Vermont. Small blooms pop against the light blue napkins and add a special, personal touch on each seat. The elegant glassware provides a great, delicate contrast to the stately wood tables.

Jaclyn Watson Events | Hannah Photography | Nectar and Root

Elegant Elopement

Candles and white flower petals create a simple, elegant aisle and urns spilling over with flowers create a ceremony focal point for this couple’s elopement. Their adorable dog even matches the theme with a floral collar!

Kimpton Taconic Hotel | Mountain Hearts Photography | Haley Goodrich of Nancy Bishop Floral Design

Cozy Elegance

Flickering candlelight down a banquet table adorned with fall flowers creates a festive, cozy atmosphere for a small wedding celebration.

Inn at Weathersfield | Two of Us Photography

Backyard Bliss

This tented wedding is the definition of casual elegance. Small tables were set up around the sail tent to maintain social distance, but the beautiful, natural table decor makes it feel more intimate.
(Read the blog post)

Hannah Photography

Beauty & The Beach

This private beachfront residence is transformed into a boho wedding venue reminiscent of a tropical oasis. A ceremony space is crafted with lanterns, bright florals and beach grasses. Oriental rugs and twinkle lights create a dance floor in the sand. Overall, it nails the tropical boho beach party vibe.

Lindsey Leichthammer Events | Ben Hudson Photography

Lush & Luxe

This tented reception is beyond gorgeous. The chandeliers highlight the soft drapes of the tent and cast a warm glow on the lush, dramatic floral arrangements. 

Jaclyn Watson Events

A BEAUTIFUL SOCIALLY-DISTANCED BACKYARD TENT WEDDING

Get ready for some major microwedding inspiration today! “This wedding was a perfect example of a microwedding during COVID,” says photographer Megan Hannah of Hannah Photography. “The couple and their guests were very good at social distancing (even the family portraits are socially distanced), wearing masks when they were less than six feet apart, they even had their first dance outside the tent – just plenty of thoughtful touches to keep everyone safe.”

In addition to the above, the gallery includes adorable dog photos, beautiful decor and sweet, sweet smiles. Check out the full gallery below!

Bride and groom laughing while dancing outside tent during backyard wedding in Vermont

More Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration

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Photographer: HANNAH PHOTOGRAPHY