Best of 2023: Furry Friends

Today we’re brining you one of our favorite categories in our Best of 2023 series. It’s fluffy, furry, and filled with an enormous amount of aww-factor. Yes, we’re talking about that adorable element of your big day – animals! From dapper dogs to sweet felines and even animals from the farm, this category is stacked with four legged friends that made celebrations extraordinarily un-fur-gettable!

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. 

Cockapoo Cuddles

This adorable cockapoo, Walter, loved being a special part of his parent’s big day at Weatherhead Hollow. What a dapper dog!
 
Photo: Anne Taylor Photography

Pawsome on Camera

These sweet pooches were ready for their close up! Perfectly groomed and all smiles on their parent’s big day, they made sure to work every angle.
 

Radiant Ring Bearer

Have you ever seen a cuter ring bearer? Nigel took his role very seriously when his humans tied the knot at Soule House & Carriage Barn.We’re melting over his sweet smile and leash adorned with colorful flowers.
 
Photo: Sincerely Liz Photography 

First Look Sealed with a Kiss

This couple’s first look was made extra special with the incorporation of their dog. There’s no bigger stamp of approval than a smooch from your pooch!
 

Something Borrowed, Something Chewed

For couples who want to incorporate their furry friend into their special day, but may not be able to physically bring them- look no further! This beautiful cake baked by the couple’s dear friend, included their dog sneakily taking a bite out of tier two. We also love that the couple included polaroids of themselves during their first look to adorn the top!
 
Photo: K. Lenox Photography, Venue: Sugarbush Resort, Florals: A School House Garden

The Flower Pup

You’ve heard of a flower girl but what about a flower pup?! This proud girl’s smile says it all: “my parents are getting married today!”
 

Feline Fine

We’ve officially found the most purrrfect ring bearer! Wedding planner I Dews Design & Events made sure to incorporate Ives not only into the ceremony but also throughout the event’s decor.
 
Photo: Markella Kyprios Photo

Pawsitively Adorable

Spotted: the happiest pup ever! From the itty-bitty tuxedo and bow tie combo to a beaming grin, we’re melting at how cute this dog is.
 

Falling in Puppy Love

This couple’s gorgeous wedding day was made extra special with the incorporation of their smiling corgi, Murray! We love how his bowtie perfectly matches the bride’s bouquet.
 

Party Animal

A true Vermont photobomb! This sweet cow from Landgoes Farm couldn’t resist popping into this couple’s wedding photoshoot.
 

Un-fur-gettable Love

You, me, and dog makes three! You can feel the love radiate from this photo. Cuddles and kisses from your owners, what could be better?
 

Until Fetch Do Us Part

On their special day, the couple’s beloved dog was overwhelmed with joy, its excitement manifesting in endless running about. The furry bundle of energy simply couldn’t stay still as it echoed its owners’ elation.
 

Dressed to the K9s

This charming German Shepherd is all dolled up, sporting a neat tuxedo for his owner’s special wedding day. His loving eyes and huge smile show that he was a cherished part of this celebration!
 
Photo: Coryn Kiefer Photography, Venue: Inn at Grace Farm, Florals: Tipsy Tulip Designs

Fur-ever Love

This stunning photograph of the happy couple, surrounded by lush green grass and basking in the warm glow of the sun, is made all the more special by the presence of their beloved four-legged bestie!
 

Colossal Canine

Felix, the colossal canine of affection, stood impeccably groomed and donning his finest attire, during his parent’s big day. (Not pictured: a champagne dog toy for toasting his owners)
 

Dapper Dynamic Duo

Dynamic duo, Damion and Dyson, couldn’t contain their excitement at their parent’s wedding. This may be the most adorable (and stylish!) case of the zoomies we have ever seen.
 

Sweet Smooch

A little dog with a whole lot of love to give! What better way to mark fur-ever as husband and wife than with a smooch from your favorite four legged friend?
 

Readers Choice Awards

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

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Best of 2023: Desserts

Today we’re continuing our Best Of series with one of our favorite categories: desserts! Adding sweet moments to your special day is more than just a figurative expression; it’s literally achieved through delightful sweet treats. From classic wedding cakes to unique small bites, the options are limitless, which allows you to add a delicious personal touch to your big day. Choosing the best of wedding desserts is no easy feat – we’re drooling just looking at these images!

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. 

Woodland Wonder

A couple’s woodland vision came to life in the form of this stunning creation from The Goose Chase Cake Design! Delicate cake moss, meringue mushrooms, pressed ferns, and a surround of chocolate tree bark make this dessert a captivating centerpiece.
 
Photo: Sabin Gratz

A Decadent Dessert Display

This epic dessert table by Sweet Vermont Treats is a spectacular sight, loaded with a range of indulgent sweet treats to satisfy any palette!  The centerpiece is an elegantly-decorated wedding cake, surrounded by an array of delightful cupcakes and tempting mini hand pies and tarts, artfully arranged for guests to enjoy.
 

Let It Snow

We are truly in awe of this 3-tiered masterpiece from Blue House Bakeshop! This snowflake inspired cake, made up of intricate piping, has us dreaming of a white wedding!
 
 
 

Savoring Sweet Moments

Looking for a sweet way to wrap up an incredible evening? A cold, Vermont creemee (complete with sprinkles!) is the way to go. Bonus points if you get to share it with your love, like these newlyweds! We adore this snap captured by Hannah Photography.
 

Enchanting Jewel Tones

This jewel toned cake by Cronin Cakes & Sweets is a feast for the eyes! The blue marbled effect is gorgeous and the florals from Tipsy Tulip Designs add additional pops of color. It’s almost too pretty to eat!
 
Photo: Coryn Kiefer Photography

A Timeless Treat

Simple + sweet = a timeless combination! This classic cake design, framed with beautiful baby’s breath by A Clover and One Bee, keeps things effortless yet delicious! It’s a unique twist on adding flowers to your cake!
 
Photo: Sarah Peet Photography
Cake: Red Poppy Cakery

Readers Choice Awards

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

 

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A Sweet and Sentimental Spring Wedding at The Grafton Inn

On a beautiful June day, Jed and Deborah finally got to say “I do” at the wedding of their dreams. Their celebration had been postponed due to the pandemic (check out those cheeky cocktail napkins in the gallery!) and the anticipation of the day made everything that much sweeter. The long awaited wedding was held at the beautiful Grafton Inn in Grafton, Vermont and Hannah Photography captured the memories; check out the gallery below!

A Romantic Wedding Venue in Grafton, Vermont

The Grafton Inn is a romantic, full-service wedding venue. Known for its timeless village setting and beautiful surrounding mountains, Grafton is a top choice for couples dreaming of a storybook, authentically Vermont wedding day.

The Grafton Inn features 45 individually-decorated rooms in a combination of suites and guests houses, blending its historic atmosphere with modern amenities. During the wedding weekend, guests can indulge in inclusive amenities like morning coffee service, seasonal activities at the outdoor center, use of the fitness center, and daily afternoon refreshments in the main lobby. 

A Sentimental Wedding Worth The Wait

Jed had been ribbed time and again for not proposing to Deborah on a visit to Paris in 2018. When he finally did pop the question a few months later, as the sun set over Lake Champlain, he bent down on one knee in front of a miniature Eiffel Tower he brought along in his backpack. Deborah  said “yes” before he even got the ring out of his pocket. 

Despite the many setbacks and changed wedding dates caused by the pandemic, the couple’s commitment to celebrating their love never wavered.  After a long wait (728 days, to be precise) Jed and Deborah finally got to exchange vows surrounded by loved ones.

Meaningful Wedding Details

Deborah was a classic bride in her  beautiful lace gown from Fiori Bridal Boutique. For accessories, she attached a gold locket with a photo of her sister inside to her bouquet. Deborah lost her sister quite early in life, and wanted to make sure she could have her sister be with her in spirit as she walked down the aisle.

During the ceremony, Deborah and Jed chose to play Josh Groban and Sara Bareilles’ version of “Both Sides Now” to honor family members who had passed – and released butterflies during the song to remind everyone that love always remains, even as it changes form.

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

For one more unique touch, the couple hired Hope Sharp Art to paint a live wedding portrait. Guests truly enjoyed watching the painting come to life as Hope worked throughout the reception.

View even more sweet and sentimental details from Jed and Deborah’s big day below.

Vendors:

Venue: The Grafton Inn, Photographer: Hannah Photography, Videographer: New England Creative, Florist: Fast Pony Flowers, DJ: Evan LeCompte, Vocals: Peter Miles, Live Wedding Painter: Hope Sharp Art, Wedding Dress: Fiori Bridal Boutique .

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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: Vermont Elopements & Microweddings

For couples who want to celebrate on their own terms, Vermont elopements are an excellent option. While we swoon for weddings of all sizes, elopements and microweddings offer couples a few unique benefits that we go giddy over (rounded up here for your consideration).

Our Editorial Picks for Vermont Elopements and Microweddings

It’s truly impossible to choose a “best” in this category, but we rounded up a few of our favorite, intimate celebrations from the year. Check out our editorial picks for the best Vermont elopements and mciroweddings of 2022, and check out your favorite in our Readers Choice Awards below!

Serenity on Champlain

This couple’s elopement at Shelburne Farms features the scenic shores of Lake Champlain…can you picture a more dreamy, serene backdrop? The landscape adds to the romantic feeling that these two lovebirds are the only ones in the world.

Photo: Allison Macy Photography

Autumn Elegance

This couple’s microwedding at a private residence in Stowe was nothing short of a romance novel. Think: sweeping mountain views, an emotional first look, thoughtful vows…and tight knit families to witness it all. Dreamy!
 
Wedding Film: Beyond Bliss Films

Lakeside Love

This couple got married in front of their family and closest friends on the dock at the bride’s family lake house, with her brother officiating. What an amazing memory to add to an already beloved family home!
 

Vows with a View

This stylish couple traveled all the way from Texas to elope in Vermont with their dog! They were down for exploring and the result is stunning: swimming holes and lush forest trees make for an amazing, uniquely Vermont backdrop for their portraits.

Photo: Kate Seymour Photography

A-Frame Amazing

This micro-wedding held at Sterling Ridge Resort‘s iconic A Frame home is quintessential Vermont! It feels both cozy (we love the use of the porch for the ceremony) and elegant (the ceremony decor is perfectly boho-chic). In a word: A-mazing.

Photo: Markella Kyprios Photography

Romantic Retreat

This couple prioritized quality time together for their wedding celebration, so an elopement was a natural choice! They planned an intentional, romantic summer elopement at Twin Farms followed by an intimate dinner and wine tasting. How romantic!
 

The Family Embrace

Try looking at this photo without completely melting into a puddle! After the couple tied the knot, the newly blended family of six shared this sweet hug as they celebrated their next chapter together. 

Photo: Blooming Photo Company

The Surprise Wedding

What’s better than an engagement party? A surprise wedding! This adventurous couple successfully pulled off a surprise microwedding for their closest loved ones. this is such a fun, unique celebration!

Photo: Photos by Kintz

Colorful Celebration

This couple planned a stunning. colorful elopement celebration. Vermont’s mountains set a scenic backdrop for their beautiful vow exchange. This couple did an amazing job of honoring important family traditions and celebrating on their own terms – inspiration for weddings of all sizes!

Photo: Isora Lithgow Creations

Al Fresco Dinner Party

This outdoor dinner party is one we’d love to attend! The table set under the trees adorned with twinkle lights, the bride serving up champagne, the table ready with loved ones… it’s casually elegant, and oh-so-fun.

Photo: Hannah Photography

Falling in Love

The couple knew they wanted to get married on the shores of Lake Champlain this past October, and their team brought their dream to life. Weddings by Janet Dunn oversaw their early morning elopement ceremony on a very private section of lake in Shelburne. The calm blue waters and the changing foliage make for a lovely backdrop for their special moment. 
 

Cold Hands, Warm Hearts

This couple braved single digit temps for their winter elopement! Their winter fashion is 10/10 (peep the bride’s tights and boots!) and the blizzard backdrop is lends a romantic, snowglobe quality to their portraits.
 
Photo: Juniper Studios

Feeling the Spark

This couple stole away for a quiet moment under the twinkling lights during their intimate celebration. With a little help of the shutter speed, the couple’s magical moment looks even more fairytale-esque!
 
Photo: Margaret Michael Photography
 
 

Boho Beautiful (Readers Choice Awards Winner)

This couple’s microwedding at Sugarbush Resort featured a stunning macrame backdrop for their ceremony, lush pampas grass details, and a gorgeous moody color palette that perfectly matched the natural autumnal landscape. So many beautiful boho details for this intimate celebration!
 
Photo: Rae Ann Photo LLC

On Top of the World

We imagine this couple’s portrait by is what floating amongst the clouds would feel like! This couple eloped on top of Mount Mansfield, Vermont’s tallest peak, and took some lovely, epic portraits! (Just look at that dress sweep!)
 
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Best of 2022: Reception Details

Pour yourself a beverage and settling in for some incredible inspiration! These couples included beautiful, inspiring, and downright fun reception details for their 2022 Vermont weddings. (You’ll want to steal these ideas for your Pinterest board for sure.)

Below are the editorial picks the best reception details; give them a look and scroll to see your (two!) favorites in our Readers Choice Awards below!

The Sit Down Stunner

We would love to pull up a seat and admire this tablescape Jaclyn Watson Events helped design for this stunning Topnotch Resort wedding. It’s full of color, depth and gorgeous details.

Photo: Rodeo & Co

The Love Language

This is one of the cutest, most unique dinner menus I’ve seen! The cheeky message “Food is our Love Language” adds a fun element on this elegant tablescape at Farm Road Estate.

Photo: Jenna Brisson Photography

Chopped (Readers Choice Awards Winner)

Want to give your guests a unique experience? How about an axe-throwing competition?! That’s exactly what this couple did for their Mansfield Barn wedding! 

Photo: Juniper Studios

Ring Ring (Readers Choice Awards Winner)

This couple greeted their guests will an interactive drink wall; guests rang one of the bells and a server’s gloved hand popped through a frame with a personal glass of bubbly! This is such a fun twist on a champagne welcome that Sara Judith Events helped to bring to life.

Photo: Adam Michaels 

The Foodies

This couple had a delicious, farm to table BBQ dinner for their Silhouette Hill reception, and even got involved themselves! Yum!

Photo: Sasha Israel

Bouncing for Joy

The matching heart sunglasses … the white bounce house… everything about this reception screams FUN! A bounce house is an unexpected, fun reception addition that will be enjoyed by guests of all ages!

Photo: Jess Rene Photos

Leave a Message

In lieu of a tradition guestbook, this couple opted for a voicemail guestbook. This is such a fun interactive idea for guests, and allows you to capture personal audio from your loved ones!

Photo: Hannah Photography

Love You Stowe Much

This punny neon sign is just one of the many thoughtful details from this Stowe wedding planned by NJOY Weddings & Events. This would be such a fun detail to take pictures with during the reception, and to decorate with at home post-wedding bliss! 

Photo: Amy Bennett Photography

Marvelous Mushrooms

This couple played off the natural beauty of Lareau Farm Inn with these unique handmade mushroom table details, wild flowers, and mismatched vases. The overall effect is earthy, boho and beautiful!

Photo: Madison Anne Studio

Botanical Beauty

This seating chart by Blossoming Bough is truly stunning! We love the mix of botanical prints, wildflowers, antique library trays, and seed favors. Absolutely gorgeous!

Photo: Abigail Grey Photography

Under the Lights

We would love to be on outdoor dance floor at Lake Bomoseen Lodge, and by the looks of it, so did the guests! Destinations Found helped create a dreamy dance oasis under the trees with a canopy of lights for this lovely reception.

Photo: Sixpence Studios 

Love Won

This couple included a bold, rainbow colored Love Wins sign for their wedding reception, which made for a perfect, super fun photo backdrop! Based on their smiles, we think it’s clear: love has won these two over!

Photo: GarrenTee Photography

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Best of 2022: Wedding Dogs

Your wedding is a time to celebrate with those you love – including your pets! We love dogs at weddings, and hope these moments inspire you to include your pup in your big day.

(Related reading: How to Include Your Dog at Your Wedding)

Keep reading below for our editor’s picks for Best of 2022, and see who you voted for as your favorite in our Readers Choice Awards! 

Cutest Cork Thief

This little pup quite literally stole the show during the couple’s engagement shoot! We’ve never seen a cuter thief than this one.
 
 
 

Furever in Love

A beautiful, sunny day at the very dog-friendly Phineas Swann Inn & Spa makes for a perfect wedding, and this canine duo approves! 

The Party Animal

Check out that smile on this dog, lounging at its owners feet while they share a cheers at their wedding bar. It’s clear that this party pooch is ready to stir up some fun!

Photo: Blooming Photo Company

The Loyal Companion 

This whimsical wedding at Wild Sugar Homestead included a sweet companion walking the bride down the aisle, making one of the biggest moments of the day even more memorable!
 

On the Run (Readers Choice Awards)

Cheddar the dog was thrilled to be included in his parent’s big day. His “my-humans-just-got-married” excitement is contagious! 
 

Petal Pup

This sweet pup came dressed in style to match the bride and groom! Decorated dog collars and leashes are always in style, and this pup beautifully rocked one.
 

Rolling in Love

This Dog of Honor could hardly contain their excitement that their humans were getting married, and began rolling around (with a huge smile!) during the start of the wedding ceremony. Pure happiness!
 

The First Love

Our bonds with our dogs run deep! This bride took a moment to acknowledge their special relationship on her wedding day, complete with a “I loved her first” sign and an adorable tutu that matches her bridal bouquet.
 

At Attention

This attentive pooch cracks me up! The little paw propped up on the table? The ears cocked forward listening to a speech? Absolutely priceless! 
 

Suited Up

Further proof that everyone looks great in a tux! This dapper dog matched the groom (who wore a McNeil & Reedy tux) during this wedding at the Grafton Inn.
 
Photo by: Mountain Hearts Photography
 
 

All Dressed Up

This pup’s green velvet dress is too cute! Equal parts elegant and excited, this special guest was picture-ready for her owner’s winter wedding.
 
 

Puppy Kisses

Nothing beats a sweet kiss from your pup, especially when it’s after your beautiful ceremony at Sugarbush Resort!
 
Photo: Morgan Provost
 
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BEST OF 2022: Wedding Venues

Despite being a small state, there is no shortage of amazing wedding venues across Vermont. From mountain retreats to lakeside spots, there truly is something for everyone here. We’re rounding up the best Vermont wedding venues to help you find your perfect “I do” location!

Check out our editorial picks for the best wedding venues in 2022, and vote for your favorite in our Readers Choice Awards below!

The Equinox

The Equinox  is located in the beautiful town of Manchester, Vermont and has no shortage of sweeping, majestic mountain views. Showcased here is the venue’s picturesque Pond Pavilion, which is located at the foot of Mt. Equinox.

Photo: Jaclyn Schmitz

Sugarbush Resort

If you love Vermont for skiing or snowboarding, then you’ll fall head over heels for Sugarbush Resort! This quintessential Vermont wedding venue, located in Warren, is breathtaking all seasons. The Resort offers several options for gathering spaces and plentiful onsite accommodations.
 
Photo 2: Oliver Parini

Wilburton Inn

The Wilburton Inn is nestled on 30 acres of pure romantic and historic charm! This venue is perfect for couple’s looking to provide guests with a weekend-long celebration. Their ceremony site boasts sweeping views, and the unique marble courtyard is the dreamiest setting to dance the night away.
 

Photos: Swoyer Photography

Hildene

Step straight into a fairytale at Hildene. The formal gardens of the Lincoln Family Home are the perfect backdrop for taking photos and sweeping views of the Taconic and Green Mountains are hard to beat. This is one of Vermont’s most elegant, historic and timeless venues!

Photo: Michelle Lange Photography

 

An Affair by the Lake

An Affair by the Lake, located on the shores of Lake Champlain, is truly stunning. Along with uninterrupted lake views, this venue also offers  a ceremony gazebo, large lawn for a tented reception, and elegant Inn on site for select guests.

Photo: Golden Door Photo

 

Talta Lodge

Tälta Lodge is one of Stowe, Vermont’s newest wedding venues and conveniently located near lots of outdoor activities, perfect for adventure loving couples. Highlighted here is a timeless summer wedding by Sara Judith Events. Everything about this day at Talta Lodge was customized to perfection for the bride and groom, and showcases what’s possible at this beautiful venue. 

Film: Beyond Bliss Films 

ECHO

Complete with sparkling views of Lake Champlain, ECHO is truly a unique and modern wedding venue.  It’s one of the most memorable wedding venues in Vermont (think: fish tanks & exhibits inside and Adirondack mountains views outside!) and is one of only a few venues directly on the Burlington waterfront. 

Photo: Michael Tallman

 

Farm Road Estate 

Farm Road Estate is a historic and romantic wedding venue and inn nestled on 32 acres in West Dover, Vermont. A quintessential Vermont wedding destination, uniquely suited to host Pinterest- ready weddings and large events all year round!

Photo 1: Abigail Jean Photography

Photo 2: Jenna Brisson Photography

The Essex Resort & Spa

The Essex Resort and Spa is the perfect destination for couples looking for deluxe accommodations and Vermont charm. Featured here is a garden party themed summer wedding filmed by Kasaydia Wind Media. The couple’s big day was ethereal, personal and sweet, with the Essex being the perfect backdrop!

Maquam Barn

Maquam Barn and Winery in Milton, Vermont can be easily descirbed in one word: romantic! The venue is a working winery with a magnificent, newly constructed barn, and sweeping vistas to backdrop couple’s ceremonies.

Photo: Katie Jean Photos

Lake Bomoseen Lodge

Lake Bomoseen Lodge is nestled in the Taconic Mountains on Vermont’s largest inland lake, gorgeous Lake Bomoseen. the venue includes multiple ceremony locations and on-site accomodations. We’ve seen weddings from all four seasons held here, each breathtaking in their own right!

Photo: Lindsey Vann 

Inn at Grace Farm

The Inn at Grace Farm provides couples with a private estate experience for their Vermont celebration. With three ceremony sites, a stunning reception barn, and comfortable on-site accommodations, Grace Farm is a truly magical place to celebrate.

Photo: Photos by Kintz

Sleepy Hollow

Step into a storybook at Sleepy Hollow Inn! Shown here is the venue’s pavilion, a cozy and romantic space in the winter. I’m swooning over the flickering candles framing the aisles.

Photo Credit: Cait Fletcher photo

Silhouette Hill

Silhouette Hill checks all of the boxes when it comes to hosting a quintessential Vermont wedding in the county. They provide a serene, picturesque backdrop for couples looking to customize their big day.

Millstone Hill

Millstone Hill  is complete with gorgeous views, a beautiful event barn, and a Bed and Breakfast. For couples looking for a real Vermont feel and charm, this quaint and romantic venue is it!

Lareau Farm Inn

Lareau Farm Inn is a classic Vermont farmhouse venue in Waitsfield, Vermont. Celebrations sprawl from the pavilion onto the expansive lawn, which lends even the most elegant of wedding an intimate vibe. As the home of Vermont-famous, American Flatbread, they also offer catering, including that famous (and ridiculously delish) wood-fired pizza. 
 
Photo 1: MoHo Photo

Farmhouse Flowers

 Farmhouse Flowers VT  is blooming with beauty! As the name suggests, this gorgeous venue is nestled among the lush flower gardens, from which the team crafts stunning wedding floral arrangements and bouquets. The timber frame reception barn is equally lovely.
 
Photo: Desirae Jean Photography

Sterling Ridge (Readers Choice Awards)

Sterling Ridge Resort is a log cabin resort hidden in the mountains, providing a unique, private space for couples to celebrate with loved ones for an entire wedding weekend. This is an absolutely beautiful backdrop for nature lovers!
 

Wild Sugar Homestead

Wild Sugar Homestead is a stunning, rustic wedding venue perfect for couples who want to create a unique, DIY wedding experience in a place that showcases all of Vermont’s natural beauty. And fun fact: its owners, Hallie and Erik (pictured), were also among the first couple to get married here!
 
Photos by Jessica Dantowitz and second shooter Miranda Photo Co.
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Best of 2022: Favorite First Looks

The emotions surrounding a first look are some of the most powerful on your wedding day. Whether it’s with your partner, a parent, or close friends, that first peak at your completed look as a bride or groom is filled with so much anticipation and joy! It was hard to narrow down our favorite first looks from 2022, but we’ve selected our editorial picks.

Check them out and see who you crowned your Readers Choice Awards below!

All Smiles

This bride’s smile as she approaches for the first look is completely contagious! You can’t help but join in her excitement.

Photo: Ben Hudson Photography

Love on the Lake

The look of joy on this bride’s face as she sees her partner for the first time says it all. Moments like this (at the beautiful Lake Bomoseen Lodge) remind me why first looks are such a powerful, intimate moment. 

Photo: Eli Holmes

Brought to Tears

This couple brought each other to tears without a word during their emotional first look. Absolutely priceless!
 

All Grown Up (Readers Choice Award)

This dad was brought to tears when he sees his daughter for the first time on her wedding day, and honestly, so am I watching this clip!

Film: Beyond Bliss Films

Oh Damn!

I love this genuine look appreciation as the groom checks out his bride! Such a fun, sweet moment of desire caught on their wedding day. 

Photo: Hannah Photography 

 

A Daddy Daughter Moment

I love this moment between the groom and his daughter as they see each other for the first time on his wedding day at the Mansfield Barn. Such a sweet moment between parent and child! 
 

The First Touch

A great first look alternative, this first touch allows the couple to connect before the ceremony, without actually seeing each other! It’s sweet, creative, and a lovely option for couples who want to have a traditional “down the aisle” moment.

Photo: Love Wins Photography

 

Shock and Awe

This photo made me absolutely beam when I first saw it. The groom’s surprise, the bride’s big smile … it’s such a sweet, pure moment of joy. 
 
Photo: MoHo Photos 

The Three Generations

This one had me tearing up. Weddings are a chance to honor your history, and I love that this bride took a moment with her mom and grandma for a first look to celebrate her family.
 

Hype Girls

Hype girls, bride squad …whatever you call them, these girls brought the love for their first look with the bride! Planner NJOY Weddings & Events thought of everything, including a champagne toast so the crew could celebrate.
 
Photo: Amy Bennett 
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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.

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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

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Photographer: HANNAH PHOTOGRAPHY