Meet Wedding Planner Jackie of Jaclyn Watson Events

Wedding planner Jackie, the owner and lead designer of Jaclyn Watson Events, creates custom, bespoke weddings that her couples and their guests remember for a lifetime. You’ve likely swooned over one (or more) of her weddings on Instagram before yourself! Read on to learn more about Jackie.

How did you get into event planning? 

After planning my own wedding, I knew this was something that I would be good at and I dove right in! 

What inspires your work? 

Knowing that I get to be creative everyday inspires me

Any special tips for couples? 

Choose a wedding planner that fits both your budget and your personality – you’ll be spending a lot of time together! 

What’s your favorite moment during a wedding? 

When the couple says I do, walks back down the aisle and I get the first hug and congratulations!

What’s your favorite thing to do in VT? / Local spot to visit? Etc. 

Go to Scale and have poke bowl or Acai bowl

If you weren’t a wedding/event planner what would you do? 

I would have been a paramedic 

What’s a fun fact about yourself?  

I used to be a performer and did juggling

What’s a song that always gets you on the dance floor? 

“Footloose” – ha!

 

Thank you, Jackie! Learn more about Jaclyn Watson Events in the vendor guide.

BEST OF 2021: DETAILS & DESIGN

From traditional and elegant to boho and casual, a couple’s style informs each design choice and detail on their wedding day. Here are a few of our favorite details and designs from 2021 Vermont weddings.

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

Fresh & Floral

As a nod to the groom’s Georgia roots, Lindsey added whole and halved peaches into Clayton Floral’s amazing green garlands (also peep that archway installation – it’s UNBELIEVABLE), and painted custom place cards, menus and table numbers to include peaches as well. This Maquam Barn wedding is definitely a highlight of the year. (Photo: Julia Luckett Photography)

(Read the full wedding story)

The Bold & Beautiful

This “camp” inspired lakeside wedding designed by I Dews Design & Events was equal parts fun, beautiful, and sentimental. Their wedding incorporated nods to their family, including the groom’s grandfather’s UVM beer stein in their tablescapes.  (Photo: Obsidian)

A table full of wedding cakes

A Celebration of Cakes

Why have one cake when you can have a whole table of them? We love this display of multiple cakes (we especially love the gold brushstroke design) by The Goose Chase Cake Designs. It creates a huge visual impact and provides a variety of flavor options for guests! (Photo: Dear Edith & Lily)

Fresh & Festive

The chandeliers, the drapery, the neon sign and the pink tufted chairs … we can’t get enough of this design by Jaclyn Watson Events. It’s classically beautiful, but with a bit of a fresh update! (Photo: Rodeo & Co)

Elegance Under the Tent

NJOY Weddings & Events created a timeless, romantic reception tent for this Hildene wedding. We especially love how the tent glows after dark from the strands of twinkling lights that highlight the tent’s drapes. Total modern romance! (Photo: Corinne Parker)

A place card for wedding with custom logo with a heart for a Vermont wedding

Love-Inspired Logo

This couple, both graphic designers, designed their own (super cool) wedding logo, and made these candles – holders and all – as gifts for all their guests. (Photo: K Lenhart Photography)

A Stand Out Seating Chart

This seating chart floral display by Nectar and Root is one of the most unique, lovely design choices we’ve seen this year. It’s a small sample of the gorgeousness that is this wedding by Lindsey Leichthammer Events at the Inn at Grace Farm is gorgeous. (Photo: Jenna Brisson Photography)

(Read the full wedding story)

 

Love Notes

The bride, a teacher, asked her students to write down what love and marriage mean to them. The resulting cards are sweet, adorable, and unique additions to each table. (Photo: Love Wins Photography)

Dinner table set for outdoor wedding with bright pink flowers down the center

Dinner Party Goals

This al fresco dinner party at The Grafton Inn is stunning; we love the bright florals and lanterns down the center of the table. It’s casually elegant, and oh-so-fun.  (Photo: Loveland Creative)

 
Vermont wedding barn with greenery drapery

Paradise Found

We love how The Linen Shop’s neutral table liners show off the long farmhouse tables and lay the perfect backdrop for the lush greenery. Topped off with oodles of greenery and twinkling lights, and we feel like we’re in a garden paradise! (Photo: Cassi Claire)

 

A DIY Dream

Both wedding filmmaker Madison Anne Studio and photographer Juniper Studios highlighted this gorgeous boho wedding. The bride handmade many of the decor pieces, including the incredible crochet ceremony backdrop.

 
 

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:

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 LUXE LAKESIDE WEDDING

Giuliana and Ben had a clear vision for the wedding day, and despite the challenges of wedding planning in 2020, the couple was able to bring that dream to life thanks to the expertise of Jaclyn Watson Events. The couple’s lakeside wedding at Basin Harbor in Vergennes, Vermont was truly spectacular (and safe – the couple was diligent about following state protocols in place at the time). 

Elegant Event Design & Custom Wedding Details

The team worked in details to make the design unique to the couple: the blue printed chargers mimicked the couple’s own dinnerware collection; the stationery collage was a custom piece created by a family friend; the collection of eclectic water pitchers used at both the cocktail hour and reception were hand-picked by the couple, and a gift to guests who wished to take them. From the lush centerpieces to the sparkling chandeliers in reception tent, each detail spoke of luxury.

Check out the gallery below for a peak at this elegant, waterfront wedding!

More Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration

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

Wedding Planner: JACLYN WATSON EVENTS | Fireworks: NORTHSTAR FIREWORKS | Wedding Venue: BASIN HARBOR | Photographer: POGO PHOTO | Rentals: VERMONT TENT COMPANY | Floral: APOTHECA FLORA | Rentals: PEAK RENTALS | Rentals: CHICKADEE HILL EVENT RENTALS

A COLORFUL, ROMANTIC SPRINGTIME STYLED SHOOT

When this romantic styled shoot showed up in our inbox we may have audibly sighed. It’s so dreamy!

“We wanted to create a romantic, Old World-inspired session that focused on the vitality of spring,” says photographer Julia.

Unique Wedding Ceremony Floral Installation on a Tree

Blossoming Bough brought this vision to life with lush florals (we especially dig the floral installation on the tree for a ceremony backdrop), a tablescape with natural details like moss and quail eggs, and a dreamy, colorful bespoke stationery suite.

Check it all out below!

Two brides nuzzling while holding large bouquets during a spring elopement styled shoot in Vermont

More Real Vermont Engagement Inspiration

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

Planner: JACLYN WATSON EVENTS | Floral Design: BLOSSOMING BOUGH | Photographer: JULIA LUCKETT PHOTOGRAPHY | Makeup Artist: HILLARY FAY STUDIOS | Venue: TRAPP FAMILY LODGE | Papery: CHRISTA ALEXANDRA DESIGNS | Rentals: VERMONT TENT COMPANY | Linens: BBJ LINENS | Models: CHARLOTTE ATKINSON AND PAIGE MCLAUGHRY

A SPECTACULAR LUXE TENT WEDDING BY JACLYN WATSON EVENTS AT TOPNOTCH RESORT

When Hilary and Adam tied the knot, the ski-loving Texans wanted to provide guests with a weekend-long celebration in Vermont. The couple enlisted the expertise of Jaclyn Watson Events to bring their dreams to life, resulting in a truly spectacular wedding at the Topnotch Resort in Stowe, Vermont.

“The design element of the event took many months to plan, says Jaclyn. The team handpicked each piece to create the special style of elegance that reflected the couple. “Everything from the heavy greenery floral design to the custom stationery elevated the event and wowed the guests and couple alike!” Check out their gallery, captured by Savannah Brown, below. 

White bride and groom dancing under a tent draped with chandeliers on wedding day in Vermont

More Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration

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

Wedding Planner: JACLYN WATSON EVENTS | Wedding Venue: TOPNOTCH RESORT | Specialty Rentals: CHICKADEE HILL | Photographer: SAVANNAH BROWN

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