Best of 2023: Readers Choice Awards

Over the past few weeks, we have featured a selection of remarkable Vermont weddings in our annual Best of Vermont Weddings series.  Like last year, we requested  you, our loyal readers, to partake in our Readers Choice Awards and vote for your favorites!

Today, as we conclude this series and look forward to 2024, we are so excited to reveal your top choices. Despite tight competition and a significant number of votes, these winners emerged victorious. Without further ado, the highly anticipated moment has arrived, revealing the esteemed winners of each category as chosen by you!

Best of Wedding Florals: Purple Passion

 
This enchanting purple-hued bouquet by M’s Wedding Flowers truly mesmerized us… and you! These beautiful blooms took first place this year in our floral category.
 
Photo by Sarah Peet Photography

Best of Elopements: Autumnal Romance

 
A Vermont elopement is beautiful no matter the season, but it was this photo by Kate Seymour Photography that reminded readers how romantic a secluded lakeside wedding in the fall can be!

Best of Desserts: Let It Snow

 
After a flurry of votes, this delectable and intricately decorated cake by Blue House Bakeshop ended up taking first place!
 

Best of Wedding Style: Tips Up

 
This fun ski lapel pin added a whimsical touch to the groom’s outfit. It’s a perfect nod to the overall theme for this winter wedding-  and inspired all of you!
 

Best of Furry Friends: Sweet Smooch

 
This was our closest category by votes in our Best of Series! (Who can resist animals?) Congratulations to Allison Macy Photography for this winning image.
 
 
 

Best of Vermont Wedding Venues: Sterling Ridge Resort

Sterling Ridge Resort won you over with its Vermont charm and incredible views!

Photo: Isora Lithgow Creations

Best of Just Married Moments: Picture Perfect Perspective

 
This look at the couple’s first kiss, captured by Courtney Cania Photography, gave you alllll those warm “just married” feels. 
 
Venue: Quechee Inn

Best of Wedding Design: Chic Camping

Siri, “Pack my bags, I’m heading to camp!” We swooned for this summer camp chic celebration, planned by NJOY Weddings & Events at Basin Harbor, and you voted it your favorite too!
 
Photo: Julia Luckett 

Best of Rain: A Shower of Smiles

 
Not even rain could dampen these newlywed’s smiles! A true snapshot of the excitement that comes with finally getting to say the words “I do!”
 
Photo: Melanie Ruth Photography

That’s a Wrap on Best of Vermont Weddings 2023

Thank you to everyone who voted in our Readers Choice Awards! And a huge congratulations to every featured member in our Best of Vermont Weddings series! Our Vendor Guide is truly made up of the most creative and dedicated wedding professionals in Vermont. We are grateful for their support and their incredible work that continues to inspire all of us.

While this is one of our most popular string of blogs post for the year, we write about engagements, elopements and weddings year round. Have a celebration you’d like to share with us? Fill out a blog submission form for a chance to be featured.

It’s safe to say that 2023 was an amazing year, and we can’t wait to celebrate along with you all in 2024!

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Best of 2023: Rain

2023 may go down in history as the year that redefined the phrase ‘raining on your parade’, literally. It was the wettest wedding season in Vermont we’ve ever seen – and yet, love was never dampened! Instead, couples and wedding vendors alike found new ways to turn downpours and misty skies into memorable moments.

Whether it was adapting photoshoots, rethinking venue locations or ensuring all guests had umbrellas, the 2023 wedding season was a time where love thrived no matter the forecast and today we’re sharing our favorites with you.

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. 

A Shower of Love

This couple’s special moment of alone time was made that much more romantic with moody skies and some rain!
 
Photo: Wood and Ether

Maid of Honor To The Rescue

To say this wedding was a complete washout would be an accurate statement! The bride and groom walked out to the ceremony site in 3 inches of standing water (all while it was still coming down!)  However, fear not – the Maid of Honor gets “MVP” for holding the umbrella for the bride during the ceremony, not giving a care in the world that she was getting drenched!
 

Waddle This Way

Pictured: a bride running out of the rain, but the best part? In the background, a delightful group of ducks waddling cheerfully under the soft, gentle drizzle.
 

Under The Same Umbrella

Nothing is sweeter than cozying up next to your partner! We love this snap of brides taking a moment for themselves on their wedding day.
 
Photo: Andy Madea Photography
Venue: Sterling Ridge Resort

A Shower of Smiles

Not even rain could dampen these newlywed’s smiles! A true snapshot of the excitement that comes with finally getting to say the words “I do!”
 
Photo: Melanie Ruth Photography

Colorful Cuddles

A rainy morning transformed into a delightful afternoon, with the cherry on top being a spectacular rainbow arching across the sky! 
 
Photo:  Moho Photo

Moody and Magical

When a passing rainstorm leaves some of Vermont’s most iconic mountain views socked in, you make the best of it by finding the most dramatic clouds and go in for the kiss!
 

A Downpour of Joy

Despite the drizzling rain, joy was the only thing that showered this beautiful couple! We can’t help but smile when looking at these brides their laughter and love for each other is contagious.
 

Somewhere Under The Rainbow

Two words: epic rainbow! This moment captured  by Juniper Studios is like something straight out of a movie.
 
 

Relish The Rain

Rainy skies, a spot light and clear umbrellas make for a winning combination! We love this couple embracing the weather on their wedding day!
 

Love Is An Umbrella For When It Rains

This couple wasn’t going to let a little rain stop them from holding their ceremony outdoors.  The couple’s wedding planner, K Kerkorian Events, along with their venue, Basin Harbor, supplied everyone with umbrellas and made it happen!
 
Venue: Basin Harbor

Lake Champlain Love

These newlyweds chose a secluded pier off of Lake Champlain to capture this beautiful and misty moment!
 

Magical Mist

Despite the rain falling around them, this radiant couple shared a cinematic-worthy smooch! 
 
Florals & Venue: Farmhouse Flowers

Clear Eyes, Full Hearts

As you start to prepare for your own wedding, make sure to include clear umbrellas on your list! Not only do they keep you dry, but still let light in to create absolutely gorgeous and artistic photos, like this one!
 

Covered in Love

When the forecast called for rain, this couple moved their lakeside celebration at Grand Isle Lake House  up to the venue’s cozy wrap around porch for an even more intimate day!
 
Catering: Let’s Pretend Catering

Meet Me In The Rain

A sweet kiss captured in black and white. So dreamy and timeless!
 

Readers Choice Awards

Now that you’ve seen our picks for the best Vermont rain moments 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: 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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An Ethereal and Elegant Wedding in the Heart of Manchester

Selecting a wedding aesthetic can be challenging, as it’s often a toss-up between a classic, timeless look or a more daring and vivid approach. Luckily for us, we don’t have to choose a favorite when it comes to this wedding at Kimpton Taconic Hotel!  Details from this beautiful day were captured by Rowan Oak Studios and are sure to be treasured memories of this special day for years to come.

A Timeless Wedding Bursting with Color and Fun

The Kimpton Taconic Hotel is located in the heart of Manchester, Vermont. This remarkable space boasts 86 guest rooms and inviting indoor and outdoor areas that are perfect for weddings and socializing with your family and friends throughout your wedding weekend.

When it came to Bridgett and Dave’s wedding day, a 100% chance of rain couldn’t overcome their love or planned outdoor ceremony! 

We also have to note the wedding party’s unique style. From electric blue to magenta, the bridesmaids’ dresses added a fun and modern twist to the classic wedding. The groomsmen sported classic tuxedos, which were strikingly juxtaposed with their casual sneakers. Meanwhile, Bridgett’s elegant cathedral veil surprised everyone with unexpected bursts of color.

Once the formalities were over, it was time to head inside for an epic reception. Guests were welcomed with vibrant bud vases on each table and even the littlest wedding guests had things to keep them occupied, like coloring pages and Playdoh. During cocktail hour, guests could leave date night and wedding advice for Bridgett and Dave. The couple also had a vintage rotary phone set up where guests could leave a message for the newlyweds to listen to after their special day.

Over on the dance floor Bridgett and Dave’s family and friends knew how to have a good time! The energy was electric as everyone showcased their best moves, played with bubble guns and even did unexpected chair hoists. During one chair hoist, Bridgett fell out of her chair but miraculously landed on her feet and kept on dancing, not missing a beat!

This celebration is surely one guests will remember for years to come. Congratulations Bridgett and Dave!

Vendors:

Venue: Kimpton Taconic Hotel, Photographer: Rowan Oak Studios, Planner: Fall In LoVermont, Makeup Artist: Vivian E Infanto Makeup, Flowers: Bondville Bloomist, Videographer: Toast Wedding Films.

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Elegant Summer Wedding at the Kimpton Taconic Hotel

Childhood sweethearts, Becky and John, finally had their big day at the Kimpton Taconic Hotel in Manchester, VT. The photographer, Idena Beach, shared that she absolutely adored capturing this couple. This wedding can only be described as pure bliss and big smiles. 

bride and groom under the lights at the Taconic Hotel in Manchester, VT
Idena Beach Photography

An Emotional Day

Becky and John had been dating since middle school, so to say that they know each other well is an understatement! Case in point? Their pre-ceremony gift exchange. Becky bought a particular perfume that  John likes so she could surprise him by wearing that scent…and John ended up buying her the same perfume as a gift! It was a fun little moment where everyone was laughing at how well they know each other.

John also included an old sports t shirt of his for her to sleep in. Becky is a huge PJ lover! When asked what her best guess is when it comes to his gift to her she said, “Pajamas. I love Pajamas!” There was a note taped to it as well. It was a small, funny little moment, but there was not a dry eye in the room because the couple’s love was so apparent.

Before putting on her dress, Becky saw John and his groomsmen outside taking photos on the street in front of the hotel. Idena remembered how she captured Becky’s happy tears and excitement over the nearness of their ceremony!

A Kimpton Taconic Hotel Wedding

The Kimpton Taconic Hotel is the perfect place for an elegant wedding. Becky and John’s wedding party got ready at the hotel and took pictures around the property before preparing for the ceremony. The beautiful garden was an elegant setting for their outdoor ceremony. (John’s face says it all as Becky walked down the aisle with her dad. The ceremony was beautiful, memorable, and full of laughter.)

Everyone enjoyed cocktail hour out on the terrace before heading into the ballroom for the reception. Becky and John’s family and friends enjoyed speeches, dinner, and dancing the night away together. 

This was a special day full of wonderful memories for everyone involved!

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THIS COUPLE HOSTED AN ELEGANT AL FRESCO DINNER PARTY FOR THEIR FALL WEDDING

When asked about today’s wedding, photographer Colette Kulig enthusiastically responded, “SIMPLE ELEGANCE is literally the definition of this wedding.” We couldn’t agree more. From bride Laura’s old Hollywood glam style, to the beautiful tablescape, each detail is perfection.

Laura and Jared celebrated their wedding with a traditional church service and an intimate dinner party on The Taconic‘s patio with close loved ones. After their al fresco dinner party, the couple kicked off the dance floor with an acoustic cover of Taylor Swift’s “Lover”, and their guests joined them under the twinkle lights long into the evening. 

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White bride and groom sitting at dinner table and laughing on wedding day in Vermont

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Venue: KIMPTON TACONIC HOTEL | Photographer: COLETTE KULIG PHOTOGRAPHY

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.
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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