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)

The Tear Jerker

This couple postponed their wedding over a year, so they and their community was VERY ready to celebrate their wedding. From their emotional vows to their family’s toasts, the entire day was filled with love. (Video: Beyond Bliss Films)

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)

 
 

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 BOHO WEDDING AT LAREAU FARM INN WITH AN EPIC TRASH THE DRESS SESSION

Taylor and Colby loved the idea of spending their wedding weekend with family and friends, sitting around a fire singing, and enjoying the beauty of Vermont. They chose Lareau Farm Inn in Waitsfield as their homebase for the weekend, and planned a variety of activities for guests including yoga and a swim before their rehearsal dinner (which featured the Inn’s famous American Flatbread pizza). 

The main event itself was both gorgeous and fun (check out all the beaming smiles and heartfelt tears in this gallery). “We wanted our wedding to fit our personalities,” says Taylor. The couple wrote their own vows, designed ceremony readings, and completed a tree planting ritual. Taylor says, “It was full of laughs and tears!” Aesthetically, their design was casual, boho elegance, with lots of homemade touches and wildflowers. 

Epic Trash the Dress Day After Wedding Photoshoot at a Swimming Hole

The day after their wedding, the couple did an amazing photo shoot with intimate newlywed portraits and an epic “trash the dress” style photos at Warren Falls. 

They also took a number of photos at the Inn, which are such a sweet portrait of their newlywed bliss. 

Check out the full gallery below!

White couple kissing in lush Vermont field

More Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration

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Wedding Venue: LAREAU FARM INN ~ HOME OF AMERICAN FLATBREAD | Floral Design: A SCHOOLHOUSE GARDEN | Wedding Cake: THE GOOSE CHASE CAKE DESIGN | Photographer: STEPHANIE WOOD PHOTOGRAPHY

THIS BESPOKE PICNIC WEDDING AT LAREAU FARM IS GIVING US MAJOR SPRING VIBES

Like many couples planning a wedding in 2020, Kaleigh and Nate went through a few different ideas for their wedding. Ultimately, the couple landed on the idea of hosting a bespoke picnic wedding at Lareau Farm Inn with fifteen guests. 

A Picnic Vision Come to Life

Kaleigh says they were going for a “magical-river-Downton Abbey-style picnic” in their vision, and we think they nailed it! Blankets were carefully scattered across the Inn’s lovely lawn, providing places for guests to sit and congregate, while maintaining social distancing. In keeping with the theme, the couple provided parasols and picnic baskets for guests to enjoy and take home.

See more of the couple’s beautiful celebration, captured by Amanda Young Photography, below. A 

White bride and groom nuzzling during spring wedding in Vermont

More Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration

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Venue: LAREAU FARM INN ~ HOME OF AMERICAN FLATBREAD | Keepsake Invitation: LINDSEY LEICHTHAMMER EVENTS | Photographer: AMANDA YOUNG PHOTOGRAPHY | Floral Design: CLAYTON FLORALS | Hair and Makeup: RACHEL ALLISON

BEST OF 2020: ELOPEMENTS & MICROWEDDINGS

Given gathering restrictions this year, small microweddings and elopements were popular choices for couples in 2020. Every wedding is wonderful in its own way, so narrowing down the “best” in this category is truly impossible. That said, here are a few special moments that stood out from these beautiful, intimate wedding celebrations.

Mountain High

This couple braved the mountain for a truly dreamy elopement.

Danielle Allendorf Photography

Autumn Jewel

This intimate wedding is inspired by autumn in Vermont with beautiful jewel-toned amber and burgundy accents and florals.

Sugarbush Resort | Anne Lee Photography

Confetti Celebration

The colorful confetti toss is the perfect complement to this couple’s exuberant joy.

Ben Hudson Photography

Pond Side Bliss

The rug and floral arrangement anchor the couple’s ceremony, and their beloved dogs get in on the celebration.

Sterling Ridge Resort | Jenna Brisson Photography

New England Charm

This couple celebrates their beautiful, heartfelt wedding in an idyllic New England setting.

Grafton Inn | Loveland Creative

A Canoe Built for Two

A canoe ride on your wedding day? Why not! This couple enjoys a special moment alone before rejoining friends and family to celebrate.

Odyssey Events | Back of the Moon

Falling in Love

This vow exchanges feels both intimate and epic under a canopy of towering trees in full color.

Jessica Notargiacomo

 

Pretty as a Picnic

A picnic reception is such a fun twist, and this one is lovely, festive, and intimate.

Lareau Farm InnAmanda Young Photography

 

Cheerful Cheers

Virtual weddings were popular this year, and this couple was all smiles as they toasted to guests online during their beachfront wedding.

Ben Hudson Photography | Burlington Surf Club

Elegant Estate

The mansion, the gardens, the sunlight… this whole wedding is straight out of a fairytale.

Hildene | Jesse Schloff