A Bright October Wedding in the Heart of Vermont

Today, we’re whisking you away to our favorite Vermont season: fall. It’s never too early to start daydreaming of a wedding where the air is crisp, and the foliage paints a masterpiece of fiery reds, warm golds, and vibrant oranges. We’re swooning over this couple’s perfect fall wedding at Mountain Top Resort, full of sweet elements and a beautiful color palette. Thank you to skilled wedding photographer, Sally Carpenter Photography, for sharing Corey and Tori’s love story with us. Continue reading for more details on this romantic day!

The Inspiration Behind The Couple's Color Palette

When Corey and Tori started planning their Vermont wedding, they never imagined it would turn into the moody, fall-themed celebration it became. Corey had always expressed wanting to wear a tweed vest for their special day, something that is not typically a groom’s first choice when it comes to formal wear! With that wish in mind, Tori started thinking outside of the box and found a beautiful tartan wrap. She knew it would pair perfectly with Corey’s style choice, and as an interior designer, Tori took the inspiration to the next level. The result? A wedding theme the couple lovingly dubbed ‘tartan and tweed’!

This concept pulled together typical fall elements and colors, and then turned them up a notch resulting in hues like deep wine, berry and burgundy with nods of green. (Spoiler alert: this is a lovely, fresh take on an autumn color palette and we are in love with it.)

On the couple’s wedding day, both Tori and Corey got ready separately before meeting for first-look photos. Blush Vermont pampered Tori and her bridesmaids with exceptional treatment, ensuring that their hair was perfectly styled and their makeup exuded an ethereal and timeless aura.

A covered bridge pin, which was originally owned by Tori’s grandmother, was a precious keepsake as she had a profound admiration for Vermont’s covered bridges throughout her life. After her passing, the pin became an heirloom passed down to Tori’s mother. As a result, it served as Tori’s “something borrowed” on her tartan wrap during this special day.

Over at the groom’s suite, Tori’s father exchanged a gift with Corey. He purchased a sixpence and opted for the year 1956 as it was the year Corey’s grandparents tied the knot, adding an extra charming and family-oriented detail to the couple’s wedding day!

A Romantically Rustic Ceremony & Reception

In the embrace of rolling mountains, their peaks awash with the vibrant hues of fall foliage, Tori and Corey exchanged vows in a ceremony as breathtaking as the landscape surrounding them. The aisle commenced with aged barrels, symbols of time’s passage and the aging of love into something deeply beautiful. Atop these barrels rested lush floral arrangements, their colors and fragrances mingling with the crisp autumn air. Long farm benches and cream throw blankets welcomed guests to this picturesque setting, offering them a front-row seat to the union of Tori and Corey against the stunning backdrop of nature’s autumnal tapestry!

After the ceremony, guests made their way to Mountain Top Resort’s Event Barn, which was perfectly decorated for the occasion. The couple’s planner, Zoey Zariole, and Meadow’s Edge Floral Design dreamt up a romantic atmosphere complete with plenty of string lights, sleek votive candles, gold tea lights, and rich burgundy table runners. As a charming tribute to autumn, the couple opted to use petite, ivory pumpkins as their escort cards, adorably displaying the names of their esteemed guests and corresponding table numbers.

Following a night of lively dancing, guests had the opportunity to indulge their cravings for something sweet by savoring a delectable two-tiered cake crafted by Sweet Vermont Treats. We love the nods to Tori’s wedding bouquet that adorned the cake’s buttercream exterior.

Tori and Corey’s special day was so enchanting that the couple plan on moving to Vermont one day. Congratulations Tori and Corey on your beautiful Vermont wedding!

Vendors:

Photographer: Sally Carpenter Photography, Venue: Mountain Top Resort, Hair and Makeup: Blush Vermont, Florals: Meadow’s Edge, Day-of-Coordinator: Zoey Zariole, Officiant: Annie Alexander-Kramer, Cake: Sweet Vermont Treats, Dress: Martina Liana (Brickhouse Bridal), Wrap: Lindsey Cashmere Stole by Kiltane, Suit: Mens Wearhouse, Vest: Scottish Harris Tweed Waistcoat from Hickory Golf, Shoes: Vintage Circus by Sam Edelman, Earrings: Luccichio by Vintouch Italy.

Mountain Top Resort: A Spectacular Vermont Wedding Destination

Mountain Top Resort in Chittenden, Vermont is the perfect weekend long wedding destination, offering a diverse selection of ceremony and reception sites amidst stunning landscapes including a 740 acre lake, lush meadows, and panoramic mountain views. (and endless activities on-site!) Along with their accredited culinary and service staff, dedicated wedding planners, and luxurious accommodations, Mountain Top Resort ensures a memorable wedding experience with an on-site spa, floral services, and more.

Sally Carpenter Photography: A Documentary-Style Vermont Wedding Photographer

Sally Carpenter Photography is an editorial, documentary-style wedding photographer with over 20 years of experience located in Woodstock, Vermont. Having photographed over 300 weddings, Sally is an expert at capturing the perfect moment and managing unexpected situations smoothly. Sally’s friendly and calm approach also makes her a perfect fit for couples looking for a personable wedding photographer!

Sweet Vermont Treats: A Vermont Wedding Baker

Sweet Vermont Treats is an experienced Vermont baker, ready to satisfy any sweet tooth! Their selection includes not only signature wedding cakes but also cupcakes, tarts, brownies, and more, ideal for a grand wedding dessert table. They also create custom-decorated sugar cookies, offering both beauty and flavor, often used as unique favors for weddings.

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Gliding into Forever: A Winter Wonderland Wedding with a Hockey Twist

Prepare to have your hearts do a little victory lap because we’ve got a love story that’s cooler than a fresh Zamboni-cut ice rink. Picture this: a beautiful Vermont backdrop courtesy of Mountain Top Resort, a couple madly in love, and a pair of ice skates for each. Yes, you read that right! This adorable couple decided to ditch tradition and lace up their skates for a first look that’s as unique as their love for each other. We’re excited to share with you every heart melting moment, perfectly captured by Courtney Cania Photography.

The Unique First Look on Ice

When planning their quintessential Vermont wedding, Stacie and Greg knew they wanted to have a laid back day. On the morning of their big day, Stacie and Greg embraced the essence of Vermont’s winter, opting for warmth and authenticity over traditional bridal norms. Stacie’s choice to wear fur-lined boots instead of the expected high heels was a testament to the couple’s desire for comfort and practicality. (without sacrificing style!) The bridal party donned matching Vermont Flannel Company shirts while getting ready, a perfect and practical choice for a chilly February morning.

Something Stacie and Greg share a love for is hockey and they found a perfect way to incorporate this into their special day! Amid the serenity of Mountain Top Resort’s ice rink, Stacie and Greg laced up their skates and created an unforgettable first look, infused with personal meaning and their shared passion. With the crisp air surrounding them, they glided toward one another to show off their wedding day attire. The scene was beautifully surreal, with their reflections dancing on the ice beneath them. (We’re melting over here!)

Crafting a Winter Wonderland Theme

The outdoor festivities didn’t stop there. Over at the venue’s terrace, guests were greeted with long, rustic wooden benches and cozy flannel blankets from Vermont Flannel Company to keep them warm while they anxiously waited for the ceremony to begin. For their ceremony, Stacie and Greg chose a palette of navy, brown, and balsam- all which effortlessly mirrored the natural hues found in the forested surroundings of the Mountain Top Resort. The deliberate choice of snowy white blooms by Meadows Edge Floral Design, intertwined with balsam sprigs, added a layer of elegance and enriched the rustic feeling that a Vermont winter typically brings.

Upon entering the reception area, guests were whisked away to a enchanting, winter wonderland adorned with delicate string lights, flickering votive candles, and a luxe seating area by Wild Fern Boutique. Whenever guests needed a little pick me up, they gravitated towards the bar where signature cocktails awaited them. Stacie and Greg crafted unique libations to pay homage to their cherished  four-legged companions, Jet and Mika.

To wrap up an already magical day, Stacie and Greg opted for a mid-reception horse drawn sleigh ride, complete with a ‘just married’ sign of course. Congratulations, Stacie and Greg, on your magical day!

Tips for Creating a Memorable First Look

Creating a unique and memorable first look during your wedding can add an extra layer of intimacy and excitement to your special day! This moment, when the couple sees each other for the first time in their wedding attire, offers an opportunity for an incredibly emotional and personal experience. Here are three tips to make your first look uniquely unforgettable:

1. Incorporate Personal Elements: Think about what makes your relationship unique and try to include those elements in your first look. This could be the location where you first met or a spot that holds special significance to your relationship. You could also integrate something symbolic, like reading letters you’ve written to each other before turning around to see one another, or playing a song in the background that has meaning to you both. Personal touches like these will make the moment feel even more intimate and tailored to your unique love story.

2. Use a Creative Setting or Backdrop: While first looks are commonly done in the venue where you’re getting married, consider choosing a unique setting that differs from the typical wedding backgrounds. Look for interesting textures, vivid colors, or striking natural landscapes that will not only enhance the emotion of the moment but also create stunning visual memories. The key is to select a location that feels meaningful or exhilarating to you as a couple, setting the stage for a memorable first look and exciting rest of the day!

3. Plan a Surprise Element: Incorporate a surprise element for your partner into the first look to make the moment even more special. This could be anything from wearing an accessory or piece of clothing that has sentimental value, like a family heirloom. You might even involve your pets or loved ones in the surprise, creating a multi-layered experience that encompasses more than just the visual aspect of seeing each other. Whatever surprise you choose, ensure it’s something that it is meaningful to your partner adding a layer of emotional depth to the first look experience.

Remember, the goal of a first look is to craft a moment that feels deeply personal and meaningful to both of you. By focusing on personalization and the element of surprise, you’re setting the stage for an unforgettable experience that celebrates your individual love story in a way that feels authentic and uniquely you!

Plan Your Wedding at Mountain Top Inn and Resort

Mountain Top Resort is a secluded and idyllic wedding venue located in Chittenden, Vermont. Situated on on 700 private acres of woods & meadow, with sweeping views of the surrounding Green Mountains and a pristine 740 acre lake, Mountain Top Resort is the perfect location for couples looking for a special place to hold a weekend long celebration!

Capture Every Moment with Courtney Cania Photography

Courtney Cania Photography is a wedding photographer who provides couples timeless, romantic images and an exceptional wedding experience. Courtney’s approach to wedding photography is a blend of lifestyle and documentary; her ultimate goal is to provide an exceptional wedding experience, and to show up as a good friend looking out for you on this most special day!

Vendors: 

Venue: Mountain Top Inn and Resort, Photographer: Courtney Cania Photography, Second Shooter: Amy Donohue Photography, Florals: Meadows Edge Floral Design, Rentals: Wild Fern Boutique, Hair & MUA: Blush Vermont, DJ: Big Handsome Entertainment, Desserts: Sweet Birch Bakery, Getting Ready Shirts & Blankets: Vermont Flannel Company.

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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: Vermont Wedding Venues

Ready to go on an adventure? Today we’re traversing across the state to highlight Vermont’s most captivating wedding venues! In our small but mighty state, you’ll find everything from serene lakeside settings to majestic mountain retreats, ensuring a perfect spot for every couple’s “I do.” Get ready to discover the venue where your love story will take center stage!

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. 

ECHO

Echo, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain is such a special venue! Located in Burlington, not only does it have sweeping views of beautiful Lake Champlain, but it is also a museum (which couples and their guests have full access to), making it the perfect spot for an all-ages event.
 
 

The Essex Resort & Spa

The Essex Resort & Spa provides a stunning backdrop for your wedding along with deluxe accommodations and fun adventures your guests will never forget! (Like a late night jumpt into the resort’s pool!)
 
 

The Mansfield Barn

The Mansfield Barn is a beautifully renovated 150-year-old barn with unique charm and modern amenities. For couples looking for a rustic location that is still easily accessible to bigger towns like Burlington or Stowe, this venue is in the perfect location!
 
Photo: Portrait Gallery

The Inn at Grace Farm

The Inn at Grace Farm is located in Fairfax, Vermont and is the perfect setting for a private celebration! From the moment you arrive and settle into your accommodations, the property becomes your private estate to enjoy with loved ones all weekend long. It also has on-site accommodations for up to 32 guests.
 
Photo: Coryn Kiefer Photography
Florals: Tipsy Tulip Designs

Sugarbush Resort

Sugarbush Resort  is a picturesque wedding venue set in Vermont’s majestic Mad River Valley. The Resort offers several options for gathering spaces, onsite accommodations and activities no matter the season. We also love the iconic “just married” chair lift!
 
Photo 1: Birke Photography

Mountain Top Resort

Mountain Top Resort is simply stunning no matter the forecast, as shown by the video of an indoor ceremony and photo of an outdoor ceremony here! Located in idyllic Chittenden, Vermont guests will be left feeling like they visited a postcard.
 
Photo: Cassi Claire Photography

Grand Isle Lake House

Grand Isle Lake House has views of Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains, onsite accommodations and more, making this wedding venue is a relaxing, lakeside oasis! This venue truly shines in the spring, summer and fall!
 
Photo: The Light and Color
 

The Barn at Boyden Farm

The Barn at Boyden Farm is a historic wedding venue nestled along the Lamoille River Valley, complete with a charming hayloft event barn, post & beam ceremony site and an outdoor patio area overlooking 54 acres. It’s a true slice of Vermont living!
 
Photo: Jessica Lyn Photography

Equinox Resort

No matter which of the Resort’s ceremony and reception venues you choose, The Equinox Golf Resort & Spa is a romantic, sophisticated backdrop for your celebration. It’s the perfect balance between historic charm and modern amenities, located in Manchester.

Photo: Coryn Keifer Photography

Inn at Mountain View Farm

Tucked away in the beautiful North East Kingdom, The Inn at Mountain View Farm is the perfect place to celebrate the adventure of a lifetime! Couples enjoy access to the 440 acre historic farm estate, the lovingly restored barn, and access to the acclaimed Kingdom Trails.

Photo: EmberPhoto

Grafton Inn

Known for its timeless village setting and beautiful surrounding mountains, The Grafton Inn is a top choice for couples dreaming of a romantic, storybook-like Vermont wedding venue. With several dreamy event spaces and elegant dining options, it’s the perfect place to start your happily ever after.

Photo: Courtney Cania

Weatherhead Hollow

Weatherhead Hollow is a romantic wedding venue located in Guilford, perfect for a serene wedding weekend. Creative couples have the opportunity to bring their vision to life utilizing the venue’s 10,000 square foot barn, guest cottages and rolling mountain views.

Photo: Anne Taylor Photography

Sterling Ridge Resort

Sterling Ridge Resort is a unique log cabin resort nestled in the mountains of Jeffersonville. With two, beautiful outdoor ceremony spots, on-site cabin lodging, and spectacular views across the property, guests enjoy a full weekend-long Vermont experience!

Photo 1: Isora Lithgow Creations

Photo 2: Ben Hudson Photography

Soule House & Carriage Barn

The Soule House and Carriage Barn, located in Fairfield, is an intimate, rustic wedding venue filled with charm. Couples enjoy exclusive weekend access to the barn and spacious grounds, to add their own personal touch. There’s also a home so the wedding party can stay conveniently stay on site. 

Photo Credit: Sincerely Liz Photography
Flowers: Narrow Path 

Topnotch Resort

Topnotch Resort is a premier wedding venue that blends the gracious charm of a ski lodge with the luxurious amenities of a world-class resort. Located in Stowe, the Resort specializes in tented weddings. On site lodging is available for guests, as are a variety of activities, adding to the fun.

Photo: Danielle Allendorf

Wilburton Inn

The Wilburton Inn is majestic, historic estate. The mansion is the centerpiece for a full weekend celebration with an outdoor ceremony on the grand lawn and receptions on the romantic Vermont Marble Pavilion Tent. Onsite lodging is available with many amenities. 

Photo: GarrenTee Photography

Maquam Barn & Winery

Distinguished by its magnificent barn and working winery, Maquam is a one of a kind Vermont wedding venue. Guests enjoy sweeping mountain views from every aspect of the wedding day, from ceremony to a final cheers on the covered patio. 

Photo: Colette Kulig Photography

Trapp Family Lodge

Nestled in the picturesque town of Stowe, Vermont, Trapp Family Lodge takes inspiration from the von Trapp family’s Austrian roots and offers luxurious lodging and stunning vistas that are perfect for your special day!

Photo: Jenna Brisson Photography

Readers Choice Awards

Now that you’ve seen our picks for the best Vermont wedding venues 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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Best of 2023: Wedding Style

Today, we’re diving into a category that’s all about self-expression and personal flair: Wedding Style! It’s not just about the dress or the suit; it’s the full ensemble of attire, hair, makeup, and the overarching vision that brings a wedding to life. 

From sweeping trains boho chic boots, this category celebrates the unique choices that make a wedding genuinely reflective of the couple’s personality and love story. It’s where fashion meets passion!

Prepare to be inspired by the creativity and personal touch each couple brought to their big day.

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. 

Dazzling Duo

This bride wowed us with her dual looks. The first: golden and glowing, with traditional Indian jewelry and dress. The second: casual elegance with loose locks and a stunning off the shoulder gown. 
 
Makeup Artist: Hopcraft Collective
Photo: Liz Andolina Photography
 
 

A Vision in a Veil 

A sweeping veil paired with stunning sleeves adorned with intricate lace creates a harmonious blend of contemporary and classic. It’s absolutely gorgeous! 
 
Photo: Sarah Surette Photography

Lovely on the Lake

Envisioning an Italian getaway at Lake Como, this bride brought her dream to Vermont’s shores! Her classic sweetheart dress with a dramatic train is the perfect look for this elegant lakeside wedding.
 
Photo: Amanda Young 

A Sunny Start

Adorable, custom pearl sunnies added a playful touch to this bride’s look and became a memorable prop, circulating among guests to create a fun TikTok!
 

Cool & Chic

With a seafoam green suit for him, a gorgeous low-back dress for her, and a vintage car serving as a backdrop, this couple’s style is effortlessly cool.
 

Radiant & Romantic

This bride’s natural beauty shines through with a refined updo and glowing makeup. It’s simple and stunning; perfect for a Vermont wedding day!
 
Photo: Idena Beach Photography

Hey Shortie

Rocking a short satin dress with a dramatic bow and matching bowed heels, this bride’s outfit is playful, chic and oh-so-fun!
 

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.
 

Dragon Dance Delight

This couple wanted to incorporate traditional Chinese elements in their wedding, including this enchanting Chinese dragon dance performed by some of their talented guests.
 
Videographer: Todd Stoilov
 

Boho Beauty

From macrame dream catchers to the colorful bouquet; the off-the-shoulder lace gown to the a white cowboy hat and boots, this couple’s boho style is goals.
 

Flannel Forever

Does anything say “Vermont style” quite like flannel? These brides rocked matching Vermont Flannel shirts while getting ready for their wedding morning. 
 
Photo: Andy Madea Photography
 

Elegant and Classic

This couple is the picture of elegance. From the luxurious white floral ceremony arch to their classic black and white attire, the overall effect is elegance at its finest. 

Photo: Jackie Fox
 

Adventurous Sole

Perfect for this trail-blazing couple, these hiking boots and socks are the ultimate under-the-dress accessory for the ultimate adventure!
 

Rainbow of Love

A vibrant rainbow of bridesmaids dresses add to the celebratory nature of this vibrant wedding.
 
 
 

Party Pizzazz

Sequins, feathers, hats, and all – this couple is dressed to the nines and ready to revel on the dance floor!

Photo: Ben Hudson Photography

Readers Choice Awards

Now that you’ve seen our picks for the best Vermont wedding style 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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This Mountain Top Resort Wedding Was a True Winter Wonderland

Nothing is more romantic than freshly fallen snow in Vermont, especially when it happens on your wedding day! This December wedding at Mountain Top Resort checks off all of the boxes: snow, twinkle lights, cozy flannels, gorgeous florals by M’s Wedding Flowers, and a packed dance floor that surely kept guests warm all evening long.

Amy and Adam’s wedding was made even more beautiful by the incredible work of Idena Beach Photography and we’re excited to share all the timeless photos and details with you below!

Saying 'I Do' in the Snow: An Unforgettable Winter Wedding

Amy and Adam’s wedding weekend started out quite mild for Vermont in December. Mountain Top Resort had not a single snowflake, mostly fading patches of grass. That all changed on the morning of the wedding when it started snowing, snowing, and… snowing, until the entire mountain was covered in nearly 14 inches of snow!

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Although not expected, Amy, Adam and all of their guests embraced the weather in style! Amy wore snow boots under her wedding dress and the couple utilized clear umbrellas to shield themselves from the snow. (Pro tip: Clear umbrellas are great for rainy or snowy days. They allow whatever light you have to still come through to help out your photographer and they keep you cool or dry outdoors!) Adam wore an emerald green jacket and bowtie, which pulled together the couple’s elegant winter color scheme.

The Event Barn at Mountain Top Resort was the perfect space for both the ceremony and reception. Everywhere guests turned were gorgeous floral arrangements by M’s Wedding Flowers, strings of sparkly twinkle lights and candles. Over on the dance floor, the energy was unmatched! Adam and Amy’s dad had a one hand push up contest and guests enjoyed a few shot skis. Amy even changed into a fun jumpsuit as the evening went on!

Everyone loved that they had to “hunker down” together and stay indoors, celebrating Amy and Adam all day. It may have been a chilly day, but the love and energy captured are nothing short of heart warming!

Experience the Magic of Mountain Top Resort

Mountain Top Resort is a secluded and idyllic wedding venue located in Chittenden, Vermont. Situated on on 700 private acres of woods & meadow, with sweeping views of the surrounding Green Mountains and a pristine 740 acre lake, Mountain Top Resort is the perfect location for couples looking for a special place to hold a weekend long celebration!

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Specializing in unique, affordable, and beautifully unconventional arrangements, M’s Wedding Flowers offers a truly personalized service to make your wedding blooms unforgettable! Emily is passionate about her work, making sure that each floral creation she makes is just as unique as the couple she is working with.

Vendors: 

Venue: Mountain Top Inn and Resort, Photographer: Idena Beach Photography, Make Up: Carina Scott Makeup, Hair: Cassondra Schauble Hair, Florals: M’s Wedding Flowers, DJ: Ben Goldfarb.

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Venue Spotlight: Mountain Top Inn & Resort 

Looking for a wedding venue that offers both stunning scenery and unparalleled amenities? Look no further than the Mountain Top Inn & Resort in Chittenden, Vermont!

With its spacious grounds, luxury accommodations, and countless activities and amenities, the Mountain Top Inn & Resort has everything you need to make your special day truly unforgettable. Whether you’re planning a summer ceremony under the sun or a cozy winter wedding by the fireplace, this venue has it all. Learn more about this stunning venue by reading below.

The Space: What’s the vibe? 

Describing us in 3 words: all-inclusive, rustic-luxe and all-season!

The space: Can couples host their ceremony and reception on site? What are those spaces like?

Yes! As an all-inclusive venue, we offer a few different ceremony sites, from our Wedding Knoll, to our Terrace, to the loft or more intimate areas that include our view of the Green Mountains. Receptions can be held in our Event Barn, in our Restaurant, or at our Beach Pavilion (weather depending). All of these areas provide spectacular views, creating the perfect backdrop to your special day.

The amenities: What do you include?

In the summer, you’ll be able to enjoy our outdoor heated swimming pool, a private beach, and 740 acre lake. During the winter months, we have cross country skiing, snowshoeing, horse-drawn sleigh rides, and more!

The Location: What is There to Do in the Local Area?

We’re a short drive to Killington, but being remote has its perks! Set on 700 private acres, we offer hiking, cross country skiing, clay bird shooting, pontoon boat cruises, ice skating, and more. We have a complimentary shuttle that is also available to take you to Killington for your downhill skiing adventures.

The History: What Is the Venue’s Story?

Centrally located in Chittenden, Vermont, Mountain Top Resort originally started as Mountain Top Inn, a converted barn from the Long Family’s turnip farm founded in the 1870s. In the 1940s, Mr. William Barstow purchased the farm, and turned it into a full-service Inn & Tavern.

From there, William and Margery Wolfe purchased the Inn in 1945, and a few years later in 1954, developed a cross country ski center and trail system that is one of the oldest in the country today with over 60 kilometers of trails. Investors later bought the Inn in the 2000s, and had turned into Mountain Top Resort – one of Vermont’s sought after destination weddings and resort.

The fit: Who are your ideal clients? 

With multiple ceremony sites to choose from, along with reception areas, we believe this is the right fit for anyone. Our venue can fit 280 in our Event Barn, but we offer smaller, more intimate areas as well. With an in-house floral team, on-site spa + salon, along with dedicated wedding planners, accredited culinary/service staff, and luxury lodge, cabin & guest house accommodations on site, the idea of all-inclusive starts from the moment you arrive.

Learn more about Mountain Top Inn & Resort in the Vermont Weddings Vendor Guide.