AN EXQUISITE SUMMER WEDDING FOR MODERN ROMANTICS

This elegant summer wedding is a modern romantic’s dream! Featuring classic, exquisite design, and on-trend, modern touches (like those Bridgerton inspired bridesmaid gowns, and the rattan chandeliers) NJoy Weddings and Events created a wedding celebration not easily forgotten,

After postponing their wedding due to covid, Courtney and Reid were overjoyed to celebrate with their family and friends in their hometown of Manchester, Vermont. The couple invited their guests for several days of activities including golf, hiking, and plenty of time to relax and catch up by the pool. “From a lovely bridal lunch at their country estate, to their gorgeous, blow out reception at the Country Club, their wedding was truly an unforgettable event for all,” says Nancy. We agree and invite you to check out the full gallery below!

Wedding Planner NJOY WEDDINGS & EVENTS | Photographer PATRICIA LYONS PHOTOGRAPHY | Hair MAKEMEFAB, NEW YORK | Makeup FLAWLESS COSMETIC DESIGN | Ceremony FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH |Venue EKWANOK COUNTRY CLUB | Florist TARAPOLLIO DESIGNS | Band ELEMENT MUSIC | Tent & Rentals RAINORSHINETENTS, SARATOGA | Linen & Napkins BBJ/LATAVOLA | Linen & Napkins INDIA AMORY | Transportation ICE HOUSE LIMO

BEST OF 2021: COMMUNITY

The best part of weddings in 2021? Hands down: the community moments. While the people are always the true highlight of celebrations, 2021 weddings were even sweeter after months of social distancing. Long awaited hugs and overwhelming joy to be together again…that’s what stands out the most across Vermont weddings in 2021. 

As we close out our Best of 2021 series, we hope you enjoy these moments of community, and that it inspires gratitude for your own family and friends. 

Bride and bridesmaids popping a bottle of champagne on wedding morning

Besties & Bubbles

A bottle of bubbly and your best pals by your side… the best way to kick off your magical wedding day, planned by NJOY Weddings & Events at Hildene.

(Photo: Corinne Parker Photography)

Painting of a bride and groom walking down the aisle and being showered with confetti at Vermont wedding

Just Married

In this painting, wedding painter Hope Sharp captures that “just married” magic of twirling down the aisle as a married couple at The Essex Resort and Spa.

Flying High

This couple is quite literally being lifted by their community, and by the looks on their faces, they are soaking in every celebratory moment! (Photo: Ben Hudson Photography)

Groom lifting bride off dance floor during an epic first dance at their Vermont wedding

Epic First Dance

This couple’s first dance on the marble court at the Wilburton Inn looks amazing – check out that lift and twirl. And the looks on their wedding party’s faces… priceless! (Photo: Jesse Schloff Photography)

The Quiet Family Moment

We love this special, intimate moment soaking in the excitement of the day as a family before rejoining the party. (Photo: Jess Driver 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)

Epic Champagne Toast

When The Old Lantern Inn’s owners’ daughter tied the knot this year, the celebration was epic. One standout moment? The groom, father of the bride, and father of the groom all sabered champagne bottles and poured a toast to the union of the families. (Photo: Andy Duback)

 
Bride and groom kissing as their friends lift them into the air on the dance floor at their Vermont wedding

The Glow Up

The glow sticks are super fun, but the real glow comes from the couple in love who know their community is always there to lift them up. (Photo: Kelsey Regan Photography)

 

Confetti Toss

This theatrical wedding planned by Destinations Found included an epic, colorful confetti drop that is sure to be a standout moment for these wedding-goers for years to come! (Photo: GarrenTee Photography)

Bride and groom dancing and laughing under parachute during Vermont wedding reception

Parachute Party

Who remembers these parachutes from elementary school?! This couple busted one out during their reception at Topnotch Resort to the delight of guests. What a fun idea! (Photo: Henry Cotton)

 
BIPOC couple walking through sparkler exit at Vermont wedding

A Sparkling Beginning

The end of your wedding day is the start of your next chapter as a married couple. If this couple’s sparkler exit is any indication, we’d say they have a very bright future ahead! (Photo: Juniper Studios)

 

The Childhood Reading

The bride had asked her nephew to read Shel Silverstein’s “The Romance” during their wedding at The Inn at Weathersfield. During dinner, he worked up the courage and delivered a memorable performance. (Photo: Kelsey Regan Photography)

 

A Royal Send Off

Talk about a fairytale ending to a romantic wedding day! (Photo: Keith MacDonald Photography)

 

That’s a wrap! Thank you to everyone who submitted for the Best of 2021 series. This was truly an incredible year.

The Full Best of Vermont Weddings 202 Series:

Don’t forget to pop over to Instagram to see even more community moments, and the “semi finalists” for each of the other categories.

We’re excited for another year of memorable weddings ahead!

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.)

MEET NANCY OF NJOY WEDDINGS & EVENTS

If you’re dreaming of a luxurious, epic wedding that you and your guests will be talking about for years to come, you need to know NJoy Weddings & Events. From weekend-long celebrations at a private estate to something uniquely you (like getting married on an ice rink), their team brings wedding dreams to life. 

Nancy Jeffries-Dwyer, the Founder, Chief Event Officer, and Creative Director of NJoy Weddings & Events, sat down with Vermont Weddings to share how she got her start in the business over 30 years ago, and after planning hundreds of weddings, what her favorite moment is. 

How did you get into wedding planning?
While working toward my Bachelor’s degree in Fashion & Design at Ryerson University in Toronto, I modeled wedding gowns on the weekends at the Robert Simpson department store. The combination of my degree, modeling, and weddings inspired me to work in the industry and eventually begin my own wedding planning business.

How would you describe your style?
We create fashion forward weddings for modern romantics. Our style is timeless and epitomizes classic design principles, elegantly presented, with luxury and romance front of mind.

What inspires your work?
As a designer I’m inspired by everyday things in the world around me: line, form, shape, color, movement, flow, balance.  These constants are evident in the great designers who I most admire: Givenchy, Chanel, and Dior to name a few. Classic and timeless!

As a planner, I am appropriately obsessed about details, timelines, order, and structure in order to create peace and calm in what could otherwise be chaos with hundreds of wedding planning details.

Any special tips for couples for choosing / working with a wedding planner?
It’s critical for a couple and a wedding planner to “click” and to have great chemistry. Each party needs to understand the other’s role in the relationship. Ultimately the couple needs to have great trust in who they are hiring. For my team, this begins with one-on-one conversations with the couple to discover who they are as individuals, as a couple, and how they fit into their collective family.

What’s your favorite moment during a wedding?
That’s easy, as it always brings a tear to my eye…When I’m standing with the bride and her dad, or both parents, fluffing her gown, just before they process down the aisle. This is such a “real moment” of love, anticipation, the past, and the future all together in one single moment. It’s pure magic!

What’s your favorite thing to do in VT?
Well, given that we haven’t gone anywhere or seen anyone in so long…I’d love to host an immense family reunion at a private estate home on a lake with views of the mountains. We’d have lots of activities for “kids” of all ages like old fashioned campfires and singalongs, boating, games, and lots and lots of stories.

If you weren’t a wedding planner, what would you do?
I would definitely be a producer of some variety. I’ve produced countless stage productions: major fashion shows, epic Gala fundraising events, and full length Broadway musicals (at least 15). I co-founded the Stowe Theatre Guild in 1995, have taught junior choir, and served on several Boards in support of the Arts. 

I’m known for being the person to ask if “you want something done, and done well,” and I absolutely love production – from conceptualizing to engagement to execution. Every step along the way fills me with great satisfaction!

What’s a fun fact about yourself?
My husband says I have a great sense of humor. When the inevitable pressures arise during a planning experience it’s important to remember to laugh, and to inspire those around you to do the same!

Thank you, Nancy! Learn more about NJoy Weddings & Events in the vendor guide.