Rock & Roll Themed Wedding at Old Lantern Inn and Barn

Kari and Patrick’s 1970s rock & roll themed wedding at Old Lantern Inn and Barn can only be described as an epic and wild event!  The vibrant colors, remarkable details, and personalization of this wedding is one we will NEVER forget! 

Old Lantern Inn and Barn Summer Wedding

There are so many notable details to mention for this summer wedding! Old Lantern Inn and Barn was the perfect venue to host this awesome couple and their guests. Kari and Patrick are both musicians and made sure to incorporate many unique details and vendors, while still honoring classic wedding traditions. 

Their outdoor wedding ceremony was unforgettable. Kari walked down the aisle to a live electric guitar solo of “Layla” by Derek and the Dominos. Kari’s father had sadly passed away nine years earlier, so a seat was saved for him in the front row along the aisle. They made sure to include her father’s memory during the ceremony by being wrapped in his tallis by the officiant. The moment Patrick and Kari kissed as husband and wife, the DJ blasted “Let’s Go Crazy” by Prince as the couple geared up for the breaking of the glass, a Jewish ceremony tradition. Then, the whole wedding party danced it out! 

Rock & Roll-Themed Wedding Details

The reception decor was out of this world! They went all out with the 1970s rock n’ roll theme! First, their card box was an open guitar case and the guest book was known as the “Groupie Book.” Instead of table numbers, all guests sat at band tables labeled by vinyl record centerpieces. Along with a vinyl record on each table, the centerpieces had a bouquet of flowers with the couple’s favorite love lyrics from the table’s specific band. For their photobooth, Patrick drew a rock n’ roll cow. His dad enlarged his illustrations up onto wood panels to create stand-up face-hole cutouts!
Their first dance was to “Fooled Around and Fell in Love” by Elvin Bishop and it was unlike any other we’ve seen! The choreography was complete with lifts and Patrick playing Kari’s leg like a guitar. Kari and Patrick then performed their own cake-cutting song on guitar and bass (with a friend drumming). They got married on July 3 so they changed the lyrics of “Saturday in the Park” by Chicago to “Sunday in Vermont…the day before the 4th of July!”
Everyone was on the dance floor for the rest of the night! The hora was one-of-a-kind, arranged by a musician friend that sampled 17 rock songs represented by the bands labeling each guest’s dinner table. A guest brought a Dave Grohl cardboard cutout (Patrick loves the Foo Fighters) and he crowd-surfed when “Times Like These” played at the reception.
Instead of a sparkler send-off, Kari and Patrick had a lighter send-off. All guests were given lighters like at a big rock concert and waved them around as Kari and Patrick left the barn as “I Would Do Anything For Love” by Meat Loaf played. 
This epic wedding goes to show the small details and meaningful music selections can be incredibly memorable!


Venue/Caterer: Old Lantern Inn & Barn, Photographer: Julia Luckett, Flowers: In Full Bloom, Dress Design: Sarah Dixey, Makeup Consultant: Alex Leshkevich, Graphic Design: Marielle Rousseau, Chuppah: Sutton Farm Woodworks, DJ: Top Hat Entertainment, Cake: Gerardo’s Italian Bakery, Hora Arrangement and Live Music: Andrew Whitebeck, Maple Syrup Party Favors: Carman Brook Farm, Bride’s Earrings: Kelly Teal Jewelry

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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.

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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!


When you’re self-described “completely obsessed” with the fall, like bride Jess, a Vermont autumn wedding is the only logical choice! Jesse and husband Aidan celebrated their wedding among peak foliage at the Old Lantern Inn and Barn. The couple instantly fell in love with the Old Lantern’s “intimate and magical feel,” says Jesse. 

The couple says their ceremony, held inside the rustic barn, was the highlight of the day. “Sharing such intimate words and promises with one another while in the presence of the people we love and cherish most was so powerful and moving.” says Jesse.

In terms of design, the couple wanted to keep things simple. “We didn’t want the wedding to be overly formal or stuffy; we wanted to showcase the rustic beauty of Vermont in the fall.” The natural beauty of the area certainly shines through in their lovely gallery below!

White couple sharing private vows on the shore of Lake Champlain in Vermont

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Wedding Barns We Love

Barn weddings are practically synonymous with Vermont Weddings. Whether it’s the ceremony or the reception site, rustic or elegant, barns can be the perfect place to host your Vermont wedding. Here are a few of our favorite barn venues throughout the state. 

Farmhouse Flowers

Nestled among the gardens, The Barn at Farmhouse Flowers (Moretown) offers you the beauty and warmth of a hand-crafted timber frame barn built by local master craftsmen. The Barn opens onto a hillside pasture and a walking path that crosses a small bridge and leads to the hilltop wedding site. Surrounded by wildflowers, the hilltop site overlooks the flower farm, cornfields and views of the Worcester Mountain Range.

Maquam Barn & Winery

Situated on over 500 private acres, The Maquam Barn (Milton) is a beautifully reconstructed historic Vermont barn. The Barn offers air conditioning and heat, plenty of seating, and views of the operating vineyard and mountains from the expansive patio.

The Mansfield Barn

Originally built in the 1840’s, the Mansfield Barn (Jericho) is a meticulously renovated post and beam barn. Located at the foot of Mount Mansfield, the barn provides views of the Mountain, and beautiful natural landscape in any season.

Barnard Inn & Max’s Tavern

The historic Barnard Inn & Max’s Tavern (Barnard) offers a 1796 brick chateau, a renovated reception barn, and acres of perennial gardens and paths to explore and enjoy for your ceremony and reception. The Inn’s celebrated cuisine is always freshly-prepared and seasonally-inspired, crafted by award-winning Chef Will Dodson.

The Grafton Inn

Nestled within a quintessential Vermont country village, The Grafton Inn (Grafton) merges Vermont’s pastoral heritage with its modern charms. Adjacent to the main inn is the Phelps Barn, which was once a carriage house and now serves as a beautiful reception space with ample room for dining and dancing. Lodging is available on site.

The Inn at Grace Farm

The Grace Barn at the Inn at Grace Farm (Fairfax) is a gorgeous, round timber-frame barn built from lumber from the acres it sits on! The Barn overlooks rolling hills, and sweeping mountain vistas. The Barn can be enjoyed year-round thanks to comfortable radiant floor heating. Guest suites are available at the Inn.

Old Lantern Inn & Barn

The Old Lantern Inn and Barn (Charlotte) is an all-inclusive, chef-owned wedding venue. Couples enjoy the charm of the historic barn and the ease of planning with the team’s commitment to providing superior service. The on-site Inn provides a convenient lodging option.

The Soule House & Carriage Barn

Couples who envision an intimate, rustic wedding with a touch of vintage elegance will love The Soule House & Carriage Barn (Fairfield). The historic barn provides a perfect backdrop for a reception, and the Farmhouse provides an elegant, cozy spot to spend a weekend with loved ones.

Sleepy Hollow Inn

Excited by the idea of outdoor adventure for your wedding weekend? Check out Sleepy Hollow Inn (Huntington). The bright and airy 17-sided round barn overlooks a gorgeous view of Camel’s Hump. Guests are invited to camp on the property and explore over 30 miles of trails for hiking, biking and cross-country skiing.

Common Ground Center

Couples looking to celebrate in the Vermont countryside will enjoy the Common Ground Center (Starksboro). The property provides a 1,000 square foot Hay Barn, a cathedral-like space perfect for a wedding ceremony, and a rustic reception hall for perfect for dinner and dancing the night away.

Skinner Barn

In the Mad River Valley, the Skinner Barn (Waitsfield) is a historic dairy barn originally built in 1891. Of classic post and beam construction, the upper floor (originally designed for hay storage) has been restored with loving attention to keep the historical character of the structure intact.