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: 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: 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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Best of 2022: Readers Choice Awards

For the past few weeks, we’ve been highlighting a few of the incredible Vermont weddings from 2022 in our annual Best of Vermont Weddings series. New this year, we asked you, our devoted readers, to vote for your favorites in our first ever Readers Choice Awards. Today we’re sharing your favorites as we wrap up this series and get excited for 2023!

Thousands of you voted for your favorites – and the polls were very close – and we’re excited to celebrate these winners! 

Best of Cakes & Drinks: Wildflower Wonder 

This pressed flower cake by Blue House Bakeshop, which matches the bride’s dress, took the cake as your top pick.

Photographer: Rodeo & Co

Best of Style: Black and White Beauties

These brides’ style was stunning and you agreed! The classic white gown, the killer black beaded jumpsuit, the wildly lush bouquets by M’s Wedding Flowers … it’s absolutely gorgeous! 

Photo: Colette Kulig Photography

Best of First Looks: All Grown Up (Readers Choice Award)

This dad was brought to tears when he sees his daughter for the first time on her wedding day, and honestly, so am I watching this clip!

Film: Beyond Bliss Films

Best of Ceremony Details: Pretty in Pink 

You loved this beautiful ceremony at the Inn at Weathersfield! From the bold pink floral aisle decor, matching ceremony arch, and coordinated petal drop as they walked back down the aisle as newlyweds – it’s unforgettable! 

Photo: GarrenTee Photography

Best of Florals: Falling in Love

You swooned for these orange and corals fall bouquets by Fleur Du Nord Farm. They perfectly pop against the dark green bridesmaid dresses and are the sweetest nod to the beautiful Vermont foliage at Sterling Ridge Resort.
 

Best of Venues: Sterling Ridge

Sterling Ridge Resort, a log cabin resort hidden in the mountains, provides a unique, private space for couples to celebrate with loved ones for an entire wedding weekend. You crowned this spot your top pick this year!
 

Best of Dogs: On the Run 

Cheddar the dog was thrilled to be included in his parent’s big day. His “my-humans-just-got-married” excitement caught your hearts!
 
 

Best of Reception Details (Tie!): Chopped 

This couple included a friendly axe throwing competition for their Mansfield Barn wedding reception, and it slashed through the competition to the top! 

Photo: Juniper Studios

Best of Reception Details (Tie!): Ring Ring

This champagne welcome that Sara Judith Events helped design, deserves a cheers of its own! 

Photo: Adam Michaels 

Best of Elopements & Microweddings: Boho Beautiful

You loved this couple’s microwedding at Sugarbush Resort, with so many beautiful boho details!
 
Photo: Rae Ann Photo LLC
 
 

Best of Champagne Pops: Smoke & Spray

You loved this unique take on the famous champagne pop photo!

Photo: GarrenTee Photography

Best of Just Married: The Aisle Kiss

This couple was so excited to be married, they barely made it to the end of the aisle before stealing another kiss! In turn, they stole your hearts!
 

That’s a Wrap on Best of Vermont Weddings 2022

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! 2022 was an amazing year, and we can’t wait to celebrate along with you all in 2023!

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Best of 2022: Just Married Moments

Can you believe this is our final installment in our Best of 2022 series?! It’s been an amazing year, and we can’t think of a better way to wrap things up than a look at one of our favorite parts of any wedding: those precious just married moments. 

Editorial Picks for Just Married Moments

The emotions of being pronounced newlywed is unparalleled, and while many of these features could fit under several categories, we think this important moment deserves to be celebrated in it’s own right! Check out our editorial picks for the best just married moments of the year, and see who you picked for your favorite in our Readers Choice Awards below!

Smiles & Sunshine

Everything about this moment at Sterling Ridge Resort is bright and sunny: the weather, the traditional Bengali wedding attire, the sunflower wedding arch by Flower Power VT, and of course, the couple’s beaming smiles.
 
Photo: Elizabeth Rogers Photography 

Cruisin’ Together

These two outfitted their old military style jeep with a “just married” sign, and took off for a drive together after the ceremony. You can feel that just married excitement in this clip!

Film: EightZero2 Productions

 

Party Parade

Following their ceremony at Inn at Weathersfield, this couple led their guests in a parade to their reception! This is such a fun way to get the party started!

Photo: GarrenTee Photography

Sunset Dip

This photo is all romance! The couple stole away for some evening portraits, and the groom practically swept his bride off her feet! Won’t lie, we’re swooning a bit.

Photo: Love Wins Photography

The Flip

This couple walked into their Mansfield Barn ready to start the party with a very impressive flip and a shot! Talk about a memorable, fun entrance! We can only imagine how fun the rest of the night must have been!

Lifted High

One of the most iconic moments at a Sugarbush Resort is the “Just Married” private chairlift ride after your ceremony! It’s an amazing opportunity to soak in the day privately with your partner, and get some killer photos!

Photo: Oliver Parini Photography

The Aisle Kiss (Readers Choice Winner)

This couple was so excited to be married, they barely made it to the end of the aisle before stealing another kiss! Too sweet!
 

Sparkling First Dance

NJOY Weddings & Events planned this stunning Indian wedding celebration, which featured one of the most epic first dances we’ve ever seen! Sparklers and smoke surround the elegant couple, but they only have eyes for each other…this just married moment is straight out of a movie! 
 
Photo: Virdee Films

Arriving in Style

This couple arrived to their Farmhouse Flowers VT in style on a motorcycle complete with streamers! We love this fun, unique entrance! 

 
 

Wildly in Love

I love the expressions on their faces following their Wild Sugar Homestead ceremony! You can just feel their “oh my gosh, we did it!” excitement. Such a beautiful moment of pure joy.

Photo: Hallie Jade Pictures

 
 

Romance in the River

This couple stole away for a private moment during their Lareau Farm Inn wedding to explore the area together. It’s a great reminder to take a few minutes on your wedding day with just your partner to check in, soak it in, and steal a kiss!
 
 

Confetti Blast

This post-ceremony confetti blast at ECHO is one of the most epic we’ve ever seen! The colors, the applause, the passionate embrace…we’re giddy just looking at it! 

Photo: Sam Simons

Streaming Love

This couple ran through a tunnel of streamers after their ceremony, resulting in some huge smile and amazing photos! This is a great, unique alternative to a flower toss!
 

A Cheeky Farewell

The bride’s makeup, courtesy of Jennifer Perellie, was the only thing left on for this late night, naked pond dive! It’s a cheeky, very fun, and (we’re guessing) refreshing way to end a wedding night and celebrate the start of the next chapter!
 
Photo: Carl Heyerdahl
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Best of 2022: Champagne Pop Photos

If you’ve been following along on Instagram this year, you know this to be true: champagne pop photos had a moment in 2022. These fun photos were the must have engagement and wedding shot of the year! Below is our editorial picks featuring our favorite champagne pop photos to celebrate the year of popping bottles!

Check them out and see who you’re toasting as your favorite in our Readers Choice Awards below.

Bright & Bubbly

Is there any combo more fun than confetti and champagne?! This bridal squad is ready to get the party started at the Wilburton Inn.
 
Photo: Swoyer Photography

Fall Foliage & Fizz

The entire wedding party lined up to cheer on the couple as they popped a bottle, and the spray is epic! The bridal bouquets by Fleur Du Nord Farm and rolling mountains at Sterling Ridge Resort served as the perfect backdrop for this fun moment.

Smoke & Spray (Readers Choice Awards Winner)

This couple’s backlit portrait is one of the most unique I have seen! I love the mix of the groom’s cigar smoke as the bride pops a bottle – definitely a fun, unique take on this photo opp! 

Photo: GarrenTee Photography

Champagne Showers

Is that rain? Snow? No, it’s an epic champagne pop! In addition to this amazing spray, I love the wedding party’s enthusiasm! 
 

A Sparkling Send Off

This adventurous bride took matters into her own hands! The couple had planned a sparkler exit, and on a whim, she grabbed a bottle and showered the crowd! It was a welcome surprise on this hot summer night!

Wedding Film: Beyond Bliss Films

 

The Private Toast

Noted: add “private forest toast” to your wedding itinerary. This couple shared an intimate cheers as newlyweds, and it’s a great reminder to take a moment alone to soak everything in during your big day!

Photo: Photos by Kintz

Cheers O’Clock

Sarah Judith Events helped this bride and groom plan every detail of their elegant wedding day, including this amazing champagne pop moment!
 
Photo: Adam Michaels Photography

Bubbling with Excitement

Nothing says ‘congrats’ like a little bubbly! I love this wedding morning champagne toast at Lake Bomoseen Lodge with the bridal party, complete with silver streamers and matching robes.
 
Photo: Lindsey Vann Photography

Champagne Kisses

Champagne always makes for a fun photo prop, but this couple took it to the next level for their engagement shoot by jumping in the lake with a bottle! Priceless!
 
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Best of 2022: Vermont Elopements & Microweddings

For couples who want to celebrate on their own terms, Vermont elopements are an excellent option. While we swoon for weddings of all sizes, elopements and microweddings offer couples a few unique benefits that we go giddy over (rounded up here for your consideration).

Our Editorial Picks for Vermont Elopements and Microweddings

It’s truly impossible to choose a “best” in this category, but we rounded up a few of our favorite, intimate celebrations from the year. Check out our editorial picks for the best Vermont elopements and mciroweddings of 2022, and check out your favorite in our Readers Choice Awards below!

Serenity on Champlain

This couple’s elopement at Shelburne Farms features the scenic shores of Lake Champlain…can you picture a more dreamy, serene backdrop? The landscape adds to the romantic feeling that these two lovebirds are the only ones in the world.

Photo: Allison Macy Photography

Autumn Elegance

This couple’s microwedding at a private residence in Stowe was nothing short of a romance novel. Think: sweeping mountain views, an emotional first look, thoughtful vows…and tight knit families to witness it all. Dreamy!
 
Wedding Film: Beyond Bliss Films

Lakeside Love

This couple got married in front of their family and closest friends on the dock at the bride’s family lake house, with her brother officiating. What an amazing memory to add to an already beloved family home!
 

Vows with a View

This stylish couple traveled all the way from Texas to elope in Vermont with their dog! They were down for exploring and the result is stunning: swimming holes and lush forest trees make for an amazing, uniquely Vermont backdrop for their portraits.

Photo: Kate Seymour Photography

A-Frame Amazing

This micro-wedding held at Sterling Ridge Resort‘s iconic A Frame home is quintessential Vermont! It feels both cozy (we love the use of the porch for the ceremony) and elegant (the ceremony decor is perfectly boho-chic). In a word: A-mazing.

Photo: Markella Kyprios Photography

Romantic Retreat

This couple prioritized quality time together for their wedding celebration, so an elopement was a natural choice! They planned an intentional, romantic summer elopement at Twin Farms followed by an intimate dinner and wine tasting. How romantic!
 

The Family Embrace

Try looking at this photo without completely melting into a puddle! After the couple tied the knot, the newly blended family of six shared this sweet hug as they celebrated their next chapter together. 

Photo: Blooming Photo Company

The Surprise Wedding

What’s better than an engagement party? A surprise wedding! This adventurous couple successfully pulled off a surprise microwedding for their closest loved ones. this is such a fun, unique celebration!

Photo: Photos by Kintz

Colorful Celebration

This couple planned a stunning. colorful elopement celebration. Vermont’s mountains set a scenic backdrop for their beautiful vow exchange. This couple did an amazing job of honoring important family traditions and celebrating on their own terms – inspiration for weddings of all sizes!

Photo: Isora Lithgow Creations

Al Fresco Dinner Party

This outdoor dinner party is one we’d love to attend! The table set under the trees adorned with twinkle lights, the bride serving up champagne, the table ready with loved ones… it’s casually elegant, and oh-so-fun.

Photo: Hannah Photography

Falling in Love

The couple knew they wanted to get married on the shores of Lake Champlain this past October, and their team brought their dream to life. Weddings by Janet Dunn oversaw their early morning elopement ceremony on a very private section of lake in Shelburne. The calm blue waters and the changing foliage make for a lovely backdrop for their special moment. 
 

Cold Hands, Warm Hearts

This couple braved single digit temps for their winter elopement! Their winter fashion is 10/10 (peep the bride’s tights and boots!) and the blizzard backdrop is lends a romantic, snowglobe quality to their portraits.
 
Photo: Juniper Studios

Feeling the Spark

This couple stole away for a quiet moment under the twinkling lights during their intimate celebration. With a little help of the shutter speed, the couple’s magical moment looks even more fairytale-esque!
 
Photo: Margaret Michael Photography
 
 

Boho Beautiful (Readers Choice Awards Winner)

This couple’s microwedding at Sugarbush Resort featured a stunning macrame backdrop for their ceremony, lush pampas grass details, and a gorgeous moody color palette that perfectly matched the natural autumnal landscape. So many beautiful boho details for this intimate celebration!
 
Photo: Rae Ann Photo LLC

On Top of the World

We imagine this couple’s portrait by is what floating amongst the clouds would feel like! This couple eloped on top of Mount Mansfield, Vermont’s tallest peak, and took some lovely, epic portraits! (Just look at that dress sweep!)
 
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BEST OF 2022: Wedding Venues

Despite being a small state, there is no shortage of amazing wedding venues across Vermont. From mountain retreats to lakeside spots, there truly is something for everyone here. We’re rounding up the best Vermont wedding venues to help you find your perfect “I do” location!

Check out our editorial picks for the best wedding venues in 2022, and vote for your favorite in our Readers Choice Awards below!

The Equinox

The Equinox  is located in the beautiful town of Manchester, Vermont and has no shortage of sweeping, majestic mountain views. Showcased here is the venue’s picturesque Pond Pavilion, which is located at the foot of Mt. Equinox.

Photo: Jaclyn Schmitz

Sugarbush Resort

If you love Vermont for skiing or snowboarding, then you’ll fall head over heels for Sugarbush Resort! This quintessential Vermont wedding venue, located in Warren, is breathtaking all seasons. The Resort offers several options for gathering spaces and plentiful onsite accommodations.
 
Photo 2: Oliver Parini

Wilburton Inn

The Wilburton Inn is nestled on 30 acres of pure romantic and historic charm! This venue is perfect for couple’s looking to provide guests with a weekend-long celebration. Their ceremony site boasts sweeping views, and the unique marble courtyard is the dreamiest setting to dance the night away.
 

Photos: Swoyer Photography

Hildene

Step straight into a fairytale at Hildene. The formal gardens of the Lincoln Family Home are the perfect backdrop for taking photos and sweeping views of the Taconic and Green Mountains are hard to beat. This is one of Vermont’s most elegant, historic and timeless venues!

Photo: Michelle Lange Photography

 

An Affair by the Lake

An Affair by the Lake, located on the shores of Lake Champlain, is truly stunning. Along with uninterrupted lake views, this venue also offers  a ceremony gazebo, large lawn for a tented reception, and elegant Inn on site for select guests.

Photo: Golden Door Photo

 

Talta Lodge

Tälta Lodge is one of Stowe, Vermont’s newest wedding venues and conveniently located near lots of outdoor activities, perfect for adventure loving couples. Highlighted here is a timeless summer wedding by Sara Judith Events. Everything about this day at Talta Lodge was customized to perfection for the bride and groom, and showcases what’s possible at this beautiful venue. 

Film: Beyond Bliss Films 

ECHO

Complete with sparkling views of Lake Champlain, ECHO is truly a unique and modern wedding venue.  It’s one of the most memorable wedding venues in Vermont (think: fish tanks & exhibits inside and Adirondack mountains views outside!) and is one of only a few venues directly on the Burlington waterfront. 

Photo: Michael Tallman

 

Farm Road Estate 

Farm Road Estate is a historic and romantic wedding venue and inn nestled on 32 acres in West Dover, Vermont. A quintessential Vermont wedding destination, uniquely suited to host Pinterest- ready weddings and large events all year round!

Photo 1: Abigail Jean Photography

Photo 2: Jenna Brisson Photography

The Essex Resort & Spa

The Essex Resort and Spa is the perfect destination for couples looking for deluxe accommodations and Vermont charm. Featured here is a garden party themed summer wedding filmed by Kasaydia Wind Media. The couple’s big day was ethereal, personal and sweet, with the Essex being the perfect backdrop!

Maquam Barn

Maquam Barn and Winery in Milton, Vermont can be easily descirbed in one word: romantic! The venue is a working winery with a magnificent, newly constructed barn, and sweeping vistas to backdrop couple’s ceremonies.

Photo: Katie Jean Photos

Lake Bomoseen Lodge

Lake Bomoseen Lodge is nestled in the Taconic Mountains on Vermont’s largest inland lake, gorgeous Lake Bomoseen. the venue includes multiple ceremony locations and on-site accomodations. We’ve seen weddings from all four seasons held here, each breathtaking in their own right!

Photo: Lindsey Vann 

Inn at Grace Farm

The Inn at Grace Farm provides couples with a private estate experience for their Vermont celebration. With three ceremony sites, a stunning reception barn, and comfortable on-site accommodations, Grace Farm is a truly magical place to celebrate.

Photo: Photos by Kintz

Sleepy Hollow

Step into a storybook at Sleepy Hollow Inn! Shown here is the venue’s pavilion, a cozy and romantic space in the winter. I’m swooning over the flickering candles framing the aisles.

Photo Credit: Cait Fletcher photo

Silhouette Hill

Silhouette Hill checks all of the boxes when it comes to hosting a quintessential Vermont wedding in the county. They provide a serene, picturesque backdrop for couples looking to customize their big day.

Millstone Hill

Millstone Hill  is complete with gorgeous views, a beautiful event barn, and a Bed and Breakfast. For couples looking for a real Vermont feel and charm, this quaint and romantic venue is it!

Lareau Farm Inn

Lareau Farm Inn is a classic Vermont farmhouse venue in Waitsfield, Vermont. Celebrations sprawl from the pavilion onto the expansive lawn, which lends even the most elegant of wedding an intimate vibe. As the home of Vermont-famous, American Flatbread, they also offer catering, including that famous (and ridiculously delish) wood-fired pizza. 
 
Photo 1: MoHo Photo

Farmhouse Flowers

 Farmhouse Flowers VT  is blooming with beauty! As the name suggests, this gorgeous venue is nestled among the lush flower gardens, from which the team crafts stunning wedding floral arrangements and bouquets. The timber frame reception barn is equally lovely.
 
Photo: Desirae Jean Photography

Sterling Ridge (Readers Choice Awards)

Sterling Ridge Resort is a log cabin resort hidden in the mountains, providing a unique, private space for couples to celebrate with loved ones for an entire wedding weekend. This is an absolutely beautiful backdrop for nature lovers!
 

Wild Sugar Homestead

Wild Sugar Homestead is a stunning, rustic wedding venue perfect for couples who want to create a unique, DIY wedding experience in a place that showcases all of Vermont’s natural beauty. And fun fact: its owners, Hallie and Erik (pictured), were also among the first couple to get married here!
 
Photos by Jessica Dantowitz and second shooter Miranda Photo Co.
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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.

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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)

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)

 
 

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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.

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A CASUAL WEEKEND WEDDING WITH BEAUTIFUL DIY DETAILS AT STERLING RIDGE RESORT

Ashely and Nick loved the idea of sitting around a fire with their family and friends to celebrate their wedding; so that’s exactly what they did! Their intimate, laidback wedding at Sterling Ridge Resort featured their adorable fur babies (Sami and Jago), a campfire (with s’mores, of course), and plenty of time hanging out with loved ones (including Ashely’s first ever keg stand!). 

Eco-Friendly Wedding Details

In addition to wanting the weekend to be fun, the couple also wanted it to be eco-friendly. They used compostable plates and cutlery, rented mason jars for drinks, and used recycled bottles for decor. 

Their love of nature inspired their first look photos, which they did on top of Stowe Mountain – they even hiked to get the perfect shot in their wedding clothes. (So worth it – check out those gorgeous views!) 

DIY Wedding Ceremony Display

Ashely used her DIY prowess to make much of their decor. She even crafted the altar flower arrangement herself out of wooden flowers (which was featured in the Best of 2020 Microweddings and Elopements story). 

Candle Lighting Ceremony

When asked what special moment stood out, Ashely had an immediate answer. “Nick and I both lost a parent (my mom and his dad). “During the ceremony it was very windy, and you could hear thunder every few minutes! But, when Nick and I went to light candles in memory of our parents, the wind and thunder stopped. It was calm. To this day, I get goosebumps thinking about that moment.”

(Related Reading: How to Honor Loved Ones on Your Wedding Day)

Looking back on their day, Ashely says, “We had the most fun at our wedding!” Check out their gallery, captured by Jenna Brisson, below. 

Couple posing with their dogs wearing bow ties in front of a cabin in Vermont

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Photographer: JENNA BRISSON PHOTOGRAPHY | Wedding Venue: STERLING RIDGE RESORT

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

WEEKEND-LONG WEDDINGS AND LODGING AT STERLING RIDGE RESORT

Sterling Ridge is family-owned and operated log cabin resort in Jeffersonville. Located off the beaten path with amazing views of Mount Mansfield, Sterling Ridge offers a tranquil atmosphere allowing guests to unplug and connect, whether its for a wedding weekend, a romantic getaway, a family reunion, or a bachelorette/bachelor weekend. 

The property has lodging for up to 100 guests in rustic, cozy cabins furnished with modern day amenities. Kirstin, the venue’s Events Manager, sat down with Vermont Weddings to share what makes Sterling Ridge so unique. 

What kinds of accommodations does Sterling Ridge provide?

Sterling Ridge has something for everyone: cute, cozy studio cabins for couples or lone travelers, one-bedroom units for a romantic getaway, two- and three-bedroom cabins for families, and larger units for luxury experiences and large groups. About half of our units are dog-friendly, allowing you to enjoy your vacation with your furry family member!  

Each cabin has its own private fire pit for marshmallow-roasting, a covered porch to enjoy your morning coffee, and a woodstove, gas log stove, or fireplace to cuddle up by at the end of the day. Guests can explore our several walking trails, outdoor pool, game room, and a large pond for paddling and fishing. 

While you may not want to leave the comfort of your cabin, Burlington and Stowe are each less than an hour away, so you can easily find adventures!

Can you describe your Field & Stream Dream cabin? 

Our Field & Stream Dream Cabin is exactly that – a dream. This gorgeous two-bedroom, two and a half-bathroom custom log home was built for Field & Stream Magazine and featured in their February 2007 issue. In addition to the beautiful nature-themed decor, the cabin has a spacious living room and kitchen, loft, jetted-tub in the master bath, a two-story stone fireplace, two TVs, and free WiFi, making it an unmatched luxury cabin for couples, small groups, or small families.

What does hosting a wedding at Sterling Ridge look like?

We offer two standard wedding packages that include the site fee and two nights of lodging in the Mansfield House (sleeps 14), with our larger package including two nights of lodging in our Pond House as well (sleeps 10). When you book a wedding with us, Cabins 1 – 6 are also blocked off for you (sleeping roughly 20-30 additional guests). Couples and their guests appreciate the convenience of staying on site for the celebration!

The staff at Sterling Ridge provides support throughout the planning process to make sure the couple and their vendors have what they need. We recommend trusted vendors, including event planners and day-of-coordinators, and are happy to provide suggestions about local attractions.

All receptions are held on a large, rolling lawn behind the Mansfield House, adjacent to a green pasture. The site can fit a tent for up to 200 people. Some couples choose to host their ceremony here with views of the mountains in the background. We also offer a ceremony site near our large pond with spectacular views of Mt. Mansfield’s peak. 

 
How does Sterling Ridge help turn what can be a one-day party into an all-weekend celebration with friends/family? 

At Sterling Ridge, couples are encouraged to make their wedding a weekend affair! Many couples host welcome parties at the resort, so everyone staying on-site can get together, rather than a traditional rehearsal dinner with just their wedding party. Many of our outdoorsy, adventurous couples choose Sterling Ridge because of the may activities and adventures they can participate in with their guests, such as group hikes or brewery tours. The day after the wedding, many guests like to have a casual brunch on the property. All together, the resort provides many opportunities for couples to spend quality time with their guests. 

Couples tell us they love the convenience of the location and the feel of the property – it’s the perfect setting to hang out and enjoy each other’s company! With a wedding going by so fast, couples say they’re grateful to have had the whole weekend to get a chance to talk to all their guests and thank them for being a part of their special celebration. 

In conclusion, “At Sterling Ridge guests not only feel like they are attending a wedding, but also like they are enjoying a little vacation – because they are!” says Kirstin. “It’s a unique experience.” 

Learn more about Sterling Ridge