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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A Charming Garden Wedding at Barn at Boyden Farm

There’s no shortage of natural beauty in the Green Mountain State and we love seeing weddings that use that natural beauty as the inspiration for the big day. For example, Taylor and Matt’s garden party wedding at The Barn at Boyden Farm, which was lush with stunning florals from Anaphora Flowers! Continue reading for all the sweet details from this charming outdoor wedding.

Blooming Love: A Wedding Years in The Making

Taylor and Matt’s love story is years in the making! They met in first grade, reconnected in middle school, and started dating long distance in college. On their wedding day, they were celebrated their love story surrounded by loved ones, including their sweet son Ashton and cute dog Brody. The couple chose The Barn at Boyden Farm for its beautiful location and rustic charm.

With three years of planning, every wedding detail came together perfectly. First, we have to mention the florals by Anaphora Flowers. From the cascading bouquets filled with pastel roses and delicate greenery, to the lush centerpieces that adorned each table, every petal was carefully curated. The vibrant pops of color against the rustic backdrop of The Barn at Boyden Farm complimented each other perfectly.

The drool-worthy dessert table from Cronin Cakes and Sweets was another show-stopper of the night!

Don’t miss the couple’s outfit change for their reception exit: this cute, casual look is a fun one! (And practical; you could wear this again on your honeymoon.)

We’re certain you’ll love this inspiration- and that Taylor and Matt look back on their special day with fond memories and immense joy!

Vendors:

Venue: Barn at Boyden Farm, Flowers: Anaphora Flowers, Desserts: Cronin Cakes & Sweets, Photographer: Kendal Beard Photography.

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Venue Spotlight on The Barn at Boyden Farm

If you are looking for a rustic and picturesque Vermont barn to host your wedding, look no further than The Barn at Boyden Farm in Jeffersonville.

Nestled in the hills of rural Vermont, this family-owned farm offers an idyllic backdrop for your special day. With the perfect mix of historic charm and DIY possibilities, The Barn at Boyden Farm is an ideal venue for couples seeking an intimate, unforgettable ceremony. Venue owner, Lauri, recently spoke with us to share more about this beautiful Vermont wedding venue.

Barn at Boyden Farm

The Vibe: What are three words or phrases to describe your venue?

The Barn at Boyden farm is authentic, historic and truly Vermont! You can’t beat the beauty of the natural landscape here. 

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

Most couples choose to host their ceremony and reception on site. Guests will enjoy the spectacular mountain views as couples exchange vows in the shade beneath the open air post & beam pavilion.

On occasion, Vermont weather decides to challenge us with inclement weather that is unsuitable for an outdoor ceremony. In situations such as this, the hayloft barn space, primarily used for receptions, has the perfect ambiance for sharing your most special occasion with all of your family and friends. 

The amenities: What do you include? 

When a couple reserves our property for their wedding, their reservation includes use of the property for three days. We kick off your weekend with a rehearsal  ceremony and dinner or welcome party, if desired. We also provide delicious coffee and donuts or brunch during your final day with us.

We include chairs & benches at the ceremony site, patio furniture for cocktail hour – plus tables and chairs for your reception. We can provide interested couples with our complete list of onsite amenities. From the initial inquiry to when you arrive for your big day, our team is here for you!

On your wedding day, Boyden Events Property Managers are present throughout your celebration to welcome you all and assist with any property details from start to finish so that you can enjoy your time together.

The area: What is there to do in the local area?

Boyden Farm is located 30 minutes from both Stowe and Burlington. Whether you envision your wedding weekend in the mountains or in Burlington, there are many activities to add to your weekend itinerary. We particularly like to enjoy the Burlington bike path, Church Street, restaurants and breweries.

You can also explore our own neighborhood of Jeffersonville. For example, you can rent a canoe or kayak ride down the Lamoille River, which runs right past Boyden Farm. The Lamoille Rail trail and other various mountain bike trails are close for riding, running and hiking. Golf and Disc Golf are also fabulous group activities which are in the vicinity. The possibilities are endless!

Barn at Boyden Farm
Barn at Boyden Farm

The history: Does the property have a rich history? 

The barn was originally built in 1800 and has been lovingly restored throughout the years. We maintained the original charm and beams, but added modern upgrades like full plumbing, AC, heat and gorgeous chandeliers. Boyden Farm has been in our family since 1914; our children are the 5th generation and we absolutely love sharing the property with you!

Thank you Lauri! Learn more about The Barn at Boyden Farm the Vermont Weddings Vendor Guide.

ROMANTIC FALL WEDDING AT BOYDEN FARM

Every season has its own unique beauty, but there is something special about autumn in Vermont. For Lauren and Joe, the season offered the perfect backdrop to their October wedding the Barn at Boyden Farm. “We wanted friends and family, especially those who had never been to Vermont, to experience the beauty the Green Mountains has to offer!” says Lauren. “Being late October, we were blessed with both foliage and snow capped mountains.”

Lauren, originally from the Northeast Kingdom, and Joe, who grew up skiing in Vermont, met in Atlanta through mutual friends. They said it was a no-brainer to celebrate their wedding back in the state they both loved. 

Vermont Fall Wedding Details

Because of the early chill, guests were greeted with blankets, hand warmers and spiked cider to stay warm during the outdoor ceremony, which took place under an arbor built by the bride’s dad with driftwood from her childhood home. 

Some of the couple’s favorite moments were in the quiet, small details of the day. Joe fondly remembers watching Lauren walk down the aisle, noting her veil glowed in the evening sun. Lauren says her favorite moment was the vows. “Joe had rescued two kittens for me a year before we got married,” she explains. “and he had written his vows on a kitty card. I was so nervous, but when I saw the card, I couldn’t help but smile and feel at ease.” 

Photo of bride and groom in front of tractor at fall wedding at the Barn at Boyden Farm in Vermont

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Venue: THE BARN AT BOYDEN FARM| Photographer: GARTER AND WHISKEY | Makeup Artist: JENNIFER PERELLIE – MAKEUP ARTIST| Hair Stylist: BEAUTY BY CHELSEY | Florals: FLORAL ARTISTRY | Catering: BLACK DIAMOND BARBEQUE | Band: A HOUSE ON FIRE