A Rustic and Romantic Wedding Weekend in the Heart of Manchester, Vermont

Manchester, Vermont is an idyllic location for weddings, with its stunning natural beauty and quaint village streets providing the perfect backdrop for wedding celebrations. Its small-town feel only adds to the charm of this New England gem, making it a sought-after destination for couples seeking a romantic wedding in Vermont. We’re delighted to showcase the wedding of Megan and Christian, which was beautifully captured by Colette Kulig Photography and perfectly embodies the timeless elegance and warmth of this enchanting town!

Beginning Where the Story Started: A Rehearsal Dinner at Equinox Resort

Megan and Christian’s Manchester Vermont wedding weekend commenced at the very location where their journey towards marital bliss began. The site of Christian’s romantic proposal to Megan, the tranquil pond at Equinox Resort, was chosen for their rehearsal dinner as an ode to their past and a celebration of their future. Surrounded by their dearest friends and family, the couple (who have been sweat hearts since elementary school!) basked in the natural beauty of Vermont, setting the stage for the rest of the weekend. 

The Big Day: Laidback and Love-Filled

Just down the street from the Equinox Resort is the Inn at Manchester, which served as the perfect backdrop for Megan and Christian’s getting-ready moments, cocktail hour, and reception. Megan and her bridesmaids spent the morning being pampered by the team of Make Me Fab while enjoying champagne and mimosas in the Inn’s bridal suite, while Christian and his crew hung out in the main Inn and Carriage House. 

Before heading out to St. Paul’s Church for the ceremony, Megan and Paul spent a few quiet moments together for their first look.

Over at St. Paul’s Church, Monsignor Bob (affectionately called “Father Bob”) was the priest who performed Christian and Megan’s wedding ceremony and is from their hometown of Newtown, CT. 

He is also the priest who performed every funeral for those who were killed in the Sandy Hook school shooting in 2012.  Father Bob had reached the mandatory retirement age in the Catholic church and was supposed to retire from the priesthood a couple of years ago, but was granted an extension to allow him to delay his retirement so that he could perform the 10th anniversary of mass of Sandy Hook.  Because of this, his retirement was scheduled for early 2024, and Megan and Christian’s wedding was one of the last that he performed before his retirement. 

After the ceremony, school buses shuttled both the wedding party and guests back to the Inn at Manchester for an unforgettable evening of celebration!

A Wedding Reception Filled To The Brim With Sweet Details

Megan and Christian hosted their cocktail hour outside the charming Inn at Manchester’s Event Barn, complete with live music from the talented East Coast Soul and bespoke signature cocktails that were savored by guests. 

While guests said both were delicious, the Cucumber Margarita was a huge hit.  So much in fact, that Megan and Christian’s wedding planners, The Event Sisters,  ended up having to send someone to the grocery store to buy out all of the cucumbers, and one of the Inn’s managers just about killed their juicer trying to keep up with the demand for cucumber juice to make the drink’s simple syrup – ensuring there was never a lapse in guests getting their margaritas!  

The Event Barn’s interior underwent a remarkable transformation courtesy of The Event Sisters, The Linen Shop, Rain or Shine Tent and Event Co, and Megan’s Pinterest-worthy vision. Meghan had sourced mixed water glasses (clear and amber) to coordinate with the other glassware and votive candle holders, pulling in clear crystal and burnt amber glass colors across the tables.  These with the rich brown chargers gave the tables a warm and elegant feel to the table top decor.  Megan really thought through all of the details and made sure everything was elegant and beautiful in her planning! All of this, along with tasteful bistro lighting and sheer drapes, lent a magical ambiance to the occasion.

After Megan and Christian kicked things off with their first dance, the couple did a special grandparents’ dance – Christian with his grandmother and Megan with her grandfather – before their parent dances and officially opening the dance floor. (There was not a dry eye in sight!)

B&W Catering dished up delicious dishes to fuel guests for an evening of dancing, while Christian’s mom provided some desserts and Jenica of Fancy Pants Cakes created a beautiful 3-tiered cake that mimicked a birchwood tree, complete with carved initials.

For anyone looking for something extra to do, a photobooth by Equinox Photobooth was perfectly placed so that guests could get their picture taken while waiting in line for the bar. After the reception, remaining guests walked across the street to Mulligans to continue the celebration late into the night for the couple’s after-party. Congratulations, Megan and Christian, on your special wedding weekend!

Vendors:

Rehearsal Dinner: Equinox Resort, Wedding Venue: The Inn at Manchester, Event Planning: The Event Sisters, Catering: B&W Catering, Florals: Nancy Bishop Floral, Photographer: Colette Kulig Photography, Cake: Fancy Pants Cakes, Videographer: Fox & Sparrow Films, Entertainment: East Coast Soul,  Hair and MUA: Make Me Fab, Invitations: Mine and Kindred, Officiant: Monsignor Robert Weiss, Rentals: Rain or Shine Tent and Event Co., Linens: The Linen Shop, Photobooth: Equinox Photo Booth.

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Best of 2023: Furry Friends

Today we’re brining you one of our favorite categories in our Best of 2023 series. It’s fluffy, furry, and filled with an enormous amount of aww-factor. Yes, we’re talking about that adorable element of your big day – animals! From dapper dogs to sweet felines and even animals from the farm, this category is stacked with four legged friends that made celebrations extraordinarily un-fur-gettable!

But the excitement doesn’t end there! After you’ve seen our picks, it’s over to you to vote for your favorite in our Readers Choice Award below. 

Cockapoo Cuddles

This adorable cockapoo, Walter, loved being a special part of his parent’s big day at Weatherhead Hollow. What a dapper dog!
 
Photo: Anne Taylor Photography

Pawsome on Camera

These sweet pooches were ready for their close up! Perfectly groomed and all smiles on their parent’s big day, they made sure to work every angle.
 

Radiant Ring Bearer

Have you ever seen a cuter ring bearer? Nigel took his role very seriously when his humans tied the knot at Soule House & Carriage Barn.We’re melting over his sweet smile and leash adorned with colorful flowers.
 
Photo: Sincerely Liz Photography 

First Look Sealed with a Kiss

This couple’s first look was made extra special with the incorporation of their dog. There’s no bigger stamp of approval than a smooch from your pooch!
 

Something Borrowed, Something Chewed

For couples who want to incorporate their furry friend into their special day, but may not be able to physically bring them- look no further! This beautiful cake baked by the couple’s dear friend, included their dog sneakily taking a bite out of tier two. We also love that the couple included polaroids of themselves during their first look to adorn the top!
 
Photo: K. Lenox Photography, Venue: Sugarbush Resort, Florals: A School House Garden

The Flower Pup

You’ve heard of a flower girl but what about a flower pup?! This proud girl’s smile says it all: “my parents are getting married today!”
 

Feline Fine

We’ve officially found the most purrrfect ring bearer! Wedding planner I Dews Design & Events made sure to incorporate Ives not only into the ceremony but also throughout the event’s decor.
 
Photo: Markella Kyprios Photo

Pawsitively Adorable

Spotted: the happiest pup ever! From the itty-bitty tuxedo and bow tie combo to a beaming grin, we’re melting at how cute this dog is.
 

Falling in Puppy Love

This couple’s gorgeous wedding day was made extra special with the incorporation of their smiling corgi, Murray! We love how his bowtie perfectly matches the bride’s bouquet.
 

Party Animal

A true Vermont photobomb! This sweet cow from Landgoes Farm couldn’t resist popping into this couple’s wedding photoshoot.
 

Un-fur-gettable Love

You, me, and dog makes three! You can feel the love radiate from this photo. Cuddles and kisses from your owners, what could be better?
 

Until Fetch Do Us Part

On their special day, the couple’s beloved dog was overwhelmed with joy, its excitement manifesting in endless running about. The furry bundle of energy simply couldn’t stay still as it echoed its owners’ elation.
 

Dressed to the K9s

This charming German Shepherd is all dolled up, sporting a neat tuxedo for his owner’s special wedding day. His loving eyes and huge smile show that he was a cherished part of this celebration!
 
Photo: Coryn Kiefer Photography, Venue: Inn at Grace Farm, Florals: Tipsy Tulip Designs

Fur-ever Love

This stunning photograph of the happy couple, surrounded by lush green grass and basking in the warm glow of the sun, is made all the more special by the presence of their beloved four-legged bestie!
 

Colossal Canine

Felix, the colossal canine of affection, stood impeccably groomed and donning his finest attire, during his parent’s big day. (Not pictured: a champagne dog toy for toasting his owners)
 

Dapper Dynamic Duo

Dynamic duo, Damion and Dyson, couldn’t contain their excitement at their parent’s wedding. This may be the most adorable (and stylish!) case of the zoomies we have ever seen.
 

Sweet Smooch

A little dog with a whole lot of love to give! What better way to mark fur-ever as husband and wife than with a smooch from your favorite four legged friend?
 

Readers Choice Awards

Now that you’ve seen our picks for the best Vermont furry friends in 2023, it’s time for you to vote! We’ll share your top picks for each category at the end of the month.

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Meet Vermont Wedding Planners, The Event Sisters

There are a lot of moving pieces when it comes to planning a wedding, which is why many couples to a wedding planner to help bring their visions to life and ensure no detail is overlooked! From decoration help and coordinating with vendors to creating detailed timelines for your big day, having a skilled wedding planner on your team can be a huge relief!

If you’re unsure if you need a wedding planner or are simply looking to learn more about their skillset you’re in luck! We recently chatted with the dynamic duo, The Event Sisters to go over all things wedding planning.

Spoiler alert: they’re not actually sisters.  Kate and Bri met while working together in Corporate America, and developed a strong friendship and love for all things weddings. Luckily for all of us, this led to them going into business together and now they help couples all over Vermont bring their wedding dreams to life! Learn more about Kate and Bri below

How did you get into the wedding industry?

Kate: As corny as this may sound, I have always loved LOVE and weddings. When I got engaged, I told my now husband, I want to be engaged for two years so that I can plan every little detail of our wedding myself and little did I know that there were so many details that I didn’t even think of! I could not have been more thankful to have had a Wedding Planner! She took the stress out of the planning so we could enjoy every moment, handled every hiccup that came up on our wedding day (we never even knew anything happened until after the fact) and made sure everything was executed perfectly. I decided to become a Wedding Planner because I love planning, design, organization, networking and because I want couples to feel like I felt on one of the most special days in their life…stress free and able to just take it all in.

Bri: My event planning career started in a former job doing corporate event planning.  It gave me the experience and confidence to be able to multitask and execute events of all sizes – from micro, intimate parties to large, elegant affairs.  Katie and I met while working in the corporate world and from there it’s history – we’ve been following our passion to planning and growing our business ever since! 

How would you describe your style?

Our style is professional, approachable, and family oriented. We always (semi-seriously) joke with our clients that we will be part of the family by the time their wedding is over.  In reality, we love to get to know what makes them tick.  It allows us to know what types of other vendors and details are perfect for that couple, and how to make their day absolutely brilliant for them.  

The Event Sisters
The Event Sisters, Left: Bri, Right: Kate.

What inspires your work?

Kate: The couples I get the pleasure of working with. I love to get to know them and their families and truly understand their vision and see the smiles on their faces when it has all been brought to life. My kids also inspire my work. Wedding Planning is a passion of mine. While it is not my full-time job, I want to teach them that they can truly do anything they set their mind to and that doing something that brings you and others joy is so rewarding. 

Bri: The feeling of success.  Being able to help couples to pull off one of the biggest days of their lives, and ensuring that any problems that arise are taken care of.  That smile at the end of the night says it all.  

Any special tips for couples? (when it comes to wedding planning or a great wedding tip in general)

Don’t choose a Wedding Planner simply because they’ve worked at your venue before or because they have the most reviews.  Every Wedding Planner has to work at a venue for the first time, and some purposely choose to keep the number of events they do each year to a smaller, more intimate number.  Take the time to really get to know your Wedding Planner and make sure that you are a good fit.  We spend a lot of time together leading up to your wedding day and making sure that your personalities work well together and that you can have fun and laugh together is so important!

What’s your favorite moment during a wedding?

Our favorite moment is when the couple arrives and sees that their vision has been brought to life. The smile that comes across their faces and the tears that come to their eyes, it fills our hearts to know that we played even a small role in their dream wedding day.

What’s your favorite thing to do in VT? 

Kate: Love to go to the lake and boat with family and friends.

Bri: Kayaking any of the beautiful lakes and rivers in the state.  I also love to check out many of the wonderful farmers’ markets in Vermont and the beautiful variety of local goodies you can find!

If you both had to choose another career, what would it be?

Kate: If I HAD to choose another career, I’d have to go with Interior Designer. 

Bri: Lawyer – I love to deep dive into a topic, researching and analyzing every aspect to learn the ins and outs, and tend to like to argue my case.  

What’s a fun fact about yourselves?

Kate: I have my degree in Criminal Justice and originally wanted to be an FBI Agent.

Bri: I am a licensed CPA.  So outside of the wedding season, you can find me preparing tax returns and audits!  (I know – sounds SUPER fun!!)  

Thanks Kate and Bri for sharing your story with us! Check out their amazing work and wedding planning packages by visiting their profile in our Vendor Guide