This DIY Vermont Wedding Combined Cultural Traditions in a Beautiful Way

Love was in the air in when Savannah and Dr. James Liu tied the knot at Riverside Farm in Pittsfield, Vermont. Growing up, Savannah had always imagined a wedding in the picturesque state of Vermont where she was born and had spent countless summers. And with James by her side, her dreams finally came true in an unforgettable celebration surrounded by family and friends.

Creating Personal Touches with DIY Projects

When the Savannah and James began the wedding planning process, the most important thing to them was that the wedding weekend felt intentional and incorporated aspects from both American and Taiwanese culture. What better way to do this than to craft many of the elements themselves?

Let’s start with their handmade invitation suite. Savannah had the idea to incorporate postage stamps that nodded to different elements of their journey. These included stamps from Washington DC, where James proposed, to an ambulance, to reflect James’s career as a doctor. 

One of the biggest projects Savannah worked on was a Senbazuru display. Senbazuru, also known as one thousand cranes, is an origami display considered as a symbol of good health, happiness and long life. This display was a stunningly beautiful tribute to Taiwanese culture and added quite the wow-factor to their reception decor!

The color red was used throughout the day in floral arrangements and in Savannah’s reception dress. Red is considered a festive color in Taiwan, symbolizing good fortune and happiness, which makes it a popular choice for celebratory occasions. Classic ivory linens provided by The Linen Shop helped this bold hue truly shine in every design element. Savannah’s bridal makeup, done by Jennifer Perellie, not only complimented her traditional bridal gown, but also her red reception dress. (Love!)

The wedding celebration was a perfect blend of heartwarming speeches, lively dancing with 802 Events spinning the right records all night long and playful moments captured in the photo booth provided by Pixel Pod. As the night drew to a close, guests gathered to witness a dazzling fireworks display before bidding farewell to Savannah and James in a magical sparkler exit! 


Venue: Riverside Farm, Florist: Jayson Munn Design, Photographer: Melissa Lynn Images, Hair: Jubilance Salon, Makeup: Jennifer Perellie Makeup, Transport: Tri State Transportation, Catering: Vermont Farms Catering, Band: Silver Arrow Band, Videographer: Toast Wedding Films, Rentals: Vermont Vintage Rentals, Lighting: Esquire Events, Linens: The Linen Shop, DJ: 802 Events.

A Modern, Elegant Farm Wedding

High school sweethearts, Nicole and Kyle, recently tied the knot with a modern, elegant farm wedding at Isham Family Farm in Williston, Vermont. Surrounded by their closest family and friends, the couple declared their love for one another in an intimate ceremony that was filled with joy, laughter and super sweet details. From the beautiful mountain backdrop for their ceremony to the stunning first look photos, Nicole and Kyle’s special day was truly a magical celebration of their commitment to each other.

Special Details Made this Elegant Farm Wedding Even Sweeter

Nicole and Kyle are high school sweethearts who graduated from Mount Mansfield Union High School. It was important to the couple to tie in elements throughout the day that shared their story with their guests.

In their vows, both highlighted that they “grew up together” during their 8.5 years of dating and also incorporated their favorite date night activity (margaritas and tacos – yum!) by having a margarita seating chart and family-style Mexican feast.

We also want to highlight one of the sweetest and most sentimental details of the big day. Sadly, Nicole’s grandfather passed away two weeks prior to the wedding. He was a wedding photographer/videographer, and Nicole reserved his seat at the wedding with one of his beloved cameras. The couple’s wedding photographer, Bridget, thoughtfully proposed she take some wedding photos with it, too. The snap shots will undoubtedly be cherished photos for the entire family for generations to come.

First Look at Shelburne Farms

The couple decided to head to Shelburne Farms for their first look. Not only is this a gorgeous spot on Lake Champlain, but it was a nod to the numerous weekends the couple have spent at the Lake’s shores. It was another special detail the couple wound into their day to make it feel even more personal and unique to their love story!

Outdoor Summer Wedding at Isham Family Farm

Isham Family Farm is a historic 108 acre farm in Williston, Vermont. The beautifully restored barn and charming mountain views were the perfect quintessential Vermont backdrop to the couple’s big day.

(Worth noting: The Farm is a working farm that can easily become a part of your lifetime of celebrations beyond your wedding! Many couples come back with their growing families to pick berries in the summer, select pumpkins in the fall, or to cut their own family Christmas Tree around the holidays.)

Congrats Nicole and Kyle!

Wedding Vendor Team

Venue: Isham Family Farm, Linen Rentals: The Linen Shop, Photographer: By Bridget Photography, Videographer: Samuel Gauthier, Wedding Planner: Ehmann Events, Rentals: Vermont Tent Company, Florist: Petals Floral Design, Caterer: The Hindquarter, Bar Service: Fluid Bar Service, Cake Bakery: Sweet Simone’s, Dessert Table: Kingdom Sweets, Band: Silver Arrow Band, Convertible Rental: Country Boy Classics, Guest Transportation: Affordable Transportation, Hair: Beauty By Chelsey, Makeup: Emily Tobi, Dress: Hinterland Bride

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Colorful Summer Wedding at the Wilburton Inn

Sarah and Noah knew immediately they wanted to get married in Vermont. It’s where their love story began, after all. They visited several venues in the area, but as soon as they arrived at The Wilburton Inn, they know they found the perfect spot for them. Sarah describes it as beautiful and a little quirky with lots of space to gather with their friends and family for days of festivities. After delaying their wedding in 2020, it was more important than ever to bring everyone in their lives together to celebrate their love and have Hannah Photography capture their beautiful day!

Outdoor Wedding at The Wilburton Inn

The Wilburton Inn in Manchester, VT offers gorgeous panoramic mountain views, plenty of outdoor space, and specializes in destination weddings. Sarah and Noah wanted to ensure their wedding felt joyous and fun from start to finish. They did just that by incorporating beautiful, bright colorful flowers wherever they could! The floral arch for their ceremony and the bride’s bouquet from Birds of a Flower was especially stunning! The bridesmaids also all wore different colored dresses. 

If you are planning a Vermont wedding, the bride passed along some advice for couples. Sarah says, “plan a moment of quiet for just you and your partner after the wedding ceremony.” It was the perfect little stillness that was just their own and so special to them. 

Lively, Dance Centered Tented Reception

This couple LOVES the dance floor so it was a top priority to have the best time dancing with everyone at their reception. The Grift provided a great soundtrack as well as the most infectious energy! The version of the hora they played was particularly enthusiastic, definitely one of the best the team at the Wilburton had ever seen! 

As for the shirtless dance that is featured in so many photos, it is actually a Middlebury tradition with their college friends: you take your shirt off whenever “Like a Prayer” by Madonna comes on! And as for the lift… “We like practice what we call our ‘party tricks’ around the house when we’re bored,” says Sarah (who used to be a dancer). “That lift was from a show I was in college. We obviously had to pull out our best party trick for the dance floor!” This party looks like an absolute blast!

Congratulations, Sarah and Noah on you Vermont wedding!


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From traditional and elegant to boho and casual, a couple’s style informs each design choice and detail on their wedding day. Here are a few of our favorite details and designs from 2021 Vermont weddings.

Love this post? We’re sharing our “semi finalist” picks on Instagram. Go check it out for even more inspiration!

Fresh & Floral

As a nod to the groom’s Georgia roots, Lindsey added whole and halved peaches into Clayton Floral’s amazing green garlands (also peep that archway installation – it’s UNBELIEVABLE), and painted custom place cards, menus and table numbers to include peaches as well. This Maquam Barn wedding is definitely a highlight of the year. (Photo: Julia Luckett Photography)

(Read the full wedding story)

The Bold & Beautiful

This “camp” inspired lakeside wedding designed by I Dews Design & Events was equal parts fun, beautiful, and sentimental. Their wedding incorporated nods to their family, including the groom’s grandfather’s UVM beer stein in their tablescapes.  (Photo: Obsidian)

A table full of wedding cakes

A Celebration of Cakes

Why have one cake when you can have a whole table of them? We love this display of multiple cakes (we especially love the gold brushstroke design) by The Goose Chase Cake Designs. It creates a huge visual impact and provides a variety of flavor options for guests! (Photo: Dear Edith & Lily)

Fresh & Festive

The chandeliers, the drapery, the neon sign and the pink tufted chairs … we can’t get enough of this design by Jaclyn Watson Events. It’s classically beautiful, but with a bit of a fresh update! (Photo: Rodeo & Co)

Elegance Under the Tent

NJOY Weddings & Events created a timeless, romantic reception tent for this Hildene wedding. We especially love how the tent glows after dark from the strands of twinkling lights that highlight the tent’s drapes. Total modern romance! (Photo: Corinne Parker)

A place card for wedding with custom logo with a heart for a Vermont wedding

Love-Inspired Logo

This couple, both graphic designers, designed their own (super cool) wedding logo, and made these candles – holders and all – as gifts for all their guests. (Photo: K Lenhart Photography)

A Stand Out Seating Chart

This seating chart floral display by Nectar and Root is one of the most unique, lovely design choices we’ve seen this year. It’s a small sample of the gorgeousness that is this wedding by Lindsey Leichthammer Events at the Inn at Grace Farm is gorgeous. (Photo: Jenna Brisson Photography)

(Read the full wedding story)


Love Notes

The bride, a teacher, asked her students to write down what love and marriage mean to them. The resulting cards are sweet, adorable, and unique additions to each table. (Photo: Love Wins Photography)

Dinner table set for outdoor wedding with bright pink flowers down the center

Dinner Party Goals

This al fresco dinner party at The Grafton Inn is stunning; we love the bright florals and lanterns down the center of the table. It’s casually elegant, and oh-so-fun.  (Photo: Loveland Creative)

Vermont wedding barn with greenery drapery

Paradise Found

We love how The Linen Shop’s neutral table liners show off the long farmhouse tables and lay the perfect backdrop for the lush greenery. Topped off with oodles of greenery and twinkling lights, and we feel like we’re in a garden paradise! (Photo: Cassi Claire)


A DIY Dream

Both wedding filmmaker Madison Anne Studio and photographer Juniper Studios highlighted this gorgeous boho wedding. The bride handmade many of the decor pieces, including the incredible crochet ceremony backdrop.


Thank you to everyone who submitted for the Best of 2021 series! Don’t forget to check out our “semi finalists” on Instagram, and sign up for our newsletter to get each Best of post emailed to you weekly this month!


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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