BEST OF 2021 WEDDING STYLE

Your wedding day style (attire, hair, makeup, accessories) reflects who you are and sets the vibe of your big day. While every couple is gorgeous in their own way, here are just a few of our favorite looks from 2021. Schedule your hair makeup trial, and go find your dream dress now because we promise you will want to recreate these looks for your wedding!

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

Beaded Beauty

The scalloped beading on this dress from Fiori Bridal reminds me of butterfly wings, and is simply stunning. (Photo: AveyBaby Photography)

Glam & Gorgeous

With her bold lip and fur shawl, this bride embodies glamour! (Photo: Colette Kulig Photography)

The James Bonds

These grooms’ classic, debonair style is a great compliment to their killer (see what we did there?) wedding planned by Destinations Found. (Photo: GarrenTee Photography)

The Perfect Mismatched Bridal Party

This bridal party absolutely nailed the mismatched look. Each bridesmaid looks gorgeous in her own unique way. A coordinated color palette and beautiful, natural makeup by Jennifer Perellie ties it all together. (Photo: LuvLens Photography)

Boho Beauty

This couple crushed the romantic, boho look. The bride handmade her own lush bouquet, and her maid of honor (@makeupby_cbelle) created this natural makeup look that completes the vibe. (Photo: Jenna Brisson Photography)

Classic & Cool

This couple is so glamorous. Jennifer Perellie created a makeup look that allows the bride’s natural beauty to show through and compliments the classic wedding planned by Lindsey Leichthammer. And that candid shot of the couple with their sunglasses…too cool for words. (Photo: Matt Lim)

The Cape Skirt

The beading on this dress is enough to make us soon, but the CAPE…we’re toast. This dress sets the tone for this amazing celebration. (Photo: K Lenhart Weddings)

 

Sheer Perfection

This bride embodies feminine and free spirited style in this lace and tulle gown with blush undertones from Veilmonté Bridal Showroom. The addition of a long veil is perfection.  (Photo: Julia Rebecca Photography)

 

Happily Leather After

We are obsessed with this white leather jacket with “happily ever after” embroidered on the back. Your wedding reception, after party, honeymoon, bachelorette party, the grocery store…we can think of several occasions to rock this. (Photo: Colette Kulig Photography)

 

Effortless Elegance

Is there anything more elegant than a sweeping cathedral veil? This couple effortlessly married their two heritages (Indian and Filipino) with a beautiful celebration planned by Odyssey Events. (Photo: Nicholas Natale)

 

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!

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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.

We recommend signing up for our newsletter – we’ll send you an email each week with the highlights so you won’t miss a thing. (Going forward we only send 1 – 2 emails a month.)

MEET MARINA OF VEILMONTÉ BRIDAL SHOWROOM

One look at Veilmonté Bridal Showroom and I want to convince my husband to have another wedding just so I can wear one of these dresses! Owner Marina Smith shares more about her story, her love of dresses, and how this unique bridal shop came to Burlington. 

How did you get into wedding dresses?

I’ve had a passion for beauty all of my life. I am from the Republic of Moldova (Eastern Europe) and beauty is an important factor in our culture. I developed a sense for fashion and the latest beauty trends at a young age, and I always wanted to be a part of an industry that would let me express my passion for beauty. 

Our dresses come from a factory in my country that has been creating the most amazing designs for over twenty five years. The owners of the factory are my family friends, and I grew up with their children. When I was younger, I helped at the factory with little things and I absolutely loved being around the wedding dresses!

Flash forward to adulthood…I came to the United States ten years ago, never liked my job at the time. When I first went back home seven years ago, I visited our family friends (the factory owners) and they asked me to be their official representative in the US. I was thrilled by this idea and I started preparing to open my own showroom. I took my time doing research about the American wedding industry – I even worked part-time at wedding events to really understand the traditions and trends. 

After moving to Vermont from Chicago, I did a lot of research about the New England wedding industry. The brides here gave me positive feedback, so I decided that it was the perfect time and location to open my showroom. My American Dream finally came true and I cannot be happier to serve the brides in our community!

Photo of a bridge wearing a dress by Veilmonté Bridal Showroom 

How would you describe your shop’s style?

Different – that is what all brides say about my shop.

What inspires your work?

The ability to accomodate ANY bride. We are the only shop that offers custom size and design in Vermont, and we are very flexible when it comes to options. I have an immense passion for what I do!

Any special tips for brides for choosing a wedding dress?

Your not expected to purchase your dress at the first appointment. Take your time when shopping for the most important dress of your life! Make sure you feel comfortable in your dress (moving, seating, hugging people etc.). 

Your dress has to represent your personality; you might look amazing in a sparkly princess dress but if you are a reserved person and that’s outside your comfort zone, you might not feel comfortable on your wedding day having that look. 

Other people’s opinion matters, but the choice is ultimately yours. I suggest brides take pictures and look at those to help make a final selection.

Start shopping for your dress one year before your wedding. I recommend going right after picking your venue, as the style of your wedding will be defined off your look as a bride!

What’s your favorite moment during the wedding dress selection process?

When the bridal party starts crying saying “Yes!” to the bride’s dream wedding dress. That moment is priceless, and I often cry with them.

What’s your favorite thing to do in VT? / Local spot to visit? Etc.

I like to go biking on the Colchester Bike Path – this is my favorite place to meditate and it is where I get the most creative ideas for my shop. I also like watching the sunset over the Champlain Lake in the summer at the Spot on the Dock Restaurant in Burlington. 

If you weren’t in this business, what would you do?

I would be a travel blogger as I love to travel.

What’s a fun fact about yourself? 

I am a fun person overall…I go on a diet every Monday. 😉

What’s a song that always gets you on the dance floor?

I absolutely love dancing. I am a fan of house & electronic music. Any song makes me dance.  .

Thank you, Marina! Learn more about Veilmonté Bridal Showroom in the vendor guide, and visit them in Burlington!