Where Romance Blooms: Celebrating Love At The Wilburton Inn

A little ways outside of the charming Southern Vermont town of Manchester lies a 30-acre resort that houses not one, but two stunning turn-of-the-century mansions. The Wilburton Inn combines a peaceful, remote feeling with easy access to the nearby quaint town of Manchester, for all the services one could possibly need for their wedding! We are excited to share the Wilburton Inn wedding of Carly and Zach, who had a perfectly planned day with the help of both Meesha Kropp and Wild Fern Boutique. Keep reading for all the sweet details of this couple’s beautiful day.

From Election Campaign to Detailed Proposal

Carly and Zach first met in 2018, when both of them were working on Andrew Yang’s 2020 campaign for president. Zach was the Campaign Manager and Carly was the finance director. From the moment she met Zach, Carly knew she liked him and told her friends that they were going to date. While working for the campaign, Zach was not aware of Carly’s crush on him or her plans to date him. (However, Zach eventually realized once he fell in love with her as well!)

Zach staged an elaborate proposal for Carly that involved a day-long scavenger hunt in their hometown of New York City, where her family and friends surprised her at her favorite places. The final clue was delivered via a cameo from one of the actors from Carly’s favorite show, the Gilmore Girls. When considering the destination for their wedding, Carly knew that she wanted to be married in Manchester, VT, which is where she grew up. 

A Stunning Combination of History and Nature: All the Details of the Couple's Big Day!

On Friday night, their late summer wedding began with a bonfire and a pizza truck on the grounds of Wilburton Inn. On the morning of their wedding, the couple chose to get ready separately, with Carly taking advantage of the stunning bridal suite at Wilburton to perfect her look with hair done by Patty Bassett and makeup done by Delaney Tatro. After getting ready, the couple took in the peaceful setting of the Inn with an intimate first look before the ceremony. Their photographer, Ali Kaukas, captured Manchester’s stunning nature in all of its glory!

The wedding itself took place at a picturesque lawn on Wilburton’s property that is framed by gorgeous Vermont greenery. The altar was elegantly framed by two gray stone pots overflowing with pink and green hydrangeas, which perfectly matched Carly’s bouquet designed by Nancy Bishop. 

Although August can be a rainy season in Vermont, Carly and Zach were lucky enough to have relatively good weather on their special day. There was little drizzle during their vows, but thanks to the thorough wedding planning by Wild Fern and Meesha, there were clear umbrellas ready in case of rain. The touching ceremony was officiated by a local pastor, Jim Gray. We love how the bridal party wore coordinating floral or pastel dresses that embraced the wedding’s setting, and how the groomsmen brought in a floral touch with their ties.

Dining and Dancing the Night Away in Style

For their reception, the couple took advantage of the Wilburton’s Marble Pavilion, a great dance floor for showing off your moves! Zach and Carly opted for the Silver Arrow Band instead of a conventional DJ for their reception entertainment. This lively band provided an exceptional atmosphere for the event!  Andrew Yang was also in attendance and gave a toast at their reception. 

One of the guests’ favorite parts of the wedding was the delicious food that was catered by Alp Basdogan’s local Turkish restaurant Depot 62. There were many details that made the meal unique, including clay pots for the entrees, linen outfits for the servers, and menus for the guests. 

As well as delicious Turkish food, the wedding boasted not one but two cakes from Fancy Pants that were beautifully decorated and represented the couple’s love perfectly. The first cake was shaped like a blue baseball hat that made a joke about how their relationship began through math. The second cake was a classic circular cake that used a special “semi-naked” frosting technique to show the layers of the cake. 

Carly and Zach’s first dance was a homemade mashup of their favorite songs from artists such as Taylor Swift, Beyoncé, Big & Rich, Fallout Boy, and Frank Sinatra. Later in the evening, Carly and Zach both changed into second outfits, which was a unique twist. Carly wore a strapless dress with comfy sneakers for dancing, and Zach wore high tops as well as a luxurious green velvet jacket. (Make sure to check out the fun detail of Zach’s jacket- an iconic Buffalo Bills themed liner, in the photo gallery below!) To wrap up their beautiful night, Zach played the piano and sang “Then” by Brad Paisley to Carly in front of guests, showcasing one of his talents. 

Carly and Zach’s wedding combined the peaceful simplicity of Wilburton Inn with their fun-filled nature to create a beautifully balanced wedding. Many of the guests commented on how the toasts were some of the most sentimental and loving that they had ever heard, showcasing how heartfelt the couple’s wedding was. Congratulations Carly and Zach! 

A Manchester Vermont Wedding at Wilburton Inn

The Wilburton Inn is a 30-acre historic estate. The mansion is the centerpiece for a full weekend celebration with an outdoor ceremony on the grand lawn, cocktail hour at our patio bar, and receptions for 200+ in our Vermont Marble Pavilion Tent. We provide onsite lodging for 100+ guests with a pool, tennis, and lawn games. Located in the beautiful town of Manchester, Vermont there are also ample outdoor activities, restaurants and shopping to discover just minutes away.

Blending Artistry and Flavor: Meet Vermont Wedding Baker Fancy Pants Cakes

Fancy Pants Cakes is a custom cake business located in Bennington, Vermont that specializes in creating delectable cakes and cupcakes. From simple cutting cakes with mini cupcake towers to towering 5-tier (or more!) cake masterpieces, Jenica’s creations are guaranteed to delight every tastebud.

Making Every Wedding Day Detail Perfect With Wild Fern Boutique

Sometimes your special day needs a little something extra- and that’s where Wild Fern Boutique comes in! Wild Fern Boutique is a wedding planning and event furniture rental company serving Vermont and parts of New England. From partial or full wedding planning, Chelsea and Cassie are here to help. Additionally, for couples dreaming of creating an unforgettable event atmosphere, their exquisite collection of pre-designed lounges and carefully curated accent furniture offers the pinnacle of luxury seating. Understanding that each couple’s vision is unique, Wild Fern Botique extends a personalized service tailored to envelop your guests in an ambiance of sophistication and comfort! 


Venue: Wilburton Inn, Wedding Planners: Meesha Kropp and Wild Fern Boutique, Photographer: Ali Kaukas Photography, Videographer: Zeke Neubauer, Florist: Nancy Bishop, Catering: Alp Basdogan and Depot 62, Entertainment: Silver Arrow Band, Hair: Patty Bassett, Makeup: Delaney Tatro, Baker: Fancy Pants Cakes, Officiant: Jim Gray.

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A Wildflower Inspired Wedding at Wilburton Inn

We are thrilled to share with you the wildflower-inspired wedding of Greg and Julie, set in the enchanting grounds of the Wilburton Inn,  located in Manchester Vermont. The captivating charm of the venue combined with the couple’s exceptional vision for a nature-themed celebration resulted in a wedding straight out of a storybook! Continue reading with us, as we dive into their journey, sharing unique wedding ideas and the all beautiful moments captured by Samantha Margaret Photography.

Love in Full Bloom

When Greg walked into his indoor cycling class at a Boston studio, he wound up with a better deal than he could’ve bargained for. He and one of the employees, Julie, caught each other’s eyes and hit it off instantly! He left that day after taking his first (and last) cycling class with a date to a Red Sox game. After many more dates, Greg proposed to Julie on a pier in Charleston as the sun set over the Boston skyline. 

Fast forward to wedding planning, Julie and Greg traveled to the Wilburton Inn, a 19th-century historic mansion nestled in the rolling hills of  Manchester, Vermont and knew it would be the perfect location to host friends and family for a wedding weekend.

A Fun-Filled Manchester Vermont Wedding

On the morning of their wedding, Julie and Greg met atop the mist-covered peak of Mount Equinox for an enchanting first look and intimate vow exchange. We experienced a lot of moody and rainy days during the 2023 wedding season here in Vermont, but these first look photos remind us that sometimes dreary weather can make for amazing memories- and images! Julie donned a whimsical Monique Lhuillier ballgown adorned with a delicate floral motif that perfectly matched her bouquet by Nancy Bishop Floral Design, and Greg’s suit.

Over at the Wilburton Inn, guests eagerly anticipated the start of Julie and Greg’s ceremony. With Julie’s sister serving as the officiant, the ceremony was delivered with a beautiful and heartfelt sentiment that was appreciated by all in attendance. Once pronounced husband and wife, Greg and Julie made their way up the aisle and headed towards a champagne tower, toasting to guests and officially kicking off cocktail hour.

With the help of wedding planners Gabrielle Wilson, and Locust Bloom, the Wilburton Inn’s wedding tent was transformed into a wildflower wonderland, blooming with luxe details. As guests entered the reception tent, they were greeted by a charming vintage wooden desk overflowing with an abundance of flowers, serving as both a seating chart and a captivating centerpiece. The watercolor name cards by Paigenco were thoughtfully crafted from wildflower seed paper, making for a sustainable and memorable wedding favor. (Perfectly on theme and so chic!) 

The upbeat songs of Clockwork East Coast filled the dance floor, keeping it packed with energy. To fully immerse herself in the rhythm, Julie changed into a different outfit to fully unleash her dancing skills.

The reception showcased a lavish dessert table featuring a magnificent flower-covered cake by Blackbird Cake Design, maple leaf-shaped cookies, and a delectable Ben & Jerry’s ice cream station, all which are wonderful nods to Vermont!

To wrap up the magical day, Julie and Greg drank espresso martinis with guests and had a sparkler send off. Throughout the entire wedding weekend, there was an abundance of heartfelt details, beaming smiles, and an outpouring of love. These sentiments radiate through the captured moments by Samantha Margaret Photography and we hope that they evoke the same joy in you. Our warmest congratulations to Julie and Greg.

A Manchester Vermont Wedding at Wilburton Inn

The Wilburton Inn is a 30-acre historic estate. The mansion is the centerpiece for a full weekend celebration with an outdoor ceremony on the grand lawn, cocktail hour at our patio bar, and receptions for 200+ in our Vermont Marble Pavilion Tent. We provide onsite lodging for 100+ guests with a pool, tennis, and lawn games. Located in the beautiful town of Manchester, Vermont there are also ample outdoor activities, restaurants and shopping to discover just minutes away.


Venue & Catering: The Wilburton Inn, Planning: Gabrielle Wilson, and Locust Bloom, Photography: Samantha Margaret Photography, Florals: Nancy Bishop Floral Design, Cake: Blackbird Cake Design, Band: Clockwork East Coast, Hair & Makeup: Bespoke Salon Suite,  Rentals: Vermont Tent Company, Stationery & Signage: Paigenco, Dress: Monique Lhuillier from L’Elite Bridal in Massachusetts.

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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, 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

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A Magical Fall Wedding at the Wilburton Inn

Kristen and Ryan celebrated the start of their new life together with a beautiful Vermont fall wedding at the historic Wilburton Inn. Located in Manchester, Vermont,  this 30-acre estate provided the perfect backdrop for their special day, with the grand mansion serving as the centerpiece. Guests were able to take in the picturesque, peak fall foliage (while basking in 68 degree weather!) and enjoyed an outdoor ceremony on the grand lawn and cocktail hour at the patio bar.

Peak Foliage For This Fall Wedding at The Wilburton Inn

Kristen shared that the inspiration for the couple’s big day was: intimate, fun, and no stress. And that thanks to the Wilburton staff, “there wasn’t an inkling of stress all weekend.” With many guests traveling from all over the Tri-state area to Vermont, having accommodations for up to 100 guests on site was a huge plus. It streamlined the weekend and allowed their loved ones to celebrate alongside the newlyweds all weekend long.

The couple got engaged in Burlington, Vermont, so they knew they wanted their special day to take place somewhere in the Green Mountain State and be filled with sweeping mountain views. They also dreamed of beautiful foliage so that their friends and families could experience an authentic New England fall wedding – and boy did they luck out! Their wedding was one of the peak foliage days of the season, creating a stunning backdrop for photos.

Catch all the beautiful details from Kristen and Ryan’s wedding below!

(Ps – does the picture of Kristen and her girls look familiar? It was part of our Best of 2022 Champagne Pop moments!)


Venue & Catering: The Wilburton Inn, Flowers: Nancy Bishop Floral, Make Up Artist: Amy Nicholas Makeup, Hair: Amanda Shepard Hair, Dress: Maggie Sottero Designs, Photographer: Laura Swoyer Photography

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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: 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


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 


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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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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The best part of weddings in 2021? Hands down: the community moments. While the people are always the true highlight of celebrations, 2021 weddings were even sweeter after months of social distancing. Long awaited hugs and overwhelming joy to be together again…that’s what stands out the most across Vermont weddings in 2021. 

As we close out our Best of 2021 series, we hope you enjoy these moments of community, and that it inspires gratitude for your own family and friends. 

Bride and bridesmaids popping a bottle of champagne on wedding morning

Besties & Bubbles

A bottle of bubbly and your best pals by your side… the best way to kick off your magical wedding day, planned by NJOY Weddings & Events at Hildene.

(Photo: Corinne Parker Photography)

Painting of a bride and groom walking down the aisle and being showered with confetti at Vermont wedding

Just Married

In this painting, wedding painter Hope Sharp captures that “just married” magic of twirling down the aisle as a married couple at The Essex Resort and Spa.

Flying High

This couple is quite literally being lifted by their community, and by the looks on their faces, they are soaking in every celebratory moment! (Photo: Ben Hudson Photography)

Groom lifting bride off dance floor during an epic first dance at their Vermont wedding

Epic First Dance

This couple’s first dance on the marble court at the Wilburton Inn looks amazing – check out that lift and twirl. And the looks on their wedding party’s faces… priceless! (Photo: Jesse Schloff Photography)

The Quiet Family Moment

We love this special, intimate moment soaking in the excitement of the day as a family before rejoining the party. (Photo: Jess Driver Photography)

The Tear Jerker

This couple postponed their wedding over a year, so they and their community was VERY ready to celebrate their wedding. From their emotional vows to their family’s toasts, the entire day was filled with love. (Video: Beyond Bliss Films)

Epic Champagne Toast

When The Old Lantern Inn’s owners’ daughter tied the knot this year, the celebration was epic. One standout moment? The groom, father of the bride, and father of the groom all sabered champagne bottles and poured a toast to the union of the families. (Photo: Andy Duback)

Bride and groom kissing as their friends lift them into the air on the dance floor at their Vermont wedding

The Glow Up

The glow sticks are super fun, but the real glow comes from the couple in love who know their community is always there to lift them up. (Photo: Kelsey Regan Photography)


Confetti Toss

This theatrical wedding planned by Destinations Found included an epic, colorful confetti drop that is sure to be a standout moment for these wedding-goers for years to come! (Photo: GarrenTee Photography)

Bride and groom dancing and laughing under parachute during Vermont wedding reception

Parachute Party

Who remembers these parachutes from elementary school?! This couple busted one out during their reception at Topnotch Resort to the delight of guests. What a fun idea! (Photo: Henry Cotton)

BIPOC couple walking through sparkler exit at Vermont wedding

A Sparkling Beginning

The end of your wedding day is the start of your next chapter as a married couple. If this couple’s sparkler exit is any indication, we’d say they have a very bright future ahead! (Photo: Juniper Studios)


The Childhood Reading

The bride had asked her nephew to read Shel Silverstein’s “The Romance” during their wedding at The Inn at Weathersfield. During dinner, he worked up the courage and delivered a memorable performance. (Photo: Kelsey Regan Photography)


A Royal Send Off

Talk about a fairytale ending to a romantic wedding day! (Photo: Keith MacDonald Photography)


That’s a wrap! Thank you to everyone who submitted for the Best of 2021 series. This was truly an incredible year.

The Full Best of Vermont Weddings 202 Series:

Don’t forget to pop over to Instagram to see even more community moments, and the “semi finalists” for each of the other categories.

We’re excited for another year of memorable weddings ahead!


For these 2021 Vermont weddings, the biggest party animals were of the four-legged variety! Vermont is a dog paradise, and when it comes to weddings, many couples choose to involve their furry family members in their special day! Scroll down to see our favorite wedding animals from 2021.

(Related reading: How to Include Your Dog at Your Wedding)

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

Bride and groom kneeling and kissing over their dog who is wearing a floral collar

Pup in Petals

This doggo is pawsatively rocking her floral collar! (Photo: Juniper Studios

Bride and groom smiling at their labradoodle dog on wedding day

Dandy Doodle

Spooner the labadoodle has a lovable, ruffled look, and she’s ready for the camera to capture her big smile up close! Odyssey Events (Photo: Oliver Parini Photography)

Bride and groom posing with their dog who is wearing a bandana that says Wedding Crasher

Cute Wedding Crasher

This puppy sported a “wedding crasher” bandana and was a beloved guest at this couple’s backyard wedding! (Photo: Madison Anne Studio)

Loyal Companion

This couple knew they couldn’t celebrate their Inn at Grace Farm wedding (planned by Lindsey Leichthammer Events) without their faithful companion, Truman, by their side. Friends helped the senior dog down the aisle, and he patiently and lovingly watched the whole ceremony. (Photo: Jenna Brisson

Bride and groom smiling at their golden retriever dog wearing a bow tie for wedding

The Golden Boy

This couple’s golden boy, Theo, dressed up in his own tux for their elegant wedding at the Wilburton Inn! (Photo: Kelsey Regan Photography

The Baaaad Romance

There is nothing sheepish about these adorable farm guests who came by to wish the couple well at their Farmhouse Flowers wedding! (Photo: Taylor Main Photography)

Small dog wearing a flower collar putting her paw on owners leg

Flower Girl

Luna was excited to take a walk down the aisle with her parents as the official flower girl! (Photo: MoHo Photo)

Bride and groom posing with two dogs, one wearing a bow tie bandana and one wearing a floral collar during Vermont wedding

A Perfect Pair

This couple celebrated their wedding at The Grafton Inn with their two best buds their side, both dressed to impress! (Photo: Loveland Creative)


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.

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.)