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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