2014 A Salute to Our Soldiers

Best wishes to Sienna and Ric on their wedding day!


Learn all about Ric & Sienna's wedding planning progress...

October 16, 2014:

Decadent Sea Salt Caramels from Red Kite Candy are ready to be delivered to ECHO Lake Aquarium for the Rehearsal Brunch scheduled for Saturday. It is so hard not to open one of the boxes and sneak a taste!
October 14, 2014:
We are so pleased that Vermont Tent Company is working with us on A Salute to Our Soldiers. Nancy has been at the head of the rental realm with us the entire way!  Today, we were able to coordinate everything we need for the big day - the big trucks will roll in on Saturday to The Barn at Boyden Farms with everything from ceremony benches to lounge furniture for this amazing wedding!
October 13, 2014:
A final chat with owner Lauri Boyden on this brisk morning to go over any last minute details. Lauri and her staff are ready to go and are so excited to host Ric & Sienna's wedding at The Barn at Boyden Farms.
October 12, 2014:
The flower power has begun! Sarah Jo, Bonnie, Jill & Stacey have all been in correspondence with each other as a cohesive team. Sienna & Ric's wedding will be adorned with stunning floral design! Full of fall colors and great textures, these ladies are sure to make their guests stop and say wow! Big thanks to Creative Muse Floral Design, Hawley's Florist, New Leaf Organics, and Blue Toad Flowers!
for making it all happen!
October 10, 2014:
Let's rock the Barn! Top Hat Entertainment, Dayve Huckett, & Hazen Metro all have their timelines and are ready for the music to start! With a special number for their first dance to be done by Dayve Hucket, a long time advocate of A Salute, great music for the dancing feet of all their guests from Top Hat, & a special little something from Hazen Metro & his bagpipes!! 

September 23, 2014:

Crunch-time! The wedding is less than one month away and the planning is in full swing thanks to Jackie Watson and the team of Vermont wedding professionals orchestrating Ric & Sienna's wedding! VT Enchanted Events met with Sienna for a final run through of the wedding day events. One by one, each item on the list was checked off. The timelines were sent and all vendors are ready to roll! The wedding planning has been a fun and joyful journey with our winning couple and we can’t wait for the celebration at The Barn at Boyden Farms.

 Earlier this month, Sienna and Ric met up with Dayve Huckett. Like so many couples, they fell in love with his guitar playing. He will be performing not only the ceremony and cocktail hour but now Dayve will play a special first dance song for our couple.

 Along the road in September, Nancy from Keepsakes by Nana finished a stunning ring bearer pillow for Ric & Sienna, all those perfect little details are coming together.

 Creative Muse Floral Design, Hawleys’ Florist, New Leaf Organics, & Blue Toad Flowers have begun collaborating on the entire floral décor for the big day. Mums the word from this team, but we can say that the flower power will be amazing!

September 12th, 2014:

The invitations are in the mail! Check out these gorgeous designs that Sienna recieved from Christa Alexandra Designs! Sienna and Christa collaborated on the entire design! The paintings are Sienna's own creation and Christa incorporated the artwork into the entire set.

Christa Alexandra Designs

Christa Alexandra Designs
Here is what Sienna had to say about the final invitations,

"These invitations are a dream.  Since I am an artist and so much of my identity is woven with my artistic side, I have always envisioned and hoped that I could be a part of the creation of my wedding invitations.  I do, however, recognize the limitations of my resources and ideas.  Therefore, the opportunity to work with Christa offered immense inspiration, brainstorming, and creativity.  We spoke the same language throughout the process so where she desired images from me, I was able to create, and what suggestions or ideas I needed from her, she was able to implement.  She took off from where my images landed. The paintings used in the suite were all created throughout this collaborative process. The final works blew me away! Thank you, Christa!"

September, 2014:

Now, it's time to start talking ceremony music. As the leaves start to change here in Vermont, it means that the wedding day will be here soon!  Ric & Sienna will meet with the sensational Dayve Huckett who has been with A Salute to Our Soldiers for two seasons now. Dayve will discuss music options for their ceremony and cocktail hour for this wonderful wedding at The Barn at Boyden Farm!

 August 15th, 2014:

Today, Sienna got to meet with Jessica from Salon Elixir for a trial hair/makeup. Jessica is "genuinely a talented and caring person", as Sienna put it. Sienna can not wait for the big day when her and her girls get to be pampered by this outstanding team of hair and makeup artists. Learn more about Salon Elixir.

July 29th, 2014:

Breaking News: Not only did Ben & Jerry's Scoop Shop come to our event yesterday, but now Ben & Jerry's will be at Ric and Sienna's wedding! A huge big thank you to Bobby from Ben & Jerry's for making this happen!

Ben & Jerry's Scoop Shop

July 28th, 2014:

Today, many of the sponsors of the 2014 Salute to Our Soldiers met up at The Barn at Boyden Farms to meet Ric & Sienna! Despite the terrible rain, we all had a lot of fun getting to know Ric & Sienna and their family. Here is a shot of some of the sponsors who were present:


July 1st, 2014:

This month, Sienna & Ric will be meeting with Blue Toad Flowers to go over their amazing bridal party flowers. With a wedding party of twelve, Stacey is sure to have fun with the palette for this wedding! 

May 27, 2014:

The Engagment photos are in! We cannot show you all of them, that would just spoil all the fun!

The wonderfully talented, Barrie Fisher met up with Ric & Sienna in the Mad River Valley to take these photos filled with love, honor and dedication! Ric & Sienna had a blast at the photoshoot. Barrie is so energetic and goes the extra mile to get that perfect shot. Don't you just love them?

Photo by Barrie Fisher Photographers

Photo by Barrie Fisher Photographers

Photo by Barrie Fisher Photographers

May 15th, 2014:

Sienna visited Vermont Tent Company today! Nancy Mead from Vermont Tent is helping us with this amazing journey. Amazing shades of roma grey's, mushrooms, and Moldova's were all chosen for the tables. Check it out...

Table Setting by Vermont Tent Company

May 14th, 2014:

A trip to The Barn at Boyden Farm with Ric & Sienna to meet owner Lauri Boyden today. Lauri, Jackie, Ric & Sienna mapped out the table layout for tables for their 150 guests. It is starting to feel real!

May 9th, 2014:

A menu has been choosen! Ric, Sienna & Jackie Watson, their event planner  from VT Enchanted Events went to visit The Essex Resort and Spa today. We all became huge fans of the butternut ravioli! We are keeping quiet about all the details right now, just know that three amazing entrees will be served along with a scrumptious three-tiered cake that no one will forget!

May 7th, 2014:

Ric & Sienna are in full swing with wedidng planning assisted by Jackie Watson and all our fabulous wedding vendors! Sarah Jo Willey from Creative Muse Floral Design met with our lovely couple today for floral power! Mercury vases and candles will adorn the rustic glam setting...but thats all were telling you!

April 17th, 2014:

A color palette has been chosen! After careful consideration and finding a focal inspiration piece in Vermont Vows Magazine their amazing color palette was selected!  

March 18th, 2014:

A Salute to Our Soldiers is thrilled to announce an opportunity for all military personal (retired or active) and their family members and finances! Join Jackie Watson at the Annual Brides Against Breast Cancer event with this coupon to revieve a whopping $100.00 off their wedding gown!

The event will be held on Sunday, March 30th at The Essex Resort and Spa. Learn more about Brides Against Breast Cancer and the Essex Resort & Spa Event


March 15th, 2014:

Congratulations to Our Winners!

Thank you for participating and voting for your favorite couple in A Salute to Our Soldiers.

Grand Prize: Wedding at The Barn at Boyden Farms with catering by The Essex Resort & Spa is awarded to Ric & Sienna!

Second Prize: Romantic Weekend at The Mountain Top Inn & Resort is awarded to Justin and Kathleen!

Third Prize: Action Packed Weekend at Jay Peak Resort is awarded to Bill and Katarina

Congratulations to all of our finalists! We salute you!

To all our contestants: Thank you so much for sharing your Love Stories with us! We had a wonderful time getting to know you and wish you all the best for wonderful futures together! And most of all, thank you for your years of service. We appreciate your hard work and dedicaton to the military!


Presented by:
 VT Enchanted Events The Barn at Boyden Farms
 The Essex Resort & Spa


And These Generous Sponsors:

The Mountain Top Inn & Resort Echo Lake Aquarium
Jay Peak Vermont
Jonathan Couture Barrie Fisher Photographers Kim Martin Photography
Creatuve Muse Floral Design New Leaf Organics Hawleys Florist
 SugarSnap Blue Toad Flowers  Snaffle Sweets

Dayve Huckett Photobooth Planet
Top Hat Entertainment

Kuerth Creative
Vermont Tent Company Christa Alexandra
 Keepsakes by Nana Salon Elixir
Vermont Truffle Company
Hazen Metro
Vermont Maple Outlet

Red Kite Candy  VT Vows
Ben & Jerry's  Smuggs Logo






Tell us your Love Story between December 15, 2013 through January 31, 2014 and why you would like to be married in a military wedding in Vermont. Three finalists will be selected and online voting will start on Valentines Day, February 14, 2014. On March 15th, 2014 online voting will end and the prizes will be awared.

Grand Prize

A Salute To Our Soldiers with a Vermont Fall Wedding!

Including all of the following:




First Runner Up

Wonderful Romantic Get-Away Weekend


The Mountain Top Inn & Resort in Chittenden, Vermont


Second Runner Up

Adventure Packed Weekend


Jay Peak Resort, in Jay Vermont!



A Salute to Our Soldiers 


  • You must be 18 years or older, and one or both of you must have served or be currently active in one of the five branches of the US Military (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard).
  • Must be willing to share your love story on VermontWeddings.com and be willing  to have your wedding at the Barn at Boyden Farms on October 19th, 2014.
  • Potential winners must comply with all terms and conditions of the Official Rules of the Contest.

Meet Courtney and Scott: Winners of the 2013 A Salute to Our Soldiers...

2013 Salute Winners

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