I feel like there are so many brides out there that are totally and completely overwhelmed when it comes to planning their wedding. Even though I was IN the wedding industry when I planned my own, I was definitely one of those girls. I wish someone had given me permission to embrace my jeans and a t-shirt personality when it came to the design...to craft a wedding that was laid back and yet beautiful, casual and yet really special. Well, that is EXACTLY what this gorgeous bride did and the result is just effortlessly beautiful. Photographed perfectly by Two Chicks Photography, I love, love, love everything about this wedding. Click here to see even more of the goodness.
From the bride...When planning our wedding we knew that we didn't want a long engagement and we knew that it had to be at the beginning of my wedding photography season or I would drive us both crazy in planning this. I think I ended up driving us both a little crazy anyhow, but it was worth it.
We chose Vermont because that's were I grew up and most of our family is still on the east coast. We looked around a little but quickly decided on the Alerin Barn in St. Johnsbury, Vermont. I am close friends with the family that owns it and had grown up enjoyed their little piece of heaven. We wanted to do something very simple while keeping it "country chic".
We decided on wildflowers for our bouquet and boutonniere. We chose one type of wildflower for each table and actually called the tables by that flower name (ie: table sunflower, table lily). We purchased our flowers in bulk from Stray Cat Farm in Burlington, VT and my friend Holly arranged them in mason jars tied with twine bows on all of the tables. We also decided to do a wildflower ceremony just before our vows symbolizing the unity of friends and family in support of our marriage. Each guest was handed a flower as they arrived to the ceremony. Just before we exchanged rings our sisters walked around collecting the flowers in 2 large vases. Mark and I added the last 2 flowers completing the unity of the final vase. Mark's brother Lu played classical guitar during the ceremony and my sister Shannon officiated the ceremony.
All in all, it was the most amazing weekend we've ever had! We loved that it rained -- the first thought that popped into my head that morning when it was pouring was "mudboots and just roll with it!" :)
Photography: Two Chicks Photography, Lindsey Turner & Dawn Gioia / Couple: Jenni Maroney & Mark Gately / Location: Alerin Barn, St. Johnsbury, VT / Florist: Stray Cat Flower Farm / Dress: by Mon Cheri from a bridal shop in Atlanta, GA / Band: Grippofunk Band / Hair & Makeup: Inspiration Salon - Chelsea Brown St. Johnsbury VT / Caterer: Nomadic Chef / Rings: Cronin Rings in Boulder, CO (family owned) / Brides Shoes: Nine West / Place cards: Moo Mini Cards / Brides Earrings: custom made by Cowboys Sweetheart Jewelry, Boulder, CO / Earrings for Sister/Officiant, sister/flower collectors: Custom designed and made by jeweler Caroline Keens, Falls Church, VA / Boutonnierres: home-made dried flowers by bride and her sister / Table Runners: custom made by Special Occasions / Bartenders: friends of bride, Emily Comstock & her husband Nelson / Wine: Charlotte Vermont Winery / Beer: Long Trail Brewery, Vermont Microbrew, Switchback Brewery, Vermont Microbrew / Groom's Suit: Banana Republic / Groom's Shoes: Naot Shoes