Rich in traditions both old and new, this sweet as can be Vermont wedding by Orchard Cove Photography is just as classic as they come. With a 200-year-old farmhouse to set the scene and an equally endearing couple, it perfectly displays all that is wonderful about timeless weddings. If you ask me, old-fashioned is very in fashion when it come to weddings, and there is more old-fashioned, timelessness to devour in the full gallery.

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From the Bride… We wanted an old-fashioned wedding at home and to really make history where we are putting down roots: on our farm in Vermont. I imagined a rural wedding with our guests parading through our meadows and long harvest tables for the wedding feast – it was even more beautiful than I could have anticipated. Getting married on our 200-year-old farm was perfect. It made our home sacred.

Our wedding was rustic and romantic; mercury-glass bowls on the tables with crimson pears and dusky purple figs, ivory pillar candles in glass canning jars, linen napkins. We wanted the pictures of the day to be interchangeable with other centuries.  Finn has a background in bookmaking, so he designed and sewed our wedding invitations, which were delivered sealed with scarlet wax.  Our friends wove an arbor for us from grapevines and draped it with black and crimson berries. It was really gratifying to use the services of our friends and neighbors. Our friend, who runs a local chocolate shop, made organic black-rum caramels for favors, which we wrapped in brown paper and sealed with wax. She also made our wedding cake and was mother of the flower girl!

I think we started a lot of traditions that day. But one tradition Finn and I shared with our guests was five minutes of Quaker silence during our ceremony. It was long enough to really bring us all into the blessing of the moment.  The candles were lit by each of our mothers as in a normal unity candle tradition, but instead of a unity candle, Finn’s parents built a luminaria behind the altar, which is the type of structure that is burned on sacred days in the pueblo where they live in New Mexico. The luminaria and altar were both on the site of Finn’s proposal.  A gun was fired by Finn’s Dad to alert the wedding party to start the procession. Finn and his Dad elk hunt together and my dad was a lifetime writer for Sports Afield and Field & Stream (hunting & fishing magazines), so firing a muzzle loader seemed appropriate. Also, our house is on major Revolutionary War ( and I think French & Indian War) ground.

My favorite part of the day was reaching Finn at the altar, who was weeping. And vowing to be his wife, this day and every day.  My veil flew off in the wind right after we were pronounced husband and wife. No matter. Finn scooped me up and carried me down the aisle.

Wedding Ceremony & Reception: Bride & Groom’s Home / Wedding Photography: Orchard Cove Photography / Catering: Kathleen of Bevo / Florist: Hollyhocks / Wedding Gown: Wearkstatt via Deb at Sewly Yours / Bride’s Shoes: Cydwoq / Bride’s Hair: Shear Cuts / Hair Accessories: Bride’s Head Revisited / Groom’s Suit: Michael Kehoe Ltd. / Wedding Cake & Favors: Daily Chocolate / Event Rentals: Celebration Rentals, Inc. / Place Cards: Timeless Paper

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