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Summer Vermont Wedding at Mountain Top Inn

As a future Vermont bride, I’m instantly drawn to any wedding in the Green State. But this one, captured by the talented Cambria Grace stands out all on its own. From blooms by Pollen Floral Design to the most fabulous bridesmaids’ dresses I’ve ever seen, the photos in the gallery are guaranteed to make any rustic wedding lover’s heart skip a beat.

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From The Bride… Greg and I live in Boston so, when we got engaged, we immediately started shopping around Boston for venues and vendors. The first vendor that I decided on was the florist, Krissy Price from Boston Pollen, who connected me with Cambria Grace Photography. After deciding on these ladies we actually started looking for barn wedding venues in Vermont which is how we stumbled upon the Mountain Top Inn. We visited the Inn and fell in love with the landscape, the accommodations, and the idea of a “destination wedding”. Thankfully Krissy and Cambria were willing to travel and we were lucky enough to score a summer wedding date. With only 7 months to plan, I got to work on all of the DIY projects that I had cooked up in my mind. Among other things, I painted the backdrop for our photo booth; made signs out of the lathe from our house (Greg operated the pneumatic staple gun); folded, painted, and strung 300 origami stars to be hung from balloons in the rafters, and collected the various other decorative items that we wanted to be represented on our wedding day.

As it all came together, the theme I had my heart set on was “enchanted forest” and Greg reluctantly agreed. We tried to plan out every detail and, unbelievably, our wedding was everything and more than we had hoped for.

The wedding day started a little hectically for us, the wedding party, and friends who had the task of hanging stars in the barn and placing signs. Shortly after blowing up balloons, the boys were allowed to retreat to a pre-planned game of frisbee golf while the ladies finished the decorating and started getting ready. Erin McKenna and Vivan Infantino were onsite for hair and makeup transformations and made us look more beautiful than I thought possible.

We ended up running a little behind on the hair and makeup and were barely able to get the first look in – I’m so glad we did! On the car ride down into the woods I was nervous. Once I saw Greg that all melted and we were able to enjoy the moment together. Next we separated once again to take our places on top of the hill with our friends and family. At this point I grabbed my bouquet that had the hand-dyed silk ribbons, that my Grandma Pat and I made my Prom dress out of, tied around the stems and joined my dad and our horse (that I would be hiding behind). The ceremony was beautiful. I was a little worried about the handwritten vows but it ended up being one of the highlights of the entire wedding. My vows were good, but I had no idea that Greg was a poetic mastermind! Everyone was laughing and crying and talking about his vows for the rest of the night.

The cocktail hour felt like a blur. We got to try our signature cocktail, the McBrady Margarita, and the delicious passed appetizers, and we took pictures with our families. Next was the dress change and our grand entrance into the barn. Is it always that loud?! Our reception was so fun! The food was delicious, the bartenders were handing out shots, and there were multiple surprises (for Greg) throughout the night that made our wedding a truly memorable experience for us and for our guests. The first surprise came from Greg’s mom, Linda. She spent countless hours creating a slideshow of Greg growing up that matched the song that she chose for their dance. It was touching and hilarious at the same time.

The planning for Greg’s second surprise started years ago when I decided that I wanted to sing to him at our wedding. After dinner, and unfortunately right after Bel Biv Devoe’s “Poison” was played (how could I be expected to follow that?!), Greg and I got up to thank our guests for traveling great distances to share in our special day. Once I got the microphone, I invited my brother and friend up to the front at which point they dragged their guitars and amps out from under the DJ table. The look on Greg’s face was priceless when he realized what was going on (victory!). I sang “At Last”, by Etta James, for my surprised husband because he had mentioned that as being his favorite song that I had ever sang to him – also the lyrics are beautiful. Afterwards there was a lot of hugging, and dancing, and CAKE. We finished the night with a bonfire overlooking the moon’s reflection on the reservoir – a perfect ending to a perfect day.

Photography: Cambria Grace Photography | Floral Design: Pollen Floral Design | Wedding Dress: White By Vera Wang | Cake: Cakes By Irene | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Anthropologie | DJ/Band: Peak DJ | Inn: Mountain Top Inn | Makeup: Vivian Infantino | Reception Dress: Pronovias | Suit: Alabaster And Chess

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Rustic Glam Mountain Top Inn Wedding

When your wedding theme involves “Summer Camp For Adults,” there’s no doubt a good day will follow. Just take this Mountain Top Inn affair captured by Jami Saunders and Moving Presentations. It’s rustic, mountain beauty gone glam and there’s a whole lot more waiting right here.

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From the Bride… “Summer Camp For Adults” was the theme of our wedding weekend in the gorgeous mountains of Vermont. We invited our closest friends and family to join us for 3 full days of pure bliss, away from the stresses of city life, iPhones, wifi, and Instagram. Our ultimate goal was to create an environment where everyone’s differences and similarities would not only mesh well, but would thrive.

We planned a Mexican Fiesta complete with Maracas, Pinatas, and a tequila bar fully stocked with my husbands tequila brand, Tanteo! Field day was another big event during the weekend as it brought out all of our inner child stars, some more competitive than others, but ultimately a ridiculously great time.

My husband & I were both brought up in Jewish homes with similar values and traditions although he grew up Orthodox & I, Reform. It was important that we celebrate the way we live our lives together while still incorporating as many Jewish traditions as possible as a celebration of where we came from and who we are today. We decided to ask our friend, Trevor to marry us under the Vermont state law, and my husband’s brother, Aron under the Jewish law. The ceremony was the most rewarding aspect of our wedding as we wanted it to feel unique to us and our expression of love and commitment while still carrying on our heritage and understanding what it means to be married under the Jewish law.

Trevor sprung ‘vows’ on us under the Chupah which forced us to compose spur of the moment remarks to one another. In the moment, I remember having no clue what I was saying yet words flooded from my mouth so easily. My husband and I look back on that part of the ceremony and think about how lucky we were to be put in a situation where we were forced to say whatever was in our hearts at that exact moment in time, standing hand in hand about to become husband and wife. And to have it captured on film is icing on the cake as I couldn’t remember anything I muttered!

With regards to the design of our wedding, we wanted our guests to say, ‘that’s so Stefanie & Jacob.’ Our apartment looks very similar to how we designed our venue: a love for both nature and city life, we created an atmosphere that was rustic with a splash of NYC glam. A princess wedding gown and Red Carpet hair blend beautifully with a birch tree Chupah and a barn, right? We think so! We picked crystal plates to lie on farm tables with DIY touches all over the place. We had friends help cut, paste, paint, sew and more. It was truly a labor of love.

And last but not least, we want to send major points to our parents, specifically our moms for all of the hard work they put in. We would also like to thank them for holding back judgement and eye rolling as we sat across the dinner table to share our news; ‘we want to get married in a barn on a mountain.’ If you knew either of our parents, you’d know this was the exact opposite of any wedding they would ever plan. But, because they know us so well, they just smiled and said, ‘of course you do.’ With a son in the tequila biz and a freelance makeup artist for a daughter, our parents know by now, we beat to our own drum. And everyone was happy in the end.

Photography: Jami Saunders | Cinematography: Moving Presentations | Florist: Jasper & Prudence Floral And Events | Wedding Dress: Ramona Keveza | Invitations: Aimee Sicuro | Bride's Shoes: Prada | Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Hair: Stefano Greco | Groom's Shoes: Ted Baker | Groom's Suit: Hugo Boss Red Label | Barn: Mountain Top Inn | Bride's Sash: Untamed Petals Collection | Bridesmaids Gifts: Alexis Bittar | Bridesmaids Gifts: Birchbox | Groom's Tie: Prada | Makeup: Pre-Dame | Place Card Calligraphy: The Postman's Knock | Ring Bearer Box: The Paper Walrus | Venue: Mountain Top Inn

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The Mountain Top Inn Winter Wedding

To me, there’s nothing more romantic than an impromptu snowfall. Especially when it happens to be amidst a cozy Vermont wedding from Cambria Grace. It’s the kind of wildly special moment that takes this Mountain Top Inn affair from “pretty” to “perfection,” and lucky for us there’s much, much more to pin away right here.

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From the Bride… I’ve been dreaming about my wedding since I was a little girl and would prance around in a passed-down chic Spanish wedding dress every moment it wasn’t in the washing machine and practice walking in my Nana’s high heels on the kitchen floor. All that was missing from my fantasy wedding was the groom. That was settled on December 17th, 2011, when Brenden and I met at a mutual friend’s birthday party in a dark, dungy bar in South Boston. Our first date was four days later and I knew something was different and wonderful about this guy right away! Brenden proposed April 17th, 2013, on the front stoop of our brownstone and we celebrated by going to the restaurant where we had our first date. Brenden joked that I had a big, red “send” button that I simply hit and everything for our wedding was executed and done, invitations in the mail, etc… He quickly learned what everyone else already knew- I’d been dreaming about and planning my wedding since I was a little girl.

Brenden and I both grew up in rural towns; Brenden is from Maine and I’m from upstate New York. We wanted to find a venue at a mid-way point where our family and closest friends could come for the weekend, park their car, and be entertained and involved the entire time- preferably with a barn to hold the wedding. We had stayed at The Mountain Top Inn with Brenden’s parents for Christmas the previous year, so we set up a visit and got the official wedding tour and were sold, date set – November 23, 2013! Wedding planning in seven months- here we come!

Goosefish Press (just down the road from us in Boston) designed our invitations and reply cards with custom sketches in Vermont green of the Barn and the Inn and the scenery surrounding it pressed into heavyweight ivory paper. A local Rutland, VT, family-run bakery won our attention with their perfectly golden Boston Crème donuts and their delicious maple buttercream frosting finished with a gum paste maple leaf atop of chocolate cupcakes.

We made a trip to Maine where Brenden and his father cut down a 40-foot birch tree and then created the most beautiful cupcake stand, hollowed out a stump with a mail slot on top for envelope gifts and I burned “A+B” inside a heart, and cut stumps of various heights to surround the area where we’d stand to get married. They also made the most rugged looking signpost with arrowheads that I wrote on labeling the ceremony, cocktails, reception, Boston, and both of our hometowns. A friend of Brenden’s has a blueberry farm where we got 30 pounds of Maine jam blueberries that we painstakingly sorted through to make a 4oz. jar of jam for each guest as their escort card to find their table and also their gift to take home and enjoy. It was a day and a half of hard work!

The local hardware store in my hometown provided the white linens that my sisters and I fancied up by folding and inserting handmade menus on brown kraft paper and putting a handwritten nametag on persimmon paper from The Paper Source with a rustic pinecone. The centerpieces (that doubled to also line the aisle and sit atop the stumps for the ceremony) were rust-colored mums and huckleberry greens inside a galvanized tin pail with a piece of burlap that we glued around it and then finished with a Martha Stewart chalkboard label to note the table number. The tables were finished with white votive candles.

Our colors were rust/orange and shades of gray. Our wedding party was small- two on each side. Brenden, his brother and best friend wore charcoal gray suits, white shirts and rust and gray argyle ties with brown shoes. My sisters wore a graphite chiffon strapless dress with black patent leather pumps, rust pashminas, gold and clear crystal earring studs from Kate Spade, and an assortment of gold and orange bangles from J. Crew. The finishing touches were the orange ranunculus, green hypericum berries and seeded eucalyptus boutonnières wrapped in twine and the orange ranunculus, white stock, green and peach hypericum berries, and seeded eucalyptus gorgeous bouquets wrapped in burlap.

My 92 year-old amazing Nana lent me her ¾ length mink jacket as my something old to stay warm for outside pictures. I wore ivory Kate Spade peep-toe pumps as my something new that were comfortable all night. My dress was something borrowed from a close family friend! I altered it a bit with a local seamstress and felt loved each moment I wore it, as it had been her wedding dress a few years ago! My mom pinned a piece of heirloom jewelry with a blue garnet stone onto my bouquet for something blue.

Throughout the planning process in Boston, I regularly communicated with the on-site coordinator at The Mountain Top Inn, who was wonderful to talk with and made the entire weekend smooth and flawless. My sisters and I put everything together Thursday before the wedding. We stuffed welcome bags (brown kraft paper bags stamped with a vermont green “A+B”) with Poland Springs water (from Maine), Cape Cod potato chips, homemade chocolate chip walnut cookies (I love to bake), Lindt chocolate snowmen, and a Welcome Packet filled with the weekend itinerary and suggested activities. Friday commenced wedding weekend, and it was foggy beyond belief; you couldn’t even clearly see ten feet in front of you. We started with a delicious home-cooked Family Dinner with twenty of our immediate family members and closest friends, followed by a Meet n’ Greet at The Tavern where all of our guests got to meet and hang out with the famous wings from The Mountain Top Inn, an assortment of pizzas, and s’mores out by the fire pit. Saturday morning my cousin led a yoga class and then we got together for breakfast that our families prepared- Brenden with his and I with mine.

Guests went hiking, sledding, and hung out at The Inn while we got ready for our 3:00 ceremony. My younger sister and I had practiced my make-up a few times in Boston, so we were ready for wedding day! All morning it was sunny and clear and beautiful! About an hour before our ceremony, the skies began to cloud over and show signs of the first snow. Two of my closest girlfriends passed out handmade programs (again on brown kraft paper) to guests arriving at our ceremony. Our guitarist played Canon in D on the ukulele as I walked down the aisle with my father. It was the most amazing experience and I will remember it for the rest of my life!

Brenden and I had written our ceremony, and hearing it in the moment and having our friends and family members come up for readings was beyond words! Brenden was leaning in to kiss me the entire ceremony and exclaimed “you’re stuck with me” after we were officially pronounced husband and wife. The moment we went outside to take pictures after our ceremony, the biggest, whitest, most beautiful snowflakes created a blizzard that was picturesque and perfectly set the ambiance for our reception at this beautiful Inn in the middle of the mountains of Vermont. The food was delicious, the band was unbelievable, and our guests were the most fun we could have ever asked for! We had the time of our lives. Everyone was able to get together again on Sunday morning for breakfast before leaving and we reminisced and laughed about our wonderful wedding weekend.

Everything I had dreamed about for my wedding day came true! The excitement I had since I was a little girl was real. And the best part- this great guy chose me to spend his life with. Love it a pretty wonderful thing!

Photography: Cambria Grace Photography | Floral Design: Park Place Florist And Garden Center | Florist: Park Place Florist And Garden Center | Wedding Dress: Pass Down From Family Friend | Invitations: Goosefish Press | Bride's Shoes: Kate Spade | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew | Hair: Michele Hathorn | Band: House On Fire | Alterations: Bridal Alterations By Hranush | Bridesmaids' Jewelry: Kate Spade | Bridesmaids' Pumps: Ann Taylor | Cupcakes And Boston Creme Donuts: Dellveneri Bakery | Guitarist: Dayve Huckett | Justice Of The Peace: Kathy Hall | Linens: Tremont’s ACE Hardware | Venue + Catering: Mountain Top Inn

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