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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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Summer
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Inn
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Rustic

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 | Makeup: Vivian Infantino | DJ/Band: Peak DJ | Inn: Mountain Top Inn | Reception Dress: Pronovias | Suit: Alabaster And Chess

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Fall Picnic in Vermont

New England sure knows how to fully embrace Fall and a picnic lakeside in Vermont is at the top of that embracing list. A campfire and gourmet s’mores, cozy blankets and florals in shades of autumn. Oh and ever-flowing cider too. This get together crafted by Kith & Kin and captured by White Loft Studio is the perfect way to enjoy a the last of those beautiful Fall days. See even more here.

From Jane Ackerman of Kith & Kin… I am one of those people who feels as if I am in an ever-tightening vice as the warm weather days decline sharply and the lock-down that is a New England winter begins to take hold. Daylight becomes fleeting – night arrives at 3:00 pm. You’re indoors a lot. The roads are bad. And more often than not, it’s damp, gray and cold outside. It’s enough to make you feel desperate and it lasts for 6 months.

As an antidote to that feeling of impending doom, I decided to squeeze all the color and light I could out of the last few bright days of autumn.

Marmalade- and crimson-colored leaves, the comforting small of woodsmoke, and sunlight dancing on the water inspired me to gather friends for an Autumn Picnic by the Lake. I pulled together vintage picnic baskets, table cloths and enamelware from my collection, along with items found on Ebay and Etsy, and dahlias from the Kith & Kin garden, and invited friends to join me on the shores of Lake Fairlee in Vermont.

On the menu: pressed sandwiches; hot dogs, spicy sausages and tomato soup cooked over a fire; local cheeses and hearty crackers; fresh figs, late-season raspberries and cold beer. Gourmet s’mores with handmade graham crackers and marshmallows from King Arthur Four (whose headquarters is in my home town), caramel apples sprinkled with pink sea salt, apple and pumpkin pies, carrot and deep chocolate cakes, and ice cold cider from a local farm stand rounded out the feast.

I brought along water colors and crayons for the kids and invited them to create impressions of fall. Vintage story books with autumnal themes and field guides to trees were a window into the lore and biology behind Vermont’s break-taking October display. The was lots of room for running around and even some fishing, while wool blankets and vivid plaid throws kept the grown-ups cozy. Boats handmade by my friends, Jeff and Kathy, were an invitation to enjoy the lake.

Photography: White Loft Studio | Invitations: Thommy Conroy | Aloha Hive: Camps Of The Aloha Foundation | Artisan Made Graham Crackers + Marshmallows: King Arthur Flour | Cake Figurines: Vintage By Crystal | Coke + Pleasure Coolers: Found On Ebay | Event Design + Planning: Kith & Kin | Fox Pillows: Coral & Tusk | Orange Throw + Glassware: Simon Pearce | Pressed Sandwiches Recipe: My Recipes Website

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Casually Elegant Vermont Farm Wedding

When I first flipped through the photos of this family farm affair…well, Vermont’s stunning scenery kind of said it all. The Groom’s father officiated the ceremony, creating a day layered with personal moments, and Jessica Garmon captured every detail from start to finish. Sit back and let your mind wander as you soak up these green hills in the full gallery here.

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Fall

From Jessica Garmon… This beautiful wedding was held in midst of the rolling hills of Brookfield, Vermont. A little “Norman Rockwall”-esque town 45 minutes outside of the state’s capital. The Groom, Ira, grew up spending his summers on his uncle’s farm. So when he brought Lauren with him last summer to visit for the first time he knew that it was the perfect time and place to propose.

Together they decided that this was also the perfect place to say their “forevers” to each other. Their close friends and family all came into Brookfield for a gorgeous weekend celebrating Lauren and Ira. On the same farm he grew up playing in as a child. Rolling hills of greens and blues, tall trees and lush landscapes. The wedding day had a perfect cool breeze to match the calm and happy couple. They wanted to keep things simple, elegant and enjoyable. Lauren even had friends and family create the florals while Ira’s Dad married them. Their wedding was a beautiful representation of their relationship – warm, filled with people that love them and romantic.

Photography: Jessica Garmon | Photographer | Wedding Dress: Amy Kuschel | Engagement Ring: Brilliant Earth | Catering: Barnard Inn | Wedding Favors: Fat Toad Farm | Pizza Company: Woodbelly Pizza | Tents: Rain Or Shine

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Vermont Barn Wedding at Lareau Farm Inn

Vermont and barn weddings just seem to make perfect sense. It’s as if they were created just to compliment each other, just like these two lovebirds saying I do below. Their farm fête is packed with personality and pretty, and thanks to Dreamlove Photography you can soak up all the sweetness here.


From Dreamlove PhotographyWhere is the perfect place for two star-crossed mountain bike lovers to tie the knot? At the Lareau Farm Inn of course, in the heart of the Mad River Valley and the epicenter of great mountain biking in Vermont!

These two really spiffed up for their big day, but we managed to get a photo of them on their bicycles so they could remember their other love when they look back at their wedding photos. 

Chelsea and her bridesmaids prepared for the day at the Pitcher Inn, a local spot steeped in vintage ski accessories. These two went for a first look at their rustic red barn wedding venue, the Lareau Farm Inn in Waitsfield, and then said their, I do’s” in a lovely field ceremony beneath a rustic tree branch arbor.

Their ceremony was filled wild wildflower bouquets in studded glass vases, and dinner was served by the fantastic local Flat Bread Pizza, conveniently located right next door to their venue. Guests, who were invited to this celebration by gorgeous letter-pressed invitations, were given local maple syrup as favors, and a bridesmaid of Chelsea’s surprised everyone by scooping up ice cream she had found in town earlier that day!

From the Bride…Pick awesome vendors who you feel comfortable with!  There is so much out there and on the web that it can seem overwhelming when initially looking for people to help support your big day.  Have conversations with a few folks, and see what conversations click. Many people make beautiful wedding things, but only some will be able to match your vision and feel like friends as they do so.  We felt like we could converse and laugh with all of the people who were a part of our wedding during the planning stages, and that sense of relaxation really transferred to the wedding day itself.  Because we picked vendors who were masters of their craft but who also had knowledge of how weddings in general run smoothly, everything turned out perfectly!  My husband, who bore the brunt of my freak outs about wedding details in the few weeks leading up to the wedding, will probably kill me for saying this, but looking at the venue on the day of, I felt like I barely did any of the nitty gritty planning (even though I didn’t have a wedding planner)! That was because our vendors were so awesome!! They just made things happen, and happen beautifully!

Photography: Dreamlove Photography | Florist: A Schoolhouse Garden | Ceremony Venue: Lareau Farm Inn | Reception Venue: Lareau Farm Inn | Bride's Shoes: J. Crew | Bridesmaids Dresses: J. Crew | Catering: Lareau Farm Inn | Makeup Artist: Desiree Treon Mears | Hair Stylist: Desiree Treon Mears | Band: Ripcord | Groom's Shoes: J. Crew | Groom's Suit: Bonobos | Bride's Dress: J. Crew | Bride's Rings: Laura Preshong | Bridesmaids Necklaces & Earrings: M. Flynn | Cornhole Bags: Style My Corntoss | Cornhole Game: Colorado Joes | Dessert: Sweet Simone's | Groom's Ring: Minter & Richter | Groom's Tie: J. Crew | Invitations And Save The Dates: Robinson Press

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Baroque meets Gothic Inspired Wedding Shoot

We’re all about light, blush infused festivities but sometimes moody, dark details are wildly gorgeous. Take a cue from Christina Bernales Photography + Erin Ostreicher Designs who were inspired by gothic and baroque art and how those dark details could be infused into a modern day wedding. With a simple color palette, touches of gold and historic details, this inspiration is all at once elegant and modern but with a gorgeous old world feel

From Christina Bernales PhotographyWe incorporated shed antlers, magnolias and very subtle shades of black, ivory and grey with hints of gold. Our goal was to use texture to add depth and keep our color palette clean and simple. A color palette reminiscent of Gothic or Baroque art. We also incorporated plum into the decor to add a little pop of color to the shoot. We were super excited to collaborate with the amazingly talented Rebecca Schoneveld who was kind enough to lend us a couple of dresses for the shoot from Brooklyn and worked with so many wonderful vendors in Vermont. While we used these historic elements to make the shoot unique, we still tried to maintain a clean, elegant aesthetic. 

Photography: Christina Bernales Photography | Stationery: Christa Alexandra Designs | Shoes: Valentino | Bridesmaids Dresses: Fiori Bridal | Groom's Attire: Miller Bros-Newton | Wedding Venue: Riverside Farm VT | Bride's Gowns: Rebecca Schoneveld | Cake Artist: Caketopia Cakes | Calligraphy & Lettering: Inky Quills Calligraphy | Cutlery, Glasses, Plates: Vintage Inspired Marketplace | Florals & Styling: Erin Ostreicher Designs | Hors D'oeuvres: The Wooden Spoon | Linens: The Linen Shop | Make-Up Artist: Flawless Cosmetic Design

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Peabody Essex Museum

Choosing your wedding venue sets the tone for your entire wedding weekend. So why not pick a locale that’s totally unique? Enter, Peabody Essex Museum. Located in the heart of historic Salem, Massachusetts, this stunning space has three incredible rooms, as well as an outdoor garden area, that will have your guests wowed.

The Peabody Essex Museum is the perfect combination of warm + historic along with clean + modern, which makes it easy for any couple to see their wedding day vision come to life! Featuring the contemporary Atrium (which transforms beautifully from daylight to dramatic evening light), the historic + elegant East India Marine Hall and the Bartlett & Copeland Galleries which open up to the stunning Asian Gardens, this venue simply has it all.  The central location puts guests close to restaurants, attractions and hotels all within walking distance!

Thanks to changes in their renovation schedule, there are still lots of Saturday night dates available at the Peabody Essex Museum in 2015. For tons more information and to book your wedding date, head over here!

Photo Credits: Ned Jackson Photography | Kevin Liang Photography | Sherrell Photography

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