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Vermont Barn Wedding from Trenholm Photo

Vermont and barn weddings are like a match made in wedding-loving heaven.They go together like peanut butter and jelly, or for you stylish SMPers – like glitter and gold. It’s just understood when those two things join forces, beautiful things happen. Beautiful things like this wedding by Trenholm Photo. The only thing that might outshine that pretty combination is the new Mr. & Mrs. saying I do – but really, how could you beat a love like that? See so much more here!

From the Bride… We knew from the get-go that we wanted our big day to reflect our relationship and values. We envisioned a fun and relaxed, yet meaningful and intimate affair celebrating love, family and friendship. Once we found the Alerin Barn, in St. Johnsbury, Vermont, we knew it was the perfect setting for our big day. It was so important to us that the elements of our wedding be as personal and handmade as possible. It just so happened that we were blessed with amazing, generous and creative friends and family who wanted to help us turn our vision into reality.

The ceremony was officiated by my now-father-in-law. My uber-fabulous friend and roommate for four years, Nikki Scaplen of Bark! Creative, spent many “wine and craft” nights collaborating with me on all the paper goods, DIY projects, and she even surprised me with my wedding day earrings, which were handmade especially for me by her very own  godmother. My dear friends John Scaplen and Sarah Matteson of Spruce Floral created the loveliest floral designs, which perfectly suited the rustic, romantic and simplistic beauty I was going for. My amazing sister, Sheena Guerrero, and great friend, Alisha Laroussi, were the beauty experts and took charge of the hair and makeup. Hand-me-down vintage linen napkins used in our dessert buffet were gifted to me by my boss; the reclaimed wood and chalk welcome sign was made by a friend and co-worker; my long-time, go-to seamstress helped me turned the 29 yards of burlap I purchased into table runners; and the stunning photography was by our talented and wonderful friend Austin Trenholm. After a year spent working hard to handcraft and personalize our event, seeing all the labors of love come together on our wedding day was pure magic.

My most favorite part about getting married was the part were we actually got married! Although it was nearly 100 degrees with hot sun and high humidity during our outdoor ceremony, it was absolutely perfect. Walking down the aisle with my parents on each side of me and seeing everyone’s happy faces was incredible. I couldn’t help but cry from the overwhelming amount of love and joy as we said our vows and meant every word of it. Seeing my husband show off his break dancing skills and the rose petal shower we received as we danced to the last song of the night were pretty unforgettable too. We ate, drank, mingled, tore the dance floor up, laughed and finished the night off by making s’mores and lounging by the bonfire until the early morning hours.

Wedding Photography: Trenholm Photo / Wedding Venue: The Alerin Barn in St. Johnsbury, Vermont / Floral Design: Spruce Floral / Officiant: The Groom’s Father / Wedding Invitations: Bark! A Creative Agency / Wedding Dress: Allure Couture / Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Hair + Makeup: Sheena Guerrero + Alisha Laroussi

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Vermont Wedding by Two Chicks Photography

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.

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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