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Rustic Autumn Wedding at The Yellow House

I think we can all agree that autumn in Vermont is unequivocally beautiful, right? Basically, the perfect backdrop for perfectly rustic, laid-back New England nuptials. Think warm hued flowers from Ellen Synder Design, maple cupcakes from Mix Cupcakerie, family farms, and a bottle of Harpoon or Long Trail in hand. Christian Arthur Photography was there to capture the day. See it all here!


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From the Bride… Our wedding was set on the property of Tyson’s great aunt’s home adjacent to Billings Farm and Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Park in Woodstock, VT, four generations of his family have called this town home (and the his parents were married on the property affectionately called “The Yellow House” in 1983). Fiddleheads, button stems, browns and tans highlighted by the beautiful golden and orange hues of Vermont foliage all came together for our wedding day in September. It was Vermont in every way from the mason jars to the fall colors and Harpoon and Long Trail ales — even one of the cupcakes was maple flavored.

The ceremony was outside in the gardens surrounded by a white picket fence under a lovely archway. Everyone stood around with a drink in hand to watch (to keep it fun and casual). We also danced/walked in together to Mmmm Bop, a favorite song of ours. The cocktail hour with lawn games (and Colgate baggo boards representing our alma mater!) was also outside on the banks of the Ottauquechee River and the stations-style dinner was served under a tent. We also wanted to represent our casual style and therefore, had a cocktail-style stations dinner (no assigned seating, various tables of different sizes and configurations spread amongst the tent) so we could maximize the socializing, noshing, drinking and dancing, and spend more time hanging out with the people we care about! It was great fun and was definitely an inspiration for us!

The location was an easy choice with the Seely family history surrounding us and beautiful customizable location. We loved the walkable community (especially as a PhD candidate in planning and public policy) and really wanted everyone to walk as many places as possible throughout the weekend, so it made Woodstock a great fit (people walked to the rehearsal, wedding, after party, golf, hotels). We also love the charming town near where we lived together after college at Colgate and near our graduate school of Dartmouth. In addition to Tyson’s parents, several of Tyson’s aunts and uncles have also been married there along with cousins, so the property has many memories. We also wanted to be married in a state where we, our friends, and our family, are all afforded the same rights to marry whomever we choose.

The bridesmaids wore brown dresses of their own choosing and the groomsmen wore different brown ties, navy blazers and khakis (also of their own choosing) to give the look a cohesive but not cookie-cutter feel. The florals had button stems and faux fiddleheads my sister made which were unique, funky, and fun and the florist did an incredible job working them into her design. The buttons and fiddleheads are now in a vase in our home. They complimented the hand-made card box my mother made with burlap and lace. The centerpieces, also made by sister, were sticks tied with gems in vases of water with floating candles on top and gave a rustic Vermont feel in addition to beautiful additional light in and around the tent. We served drinks from mason jars to give the event a rustic vibe and the linens were beige to allow the beautiful foliage to stand out. The cupcakes and stations were set on rustic pieces of wood and birch logs to add to the feel. Wooden handmade signs (by Tyson) were placed around the property to direct people. The platform we got married on was made from Advantech Wood (a JM Huber product, of which Tyson is a 5th generation family member of the private owned-family company) and was handmade by Tyson’s dad with the words “Lifetime Guarantee” from the wood left unpainted for us to stand on. We used “I do” and “me too” forks and wore “just married” sunglasses after the ceremony and in Colgate University tradition, the last song of the night was “New York, New York” by Frank Sinatra.

Photography: Christian Arthur Photography | Floral Design: Ellen Synder Design | Flowers: Ellen Snyder Design | Cupcakes: Mix Cupcakerie | Brides Shoes: Steve Madden | Rings: A Jaffe | Catering: Spice Of Life | Hair: Zuri's | Band: UpTown Celebration | Band: UpTown Celebration | Grooms Shoes: Cole Haan | Accomodations & Golf: Woodstock Inn & Resort | After Party: Bentley's | Brides Apparel: Ann Taylor | Brunch Catering: Woodstock Farmer's Market | Coordination: LoV Weddings | Groom's Apparel: Bonobos | Groom's Aunt's Home: The Yellow House | Hair Piece: Danforth Pewter | Jewlery: J. Crew | Makeup: First Impressions | Makeup And Nails: First Impressions | Rehearsal Dinner: Pi Brick Oven Trattoria | Tent And Rentals: Rain Or Shine | Wedding Platform: Advantech

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Rustic Fall Woodstock Inn Wedding

I was skeptical when I heard this was a tented fall wedding in Vermont, but this couple quickly reminded me that two gorgeous things (fall foliage and Sperry Tents) work together beautifully. It’s as simple as that. Consider me embarrassed for my close-mindedness. AMW Studios captured a day that has won me over from the first look at that amazing bouquet, and I haven’t left the gallery yet!


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From the stunning bride… It was a rainy Halloween night when Michael and I first met. After a few months of dating, we went on our first weekend getaway. We decided to head up to Woodstock, Vermont to the Woodstock Inn & Resort. Michael and I not only instantly fell in love with this quaint New England town, but it was here that we expressed our love for one another. Over a year later, Michael proposed. We knew right away that our wedding had to be in Woodstock. Although it would be a destination for all of our guests, we wanted to share this special place with all of our friends and family.

With our large families and lots of friends, we knew our wedding was bound to be large. Despite that, we wanted our wedding to have an intimate and organic feel of both country and elegance. We wanted to take advantage of the bold beauty fall has to offer in Vermont, but wanted to keep our wedding colors more soft, with off-whites, pale pinks, natural greens and elements of lace and burlap. Given only a color palette to follow, bridesmaids were sent off to find their own dresses and groomsmen were asked to wear their own grey suits. Guests were greeted at our outdoor ceremony with a glass of prosecco. Framed photos of our grandparents were sitting on the first chair and an arbor was wrapped with branches, burlap, and the same flowers that were in my cascading bouquet. Cocktail hour, filled with passed hors d’oeuvres and raw bar was followed by a tented reception. Our DIY table and escort cards were paper luggage tags with lace and then hand calligraphed. We wanted our guests to feel like they were inside, even though actually in a tent. The entrance of the tent felt like a sitting room, with table and chairs. We bought a vintage suitcase to hold our cards and gifts. The tent was draped with fabric and adorned with chandeliers. Round tables of high and low flower arrangements were surrounded by moss, mercury glass votives and succulents. Slate “Bride” and “Groom” signs hung from our chairs at our dais table. As the sun went down, the lanterns hanging from trees began to glow. Guests danced the night away and huddled around the outdoor fire pit.

We couldn’t have imagined a more beautiful wedding. It was full of love and whimsy. We started our love story in Woodstock and felt so lucky to have our closest friends and family a part of this special place to celebrate our love.

Photography: AMW Studios | Videographer: Tweed River Video | Floral Design: Crystal And Bark Designs | Wedding Dress: Mark Ingram | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Hair Stylist: Nathan Prescott W/Trephin Salon | Ceremony + Reception: Woodstock Inn & Resort | Invitations + Save The Dates: Lion In The Sun | Makeup : Parisa Sadjady | Tent: Sperry Tents | Uplighting + Chandeliers: Revelation Productions

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Woodstock, Vermont Wedding from Lauren Wells Events + Our Labor of Love

So by now you’ve probably fallen in love with these Woodstock sweeties, but let me assure you, the best is yet to come. Set at the coziest inn tucked away in Vermont,  this wedding is everything I dream about when it comes to autumn in New England. And from their welcome bags filled with local faves, to the ceremony recessional to “Call Me Maybe,” this bride and groom made sure their day was filled with extra fun touches all along the way. Our Labor of LoveLauren Wells Events, and The Painted Tulip pulled together to make it all possible, and I’m sure you’ll agree this wedding deserves a nice, long looksy in the full gallery right here.

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Fall
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Inn
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Casual

From the Bride…Nantucket and Vermont are our two favorite places, so when Matt proposed in Nantucket, we knew we would get married in Vermont! Fall being our favorite season, we planned an October celebration at the Woodstock Inn. All of our guests either stayed at the Inn or at other local B&Bs down Main Street, and it was amazing to take over the little town for a weekend and have everything in walking distance. Even the after party was right across the street!

Matt and I met in college, and we had been together for almost 6 years when we married. We wanted our day to represent us as a couple, and to be all about the love we share for one another, our friends, and our family. (And an epic dance party, of course!) We incorporated personal touches throughout the weekend: welcome bags were filled with our favorite (and meaningful) local treats; we served popovers with apple butter from Judie’s in Amherst (where we shared our first date); our first dance was to Songbird, sung by our family member, Ashley; during the ceremony, we had our parents stand and join us so we could say a “thank you” to the four people who taught us what marriage really means; Scrabble tiles spelled out certain words, reminiscent of the night we got engaged; books and maps scattered throughout showed our shared love of reading and travel… we even had our recessional to a string version of “Call Me Maybe,” an ode to when I never called Matt back in college, too scared to pick up the phone and talk to the boy I had a crush on!

We also share a love of crafting, and most of what you see was handmade by us (and our wonderful families) in our “wedding workshop.” We spent the year poking through antique shops, hunting for fallen birch trees, hand cutting confetti and creating everything we could dream of. We knew we wanted the decor to complement the Inn, not compete with it, so we tried to stick with a rustic, elegant vibe. My mom drew and designed our two logos, and those showed up throughout the day as well. All of the memories we made getting ready for the big day made the actual day all the more special. In the end, it truly was the best day ever. We would not have changed one thing!

Wedding Photography: Jesse and Whitney of Our Labor of Love | Wedding Venue: Woodstock Inn | Weding Planning + Design: Lauren Wells Events | Floral Design: The Painted Tulip | Officiant: Annie Alexander-Kramer | Photobooth: Smilebooth | Invitations: Love vs. Design | Ceremony Music: Amherst String Ensemble | Reception Music: The Marsels | Reclaimed Wood Frames: Frames with a History | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier via Madeleine’s Daughter | Bride’s Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Bride’s Earrings: Ippolita | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J.Crew | Bridesmaids’ Earrings: Nest Pretty Things | Groom’s Suit: Brooks Brothers | Ties: Custom made via General Knot & Co.

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