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Rustic Vermont Barn Wedding

I read a lot of write-ups here, but this one had me welling up a little bit at my desk. It’s a nice reminder that weddings aren’t just about the gorgeous flowers or the dress, but more importantly, the love between two people. I don’t want to ruin the story, and I encourage you to give it a glance, and in the meantime bask in Kelly Dillon’s lovely pictures from the day.


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Fall
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Barn
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Rustic

From the Bride… Our relationship came as a ray of light during a difficult time. The unfortunate loss of a mutual friend brought us together. While we knew each other in high school, sharing classes together in which Tristam would occasionally tease me and ask me when he could take me out on a date, that was the extent of our relationship. It wasn’t until our senior year of high school when my childhood best friend, Kerri, and a very close high school friend of Tristam passed away in a car accident on her way to work during a snowy winter day. Kerri and I were born a day apart, spent our first days of life in hospital rooms across the hall from one another and coincidently ended up living a few doors down from each other growing up. With the loss of our mutual friend we took solace in our new found friendship, sharing memories and swearing to fulfill the dreams of our passed friend. In the months following Kerri’s death while everyone got back to their lives, Tristam remained a strong support for me and vice versa, thus developing a unique bond. As we started to fall for one another, college loomed in the near future and “being single” remained a prevalent thought in both our minds, perhaps mine more than Tristam’s. However, all it took was my first visit to see Tristam at UVM (where I would later transfer my sophomore year of college) to make me realize I had been in love with Tristam all along, something he had already known and was just waiting for me to come around. After a tough year of loss, transition, uncertainty, and new found friendship we finally decided to officially get together and have been together ever since. We like to believe an angel brought us together and she (Kerri) made sure her friends were taken care of after she left this earth.

The proposal took place on 11-11-11, a day after my birthday at Sunshine Memorial Playground in our hometown. After Kerri, who wanted to be an elementary school teacher, passed away her friends raised enough money to build a playground in her memory at the local elementary school. On Kerri’s birthday (11-11), Tristam took me to the playground in celebration of the back to back birthdays and according to Tristam to “test out” our new camera at “a special place we hadn’t visited in a while”. After playing on the swings together and running around like kids, Tristam suggested we take an action shot of me coming down the slide. I naively followed his instruction, and while wondering why Tristam was fumbling around so much before allowing me to take the trip down the slide (little did I know he was trying to get the ring out of his pocket) I slid down to find him at the bottom, on one knee, with not only the camera but a ring in his hand asking me to be his wife! “There is just something about you, me and infinity, will you marry me?” said Tristam. And of course in smiles and tears the answer was, “yes!” We spent that night celebrating birthdays, new and old memories, and most importantly our engagement with friends and family.

Photography: Kelly Dillon Photography | Planner: Missing Piece Events | Wedding Dress: Watters | Bridesmaids Dresses: J.Crew | Hair: Stephen And Burns | Band: The Grift | Bride Makeup: MAC Burlington, VT | Ceremony & Reception Venue : The West Monitor Barn | Earrings: Nordstroms | Florals: A Whole Bunch Flower Market | Groom/Groomsmen Attire: Banana Republic | Ring And Diamond Bracelet: Desires By Mikolay

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Vermont Wedding at Three Stallion Inn

I live for weddings like this one. Beautifully edited in a way where every detail just seems to have been there forever. From the gorgeous invitation suite by Christa Alexandra Designs to the stunning florals from Snapdragons Floral & Event Design and everything in between, these images by Jodi Miller Photography are just my wedding blogging dreams come to life, and there is more waiting for you here.

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Summer
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Hotel
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Elegance

From The Bride…Since Brendan and I both grew up in northern Vermont we wanted to have a wedding that was full of natural details – lots of greenery and wood – but with pretty and feminine elements layered in. Our venue, the Three Stallion Inn, was perfect in every way. The charm of the old Vermont Inn and it’s views of the surrounding mountains were just what we wanted guests to experience. For our ceremony, friends and family were seated on benches next to the horse pasture and we exchanged vows and rings underneath the canopy of a big hundred year old maple tree. One of my favorite memories, besides saying “I Do!”, was looking at our wedding party lined up front. We didn’t have an even amount of guys and girls, so we had everyone mixed up on both sides – and actually had the married couples standing next to each other (which I think is pretty romantic).

For the reception, the sailcloth tent was decorated with cafe lights and small trees tied to the center poles. We carefully selected items that would leave enough room for our family style dinner and still show the natural beauty of the wooden farm tables. In the weeks before the wedding, I hand-painted the rims of votives gold, Brendan cut up small trees to make table number bases and my mother cut and sewed over 180 coordinating napkins to add some print and color to the table setting. Our centerpieces had to be small, so my bridesmaid, also my florist, showed us how to create perfect arrangements in glass milk bottles. As a graphic designer and letterpress printer, I was lucky enough to be able to create all the stationery and signage, including our logo. Brendan and I spent many hours together printing our save the dates, invitations (3-colors!), coasters and menus on our antique 1918 letterpress.

Lastly, as a nod to my German mother and heritage, I choose something that reminded me of one of my favorite places to go in Germany – the Biergarten! Envisioning people toasting and drinking all night long, what better than to provide an official drinking glass! We ordered glass beer mugs with our logo and tied on little tags with German toasts for guests to try out. To end on a sweet note, we served traditional German desserts and mini packets of Haribo Gummy Bears – and then we danced the night away!

Photography: Jodi Miller Photography | Wedding Dress: Essence Of Australia | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Caterer: Everybody's Caterer | Hair: Carriage House Salon | DJ: Green Mountain Sound & Entertainment | Officiant: Reverend Moretti | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Three Stallion Inn | Coordination: Statement Weddings & Events | Florals: Snapdragons Floral & Event Design | Groom Attire: Brooks Brothers | Groomsmen Attire: Brooks Brothers | Paper Goods & Invitation Suite: Christa Alexandra Designs | Tent & Event Rentals: Rain Or Shine Tent & Events Company

Badgley Mischka is a member of our Look Book. For more information on how members are chosen, click here. Jodi Miller Photography is a member of our Little Black Book. Find out how members are chosen by visiting our FAQ page.
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Summer Trends with Brideside + A Giveaway!
Here at SMP, the name Brideside has become synonymous with fabulous bridesmaids dresses that your ladies can try on at home! This summer, they’ve got their online shop filled to the brim with gorgeousness  — and they’re hosting an incredible giveaway that you won’t want to miss!
Offering brides a top-notch selection of dresses by some of the best designers out there (we’re talking LHC Couture and Wtoo by Watters to name a few!) and an amazing, easy-to-use shop at-home site, Brideside has it all when it comes to dressing your maids. Letting you and your ladies search by color, fit, theme or designer, Brideside then shops up to three samples straight to your home via a Brideside BoxTalk about convenient. To ensure your picks are the perfect fit, they calculate your recommended size with a high-tech fit calculator, and your very own personal stylist will be sure to confirm size + fit! See how the entire process works right here and don’t miss the fit video here. And this summer? it’s all about the Mix + Match Long Dresses, Beachy Chic look and the Little White Dress.
For some amazing real wedding inspiration, be sure to take a peek over here. Ready to start your dress hunt with Brideside? Well now’s the time, because they’re giving SMP readers a FREE Brideside Box for the entire month of June when you sign up for a Brideside personal stylist! Head over here to get started. Ready for even more fab news?

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The Prize: One lucky SMP reader will win a pair of Elizabeth Cole Statement Earrings!

To Enter: Simply enter hereThe more you share, the more entries you get!

To Win: Readers must enter before June 4, 2014. A winner will be announced right here on Friday, June 5, 2014!

Photo Credit: Andreas Photo | Annie X Photographie

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