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Rustic Elegant Vermont Wedding

There are a million reasons to love this mountaintop celebration, but the one that lands at the tippy top of our list? The beautiful Bride just so happens to be our very own Editor extraordinaire, Elizabeth. Amidst a majestic fortress of the Topnotch Resort these spring break sweethearts said “I do” and every detail was downright divine. From the Petal Floral Design blooms to their shared sweet kisses, Hello Love Photography captured it all in The Vault!

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From the Bride… Invite me to your wedding and there is a pretty good chance I’ll be sobbing before you’re even halfway down the aisle. I love love and consider myself incredibly lucky to not only obsess over everything SMP but also call it my job. So that makes today extra special, because I get to step into the shoes of the beautiful brides that I fall in love with every day and share the special memories from our wedding with this amazing, creative community that is Style Me Pretty…

Tom and I met through a mutual friend – one of his best friends, Mike, from childhood became a good friend of mine at Ithaca College. We met a few times when Tom came to visit Mike and then started dating after we all took a group spring break trip to Punta Cana our senior year of college. I guess what happens on spring break doesn’t always stay on spring break… ;)

We grew up together throughout our 20s and Christmas 2013 brought me a sparkly diamond that changed my life. The wedding planning commenced and it was one hell of an amazing adventure to say the least!

As a very detail-oriented, organized (maybe to a fault) person and having had event planning experience from past work, I embraced the whole planning process, finding my main support in my Mom and a true partner in crime in Tom, who helped with research, the physical creation of decor and props, and most of all, a shoulder to lean on when I became overwhelmed with worries and concerns. He calmed my crazy per usual. 

But those stresses were few and far between, and instead I look back fondly. For without the planning process, I would never have met such absolutely amazing creatives. Working with people who were not just talented, but who are truly great, kind people made the whole process so much more unbelievably enjoyable and fun! These vendors inspire me and I look back oh so fondly on my time with them.

Casey of Hello Love Photography is too lovely for words and I already look forward to having her capture all future special occasions in our life. Her photos became one of my all-time most treasured items overnight.

Becca of Petal Floral is a beam of sunlight, making the experience so fabulously fun. Floral was one area that while I knew I would love, I was surprised by how much I fell head over heels for. Maybe it was because Petal Floral does such an amazingly beautiful job creating works of art; maybe I untapped an inner passion of my own, but I will forever look back on my bouquet with adoration and love.

As a special touch, we even added a few small fake flowers, from my mom’s wedding bouquet, which since the flowers were fake, have been preserved quite well for over 30 years! I loved that Petal incorporated this little touch that meant so much to me, so beautifully and delicately.

Bre Welch of Leather & Lace Artistry got rid of all my hair and makeup worries and had me feeling my best which I am forever grateful for. Dwight Phetteplace was a joy; I looked forward to chatting with him and always welcomed his song ideas! And Marah King was my wedding fairy godmother, always open to my random ideas and always ready to share some of her own. Her creativity, time and energy still astound me and I’m lucky to call her a friend…. one that I will call upon for years to come whenever stationery needs arise!

It all came together for a wedding weekend to be remembered in the rustic Vermont town of Stowe and it was like time stood still and flew by all at the same time. We said our vows in a quaint, little blue church, after I walked down the aisle to Sleeping At Last’s version of “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles),” basically a slowed down version of the popular song that states “And I would walk 500 hundred miles, and I would walk 500 more, just to be the man who walked 1000 miles to fall down at your door…” I don’t know if anyone picked up on it but I adored it.

Our recessional was “Into the Mystic” which Tom loves and was such a fun, personal touch. We didn’t want the classic processional and recessional music and I absolutely love our choices…though I will admit, I barely remember hearing them, I was in such a wonderful haze during it all.

And that joy-filled haze continued as we took photos at a classic Vermont covered bridge and then with the mountains behind us in the fields by Topnotch Resort. It continued during our cocktail hour where I only regret not enjoying more of the delicious appetizers, Vermont meat and cheeses, and our speciality drink, Stowe Cider; I love hard cider and this one in particular is my favorite.

The overwhelming gratitude-filled haze continued as we entered the beautiful light-filled tent and had our first dance to Elton John’s “Your Song” and as our loved ones toasted us, making my heart so unbelievably happy. We danced the night away and before we knew it, it was over. 

The day itself was one glorious blur for us but there are these amazing moments that stand out that I will treasure for the rest of my life…. my sweet girlfriend Sarah trying to help with my jewelry the morning of my wedding but struggling as she teared up….walking down the aisle with my Dad, the feeling of calmness I had, my beautiful bouquet… the laughter in the car ride with our siblings after the ceremony… how hungry we were after taking photos and how Paul, my new brother-in-law fed me pizza from the catering staff’s tent… how my sister was glowing in her gown… my amazing parents, so happy, and myself feeling so happy to be with them…Tom and I sitting with our families at dinner…and more. They almost seem too good to be true.

I’m so incredibly so happy to have these intimate special moments with Tom and those closest to us and so thankful for Hello Love’s photos to remind me that, yes, it all was real.

Looking back, what advice would I share? Trust your gut and do what is best for you as a couple. Don’t rush into any decisions. Be open to doing things differently. 

We chose to not have bridesmaids and groomsmen, instead we had each of our siblings stand beside us. It worked out well; Tom has a younger brother, and I have a younger sister. We loved that it was simpler and we loved that we didn’t have to ask anything of our friends but to just come to our wedding and have fun! I have never once regretted this decision and could not recommend it more. However, I really believe “to each their own,” and that phrase rings incredibly true when planning your own wedding. 

And lastly, most importantly, just enjoy it all. Enjoy this special time in your life while you can. And don’t forget what you’re actually celebrating. While flowers and dresses and first dances are all amazing, the truly best part was just being with Tom that whole day, wide-eyed and in awe of everything around us and all the special moments. It’s all a blur, from the moment that sparkling engagement ring slips on your finger to the moment you slip off your wedding shoes….and that’s ok. That’s why wedding photos are oh so special. 

Photography: Hello Love Photography | Floral Design: Petal Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Marisa Bridals | Invitations: Lucky Luxe Couture Correspondence | Ceremony Venue: St. Andrew Catholic Church | Reception Venue: Topnotch Resort | Shoes: Tahari | Catering: Topnotch Resort | Hair & Makeup: Bre Welch, Leather & Lace Artistry | Calligraphy: Posh + Prep | DJ: White Label DJs | Groom’s Attire: Jos. A. Bank | Best Man’s Attire: Jos. A. Bank | Blue Striped Napkins: RagLady | Bridal Boutique:Cristina’s | Cake Topper: Better Off Wed | Ceremony & Cocktail Hour Musician: Dwight Phetteplace | Earrings: INC At Macy’s | Hairpiece: Lulu Splendor | Ivory & Champagne Bouquet Ribbon: FrouFrou Chic | Luxury SUV: Vermont Chauffeured Transporation | Maid Of Honor Dress: JCrew | Personalized Cocktail Napkins: For Your Party | Programs, Menus, Escort Cards: The Pineapple Paperie By Marah King Designs | Speciality Beverage: Stowe Cider | Striped Tablecloth: Pottery Barn | Table Number Stands:Ikea | Veil: Cristina’s | Welcome Boxes: The Pineapple Paperie By Marah King Designs

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Traditional Pink Peony-Filled Spring Vermont Wedding

Filled to the brim with pretty pink peonies? Check. Chock full of sweet family moments? Check. Bursting with darling, personal details like the hand-painted map of this sweet couple’s love story? Check, check, check! Along with some super fun memories from Photobooth Planet, we are just head over heels for these pretty pink Heidi Vail-captured “I Do’s,” and you will be too! See it all right here.

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From the Bride…The first Saturday in June proved to be the perfect timing for the formal peony garden to be in full bloom at Hildene, in Manchester Village, Vermont. Prior to stopping-and-smelling the roses, the Bride, Heather, the Groom, Lukas, their Bridal Party and guests, all prepped for the day at the historic Equinox Resort & Spa in the heart of Manchester Village; across the street stands the formidable First Congregational Church where they would soon wed. After a morning sprinkle, the skies opened up to the brightest blue to shine on the couple this day. Following the church ceremony where the couple laughed and loved (and the Bride’s 87 year old grandfather proudly walked her down the aisle), the 200 guests started arriving at Hildene, Robert Todd Lincoln’s summer home, and a truly remarkable venue that captures the beauty of Vermont in the Spring. The green mountains were illuminated that afternoon as the guests toured the home, roamed the gardens, and sipped on some speciality, craft cocktails. Dinner and dancing followed in the tent where there wasn’t an empty spot on the dance floor the entire evening, thanks to the phenomenal band, or a full-plate left on a table, thanks to the fabulous caterer. Speaking of tables, each was adorned with more of the beautiful calligraphy that matched the ceremony programs, invitation suite and save the dates, and even more peonies to brighten your day (vases were painted by the groom because his bride couldn’t get enough rose gold!). While the guests eventually returned home to New York and Michigan, for the most part, it wasn’t before they lit the way for the happy couple’s exit with heart-shaped sparklers, capping off the perfect day (and night).

Photography: Heidi Vail Photography | Floral Design: Lily Of The Valley | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Invitations: Designs By Robyn Love | Ceremony Venue: First Congregational Church, Manchester Village, Vermont | Reception Venue: Hildene-The Lincoln Family Home | Bride's Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Wedding Bands: Ahee's Jewelers Of Grosse Pointe, Mich. | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Monique Lhuillier | Catering: Pangaea | Makeup: Flawless Cosmetic Design | Hair: Allen Thomas Wood | Bow Tie's: Vineyard Vines | Groom's Attire: J.Crew | Groom's Shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo | Groomsmen's Attire: J.Crew | Accomodations: Equinox Resort | Bride's Jewelry: Ippolita | Bridesmaids' Jewelry: J.Crew | Bridesmaids' Robes: Pretty Plum Sugar | Bridesmaids' Sandals: Jack Rogers | Cufflinks: Etsy | Flower Girl's Dress: La Bella Flora Children's Boutique | French Macaron Tower: Irene's Cakes By Design | Groom's Watch: Rolex | Music: Arcadia | Photobooth: Photobooth Planet | Ring Bearer's Attire: J.Crew

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Spring Apple Blossom Wedding Inspiration

Apple blossoms are among the loveliest of spring-flowering trees, so what could be more perfect for a spring wedding inspiration? Ashley Largesse Photography and an amazing team of vendors brought the vision to life in this bridal shoot, where you’ll find delicate details like antique plateware and pops of soft pink nestled amongst the decor of the Apple Hill Inn. Spring bride-to-bes can see all the pretty right here!

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From Ashley Largesse PhotographyAfter a long, long winter here in Vermont, everyone has been excited for the flowers to bloom and birds to sing! As weather went from negative to almost summer temperatures in one week, we knew we had to celebrate with an elegant nature-inspired bridal shoot. We fell head over heels for a gorgeous and simply beautiful apple blossom tree outside the Apple Hill Inn in Hartland, Vermont and so the inspiration for this styled bridal shoot was born.

For this inspiration shoot we really wanted to capture a feminine and elegant look of a Spring bride, and also the comfort that this wonderful season brings forth. With beautiful antique plateware provided by Sir Richards Antiques and rentals from Rain or Shine Tent and Events, we created a dining area perfectly cozy for two. The simplicity of the design, with small touches of soft stripes and blossoming florals by the talented Michelle at Petals, set the tone for a classy wedding occasion. More pops of pale pinks continued the feminine touch with pretty linens from The Linen Shop.

The gorgeous natural light and chic decor at the Apple Hill Inn Wedding Venue provided us the polished look we were yearning for. Clarke Couture Cakes designed a breathtaking wedding cake that balanced beautiful pieces of nature with a soft, lovely design.

With hair design by A Finishing Touch and make up by Jennifer Perellie Makeup, our bride was so sweetly stunning. She wore a beautiful dress draped in lace and tied with ribbon by Celia Grace and so gracefully sparkled in bridal jewelry by Edera Jewelry.

Photography: Ashley Largesse Photography | Floral Design: Petals | Wedding Dress: Celia Grace | Wedding Cake: Clarke Couture Cakes | Makeup: Jennifer Perellie Make Up | Hair: Finishing Touch | Favors: Vert Mont Perfumery | Wedding Venue: Apple Hill Inn | Antiques: Sir Richards Antiques | Bridal Jewelry: Edera Jewelry | Linens: The Linen Shop | Rentals: Rain Or Shine Tent And Events

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Sweet Monday Photography + A Discount!

In the world of drop-dead gorgeous images, Sweet Monday Photography reigns supreme.  Think soft, light-filled captures that are as romantic as they are stunning and you are most definitely on the right track. So when it comes to soaking in the pretty, we’re all about devoting a day to Sweet Monday’s latest masterpiece… a shoot that is chock-full of outdoor beauty and spring-filled happy.

Known for their love of nature and ability to capture those special moments you didn’t even realize were happening, Sweet Monday Photography is endlessly inspired by the New England landscape… and it shows in every moment of this gorgeous styled shoot set against the stunning Mount in the Berkshires. Picture classic meets modern details and colorful blooms with a touch of traditional lovely and a splash of bohemian charm.  It’s all sorts of seriously stunning, lovelies… and it’s just what we’ve come to expect from Sweet Monday Photography.

Whether you’re looking to capture your love against a golden autumn backdrop, or snuggled up with the snow twinkling in the background, Sweet Monday’s talented team of photogs will most definitely preserve those special moments that you will cherish for always.  Contact them now to start your journey to beautiful photography.  You can thank us later, loves.

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What: Sweet Monday Photography is offering 20% off any of their standard wedding photography Collections for weddings with either the ceremony or reception taking place outdoors in 2016 or 2017!

How: Interested couples just need to mention this post when inquiring about Sweet Monday’s availability on their wedding date via the contact form on their website. Discount is not applicable for custom Collections, but may be applied to any of the standard packages.  The discount will be honored a total of 10 times on a first come, first served basis.  Click here for more info!

Photography: Sweet Monday Photography | Event Design: LoLo Event Design | Floral Design: Poppy Floral | Wedding Dress: Flair Boston | Invitations: Lynn Graham Designs | Jewelry: Ore Jewelry by Sophie Hughes | Makeup Artist: Making Faces Weddings | Hair Stylist: Love Notes By June | Calligraphy: Pier Gustafson | Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Mount | Desserts: Tatte Bakery | Models: Model Club Inc. | Rentals: Peterson Party Center | Suit: The Black Tux

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Vintage Tea Party by the Lake Bridal Shoot

My husband and I are having our ten year wedding anniversary this summer. It feels like yesterday. And the moments leading up to our I-Do’s are some of my most treasured memories—drinking champagne with my girls, trying not to cry for fear of smearing my makeup, dying laughing over stories past and tearing up over those to come. This shoot, from Ashley Largesse Photography celebrates those perfect hours before the vows with just the girls. And I couldn’t love it more. All the pics here!

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From Ashley Largesse PhotographyThe hours leading up to that much-anticipated walk down the aisle are made even more exciting and beautiful when filled with the love of a bride’s best friends. As she awakes and nervousness may start to grow within her, it is her bridesmaids’ supportive and giddy presence encouraging her to fully experience each moment of happiness.

This vintage tea party inspired bridal shoot took place at An Affair by the Lake in Addison, Vermont. For this shoot we wanted to fully capture the excitement filling the air around a bride and her girls. We surrounded these beautiful ladies with sweetly feminine details and a soft, pretty-in-pink color palette. The bride and bridesmaids dressed in their silk robes, sipping their Vermont Juice Company mimosas, as they started to celebrate with laughs and hugs. Their gorgeous make up done by the delightful Jennifer Perellie and hair by the talented Kerry Armstrong. We captured the emotional journey our bride experienced as she presented her thoughtful bridesmaid gifts organized by the fashionistas over at Common Deer, followed by the famously meaningful moment of stepping into her timeless wedding gown provided by Fiori Bridal. The bride bedazzled her look with jewelry by Edera Jewelry and the bridesmaids with jewelry by TSB Design. Hand in hand these best friends ventured outside to admire the adirondack lake views.

Set in front of a gorgeous whitewashed barn and beside the calming lake, we designed a simple and elegant tea party inspired dining area. Dennille from Village Green Florist worked her magic hanging floral designs and precious chandeliers from the barn doors. Delicate tea cups and a stunning old jewelry box held more of Dennille’s beautiful flowers across the table. The vintage furniture and other unique pieces provided by the wonderful Vermont Vintage Weddings perfectly set the tone for this elegant event.

Sweet tooths were definitely satisfied with the heavenly assortment of desserts by The Little Purple Cake Shoppe. Stationery by Christa Alexandra Designs added an additional soft and creative touch to this feminine theme. With coordination and design by the fabulous Jerica over at Etcetera Events Co., design and photography by Ashley Largesse Photography, and design and hosting by Lorraine and Cheri at An Affair by the Lake, the day was beauty galore and all smiles!

We hope that you enjoy this inspired shoot and want to thank you for your consideration in featuring our hard work.

Photography: Ashley Largesse Photography | Event Planning: Et Cetera Event Company | Floral Design: Village Green Florist | Stationery: Christa Alexandra Designs | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Fashion Corner Bridal Boutique | Make Up: Jennifer Perellie Make Up | Wedding Venue: An Affair By The Lake | Bridal Gown: Fiori Bridal | Bridal Jewelry: Edera Jewelry | Bridesmaids' Jewelry: TSB Design | Desserts: The Little Purple Cake Shoppe | Gifts: Common Deer | Hair Design: Formal Hair Design By Kerry | Mimosa Bar: Vermont Juice Company | Vintage Wedding Rentals: Vermont Vintage Weddings

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