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This is How a Chic City Couple Gets Married in Rustic Vermont

I’m a little biased, but when I hear the Bride discovered her wedding vision after perusing SMP, I know her big day will be beautiful. And this rustic Vermont day does not disappoint. With a gorgeous couple, scenic inn setting and surprise vintage 1960’s Volkswagen Bus photo booth from Photobooth Planet, this day is every kind of charming. See it all thanks to Emily Delamater in The Vault!

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From The Bride…I can’t say that I had a true vision for our wedding from the beginning. Deciding on one theme or choosing ‘our colors’ seemed so daunting but I knew it was a path that we’d have to cross eventually. My fiancé, Dan, and I did know that we wanted to get married in Vermont, a place we had shared many great memories together. We also knew that we wanted a summer wedding, either in late June or early July. Vermont’s lush green landscape seemed like the perfect backdrop for our summer wedding, connecting our love for nature with that small town charm that New England is known for.

Getting married in Vermont meant that we’d have a semi-destinational wedding (as most of our family lives in New York) and we loved that idea, however we knew we would need to find a venue to accommodate our families and friends comfortably. Dan and I started our journey searching for the perfect venue which was exhausting and also a huge reality check- wedding’s are expensive! We visited about 6 different venues within a three weeks and it wasn’t until a trip to Woodstock, VT that we stumbled upon The Quechee Inn at Marshland Farm. We drove by this beautifully nestled Inn boasting a big red barn and a large open field and immediately felt drawn to it. Ten minutes later we were walking the grounds with the Inn Keeper and 20 minutes later were putting a soft hold on a date of July 18th, 2015!

My vision started to become more clear when I discovered images of a summer wedding at the Quechee Inn featured on Style Me Pretty! These beautiful images painted a picture for me in my head and it quickly became clear that this is where Dan and I would say “I do”. I immediately reached out to the florist and the photographer credited for these images and to my amazement both were available for our date! As soon as I met Michelle Boleski from Petals Vermont I knew my vision was in good hands. She was able to sift through all my ideas and create a cohesive theme that would carefully blend rustic Vermont with city chic and a touch of vintage. I chose a color scheme consisting of soft pink, gold, and champagne and a theme of gold arrows, since our first date was on Valentine’s Day. We ordered wedding invitations with gold foil arrows and designed a cake adorned with gold arrows and fresh flowers. Our guest book was an oversized image of our thumb prints overlapping to create a heart which we also put an arrow through. When the day finally arrived and I saw how Michelle had transformed our tent I was in awe, the outcome was elegant, romantic, and thoughtful and my vision had come to life!

Our wedding day was absolutely perfect. The ceremony was outside between two beautiful old maple trees that created a natural canopy casting shade over our guests. I walked down the isle to a non lyrical version of “A Thousand Years” by The Piano Guys and we walked back up the isle as husband and wife to “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours” by Stevie Wonder. For cocktail hour our guests walked up to a beautiful courtyard where they were greeted with his and hers signature drinks and hors d’oeuvres. Just before our reception began our wonderful coordinator gathered our guests to the front lawn for a group shot, that serves as a perfect memory token! To help guests find their seats we had a large vintage mirror propped on an easel that my mother hand wrote every guests name and their assigned table number. Our parties were introduced and Dan and I danced our first dance to “Someone Like You” by Van Morrison. As a surprise for our guests Dan and I arranged for a Vintage 1960’s Volkswagen Bus for our photo booth. This was a huge hit and added such a fun element to our tent and theme. Shortly after dinner our band, Cover Story, started taking requests and really got the party going and for the remaining hours of the night the dance floor was filled, just as we had hoped for!

With an incredible team of vendors and our wonderful coordinator, we were able to relax and enjoy every moment. A special thanks to our photographers, Emily and Matt Delamater, who captured those moments so perfectly too!

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Photography: Emily Delamater | Floral Design: Petals Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Badgley Mischka | Invitations: Minted | Bride's Shoes: Stuart Weitzmen | Jewelry: Oohjacquelina | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Dessy After 6 Collection in African Violet | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Adrianna Papell | Makeup: Kerri Herlihy | Hair: Charlotte Phinney | Band: Cover Story | Groom's Attire: Tom James | Venue: Quechee Inn | Getting Ready Venue: At Home | Groom's Shoes: To Boot NY | Photo Booth: Photobooth Planet | Rentals: Vermont Vintage Weddings

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See this Real Simple Editor’s Rustic Vermont Wedding (Complete with a S’Mores Bar!)

When the Bride is an editor at Real Simple, looking at pretty things all day, it’s no surprise her Vermont Riverside Farms day is a rustic wedding dream come true. From the Plum Pretty Sugar robes to the s’mores bar to the Photobooth Planet Vermont fun, this day has all the makings of a perfect wedding. See it all from Stacey Hedman, assisted by Alanna Scully, and Paperweight Films in The Vault!

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From The Bride…Stephen was the second person I met after joining a dating site for the first time—and, unbeknownst to either of us, we happened to grow up in the same town. Though somehow we’d never crossed paths, it turned out that not only were we from the same town, but Stephen also grew up across the street from my aunt, was very good friends with one of my neighbors, and grew up skiing in the same town my family frequented, too. It all felt very serendipitous to both of us and opened the doors for an instant trust and connection between us. Six months later, I was moving out of Manhattan and back to New Jersey to live with him. A year after that, we were engaged. And we were married almost a year to the date after that!

We knew Riverside Farm was the place for us, when we felt that same instant connection with the place. We were looking for a place where our guests could join us for a weekend of fun by staying on the property. Riverside had that—and so much more. The property, which includes three barns, a bridal cabin, a groom’s cabin, two additional lodging cabins, and a nearby bed and breakfast, is nestled between two gorgeous rolling green mountains and all the buildings are filled with the most unique antiques. It’s stunningly rustic chic—the kind of place where you just look around and think: “wow!” We knew our family and friends would love it as much as we did.

Since the setting itself was so beautiful (and one of our favorite things about the place), we kept the color palette simple with dove gray, white, and green in order to let the scenery speak for itself. From the moment the save-the-dates went out, I wanted people to get that soft and elegant, but also fun vibe we were going for.

To set the tone of the event, Swiss Cottage Designs drew a custom picture for us of a couple under the covered bridge at Riverside (the guests didn’t know it yet, but the female figure in the drawing wore the same silhouette my dress would have!) for our save-the-date. She continued that color palette in the rest of our suite with invitations that were white with green lettering, silver foil, and botanical details. Other items in the stationery suite, like the response cards were the reverse: green with white lettering and botanical details.

All of our flowers (locally grown and picked by the owner of the town’s garden center) were white and green, with occasional pops of dusty pink or lavender. In keeping with the natural feel, we kept them all asymmetrical rather than polished and tight. Some of the biggest wow moments with the flowers were at the reception. Instead of traditional place cards, we filled apothecary jars with wildflowers and used silver flecked twine to attach each person’s name and seat to their very own vase of flowers. There was also a pair of beautiful dove gray curtains draped in a floral garland that was kept closed to “hide” the reception until we were ready to welcome guests in. Once the curtains opened, the first thing guests saw was a gorgeous head table set for nearly 40 (to accommodate that huge bridal party of ours!) with the most ethereal garland decked out in flowers, different tiers of candles, and Hauck wine (my maiden name).

Peppered throughout the day were both purchased (personalized cocktail hour signs, wooden table numbers, a handcrafted wooden bench to serve as our guestbook) and homemade details (200 jars of jam made by me for the welcome bags, handmade cornhole and giant Jenga sets made by the groom and painted by me) to match the vibe of Riverside. It took months for the whole vision to come together, but we had some tireless, extremely talented, and, perhaps most importantly, kind vendors who helped us bring our vision to life in a way that was even more perfect than we could have imagined.

The wedding day was supposed to downpour, but something about that mountain air: The beautiful blue sky held out and we got the outdoor wedding of our dreams. Moods all around—bridal party, guests, vendors—were as sunny as the sky was. Perhaps thanks to the utterly phenomenal locally sourced food that seemingly never ended (really, people are still talking about it) and the amazing band that drove up from New York who had the dance floor going all night. Or, maybe it was the old school VW bus that had our photo booth inside. Guests not only loved taking pictures inside of it, but also outside of it. And, of course, Stephen and I made it our last stop of the night before our romantic sparkler exit.

But, for Stephen and I, one of the most magical moments of the whole event was when one of the groomsmen sung “Over the Rainbow” on the ukulele for my father and my first dance. My husband and, of course, my dad say it was their favorite part of the whole night. Pure happiness all around.

From start to finish, we both say we would do it all over again…not to change anything, but simply to relive the complete wonder and beauty of it all.

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Photography: Stacey Hedman | Cinematography: Paperweight Films | Floral Design: Pittsfield Garden Center | Wedding Dress: Reem Acra | Cake: Irene's Cakes By Design | Invitations: Swiss Cottage Designs | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | Catering: Vermont Farms Catering | Hair: Formal Hair Design By Kerry | Band: Kazz Music Orchestra | Groom's Attire: My Suit | Venue: Riverside Farm | Bride's Pajamas: Daughters Of Simone | Groomsmen Bags: Hudson Sutler | Linen Rentals: The Linen Shop | Photo Booth: Photobooth Planet | Photography - Assistance: Alanna Scully | Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar

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Fabulous Wedding Ring Trends for 2016

You’ve been dreaming of saying “I do” for what seems like forever, so when it comes time to put that ring on your finger, you want to get it RIGHT. Enter Long’s Jewelers, our go-to experts for all things jewelry who also happen to know everything there is to know about this year’s most anticipated styles. Think gorgeous bands that will stay timeless even beyond 2016. Scroll below for a look.

Trend #1 – Unique Wedding Bands

You + yours are unlike any other couple you know, so obviously your wedding rings from Long’s Jewelers should be as unique as you are. From crazy cool details to uncommon designs to colorful gemstones, choosing a one-of-a-kind look is the perfect way to stand out amongst the crowd, add that extra spice to your classic e-ring or mix together two very different tastes and styles. It’s letting your personality shine through your jewelry and we.are.obsessed.

Trend #2 – Stacking Bands

Let’s be honest, you’re a total fashionista… and staying ahead of the style game also means showing off your wedding rings with a little more “flare” than the usual one band + one engagement ring. Which is why Long’s Jewelers’ stacking bands are the perfect option. Think thin rings that sit flush with one another to form a beautiful grouping OR a fabulous look spread out across each finger. Plus, with different shapes, colors, designs and price points, stacking bands are most definitely chic and original.

Trend #3 – Mixing Metals

You’re the type of lady who throws rules out the window and mixes and matches metals until your hearts content. In other words… those gold earrings and platinum bracelet? Perfect for your night out on the town. So why not apply those same principals to finding your wedding ring and choose a hue from Long’s Jewelers that is totally opposite to your engagement jewelry. I’m talking an e-ring in rose gold meets a platinum band that is super sparkly. It’s bold, fashion-forward AND unique. We love that.

Trend #4: Meaningful & Sentimental Wedding Bands

Your wedding ring is one of THE most important pieces of jewelry you will ever own, so why not make it extra special by adding an additional touch of sentimentality to this already meaningful piece. With Everband rings from Long’s Jewelers, you’ll start with a band that holds one interior diamond for your wedding day and, with each passing anniversary, add a diamond to the inside or outside of the band as a symbol of your love and partnership. Such an amazing statement.

Trend #5 – Halfway or Three-Quarter Diamond Bands

If you fell head over heels in love with eternity bands last year, you were not alone… 2015 was the year of the diamonds. This year, however, it’s all about scaling back to a half or 3/4 eternity band. Think cost-effective, more practical and easier to handle if you work with your hands. (Read: no cracking or damaging a diamond or losing a stone.) It’s rockin’ the bling from Long’s Jewelers sans the anxiety… we can get on board with that.

Excited to see these new trends in person? Head to Long’s Annual Wedding Band Weekend on March 18-20, 2016 for wall-to-wall wedding bands (including the new Everband collection!), chit chat with fab wedding ring vendors and selection and pricing that is all sorts of ah-mazing. You’ll even have a chance to win $1,000 off your wedding ring, plus even more spectacular prizes. Think a dream honeymoon, groomsmen suits, dinner + wine, a shopping spree, a pair of TAG Huer watches, gift certificates and MORE. RSVP here, because you absolutely don’t want to miss a moment.

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