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Rustic Vermont Barn Wedding

Considering I’m saying my own “I do’s” in Vermont in only a few weeks, this wedding struck a chord with me early on.  But after diving into Elate Photo’s pics, this rustic celebration could have taken place anywhere and I still would have been a fan. My words can’t do this gorgeous gallery justice or even attempt to describe the love between these two cuties; see all this beauty and more right here!


From the Bride… Daniel and I went to Vermont on a ski trip. After a day of skiing, we went on a short hike to a little clearing, where we stopped to rest, right as the sun was setting. I had no idea what was coming, until I saw the box. Right after he proposed, it started snowing! (He’s an amazing planner!)

The theme for the wedding was elegant but rustic with a hint of alpacas. We got married in Vermont (at a beautiful venue that was also an alpaca farm) so we wanted to match the beautiful natural feel of our surroundings with the serenity and ease a wedding day should be. My mom and sister (Pink Door Garden Design) did all of the decorating and everything came out beautifully. It was a gorgeous August day, and the barn was filled with flowers, charming items from my childhood home (paintings and pictures, certain pieces of furniture, mirrors, jewelry, dishes, etc), and gorgeous serving pieces. We had mismatched china on ivory tablecloths, stacks of old books at part of the centerpieces where the table numbers sat, tulle and hanging lights decorated the walls, along with branches and flowers we borrowed from the natural landscape. It came together so beautifully.

Our favorite moment was the first look at each other when I walked down the aisle. What we recall feeling the strongest at that moment was complete peace. And it lasted the entire time. Everyone told us the wedding day would be a blur, and it did go by quickly, but there was such a peace and a happiness about it that we’ll always remember.

Photography: Elate Photo | Event Coordination: Pink Door Garden Design | Floral Design: Pink Door Garden Design | Ceremony Venue: Middlebury Congregational Church | Reception Venue: Champlain Valley Alpacas | Hair : Uniquely You Organic Hair Salon | DJ: Top Hat Entertainment

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Montpellier, South France Wedding from Shoot In Love

Oh France. You just know how to wrap me around me your pretty little finger, don’t you? And after seeing Montpellier through the talented lens of Shoot In Love via this completely perfect wedding, I do believe I’m wrapped that much tighter. Because this is the dreamiest of destination weddings complete with a guest list so awesome they all dressed in retro fo the ceremony. It doesn’t get much more fabulous than that, and you can see precisely what I am talking about right here.

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From Shoot In LoveMarie and Armand married in Montpellier in South France. They put a lot of care in details, old bike, old french car, candles, a lot of flowers. The wedding took place in two parts. First the civil ceremony, all the guests wore retro costumes. To go to the town hall, the couple had organized a cortege of bike.  After the first ceremony, they organized a beautiful “cérémonie laïque” outside. Laugh, tears, songs, braces it was a very emotional ceremony. The cocktail was a celebration of friendship and family, rhythm by old songs played on the accordion. 

From the Bride… The magical site, surrounded by old stone, our guest’s retro costumes, who all played the game, the whole procession accompanying us bike to City Hall…the sun, the excitement, surprises, smiles, love everywhere we look, made this day a wonderful memory…UNFORGETTABLE!

Wedding Photography: Shoot In Love | Reception Venue: Mas de Causse in Montpellier, France | Floral Design: Bénédicte Enjalbert ( | Catering: Vip Cook Traiteur | Wedding Dress: Cymbeline “Fadela” | Groom’s Attire: Marcel et Marcel | Hair + Makeup: Cyrielle Borg

Middlebury College Wedding from Orchard Cove Photography

Happy Thursday morning, SMPr’s! It’s with much fondness that I can once again introduce a wedding from Amanda at Orchard Cove Photography! Way back when… I first started writing at SMP, Amanda was one of the first photographers that I came to call my friend. She helped me learn this whole crazy wedding blogging world- and helped me realize what a fantastic bunch of vendors we have in our Little Black Book! So thank you, Amanda- for staying with us- and for continuing to share your wonderful images with us. SMP Family = LBB and it means more to us than you can possibly imagine.

Moving right along – to today’s featured wedding… When your parents own acres and acres of loveliness in Vermont, a huge part of the decision-making process can be checked off the to-do list. Venue selected. Check. And then, when you snag the fun-loving and talented Amanda of Orchard Cove Photography, an even bigger decision, crossed off the list. Check plus! Weave in all the bits and pieces of bride + groom personality that make you, well… it makes you, plural… and you have a wedding filled to the brim with pretty. A wedding your friends and family will recognize as the new, plural mister and missus.

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From the Bride… Andrew and I were two years apart at Middlebury and did not meet in college (or at least we don’t remember meeting). We were properly introduced at an alumni cocktail event on the waterfront in Boston by a mutual friend – one of Andrew’s best friends (a future groomsman) and a teammate of mine on the Middlebury tennis team. The rest, as they say, is history!

We are both graduates of Middlebury College, so we have an affinity for the Green Mountains and the Champlain Valley. My parents (who also attended Middlebury and were married there) retired to Vermont after I graduated from college and bought a home with 50+ acres of land, gorgeous views from the front yard across the neighboring orchard and the Adirondacks in the distance. Having our tented reception in their front yard gave us the ability to customize the evening while putting our guests at ease in a beautiful outdoor setting. We wanted our guests to to laugh, dance, and enjoy a special evening together.

I guess I’d describe our wedding day decor and style as Swiss kitsch – alpine. Andrew and I have done a bit of exploring together over the years, and two of our favorite trips were ski holidays in Zermatt, Switzerland and St. Christoph (St. Anton), Austria. I speak German and have spent quite a bit of time in Germany and Austria over the years – the alps and alpine living has always appealed to me – simple, natural design in a stunningly beautiful, relaxed setting. Red wooden hearts, wildflowers, Austrian beer and wine … simple bar signs on chalkboards and dinner by candlelight.

Walking down the aisle toward Andrew was my favorite part of the day. I don’t think I have ever smiled as much as I did in Mead Chapel on September 15, 2012.  I was just so happy! Watching it all come together was also so much fun for us, as we had planned so much of it from London. It was so much fun to step from the car into my parents’ driveway with Andrew and to see all of our family and friends together in this beautiful location. It made me happy that I had spent so much time thinking through all of the details and logistics – it just all flowed together so nicely, and we had so much fun!

For the wedding, I carried the silver sixpence that my mom wore in her shoe on her wedding day, and I wore a pair of family heirloom diamond drop earrings dating back to the 1800s. We had lots of little touches at the ceremony, from the signpost denoting places with special meaning to us, to the cupcake tower that we had in lieu of a wedding cake. Our signature cocktail was a dark n’ stormy, one of our favorite drinks from annual fall trips to Bermuda.

My advice to couples planning their wedding – It is your day, and you should really, really enjoy it and have so much fun. A wedding is an opportunity to get all of the special people together in your life – take advantage of having your friends and family together and spend as much time with them as you can. Your day does not need to be perfect! Having everything match and coordinate is not natural – life and relationships are full of variety, and your day should reflect this. I really enjoyed the opportunity to be creative – from working on designing our custom wedding stationery with our amazing stationer, to creating a bespoke Anya Hindmarch bag, to selecting the gifts for my wonderful bridesmaids (custom earrings, bracelets, monogrammed royal blue cashmere wraps in a Fortnum & Mason bag).

Make sure you pick good vendors that come with recommendations and are reliable. It will make your day so much easier! I would highly recommend all of the vendors we worked with – they were all so great! If you are having an ‘at-home’ wedding, make sure to get a day-of planner … you can plan all of the details and logistics in advance, but come the actual day, you need someone to understand your vision and execute your plan. And this should not be you or any of your relatives – you all need to relax and enjoy the time together!

Photography: Orchard Cove Photography / Getting Ready Venue: Cornwall Orchard B&B / Ceremony Venue: Mead Chapel, Middlebury College / Reception Venue: Bride’s Family Home / Floral Design: Bloomers Garden Flowers / Catering: Wales Farm Catering / Invitations: Magpie Paperworks / Rentals: Celebration Rentals / Entertainment: Body n’Soul / WeddingDress: Monique Lhuillier / Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Flower Girls’ Dresses: Boden / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J. Crew / Hair  + Makeup: The Hair Network / Bride’s clutch: Anya Hindmarch / Bridesmaids’ Jewelry: Emily Condon

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