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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.


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 | Florals: A Whole Bunch Flower Market | Wedding Dress: Watters | Bridesmaids Dresses: J.Crew | Hair: Stephen And Burns | Band: The Grift | Bride Makeup: MAC Cosmetics | Ceremony & Reception Venue: The West Monitor Barn | Earrings: Nordstrom | Groom/Groomsmen Attire: Banana Republic | Ring And Diamond Bracelet: Desires By Mikolay

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Vermont Barn Wedding from Whim Events

It’s pretty much impossible not to fall in love with this adorable, home themed barn wedding designed and planned by Whim Events. East coast meets west coast in this rural beauty where the bride and groom focused on local foods, local entertainment, and mixed in tons of personal elements. And the result is beyond amazing, a day full of home cooking, love and laughter. Does it get any better? Click here for even more pretty captured by Hannah Persson Photo.

Watch it all come to life in this film also by Hannah Persson Photo:

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From Whim EventsHannah and Kyle’s wedding took place on a beautiful August day in Burlington, Vermont. The soft mountain breeze was blowing, the sun peeked through the mountain valleys, and the weather was a perfect 75 degrees. If we weren’t in Vermont, one might have thought we were in California’s wine country. Which is exactly what Hannah and Kyle wanted on their wedding day. Hannah is from Massachusetts and went to school in Vermont. Kyle is from San Francisco. They met and fell in love in San Francisco, over their mutual love of good music, food and wine. When Hannah and Kyle contacted me to plan their wedding, I loved their laid-back vibe immediately. They wanted a relaxing day where their guests from California and Massachusetts could enjoy the local beauty of Vermont. They were all about having local BBQ, local drinks and their favorite Vermont-born musicians, the Grippo Funk Band.

Hannah and I spent a lot of time coming up with the special and meaningfulness design aspects of the wedding. Since moving to California, she told me she had always struggled with the idea of where to call home (MA? San Fran?) until she realized that whenever she was with Kyle, she was truly home. Together, we can up with the subtle concept of “Home” that can be seen throughout the details … blending all the DIY comforts of home and an East Coast meets West Coast design. Guests enjoyed homemade watermelon mojitos as a welcome drink and casually sauntered over to the ceremony to take their seats on Vermont farm haystacks. The haystacks were covered with Kyle’s family quilts. A good friend of the couple officiated the ceremony, and their wedding party consisted of immediate family members, nieces and nephews. The ceremony was set deep in the mountains under a rustic arch, and it was one of the most peaceful and beautiful ceremonies I have ever seen.

To incorporate the couples love of wine country, we used beautiful wine barrel tables and bar planks from New England Country rentals to set the scene for cocktail hour. Guest played lawn games and listened to tunes of Paul Asbell’s live acoustic guitar. During dinner, we kept the tables simple with farm tins and milk bottles full of Hannah’s favorite rustic flowers, stacked on wood slabs. The color scheme was light orange, periwinkle, pink and green. Guests noshed on the home-style BBQ buffet, cheering their Vermont beers. They signed the thumb print guest book that featured a line drawing of the West Monitor Barn. They danced the night away, only taking break in the outdoor photo booth or at the Home Sweet Home cupcake bar (sweetly, made by a family friend). There are so many special things about this wedding that it’s hard to say what I loved the most. Was it that Kyle wrote Hannah a poem and surprised her with it during dinner? Was it their super-relaxed vibe? Was it that Hannah and Kyle were on the dance floor the whole entire night? Whatever it was, it was awesome.

Wedding Photography + Cinematography: Hannah Persson Photo / Wedding Venue: The West Monitor Barn in Richmond, Vermont / Event Planning, Floral + Event Design: Whim Events / Catering: Bevo / Band: Grippo Funk Band / Signage + Menu Boards: CutPasteLove / Place Cards, Table Numbers + Guest Book: Hartford Prints! / Wine Barrel + Arch: New England Country Rentals / Rentals: Vermont Tent Company

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West Monitor Barn Wedding Inspiration from The Painted Tulip + Alanna Scully Photography

Red barns are beyond fantastic, in my humble opinion. They are perfectly American – and paired with a delicious Cherry Pie, a barn can make for the most fantastic fall day. Alanna Scully Photography teamed up with a few of Vermont’s greatest, including The Painted Tulip on the florals, to create this tall glass of water of an inspiration shoot for all you farm loving brides and grooms. Click here for more!

From Alanna Scully Photography … There is something about a red barn that just makes me feel at home.  When that red barn is in Vermont and you’ve got a beautiful fall day, it’s even better.  I asked my photographer friends (who became husband and wife this summer!) Debbie and Jared Burns to model for me as I set up a stylized shoot at the gorgeous West Monitor Barn in Richmond, VT.

It was Columbus Day weekend, which was by far the three best days of fall weather I have ever seen in Vermont.  It was perfect shooting weather and the late afternoon light was breathtaking, as was my couple.  I asked Nicole D’Agata of the Painted Tulip in Waterbury to help out with some beautiful florals for our table and for our bride and groom, and the amazing staff at the Vermont Tent Company provided the rest of our set.  When I edited these pictures, I was reminded of how great love is and how nice it was to spend an afternoon with Debbie and Jared, a couple who isn’t afraid to show their affection and share their joy with the world.  Love like this, much like a red barn, can make you feel right at home.

Photography: Alanna Scully Photography / Venue: West Monitor Barn / Florals: The Painted Tulip / Hair & Makeup: Lisa Borg, Tilton & Company Hair Salon / Table number & Pie signs: Green Apple Paperie / Wedding Dress & Groom’s Suit: J.Crew / Rentals: Vermont Tent Company