Vermont Wedding From Orchard Cove: Adrienne and Justin
December 23, 2008
By: eddye
New England

Amanda Herzberger at Orchard Cove Photography has sent us some pretty amazing weddings, but this one is filled to over-flowing with such special touches ... you are going to be enormously delighted! From the Vermont setting, the table decor, the fun family traditions, the bird motif, and the candy buffet ... there's a lot to see!

Orchard Cove Vermont Round Barn Wedding Adrienne Justin

Adrienne and Justin were married in October. The afternoon Catholic ceremony was held in Waterbury, Vemont. The reception followed at the historic Round Barn Farm in Waitsfield.

Adrienne Justin Orchard Cove Church Veil Christos Wedding Dress

Adrienne's dress is by Christos. Isn't the detailing stunning?

As guests arrived, little bells were handed out to the guests to use in Adrienne and Justin's send-off (or so they thought!).  Much to the couple's surprise, and thanks to her clever mom, their first kiss was rewarded by the sound of tinkling bells throughout the church. Adrienne says it's a sound she will always remember with great joy! So cute!

Vermont Wedding October Fall Foliage Round Barn Farm Inn

What beautiful colors { ... and the look on that calf's face made me bust out laughing} !

Now, on to the reception ... and this is where the details get truly amazing ...

from Adrienne:  As a child, I was always really into the idea of an enchanted forest and "The Secret Garden".  When our wedding planning started, I immediately knew that I wanted the reception to have a woodsy feel and the barn was an ideal setting. When the guests first entered the barn there was a big old wagon that presented us with the perfect opportunity to wow them.  I had our florists cover the wagon  with moss and grass that they had grown in their studio. Our escort "cards" were stuck into the grass to look like wooden flower markers. In addition to the floral arrangements that were made, the florists actually dug up tree saplings from the woods and fastened them to the beams.  They also hung lanterns that I purchased at Ikea onto the branches. It really created the perfect first impression and set the rustic, foresty tone I had dreamed of ...

Round Barn Farm Wedding From Orchard Cove Photography Adrienne Justin

I wanted the centerpieces to look as if they were just growing out of tree stumps. The tall centerpieces consisted of white orchids mixed with manzanita branches and curly willow set into a vase wrapped with birch bark and topped with moss. The shorter centerpieces had the same birch wrapped vases with moss and ferns, roses, lisianthus, and ranunculus. We had candles in mosaic glass throughout the room and on the tables.  My mother tirelessly worked on the table numbers which consisted of wooden stands that she covered with moss and small birds nests.  The actual numbers were spray-painted and stuck into the nests.  We also included mini mushrooms that I had purchased online.  To top off the table settings, my mother found gold bird salt and pepper shakers which were absolutely adorable.  For table runners we purchased light sage brocade curtains that we had found online (on sale - love it!) and my grandmother cut and sewed them into runners.   We echoed the foresty feel in our wedding cake as well which was made to look like birch bark with flowers and ferns and two finches.  And again, our candy bar was covered with moss and signs made to look like flower markers, and mini mushrooms...

Orchard Cove Cake Reception Round Barn Farm Vermont

We've shown you some pretty great candy buffets on Style Me Pretty ... but this is one of the best we've seen! If you're going to do candy ... this is the way to do it!

Candy Buffet Round Barn Farm Orchard Cove Adrienne Justin

To back-track just a bit ... Adrienne's family was full of surprises!

from Adrienne ... Right before the cocktail hour ended, my family decided to spring a few more surprises on us.  I am originally from Germany but moved to the States when I was a child.  Aside from my parents and brother 90% of our immediate family still lives in Germany.  I was fortunate that a good number of my family was able to come to the weddig.  And with them they brought some German traditions that I had no idea we were going to partake in.  First up was the tradition of cutting a log. The log represents the first obstacle that the couple must overcome in their marriage.  The couple then demonstrates their ability to work together and overcome the obstacle by sawing through the log.  The next tradition was cutting out a big heart drawn on a sheet which also had pictures of us all over it.  Cutting out the heart and then having the groom carry the bride through the opening of the sheet is the German equivalent to carrying the bride over the threshold.  Lastly, we released a cluster of balloons into the air with blessings and good wishes from our family and friends.

German traditions log sawing stepping through sheet balloon send-off

This wedding from Orchard Cove Photography embodies the spirit of Style Me Pretty! Your Wedding--Your Way--Your Style!!  So much of Adrienne & Justin's wedding was a family effort. So many so-so-special touches that will live on in their hearts forever.

We can't leave you without a final parting shot of Adrienne's SMP's-LBBB's-now-famous-wedding-shoe-shot (first featured here on the LIttle Black Book Blog).

Adrienne's Fabulous Red Wedding Shoes

Thank you, thank you, thank you to Adrienne for supplying all of the fascinating details about your dream wedding ... and to Amanda at Orchard Cove Photography for sending us these fabulous fotos!

Additional credits: Eileen Broderick Photography (photography assistance),  The Blue Toad (fabulous florals), Cooking From The Heart (Catering from Round Barn Farm), Irene's Cakes By Design, Attire by J.Crew and Ann Taylor Celebrations, DJ: BTE Entertainment.

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For another of Orchard Cove's fun-filled (DIY) weddings, take a look at Ben and Hedda's Fourth of July Long Island Wedding.

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