Oh Vermont, you are a magical, magical land where wedding dreams become reality, and this gem from Michelle Lange is all that and more. With TRUE Event orchestrating the “I do’s” of these two, we have a wedding to remember, one that is both classically elegant and totally chic, and packed to the brim with fun touches (cake truffles at every seat? YES!). From start – the invites from Tie That Binds – to finish – the cutest cake topper complete with a pup – this wedding scores hit after hit; see all the pics in our gallery right here and don’t miss Daniel Chae’s film below!
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From Michelle Lange… Emily and Jeff’s wedding at the Hildene Estate in Manchester, Vermont began with a vision of a classic, romantic garden wedding. The abundance of rain in the Northeast helped fuel the beautiful blooms in the gardens at the Hildene. With breathtaking views of the rolling hills in Vermont and the incredible design by True Event, their big day was a pleasant visual feast for those in attendance.
From the Bride… After Jeff and I got engaged, we took some time to enjoy this phase of our relationship. We took about two months to relax before talking “all things wedding” and finally started the planning process on a trip to Argentina over the holidays. We wanted our wedding day to really represent us as a couple and would include a weekend surrounded by our immediate families and our friends, who would be traveling in from across the country. If you ask Jeff – we wanted this to be the best party we would ever throw (in fact, Jeff immediately skipped to the reception during the planning process forgetting that we had to make it official first!) We had actually settled on our band before we were even set on a location – determined to book them after seeing them at a friends’ wedding before we were engaged – and they kept the dance floor packed all night!
When it came to planning out the details of the wedding, I wanted to keep the colors neutral and the design simple and classic allowing the house and the gardens to really shine. If you ask anyone, it seemed like I had a very clear design plan in mind – behind the scenes Jeff would say I would end up down every Internet rabbit hole possible. In the end, keeping our priorities in mind and with some creativity, thinking a little outside the typical wedding box, and with the help of our amazing vendors we were able to bring our vision to life. A couple highlights for us we’re the pre-dinner cake truffles that greeted guests at their seats, the lighting that made the tent feel more cozy and kept the garden theme going, and Ernie, our dog, dressed to the nines in his tuxedo. Jeff had masterfully designed his own tuxedo down to the buttons. My dress was a bit more ambiguous – I thought I had a clear plan in mind of what I would wear on my wedding day. A visit to Carolina Herrera, at the recommendation of one of my bridesmaids, completely changed that idea and I ended up finding the dress of my dreams.
My brother, Andrew, passed away shortly before Jeff and I started dating. Incorporating his memory into our wedding was important for me since I always pictured him being there to celebrate with me. Since he has passed, pennies have become a symbol of him for me. When Jeff and I started the venue hunt, we toured the Hildene Estate, which was built by Abraham Lincoln’s son, Robert Todd. The gardens, beautiful mountain backdrop and coincidental symbolism of the Lincoln home made it the perfect location for our wedding. We were sure to include a nod to the penny in several details throughout the wedding design – a quiet representation that was dear to me and my family.
Photography: Michelle Lange Photography | Cinematography: Daniel Chae | Event Planning + Design: TRUE Event | Floral Design: Lily Of The Valley | Wedding Dress: Carolina Herrera | Invitations: Tie That Binds | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Catering: Pangaea | Hair + Makeup: Simply Gorgeous By Erin | Wedding Venue: Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home | Bridal Shoes: Stuart Weitzmen | Groom's Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Groom's Tux: Suitsupply | Linens: The Linen Shop | Music: Affiniti NYC | Reception Lights: Ikea | Rentals: Rain Or Shine | Rentals: Peak Event Services | Wedding Prep: Equinox Resort