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August 29, 2016  TAGS:  MOUNTAIN  NAVY BLUE  PINK  VINTAGE

Courtney & John | Ludlow, Vermont

Courtney & John Real Vermont Wedding | Jackson Gore Inn | Okemo Mountain | Vermont Bride Magazine

With the help of a close friend in the jewelry business, John picked out a gorgeous Art Deco ring and even managed to sneak down to Courtney’s parents home in Rutland to ask for their blessing. The following weekend John moved in with Courtney, and surprised her with “one more box” to unpack-which was the ring! Both John and Courtney are native Vermonters so they knew their wedding had to be in Vermont. After looking at several locations they both fell in love with the Jackson Gore Inn. There was gorgeous views of the mountains, plenty of natural light, and the wedding coordinators made sure that everything was perfect.

Courtney is an avid skier so hosting the wedding at a ski resort made her feel right at home. John also appreciated the venues golf course and that there were many activities for their guest to enjoy while they were there. Courtney’s mother hand made the centerpieces out of vintage plates, teacups, and candlesticks. They were so beautiful that John and Courtney gave them away to guests, although it was hard to part with them! Another of the bride’s favorite details were the small sentimental touches in her gown/accessories.  Her “something blue” was a blue flower appliqué taken from her Mother’s wedding gown, and sewn into the inside of hers.  She wore a necklace that was made from her maternal Grandmother’s ring, and her “something old” was a handkerchief sewn by her paternal Great-Great-Great Aunt.

Courtney & John Real Vermont Wedding | Jackson Gore Inn | Okemo Mountain | Vermont Bride Magazine

Courtney & John Real Vermont Wedding | Jackson Gore Inn | Okemo Mountain | Vermont Bride Magazine

Courtney & John Real Vermont Wedding | Jackson Gore Inn | Okemo Mountain | Vermont Bride Magazine

 

The groom had several favorite details including the cigar bar which featured vintage tins and decorations also made by the mother of the bride. Both of their mothers have Italian heritage, so we wanted to honor that by stocking the dessert bar full of our families’ traditional Italian desserts such as Jordan Almonds, Torrone, and Anginetti (Gennettes). Both John and Courtney are very family oriented. Both chose their siblings to serve as our Maids of Honor and Best Men.  They were both fortunate to have their Grandmothers in attendance as well.  Their ceremony was held in Courtney’s childhood church, and the processional and recessional music were the same songs that her parents walked down the aisle to 40 years ago.

A few of their favorite moments from the day;

  • A hilariously heartfelt and choreographed performance for the Maids of Honor speech. 
  • When they “stole away” to the upper floor of the round room and took a moment to enjoy each other and to watch all the guests rocking out on the dance floor.
  • Dodging raindrops while trying to get some great outdoor photos.
  • Serendipitously, the evening before the wedding, they were treated to a concert by the Vermont Symphony Orchestra and a huge fireworks display.  

 

Courtney & John Real Vermont Wedding | Jackson Gore Inn | Okemo Mountain | Vermont Bride Magazine

Courtney & John Real Vermont Wedding | Jackson Gore Inn | Okemo Mountain | Vermont Bride Magazine

Courtney & John Real Vermont Wedding | Jackson Gore Inn | Okemo Mountain | Vermont Bride Magazine

John and Courtney’s advice for other couples; “Try to relax and enjoy the process….it can be a very stressful, but also an extremely enjoyable fun experience.  Your wedding day will be a complete whirlwind, but you will find that most of the things you worried about, turn out just perfectly.  All that really matters is that your family and friends are there to surround you with love.”

featured professionals |  VENUE, CATERING, & ACCOMMODATIONS: The Roundhouse at the Jackson Gore Inn | PHOTOGRAPHER: Lili Boxer | FLORIST: Bloomers Garden Flowers | CEREMONY: Trinity Episcopal Church | MUSICIAN/DJ & PHOTO BOOTH RENTAL: Music that Moves You | CAKE: Michelle’s Sweet Creations | WEDDING GOWN: Stella York | FORMAL WEAR: Men’s Warehouse | HAIR & MAKEUP: Five Elements Salon & Day Spa | REHEARSAL DINNER: Table 24 | WEDDING OFFICIANT: Rev. Liam Muller | ENGAGEMENT RING AND GROOM’S WEDDING BAND:  Tick Tock Jewelers | BRIDE’S WEDDING BAND: Lang Antiques