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Rustic Fall Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

It's hard to believe that fall is just around the corner, but soon the leaves of the green mountains will start to explode in vibrant shades or red, orange, and yellow. Autumn in Vermont is truly one of the most beautiful sights, so it is no wonder that many couples choose this time of year to have their wedding. Rustic red barns, exposed beams, candles, and festive pumpkins are just some of the elements that make this fall wedding the perfect inspiration for foliage season.

Laura and Jeremy used lanterns and votive candles to add warmth to the chilly September air, and the color palette of burnt orange, sage green, and apple red brightened the rustic, barn venue. Chinese lanterns lifting off at the end of the evening were a festive and unique alternative to the more summery sparkler send-off.

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Stephanie & Robby's Safari Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

Robby and Stephanie dreamed of a rustic style wedding full of sentiment and designed to pull the heartstrings. They met in Kindergarten and both have a special place in their heart for animals, especially since Stephanie's father is part owner of Safari Wilderness Ranch. Stephanie and Robby decided that the barn at the ranch was the perfect backdrop for their nuptials and celebration. Stephanie's vision of a romantic, simple, rustic, yet elegant wedding was filled with vintage details such as authentic butter churns, mason jars, mini cobbler favors made on site, custom made beer bar, and customized mason jar placecards. The day included the most perfect weather for an outdoor intimate ceremony, breathtaking flowers and gorgeous dresses. Stephanie and Robby were wed surrounded by their loved ones and wild African and Asian animals.

Stephanie & Robby's Elegant and Rustic Safari Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine


Stephanie & Robby's Elegant and Rustic Safari Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

Dayna & Brad | Dairy Barn Vermont Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

For their wedding, Dayna and Brad wanted the experience to be fun and lighthearted, with personal meaning behind most every aspect. Thanks to the hard work of their family, artist friends, and wedding vendors everything came together beautifully. The venue held exceptional importance to them, as it was a century old barn that Dayna's grandfather and brothers built as their first family dairy farm, milking 12 head of cows. Her father and his six siblings were born at the farm house, and her father farmed with his dad there and at the newer “big farm” his whole life. Overlooking Lake Willoughby and the mountains surrounding it makes the “Little Farm” such a perfect setting for a romantic natural wedding.

Since it had been used for storage for roughly 60 years, it was quite the undertaking to ready the barn for the wedding. The floor and loft needed to be gutted and rebuilt and it took most of the summer, and many helping hands, to complete. Now, with a new floor, polished posts and beams, fixed roof, and new windows, this gorgeous space with an amazing view made a wonderful backdrop for their wedding. They also fixed up the old milk house and renovated it into the “Milk House Bar” where drinks were served.

Dayna & Brad | Dairy Barn Vermont Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

The Mountain Top Inn & Resort | Vermont Bride Magazine

If you’re looking for the best that nature provides, together with excellent service and elegant detail, The Mountain Top Inn & Resort in Chittenden, Vermont, is a must see. From the main lodge, to the lakeside house, to the barn, the small chalets, and the Wedding Knoll, to the friendly staff, The Mountain Top Inn & Resort is one of my own personal favorite places to be and to play music.

As a wedding musician, I’ve seen and played at The Mountain Top Inn & Resort every year since 2008, have seen the inside and outside of virtually every building, worked with the staff, and heard the comments of numerous wedding couples and families. From large groups on the Wedding Knoll or in the beautifully rustic new barn, to intimate gatherings in one of the small chalets tucked away in the woods, to the lakeside pavilion, the 350 acres of natural beauty, combined with full amenities and welcoming staff, provides everything a wedding couple and their families could wish for. From my own perspective, the staff has always been friendly, clear, and creates an environment where I’m able to provide the best service that I can without distraction from technical details that can hamper the progress of the day.

Mountain Top Inn & Resort | Vermont Bride Magazine


Mountain Top Inn & Resort | Vermont Bride Magazine

Mountain Top Inn & Resort | Vermont Bride Magazine

September 19, 2020

Real Wedding | Jen & Tim

Jen and Tim's Rustic Romance | Vermont Bride Magazine

When they began planning their wedding and reception, Jen and Tim knew a rustic, Vermont theme was the perfect reflection of their relationship. Tim is an arborist and a rugged outdoorsman, and Jen has the combination of beauty, charm, and skills with fishing and hunting to make her his perfect match. So it was only fitting that the celebration of their union reflected Jen and Tim’s personalities and all of the things they love to do together. Jen spent months preparing all of the adorable rustic details including handmade wooden signs, centerpieces made from wildflowers. old horseshoes and deer antlers, handmade bride and groom deer sculptures, and a wall of photographs that told the story of Jen and Tim’s lives and their relationship, from childhood through their engagement. Their love for the outdoors, and each other, was present in every detail from their outdoor ceremony to the little saplings each guest received to take home and plant.

Jen and Tim's Rustic Romance | Vermont Bride Magazine

Jen and Tim's Rustic Romance | Vermont Bride Magazine

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Tia and Daniel's beautifully rustic and simple wedding took place down a bumpy, dirt road, far from any cell service but surrounded by the rural oasis of Vermont. Wild flower bouquets a billowy, bohemian gown, and a daisy chain crown set the tone for this down-to-earth celebration of love and togetherness. Throw in some wood-fired pizza, organic honey favors, and a lot of laughter, and you have the makings of a truly Vermont made wedding. Their laid back, campgroud gathering was complete with homemade pies, handmade signs, and a charming cabin.

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Julia and Dave's modern, country style could not have more accurately reflected the beautiful nature of Vermont. With sweeping mountains for a backdrop, and drooping willow trees embracing their outdoor ceremony, Vermon't most glorious season of summer was very apparent. We especially love their watercolored scenic landscape invitation and the warm glow of rustic lanterns adorning every nook and cranny of their charming, old-world barn reception.

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Chelsea and Thomas had just made a life-altering commitment with each other - the purchase of their first home together, in Underhill, Vermont - when Thomas presented Chelsea with another, his marriage proposal. It may seem a little home-spun, but for Chelsea and Thomas home-spun is just their speed. They grew up together, going to elementary and high school together, in the small town of Hinesburg, Vermont. Their wedding day was full of personal, home-spun touches from their closest friends and family. Here is more on what Chelsea had to share about their special day:

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It might be feeling like winter is never going to be over, but we can't help ourselves in sharing this gorgeous October wedding at Riverside Farm in Pittsfield. With charming details like leaf adorned place cards on a chickenwire frame, cozy blankets for chilly guests, a caramel apple and cupcake display, and monogrammed table runners - Brittany and Daniel's wedding day embraced everything wonderful about fall in Vermont. Read on for more pictures and to hear what Brittany had to say about their vision:

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September 19, 2020

Inspiration | Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time to reflect back on the year and give thanks for the good stuff, which we feel makes it a perfect time to celebrate your love and commitment with friends and family. Combining your wedding with a holiday gives it a little extra something special to make it shine. Feelings of warmth, kindness, and sharing go hand-in-hand with one of life's greatest celebrations. Here is some of our favorite Thanksgiving inspired wedding ideas:

Thanksgiving Wedding Inspiration