I don’t know what I love most about this wedding! The sunflowers, the awesome red barn, the rustic wedding sign – all of it comes together for a perfect day. Caitlin and Jarred not only wanted a fun wedding that was a reflection of their love for one another, they also wanted a sustainable wedding that highlighted local products and vendors. They chose the West Monitor Barn for their celebration. Says Caitlin, “The barn is home to the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps, a small nonprofit that works with young people to maintain trails and preserve natural spaces in Vermont. The barn itself is a magical place for us, and we loved that it wasn’t trying to be anything other than a working farm with a great barn!” Their favorite part of the day? “Exchanging our wedding vows. We wrote our own vows, and telling each other how we felt about one another and listening to each other’s carefully selected words was so special. We’ve never been happier.” Berry mojitos, the signature cocktail, were served in mason jars. The wedding was a labor of love, with lots of help from the bride’s and groom’s families. Jarred’s mother made the colorful napkins, barn curtains and table assignment tags. His father made a beautiful farm table for the desserts, a table for the guestbook and cards, large chalkboards for the ceremony information and menu, and, together with Jarred, built the arbor that was the backdrop for the ceremony. Caitlin’s mother painted all the outdoor signs.
What advice do you have for other brides? Sometimes it’s best when everything isn’t perfectly planned, and things don’t go as expected. Our photographer had to cancel last minute and we (rather serendipitously) found the amazing Meg Hamilton of Rodeo & Co. We anticipated a beautiful September day, but a wild storm passed through just after our outdoor ceremony, leaving us with a gorgeous rainbow. You simply cannot plan for that! Also, schoolbuses to transport your guests to and from the event are fun, have character, and allow your guests to enjoy the party without worrying about driving. If you can, host an informal welcome party to spend time with your guests before the big day. The wedding and reception fly by and having that extra time to spend with guests is invaluable, particularly if guests are traveling to attend your wedding.
Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day? This day was truly a collaboration of a group of amazing people. We became friends with our dream team of vendors. We have wonderful, supportive families who planned, built, set up, danced their hearts out, and then cleaned up after our wedding. We couldn’t have done it without them.
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