822 Weddings sent over their photos of this beautiful Vermont wedding, and we’re such suckers for classic elegance, especially when it includes such lovely touches as a loose garden bouquet and a wedding cake adorned with blue hydrangea. Storied Events helped to bring the celebration to life.
The whimsical stationery suite was designed by Mr. Boddington’s Studio.
“We loved every moment but the few that stuck out were: walking down the aisle after the ceremony and exiting with all of our friends and family, driving with the best man (Michael’s younger brother) from the ceremony to the Inn, and the speeches during dinner that were better than we could have ever imagined or hoped for!”
Great tip: “The jams we used as both a wedding favor and as place cards. We were initially going to try to make homemade jam, but realized it was too much work! We found a great vendor, Sidehill Farm, that customized the flavor, label, and gingham check fabric. We just added the name tags with each person’s table with twine.”
Why did you choose this location for your wedding? We live in New York City, but the groom’s family has a vacation home in the Mad River Valley, where we often gather with friends and family. We wanted to share this beautiful valley and organic charm with all of our wedding guests.
What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? We didn’t want everything at our wedding to be too country or too Vermont. We wanted to try to find a a balance between this and also a classic wedding. The Sperry tent was also a huge party of the planning inspiration. We wanted to have a Sperry tent before we even found a venue! So, when searching for venues, we were primarily looking for a perfect spot for a Sperry tent!
Did you include any traditions in your wedding? We included Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue. The father of the groom sang “Irish Eyes Are Smiling” and “Danny Boy,” which he also sang with the groom’s grandfather at his own wedding.
What advice do you have for other brides? It’s important to like and trust your vendors so you can let them do their jobs the weekend of the wedding. Don’t get caught up in directing or micromanaging; they won’t let you down. It’s hard to let go when you have put so much time into the planning leading up to the wedding day, but you will enjoy yourself so much more if you just trust your vendors.
Do you have any budget tips for other brides? Find up-and-coming or less established but still talented, vendors. They will be willing to compromise on price or better yet, give you their very best work to get their name into the area or wedding industry. We preferred working with vendors who weren’t the default. Instead spend a few extra hours searching for smaller businesses/vendors. You will be pleasantly surprised. Also, everyone says this, but spend the bulk of your budget on the three things that guests notice the most. Drinks, music, and food. Let the venue speak for itself. Don’t over do it. Spend your money on your guests, and your guests will love your wedding!
Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day? The story of the day was that when the last song was played at the end of the evening, there wasn’t a single guest NOT on the dance floor. Do encores for wedding bands actually happen? It did!