Photography by Belathée.
Honestly, it’s hard to focus on the details of this wedding because I cannot stop staring at Laura’s incredible off the shoulder Houghton gown! (I mean, those sleeves!) But there are plenty of other elements to love about this modern, laid back wedding – the simple, pretty florals, the beautiful all-white numbers of Laura’s bridal party, and the gorgeous background of New England fall foliage!
Why did you choose this location for your wedding? Having both grown up in New England, a fall wedding at the height of the most beautiful foliage only seemed natural. After viewing several properties, we knew Reading Farms Estate was the perfect venue for our weekend events. Completely private and secluded, filled with old world elegance and in the heart of the Green Mountains we knew it was exactly what we wanted as soon as we saw it. The estate was large enough to provide distinct settings for our ceremony, cocktail hour, dinner and dancing, and our next day pizza party.
How did you go about planning your ceremony? We chose to have our ceremony in the estate’s garden, saying our vows in front of a century old fence covered in flowers and greens, at the beginning of the golden hour. We wanted a short ceremony centered only on our vows.
Your ceremony in three words. Non-traditional, modern, simple.
Who officiated your ceremony? How did you choose him/her? Laura’s father, William Pritchard, was our officiant. We both wanted someone close to us as our officiant and Laura’s father seemed a perfect fit.
What were your vows like? We wrote our own vows.
What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?
Laura: Walking back up the aisle with my new husband. // Michael: Seeing Laura in her dress carrying her bouquet – a moment I will never forget.
What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding? Listen to your instincts and follow your heart and vision. This is your day and don’t ever lose sight of that.
How would you describe your reception? An elegant dinner party.
Why did you choose this location for your reception? Dinner and dancing we held in a clear frame tent nestled within an old tree line. We lit the entrance with candles and strung lights throughout the canopied trees.
Do you have any budget tips for other brides? Ask yourself, what is the most important part of your wedding (i.e. food, flowers, photography) and don’t be stingy on the price of the vendor. You get what you pay for! And if you hire a planner, use them! We could have better planned for many hidden costs had we relied on our planner’s knowledge more.
Are there any DIY details you’d like to tell us about? Instead of place cards, Laura hand stitched everyone’s names into their napkins.
Did you include any traditions in your wedding? We had a tequila toast as well as a champagne toast as a nod to Michael’s Mexican heritage. Our menu featured both Mexican and Italian food celebrating our heritages.
What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? Intimate dinner parties and weekends away with friends and family. We wanted to work these elements into our reception, by having a celebratory dinner party bringing all of our loved ones together.
What was the best advice you received as a bride? I was told to take a deep breath, slow down and really take in the whole day as it was going to go by fast. (I scoffed at it when it was first told to me as I thought it was obvious, but it’s hard to do in the moment!) I remember at one point during dinner, looking around the tables and just watching everyone laugh, clink glasses and take photos. I remained really present during my reception which I was really proud of, as its not easy to be.
If you had it to do over again, is there anything you would do differently? We would have hired a videographer, so we could relive the entire day!
Did you have a signature cocktail? French 75 and Ginger’s Lost Island (a mezcal and cider based drink)
What type of cake or dessert did you serve? We had a dessert table consisting of Strawberry Olive Oil Cake / Salted Caramel Apple Pie / Cider Donuts / Brown Butter Brownies / Mexican and Italian Wedding Cookies.