Today’s romantic wedding takes us to the shores of Lake Champlain. The bride wore a lovely wreath in her hair and carried a bouquet of pastel pink roses and purple clematis, the table numbers were equally rustic and elegant, the bridesmaids wore the metallic silver or gold dress of their choice… lots to love in this sweet Vermont wedding!
Says the bride: “Vermont has always been our place to escape to. We both grew up skiing with our families on the green mountains, went to college there, and our go-to get away for all celebrations is Burlington. Anthony proposed on top of Killington Peak last September, right before we headed north to Burlington for the Grand Point North Festival, as we boogied the weekend away on Lake Champlain, Anthony read my mind and said “We have to get married on Lake Champlain!” I immediately thought about Shelburne Farms, but assumed it would be a long shot – we got lucky and booked their last open Saturday of the following year!”
“We met with our friend and officiant, Wallace, four or five times before the big day, and we worked together to come up with ideas for what we wanted. Then Wallace took all those thoughts and ideas and wrote every word of the ceremony from scratch, and really incorporated every element we wanted in. He is truly gifted with words, and he absolutely nailed it! We both come from fairly religious upbringings, and I’m pretty sure our grandmothers were nervous when we told them we were getting married outside by one of our friends. It was important for us to incorporate our families, friends, and the higher power into the ceremony. We wanted it to be full of love and to recognize that something bigger than the two of us brought us there, and brought our families and friends together as one. Our readings were: Ecclesiastes 4: 9-12 because we loved the words and the idea of two being better than one, and we also chose (i carry your heart with me(i carry it in) by E. E. Cummings. It has always been one of my favorite poems, and we used the words on our invitation and throughout the wedding – it wound up touching a lot of people and setting a great tone for the day. We also had to incorporate our fur child, Simon. Even though he snacked on grass and rolled around his back through the ceremony it wouldn’t have been the same without him there!”
Your ceremony in three words. Timeless, Inclusive, and Powerful.
What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony? Wallace had a part at the end of the ceremony where he asked us and all of our guests to carry in our hearts how we felt on that day. It’s something I think about often, and will always remember. He stopped us all and forced us all to pause to really soak it in and bottle up the joy and love. When I think of those words I am immediately transported back to that day, and to those feelings.
Is there anything else that you’d like to share about your wedding ceremony? The music was so important to us! We actually agonized over those songs choices, and they were absolutely perfect. Even if no one else remembers any of the songs that played as a part of the ceremony we always will and every time we listen to them we get super excited!
Processional: “Lovely Day” by Bill Withers
Presentation of the Bride: “Wildflower” by Tom Petty
Recessional: “Let’s Spend the Night Together” by Rolling Stones
“We agreed we wanted the wedding to feel timeless. We also wanted the beauty of Shelburne Farms to be the main attraction! When you chose to get married in such a majestic place, you have to be careful to not overshadow it. We wanted everyone to be comfortable and just enjoy the weekend – a little mini vacation – and we really wanted guests to fall in love with the location, and come back to visit the farm. It was also very important to both of us to chose a location that contributed to the greater good: the farm is a nonprofit and the celebrations they host are a major contributor to the farm being able to continue their environmental and educational programs.”
Did you include any traditions in your wedding? Both Anthony and I wore something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue. My engagement ring is from the 1920s (old), my dress was new, my handkerchief was borrowed, and my nails were light blue! Anthony wore his late Grandfather’s watch, and his wedding band was his great-grandfather’s on Christmas eve before the wedding his 101 year old great grandmother gave it to him (old), his tux (new), borrowed his shoes, and wore my late grandfather’s tie clip which was blue!
Please tell us about any special details from your wedding. We knew we wanted personal touches all throughout our day, and instead of a wedding “theme” we wanted the day to be about family, love, great food, and even better music! A close friend who is a minister married us and he wrote every word of the ceremony, I wore peonies in my hair and they were in almost every arrangement as a tribute to my grandfather (they were his favorite flower), we served oysters from our hometown, we hired a band we loved seeing in college to play, and we served the last of our favorite Vermont beer (RIP Long Trail’s Blackbeary Wheat)! We worked with friends to design all of our wedding graphics and decor, good friends did both hair and make up, and after working together for six months or so on something as intimate as our wedding our vendors really became friends as well!
First Dance Song: “Sweet Thing” by Van Morrison
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What was the best advice you received as a bride? We have a had so many friends get married in the last few years, and I asked every bride and groom the same question “What was the one thing you are happy you spent a lot of time working on, and what is the one thing you wish you didn’t worry about at all?” As you can imagine, this resulted in some wonderful advice! The best advice I got was to hire a photographer and videographer you are very comfortable with, because you spend so much time with him/her, and to not waste time micromanaging your vendors – they are the pros and if you effectively communicate what you want, they will deliver!
What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding? Try your hardest to focus on what matters most to the two of you, come up with a list of your top three things, and don’t budge on them. Everything that isn’t on that list can be compromised, but those three things are yours! Also, have FUN! Wedding planning was a total blast for us, we took every excuse we could to head to the venue to stare at the lake and envision our big day! Every time you are stressing take a step back and remind yourself how lucky you are to be starting your life together, and the rest of the pieces WILL fall into place!
What was your favorite moment or part of the day? This may be the most difficult question to answer! I think we both can agree that the best part of the day was our first look, it wasn’t exactly a popular decision, but we stuck with it anyway, and with our family and bridal party in the background we got rid of all of our nervous energy and got some quiet time to just soak in the love and spirit of the day. It also allowed us and our bridal party and families to enjoy every second of the wedding from the ceremony to the last song of the night.
Is there anything else that helps tell the story of your wedding? Our amazing wedding video by 822 Weddings really does a great job capturing the feeling of the day, and we’ve watched it countless times to be brought back to the day! We have had countless friends and even strangers tell us how much they loved the video, and how they cried watching it even though they don’t know us! It’s been kind of surreal but also really great to know we will always be able to relive that day.
A Seasonal Selection of Vermont’s Artisanal Cheeses: Assorted Cow, Goat & Sheep’s Milk Cheese / Rustic Gorgonzola Soufflé with Herbed Pitas / Marinated Olives, Spiced Nuts & Fresh Fruits / Assorted Chutneys, Pickled Vegetables, Mustards / Crackers, Lavosh & Rustic Breads / Antipasto Board / Marinated Bocconcini with Extra Virgin Olive Oil & Crushed Red Pepper
Imported Meats and Cheeses: Prosciutto, Mortadella, Bresaola & Salami / Seasonal Grilled & Marinated Vegetables / Roasted Figs with Sherry Vinegar Gastrique / Fresh Melon Wrapped with Duck Prosciutto / Bread Sticks & Crackers
Raw Bar: Oysters on the Half Shell to Include Kumumoto & Island Creek / Shrimp Cocktail with House Cocktail Sauce / Lemons, Aioli & Mignonette
Food in Motion (Passed Hors d’Oeuvres): Boyden Farm Beef Tartar / House Made Potato Crisp / Roasted Dates wrapped in House Bacon / Bayley Hazen Bleu Cheese, VT Maple / Fried Chicken Bites / Pickled Jalapeno Pesto / Asparagus Wrapped in Phyllo / Sheep’s Milk Cheese / Sweet Potato Pierogi / Caramelized Onion, Caraway Sour Cream
First Course: Arugula & Roasted Beet Salad / Ricotta, Preserved Lemon, Beet Top Pesto / Red Hen Baking Co. Bread Selection / Whipped Cabot Creamery Butter
Center of the Plate: Smoked Sea Salt & Rosemary Cured Rib Eye, Local Spring Vegetables, Hand Rolled Potato Gnocchi, Tarragon Aioli / Roasted Cod “Chowder” with Potatoes, Mussels, House Made Bacon, English Peas, Sweet Corn, Chowder Sauce / Hand Rolled Gnocchi with Soubise Sauce, Asaparagus, Wild Mushrooms / Children’s Meal: Homemade Macaroni & Cheese, Carrot Sticks, Cucumbers
Dessert: Strawberry Shortcake, Fresh Strawberries, Whipped Cream Frosting / Parisian Macarons, Coconut & Chocolate Dipped Macaroons, Lemon Squares, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Oatmeal Raisin Cookies