A Rustic Pink Destination Wedding in Vermont
The New York-based couple decided to marry in Manchester, Vermont, where Brad's mother lives. Their ceremony and reception locations actually sit on the same street in the historic town. And all of their guests stayed at the same inn that hosted the reception. Wedding planner, Lisa Light, assisted the couple in planning their destination wedding.
The 38 guests filed into St. John's Chapel for the 4 o'clock service.
A flutist and harpist from New York Players provided all ceremony music.
Ariella Chezar created a wreath of peonies, copper beech foliage, and lisanthus to adorn the door of the church.
After the ceremony, guests gathered on the porch of the chapel, where this group photograph was snapped by Corbin Gurkin.
A trolley transported guests from the ceremony to the reception site. The group ride insured that all of the guests would arrive at the same time.
Kristin's bouquet was made up of Juliet roses, lilies of the valley, sweet peas, white begonias, ranunculus, rosa rubrifolia foliage, variegated hosta foliage, peonies, Annabelle hydrangeas, and beech tree foliage.
Lily of the valley and sprigs of foliage adorned Brad's lapel.
The Furry Friends
Kristin's parents' playful pooches, Fu and Razz, posed for a portrait as well.
The venue was transformed with large chandeliers and decorated in turquoise, pinks, and peaches. The rustic beauty of the venue and the elegant furniture created a unique, intimate setting for the reception.
Kristin and Brad wanted everyone to sit at one long table. Ariella Chezar kept the decor minimal, using low floral arrangements, scattered votive candles, and opalescent glass globes. Kristin wanted a colorful environment, created using chandeliers, upholstered furniture, tons of candlelight, and warm fruit and floral arrangements. The table centerpieces incorporated peach parrot tulips, garden roses, lady's mantle, variegated Solomon's seal, unriped blackberries, hosta foliage, begonias, peonies, Annabelle hydrangea, and beech tree foliage.
Swags of ribbon adorned the bride's chair, which also boasted vibrant pink hybrid roses.
The Place Settings
A folded napkin topped with a calligraphed menu sat at each place setting.
Here, Kristin's J.Crew ruffled clutch sits out of the way on the table.
A Warm Touch
The weather on the late June day was quite unpredictable; with rain, sun, mist, and humidity each making an appearance at some point. But one thing was certain -- summer nights in Vermont can have quite a chill. A basket of pashmina shawls (in the wedding's palette) was set out to guard the female guests' shoulders.
The Equinox Resort put together a clam-bake buffet for the guests to enjoy. Lobster, steak, and chicken were all on the menu.
The newlyweds selected Roxy Music's "More Than This" to kick off the dancing portion of the evening.
Dinner and dancing music was coordinated by deejay Dave Leonard of JTD Productions.
For the traditional dance, Kristin and her father, Bruce, chose the song "Calling All Angels" by Jane Siberry and k.d. lang. It was a very emotional part of the evening, and many guests became teary-eyed.
Brad and his mother, Edythe, later put smiles back on the guests' faces when they danced to Glenn Miller's upbeat "String of Pearls."
Irene Maston crafted this fondant-covered three-tier cake. It actually boasted two different flavor combinations: sour cream cake with maple and vanilla buttercream; and triple chocolate cake with dark chocolate buttercream. A piped swiss dot exterior was decorated with Irene's hand-crafted sugar flowers (peonies, clematis, garden roses, sweet peas, and apple blossoms), which coordinated with the blooms of the day.
Guests gave Kristin and Brad a sweet sparkler send-off at the end of the reception.