A Rustic Winter Destination Wedding in Vermont
Jennifer and Tyler
Not afraid of a little snowy weather, Utah-based Jennifer Vander Veer and Tyler Wren set out to create a cozy wedding weekend in February in the bride's home state of Vermont. The itinerary? Nights by crackling fires, days filled with sledding outings, and a simple ceremony as the icing on the icy weekend.
A hand-painted sign directed guests, some of whom stayed onsite at Riverside Farm, around the property. The bride and groom's families lodged at the nearby Amee Farm.
Cedar boughs and brunia berries lent a seasonal feel to Jennifer's amnesia-rose clutch by Petals Floral Design.
The duo provided glittery jingle bells with their programs and guests rang their festive favors as the couple said "I do."
Before the ceremony, the blustering snow let up just long enough for the duo to pose for a few outdoor snaps.
Jennifer wore toasty shearling wedges with pink laces for outdoor photos.
After walking up a burlap-covered aisle lined with candles and grapevines in the barn's stone cellar, the couple, in a wagon-wheel chair, faced their friends and family as the bride's brother led the Quaker-style service.
A Heartfelt Gift
A watercolor painted by the groom's sister was placed on the table all 68 attendees signed the marriage certificate. "Our guests were an integral part of our wedding," says Jennifer.
Scores of candles -- votives, pillars, and tapers -- cast a glow over king-sized tables.
Mini bottles of locally tapped maple syrup favors accompanied kraftpaper escort cards.
Birch logs and cedar clippings gathered from Jennifer's parents' backyard were arranged down the middle of each table.
Seat of Honor
A spoon for the bride, white burlap runner and plate, and an ivory napkin with a blush ribbon set a sweet scene.
The couple skipped cake in favor of homemade pies. Bourbon pecan -- a nod to Tyler's Georgian roots -- sat atop a slice of birch cut by the bride's father.
The Time of Their Lives
Tyler and Jennifer, in a sequined Sue Wong dress, surprised partygoers by performing a fully choreographed number from Dirty Dancing. "It was our first big 'team' undertaking as newlyweds," she says.
A month later, the duo posed for more pics on a mountain a few hours from their home.
Location: Riverside Farm
Catering: Delicata Catering
Flowers: Petals Floral Design
Photography: Wren & Field Photography; Brooke Schultz Photography
Music: Aaron Topfer
Bride's Gown: Nancy Barrus Couture for Avenia Bridal
Groom's Suit: Beckett & Robb
Bar Service: Occasions Catering
Hair: Cailyne Crowder
Makeup: Cynthea Hausman for Cynthea's Spa
Bride's accessories: My Mink; J.Crew booties; Henry G. shoes
Groom's accessories: Modern Tailor shirt; Countess Mara tie; Robert Graham socks; Allen Edmonds shoes
Burlap: Online Fabric Store
Ribbons: The Lace Place (invites, napkin ties,bells, and bootlaces)
Spoons: Monkeys Always Look
Vases: Bottle Solutions