A Lovely Vermont WeddingWords by Courtney Kellar
Photos courtesy of Paige Hiller Photography
Clay and David had a list of wants in their dream destination wedding location, but put a lot of work in finding just the right New England town for their wedding. “First, we both love the fall and wanted to have our wedding in a picture-book New England village that was small, yet big enough for our guests,” says the couple. “Second, we wanted a small affair with just our closest family and friends to share in the special occasion. Lastly, our home state currently doesn’t recognize same-sex marriage, so that was a key criteria in our decision making.”
After a romantic scouting trip, Clay and David quickly realized that Woodstock, Vermont was the only place for them to say “I do.” “We flew into Vermont in late January during a snow storm and immediately knew Woodstock was the location for our event. It was small enough, yet big enough for an eventful weekend that was packed with outdoor activities, great food and unique shopping.
“Woodstock was the perfect location to spend an exciting weekend with 50 of our closest loved ones. On our visit, we met so many wonderful people in the township and selected local vendors for the wedding. Everyone was so helpful, which made our site selection a truly special experience.”
All of Clay and David’s hard work paid off and their wonderful team of vendors delivered a destination wedding day to remember! For this couple, they say that maximizing your destination’s resources is key in achieving your W-day vision. “…[we] would first recommend visiting the location and your venue, if possible. Also, utilize the time interviewing your vendors face-to-face to get a relationship established for this big moment in your life. [Plan] ahead and book meetings well before you arrive at the location. Also, we really enjoyed talking to the locals to find the hidden gems for our big wedding weekend.”
In the end, these two got the sentimental, intimate and quintessentially fall nuptials they always envisioned. “We wanted the event to be a celebration of not only our lifelong commitment, but a celebration of our closest family and friends. Our wedding of 50 guests was just perfect,” recalls the couple. To help your own event go just as smoothly, Clay and David recommend sending as many items ahead to the venue as possible and to send out your “save the dates” nice and early.
Thanks again to Clay and David for sharing their magical destination wedding with us – congratulations on a wedding away done right!
Vendors: Photographer: Paige Hiller Photography, Ceremony/Reception Site: North Universalist Chapel Society/Woodstock Inn, Florist/Event Design: Jasper & Prudence Floral and Event Design, Stationery: Anthologie Press, Grooms’ Clothing: Kilgore Trout & Coppley, Rehearsal Dinner: Cloudland Farms, Ceremony/Reception Music: Sterling String Quartet & Peak Entertainment
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