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Vermont Winter Wedding: Gina and Nate’s Dance Like You Don’t Give a Buck Reception

I love when clients can bring me ideas but need help putting it all together. Gina, a news anchor here in Vermont and her groom, Nate, a marketing expert wanted something different, something that screamed who they were as individuals, and who they were as a couple. For them, this meant a formal event, but with a casual environment with dancing and food all night, nothing too traditional while combining their love for a luxury mountain lodge in winter, lots of sparkle and one big party. Got it? Well, we did and we are so glad we met and worked with Our Two Hearts Photography – they captured all these amazing details and moments!

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Photos by Our Two Hearts

Photos by Our Two Hearts

Winter Wedding in Vermont Vermont Winter Wedding - Glam LodgeNate and Gina are so passionate about all they do – every detail, every moment was special. Their expressions are priceless.

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The ceremony environment was classically elegant. Simple in design, the focus was on Gina and Nate and their marriage vows.

Photos by Our Two Hearts

Photos by Our Two Hearts

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Our Two Hearts Photography

Our Two Hearts Photography

Our Two Hearts Photography

A sparkly – winter wedding needs quite a bit of sparkle right? Well, we draped tables for  with sequined linen, produced sparkly risers for all the details and then let the candle light bring the natural twinkle. OH, and finding a small gold buck for a “dance like you don’t give a buck” reception was a definite bonus.

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Thank you to such a great team bringing the glam and helping to make this night magical!  Talent that made it all happen:

{ VENUE } MountainTop Inn and Resort, { HAIR } Kerry Armstrong, { MAKE-UP } Cynthea Spa, { RENTALS } Rain or Shine Tent and Events, { LINENS } The Linen Shop and BBJ Linens, {VIDEOGRAPHER} Juharo Productions { BAND } House on Fire { DJ } DJ Luis Calderon { PROPS } All Storied Events { FLOWERS } In Full Bloom { PHOTOGRAPHY } Our Two hearts


Romantic Red and all the Shades of Love

LOVEWe really cannot love RED enough. Its a true color of love. Red is great for spring, summer, winter and fall. Red is one of those colors that can be bold enough to stand alone, or pair with colors to evoke deep passion or subtle romance. Nature’s palette offers fruits, berries and of course, gorgeous flowers.

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La Fleur Vintage

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Lauren Ross Photography

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Check out our ♦ Wedding Color: Red ♦ Berry ♦ Maroon  Pinterest page for more great shades of red.

xxoo – Carrie

 


Yellow: Mellow or Bright We Have the Shade for You

Yellow is popping up quite a bit this summer and here are some of our favorite shades.yellowYellow can be modern and architectural, bright and pretty, deep and romantic. We also love the soft butter – utterly elegant when paired with deep navy, berry and sorbet tones. One of my very favorite combinations is butter with silver brunia, sage and perfect, pretty little blueberries popping out. YUM!

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Glow floral design / Photo by Katrina Louise

Glow floral design / Photo by Katrina Louise

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For more great inspiration on yellow wedding ideas or using just a touch of yellow here and there, check out our Yellow Pinterest Board.

xxoo – Happy Planning! – Carrie

 



Inspired Design: Fruits, Vegetables and Herbs

I love flowers. Truly, deeply love everything about them. As much as I know our clients do as well, frequently couples request an alternative to flowers or wish to have more texture and different elements incorporated into their wedding design. Given we are in the glorious state of Vermont, our resources for fruits, vegetables and herbs are abundant and are no longer just reserved for couples planning farm to table receptions. Expand your horizons, as nature’s bounty is ready and more than willing to grace your tabletops.

How to incorporate these elements into the design? The go big or go home theory (aka all or nothing). Lush tablescapes resembling the harvest tables of the days of old – or a more modern take of beautiful vases, filled to the brim with root veggies and leafy greens. Add a few candles to create a very romantic environment.

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If the idea of adding fruits, vegetables or herbs to the tabletop is too organic, incorporate these details into striking displays on the bar, cake or other areas of interest at the reception.

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If you are looking for just a touch, something special or can’t quite put your finger on what else the tabletop design may need, add a piece of fruit to the place setting or tuck a sprig of your favorite herb in the napkin. For a surprising element, add a vegetable detail to your bouquet.

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Spread an obscene amount of berries on a table for a great dessert display. Toss raspberries in the champagne glasses. Use artichokes, lemons or apples for escort card or place card holders. More of a foodie and prefer to eat your veggies? Answer: pickled vegetables on the table. Hands down winner all around. The possibilities are unlimited, the key is having a well, thought out display and design plan.

Interested in the look? Don’t make these 5 (five) mistakes;

  1. Mind your budget. The lush look is never inexpensive – given flowers or fruits, veggies and herbs. Even simple designs can be more expensive than you originally think.
  2. Grow your own herbs. Unless you are a gardener, farmer or have a complete understanding of how these will or will not grow – just don’t do it. Dead herbs or long, leggy spiky stems are not ideal – unless that is your desired look.
  3. Stress. Timing is everything when it comes to making your own jars of jams, pickled vegetables, etc. Don’t stress yourself out if the project is just too big. Its like ordering everything on the menu when your eyes are bigger than your stomach. It might be a great idea at the start of the planning process, but a few months before the wedding, it can be a huge undertaking. Thanks to the latest trends,  you can find these products with much ease.
  4. Under estimate. Designing an entire wedding using fruits and vegetables can be an overwhelming experience. Ordering, sourcing, storing (produce does go bad) and moving all those materials is a project on its own. This concept may be more than you bargain for if you are in the DIY mindset. If your heart is set on an artistic look, with fresh product and you plan on a stress-free wedding day – hire a professional designer. Then go back and read #1.
  5. Over-do it. Fruit and vegetable display for cocktail hour. Packets of seeds for escort cards. Fruits and vegetable names for tables. Vegetables for display, vegetables to eat, one on the plate, and so on… Too much! Keep it in check, keep it real.

For more great inspiration check out our Inspired:Fruit and Veggies pinterest board!

Happy planning! – Carrie


Wedding Design: Planning to light up an Outdoor Space

Wedding lightingThe beauty of building outdoor events is that you can create just about anything your heart desires and budget will allow. In my opinion, lighting is one of the most important fundamental keys to a successful event. We often classify two types of lighting you need to consider – the atmosphere lighting (what makes the event so pretty) and logistical lighting ( the ability to see is very important).  When considering an outdoor wedding, both types of lighting must be carefully planned.

Atmosphere lighting: Consider the overall feeling and look of your wedding. Different types of lighting fit well for rustic, casual events and others might be suited for crystal chandeliers, or simple iron chandeliers dressed in greens and/or flowers (so pretty!).

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Top left: Lanterns hanging in a clear top frame tent from VT Tent Company. /  Top right: Sperry Tent with dance floor lighting by Darkstar. Image: Duback Photography. /  Bottom left: pattern wash on pole or century tent by Rain or Shine Tent and Events. /  Bottom right: Festoon Lighting aka G-50 bulbs or vintage string lighting in pole tent.
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Top left: iron chandelier dressed in greens and flowers / Top right: custom drum lighting on center-poles in pole tent by Rain or Shine Tent and Events / Bottom left: Paper lanterns in clear top frame tent by Vermont Tent Company. Photo by Duback Photography. / Bottom right: Paper lanterns. Image by Michael Riddell Photography.

Never under estimate Candle light and simple perimeter lighting if you are on budget as well. Just be sure to check with your event professionals to see if this is enough lighting in your tent for your specific needs. Some tents reflect light better than others.  Hanging lanterns, mason jars, string lights are also beautiful especially grouped in mass. Some of these projects will take much longer than anticipated. Couples with a DIY mindset should plan extra time to install these details. Consulting with professionals will also help determine what works well, what is more complicated than necessary or will work within your budget.

Logistical lighting: This is the lighting needed for safety and for event professionals and guests to make their way around the event areas. Pathway lighting and catering lighting are the two must have details. Spot lights will certainly work, in the catering spaces however for other “guest areas” we often suggest complimenting your logistical lighting to the environment created inside the event space. This is a nice way to tie the entire event together. Some great examples are luminaries, lanterns (both hanging and pathway), mason jars, string lighting and up-lighting trees and pin spotting gardens.

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Top left: Stowe, Vermont Wedding. Photo courtesy Eyes 2 See. / Top right: Adirondack Wedding. Photo courtesy Duback Photography. / Bottom left: Craftsbury, Vermont Wedding. Photo courtesy Brian Post Photography / Bottom right: Barnard, Vermont Wedding. Photo courtesy: Lauren and Abby.

Tip: Double check your power needs. Ensure all your lighting plans are reviewed with event professionals hired. It is also a good idea to cross check band lighting needs.

May your wedding be bright!

xxoo – Carrie

Mason Jar Madness: 10 Wedding ideas for Mason Jars

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When it comes to mason jars most couples either love them or leave them. This is for couples that love the look and idea of using mason jars.  From subtle, elegant details to large displays and common sense utilization, these our ten favorite ways to use these jars in a wedding.

1. Candlelight on tables. Leave the jar plain or add a bit of sand to the bottom, along with a votive or tea light candle and you have a simple, candlelit table. Adding a touch of raffia or ribbon to the mason jar can also help dress the jar if you are looking for a more detailed look.

2. Centerpiece vessels. One of the most effective ways to create a casual look for a country inspired event is to use mason jars. Simplicity at its best. Again, for a bit of dress up, add some ribbon, raffia or fabric to the jar. Hint: Opt for wide mouth jars.

3. Lighting in trees or tent. Hang mason jars (you can purchase jars with wire handles or get crafty) in trees or create a wonderful candle studded ceiling inside a tent.  Hint: You will need to use battery operated votives for longevity and ease of lighting.

4. Cocktails. Pre-ceremony drinks and signature cocktails are perfect for mason jar drinks. Add a funky stripped straw or creative stir stick and you have a delicious, detailed drink.  Hint: Instead of buying jars, check with your event rental company to see if they have any in stock.  You may also have an option of renting jars with handles.

5. Glorious Dessert! Mason jar pies. We adore pies cooked and displayed in jars.

6. Chandeliers. You can find several mason jar chandeliers on Etsy and other large home decor sites. We love, love the look. Hint: Be cautious on the purchase and do your homework. We ordered a few a couple years ago and the construction was iffy. In fact, too dangerous to use during the event. Bottom line: order from a reputable company far in advance, and have them tested by an electrical engineer.  Be safe, and LOVE your lighting!

7. Pathway lighting. Paper luminaries are great, but nothing beats the glass construction of a jar! Battery operated lights work wonder here too – otherwise a bit of sand and tea lights are perfect.

8. After the ceremony.  Not sure what to do with the wedding party bouquets after the ceremony? Have a mason jar filled with just a bit of water waiting for the flowers.  Re-use these new arrangements for additions on the random tables around a venue, on the bar or near the cake.

9. Pickled veggies on dining tables or bars. This is probably my very favorite – as I am a huge fan of pickled vegetables and love the look and guests reactions when something wonderful and surprising is on the table. If your as so inclined, make them yourself – what a treat for your guests! If not, have your caterer pickle some of your favorite veggie snacks and add them to your dining table or bar. Hint: add a label or tag to the jar so your guests  know what they are enjoying.

10. Favors. Mini mason jars make great holders for jams, honey and other items you may want to share with your guests. Hint: To save on time, find a local source for Vermont jams or honey.