Oh what a fantastic wedding! Think glam meets vintage meets playful. The day was just perfectly chic and at the same time so welcoming and fun. Everything from the jewel colored bouquets to the sparkly chandeliers hung in the apple trees to the extra long banquet table was so beautiful. Add in the teepee, the activity packed kids table, the heavenly smelling croquembouche and myriad ways to play with fire and these guests were treated to a very memorable day at this Woods Hollow wedding.
When Trisha and Michel started searching for a wedding venue nothing quite compared to their summer getaway/vacation rental tucked away in Westford Vermont. Woods Hollow is an architectural surprise with its modern industrial interior contrasting with the crisp classic exterior. And how could they consider anyplace else? The couple was married in front of their closest family and friends with a sweeping view of Vermont’s Green Mountains in the background. Cocktails followed with a custom bar tucked into the property’s yoga house. Dinner was served on an extra long banquet style table dressed with silver candelabras and bold gem toned florals underneath a tidewater sailcloth tent from Vermont Tent Company.
This was actually the second time I’ve photographed a wedding at the private spot which is available to rent for modestly sized events (or just a pretty sweet getaway). Nicole and Ryan’s wedding was the first time I discovered this sweet spot. A little help with transporting nearby guests from The Essex Resort from Lamoille Valley Transportation and a comfort restroom trailer from Dundon Plumbing were on the short list of things Michel and Trisha needed to make the event-ready property prepared for a crowd.
Trisha enlisted help from Jerica from Et Cetera Event Company (who also supplied the bar) for planning and day-of coordination. Her creativity, organization and talented team brought the couple’s wedding vision to life. There were so many fun details, I can’t imagine having to DIY it all!
I arrived at Woods Hollow to find Michel dressed, wearing a swanky tailcoat and waiting quietly. The team of vendors buzzed around him, but he was unfazed. Trisha arrived after having her hair and make-up done at The Essex by Marisa Ward of Indigo Salon and Heather Garrow of the Vermont Makeup Artist Guild. While waiting I was able to photograph her self-designed custom made dress, lace bolero, and fuschia Manolo Blahniks. Nancy from A Schoolhouse Garden was already onsite so I was able to capture those beautiful bouquets beforehand among other details like the wedding rings and hand-written vows. I captured Trisha getting ready with help from her bridesmaids and Mom. Carson and Annie, the couple’s dogs were so well-behaved while they watched the preparations!
The ceremony commenced on the small stone terrace next to the house overlooking the lawn, reception tent and that amazing view. Trisha was walked down the aisle by her father to music played by Carolyn Bever. The ceremony was sweet and simple and one of the readings was A Lovely Love Story by Edward Monkton which is now one of my favorites. The nuptials were officiated by Annie Alexander-Kramer who did a fantastic job of working with the couple to make it personal.
While guests sipped the signature cucumber watermelon cocktail, I photographed the couple and their wedding party. We had time to try out a color bomb for a few fun shots and we finished in time for the couple to join their guests for at least one drink.Dinner
Olive leaf place cards led guests to their seats. The colorful kids table served up giant rainbow lollipops, sliders, and crafts and a scavenger hunt to keep them occupied. Following some fun and memorable toasts…including one from the maid of honor who gifted Michel a hatchet to get him started on a new hobby… the tasty dinner was served by Cloud 9 Caterers.
Later in the evening the couple cut the groom’s cake and served up creme puffs from Sweet Simone’s with fresh berries. So good! Trisha’s talented Mom hand made the sheep cake topper. As the night fell, A House on Fire supplied the tunes for dancing under the tent. But guests could also wander to enjoy s’mores by a bonfire, light up sparklers, and send off their wishes with paper lanterns. The whole property was aglow. As so often happens during weddings, the bride and groom get torn in different directions either enjoying the festivities or chatting with guests. I love to see a couple find times to reconvene which was the happy note I ended on with Michel and Trisha dancing together under the tent with family. It was the perfect way to end a perfect day.
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