Ryan and Nicole’s wedding in Westford, Vermont was one I looked forward to all summer. I knew it would be an amazing blend of rustic diy details with a very sophisticated setting. Their day was being held at Woods Hollow, a venue I had never visited and would not even have known existed on the quiet Vermont dirt road. But coincidentally, not long after the couple booked their date a story about the venue appeared on one of my favorite blog reads Houzz. My head was spinning a bit at the prospect of a wedding that was going to provide a little architectural eye candy!
It was an intimate gathering for the out-of-state couple and their traveling guests. Every part of Ryan and Nicole’s wedding was meant to show their guests a relaxed good time. The reception was sited on the venue’s back lawn with a fantastic view of Mt. Mansfield and plenty of cozy seating areas to take in the scenery. From the apple trees dangled mason jar lights. Burlap, wheat grass and navy details balanced out the modern feel of the house. Mason jars also served as functional guests favors.
Nicole’s was waiting in the bridal suite. Her ruffled dress hung quietly. Ryan got ready upstairs in the lofty third floor bedroom. I was able to skip back and forth between the two.
The couple opted for a first look so that they could maximize their time with their guests. When it was time the bride made a dramatic departure by descending the open-air steel stairwell. The pebble courtyard was the perfect location for their meeting. The rest of their couple portraits led us on a path of discovery.We found secluded nooks, beautiful stone walls, and we finished on the enormous veranda with a view of the reception site.
When it was time for the ceremony which took place in the courtyard, both of the bride’s parents walked her down the aisle. Dappled light filtered through the trees with hazy blue mountains watching in the distance.
While the guests filtered down to the reception tent, we snuck inside the house for a couple more portraits. The second floor landing with its orange Arne Jacobson egg chair said it all about this couple’s style.
Nicole’s sister made sure the couple got an early taste of their signature margaritas. I’m thirsty just looking at them right now. With drink in hand, the pair took in the view before joining their guests.
Cocktail hour started with a buffet of tastiness from Jeff’s Restaurant. I was really pleased to find out they were the caterers since the restaurant is in St. Albans and I know it quite well. Plus Jamie (the chef) is just fun. It was a wonderful late summer day. We couldn’t have asked for better. The view from the tent was just as stunning as the view from above. For play, a series of cornhole courts provided the guests with plenty of entertainment. After a toast, the couple got in on the action with their wedding party too.
It was joy and tears for the first dance and more of the same for the parent dances. Instead of a traditional wedding cake, the couple wanted to incorporate ‘smores so they crafted their very own ‘smores station with various flavors of graham cracker and marshmallow and burners on top for roasting. If you wanted to get really serious, a fire pit across the lawn was available too.
I left the couple happily dancing the night away. Congratulations Ryan and Nicole and thank you so much for making me a part of your day!
If you’d like to know who the amazing talent was that contributed to Ryan and Nicole’s day, check out these links:
Venue: Woods Hollow, Westford VT
Catering: Jeff’s Restaurant, St. Albans VT
Flowers: Kathy & Company Flowers, Colchester VT
Rentals: Vermont Tent Company, Burlington VT
Officiant: Kathryn Blume, Charlotte VT
Guitarist: Bill Myregaard, Burlington VT
Band: Best Bands