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June 6, 2019  TAGS:  RUSTIC  WHIMSICAL  JEWELTONES  PLUM  NAVY BLUE  GOLD

Erica & Jared - Rustic, Whimsical Wedding

WEDDING DATE: August 11, 2018
Erica & Jared Gordon - Vermont Wedding

The Romance...
Like many others these days, we met online—on Jdate. From reading his profile, I saw we had so much in common, from having gone to the same high school, to both having lived in South Florida. We began messaging each other, but our first date had to be put off because I was leaving for a trip with my mom.

Jared called me twice on vacation, and both times I couldn’t talk. I texted him to let him know, but was worried he’d think I wasn’t interested! I let him know I’d call once I got home, and I did. We set up our first date for Friday, October 2, 2015. We went bowling and split a pizza. I thought he was very cute and felt a connection to him right away. Early on, I have to say, I could see Jared being “the one.

After a couple months, Jared expressed his interest in looking to buy a house and wanted me to look with him and move in with him. Jared bought a new townhouse in January 2016, and we moved in together in July 2016.

Welcome Sign

The Proposal...
The proposal took place on October 2, 2017, the day of our two-year dating anniversary. After dinner out at our favorite local Japanese restaurant, we exchanged gifts. I opened his gift, which was in a small box. It was a pretty necklace with a blue topaz butterfly. Then he put it on me and said he wanted to take a picture of me in it, which I thought was odd because he’s not a picture kind of guy. As he went to take the picture, he said he thought something looked missing, and he pulled a ring out of his pocket, got down on one knee, and asked me to marry him!

Some details from Erica & Jared's weddingbride Erica Gordon

Why Vermont...
I always loved the idea of a destination wedding, especially since I have a small family. Jared’s parents and sister live in South Florida, so we knew they would have to travel for our wedding anyway. Both families did not know each other very well because of the distance, so the vision for our wedding was for a weekend away in a scenic location for our family and friends to connect and create new memories. I could picture us going back to celebrate our anniversary and taking our kids there someday. We wanted a summer wedding, outdoors preferably, but without the heat and humidity. We chose New England for its proximity to our home outside of Philadelphia and for its mild summer weather.

Erica & Jared wedding ceremony

The Venue...
After researching venues all over New England, we found Topnotch Resort in Stowe, VT, to be the perfect venue for its scenic location in the beautiful Green Mountains, amazing views, and its rustic, modern décor and intimate, friendly atmosphere. I liked that the resort has hosted a number of Jewish weddings before, as we were having a Jewish wedding. The resort also has a wide array of amenities, which was ideal, since we were looking for a wedding venue where we could have all wedding events in one place. To top it off, across the street from the resort is a horse and carriage ride company, Gentle Giants Sleigh and Carriage Rides; I was obsessed with taking a ride and/or using it as a photo spot (which we did). I also thought the town itself was super cool; the area is home to several foods and beverages I love, including Ben and Jerry’s ice cream, Green Mountain Coffee, Cabot Cheese, maple syrup, cider, and breweries. Overall, it felt like a world away while only being an 8-hour drive from home.

bar menu

Theme / Color Palette...
Rustic, whimsical & jewel tones of primarily plum, navy, and gold.

Erica & Jared custom made map
handmade Scrabble board cover

Fav Moments...
My favorite moments from the day were the more personal touches. My favorite part of the ceremony was when Jared and I recited our handwritten vows to each other, since those words came from the heart. My other favorite part of the ceremony was my sister-in-law/Matron of Honor’s explanation of the ring pillow she had made of a shirt of my father’s and a handkerchief and tie of Jared’s father, in memory of both who had passed away.

My favorite parts of the reception were the speeches and our first dance to Chicago’s “Will You Still Love Me?” that included a slideshow of childhood photos of us and then together as adults. The Best Man, Jared’s Uncle Gary known by the family as “Uncle Doc,” put together a slide show with a board game theme (Jared is a gamer and is part of a board game group); some slides even had our faces interposed! Definitely the highlight of the night! My Matron-of-Honor’s speech was beautiful and heartfelt, while my mom’s included a couple of unforgettable, hilarious moments.

cupcakes
food platterFirst Dance

Wedding Advice...
The whole process can seem really overwhelming, so it’s good to take a step back to consider what’s most important. It should be about the two of you and what you want, not about impressing or pleasing everyone else (which is impossible anyway).
Also, make sure you fully communicate with your vendors. Don’t assume they will know exactly what you want; communication is very important, especially when you are planning a destination wedding. Try to meet in person if possible, and make sure you finalize all details over the phone and not just over email. Things can get misconstrued, especially with so much to do! Lastly, trust your instincts and go with your gut; if something doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t!

newlyweds in horse carriage
happy newlyweds, Erica & Jared
Erica & Jared Vermont Wedding!

More...
Our entire wedding and honeymoon was a road trip; we drove from our home in the suburbs of Philly to Stowe, VT, on Thursday, August 9th for the wedding. On Sunday, the 12th, we left the resort after our post-wedding brunch and made a couple stops in Vermont before embarking on our honeymoon to Quebec and Montreal.

Our personalities were reflected in many of the details:
• I love art, so we had a custom map created of the resort and town of Stowe that we included in our gold, purple, and ecru laser-cut invitations.
• I am a writer and editor and my husband an engineer and gamer, so I purchased a guest book that featured a handmade Scrabble board cover with our names as Scrabble tiles.
• Our table numbers and escort cards were foil-pressed in midnight blue and gold that were placed in custom-made, spiral gold table card holders with a dark blue stone. In addition to numbering our tables, each table/table card was named by a popular Stowe, VT landmark from our map.
• Each guest received a small bottle of Vermont maple syrup.
• Other unique touches included our acrylic bar menu sign in midnight blue paint splash and gold lettering that featured the bride’s signature rose’ which I called “Will You Accept This Rose’?” for my love of ‘The Bachelor’ and ‘The Bachelorette.’ Our welcome sign was also painted in the same midnight blue with gold lettering, and listed the weekend’s agenda. Our dark purple cocktail napkins read “I Love You to the Mountains and Back” in gold lettering, and our custom-made, laser-cut cake topper was in the shape of mountains that read “for you I’d move mountains Erica & Jared 08-11-18 Stowe, VT.” Photos of my dad and family dog who passed away recently were displayed at the remembrance table. Although they were not physically present, I know they were watching over us and enjoying every minute.

VENDOR CREDITS

PHOTOGRAPHER: Jesse Schloff Photography || VENUE, ACCOMMODATIONS, BAR SERVICES, CATERING, HAIR & MAKEUP, CEREMONY, & SPA SERVICES: Topnotch Resort & Spa || DJ: SuperSounds Entertainment Inc. || VIDEOGRAPHER: Video Memory || CAKE & CUPCAKES: Vermont Sweet Tooth || FLORIST: Heavenscent Floral Art || WEDDING GOWN DESIGNER: Pronovias || WEDDING GOWN STORE: La Belle Mariee Bridal || BRIDESMAID DRESSES: David’s Bridal || GROOM'S FORMAL WEAR: JoS. A. Bank || JEWELRY & BRIDAL ACCESSORIES: Mark’s Jewelers - (engagement and wedding rings), Nordstrom - (bride’s earrings, bracelet, & shoes), A Beautiful Touch - (bride’s other bracelet, robe, & garter) || EVENT RENTALS: Vermont Tent Company || FAVORS: Vermont Trade Winds Farm || WEDDING & EVENT COORDINATOR: (Liz Hagwood) Topnotch Resort & Spa || WEDDING OFFICIANT: Barney Blume (Justice of the Peace), & Jacob Poleyeff (Friday night Katubah ceremony prior to sundown) || CALLIGRAPHY: The Paper Boutique, MINTED. The Painted Hedge, Eight21 Studios || INVITATIONS: The Paper Boutique || ALTERATIONS: Diane Pritchard || WEDDING REGISTRY & GIFTS: Bed, Bath & Beyond, Bloomingdale'sA Beautiful Touch, Arpeggio BYOB ||  ICE CREAM CATERING: Ben & Jerry’s || OTHER: National Museum of American Jewish History (katubah), Repaper (guestbook), Lightpaper (cake topper), E. Isabella Designs - A Cake Stand Boutique (cake stand), Crafty Gals Create (table card holders), Justine M. Couture (bridal veil and hairpiece) - La Belle Mariee