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Christy & David | Colorful Florida Wedding Inspiration | Vermont Bride Magazine

Christy and David met at church when they were both in college. Even though David made it known that he liked Christy they remained friends, even while Christy moved away for a little while. When she returned they soon realized they were taking the same Spanish class and became study buddies. This time when David asked her out, Christy said yes. Eventually, under the harvest moon, David proposed at a beach that is a special spot for the couple.

Christy and David had a very special and unique wedding under a beautiful oak tree in Palm Bay, Florida. Family is very important to them both and their wedding was particularly special because Christy’s father almost lost his life a few days beforehand. They were prepared to have their ceremony at the chapel in the hospital if he was unable to leave, but he was cleared the morning of the wedding. Because of his fragile state, Christy’s brother walked her halfway down the aisle, where she was met by her father, and her mother waited at the end. Even though it was not the original plan, having all of her family give her away became one of the most special memories of the day. Not only was her father able to attend, but her grandparents, who are both in their late 90s, also were present.

To honor Christy’s grandparents they created table runners out of her grandmother’s old fabric she had gifted to Christy. They also made a giant word search on a canvas as a nod to her grandfather’s profession as a writer and his love of puzzles. She also wrote a letter of gratitude to them for being an amazing example with their marriage of 75 years, which she had translated into their native language of Spanish.

Family also had a hand in creating much of Christy’s accessories. Her Aunt made her veil, her grandmother’s scraps became her bouquet, and her jewelry was handmade by a widow in Albania that was brought over with another Aunt who traveled to America for the wedding. Christy and David created all of their reception games, a word search, and a photo booth.

Christy & David | Colorful Florida Wedding Inspiration | Vermont Bride Magazine

Christy & David | Colorful Florida Wedding Inspiration | Vermont Bride Magazine

Christy & David | Colorful Florida Wedding Inspiration | Vermont Bride Magazine

Christy & David | Colorful Florida Wedding Inspiration | Vermont Bride Magazine

featured professionals | PHOTOGRAPHER: Ina Pandora Photography | VENUE: LifePoint ChurchWEDDING PLANNER: Sarah Kehayias | MAKE-UP: Ina Pandora  | HAIRSTYLE: Sarah Jackson | CAKE: Nate Clingman

Bonnie & Corey Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Barn Wedding Inspiration | Vermont Bride Magazine

After Bonnie and Corey were engaged they spent many weekends touring New England for the perfect wedding venue. Bonnie then remembered the beautiful open space at Boyden Valley Winery, which she had toured with her parents months before. After the couple took a drive to check it out, in the dead of winter, they knew it was the ideal place for them. It was important to them both that the wedding was personalized to their relationship and so they ended up putting together most of the details themselves. Bonnie’s parents helped to hand craft table linens, centerpieces, a cupcake stand - even Bonnie’s veil! Almost ever piece of decor at the wedding was created by someone they love.

Because of the historic nature of the barn they were not allowed to have any open flames, but Bonnie still managed to create a warm, ambient lighted atmosphere by using amber colored lights inside of mason jars. The effect reminded Bonnie of her love of catching fireflies as a child. The color palette was an ombre of purples - from eggplant to lavender - as well as gold, and pops of green. The couple wanted to keep waste at a minimum so many items were up-cycled or ended up going home with them. Each guest received a potted cooking herb which doubled as part of the centerpieces.

The reception featured several mini desserts for their guests to enjoy and Bonnie had intended to have mini “his” and “hers” cakes in place of a traditional cake cutting. Due to time constraints the mini cakes did not make it but, on a whim, they decided to toast marshmallows at the outdoor s’mores bonfire and feed them to each other. It was completely spontaneous and very personal as the couple loves to camp and cook outdoors, and became one of their favorite moments. 

Bonnie and Corey’s advice for other couples planning a wedding; “This advice was given to us by my cousin Caroline who married us, it was such great advice, I will pass it along. Make sure there is a private space for the two of you to escape to immediately following the ceremony – some place you can be alone for a few minutes to take it all in. Also, have your caterer have a drink and some hors d'oeuvres ready for you in the space. You can toast to being married – and this might be the only time you eat!”

Bonnie & Corey Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Barn Wedding Inspiration | Vermont Bride Magazine

Bonnie & Corey Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Barn Wedding Inspiration | Vermont Bride Magazine

Bonnie & Corey Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Barn Wedding Inspiration | Vermont Bride Magazine

Bonnie & Corey Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Barn Wedding Inspiration | Vermont Bride Magazine

Bonnie & Corey Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Barn Wedding Inspiration | Vermont Bride Magazine

Bonnie & Corey Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Barn Wedding Inspiration | Vermont Bride Magazine

featured professionalsVENUE: The Barn at Boyden FarmPHOTOGRAPHER: Brit Perkins PhotographyCATERER: Spice of LifeDJ: Wedding DJ Vermont  | CUPCAKES: My Little CupcakeWEDDING GOWN: Madeleine’s DaughterALTERATIONS: Cape Cod AlterationsTUX: ExpressHAIR & MAKEUP: Salon Elixir  | VIDEOGRAPHER: Evan T. Perry/Brit Perkins Photography | EVENT RENTALS: Vermont Tent CompanyFAVORS: Boyden Valley Winery Wine Glasses

Amy Kuschel Charlston | Art Deco Gown Inspiration | Sewly Yours Bridal | Vermont Bride Magazine
Amy Kuschel Charlston | Art Deco detailing adds a measure of decadence to Charleston's delicately beaded French Chantilly lace silhouette. A sassy, lower circle skirt of Point d'Esprit netting adds swing to this enchanting gown. A beaded bateau neckline with a barely-there ribbon tie along with charming cap sleeves add to Charleston's flirtatious spirit. Layered over a sexy bias cut satin slip for comfort and versatility, this classic, iconic flapper sheath silhouette is always in style.

Inspired by Old-Hollywood fashion from the 1930's and 40's, Amy Kuschel's newest gown collection highlights some of the most timeless and elegant styles from screen sirens like Lauren Bacall, Jean Harlow, Rita Hayworth, and Katharine Hepburn. From hour glass hugging curves to flapper-esque sheeth silhouettes, each gown shines with its own style personality and movie star worthy charisma.

All of the gowns featured are available at Sewly Yours Bridal, by appointment only 802-660-9003.

Amy Kuschel Harlem | Art Deco Gown Inspiration | Sewly Yours Bridal | Vermont Bride Magazine
Amy Kuschel Harlem | The cultural and artistic explosion that took place then made Harlem a gathering place for writers, artists, musicians, photographers, poets, and scholars. This gown captures that artsy, Jazz era vibe. Cosmopolitan French Pop Art lace makes this gown sing with a sensual and sophisticated high front neckline complemented by a low, open backline. Add signature four-ply silk crepe skirt to turn up the drama and intrigue of Harlem's languid, sexy sheath silhouette.

Amy Kuschel Broadway | Art Deco Gown Inspiration | Sewly Yours Bridal | Vermont Bride Magazine
Amy Kuschel Broadway | You'll take center stage and win their attention in this ladylike trumpet silhouette designed to capture the essence of modern elegance. A softly curved low cut neckline and natural waist show off your curves. Demure cap sleeves adorn your shoulders. Delicate lace edgings create a feminine framing for your decolletage. 60s Garden Party lace adds a bit of playful romance...there's always magic in the air!

Amy Kuschel Libby | Art Deco Gown Inspiration | Sewly Yours Bridal | Vermont Bride Magazine
Amy Kuschel Libby | Libby's bohemian spirit is effortless and elegant, bringing to mind looks from the liberated 20's and hippy days of the 60's. Libby's sheer blouse styling is fabricated in pebble silk chiffon exuding romance, intrigue, and charm. With a delicate tie back neck and open backline adding to the sophistication and allure. Our signature 4-ply silk crepe skirt creates a clean, fluid sheath silhouette with soft gathering at the waistline to show off your feminine curves.

Amy Kuschel Go Lovely | Art Deco Gown Inspiration | Sewly Yours Bridal | Vermont Bride Magazine
Amy Kuschel Go Lovely | The Go Lovely gown is fashioned after Audrey Hepburn's portrayal of Holly Golightly in the 1960s Breakfast at Tiffany's. Who can resist these memorable post-war looks? So simple and elegant, a classic, iconic silhouette with Upper East Side sensibilities. six-ply silk crepe highlights Go Lovely's hourglass silhouette, flattering the female figure with a low cut softly curved neckline, elegantly shaped straps to gracefully frame the neckline. Fluid yet feminine with a natural waistline that cinches you at your smallest point.

 

Casablanca 2233 | Carnation | Blush Gowns | Vermont Bride Magazine | Fiori Bridal Boutique
Casablanca № 2233 ~ Carnation | Carnation is a strapless, form fitting, fit-n-flare gown that boasts a sumptuous combination of beaded and embroidered tulle over iridescent organza with sleek satin lining. The sweetheart neckline and sweeping train add a dramatic twist to this gown.

Blush is the rising star of wedding gown fashion with many of the top designers offering various shades of the delicate and feminine color as an alternative to the traditional white and ivory. Luxurious layers of tulle, lace, and satin are dreamy, delicate, and perfect for the bride looking for a gown that will make her feel like a princess.

All of the featured gowns are available at Fiori Bridal Boutique, in Essex Junction, Vermont.

Casablanca 2230 Lilac | Blush Gown Inspiration | Fiori Bridal Boutique | Vermont Bride MagazineCasablanca № 2230 ~ Lilac | Lilac is a flattering A-line gown with an illusion bateau neckline that follows the delicate curve of the collar bone, and is beaded front and back. Lace appliqués run the length of this tulle gown over satin lining and down onto the scallop lace train, while dainty buttons are sprinkled down the illusion back.

Stella York 6025 | Blush Gown Inspiration | Fiori Bridal Boutique | Vermont Bride Magazine
Stella York № 6025 | This flowing Stella York sheath bridal gown was imagined and crafted to provide an exceptional fit without sacrificing comfort . Constructed from breezy tulle and corded lace, it is completed with a Diamante-beaded belt that slims the waist – showing off your curves. The back of this bridal gown zips up under fabric-covered buttons for ease of use. Inspired by whimsy and romance, this gown would complete any beachside wedding.

Essence of Australia D2088 | Blush Gown Inspiration | Fiori Bridal Boutique | Vermont Bride Magazine
Essence of Australia № D2088 | This eye-catching Regency organza wedding dress from the Essense of Australia bridal gown collection boasts figure-flattering ruched pleating on its fitted bodice, a sweetheart neckline, a slimming dropped waist, and layers of flowing organza on its skirt and chapel train.

Justin Alexander 8825 | Blush Gown Inspiration | Fiori Bridal Boutique | Vermont Bride Magazine
Justin Alexander № 8825 | An elegant silk dupioni ball gown with piped neckline and waistline, full gathered skirt and pockets create simplicity at its best. The color is pearl pink.

60s Anniversary Photo Inspiration | Retro Anniverary Photo Shoot | Colette Kulig Photography | Vermont Bride Magazine

We just can't get enough of these fun and creative anniversary photos from Colette Kulig Photography! Jennifer & Tyler have a creative itch and every year they celebrate their February wedding anniversary with a stylized photoshoot that showcases their past year. This year was focused on a clean, modern setting with bursts of color and fun. All while dressing the part in chic 1960s pop attire and props and poses.

60s Anniversary Photo Inspiration | Retro Anniverary Photo Shoot | Colette Kulig Photography | Vermont Bride Magazine

60s Anniversary Photo Inspiration | Retro Anniverary Photo Shoot | Colette Kulig Photography | Vermont Bride Magazine

60s Anniversary Photo Inspiration | Retro Anniverary Photo Shoot | Colette Kulig Photography | Vermont Bride Magazine

60s Anniversary Photo Inspiration | Retro Anniverary Photo Shoot | Colette Kulig Photography | Vermont Bride Magazine

60s Anniversary Photo Inspiration | Retro Anniverary Photo Shoot | Colette Kulig Photography | Vermont Bride Magazine

featured professionals | PHOTOGRAPHY: Colette Kulig Photography | HAIR STYLIST: Indigo Salon

Cinderella Wedding Inspiration | Royal Elegant Blue Wedding Decor | Vermont Bride Magazine

This beautiful royal couple wedding inspiration, from Rebecca Marie Photography, is truly fit for Cinderella and Price Charming. With gorgeous dark and light blues, elegant fillagree details, and scrumptious looking desserts topped with royal icing.

Cinderella Wedding Inspiration | Royal Elegant Blue Wedding Decor | Vermont Bride Magazine

Cinderella Wedding Inspiration | Royal Elegant Blue Wedding Decor | Vermont Bride Magazine

Cinderella Wedding Inspiration | Royal Elegant Blue Wedding Decor | Vermont Bride Magazine

Cinderella Wedding Inspiration | Royal Elegant Blue Wedding Decor | Vermont Bride Magazine

Cinderella Wedding Inspiration | Royal Elegant Blue Wedding Decor | Vermont Bride Magazine

featured professionalsPHOTOGRAPHER:  RebeccaMarie Photography | CAKE DESIGNER: Astonishing Cakes llc | BAKERY: d'Eclair! Pastry | FLORAL DESIGNER: Flowers Forever Design | LINENS AND COVERINGS: La Tavola Fine Linen | EVENT PLANNER: La Vie le Gage Couture Events Wedding Planning | EVENT VENUE: The Chateaux at Fox Meadows | EVENT DESIGNER: Vintage Rentals Denver

 

Jessica & Josh Florida Wedding Inspiration | Wedding at the Brevard Zoo | Disney Themed Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

Since Josh proposed to Jessica in front of Cinderella's castle at the Magic Kingdom in Disneyworld (Jessica's first time visiting), the couple wanted to continue the Disney theme throughout their wedding. Everything about the day was magical, especially the venue, the Brevard Zoo, where Jessica and Josh exchanged vows while giraffe grazed in the background.

Jessica & Josh Florida Wedding Inspiration | Wedding at the Brevard Zoo | Disney Themed Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

Jessica & Josh Florida Wedding Inspiration | Wedding at the Brevard Zoo | Disney Themed Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

Jessica & Josh Florida Wedding Inspiration | Wedding at the Brevard Zoo | Disney Themed Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

Jessica & Josh Florida Wedding Inspiration | Wedding at the Brevard Zoo | Disney Themed Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

featured professionalsPHOTOGRAPHY: Ina Pandora Photography | VENUE: Brevard Zoo | CAKE: Creative Cakes | WEDDING PLANNER: Sarah Kehayias | DJ: DJ Shane | DRESS BOUTIQUE: Davids Bridal | CATERER: Renaissance | FLORIST: A1A Florist | LIMO SERVICE: Hot Rayz

Prince William and Catherine Middleton Wedding Music Inspiration | Royal Wedding Fifth Anniversary | Vermont Bride Magazine
Photo by Hugo Burnand

This article originally appeared in Vermont Bride Magazine in 2011, revisited in honor of the royal couple’s fifth anniversary which occured this past April 29th.

When the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, then Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton, were selecting music for their wedding, they wove threads of many colors and textures into the fabric of their day. The majority of people watching from around the world were probably aware of the majesty of the sound, and the familiarity of some of the hymns, but I would venture to guess that relatively few were aware of the personal significance of Prince William and Miss Middleton’s choices, nor how those choices wove their ceremony, and their future life together, into the fabric of family, community, country and world. Royal weddings can set precedents for the rest of us long after the event itself – as can be seen in the case of the use of Mendelssohn’s Wedding March for the 1858 wedding of Princess Victoria and Prince Frederick. I invite you to a closer look at William and Kate’s wedding music, not so much with the idea of duplicating the specific choices, but in considering their planning approach as you plan a wedding that will reflect your own life, your past, your present, and your future, as individuals, as a couple, as a family and part of a community.

The bride’s processional, “I Was Glad” by Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry, was selected partly for its ability to fill the large hall with theatrical impact while accenting rather than detracting from the bride herself, and partly because it was a favorite of the couple and was written by Prince William’s favorite composer, but it also represents family history in that it was composed for William’s great-great-great grandfather Edward VII’s coronation in 1902. The recessional, “Crown Imperial” by William Walton, was originally performed for the coronation of King George VI in 1937, and was also played for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953.

Prince William and Catherine Middleton Wedding Music Inspiration | Royal Wedding Fifth Anniversary | Vermont Bride Magazine

Three of the couple’s favorite hymns were sung during the ceremony. Notably, “Guide Me, O Thou Great Redeemer” was the final hymn at William’s mother, Diana’s, funeral. The second hymn, “Love Divine All Love Excelling” is considered one of Britain’s top ten favorite hymns and has also been sung at other of their family ceremonies, and the third, “Jerusalem,” references the poet William Blake’s perspective on social inequalities of the industrial era, with notable similarities to the social priorities and interests of the royal couple, as well as the final statement regarding better days “on England’s green and pleasant land.”

Three selections for the prelude (Farewell to Stromness by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Touch Her Soft Lips and Part by William Walton, and Romance for String Orchestra by Gerald Finzi) were chosen specifically because of their use at the Service of Prayer and Dedication for the Prince of Wales (William’s father) and the Duchess of Cornwall, following their wedding service in 2005. 

One of the clearest threads in Kate and William’s choices was the emphasis on 20th century British composers. The only exceptions were two organ compositions at the beginning and end – Fantasia in G by Johann Sebastian Bach – and Toccata from Organ Symphonie V by French composer Charles-Marie Widor. I can only speculate on the significance of opening and closing with representation of the greater European world, representing the gifts of one of the first and greatest organ compositions and another by a composer who lived at the time the Westminster Abbey organ was rebuilt.

Miss Middleton had two more priorities in her music selection. She chose a selection representing a beautiful theme of hundreds of years of England’s history – Fantasia on Greensleeves by Vaugh Williams (original theme likely by Henry VIII from the 16th century) – and also placed a high priority on recently composed music. Three pieces on the program filled this second need: the Fanfare following the signing of the registers, composed for this occasion by Wing commander Duncan Stubbs; the Anthem: “This is the Day Which the Lord Hath Made” by John Rutter, commissioned by Westminster Abbey as a gift for Prince William and Miss Middleton, and “Ubi Caritas,” a 2010 selection from 36 year old composer Paul Mealor, resident of the Isle of Anglesey in Wales, where the Duke and Duchess also reside.

Though few of us can afford to commission a new piece for our wedding, to be played on one of the world’s greatest organs, as well as a full professional orchestra and choir, and few of us have coronations in our family history, I believe we all have many threads in common with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. 

Several threads of joy, a thread of grief, some of community, some of country, some of the greater world, many threads of love, many threads of faith, a thread of spring, a thread of sorrow, a thread of awareness of the need to work for a bright future, many historical threads, and some brand new threads. This is the fabric of a couple. This is the fabric of a family and a community. What musical selections represent what you love? your family? your community? your outlook on the world? your tastes and preferences? your history and your hopes for the future? The musical choices you weave into your wedding day can reflect and interconnect, and hold a place in your world from which you and your loved ones may grow, safely and joyfully, together.

Lisa Carlson is a freelance flutist, performing for weddings and other occasions throughout Vermont and beyond, with musical offerings ranging from a quartet of flute with violin, viola and cello, to solo flute, to duos and trios of flute with harp, violin, piano, cello, oboe, and more. She maintains a private flute studio for in Montpelier, Vermont and also teaches online to students worldwide.

Scarlet and Dusty Blue Wedding Inspiration | Color Palette | Vermont Bride Magazine

Scarlet & Dusty Blue Wedding Inspiration | Vermont Bride Magazine

Red and blue is a classic color combination that never goes out of style. Give it a modern twist with a sensuous shade of scarlet red and dusty blue with soft gray accents. This bold and powerful duo fit just as easily in a rustic, barn theme as a modern, industrial setting. With July Fourth right around the corner we couldn't think of a better time to share these gorgeous images from our Summer/Fall 2016 issue of Vermont Bride magazine. To see more photos from this feature be sure to get your copy today!

Scarlet & Dusty Blue Wedding Inspiration | Vermont Bride Magazine

Scarlet & Dusty Blue Wedding Inspiration | Vermont Bride Magazine

featured professionals | PHOTOGRAPHY: Lavishly Lux Studio | EVENT PLANNER: The Pink Tuxedos Wedding and Event Planning | VENUE: Event 1013 | MAKEUP ARTIST: Impeccable Faces MUA by Ronnika Williams | FLORAL DESIGN: Bella Fleur Designs | MODEL: Roxanne Hart

Spring Garden Wedding Inspiration | Gay Wedding Inspiration | Vermont Bride Magazine

We are in love with the gorgeous and stunning colors in this greenhouse garden inspired wedding photo shoot from Jaclyn Schmitz Photography. With vibrant reds, oranges, pinks, and purples as a backdrop there is really no need for more decoration. Although some vintage Franciscan Ware dishes definitely add an elegant touch to the already ethereal surroundings. Spring and summer in Vermont features a plethora of lush flora and this is a perfect example of how to use Mother Nature to do your decorating for you!

The lovely brides features in this same-sex photo shoot are wearing different, but equally beautiful, gowns from Fiori Bridal Boutique. The intricate beadwork and lace details gives that mimic the floral surroundings. A lovely pairing of gowns that are similar but each a work of art in their own right. Their soft and romantic hair is also the perfect match for the sweet garden setting.

To see more photos from this inspiration feature, be sure to pick up a copy of our newest issue! The Summer/Fall 2016 Vermont Bride Magazine is available for purchase here!

Spring Garden Wedding Inspiration | Gay Wedding Inspiration | Vermont Bride Magazine

Spring Garden Wedding Inspiration | Gay Wedding Inspiration | Vermont Bride Magazine

Spring Garden Wedding Inspiration | Gay Wedding Inspiration | Vermont Bride Magazine

Spring Garden Wedding Inspiration | Gay Wedding Inspiration | Vermont Bride Magazine

featured professionalsPHOTOGRAPHER:  Jaclyn Schmitz Photography | HAIR STYLIST: Finishing Touch | GOWN BOUTIQUE: Fiori Bridal Boutique | MAKEUP ARTIST: Jennifer Perellie Makeup | VENUE: Red Barn Gardens | Models: Danielle Larose & Sarah Elliott