West Monitor Barn Wedding {Lauren + Jonny}

There’s seriously nothing better than a wedding full of happy smiley faces.

Cheery Lauren and Jonny wed at Ira Allen Chapel Burlington, followed by their reception at West Monitor Barn located in Richmond, Vermont, United States.

The couple chose to wed in Vermont because “we met in Vermont. For this reason, the state and its Queen city resonated with both of us as the starting point of our relationship. With rolling green hills and lush colours, Vermont possesses a natural beauty that few other states can claim. In addition, with plans to move out West, Lauren and I wanted to create one final memory in the Green Mountain State,” says Jonny.

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The couple chose to have a relaxed wedding with formal elements that were representative of their relationship. Jonny explains, “while Lauren and I were still dating, we attended and individually participated in numerous weddings. From black tie affairs in picturesque castles to relaxed settings requiring shorts and flip-flops, [we] were exposed to a gamut of wedding experiences. Each wedding we attended left a different impression on us and from these experiences we crafted our own wedding with signature cocktails, lawn games and a buffet. Lauren and I attempted to capture the ethos of our relationship while providing our guests a relaxed but nevertheless formal experience.”

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What’s your favourite moment?

“Collectively, our favourite memory was the ceremony at Ira Allen Chapel. The moment we walked down the aisle as husband and wife, all the stress and anxiety leading up to our day evaporated into overflowing joy and happiness.”

How did you plan your wedding?

“Once we decided that our wedding would be in Vermont, we went about the exciting but also nerve-racking process of selecting our location, vendors and vision for our wedding. Knowing that we wanted a non-denominational service, picking Ira Allen Chapel was a no brainer. As Lauren was a UVW graduate she was familiar with the Chapel and liked its architecture as well as location. Lauren’s mother was the one who located the West Monitor Barn and for our catering Spice of Life simply had the best food.

As our wedding was a ‘destination wedding’ it was important for us to provide adequate accommodations for our guests traveling from across the country and the globe. We blocked off hotel rooms, provided gift baskets for out of towners with product produced in Vermont (chips, salsa and locally made red and white wine) as well as provided a list of activities for those looking to explore the surrounding area of Burlington. By providing these favors for our guests, we enabled them to enjoy as much or as little of Vermont as they [desired]. It was our impression that almost everyone who attended truly enjoyed his or her experience in Vermont.”

What’s your advice?

“If you are planning a wedding in Vermont, shop local, buy local and be local.”

Congratulations to the immensely gorgeous couple and thank you for sharing your wedding pictures and story with One Stylish Bride.

Lauren + Jonny’s Style Guide

Photographer: Ellen Ross Photography / Ceremony: Ira Allen Chapel Burlington / Event Venue: West Monitor Barn / Caterer: Spice of Life / Floral Designer: Stray Cat Florist / Dress Store: J. Crew / Cake Designer: Mirabelles / DJ: Geoff Garrow / Equipment Rentals: Vermont Tent Company / Thanks: Two Bright Lights

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“I’m Marcela, an Aussie expat living in Hong Kong. This space is where I share my love for weddings and bits and pieces from my family’s life and adventures. I love celebrating weddings, motherhood, family, travel and life’s simple joys.”