West Mountain Inn Wedding {Lauren + Michael}

This charming rustic wedding caught our attention immediately. The mastermind behind the pretty wedding pictures was Hendrickson Photography Weddings.

We love that this wedding lasted a whole weekend and was full of amazing details and unique experiences. The couple explained, “We wanted to dance the night away in a classic Vermont barn, marry in the foothills of the Green Mountains, and have the location serve as a home base for us and our guests for the entire weekend. And we found the perfect place for all of that! To kick off the weekend we hosted a s’mores and wine party on Friday night for all of our guests following a more intimate rehearsal dinner with the 50 or so friends and family who stayed on-site. On the morning of the wedding, Lauren’s brother taught a fly-fishing lesson on the famed Battenkill River while a friend led a group of 17-70 year olds on a hike on the Inn’s trails. Sunday morning’s send-off brunch was followed by afternoon frisbee and lawn games.”

Lauren and Michael were married at the West Mountain Inn in Vermont with a unique and earthy colour combination. “Our colour palette drew out the colours of wheat, golden brown, gold, soft pink, slate blue, cream and yellow” says Lauren.

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Impressively the couple pulled this wedding off without hiring a wedding planner, “Though we had an amazing wedding coordinator at the Inn, we did not hire a wedding planner. We loved that we were able to infuse our wedding with as much personality, creativity and love on our own – and the hard work was impossible without the incredible support of our parents.”

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The couple also diy’ed lots of details, “We designed our save the date postcards and had them custom printed on birch wood by Night Owl Paper Goods; Michael and his mom hand cut and stitched the burlap table runners; our dear friend Micah Whitman hand milled and timber framed our chuppah; our ceremony programs were lovingly printed at home; we designed the coozies we gave to each member in our wedding party.”

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From the couple:

What was your biggest challenge? “We initially felt really boxed in by the expectation to pick two wedding colours and have everything there after match. Recognizing that this model didn’t work for us was super challenging, but then completely liberating. We chose an approach that focused more on evoking the feeling we were going for. We didn’t want our colours to compete with the natural setting, and we wanted the vibe to be authentically us.”

What was your favourite moment? “One of our favourite moments of our entire wedding was completely unplanned! After the wedding celebration and after party wound down, we strolled back up to our room at the Inn under a completely stark summer’s night sky, a nearly full moon, and silhouetted mountains. At the last minute we took a detour and walked back down to our ceremony site – where everything was still intact -the chairs were still set up in rows, the chuppah still in its place, and the flowers still lined the aisle. Alone in the moonlight, we walked back down the aisle recounting all of our fresh memories, sat in different seats to imagine the perspective and experience of our guests, and said good night to the incredible day with just us, the summer moon and our friends and family asleep in the distance.”

What’s your advice? “We viewed the planning process as an incredible opportunity to express and declare, in front of our community, what was most important in our relationship. We felt empowered by the opportunity to consider which traditions resonated with us most, and also had fun adapting old and creating new ones along the way. The opportunity to collaborate on and co-create our vision throughout our planning process was a gift – and even in moments of overwhelm, we reminded ourselves of that. Our advice would be to seek out and own the parts of the process that give you the most energy and speak to your own forms of creativity. Discover what you’re attached to, and also what you’re not. Find ways throughout the process to honour and involve those you love – the entire experience will be richer for it!”

Lauren and Michael’s Style Guide

Photographer: Hendrickson Photography Weddings

Floral Designer: Nancy Bishop Floral Design

Reception Venue: West Mountain Inn

Invitation Designer: Paisley Quill, Night Owl Paper Goods

Dress Designer: Amsale

Cake Designer: Irene’s Cakes by Design

DJ: Crystal leaf events

Shoes: Cole Haan

Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Cyberoptix Tie Lab

Submitted via 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.”