14 CELEBRATIONS TO INSPIRE YOUR FALL WEDDING
Growing up in Vermont, a love for the Fall season is baked into my identity. The changing leaves, golden light, Halloween, sweaters, apple picking, and the comfort of building an evening bonfire to stay warm as the nights cool down – it’s my favorite season! Today, I want to share 14 fall celebrations to inspire your fall wedding in New England!
“Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting, and autumn a mosaic of them all.” – Stanley Horowitz
1. ELEGANT FALL DESTINATION WEDDING IN STOWE, VERMONT – NATOLIE & TRENT
Natolie & Trent married on a scenic October day at a private home nestled in the green mountains of Stowe, Vermont. It was the height of fall foliage, with amber and ochre hues bringing the landscape alive. Natolie & Trent live in Louisiana and wanted to plan a destination wedding somewhere special to them. Natolie grew up visiting Vermont with her family, often visiting the Rasberrys in Stowe. When the Rasberrys offered to host the wedding on their property, it felt meant to be.
The whole wedding was designed to highlight the location. “The beautiful fall colors, the mountains and waterfalls and the gorgeous forests in Vermont were what really inspired us.” With 100 guests, almost exclusively from out of town, it was a complex bit of planning, but Claudia from Harlow & Dahlia Events put together an incredible day that spoke to the couple’s love of classic style and artistic inspiration.
The ceremony site was absolutely stunning with florals provided by Folklore Farm. The color palette was perfect for the season, wonderfully accentuating the natural beauty of the location. It had been lightly raining all day, but it cleared up just in time for these two to tie the knot. Misty clouds drifted in and out, providing a view of Vermont’s famous mountain range.
Natolie wore a Legends by Romona Keveza ivory ball gown made of silk shantung taffeta, featuring a deep V-neckline and a flowing circle skirt. The waist was accented with ivory Garden lace. She wore her sister’s two-tier veil that was appliquéd with Alencon lace from her mother’s wedding gown. You can see more of this beautiful wedding, here!
“The most emotional of the day was when I saw Trent at the altar. It was the first time we saw each other that day and the look in his eyes made me feel like no one else on earth existed. The look of my soulmate and best friend.” – Natolie
2. ELEGANT LAKE CHAMPLAIN BACKYARD WEDDING IN SOUTH HERO, VERMONT – GUSSIE & CONNOR
Gussie & Connor married on a gorgeous day at her family’s home in South Hero, Vermont. The elegant wedding was full of luscious florals, fantastic speeches, and beautiful moments.
“I would have to say the most special moment of the day for me was taking the sunset pictures out on the rocks. All my nerves were gone and it was the first moment where Gussie and I were alone since being married!” – Connor
3. VERMONT DESTINATION ELOPEMENT AT SHELBURNE FARMS WITH A SPLASH OF HARRY POTTER – ANGEL & JUSTIN
Angel & Justin married on a wonderful September day at the elegant Inn at Shelburne Farms in Shelburne, Vermont. When thinking about planning to elope, they wanted it to feel intimate and deeply personal.
Elements of Harry Potter were woven into several parts of the day – Justin wore a Hogwarts pin and read the first chapter of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone out loud to Angel in the evening. You can enjoy more of the details, here!
“We both love Harry Potter individually and it was just a happy coincidence that it was a shared love of ours even as adults. Since we’ve known each other since childhood, Harry Potter seems like a mix of our childhood and our present day. We read it ever year! It’s kind of become our compass in life, as trivial as that might sound, we find a lot of meaningful life lessons in those books and we wanted to incorporate that into our marriage as well.” – Angel
4. MODERN AND ORGANIC NEUTRAL PALETTE WEDDING INSPIRATION AT WATERWORKS IN WINOOSKI, VERMONT
This editorial was a dream! Lead by Jaclyn Watson Events, each vendor came together with a shared vision to create a chic, organic, neutral color palette modern wedding inspiration. The design of the editorial was based on a neutral palette, with a focus on black and dark gray as one of the main shades. A mix of dried florals, dyed florals (including the palm frond), and delicate blooms perfectly represented that mix of modern and chic style we wanted to explore.
You may have seen this published in Junebug Weddings.
5. ELEGANT SHELBURNE FARMS WEDDING – TARA & PAUL
Tara & Paul tied the knot on a beautiful September day at Shelburne Farms, a National Historic Landmark known for its 1900s Gilded Age architecture and sweeping views of Lake Champlain. Tara explained, “We wanted to share this beautiful place with everyone we love and care so much about. Shelburne Farms is simple and breathless at the same time.”
The reception was held at the Coach Barn, where Tara’s vision of luxurious florals and candlelit details came together perfectly. “We will never forget how proud our parents were when they saw the Coach Barn reception setup for the first time.”
The bride’s father, Bill, kicked off things off with a touching, hilarious toast, recounting Tara’s performance of “I’m a little teapot” as a child. “All the speeches were unforgettable. The maid of honor’s speech was powerful, eloquent, and touched everyone in the room.” See more of their wedding, here!
6. INTIMATE WEDDING AT BIGELOW CHAPEL AT MOUNT AUBURN CEMETERY AND BONDIR CAMBRIDGE IN BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – CECILIA & MO
Cecilia & Mo married on a warm November day at the Bigelow Chapel at the Mount Auburn Cemetery followed by an intimate dinner at Bondir Cambridge in Boston. Cecilia & Mo both have a background in architecture and design and brought their artistic style to this chic, intimate wedding.
After getting ready at the Charles Hotel in Cambridge, Cecilia & Mo exchanged their vows in the Bigelow Chapel which was an enchanting location for a wedding with its soaring spires of Quincy granite and Gothic Revival structure. “The ceremony seemed to come and go so quickly that we barely had a chance to soak it all in at the time. It wasn’t until we stepped away from it, to take photos in the chapel’s balcony, that the whole experience first truly hit us.”
Hearing words like this always brings me a lot of joy, as my goal for the portraits portion of the wedding day is to make beautiful portraits that feel like your relationship and the moment and provide space for my couples to soak in the experience. See more of their beautiful intimate wedding, here.
7. FALL SHELBURNE FARMS & ECHO VERMONT WEDDING – RACHEL & NATE
Rachel & Nate tied the knot on a beautiful Fall day in October in scenic Vermont. The day began at the stately Shelburne Farms, where the couple planned to have their first look. One thing that struck me about Rachel & Nate as a couple was how they were 100% present and joyful throughout the whole wedding. I asked them what advice they would give to other couples on mindfulness.
“This day is about you and your partner above all. Remember to look your partner in their eyes often throughout the day and night and check-in with each other as a “home” base that can slow everything else down for that moment. Remember also that people have traveled far and wide to celebrate you and your unique love for one another. They are not coming to see a show or to see anything other than your authentic selves.
Show up as you are (albeit a little fancier than every other day, perhaps) and know that you are deeply loved and cared for by each of your guests in their own way. Remember to nourish your body that day as well as to nourish your mind however you need to. Stay out of your head and stay present for the moments because they go by all too quickly! Little things might happen because life is imperfect and making the choice to embrace the imperfections helps a lot. Focus on LOVE, JOY, and the CONNECTION of all of the pieces and pause often to remember those things. “
8. INTIMATE MYTHOLOGY-INSPIRED WEDDING AT STARRY NIGHT CAFE IN VERMONT – HANNAH & ROSS
Hannah & Ross’s intimate fall wedding at Starry Night Cafe in Ferrisburgh, Vermont was full of personal touches and nods to mythology, the Lord of the Rings, and the beauty of the Vermont landscape. You can view more images of their wedding, here.
“What mattered to us was having a really great day that we’d always remember and closing it out with good food, drink and friends!” – Hannah & Ross
9. INTIMATE FALL BACKYARD WEDDING IN SHELBURNE, VERMONT – RYAN & LEAH
Ryan & Leah married on a fall day in Shelburne, Vermont. They hosted an intimate gathering at Ryan’s family home, with Vermont Tent Company supplying a beautiful sailcloth tent and decor to create an amazing backyard wedding. Leah got ready at Hotel Vermont in Burlington, before meeting up with Ryan at historic Shelburne Farms.
“Shelburne Farms inspired us. We love taking walks through the farm and always pictured ourselves getting married in Vermont. One of our favorite moments was when we finally saw each other for the first time that day at Shelburne Farms. We both felt an immediate sigh of relief and excitement.” – Ryan & Leah.
10. FALL TREEHOUSE ELOPEMENT AT MOOSE MEADOW LODGE IN VERMONT – CAITLIN & MATT
Caitlin & Matt eloped on a gorgeous October day at the treehouse at Moose Meadow Lodge in Waterbury, Vermont. They eloped on the 12th anniversary of their first date.
“Our wedding was a celebration of our partnership to that point, and an affirmation of our love and commitment to each other for the future. We loved that the treehouse at Moose Meadow Lodge was close to home and a perfect escape for a weekend. It was everything we could have hoped for and more! With only four weeks to get everything together, the pieces all fell into place really quickly. We decided four weeks to the day before and pulled everything together in about ten days!” – Caitlin
You may have seen this elopement featured in Vermont Weddings.
11. STAR FARM BLUEBERRIES DIY WEDDING IN GALWAY, NEW YORK – MICHAELA & JOSH
Michaela & Josh married on a September day at Star Farm Blueberries in Galway, New York. The wedding was full of DIY elements and personal touches. Michaela is a personal trainer and yoga teacher, and Josh is a potter, and crafted ceramics for the flowers for the tables and mugs for every guest!
You may have seen this published in Simply Saratoga.
“I wanted our wedding to feel really true and personal to us – I really don’t like a lot of the traditional parts of weddings and didn’t want to feel obligated to conform to them. So we kind of took the general structure of a wedding day, and only included the pieces that felt right, then filled in the rest with parts of our personalities and relationship that felt important. We did almost all the wedding DIY, which was a ton of work but I wanted the aesthetic to feel curated and intentional. Josh and I both really love spending time in nature, so it was important to me that most of our decorations came from nature or had an organic feeling to them. I actually spent the entire year collecting twigs on my daily dog walks on the trails to use in the wreaths we made, I found birch logs on those dog walks (and carried them with me), my mom used a hand saw to make slits in them to display the name and table settings.
Because our wedding was DIY, every detail came from either our creation of the hands of a loved one, which made it all the more special. Josh’s pottery was on every table, filled with flowers that his mom and my bridesmaids spent hours turning into beautiful bouquets, my mom hand-painted all the signs and my best friend did all the paper products.
Another thing that was a big part of our wedding was the food! I studied nutrition and spent a couple years working in a kitchen, a big part of our relationship is built around spending time together creating nourishing and homemade meals. I’m also extremely passionate about sustainability in the food system, so supporting local farmers and having really well-done food was on the top of our priority list. Luckily we found the most amazing “seed to table” catering team (shout out to Farmstead Catering!) who grow nearly all the ingredients used for their menus at their farm in the Adirondacks and make everything from scratch. We incorporated the food into the theme of our wedding by having them cook right out in the field where everyone could see and smell the food as it was being prepared. We also wanted the meal served family-style so that it felt like eating dinner together as a community.
As far stuff like color & visual themes go – I personally love dark and moody tones so I tried to incorporate some of that while keeping a sense of romance and whimsy woven through. I think the moody tones came out most in the flowers and the whimsy came out in things like the arch, the tulle, and all the handmade items.” – Michaela
12. FALL WEDDING AT ALL SOULS IN SHELBURNE, VERMONT – MAGGIE & CHARLIE
Maggie & Charlie married on a September day at All Souls Interfaith Gathering in bucolic Shelburne, Vermont. You may recognize these two from their Mountain Top Engagement Session on Mount Mansfield.
“We knew we wanted a fall wedding, so we were thinking about a rich color palette for the visual theme – we didn’t want to compete with the venue’s natural beauty, so we kept decorations simple on purpose. We also knew right away we wanted to celebrate in Vermont, where Charlie grew up.” – Maggie
13. FALL WEDDING AT THE OLD LANTERN INN IN CHARLOTTE, VERMONT – JESSE & AIDAN
Jesse & Aidan married on a beautiful fall day at The Old Lantern Inn & Barn in Charlotte, Vermont. A few miles away from the venue, is one of my favorite public beaches in Vermont, Charlotte Town Beach. The last time I had been there was for Ruby & Will’s Winter Solstice Elopement, and I knew this would be a wonderful place for Jesse & Aidan to share their first look.
“We were really inspired to ensure that the aesthetic and overall feel of the day aligned with who we are and how we live. We didn’t want the wedding to be overly formal or stuffy but wanted to showcase the rustic beauty of Vermont in the fall. I am completely obsessed with the fall and we couldn’t of lucked out more in terms of the foliage and weather. We instantly fell in love with the Old Lantern because it had a very intimate and magical feel. It just felt right. We also felt an instant connection with Julie, the Old Lantern’s wedding planner, and knew we were in capable and caring hands.” -Jesse
“Seeing Jesse for the first time was the most emotional moment for me. That’s the moment I remember the most and that made me feel the most overwhelmed with emotion. Our vow reading was a close second.” – Aidan
14. FALL EAGLE CAMP WEDDING IN SOUTH HERO, VERMONT – MOLLY & ALEX
Molly & Alex married on a scenic Fall day in September at Eagle Camp in South Hero, Vermont.
“Alex and I met in September, so the fall has always been a special time of year for us. This is what inspired us to choose a rustic fall-themed summer camp wedding in The Champlain Islands. The camp had little cottages located along Lake Champlain that the guests stayed in. The leaves were just slightly starting to change color, however, it was somehow 80 degrees.”
You may have seen this published on Vermont Weddings.
As you start to plan your fall wedding here in New England, reach out! I would love to learn your unique love story and capture every moment for you.