15 CELEBRATIONS TO INSPIRE YOUR SUMMER WEDDING
Summer is the season of color, fireworks, cool beverages, dancing, celebration, and enjoyment of the outdoors. Every story is unique, and I would love to tell your story.
1. ITALY & NATURE-INSPIRED ALL SOULS WEDDING IN SHELBURNE, VERMONT – LIZZIE & JASON
“I was hoping to create an elegant summer Italian style picnic experience mixed with the honest simplicity and natural beauty of Vermont. The unbelievable green space at All Souls, which overlooks the lake with the Adirondacks in the distance, felt like the perfect embodiment of that aesthetic. Aside from the ceremony itself, our “first look” was the most calming and meaningful moment of the day for me – all the anticipation and nerves of the morning melted away as soon as we saw each other, and it was incredible to just take a breath, be together, and acknowledge that the wedding was finally upon us.” – Lizzie
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. Enjoy more of their wedding, here!
“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. ROMANTIC EDELWEISS INSPIRED BACKYARD VERMONT WEDDING – SARAH & TOM
“We chose Sarah’s family’s home because of the meaning the place has to us. We spent many weekends there when we lived in Williamstown and Sarah’s parents came to know Tom and our friends very quickly with all of our Party Barn parties, hiking and biking weekends, paddle tennis tournaments and all the many meals we cooked together in the kitchen. The property is exceptionally beautiful and ever since Sarah’s parents moved there and ever since Sarah knew she wanted to marry Tom, there was never any other option – it was an easy choice.”
“There were many wonderful emotional parts of the day. It started with the private moment I shared with my mom as we got dressed. She zipped me up and we both put on our matching earrings (custom made by my mom and me from a combination of jewelry from both my grandmothers). My mom and my bridesmaids helped me for me pin on my veil (worn by three generations before me, including my mom on her wedding day) – it was a delicate process and many hands were necessary!” – Sarah
4. SUMMER BLISS RIDGE FARM WEDDING IN VERMONT – BRIGID & MAX
Brigid & Max’s summer wedding at Bliss Ridge Farm was such a perfect day. You can see more, here!
“I was very surprised how emotional I found myself while getting ready. I think it was the most heightened my anticipation of the day was, and I was simultaneously so happy to be with my sisters, friends, my Mom, and Max’s mom, and at the same time felt like I couldn’t wait to see Max, which for me meant a few tears and not being able to catch my breath a couple of times!” – Brigid
5. ELEGANT SHELBURNE FARMS WEDDING – TARA & PAUL
Tara & Paul tied the knot on a beautiful September day at Shelburne Farms, a National Historic Landmark is 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.”
6. SALTWATER FARM VINEYARD WEDDING IN STONINGTON, CONNECTICUT – DANI & NATE
After an intimate rehearsal dinner the night before, Dani & Nate married on a warm July day at the Saltwater Farm Vineyard in Stonington, Connecticut. I go way back with Dani & Nate to our days at Skidmore College. See more of their wedding, here.
“The venue really inspired our vision. Saltwater Farm is stunningly beautiful and the minute we stepped on the property we knew that was the right venue. Beyond that, we really just wanted to throw a more formal version of our backyard grilling nights that we host as often as possible at home. Once we knew we were working with the outstandingly beautiful canvas and the rest sort of fell into place–festoon lighting, pops of color, and smores over open flames to round out the evening.” – Dani
You might recognize these two from their Kayaking & Beers in Burlington, Vermont Engagement Session, and their Elegant Clambake Rehearsal Dinner in Stonington, Connecticut.
7. MAGICAL SHELBURNE FARMS ELOPEMENT IN VERMONT – ANNIE & BILLY
Annie & Billy’s elopement at the Inn at Shelburne Farms in scenic Shelburne, Vermont was a magical day filled with touching moments, gorgeous scenery, and heartfelt vows. You can see more of their elopement, here!
“The sky was painted in breathtaking hues of orange, pink, and blue, and the moon shone as a lonely sickle above the whisping clouds.” – Billy
8. CHIC BOSTON PUBLIC GARDEN MICRO WEDDING – WELLS & JEREMY
Wells & Jeremy married in June at the Boston Public Garden. Like many couples, they postponed their big celebration due to Covid. They opted to still get married on their planned wedding date in the heart of Boston. You can enjoy more of their wedding, here.
“My favorite moment was when it all come together: to turn around and see Wells glowing with happiness, walking around and taking photos while strangers said “Congratulations!” through their own masks. It became really real and I couldn’t stop smiling.” – Jeremy
9. SCOTTISH & ITALIAN INSPIRED VERMONT WEDDING – CHAIPEL & MITCH
Chaipel & Mitch married on a beautiful fall day in New Haven, Vermont. You might recognize this location from Sarah & Tom’s Edelweiss-Inspired Wedding. Chaipel & Mitch are close friends with the homeowners and when they offered up their property for the wedding, it seemed like the perfect spot to tie the knot!
“We chose our beautiful venue in New Haven, VT because Mitch grew up in Montpelier, VT and much of his family still lives in the area and I also have ties to VT having worked for VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations for many years. Our friends were gracious enough to allow us to be married on their property and have our reception at their quintessential VT barn. We couldn’t have imagined a more beautiful setting than Vermont.”
10. SUMMERY WEDDING AT LAREAU FARM INN IN WAITSFIELD, VERMONT – KATY & ANDREW
Katy & Andrew’s beautiful summer wedding at the Lareau Farm Inn in Waitsfield, Vermont. The wedding was full of colorful locally grown flowers, emotional vows and speeches, romantic moments by the river, and dancing.
“We are two individuals who don’t always know exactly what to say, but know how we feel for each other. Hearing those words brought a sense of peace to my heart, and I am forever grateful for those moments.” – Katy
11. CROSS STREET FLOWER FARM WEDDING INSPIRATION – IN NORWELL, MASSACHUSETTS
Getting married on a flower farm means you’ll be surrounded by rows of luscious, romantic flowers. Cross Street Flower Farm is a 7-acre flower farm only 30 minutes from Boston, growing specialty and sustainable flowers from April through November. Owner Nikki Bartley says, “Our flower fields are a love letter to our community. We hope our flowers make you smile as you drive by our fields on Main Street. We are not just in the business of growing flowers, we are growing a community of flower lovers around the South Shore.”
This Tuscan-inspired day at Cross Street Flower Farm was designed by Kayla Gould of Buds, bringing in a variety of romantic blooms to create this beautiful editorial. My favorite addition to the florals were the pitcher plants! Hayley Tyson created a romantic invitation suite featuring watercolor scenes of Italy, cerulean calligraphy, and vellum envelopes. For the table, she made individually framed acrylic pressed flower escort cards! See more, here!
Jessica & Jordan eloped on a warm August day in Newport, Vermont at an amazing treehouse with access to a pond and forested area. You may have seen this elopement published in Festival Brides and Vermont Weddings. And you can see more of this wedding, here!
“There really were many factors that went into why we decided to elope. Ultimately it just felt right for us. Being able to focus on each other, our commitment to each other, and just enjoying the company of each other on this special day was amazing. I will cherish how I felt on that day forever.” – Jessica
13. BLACK TIE MOUNTAIN WEDDING AT TOPNOTCH RESORT – JENN & BRIAN
Jenn & Brian’s wedding at Topnotch Resort was the perfect mix of luxury and boho. The two love the mountains and wanted their guests to enjoy the weekend and incredible views. They chose a mix of flowers, from cascading orchids to pastel dahlias and large roses.
There are not enough words to share how amazing Julia is! Not only did she capture the most beautiful pictures, but we also could feel that she genuinely loved being there to capture our day with our family and friends, which made the biggest difference. —Jenn & Brian