Admittedly, this wedding is a bit out of season, but there are always brides out there planning their winter weddings, right? ...And really, when the wedding is this lovely, it really doesn't matter! I'm going to warn you now that this bride gave me SO much fabulous content to work with, that it was pretty impossible for me to contain myself. So in an effort to make sure that you don't miss any of the nitty gritty, beautiful and creative details in the midst of a bunch of long-winded paragraphs, I'm going to try to break it down a little differently than usual!
Everything about this intimate winter wedding in Vermont is just so warm and cozy! The bride, Cameron, planned the entire wedding herself with the help of her best friend, using a great blend of vintage, DIY and custom made pieces from Etsy (every bride's best friend) to give it the mellow, romantic feel the couple was going for.
Cameron and her groom, Jason flew their photographer, Alex Maldonado out from Texas in order to shoot their wedding on New Year's Eve in Quechee, Vermont. In the end, the little bit of extra effort was well worth it for Cameron and Jason. "We were immediately comfortable around him and he has such great style in his photography. Alex did a fantastic job capturing not only the details of our day, but also the overall feeling," said Cameron.
There was plenty of snow on the ground when the couple married at The Murphy Farmhouse, a beautiful farmhouse built in the 1700s. The wedding was kept small and intimate with about 30 guests, who were each welcomed with cozy mugs of hot chocolate and flutes of champagne in the parlor prior to the ceremony. Just before the ceremony began, each guest was given a candle, all of which were personally lit by Jason and Cameron during the ceremony to signify the uniting of their family and friends.
Cameron's bridal bouquet was just as soft and romantic as the rest of the day, with the bride's favorite, peonies, mixed with lots of white and blush colored winter flowers. A few soft white feathers framed the bouquet, and the handle was adorned with a small pocket watch (we'll get to the clocks in a bit!). The bride wore a wedding gown custom made by KT Jean Designs, who she found through Etsy after failing to find a dress in stores that felt "right" for her. To keep warm while outdoors, Cameron topped her gown with a fur stole that she purchased at a vintage store in Dallas. Cameron asked her bridesmaids to pick any dress they felt pretty in, as long as it was a blush pink or champagne color.
After the ceremony, Cameron actually had a little bit of technical difficulties! Here's a cute story as told by the bride..."About an hour or so before the ceremony, my dress actually got a rip in the back near the zipper. It was one of those "uh oh" moments, but my mom, using about seven different hotel sewing kits, actually sewed me into the dress and everything worked out great. It's important to know that SOMETHING will probably happen on your wedding day, but you just have to smile and roll with it because no matter what, at the end of the day everything is still perfect because you are married and surrounded by your closest friends and family. (Side note: I think this is such a great memory to share, but I don't want it to sound bad at all to my dressmaker, because she was wonderful and I'd recommend her to anyone!)
Reception & Decor
Immediately following the ceremony, guests were shuttled over to the reception venue where they enjoyed hors d'oeuvres and a seasonal signature cocktail, Hot-Spiked Apple Cider. The restaurant was decorated with antique clocks collected by the couple as an omage to their New Year's Eve wedding date. Have I mentioned that I freaking LOVE this idea? It's such a great way to incorporate the holiday without being cheesy and over-the-top, and the pretty gold fixtures blended nicely with Cameron's neutral and gold color palette!
Before guests could enjoy dinner, they "had" to walk underneath the misteltoe hung at the entrance to the reception. Couples paused for a kiss and a picture (awesome photo booth idea, by the way) before sitting down to a 4-course family dinner of filet mignon and Vermont pheasant breast. The wedding cake by Irene's Cakes by Design was as unique as I'm sure it was delicious! One tier consisted of a triple chocolate cate filled with lavender buttercream frosting, and the other was a hazelnut croquant cake filled with chocolate ganache, all frosted with a Grand Marnier buttercream. The grandeur cake was decorated with a cake topper created by the bride herself using a photo taken of their two bulldogs dressed as the "Bride" and "Groom" during Cameron and Jason's engagement shoot with Alex M.
So many great things about this wedding. I don't know about you, but it's totally up my alley! Thanks, Cameron and Alex M. for allowing me to share all of your hard work with everyone today!
Cozy, Vintage New Year's Eve Wedding - Vendors & Credits
Photographer: AlexM Photography
Floral Designer: Emily Herzig Floral Studio
Reception Venue: Simon Pearce
Wedding Dress: KT Jean Designs
Wedding Cake Designer: Irene's Cakes by Design
Wedding Stationery: Magpie Paperworks
Other Etsy Finds: Ring bearer pillow (and a future Christmas ornament) via Aphrodite's Canvas.
Robes as gifts for bridesmaids by Plum Pretty Sugar. Handmade gold jewelry by Evie Jewelry.