With a splash of fun details, from a candy store style sweets (displayed on tree slices!) to delicately wrapped birch bark centerpieces, you’ll find heaps of inspiration in Ali and Jon’s wedding to brighten your Monday. I just love Vermont weddings, and when you mix a picturesque venue with a beautiful and energetic couple, it makes for such a charismatic event. I can’t stop smiling. The glamorous (sparkly Jimmy Choos) and naturally elegant details of this Stowe Mountain wedding have been captured by Amanda Herzberger of Orchard Cove Photography.
Before the Ring:
Jon and I met our junior year of college. We had a class together and he was a friend of a friend. My girlfriend knew I had a thing for Jon, so every day she’d come to class and sit one seat away from him, always leaving the seat next to him open. Unfortunately for me, nothing came of it. A few months later, towards the end of the school year (and after a few drinks), I saw Jon out at a party and let him know how I felt. He genuinely offered up a “maybe next year,” as it was the last day of school before the summer break. I quickly made my way out of the party. The following school year, Jon and I crossed paths once again and he immediately asked me out. I accepted and almost ten years later we are happily married. The story of our engagement is long and detailed, so I’ll do us all a favor and just say that after nine years together, Jon asked me to marry him on a beach in the north fork of Long Island and I said yes.
Details of the Day:
It was really important to Jon and me that we were married on the mountain at Stowe Mountain Resort. We spent a lot of time discussing what was important to each of us and really wanted our decor and style to be representative of where we were and who we are, so most of our decorations were natural, simple and where possible, sourced locally.
Our guests were greeted upon their arrival in Vermont with welcome bags that included Cabot Cheese, Maple Syrup, and other Vermont made treats. There are so many things we love about Vermont and we wanted our guests to get a taste of as many as possible!
We held our ceremony and cocktail hour at the top of the mountain on the deck of The Cliff House restaurant. All of our guests had to take a gondola up to the top of the mountain, where we were married at 3,625 feet. The backdrop of the mountain and valley below allowed us to keep our decorations to a minimum.
The reception was held at Spruce Base Camp, an 80-foot octagon shaped room at the base of Spruce Mountain (another short gondola ride away). The space was breathtaking, but grand, and could accommodate parties twice our size. So Jon suggested we bring in some local trees to help fill the space and make the setting more intimate. Our goal was to make the space feel like an extension of the outdoors, which was easy to do with the floor to ceiling windows, lots of greenery and wooden details.
In the spirit of Vermont, we had Ben and Jerry’s create a 3-tiered ice cream cake as our wedding cake – featuring our favorite flavors (including What a Cluster and Mint Chocolate Chunk). It was definitely an endeavor getting the cake from Burlington to Stowe.
Most Memorable Moment:
The gondola ride down the mountain to the reception, after the sun had set. We never even considered the eight minutes we’d have alone together riding down the mountain in complete darkness, with only the lights of the valley twinkling below. It sounds cheesy, but it was so nice to have a few minutes to ourselves to take in everything that had just happened.
Ali’s Advice to Future Brides:
It’s just a wedding. And you will argue. But it’s best to just pick three things that you really care about, fight for those three and let everything else go. At the end of the day all that matters is that you are marrying the person you love.
Photography: Orchard Cove Photography / Getting Ready: Topnotch Resort and Spa / Ceremony Venue: The Cliff House, Stowe Mountain Resort / Reception Venue: Spruce Camp Base Lodge, Stowe Mountain Resort / Florist: A Schoolhouse Garden / Invitations: Collaboration between bride and groom, and friend Kristen Johnson (painter) / Ali’s Dress: Christos / Ali’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Bridesmaid’s Dresses: J. Crew / Hair & Makeup: Casey Korbel / Cake: Ben & Jerry’s / Caterer: Stowe Mountain Resort / DJ: Terry Urban