Wednesday, 6 January 2010

Real Wedding: Nili + Anthony& Rustic Chic Winter Vermont Wedding

This week is all about winter wedding inspiration! It's "Baby, it's Cold Outside" week at Green Wedding Shoes. :) And I have the most gorgeous winter wedding to start the week off! As far as the idea of a winter wedding, that was never really my thing, that is until I saw this wedding. It really may make you change your mind. It is just so cozy and ultra romantic. And something else to keep in mind, lots of venues and vendors will give discounted rates for weddings in Jan-March (since these are the least popular months for weddings in the U.S.). Now onto this lovely wedding...

Nili + Anthony were married in Woodstock, Vermont. They fell in love in winter in Vermont and Nili loves all things wintry and cold, so it seemed like the perfect location - plus with their families coming from New York and Montreal, it was a great halfway location. The ceremony was at the Murphy Farmhouse and the reception was at the Woodstock Inn. The bride came up with so many beautiful details and with the snow and the amazingly beautiful photography by Leigh Miller - it is all so so pretty. Makes you really want a winter wedding! Thanks to Nili and Leigh for including some information about the day.

vermont winter wedding Christian Louboutin green wedding shoes

And yes, the bride wore green wedding shoes! I LOVE these Christian Louboutin shoes, so so gorgeous - and the perfect shade of green.

wedding invitation on wood

Our invites were custom made, I had the printer (Cardson Wood) print it on actual sheets of Walnut wood. We choose a rich walnut to go with our chocolate brown and chartreuse and moss green color scheme. The logo was designed by Betsy White.

winter wedding vermont

winder wedding bride in fur

My dress was by Amsale with a few custom tweaks that I had made (sweetheart neck, black belt, added brooch in the back). My veil was handmade by Brenda’s Bridal Veils on Etsy. Anthony's tux was by Hugo Boss and shoes were Kenneth Cole. Bridesmaids Dresses and Necklaces were J Crew.

wedding dress with black sash haripiece

succulent bridal bouquet green and white flowers

winter wedding decor ceremony

We also tried to incorporate moss throughout both venues to add to the woodsy, Vermont feel. I bought a moss aisle runner on Ebay to use at the farmhouse and moss by the pound to use a decoration throughout. I bought large moss balls from Pottery Barn and suspended them at the Inn for a visual aesthetic.

winter wedding decor

winter wedding decorations ceremony

I love the ceremony location - how rustic and chic! Gorgeous flowers by Tara Pollio Floral Event Design.

vermont winter wedding

wedding birds birch decor

Trees and wood were a common theme throughout the wedding. We liked the idea of a tree representing life and growth and embraced our natural setting in Vermont. Overall we tried to create a rustic chic feel for the weekend.

wedding birds rock candy

Candy Bar– this was a fun project to put together. I searched online and stores in the area for different sized apothecary jars. I also scoured candy websites for green and brown colored candies to go with our theme. I am sure the guys in the mail room at work loved my million packages that would come in daily! We tied ribbons to the jars, hand wrote the candy names and voila a candy bar! This was one of our biggest surprises of the night– originally, we thought that it would please our friends but it seems that it was a bigger hit with our parents friends! Who would have known!

wedding tree guestbook

We tried to do a lot of these projects ourselves to give the wedding a more personal feel. Definitely a difficult task while working 60 hours a week at my busy law firm. Planning a wedding after 11 pm and during lunches and weekends proved to be a bit challenging but I think we got most of our planned projects done.
Many of our DIY projects were centered around the Gocco machine (a Japanese printing press that is no longer in production) that we bought a few months before the wedding to make most of the printed materials. We pretty much custom printed (Goccoed) it on everything! We printed our Save the Dates, the directions cards within the invite, the recyclable CDs cases, the cloth welcome bags, tags on the bags and many of the other paper products we used.
To carry the tree theme we bought spruce tree saplings, wrapped them in burlap with yarn, added a personal message and used them as our table favors. It was our Eco stamp on the wedding and we hoped that the guests could plant them at home and watch them grow as our love and relationship grows. The weekend before the wedding Anthony went up to New Hampshire and had birch logs and a birch stump cut down from a tree farm. We used the
logs as escort card holders and the tree stump as the base for our wedding cake. I also purchased birch sleeves on Ebay to use as the vases for the centerpiece flower arrangements to carry the birch/wood theme throughout. We also named our tables after trees– Maple, Fir, Pine, ash to name a few.
Cocktail - We bought a bunch of knit pillows to make the cocktail area more loungey and warmer. I thought they would welcome the guests in out of the cold. Our green signature cocktail was called the Vermont crush in honor of the winter we spent skiing in Vermont before we were engaged. I had custom made stir sticks and coasters printed with our logo to add to the theme.
Welcome bags- We tried to stuff these with as many local products that we could. Little jars of Vermont maple syrup and Cabot Cheddar cheese were some of the highlights and also included the usual items (maps, gum, kleenex, chocolate, water, etc.).
Thanks so much Leigh for letting me share this gorgeous winter wedding! What a beautiful start for our week of Baby it's Cold Outside/Winter Wedding Inspiration Week! You can see more from this wedding on Leigh's Blog.

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