Jewels and Scott were married on a private family property in Jericho, Vermont. We assisted this couple in creating one of the most personal and symbolic weddings we have designed to date. The 200 plus acres of fields, wooded trails, and farmland was adjacent to the groom’s father’s childhood home. The groom’s parent’s house boasted an antique school bell that once adorned the town’s first schoolhouse. The schoolhouse relocated to the property under the previous owner’s care, was refurbished to become a chicken coop that still stands today. The sizeable expansive field behind the home hosted the clear tent and cocktail hour festivities for this tented wedding. Jewels and Scott shared an immense love of the outdoors. You might find these two traversing mountain biking trails or hiking amongst the beautiful family property that would serve as the setting for this tented wedding.
The ceremony space took place in the family’s apple orchard. We were able to help this couple design a ceremony space filled with meaning. During one of our client meetings, the bride expressed the unique opportunity to incorporate sailing masts. The groom’s grandfather once built his sailboat, and these masts were the very ones that had carried him across the sea. As we discussed the possibility of rain and our backup plans for the ceremony, the discussion inspired us to utilize these masts as overhead coverage. Sails hung above, yoga blankets adorned hay bales to reflect the bride’s love for yoga, and an arch crafted by the groom stood firm. By the end of our design concept and execution, we had created an exceptionally personal ceremony space for this couple. This space would be the tip of the iceberg in just how detailed our design became for this tented wedding.
We ushered guests through wooded trails lit by fairy lights to the backfield where our cleat top tent wedding would occur. A path of pumpkins listing each family member’s name, grown on the parent’s property, would outline the way to this carnival-style cocktail hour. The outdoor cocktail hour concept was “fun from the very first moment.” The bride wanted the best day of her life to be truly fun, easy-going, and exciting. We installed an open bar, catering made a giant charcuterie with hand-rolled mozzarella, and our vendor friend set massive inflatable games outside. Our team worked for two days straight to set up the three tents required for the outdoor cocktail hour and the inflatable games.
Inside this cleat top tent wedding, long banquet tables lined each side of the tent. As a reflection of the couple’s love for the outdoors and to honor the parent’s desire for an elevated dinner feel, we designed an earthy yet classy table setting. Wed made the center runner from real Spanish moss, arranged to form a long garland spanning the entire banquet line. Hurricanes of varying heights sat partially filled with water to host floating candles. The bride’s large Italian family owned a vineyard, where their very own wine was made. The family’s custom wine bottles stood on each table holding a single white rose stem. Clear plates, gold cutlery, and knot tied napkins crested each place setting. As the sunset, the flickering of candles cast a warm, romantic glow amongst all.
We wanted this couple’s head table to feel like the fun, earthy, and vibrant as our outdoorsy and spontaneous couple. We were given full permission to create a custom design all of our own for the head table to serve as a surprise for the couple. With this in mind, we set to work hand-dying cheesecloth to match the Spanish Moss set out on the guest’s tables. We draped silk as a backdrop and hand sewed a garland of zinnias, sunflowers, and daises grown by the groom’s mother to create the most colorful chain of flowers. These chains were draped across the table and hung in the background. A fairy garden of candles, blooms, and moss-draped across the table to remind the bride of her love for creating her own tiny fairy homes as a child. The asymmetrical design reflected the perfect flow and ease of this couple. Jewel’s and Scott’s custom head table was positioned to perfectly look out at each of their 200 guests at this tented wedding.
We worked alongside the bride’s mother to surprise her with a petite wedding cake. After the bride expressed her love for Milk Bar’s classic birthday cake in casual conversation, we knew what direction to go in. We sourced a baker, communicated this wish, and picked up the cake ourselves. The bride and groom happily finished this cake on Sunday morning over coffee!
The bride and her friends surprised the guests by attending dancing dressed in giant inflatable dinosaur costumes.
We love to hire locals, and so after the couple expressed their love for ice cream treats, we asked if we could run with dessert. The busy professional couple welcomed this assistance. After dinner and speeches, we had an ice cream truck owned by the next-door neighbor arrive with bells, whistles, and yes, that classic ice cream truck song!
We arranged for late-night flatbread pizza to arrive at the close of dancing, to be enjoyed around the giant bonfire encompassed by fairy lights.
This clear-top tent wedding was one of the most incredible experiences for all involved. The couple, the guests, the family, and the vendors alike were in awe of the endless details. We are so grateful we can assist couples like Jewels and Scott in creating a planning experience and wedding weekend they deserve.
Our warmest wishes to Jewels and Scott!
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