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Intimate Outdoor Vermont Wedding for $22K

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With their kids as Maid of Honor and Best Man, this military wedding was full of delight, gratitude, and fun. The bride and groom hail from Massachusetts but the Vermont destination has always been a second home for them. It was where they took their first get-away together in 2005 and they’ve gone there multiple times a year ever since, bringing along their two children and watching them grow up more with each visit. So it was only fitting that when they decided to invite their closest family and friends to witness their nuptials! Enjoy this Intimate Outdoor Vermont Wedding for $22K!

Xoxo, Jessica

Caitlin + Chris

August 17th, 2019
Waitsfield, VT | Lareau Farm Inn

What was your total budget? Please provide a budget breakdown.

  • Reception: $14,980
  • DJ: $1,050
  • Flowers: $1,340
  • Favors: $325
  • Cake: $430
  • Photographer: $1,650
  • Dress & alterations: $615
  • Tux Rental: $199
  • Décor: $375

Total Budget: $22,000

How did you meet?

We met in Boston working at Fidelity. He was in IT, I was a new temp.

What is your proposal story?

We went on a horse drawn sleigh through the snow into the woods. He proposed as we went by a beautiful river.

Tell us about your wedding vision.

Vermont was always an important place for us. (We plan on retiring there some day). We loved the idea of a rustic wedding as it fits our laid back personalities. We chose colors that were soft and complementary to the venue, season, and our style. We wanted a very relaxed atmosphere and welcomed our guests to dress in summer casual.

A military theme was brought in as my husband was in the Air Force and also a retired policeman. There were other family members and friends who were in other branches of the military so we wanted to honor all that served by incorporating their respected flags into the venue. During our welcome speech, we had each person that served stand in order to acknowledge and thank them for their service. We also brought many yard games to keep everyone having fun from the kids to the grown-ups.

Tell us about your attire choices.

We were looking for simple and classic. I loved my ivory lace dress and they way it went with the whole rustic theme of the wedding. My husband was in a classic black and white tuxedo.

What was most important to you two? Was there anything you chose to splurge on or skip?

Keeping it fun and relaxed for everyone! Having yard games was such a hit and the guests were so excited that they didn’t have to dress up. We splurged a bit on food as we wanted some yummy choices for our guests.

We did skip a lot of the traditional wedding activities such as throwing the bouquet/garter, many of the traditional dances, cake cutting/feeding each other cake, and having a large wedding party.

The photographer, Cat Cutillo, created a shorter 3-hour custom photography package that reduced cost and still captured the wedding details, getting ready photos, the first look, ceremony, wedding portraits, first dances and speeches.

What were your favorite parts of the day?

Lareau Farm Inn is the first place we went away together in 2005 and we have been going multiple times a year ever since. Our daughter and son have grown up playing in the fields and gardens at Lareau Farm. Before the ceremony, we took a family photo in the chairs near the fire pit, a special location on the Lareau Farm Inn property, where many family photos have been captured over the years visiting the Inn and connected pizza restaurant, American Flatbread.

Tell us about your wedding cake.

The cake was a 3-tier birch bark cake designed with a heart carved into the middle tier. It was created by The Goose Chase Cake Design in Mad River Valley.

What did you do for favors?

The wedding favors were mini Wood’s Maple Syrup bottles with traditional, rum and bourbon options for guests.

Please describe any DIY, handmade, or personal details.

The guests wrote meaningful messages with a sharpie marker on circular wood cross-sections. There was a floor-length wood wall which displayed favorite family photos over the years of memories in Vermont. And during the ceremony there was a basket filled with miniature bubbles that guests picked up before the ceremony and blew bubbles for the walk down the aisle.


Photography: Cat Cutillo Photography & Video | Ceremony Venue: Lareau Farm Inn | Reception Venue: Lareau Farm Inn | Jewelry: Jared | Floral: Vee’s Flowers and Garden Shop | DJ: Solid Gold Productions | Catering: American Flatbread | Wedding Cake: The Goose Chase-Cake Design | Favors: Woods Maple Syrup | Wedding Dress: David’s Bridal | Groom’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse | Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal | Headpiece: Macy’s | Jewelry: Macy’s | Submitted via: Matchology


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