No 262: Real Wedding: Nili and Anthony

Sunday, October 11, 2009

I love this wedding. I think it's absolutely beautiful. But frankly, the incredible bride can tell you so much more about it than I can.

Attire: The dress - Amsale
The tux- Hugo Boss
My shoes- Christian Louboutin
Veil- handmade veil by Brenda’s Bridal Veils on
His shoes- Kenneth Cole

Florist- Tara Pollio Floral Event Design
Reception - Woodstock Inn in Woodstock, VT,
Ceremony - Murphy Farmhouse
Welcome Dinner - Simon Pearce Studio in Quechee, VT
Logo - Betsy White

"We tried to do a lot of 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.

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.

Our invites were custom made, I had the printer (Cardson Wood) print it on actual sheets of Walnut wood. We choose a rich walnutto go with our chocolate brown and chartreuse and moss green color scheme.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.)."

Incredible photos by Leigh Miller Photography, and the most beautiful winter wedding I can imagine. It makes me want to curl up with a cup of hot cocoa under the fur blanket.


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