Tented backyard Vermont wedding

Emily and Matthew were married in her parents’ backyard where they had a beautiful tented ceremony and reception in Waterbury, VT.  The bride wanted a mix of casual, country elegance with some Asian design elements.  When I first met Emily and her mother last July the only thing we were sure of is that we were using purples and there definitely had to be thistle!  Michael Riddell was the photographer for the day so I cannot wait to see the beautiful images he captured, but here are a few sample photos that I shot before the wedding.

The bride’s bouquet includes dendrobium orchids, white mini callas, freesia, thistle, lisianthus, snapdragons, nigella and scabiosa pods tied with plum silk dupioni ribbon.  I love the mix of summery blooms with orchids–I don’t think I have ever used thistle with orchids before! 

The bridesmaids wore a lovely shade of purple and carried green hydrangea, delphinium, orchids, snapdragons, freesia, stock, thistle & scabiosa pods.  Men wore orchid boutonnieres.

Cloud 9 Caterers set up a champagne station which we accented with a few green cymbidium orchids.  The tables had 2 shades of purple linens from Vermont Tent Company and centerpieces included hydrangea, celosia, delphinium, bupleurum, snapdragons, freesia, trachellium, scabiosa, green dianthus & orchids.

Guests were greeted by this buddah as well as river rocks with their seating assignments.  As a favor they made a donation to P.A.N.D.O.R.A. to further their research on Lyme Disease.

We used my birch arbor as a chuppah & draped Emily’s paternal grandfather’s talus over the top.  The ceremony took place under a tent even though it turned out to be a beautiful day.  Better to be safe than sorry when planning an outdoor wedding in Vermont!

Here is another centerpiece and the “wishing well” that collected wishes for the couple. 

The scenery speaks for itself.  It was a beautiful day, with beautiful views and a truly beautiful bride.  I am sure their guests were blown away by the unique location and no doubt the fabulous culinary delights of Cloud 9!

Congratulations to Emily & Matt!  This family truly was a pleasure to work with and I have to give props to the bride’s mother for all her hard work and attention to detail.  It is not often that I think I will miss e-mailing with a mother of a bride, but Linda was so great to work with!  Many congrats on a smashing success!


  • Vermont Weddings

    September 2, 2010 at 6:41pm ·

    Nice one, the flowers are so refreshing, hope to see more pictures.

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