A Casual, Rustic Outdoor Destination Wedding in Vermont

Meghan and Chris

John Dolan

Chris was a sophomore in high school when he was hanging out at his friend Ron's house one day and his buddy's younger sister, Meghan, entered the room. Chris decided she was the love of his life. Meghan wasn't as instantly smitten, but Chris was persistent, and two years later, she agreed to a date. They clicked, but parted ways when they went to college. Then, in 2007, the two reconnected through Ron again, this time at a picnic he hosted on his family's boat, and three years later, Chris proposed.

The pair knew they wanted to get married at Spring Brook Farm, Chris's family's 1,000-acre estate in Reading, Vermont. So on September 4th, 2011, they tied the knot, then celebrated in fresh air with farm-to-table food and unique, rustic elements.

01 of 20

Custom Stationery

John Dolan

The rustic invitation suite included a hand-drawn map of the grounds.

02 of 20

The Venue

John Dolan

Spring Brook Farm offered views of lush lawns and refreshing serenity. "It's peaceful, restorative, quiet, and yet full of life," Meghan said. "We wanted to share that with our loved ones."

03 of 20

The Blushing Bride

John Dolan

Meghan carried loosely tied white dahlias, astilbe, garden roses, and anemones mixed with lavender, star-of-bethlehem, geranium leaves, and hypericum berries. She wore an Anne Barge dress and a veil by Vera Wang.

04 of 20

'Maids in Blue

John Dolan

Meghan shared a laugh with her five bridesmaids, all decked out in navy J.Crew.

05 of 20

Pre-Wedding Excitement

John Dolan

Chris, dressed in a custom Victor Talbots suit, stood with his parents as he prepared to see his bride.

06 of 20

With This Ring...

eyelet lace ring bearer pillow with green ribbon
John Dolan

The couple's rings, secured with a sage green ribbon, rested on a eyelet pillow.

07 of 20

Into the Mist

John Dolan

The morning's heavy fog cleared just in time for Meghan and Chris' afternoon vows. "The sun came out right before the ceremony and stayed out for the cocktail hour," Meghan says. "It was all very much meant to be."

08 of 20

The Ceremony

John Dolan

Meghan and Chris exchanged self-penned vows before 175 guests on a lawn surrounded by centuries-old stone walls. Here, the bride's 8-year-old cousin walked the rings—and the couple's dog, Klaus—down the aisle.

09 of 20

A Thoughtful Gift

John Dolan

Chris's dad, a vintage-car collector, gave his 1959 Austin-Healey to Meghan as a wedding gift. "Chris was driving it the day that we rekindled our relationship," she says. "I've loved it ever since."

10 of 20

A Sweet Ride

John Dolan

The lovebirds drove across the far to their reception in classic style.

11 of 20

Mix and Mingle

John Dolan

The post-ceremony scene: The farm's lush foliage, cozy wicker furniture, and milk bottles filled with white hydrangea, mini green hydrangea, sprigs of lavender, Queen Anne's lace, lemon leaf, cream garden roses and purple and white dahlias.

12 of 20

Light Refreshments

John Dolan

A pint-size guest cooled off with a Mason jar of pink lemonade.

13 of 20

The Drinks

John Dolan

Celebrants swizzled cocktails with "You Stir Me" flags.

14 of 20

Local Cheeses

John Dolan

Fromages, including Spring Book Farm Tarentaise and Reading raclette, were a hit at cocktail hour.

15 of 20

Rustic Seating Chart

John Dolan

Escort cards awaited their takers in the slats of old shutters leaned against hay bales.

16 of 20

Guest Book Alternative

John Dolan

In lieu of a guest book, loved ones were invited to leave their best wishes for the newlyweds on paper scrolls.

17 of 20

The First Dance

John Dolan

Meghan and Chris grooved to their band's rendition of Van Morrison's "Into the Mystic."

18 of 20

Farm Favors

John Dolan

Burlap favor bags contained goat's milk soap and lavender sachets that meghan found on Etsy, and maple syrup from the farm's sugarhouse.

19 of 20

Out With a Spark

John Dolan

Chris's family surprised the couple with a fireworks display.

20 of 20


John Dolan

Location: Spring Brook Farm

Event Design and Flowers: Kate Parker Designs

Catering: Philip Stone Caterers

Wedding Photography: Ned Jackson Photography

Stationery: Gus & Ruby Letterpress

Calligraphy: Elizabeth Porcher Jones

Cake: Wild Orchid Baking Co.

Reception Music: Kenny Ford Band

Tents: Sperry Tents Seacoast

Bride's Dress: Anne Barge

Bride's Veil: Vera Wang

Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew

Groom's Suit: Victor Talbots

Officiant: LisaAnn DuKaten

Ceremony Music: Bell/Blake Duo

DJ: Ryan Parker

Hair: Hair that Moves

Makeup: DD Nickel

Bride's Shoes: French Sole

Groom's Bow Tie and Shoes: Brooks Brothers

Groomsmen Shirts and Ties: J.Crew

Transportation: People Movers

Favors: My Heart's Design sachet pillows; Back to Nature soap; Farms for City Kids maple syrup (802-484-1236); PaperMart burlap bags

Was this page helpful?
Related Articles