A Rustic, Vintage Wedding in Stowe, Vermont

Jennifer and Canute

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When Jennifer Cheung and Canute Dalmasse met at a house party in Hong Kong in 2009, neither was smitten—at first. "Her friends thought I'd be right for her, so they stalled me from leaving while they secretly called her, telling her to come out," says Canute, who works in finance. Recalls Jennifer, a pastry chef, "They practically forced me to show up!" And when she did, it was, in a word, awkward. But turns out the matchmakers were onto something, and nearly two-years-to-the-day later, Jennifer and Canute met again at the hotel bar; he dropped to one knee and asked his girlfriend to marry him. The couple married in Stowe, Vermont, on August 25, 2012.

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Snowy Save-the-Dates

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The white slopes of Stowe appeared on save-the-dates, which were designed by Tiny Pine Press to resemble a vintage ski pass.

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The Serene Setting

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The couple wed at Trapp Family Lodge (as in the von Trapps from The Sound of Music), which offers views of the valley where Canute grew up.

For Hong Kong native Jennifer, the decision to wed in the States was an easy one: "Canute's from Vermont, and it's such a special place, we wanted my family and our shared friends to see it."

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Custom Gifts

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Jennifer chummed around with her sister Jamie, who tied the knot just months prior, before the ceremony; all the girls were presented with custom monogrammed Phillip Lim robes.

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The Flower Girl

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Canute's then 2-year-old niece was on the move in a flowy Bonpoint frock.

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Bridesmaids in Blush

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The ladies, in Alexander McQueen and Alice + Olivia dresses, carried dahlias, garden roses, Queen Anne's lace, protea, clematis, Russian olives, artemisia, and hydrangeas.

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The Ceremony

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Swaths of linen draped from posts provided coverage from the sun. Members of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra played as Jennifer walked down a fern-and-hydrangea-lined aisle. Later, Canute's cousin performed "Mr. Tambourine Man" on guitar in memory of the groom's Bob Dylan–loving father.

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The Newlyweds

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The bride and groom paused for a pic on the fern-lined aisle.

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Seats of Honor

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Leafy vines and wispy fabric marked the newlyweds' spots. The reception included a lounge area, indoor trees, and, notes Jennifer, "tons and tons of candlelight." The party lasted till 1 a.m., when the couple, exhausted but ecstatic, bid adieu to their beloved guests.

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Romantic Lighting

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Dozens of hanging lanterns—each chosen, says Jennifer, for their "rustic, vintage feel—illuminated reception tents.

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The Dessert

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Sugar flowers adorned the amazing four-tier yellow and almond cake by Sylvia Weinstock Cakes.

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Location and catering: Trapp Family Lodge

Event planning and design: Beth Helmstetter Events

Flowers: Saipua

Photography: Steve Steinhardt Photography

Videography: Living Cinema

Officiant: Michael Caldwell

Stationery: Tiny Pine Press

Calligraphy: Laura Hooper Calligraphy

Cake: Sylvia Weinstock Cakes

Music: Vermont Symphony Orchestra String Quartet (ceremony and cocktail hour); Eric Nicolas & One Love (reception)

Rentals: Casa de Perrin; The Korman Group; Weddings, Tents & Events

Tents and lighting: Barker Décor Service

Bride's gown: Christian Dior Couture

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