A Rustic Winter Destination Wedding in Vermont

Photo: Cassidy Rehwaldt
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Jennifer and Tyler

Cassidy Rehwaldt

Not afraid of a little snowy weather, Utah-based Jennifer Vander Veer and Tyler Wren set out to create a cozy wedding weekend in February in the bride's home state of Vermont. The itinerary? Nights by crackling fires, days filled with sledding outings, and a simple ceremony as the icing on the icy weekend.

Here, the happy pair clad in a Nancy Barrus Couture gown for Avenia Bridal and a suit by Beckett & Robb posed just before becoming Mr. and Mrs.

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The Venue

Emily Wren

Jennifer and Tyler chose Riverside Farm for their nuptials. Just 10 miles from ski slopes, the property's charming barn is fully winterized.

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The Setting

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A hand-painted sign directed guests, some of whom stayed onsite at Riverside Farm, around the property. The bride and groom's families lodged at the nearby Amee Farm.

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The Bouquet

Emily Wren

Cedar boughs and brunia berries lent a seasonal feel to Jennifer's amnesia-rose clutch by Petals Floral Design.

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Ceremony Programs

Emily Wren

The duo provided glittery jingle bells with their programs and guests rang their festive favors as the couple said "I do."

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First Look

Emily Wren

Before the ceremony, the blustering snow let up just long enough for the duo to pose for a few outdoor snaps.

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Bridal Booties

Emily Wren

Jennifer wore toasty shearling wedges with pink laces for outdoor photos.

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The Ceremony


After walking up a burlap-covered aisle lined with candles and grapevines in the barn's stone cellar, the couple, in a wagon-wheel chair, faced their friends and family as the bride's brother led the Quaker-style service.

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A Heartfelt Gift

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A watercolor painted by the groom's sister was placed on the table all 68 attendees signed the marriage certificate. "Our guests were an integral part of our wedding," says Jennifer.

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The Reception

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Scores of candles -- votives, pillars, and tapers -- cast a glow over king-sized tables.

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Escort Cards

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Mini bottles of locally tapped maple syrup favors accompanied kraftpaper escort cards.

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Emily Wren

Birch logs and cedar clippings gathered from Jennifer's parents' backyard were arranged down the middle of each table.

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Seat of Honor

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A slate sign, hung with twine and rosy ribbon, marked the bride's place in chalk -- as did her vintage mink stole, an Etsy find.

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Place Settings

Brooke Schultz

A spoon for the bride, white burlap runner and plate, and an ivory napkin with a blush ribbon set a sweet scene.

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The Dessert

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The couple skipped cake in favor of homemade pies. Bourbon pecan -- a nod to Tyler's Georgian roots -- sat atop a slice of birch cut by the bride's father.

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The Time of Their Lives

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Tyler and Jennifer, in a sequined Sue Wong dress, surprised partygoers by performing a fully choreographed number from Dirty Dancing. "It was our first big 'team' undertaking as newlyweds," she says.

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Take Two

Brooke Schultz

A month later, the duo posed for more pics on a mountain a few hours from their home.

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Location: Riverside Farm
Catering: Delicata Catering
Flowers: Petals Floral Design
Photography: Wren & Field Photography; Brooke Schultz Photography
Music: Aaron Topfer
Bride's Gown: Nancy Barrus Couture for Avenia Bridal
Groom's Suit: Beckett & Robb
Bar Service: Occasions Catering
Hair: Cailyne Crowder
Makeup: Cynthea Hausman for Cynthea's Spa
Bride's accessories: My Mink; J.Crew booties; Henry G. shoes
Groom's accessories: Modern Tailor shirt; Countess Mara tie; Robert Graham socks; Allen Edmonds shoes
Bells: Michaels
Burlap: Online Fabric Store
Ribbons: The Lace Place (invites, napkin ties,bells, and bootlaces)
Spoons: Monkeys Always Look
Vases: Bottle Solutions

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