Today I have the first ever Vermont Wedding to grace the pages of Mountainside Bride. Alanna Scully submitted this charming wedding. One thing that strikes me about the this wedding is how vibrant that blue sky gets up there in the Green Mountain State. Stunning! I think the best part is always real advice from real brides. Today, Ani offers some fresh hindsight advice. My favorite: memorize your vows!
Briefly tell us a bit about your wedding
Jared and I met while we were both working on the construction of the Stowe Mountain Lodge. We developed a friendship that blossomed into a relationship after we started working for the same company on the project. We thought it would be fitting and romantic to be married in the same place that we had met and helped build. We both lived in Stowe so that had a special significance to us as well. Stowe is mostly known as a ski town but it is beautiful in the summer too.
What could be more perfect than getting married on top of a mountain in the town you live in?!
The planning process wasn't necessarily easy for us but it definitely did teach us a lot about each other and that is extremely important. You learn new things about your partner and how they deal with certain situations and how you, as a couple, move forward together.
What are three things you're glad you did?
- We decided to memorize our vows which came as a strong suggestion from our Pastor so I am glad that we did. I think it gives a ceremony that little something extra and avoids the photos of you reading from a paper, losing your place, etc. This aspect did make my day MUCH more stressful because I thought I was going to have such bad stage fright that I would forget Jared's name but it worked out in the end!
- I wouldn't normally categorize myself as a traditional person but I am glad that we decided to not see each other that day until the ceremony, it made the first look that much more special. Lastly, I definitely feel that the photos are probably the most important, lasting memory for a wedding.
- I am glad that we did an engagement shoot with our photographer first, that way we felt more comfortable with her on the wedding day.
Things you wish you had done?
- I don't think that there are three things that I wish we would have done. We had such a fun, amazing, beautiful wedding day that I wouldn't wish to change anything about it.
Things you wish you hadn't done?
Again, I feel that everything works out the way it is supposed to in the end. If we hadn't done something in particular it may have changed the outcome and I couldn't have been happier with how the day turned out.
Things you wish you hadn't worried about?
We thankfully had a very capable onsite wedding coordinator so I always felt that she had everything under control. Again, I do wish I hadn't worried so much about forgetting my vows. I was saying these words to my future husband and that is all that matters. The only other thing I wish I hadn't worried about the weather, it is what it is and there is nothing you can do about it.
What is your very best hindsight advice?
Enjoy your engagement and have fun during the planning process. Understand that it is a complicated and sometimes stressful task to plan a wedding and a lot of emotions are involved so keep everyone's feelings in mind as well as your own. Also, just enjoy your day. Don't stress about the small stuff because in the end, it really doesn't matter. Take time to breathe and take in what is going on around you because after all the planning, the day flies by in a second!