Our Winter Wedding

Vermont BrideandGroom
I’ve been wanting to post about the wedding for months but between editing thousands of photos and trying to put words to the most pivotal, meaningful, and magical days of my life, it took me a waaaay longer than expected. Excuses, excuses aside, I’m back to SeeingDesign a wed woman and thrilled to share the marriage of Anne Elizabeth Collins to Michael Patrick Howard.

mountaintop-inn wedding
Set in Green Mountains of Chittenden, Vermont, covered in the fresh snow we were hoping for, the Mountain Top Inn was truly the most amazing venue for a winter wedding.
winter wedding rings
Ski days of yore was a subtle theme throughout the day.
wedding-palette-purple-grey-cream
Plum, winter white, and grey—from silver to charcoal—made up our palette.
The bride and groom before seeing one another.
sleigh-wedding entrance
For the entrance to the ceremony, my dad escorted me to the aisle in a horse-drawn sleigh. (Total fairytale land.)
To make the thought of a beautiful 32-degree ceremony a little more appealing, we provided heat in many forms: spiked hot cocoa, cozy knit throws, and hand warmers in little burlap sacks.
winter wedding ceremony
Looking out to the snow-covered lake and mountains, 150 guests sat by the bonfire as Mike and I took our vows. 
Vermont winter wedding kiss
With the musician who played at our first date strumming his guitar in the background, Mike kissed the bride.
Winter Bridal Party in Sleigh
After the ceremony, Mike and I were swept away in the sleigh and into the woods to take a moment to be completely giddy on our own, then we picked up our closest friends for a spin before cocktail hour.
Wedding_Table-display-birch and mercury glass
For the reception, birch covered votives and mercury glass vessels of different shapes and sizes adorned the tables. Pops of purple in the napkins and blooms brightened up my attempt at a rustic glamour display.
winter wedding tent
With the draped-fabric ceiling, dozens of glittering antique chandeliers, and candles at every turn, the canvas tent felt like a cozy escape from the cold (lots of heaters, champagne, and dancing didn’t hurt either.)
winter wedding couple
Mike and I took in a moment by the fireplace before the after-party and its epic bouts of sledding.  

Everyone says weddings are the greatest day of their lives and it’s cliché, but I’m thrilled to be a part of the club.

Photos by Birke Photography