We Picked a Wedding Venue!

vt-wedding-venue-tentIt’s official. We are having our winter wedding at the Mountaintop Inn! We looked at number of fancy and fabulous places around Vermont but this Chittenden resort just said Mike and Anne. Set on 350 acres of forest overlooking a massive reservoir, this venue feeds our love for the Green Mountains and all the activities they have to offer: snowshoeing, cross country skiing, sledding, lounging by the fireplace, and stargazing from the hot tub.

To us, Vermont is prettiest under a blanket of snow so when it came to choosing our ceremony spot, the mountain-facing patio was the only choice. This outdoor location may sound crazy for a wedding in early March (especially to my Southern Californian family members) but it’s that little bit of insanity mixed with extreme beauty that will make this wedding memorable and uniquely ours.

vt-wedding-venue-cermonyThe Ceremony
This photo was one of the few examples the Mountaintop Inn had of an outdoor winter ceremony (go figure), but seeing these huge smiles set against snow-covered mountains was the only example we needed.

vt-wedding-venue-tent-interiorThe Reception
I’d take a tent over a ballroom any day. Never doubling as a conference room or a tradeshow floor, tents only go up on special occasions. And this one is particularly lovely with its draped-fabric ceilings, arched windows, parquet floors, and winter-ready heat system.

vt-wedding-venue-cabinThe Accommodations
For weddings over 100 people, the entire property automatically closes to the public and becomes reserved for our family and friends.  Guests can choose to stay in one of the quaint rooms at the inn or for something a bit more secluded, they can rent one of the chalet homes. These houses sleep anywhere from 4-18 people so it’s conducive to a couples retreat or a slumber party with old friends.

Next on the wedding to-do list: pick a photographer.