We wanted a whimsical, herb-garden inspired wedding weekend with an outdoor ceremony, a reception in a barn, a custom cocktail… and we knew we had to incorporate puzzle games into the proceedings, a big passion of ours!
We had a super secret commitment ceremony before our legal wedding. We leaned into the “super secret” aspect, so our theme was “super secret spies”. Instead of invitations we sent dossier packages with code names for our guests and GPS coordinates for the location of our ceremony.
A heatwave hit Vermont during the week of July 4, 2018, but that was nothing for Michelle and Jimmy, two Texas natives who eloped in Vermont on July 5th at the Basin Harbor Club in Vergennes, VT. Michelle wore a lemon covered dress that was summer in a print. She had sent photos of the dress to Basin Harbor Club’s floral design team ahead of time so they could create a summery bouquet to match.
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Rare is the time we get a sports-themed submission written by a Tribesdude! It was extra special since it merited a few legit happy tears during the “last dance” section. Come enjoy the boat venue, sweet H.P. Lovecraft-infused ceremony, whiskey ceremony, and impromptu karaoke session. Oh, and wait until you see what the bouquets were made of!
I can’t lie; part of me has struggled with the fact that I am not completely being a build-it-yourself “budget bride” like I had anticipated I would be. I’m letting myself splurge on a little luxury — the luxury of not having to fret about every little detail and allowing people who know what they’re doing take the reins. Even though there will be plenty of opportunities for personal creativity in the ceremony, garb, décor, and atmosphere… I still feel a little bit like a sell-out. Like I’m having a cookie cutter wedding.