Real Wedding | Erin + Michael

Today’s featured bride promises to pass along an abundance of luck and the chance for all wedding dreams to come true for whom ever falls in love with her Christos Eva gown next.  Such good fortune became apparent when Hurricane Irene made a tardy arrival (blowing in during this couple’s indoor reception), which meant not only was Erin + Michael’s outdoor ceremony safe and sound, but completely serene, elegant and brimming with charm.  Things to love about this Vermont wedding: an array of tasteful wardrobe choices for all 20 MEMBERS of the bridal party, an incredible green mountain scape, charming flower arrangements, and a gorgeous couple!

Erin + Michael | August 27, 2011 | The Equinox Resort & Spa, Manchester, Vermont

The Ceremony
Having grown up on a farm, it was important to me that our nuptials be outdoors.  And since my husband’s grandmother had just turned 100 (woo hoo!) it was important to him that our wedding take place near his hometown so she could attend.  One visit to the Pond Pavilion at the Equinox Resort and we were sold.  Our guests were shuttled up Equinox Mountain to a lakeside setting that was truly majestic. Very little additional adornment was needed… especially after we added our 20 person bridal party!

The Reception
We decided to separate dinner and dancing so we could create spaces that enhanced each part.  Dinner was held in a screened-in pavilion overlooking the water.  It was seriously magical!    

When dinner ended, we moved to a tent that we’d filled with comfy couches, love seats and ottomans.  We wanted people to feel like they were in a lounge where they could dance, drink and mingle the night away!  We filled the space with more votives and flowers but most importantly a maple syrup fountain (with mini pancakes, waffles and French toast sticks!) and a Ben & Jerry’s cart of ice cream!

How Erin Felt in Her Wedding Dress
Timeless, Elegant and Sexy

Why Erin Decided to Sell Her Wedding Dress
We got married on August 27th in southern VT – a day now infamous for when Hurricane Irene terrorized the state.  All reports leading up to our wedding said the storm would hit at 4:30pm – the exact time of our outdoor ceremony.  But Irene waited until 7:05pm, just 15 minutes after we went indoors for dinner, to blow into VT.

I think all brides feel blessed on their wedding day, but I know for sure I was and I’m so so grateful for that.  When I put that dress on, I knew I would get the wedding of my dreams and I want to pass that feeling and that luck along to someone else.

Erin’s Dress | Christos Eva
Photography | Daria Bishop Photographers