millions & mountains of thanks

This fall I split time between my sewing machine, typewriter and antique stores. I put a lot of hours into our wedding, but the sweet bow tied on the evening was how well everything came together and how amazing our vendors were. I wanted to stay local and handmade and was surprised at how easy it was to find incredible resources close by. The candle light and open space at the gallery, beautiful touches, incredible food and drink and our amazing photographers all made for a blissfully warm night in the middle of a snow storm. I wanted to share our vendor info and encourage anyone to use them for any event:

Photography: Shem Roose. All images in this post are credited to him and we couldn't be more thrilled. Might I add that there's little wedding photography section on his site. I kind of loved that. He just has some great wedding shots mixed in with other striking photos. Perfect for people like us, who wanted someone with a great eye to capture warm and unique moments.

Space: Firehouse Gallery, Burlington City Arts. The Firehouse Gallery was the perfect location with the fireplace we piled with candles, to the strands of lights throughout. It was an enchantingly warm treehouse. And the downstairs gallery provided a nice change of scenery for our cocktail hour. Plus, Lisa, Mallory & Kim were wonderful to work with.

Caterer: Catering By Dale. Just absolutely superb food and an incredibly organized staff.  Chicken wrapped in prosciutto, risotto balls and a warm wintery salad. Our friends are still raving about the food.

Flowers: Stray Cat Flowers. I called Diana two weeks before our wedding and she didn't blink an eye at how little time I gave her. I sent her a few images, we met and she created the most fluttery perfect bouquet of ranunculus, peony, hydrangea, greens, berries and a few ostrich feathers I ordered frome etsy.com.

Bar: Fluid Bar Service. Ryan & staff kept our glasses full, dabbed red wine out of my dress and even hopped in to our photo booth. 

Rentals: Vermont Tent (& the especially lovely Grace!). I will admit, the I-can-make-it-I-don't-want-to-buy-it side of me was not thrilled about the thought of spending lots of money on tables and plates, but Grace's event planning know-how was worth every penny. She also let me cart my boxes of vintage jars, candles and horse shoes in for a mock set up two weeks before. (And in the end, I probably should have made less and rented more.  Never underestimate the thrill of not having to lug your own things around).

Cake & Cupcakes: Designed and handmade by my lovely friend Sarah who knows her way around the kitchen and unique flavor pairings (cinnamon, coconut, Bailey's & white chocolate icings on vanilla, mocha and spicy chocolate cakes)

Soapy Favors: Baudelaire soaps. The richest imported soaps with heavenly flavors and feel. A little company started by my very own dad and his friends a while back. (arriving with their soap will make you the best house guest ever).

My Dress: Saja Wedding. I didn't make my dress, but received many inquiries on where it was from. Saja, is a gorgeous, affordable designer in SoHo, NYC. I had already purchased a dress, but when I tried on Yoo Lee's silky ethereal dresses on a last minute trip to NYC with some girl friends, I knew I'd found my dress.

From me to my vendors, family & friends who tied, stuffed, cut, arranged, loaded and created ~ a million thank yous!

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