What is your inspiration when planning your wedding? We both really enjoy the outdoors and wanted to ensure that leveraged the natural beauty of the Green Mountains and the timeless feel of the Equinox Resort to the best of our ability. We planned all of our wedding weekend at outdoor locations across the Equinox (which was a little risky!). For our wedding day, this included our first look at the Equinox Pond and our ceremony, cocktail hour and reception on the picturesque lawn behind the 1811 House. We also incorporated unique, personal, fun aspects throughout the whole weekend from a welcome pig roast that was luau-themed (as Parker is known for his Hawaiian shirts!) to a more choreographed first dance to “Hurts so Good”. Overall, it was a main goal to maximize time on the dance floor with our A+ band, NY Players.
What are your wedding colors and/or themes? Given that the location/venue is gorgeous on its own, we did not want to include anything that would compete with or distract from it. Therefore, we included lots of greenery throughout – eucalyptus was a major part of the flower design – and other rustic elements, such as a wrought iron chandelier that was suspended over the dance floor in our stillwater reception tent. We also included pops of color per our Cara’s (our florist) recommendation, which included orange (our favorite color), pink, and white, and then used light blue as an accent color for our bridal party as we believe it is both summery and natural.
Did you incorporate any fun themes/motifs or design elements? Given Parker is a big hunter, we had Cara install deer antlers in the wedding arch for the ceremony as well as place them on our reception table. Keeping with this theme, we designed koozies that said “The Hunt is Over”. Separately, we provided small favors in the form of Vermont maple syrups from a local farm. We have received a few pics from our guests who have used them so far!
Did you include any special traditions, old or new? As far as weddings go, we would say that ours was rather “untraditional”. We did a first look, wrote our own vows that we didn’t share until our first look, held our ceremony outside with Parker’s uncle officiating, we extended the cocktail hour to 1.5 hours, we skipped a cake and had a Ben & Jerry’s ice cream cart and the amazing Equinox cider doughnuts for dessert, we went straight into group dancing after our first dance, etc. We also invited all guests to the welcome party the night before as a way to spend more time with everyone who came into town that weekend.
Is there anything else you’d like to share? Make sure you plan the weekend incorporating many of yourselves as a couple! Don’t go with the status quo… one of our favorite parts of our wedding night was Parker singing “Wagon Wheel” with our amazing band (The NY Players) and our guests chanting the lyrics with him. We also rented the 1811 House next to the wedding location and had the bridal party stay there, which was unique lodging in itself and made logistics easier. Finally, the team at Clark+Walker was amazing to work with – we felt very at ease and confident that they would capture the best moments of our big night. A lot depends on the vendors you chose – we were lucky to have a great team of vendors that ensured a picture perfect weekend!
Dress Designer: Watters (Georgia gown)
Dress Shop: Lovely Bride (NYC)
Bride Accessories: LK Bennett, BHLDN
Suit Designer: Alton Lane (Boston)
Groom Accessories: Tie Bar
Hair/makeup: Green Door Day Spa
Bridesmaid dresses: Amsale Nouvelle
Flowers: Flowers by Cara Boshart
Dessert: Ben and Jerry’s Cart
Catering: Equinox Resort
Entertainment: The NY Players
Coordinator: Charlotte Callahan, Equinox Resort
Rentals: Rain or Shine Tent Co.
Tailor: All Fit Tailoring (Boston)
Videographer: Pixel Perfection