October has always been my favorite month for so many reasons: fall foliage, crisp autumn weather, pumpkin patches, Halloween movies, apple-cider donuts, boots and scarfs… Everything about October is wonderful, and I didn’t think anything could possibly make it better.
But then Greg and I decided to get married in October, and suddenly the month felt even more magical. Autumn in Vermont is absolutely glorious, so as the date approached we kept our fingers crossed for peak foliage and perfect weather.
When we left New York City it was 80 degrees, and when we arrived in Killington it was dark, so we weren’t exactly sure whether we’d have the fall wedding we’d hoped for. But the next day, Greg went out to get our favorite breakfast sandwiches, made with fluffy biscuits and coated with maple butter (#weddingdiet), and when he came home he rushed into the house, yelling upstairs about how amazing the trees looked. I dashed outside and we sat on the porch, taking in the colors while eating our breakfast. It was everything we had hoped for, and more.
I’ll share more detailed tips for planning a wedding in a later post, but one of the things I tried to do was have everything done that we could possibly do, prior to driving up to Vermont the week of our wedding. It meant September was a busy month but that, once we reached Vermont, Greg and I could relax that week and really enjoy spending time together before our family and friends arrived and everything got crazy.
We did have two important items on our to-do list that week, though. The first: visit the town clerk to obtain our marriage license!
And the second: take a selfie with our marriage license! After all, are you even getting married if you don’t have a selfie with your marriage license?!
Ok, I’m kidding, taking a selfie wasn’t the second item on our to-do list. It was something equally lighthearted, though: picking out pumpkins!
We wanted little pumpkins to adorn the table at our rehearsal dinner, and we also wanted big pumpkins outside the church on the day of our wedding. So off to a local pumpkin patch we went!
Who says wedding planning is hard work?!
The freshly-picked pumpkins were artfully arranged, giving us major autumn vibes.
But then we realized there was another option too: picking our own pumpkins! They were everywhere, growing in a patch that stretched on and on across the field.
No matter what the weather was doing in New York City, in Vermont it was definitely, finally, fall.
We ended up with a wagon full of pumpkins, and were officially ready for our wedding weekend.
On Thursday night, Greg and I checked into the Castle Hill Resort and Spa in Cavendish, the place where we’d be staying and hosting our wedding reception. That evening, before anyone else arrived, Greg and I walked downstairs to the Castle’s dining room and enjoyed a candlelight dinner next to the roaring fire.
Because we would be married in an episcopal church, our wedding ceremony consisted of traditional vows. Greg and I still wanted to exchange special promises, tailored to our relationship. So after dinner, we went up to our suite and privately said our handwritten vows to each other. It ended up being one of the most special parts of our wedding weekend because it was just the two of us, without any distractions, promising to love each other forever. It was a beautiful evening, and a memory I will always cherish.
The next day, our family and friends arrived and we officially kicked off our wedding weekend by rehearsing at our wedding church: the Church of Our Saviour in Killington.
(Notice those fabulous pumpkins!)
The rehearsal got off to a slightly late start because a certain family member was pulled over on the way there. But don’t worry, Josh, I won’t say who!
Once everyone arrived, we began rehearsing.
And it slowly started sinking in that, after years of planning, our wedding day was almost here!
Once we knew exactly what we’d be doing the next day, the pastor sent us off with a prayer, and thoughtful advice to appreciate each moment of our wedding day because, as she put it, “You only get married for the first time, once!”
Then we were off to the rehearsal dinner!
The Foundry in Killington has always had a special place in our hearts. Our first Vermont date was at that restaurant, where Greg officially asked me to be his girlfriend over a dessert of table-side s’mores. We’ve since become regulars, and have made so many wonderful memories there. And now our rehearsal dinner will one more cherished memory at The Foundry.
We had the upstairs room all to ourselves.
While live music by Jenny Porter, a local musician, drifted up from downstairs.
Now, you may not know this about me (it doesn’t often come up in conversations!), but I have three deacon uncles. I know, I know, it sounds like the start of a joke: three deacon uncles walk into a bar…
Anyway, one of those deacon uncles, my Uncle Michael, offered a touching blessing and prayer at the start of the dinner.
And then Greg and I welcomed our family and friends. We thanked the many people who were taking part in our ceremony, identifying them each by name and sharing reasons why they’re special to us.
And then it was time to eat! Dinner was fabulous, but dessert was even better! Remember those table-side s’mores I told you about? Well, we absolutely had to serve them at our rehearsal dinner too!
Throughout dinner, Greg’s niece kept coming over and showing me pictures from her wedding book. She was going to be a flower girl with her sister, and wanted to be prepared.
She even tore out a picture and gave it to me, telling me that it was of Uncle Greg, her, and me. It was so sweet that I put it in front of the mirror in my suite, and looked at it the next morning while getting ready.
It was a wonderful evening of laughter and stories, celebrating with the people who mean the most to us.
After dinner, we all headed back to the Castle. I put on my bride pajamas and my bridesmaids climbed into my bed with me, eagerly discussing the next day. And then I’d love to tell you that I drifted off into a peaceful sleep, but instead I tossed and turned all night, going over details in my head with growing excitement that my wedding day was finally here.
And oh what a wedding day it was! You can read all about it, here.
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