Emily and Aaron’s nuptials last September were so picturesque, emotionally-driven, and memorable, that I’m still thinking about how thankful I am to have been able to capture their Barn at Smugglers’ Notch wedding. These two couldn’t have chosen a more perfect day nor venue to celebrate their marriage. Vermont was just starting to offer up those warm days but cool nights, making the weather perfect for outdoor ceremonies. The view at the Barn at Smugglers’ Notch was unbeatable as always, and paired with jaw-dropping florals, stunning details, and the sweetest couple, this event easily made its way on to my favorites list.
A Barn at Smugglers’ Notch Wedding: The Venue & Day
The Barn at Smugglers’ Notch wedding venue is a stunning location on Vermont Route 108 – the route local Vermonters affectionately call “The Notch.” The winding road traverses Vermont’s tallest peak – Mount Mansfield – and allows travelers to drive between Jeffersonville, Vermont and the popular ski town of Stowe. Smugglers’ Notch is also home to multiple hiking trails, scenic ponds, and is popular for walking, sight-seeing and rock climbing. The Barn at Smugglers’ Notch wedding venue was built in recent years, and unlike other Vermont barn options, features an exceptional amount of natural light, high ceilings, an adjacent stone patio, and a grey and white color scheme, giving the venue an elevated feel.
While Emily got ready for the wedding in the upstairs bridal suite at the venue, Aaron and friends prepped for the big day in nearby Stowe. The groom and his group toasted with local brews before meeting Emily on the venue lawn for a first look – filled with dropped jaws, many tears, and happy embraces. After the first look, guests began to filter in to the ceremony location. The ceremony took place on the venue lawn, completely transformed with stunning pink and green florals which decorated the aisle and altar. During Emily and Aaron’s ceremony, they exchanged vows, rings, and took part in a traditional Irish handfasting ceremony as a nod to their heritage. The tradition was moving – and even moved Aaron’s two daughters to tears as they gained a new family member.
Guests celebrated post-ceremony with signature cocktails and were later invited into the barn for an evening of exceptional food and dancing. The dessert table was also dressed in pink and green sweets, with a stunning hand-painted cake from a local bakery.
A Barn at Smugglers’ Notch Wedding: The Couple
Emily and Aaron are the kind of couple who love a romantic night out, but who have built a strong relationship taking pleasure and finding happiness in life’s day to day moments. If you ask the two of them what their favorite thing to do together is, they’ll likely say walking through the woods with their dogs, or enjoying time with each other in their backyard, a local beverage in hand. Despite also loving tropical adventures, their children and their pets are truly their happy place. It was easy to see the strength of the bond and family they’ve created and you could simply feel their happiness as soon as they entered the room.
Emily and Aaron, it was truly a privilege to capture your wedding day! Thank you for hosting a wedding to remember! Wishing you both the absolute best.
Fun fact: Emily has since started her own floral preservation business. Check her out on Instagram!
Venue/Catering: The Barn at Smuggler’s Notch
Florist: Tipsy Tulip Designs
Makeup: Jordan Auger
Cake/Desserts: North Country Donuts
DJ/Band: DJ Rome 802
Hair by Nicole Walker
Gown: Fiori Bridal Boutique
Officiant: Carmen George Weddings
Do you have questions about wedding photography at The Barn at Smuggler’s Notch? Feel free to reach out – I’m on their preferred vendor list and happy to help. To browse more real weddings, head back to my blog here! Or if you’re looking to plan your own wedding, check out my Ultimate Guide to Your Vermont Wedding here!