I’m back with a snow-filled, magical Spruce Peak wedding that took place in Stowe, Vermont (formerly Stowe Mountain Lodge). The gallery speaks for itself here, but Jenn and Chuck had THE PERFECT snowfall for their Vermont winter wedding. As native Vermonters know – winter here can mean anything from frigid temperatures and no snow to 35 degrees and rain – but the perfect winter day includes those picturesque fluffy snowflakes falling gently from the sky. And that’s exactly the magic that happened during Jenn and Chuck’s Spruce Peak wedding.
A Spruce Peak Wedding: The Venue
Stowe, Vermont is known as one of the state’s most picturesque ski towns. Nestled in Central Vermont, Spruce Peak is based on Mount Mansfield – the state’s tallest mountain. The winding road leading up to the resort is filled largely with quaint coffeeshops, cozy restaurants, and locally owned shops. While the town is quaint, the lodge is anything but. Spruce Peak has a variety of ceremony locations and can accommodate everything from intimate elopements to 500-person events. The resort boasts onsite accommodations, restaurants, a spa, gondola, and golf course in addition to its many ski and snowboard trails. For Jenn and Chuck’s Christmas-inspired December nuptials, this venue was a perfect match.
A Spruce Peak Wedding: The Day
As you’ll notice while scrolling, Jenn thought of EVERYTHING winter-inspired for their day: shawls for the ladies, matching wedding attire for her pups Frankie and Lexie, custom signs, welcome bags with SO MANY adorable Vermont-made gifts and snacks, a DOGGIE BAG favor table with local treats for anyone in attendance with a doggo, blankets for their guests during the chilly outdoor ceremony, a handcrafted photobooth, fun light up wands with glasses for dancing, and even one of Vermont’s signature desserts: Ben and Jerry’s! Oh yeah – AND A LATE NIGHT S’MORES BAR – ummmm, YUM. If Jenn ever gets into winter wedding planning for Spruce Peak, sign me up.
Jenn and Chuck began the day at the resort, celebrating with all things New England. Chuck sipped on local Zero Gravity brews while Jenn snuggled up with her bridal party in Vermont Flannel. The two met in early afternoon for a stunning first look in front of the covered bridge – and their exchange among the winter berries outdoors made for some of my favorite images of the day.
For the ceremony, cozy lanterns lined the aisle that led to a stunning wicker arbor. Pinecones and greenery hung from the guests’ chairs. When Jenn emerged, she was adorned in a stunning fur over her wedding gown. It was winter wedding magic. Oh, and is there any way to beat the chill than to toast to your marriage mid-ceremony with a handpicked liquor? I think not.
Most notable about J+C’s winter wedding, was their decision to include their two Dachshunds in every aspect of their day. The four-legged pair had coordinating outfits, and were guests at not only the ceremony, but the first look and portrait session, too! Jenn had puppy cutouts made for the reception’s photo booth as well as dog treat favors for their friends’ animals, too.
Needless to say, Jenn and Chuck’s Spruce Peak wedding was well planned, SO thoughtful, and insanely gorgeous. Wishing them the happiest of years together! Congrats again, you two – er, four!
A Spruce Peak Wedding: The Images
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