Meet: Wedding Planner, Janet Dunnington

Janet Dunnington stands out among Vermont wedding planners for her signature New England-inspired destination weddings. With over 20 years of experience, she crafts every detail of your wedding day. One meeting with Janet and you’ll see why she sets the standard for wedding planners in Vermont.

How would you advise a couple to personalize their wedding day style?
At the dinner table a hand written note to each guest at each place setting. Thanking them for coming and maybe an anecdote of their relationship to   the guest. Also in the table décor, instead of a table number a photo of the couple at their favorite vacation spots, restaurants or whatever it is that they share together. Family wedding photos in frames of parents and grandparents. Starting with the Save the Dates through thank you notes a logo or monogram of the couple. Instead of an MC inviting the couple up for first dance have dad introduce his daughter and his new son in law up after he does his welcome.

Favorite wedding location?
Equinox Resort, Fabulous food and service, the staff in every department is friendly, courteous and willing to help out in anyway they can. A true team!

Who would you say is an iconic bride?
One that is gracious and goes with the flow of the day, even if the weather is bad.

Something old, new, borrowed and blue…
OLD, family heir loom piece of jewelry, grandmothers monogrammed hankerchief, swatch of mothers wedding dress incorporated in to the bouquet. NEW, the wedding dress or shoes or a new piece of jewelry. BORROWED, this can be the same as something old that you borrow for the wedding. BLUE a small blue bow tied in underskirt or if Sapphire is your jewel of choice a pair of earrings, bracelet or necklace.

What does marriage mean to you in three words?
My best friend.

Dream wedding entertainment?
I have two. Ronan Tynan, famous Irish tenor gave a private show at a wedding reception in Manchester. The other a private concert by a 12 piece Mariachi band flown in from Texas.

Which season do you think is best suited to weddings?
For Vermont late spring, it’s not to cold or hot. But fall is the most popular time in Vermont.

Favorite wedding dress designer?
Sarah Burton and Carolina Herrera.

Veil or no veil?
Yes, a veil that covers the face – I am a traditionalist.

What makes the perfect wedding day gift?
A beautiful day and a couple truly in love.

Favorite cake flavor?
Buttercream frosting. Yellow cake with fillings of chocolate ganache, hazelnut butter cream and orange.

Favorite cocktail?
A good Cabernet or Pinot Noir.

Essential item for a bride on her wedding day…
A comfortable pair of shoes or flip flops for later in the evening.

Trend prediction for destination weddings in 2012…
The DIY bride – wedding gowns in pale hues – Lace on gowns and cake designs – floral in whites with a subtle color such as tangerine or rustic pink.

North Universalist Chapel

Discover the beauty of the North Universalist Chapel. Located in the village of Woodstock, Vermont, this exquisite chapel welcomes couples planning a destination wedding.

Vermont Weddings, North Universalist Chapel

North Universalist Chapel Society
7 Church Street, Woodstock VT 05091
Telephone: 802.457.2557
Minister, Rev. Daniel Jantos

Photography: Paige Hiller Photography / Floral Design: Jasper & Prudence Florals

Wedding Survey for Newlyweds

Wedding Survey

Hello to all our Vermont Couples! Splendid Communications is one of the leading experts on business and social media in the wedding industry. Liene, the founder, is all about finding out how couples tick, interact, and make their wedding decisions and as a result, how we as wedding professionals and an industry can better serve your needs and expectations. She has developed a quick and easy, completely anonymous wedding survey to help with her research. The survey is open to anyone who got married in 2007 and later or who is currently planning on tying the knot. It is also a global survey, so brides or grooms in any country are welcome to participate. All answers are anonymous and the entire thing should take about five minutes to complete.

Thank you! Paige

Meet: Tedd Kapinos, Jasper & Prudence Floral and Events

Since 2007, Tedd Kapinos has been wowing brides with his exquisite florals and has earned himself the reputation as one of Vermont’s finest floral designers.

What words best describe your style?
Romantic, classic and textural

How best would you advise a couple to personalize their wedding day flowers?
When I meet with couples, I try to find some detail of their lives that can be incorporated into the visual.  It could be their hometowns, careers, interests or something as simple as their favorite colors.  A groom with whom I worked several years ago was born in New Zealand.   To make the floral elements more personal, I worked in kiwi fruit and orchids imported from New Zealand.  The bride felt this touch made her groom feel more personally involved in the wedding day and sent out a special “welcome” to her new family.

Is there an iconic bride whose wedding bouquet you would have loved to design?
What wedding professional would not have wanted to work on Kate Middleton’s wedding to Prince William?

What do you love about working within the wedding industry?
As wedding professionals… we get to work with couples as they plan for the most important day in their life together.  And, we get to do that week after week… celebration after celebration.

What has been your proudest moment of your career so far?
In August 2011, I worked with a wonderful Boston couple who was hosting their wedding in Woodstock.  Overnight, Leigh and Jeff no longer had venues for their rehearsal dinner and wedding celebration thanks to hurricane Irene.  The Woodstock Inn and Simon Pearce in Queechee, VT sustained considerable damage.   The options were to cancel the wedding altogether, rush to coordinate a much smaller event in the Boston area or roll up our sleeves and work together with the other vendors involved to make things happen.  In two week’s time, every detail of the event had to be recreated.  A few sleepless nights, many phone calls, text messages and cries for help later, the wedding went off without a hitch!  It was the classic “lemons into lemonade” opportunity and the camaraderie that made it happen was amazing.

Who do you admire and respect within the wedding industry?
Sylvia Weinstock (amazing cake/ sugar work), Oscar De La Renta (flawless bridal fashion), Robbie Honey (London-based wedding florist), Marc Hall (Boston-based event planner).

What does marriage mean to you in three words?
Love, commitment… forever

Ideal wedding location where you like working?
The Woodstock Inn and Resort offers a variety of venue styles within one property.  The wedding crew at the inn works hard to accommodate vendors and does a great job executing each event.  And, the décor at the Inn is simple and tasteful which makes it easy for a floral designer to bring a bride’s vision to life.

Which season do you think is best suited to weddings?
Although Spring may be considered the “classic” wedding season, here in Vermont I have to go with Autumn.  The vibrant colors, classic New England setting and the mellow warmth of the season embrace the celebration.

What do you think makes a wedding most memorable?
Guests remember the emotions of the day.  The venue, flowers, food, photography etc…  all play a role in setting the tone for the wedding.  But, the emotions the wedding couple shares with each other and the happiness they share with their guests are what family and friends take home with them.

Favorite flower?
Ranunculus.  The tissue-soft petals and multi layered flower head can take the designer in a number of directions; romantic, woodsy, ethereal… they all work.

Favorite boutonniere?
Many grooms want something non-floral these days and there are so many options.  I’ve been using a combination of twigs, small succulents and a few buds of a flower in the bride’s bouquet for continuity.  The look is masculine while still in the mood of the event.

Favorite color combination?
Soft grey and palest shell pink

Essential item for a bride on her wedding day?
A smile

What is your trend prediction for wedding bouquets in 2012?
Brides will continue to go with color for their bouquets.  The “all white” rule has faded and brides are looking for something unique and more expressive of their personalities for their bouquets.

Favorite cocktail?
I’ll go with the classic for a wedding… some incarnation of the champagne cocktail.

What can’t you live without?
My family

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

A Vermont Wedding: Amy and Andrew

Congratulations Amy and Andrew! Married on February 27, 2012 at The Woodstock Inn and Resort.

A Real Vermont Wedding: Amy and Andrew

Wedding Team: Location: Woodstock, Vermont / Cake: The Woodstock Inn and Resort
Catering: The Woodstock Inn and Resort / Floral Design: Ellen Snyder Designs 
Photography: Paige Hiller Photography / Wedding Planner: Janet Dunnington
Ceremony and Reception: The Woodstock Inn and Resort

Vendor Spotlight: The Reluctant Panther Inn and Restaurant

The Reluctant Panther

The Reluctant Panther Inn and Restaurant is southern Vermont’s premier small luxury hotel. Whether planning an intimate elopement or extravagant wedding celebration, the Panther’s historic location, spectacular accommodations and acclaimed cuisine will bring your wedding dreams to reality. In the heart of historic Manchester Village, you’ll find an estate location replete with the essentials and details to create your special day.

Weddings at the Reluctant Panther are where city chic meets country elegance. Named one of America’s Top 10 Most Romantic Inns, the inn provides a spetacular setting for an intimate wedding celebration for guest lists from seven to seventy.  The back lawn, with a view of Mount Equinox, easily accommodates a wedding tent with seating for up to 150 guests.  From the first tasting dinner to the post wedding brunch on the patio, the staff will handle every aspect of your wedding needs with grace. Menus feature the most exquisite local flavors professionally prepared in the Chef’s signature style, the spacious accomodations provide a relaxing getaway for your guests, the landscaped grounds, patios and porches provide a picture perfect setting for an elegant weekend celebration.

For the ultimate wedding experience, book the entire inn and enjoy your own private estate!


Wedding Inspiration Board: Vintage Inspirations

I love the soft muted tones of this beautiful Wedding Inspiration board. The combination of ivory, gold, champagne and sage green creates a sophisticated palette.

Kissed by Color: Vintage Inspiration

Vermont: What season would you get married in and why?

I have lived in Vermont for fifteen years. When I moved here from New York City, I thought that I would spend about two years here and then go back to the home. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would have made Vermont my home. I have travelled a lot throughout my career and one of the things that I like best about living here is the four seasons. Each season has its’ own personality, the landscape transforms itself and you are swept up by its beauty. Spring washes away the mud from the end of the winter season, summer makes you feel like a kid again with swimming in the local lakes and spending evenings roasting marshmallows as you count the stars in the sky, fall and its glorious colors, and winter, tobogganing down the back hill, reading by the fire and intimate dinners with friends.

In Vermont, the beauty of each season can help create a one of a kind backdrop for your wedding day. With four exquisite seasons, you can plan your Vermont wedding for the time of year that best fits your personality and style.

Spring Weddings in Vermont
Each season has its own special charms, but springtime in Vermont holds the promise of all that is new, fresh and full of wonder. Green fields dotted with beautiful wildflowers and apple trees beginning to blossom, coloring the landscape with pastels reminiscent of Monet’s garden, creating the perfect backdrop for your wedding day.

Summer Weddings in Vermont
Summer is a time of lush, pastoral beauty, warm days and long, cool evenings. It is the perfect season to plan an outdoor wedding, whether you envision exchanging your vows in a beautiful garden or charming white clapboard church, lakeside or on a mountaintop. Vermont’s stunning summer landscapes are the perfect stage for your wedding celebration.

Fall Weddings in Vermont
Vermont in autumn has a glorious foliage that is unparalleled, brilliant shades of yellow, orange and crimson light up the trees. Imagine dancing your first dance in a beautifully restored barn set against the dazzling foliage decorating the landscape as you celebrate your new life together.

Winter Weddings in Vermont
Wintertime in Vermont is quintessential New England, its charming villages blanketed in snow. The sharp, fresh aroma of evergreens, the magic of new snow, the twinkle of white holiday lights…winter weddings in Vermont offer a quiet but dramatic beauty. Picture yourself arriving by a horse drawn sleigh, dinning by candlelight, surrounded by your family and closest friends at a romantic inn. Winter weddings are magical in Vermont.

Whatever season you choose, you will be glad you chose Vermont as the perfect setting for your wedding day.