Matt and Lilly were married in Vermont at the groom’s parents’ place. His parents not only built the house themselves and most of the furniture inside it, but for the wedding Matt’s mother planted flowers in their wedding colours which bloomed just as the wedding rolled round. How amazing is that!?
“We didn’t really want a theme for the wedding but I guess it kind of ended up having a fall and camp theme”, said the bride. “We even made a map of the grounds that kind of looked like a camp map.”
Lilly made her own dress and her maid of honour created her feathered headpiece for her. “I had a pre-wedding crafting party where we made the bunting banners, and screen-printed the tea towels and made labels for the maple syrup which were both part of the favours. Matt’s family helped fill and label the bottles. The Vermont maple syrup in the bottles was from John’s friend Bernie’s sugar shack. Matt made wood signs that looked like state park signs. I designed the table numbers and my maid of honour provided the candles and decorated the candle holders.”
One of their highlights was the band, Dirty Water Brass Band. “We surprised our guests with them. Matt’s uncle Brian helped stage them outside of the tent and they marched in playing. The looks on our guests’ faces were priceless. They played in the tent for about an hour, took a break and then marched us down (with Matt and I in the lead with giant torches) to a big bonfire that Matt’s step-dad had built. Matt and I lit it and everyone danced around the fire while the band played some more.”
“A good friend once told me that your wedding should be the best party you ever throw”, Lilly concluded. “I always remembered that and Matt and I went into the planning with that as our motto. Our wedding really did feel like the best party we’ve ever thrown, so if you proceed with that in mind, you can’t lose! We would like to thank everyone that helped out to make this event so terrific, especially Matt’s parents and my maid of honour for their spectacular support and help with planning and executing our great party!”