Rustic Chic Winter Vermont Wedding: Nili + Anthony

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This week is all about winter wedding inspiration! It’s “Baby, it’s Cold Outside” week at Green Wedding Shoes. :) And I have the most gorgeous winter wedding to start the week off! As far as the idea of a winter wedding, that was never really my thing, that is until I saw this wedding. It really may make you change your mind. It is just so cozy and ultra romantic. And something else to keep in mind, lots of venues and vendors will give discounted rates for weddings in Jan-March (since these are the least popular months for weddings in the U.S.). Now onto this lovely wedding…

Nili + Anthony were married in Woodstock, Vermont. They fell in love in winter in Vermont and Nili loves all things wintry and cold, so it seemed like the perfect location – plus with their families coming from New York and Montreal, it was a great halfway location. The ceremony was at the Murphy Farmhouse and the reception was at the Woodstock Inn. The bride came up with so many beautiful details and with the snow and the amazingly beautiful photography by Leigh Miller – it is all so so pretty. Makes you really want a winter wedding! Thanks to Nili and Leigh for including some information about the day. And yes, the bride wore green wedding shoes! I LOVE these Christian Louboutin shoes, so so gorgeous – and the perfect shade of green.

wood wedding invitations

Our invites were custom made, I had the printer (Cardson Wood) print it on actual sheets of Walnut wood. We choose a rich walnut to go with our chocolate brown and chartreuse and moss green color scheme. The logo was designed by Betsy White.

winter wedding couple

winter bride with fur

My dress was by Amsale with a few custom tweaks that I had made (sweetheart neck, black belt, added brooch in the back). My veil was handmade by Brenda’s Bridal Veils on Etsy. Anthony’s tux was by Hugo Boss and shoes were Kenneth Cole. Bridesmaids Dresses and Necklaces were J Crew.

bride and groom on bridge

white and green winter bouquet

candles for wedding decor

We also tried to incorporate moss throughout both venues to add to the woodsy, Vermont feel. I bought a moss aisle runner on Ebay to use at the farmhouse and moss by the pound to use a decoration throughout. I bought large moss balls from Pottery Barn and suspended them at the Inn for a visual aesthetic.

winter wedding details

wedding in a barn

I love the ceremony location – how rustic and chic! Gorgeous flowers by Tara Pollio Floral Event Design.

vermont winter wedding

winter wedding details

Trees and wood were a common theme throughout the wedding. We liked the idea of a tree representing life and growth and embraced our natural setting in Vermont. Overall we tried to create a rustic chic feel for the weekend.

winter wedding cake with twigs

Candy Bar– this was a fun project to put together. I searched online and stores in the area for different sized apothecary jars. I also scoured candy websites for green and brown colored candies to go with our theme. I am sure the guys in the mail room at work loved my million packages that would come in daily! We tied ribbons to the jars, hand wrote the candy names and voila a candy bar! This was one of our biggest surprises of the night– originally, we thought that it would please our friends but it seems that it was a bigger hit with our parents friends! Who would have known!


We tried to do a lot of these projects ourselves to give the wedding a more personal feel. Definitely a difficult task while working 60 hours a week at my busy law firm. Planning a wedding after 11 pm and during lunches and weekends proved to be a bit challenging but I think we got most of our planned projects done.

Many of our DIY projects were centered around the Gocco machine (a Japanese printing press that is no longer in production) that we bought a few months before the wedding to make most of the printed materials. We pretty much custom printed (Goccoed) it on everything! We printed our Save
the Dates, the directions cards within the invite, the recyclable CDs cases, the cloth welcome bags, tags on the bags and many of the other paper products we used.

To carry the tree theme we bought spruce tree saplings, wrapped them in burlap with yarn, added a personal message and used them as our table favors. It was our Eco stamp on the wedding and we hoped that the guests could plant them at home and watch them grow as our love and relationship grows. The weekend before the wedding Anthony went up to New Hampshire and had birch logs and a birch stump cut down from a tree farm. We used the
logs as escort card holders and the tree stump as the base for our wedding cake. I also purchased birch sleeves on Ebay to use as the vases for the centerpiece flower arrangements to carry the birch/wood theme throughout. We also named our tables after trees– Maple, Fir, Pine, ash to name a few.

Cocktail – We bought a bunch of knit pillows to make the cocktail area more loungey and warmer. I thought they would welcome the guests in out of the cold. Our green signature cocktail was called the Vermont crush in honor of the winter we spent skiing in Vermont before we were engaged. I had custom made stir sticks and coasters printed with our logo to add to the theme.

Welcome bags– We tried to stuff these with as many local products that we could. Little jars of Vermont maple syrup and Cabot Cheddar cheese were some of the highlights and also included the usual items (maps, gum, kleenex, chocolate, water, etc.).

Thanks so much Leigh for letting me share this gorgeous winter wedding! What a beautiful start for our week of Baby it’s Cold Outside/Winter Wedding Inspiration Week! You can see more from this wedding on Leigh’s Blog.

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  1. Having just spent this past weekend in snowy Vermont this is lovely to see! Burlap, birch and moss details – how perfect. I've been reading about Gocco printing on a handful of blogs recently. Need to track one down for myself… any ideas on where to find one? Thanks for sharing (I was looking forward to this one!).

  2. So beautiful! Totally makes me want a Winter New England wedding! Very hard here in South Carolina :). But really is beautiful…

  3. Oh how I adore winter weddings :)

  4. I L-O-V-E this wedding. GREAT job.

  5. such a wonderful wedding. thoughtful details. beautiful bouquet. lovely gown, great attention to detail. lovely ceremony!! lovely atmosphere. we really enjoyed this one.

  6. i love this really, really love it…i wanna turn it into my living room and live in it every day!

  7. I found your blog last week and I absolutely LOVE it!! So much inspiration and such beautiful pictures and dreamy ideas :)
    I love her wrap in this one! So gorgeous

  8. Beautiful!The bride was gorgeous! Love the winter feeling of this wedding!

  9. This is one of the most beautiful weddings I've seen. I love the rustic, woodsy feel, it is fantastic! The moss and candles really set a mood. Wow. So perfect!

  10. Wow, those shoes are fabulous! I love every detail of this wedding! Great winter inspiration!

  11. Perfect hair, perfect shoes, perfect flowers. An all over wonderfully styled wedding! Thank you!

  12. This one might just be my favorite wedding of the year. Really – Lush romance meets rustic eclecticism. Thanks for sharing!

  13. There is only one word that I can describe this wedding – perfect! I love everything especially the dress and the shoes! I also fell in love with the candles on the steps of the stairs.

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  15. Wow! I loved the moss aisle idea! I also loved the lanterns. Where did you get them from?

  16. Does anyone know where the white ceramic bird cake topper came from?

  17. Those shoes are to die for! What a great investment for your wedding day! I bet they stood out against the white snow so well.

  18. These photographs are so gorgeous – what a beautiful wedding! I'm all teary eyed….

    I'm not sure I've ever heard anyone putting our cheese in their welcome bags, but I sure love the idea…

    I posted a link to your post at – I know others will enjoy reading and seeing it!

  19. thank you so much green wedding shoes!

  20. breathtaking. i love that they did the printing themselves. i would love to learn how to print such gorgeous things!

  21. What a gorgeous wedding!!

    For anybody interested, I think the invitations were probably done by Cards of Wood… We ordered veneer cards and then goccoed ourselves… which came out OK but was a little frustrating when the tiny sawdust pieces clogged up the screen. Quality control was a bit of a challenge. If I had it to do over again, I think I would have delegated the printing to Cards of Wood. I think these turned out BEAUTIFULLY and Cards of Wood was really good to work with (in my experience from 2008)–very communicative and very quick to ship.

  22. Hi, the bride here. Thanks for all the wonderful comments. You can email me at if you have any questions about our wedding!

  23. wonderfully elegant details!

  24. I love the brides' hairpiece,quite fabulous but what caught my eye were the elegant chairs, the perfect table setting and the rustic dark brown table linens simply made the whole reception area perfectly warm and cozy for wedding guests, absolutely beautiful!I love all the details!!!

  25. Wow, I love it, this is fabulous !
    I am getting married next February in Quebec, just 10km away from Vermont, and I go for a similar rustic chic look !
    I love the idea of the invitations printed on wood, could you please give me some information on this (where to buy, which printer,…) ?
    Thanks a million !

  26. I just love Vermont. What a gorgeous wedding!

  27. I am trying desperately to find these shoes?!!! I see that they are Louboutin’s… Do you know the name of this style by any chance? Getting married this August and would enjoy these on my feets :)


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