There’s no place like home, especially when your home is a 200-year-old country farmhouse in Vermont! Andy + Asha’s darling home was the perfect location for a sweet, vintage-inspired wedding surrounded by family and friends. The entire day was a labor of love—one that began months prior with the start of an exciting new journey. Asha tells the story beautifully:
In late 2016, my husband Andy and I bought a two-hundred-year-old colonial farmhouse and left behind our lives in New York City for a country dream in Vermont. We spent the next year DIY-renovating every square inch of the home while preparing for our wedding—quite the task, but we did it! One year later, we were married there in the company of 180 family and friends on a magical, misty day that was the perfect picture of a New England fall.
Chantell Lauren Photography captured the dreamy autumn details as Andy + Asha said yes to forever on the comfort of their own property! Read on as Asha shares more about their sweet day:
During our wedding planning, my beloved Grammy passed away unexpectedly. Our vintage theme was a love letter to all her favorite things, draped in pale blues and lace, burgundy velvets and old barn wood that we salvaged on the property when we first moved in. My maid of honor sewed our ring pillow out of my grandma’s handkerchief, and our dinner music featured her favorites: Ricky Nelson, Buddy Holly, all the old 50s music.
First Look on a Fall Day
How utterly romantic!
Going along with the work on the house, the entire day came together by the hands of the bride, groom, friends, and family. Asha’s mother is a florist and arranged all the flowers, including this work-of-art bouquet!
Ceremony in the Woods
Andy and I met while singing opera, so it was only fitting that our ceremony be filled with our favorite opera and art song music. We combined those songs with a program of Beatles music, all on piano, and featured readings of poems by Garrison Keillor, Pablo Neruda, Frank O’Hara and Octavio Paz. We wrote and recited a single vow and planted iris bulbs, once belonging to Andy’s grandfather, during our ceremony, which had been transplanted across twelve states prior to our unity planting.
The gals brought the romance in long-sleeved gowns from BHLDN!
The Tented Vintage Reception
Andy prepped the entire property and built both the altar and reception chandelier out of found branches and twigs from Tinmouth Mountain.
A + A sourced over 1,000 pieces of vintage china from their family collections and generous donations of family and friends! Isn’t that just beautiful?
We invited our bridal party and close family to Vermont a week prior to the wedding for a giant sleepover in our house, complete with popcorn and a giant list of to-do projects. One of my favorite memories was an entire day spent in the kitchen with my bridesmaids and bridesmen, making every single (vegan and gluten-free) wedding dessert by hand. I did stay hands-off for one important detail—Andy's and my wedding cake, a maple marzipan cake with tahini buttercream and raspberry jam, covered in marzipan maple leaves, was baked and shipped from Minnesota by our friend Molly Yeh of Food Network's "Girl Meets Farm". That was a happy mail day! At our reception, we nixed a traditional receiving line and opted instead to slice our own cake and serve our desserts to our guests. It was such a fun opportunity to connect with everyone, an absolute highlight of our day.
After our reception, we closed out the night with a campfire concert from our folk duo friends, The Ten Thousand Ways. Our neighbor shot off fireworks in our honor, which glittered straight over the mountaintop while we sang songs and made s’mores. It was the fairytale ending to our year-long labor of love.
So dreamy, right? Congrats to the happy couple! For more from the day, check out all the sweet moments on film captured by Julien Alcacer:
photography: Chantell Lauren Photography // venue name: Private Home, Tinmouth, Vermont, USA // florals: Stefani Carroll-Kirchoff // wedding dress: Sarah Seven // wedding dress boutique: A and Bé Bridal // bride's shoes: thewhiteribbon // bride's ring: Vintage 1930s, the groom's grandmother's // bridesmaid dresses: Donna Morgan for BHLDN "Quince" // hair stylist: Parlour // makeup artist: Dean Fournier // groom attire: Studio Suits and Aendee // groom's shoes: Cole Haan // groom's ring: Handmade, Chiang Mai, Thailand // videography: Julien Alcacer // catering: Roots // cake: Molly Yeh // desserts: Cake in a Crate (bride) // music: The Ten Thousand Ways