A Charming, Vintage Wedding at Woodstock Inn in Woodstock, Vermont
Elinor (Nellie) Berkman (29, an early childhood teacher) and Chris Jaikaran (32, a planner for the Department of Homeland Security) met one summer at a bar in Washington DC. "Chris would say that he approached me first, but really it was Chris’s best friend who walked over on his behalf," notes Nellie. The couple hit it off, and after dating for two years decided to take a trip to Paris, Nellie's favorite city. During their first day there, at each of her favorite places, Chris presented Nellie with poems he had written in different styles that described their life together. By dusk they made it to Sacre Coeur, where he told her he had one more poem to give her. "As I read that last poem, he got down on one knee. When I looked up, he handed me one last notecard that said 'Veux-tu m’epouse?' or in English, 'Will you marry me?'" recalls Nellie. Despite their far flung engagement, the DC-based couple looked a bit closer to home for their wedding day, specifically, to Woodstock, Vermont. "My family has been going to Vermont for the last 20 years, so it really feels like home to me," says Nellie. "I always knew I wanted to be married in the small non-denominational church in the town of Plymouth Notch." The quaint, historic town served as the perfect setting for the couple's sentimental, vintage-inspired day—which even included Nellie's grandmother's 80-year-old wedding dress. She was the eighth woman in her family to wear it!) To honor the rustic beauty of Vermont, the couple kept most of the day's details natural, yet elegant, with a color palette of pink, blush and coral with grey accents.