A Modern Mountain Wedding at a Private Residence in Manchester, Vermont

Christine Elliott (28 and a marketing manager) and Addison Minott (28 and an environmental engineer) met at the University of Vermont and got engaged while hiking Mount Mansfield in northern Vermont, tying the knot in the Green Mountain State was a no-brainer. The only trouble was finding the right venue to accommodate their lengthy guest list. “Fortunately, Addison’s family has a beautiful home in Manchester that ended up being the perfect setting for a tented wedding,” Christine says. The couple pulled off an elegant backyard soiree laced with hints of understated glamour. A palette of cream, French blue and copper popped against the lush green surroundings without overwhelming the natural scenery, while playful touches such as dip-dyed escort cards and a balloon canopy infused the decor with a sense of whimsy. Sage and rosemary were planted around the tent site to fill the expansive space with a fresh herbal scent, and a live bluegrass band got guests in the mood to party. Dinner was a mouthwatering spread of inspired barbecue fare—the perfect pick for a backyard bash—while a Ben and Jerry’s ice cream cart, freshly made pies and craft beer (served in an Airstream trailer!) gave guests a taste of local flavor. “Addison and I are very into coffee, so Western Woods Coffee came in for pour-overs and affogatos as a late-night pick-me-up,” Christine says. Words of wisdom from Christine: “Relax, and roll with the punches. Planning can be so fun but also stressful—between family, friends and your significant other, there’s a lot to juggle. Remember that you can’t cater to everyone, so prioritize what you both want right away.” —Libby MacCarthy