A Rustic, Natural Wedding at the Inn at Mountain View Farm in East Burke, Vermont


                    With its acres of  lush rolling hills and mountainous landscape, the beauty of Vermont provided endless inspiration for Amy Scho

With its acres of lush rolling hills and mountainous landscape, the beauty of Vermont provided endless inspiration for Amy Schoon (28 and a teacher) and Tyler Listenik’s (30 and a farmer) midsummer nuptials. Set in the Northeast Kingdom, the Inn at Mountain View Farm in East Burke, Vermont, provided the charming atmosphere the couple were after, complete with a quaint barn for the reception and a serene hilltop ceremony spot boasting spectacular views. Paying tribute to the scenic setting, Amy and Tyler chose a palette of rich earth-tone hues with pops of peach and yellow to capture the cheerfulness of the summer season. Rustic wood elements were incorporated throughout—from the handcrafted wedding arbor to the tree-themed wood-burned table names—while the menu, the flowers and even the favors packed plenty of local flair. Fairy lights hung from the rafters of the barn filled the historic space with a warm, inviting ambiance, while elements like lawn games during cocktail hour gave the day a laid-back feel. Family played in an important role in several of the wedding’s details. Tyler’s sister, a florist and owner of Twigs et Fleurs, created all the bouquets, boutonnieres and centerpieces, and Amy’s aunt whipped up a naked strawberry shortcake wedding cake. And having their own maple sugaring business, Amy and Scott guests bottles of maple syrup straight from their sugarhouse.

Amy walked down the aisle in a classic lace A-line gown by Essence of Australia. The elegant, ladylike number featured a V-neck and sheer lace back, as well as a rich chocolate brown ribbon tied around the waist. “I chose a brown sash instead of white to complement what the men were wearing,” Amy says.
Amy and Tyler wanted to keep things simple when it came to their wedding day, with Vermont’s natural beauty serving as the main inspiration for all the decor. A barn seemed like the ideal backdrop for the rustic affair, and after several venue visits, the pair finally came across the Inn at Mountain View Farm in East Burke, Vermont, and were instantly taken by its serene setting and country charm. “The view from the outdoor ceremony site was incredible,” Amy says. “And there is an animal sanctuary on the property, with horses, donkeys, goats and cows. The reception took place in a very traditional barn. Some of the guest tables were even in stalls.”
Rustic Tree Branch Wedding Arch
The natural beauty surrounding the Inn at Mountain View Farm in East Burke, Vermont, inspired many of the day’s details, from the flowers to the palette and even the wedding party’s attire. Amy’s bridesmaids walked down the aisle in matching chiffon halter gowns in a soft shade of clover that matched the rolling green hills and the wedding’s elegant, laid-back vibe.
The day was all about balancing elegance and rustic flair, and Tyler’s attire did just that. Instead of a full-blown suit, he donned dark brown trousers, a classic white button-down shirt, a tweed waistcoat and a striped mint-colored tie. His groomsmen wore similar ensembles, swapping out the waistcoat for caramel-colored suspenders.
Tyler’s sister, a florist for Twigs et Fleurs, created all the floral arrangements, from the wedding arch to the bouquets and centerpieces. As a nod to the locale and the wedding’s rustic theme, she used seasonal blooms and local greenery, like wild daisies, ferns, hosta leaves, garden roses and hydrangeas in each design. “Tyler’s boutonniere even had little apples from a wild apple tree,” Amy says.
Both Vermont’s scenery and local flavors were put on show throughout the wedding. The rustic barn was filled with soft earth-tone hues, handcrafted wooden accents and seasonal blooms, while the menu featured items like summer strawberry salad, eggplant, halibut and prime rib. Amy’s aunt pitched in for dessert, whipping up a multilayer naked cake with fresh strawberry filling and chocolate strawberries.
Inspired by the natural setting and rustic vibe of the Inn at Mountain View Farm in East Burke, Vermont, Amy and Tyler skipped traditional table numbers and went with a bit of local flair. The names of different trees were used to mark each table, each one burned and carved into a tree-trunk slice.
Wanting to give guests a taste of local flavor, Amy and Tyler sent guests home with bottles of maple syrup made on their farm. “We have our own sugaring business, so it was fitting to give everyone a taste of what Tyler spends his winter and spring months working on,” Amy says.
Cocktail hour was held on the inn’s expansive lawn, where guests had spectacular views of Burke Mountain while sampling a delicious spread of locally made cheeses and cured meats. Lawn games like croquet were available for guests to play, highlighting the day's laid-back vibe.
Rustic Wild Apple Boutonniere
After four years with Amy, Tyler popped the question. He took Amy up to the top of a mountain in the town they call home and got down on one knee and asked her to marry him with the beauty of the Vermont countryside forming the backdrop for the monumental moment. “Over the years, we have hiked that trail many times,” Amy says. “The day he proposed was gorgeous. It had just stopped raining and the clouds were lifting off the pond at the top of the mountain. The hike back down was a little rough—my legs were like rubber.”
Inn at Mountain View Farm First Dance