A Rustic Summer Wedding at Hill Farm Inn in Sunderland, Vermont

Inspired by a summer picnic in the rolling hills of Vermont, Jess Paulus (38 and a professor) and Todd Thompson (41 and a research scientist) planned a personalized, fun-filled soiree that paid tribute to Vermont's beauty. “The Green Mountains of Vermont are stunning in the summertime, and we really wanted to introduce our friends and family to this magical corner of the world,” Jess says. “We infused the event with as much Vermont as we could: Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, locally grown flowers and a focus on local products for the menu.” Hill Farm Inn in Sunderland, Vermont, provided the perfect backdrop, with its white farmhouse, picture-perfect barn and panoramic views of the Green Mountains and expansive valley. And with room for 35 guests to stay, the couple’s closest friends and family members were able to spend the entire weekend with the newlyweds. The couple said “I do” in a heartfelt ceremony in Hill Farm Inn’s charming barn. A close friend officiated, and the pair shared vows they’d written themselves. “At one point in the ceremony Taylor invited us to turn around and face our loved ones," Jess says. "He had them stand in groups and state their intent to affirm our marriage and support us along the way. It was incredibly moving to take time to look out at the sea of smiling—and teary—faces who were beaming at us.” The newlyweds then ushered guests to the porch for cocktail hour, where they sipped on local craft beers while taking in the striking views. But the couple’s vision truly came to life at the reception, with loose arrangements of vibrant flowers, burlap table runners, French country chairs and vintage lace accents striking the ultimate balance of Green Mountain chic and homespun vibes. Incredible food was a top priority for the pair, who tapped Village Roots to pull together an unforgettable meal that spotlighted fresh, local and seasonal ingredients. For a sweet finish to dinner, Jess and Todd offered almond cake and a Ben & Jerry’s ice cream cart. When guests needed a break from the dance floor, a temporary-tattoo parlor—complete with custom tattoos of the couple’s rescue pups, Echo and Claudine—provided plenty of Pinterest-worthy entertainment. A tip from Jess: “It’s true what they say: Rainy skies create the most gorgeous wedding photos.” —Libby MacCarthy