A Rustic Summer Wedding at the Alerin Barn in St. Johnsbury, Vermont

Lisa Luea (29 and a teacher) and David Luea (29 and an advertising campaign manager) both hail from Michigan, but after a quick visit to the Alerin Barn in St. Johnsbury, Vermont, they knew the mountains of northern Vermont were the perfect spot to host their wedding. From the get-go, the couple were firm about avoiding the “Pinterest rabbit hole” and wanted to design an event that exuded rustic-chic charm, speaking to the old-world feel of the Alerin Barn’s property and the beauty of Vermont summers, while still reflecting their personalities. An outdoor ceremony was therefore a must, and the couple exchanged vows surrounded by rolling hills and lush forests before heading into the barn for a night of dinner and dancing. They looked to their heritages, hobbies and interests to infuse the space with personal flair. Handmade details, like a lightbulb sign and centerpieces featuring their favorite books, and antique touches, like vintage family photos and salvaged apothecary bottles, brought the couple’s vision to life and gave the decor undeniable character. Lisa and David even had a crossword puzzle and trivia questions made for each table to play during the reception, a nod to their love of games and trivia. All About Flowers brought the great Vermont outdoors inside, creating arrangements of seasonal blooms in soft pastel shades for each of the reception tables. And Lisa’s brother custom-designed the couple’s invitation suite, which paid homage to St. Johnsbury’s rich history. A tip from Lisa: “Everyone told us that our wedding day would go by in the blink of an eye, and they were right. We were both sick with nerves days before our wedding, because we wanted everything to run smoothly. I would suggest to any bride and groom planning their wedding to be as organized as possible while making plans, but to have complete faith in the people who are willing and able to help you. Enjoy this day, because there are very few times in life when people from every phase of your life will join together to celebrate.”