An Elegant Winter Wedding at the Equinox Resort and Spa in Manchester Village, Vermont

Lauren Moreau (31 and a manager of talent acquisition) and Aidan Donahue (33 and a senior analyst) planned an elegant, wintry affair at the Equinox Resort and Spa in Manchester Village, VT for their early March wedding.

Having met on a ski trip at Killington Mountain in Killington, VT and being avid skiers and snowboarders, a winter wedding in the Green Mountain State seemed like the perfect way to say “I do” for Lauren and Aidan. “Aidan and I found toured a few venues, but fell in love with the charm and gorgeous scenery of the Equinox,” says Lauren. “Not only is the property gorgeous, but Manchester is the most quaint and beautiful town, with a ski mountain only 20 minutes away!”

The day began with a traditional Catholic ceremony at Christ Our Savior Church, followed by a quick trip to the nearby ski mountain for a run — in full wedding garb no less. “We always spoke about getting married during the winter and joked about doing a run in our wedding attire that weekend,” says Lauren.

The reception took place at the Equinox Resort, which the newlyweds transformed into a winter oasis, with elegant white blooms, birch accents, gilded antlers and fluffy moss. “Considering the wedding was in a picturesque Vermont town during the winter, we wanted to bring as many natural elements inside as possible, while adding warmth and romance to the venue,” says Lauren. Warm candlelight filled the room with romantic ambiance, while a hot chocolate bar and s’mores helped achieve a cozy, laid-back atmosphere. The wedding cake even hinted at the locale, with the four-tiered confection featuring layers of spice cake wedged between maple syrup frosting and candied pecans.

Fast Times ‘80s Band rocked the house all night long and kept guests glued to the dance floor until the wee hours. “We had a table with handkerchiefs that people could use to make headbands to rock out with during the reception,” says Lauren. “Aidan is a huge ‘butt rock’ fan, as are many of his college fraternity brothers, so Fast Times was a massive hit at the wedding. When the headbands ran out, the guests started tying napkins to their heads so that they could join the party!”

A tip for the taking from Lauren: “Don't fret over the small details. All a wedding really needs is good food, a great band and an open bar. The rest is just glitter on an already amazing day.”