Megan + Erik | Hildene Wedding | Manchester VT

by Emily Pogozelski

It’s amazing to see a meticulous plan come together! Megan + Erik’s Vermont wedding unfolded seamlessly on a picture-perfect fall day. While many of our clients escape the confines of New York City in favor of the Green Mountain State for their celebration weekend, these two have their own retreat nestled in the nearby hills. This allowed Megan to get ready at their home with friends and family, setting the tone for a day that showcased beautiful locations and a myriad of personal details.

As a historic landmark that is open to the public during the day, Hildene can only transition into a wedding venue in the late afternoon. To streamline their timeline, Megan + Erik chose to have their first look at the nearby Kimpton Taconic Hotel in downtown Manchester, immediately followed by all of their formal family portraits. This not only allowed for the couple, their families, and their guests to be a part of their entire wedding day (including cocktail hour), but it allowed us as photographers to cover the bulk of the celebration in a primarily documentary style, which we love!

The couple exchanged rings and vows at Hildene’s beautiful cliffside ceremony site, overlooking the nearby mountains. Guests strolled through the famous gardens for cocktail hour and enjoyed personalized details there, which ranged from speciality crafted cocktails to antique furniture arrangements, grouped to enhance an “Old Hollywood” aesthetic throughout the evening.

As the sun disappeared over the ridge, candles were lit along a winding path, lighting the way for guests to move into the massive tent for dinner and dancing. While impressive on its own, Hildene’s wedding tent ambiance was elevated with custom draping, lighting, furniture, and decor. All of this provided the perfect backdrop for amazing food, heartfelt speeches, emotional moments, and a packed dance floor with people of all generations laughing, singing, and dancing well into the night!

Thank you to everyone involved for crafting a spectacular day from start to finish. We’re so excited to show you our favorites! (And there are so many more to come…)

After being dazzled by Megan’s incredible constellation dress all day (a custom embroidered dress by Cucculelli Shaheen), it only seemed fitting to end the day with a capture of the dark night sky at Hildene’s famous lone tree. 😍

Thank you to all of our fellow vendors for making this vision a reality! In no particular order, here’s the team:

VENUE: Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home (special thanks to Carmine!)
ACCOMONDATIONS: Kimpton Taconic Hotel
OFFICIANT: Rev. Wayne Bell
FLORIST: Lily of the Valley
DRESS: Constellation Dress by Cucculelli Shaheen
ENTERTAINMENT: Nick Stryker of 802 DJ
CAKE: Blackbird Cake Design