If you’re a bride or groom planning a 2020 or 2021 Vermont wedding, chances are you’ve had to face the unimaginable reality of the possibility of postponing your wedding due to the current stay-at-home situation. Planning a wedding takes time and coordination, so the uncertainty of the current situation may be leaving some couples feeling like they are on their toes with a tough decision to make.
Though you may choose to cancel indefinitely or postpone your celebration to a new date, there’s one other option that you may want to consider:
Elope now, party later!
If you decide to elope, you can have your cake and eat it, too! You will get to marry your person and make it official, while still getting the opportunity for a larger celebration down the road with your friends and family. Not only does this alleviate the pressure of having to reschedule your wedding as soon as possible, but it also allows you to have a very intimate and quiet moment of marriage with your significant other, in a beautiful place of your choosing.
Here are a few magical Vermont locations to consider for a beautiful and memorable day if you decide to skip the big wedding and elope instead!
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1. On the bay of Lake Champlain at Shelburne Farms
This is one of my all-time favorite places to photograph elopements, regardless of the season. Summer, fall, winter, spring — the bays of Shelburne Farms boast incredible New York mountain views, jaw-dropping sunsets, and beautiful walking paths for miles.
2. At the top of Jay Peak
You can take the gondola up to the top of Jay Peak mountain for your wedding or elopement ceremony — here, you can see for miles across the mountaintops and, if you choose winter as your elopement season, you can hit the trails with your skis or snowboard!
3. With the pup in Stowe
If you’re a family of three with a pup who loves to be involved in everything, include your doggo in your elopement celebration at the snowy Vermont mountains of Stowe Mountain Resort! And don’t forget to bring lots of treats for the good boy or girl.
4. On your favorite woodsy trails
Some of my favorite woods in the Burlington area are the Red Rocks Park and the Ethan Allen Homestead, not to mention Lone Rock Point in the New North End. Where are your magical walking trails?
5. At a rustic inn in the mountains
The Timberholm Inn is one of my favorite spots for a small celebration. Whether you decide on an elopement for two or a small family wedding, the inn’s backyard views and warm, homey vibes will be perfect for a night in with delicious food and good company.
6. On the hills of Trapp Family lodge
Another favorite Vermont mountain view is from the hills of the Trapp Family Lodge, where cross-country skiers come from across New England for some of the state’s best trails. And don’t forget to grab a beer at the Von Trapp Brewery to celebrate your vows!
7. At the Middlebury falls
Just a quick walk from the Middlebury Inn are the gorgeous falls of the Otter Creek and a view of the small town that I grew up in. Take a walk on the footbridge that crosses the river and grab a cocktail at American Flatbread in the Marbleworks!
8. On the beaches of Lake Champlain
The small beaches on the bay of Lake Champlain stretch from the shores of Addison to the Northern Islands. Find a secluded spot to say your “I do’s” and watch the sunset behind the peaks of the Adirondack mountains. In my opinion, this has to be one of the most romantic settings for a summer elopement.
9. On the ski slopes
Pick your mountain! I grew up skiing on the (very small) slopes of the Middlebury College Snow Bowl, but these days Sugarbush is my skiing and snowboarding home. Do you have a mountain that is special to you and your fiance? Get eloped on it!
10. In your backyard!
Backyard weddings and elopements are not a thing of the past. Especially now, under new social distancing standards, this may be one of your best options for saying “I do!” — in a special place that is your home, with many years of great memories to follow.
Where does your wedding photographer fit into all this?
Just because you choose to postpone a larger celebration for a smaller and more intimate elopement, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get beautiful documentation of your day! Talk to your wedding photographer about alternative options that would include an hour or two of coverage for a small elopement ceremony.