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The Small Wedding Party

Beth + Keith

Intimate 'I Do's' in Vermont

A beautiful wedding amidst unexpected obstacles

A few years ago, when Beth and Keith found themselves in Vermont visiting family, they fell in love with both the town of Manchester and Kimpton Taconic Hotel. When they were planning their wedding at the beginning of 2020, they knew they wanted to return to the hotel for a picturesque fall wedding along with 80-100 of their nearest and dearest. Though the pandemic dashed their hopes for bringing everyone together in fall 2020, they initially planned to push the big day to summer 2021. Then, in September 2020, Beth was diagnosed with breast cancer. The couple decided they wanted to be married before Beth started treatment and opted for a beautifully intimate celebration with just immediate family...and additional family and friends via livestream, of course.

With just 5 weeks to plan their special day, Beth, Keith and the Taconic team worked together to put on an unforgettable wedding day for their group of six.

Memorable Details

The Taconic stood out as a wedding destination thanks to the hotel's policy welcoming pets with open arms. When Beth and Keith started to plan their special day, they knew they wanted their dog, Stella, to be a part of the festivities, so Taconic was the perfect venue to accommodate a furry member of the wedding party.

Taconic Exterior
Floral arrangement on table
Bride holding bouquet
Wedding party

"The staff at the Taconic made us feel special even though we were such a small group. We knew many of our friends and family were watching our ceremony via livestream [so] it wasn't just a matter of saying "I do." We wanted something special that we could look back on as a beautiful memory of our blended family."

Bride and Groom wearing masks

For their accommodations, Beth and Keith selected one of Taconic's guest rooms that features a fireplace. On the day of the wedding, they exchanged letters to each other by the fire. Keith's daughters later knocked on the door with mimosas for the group to enjoy a celebratory toast, and Beth gifted each of the girls a glass-blown tree from Vermont artisan Simon Pearce, along with a note expressing how happy she was to be joining their "family tree."

Alter and Aisle lined with candles
Bride and Groom kissing in aisle
Bride and Groom looking at each other and walking down outdoor path

The Taconic found a way to give us the experience of an outdoor wedding without the elements, and the comfort of dining and celebrating indoors.

Bride and Groom looking at each and touching noses
Wedding party toasting glasses
Bride and groom holding hands in front of Taconic sign
two teir wedding cake

Though the couple was hoping for an outdoor wedding on the lawn, the Manchester autumn weather had other ideas. Luckily, the skies cleared in time for the ceremony and they were able to exchange vows and enjoy cocktail hour on the romantic Taconic terrace overlooking the lawn, under heaters to keep everyone toasty.

Photography by Mountain Hearts Photography