7 local Vermont businesses that helped make our wedding beautiful.

wedding under arbor with officiant and bridesmaid
Credit: Gold Wing Photography

These 7 Vermont businesses helped make Serena Kim and Matthew Robinson’s wedding beautiful. The new owners and operators of Swift House Inn were married on July 3, 2021 by Dr. Bethany Marshall in Middlebury, Vermont.

They purchased in the inn in the midst of the pandemic on September 23, 2020, and have kept things afloat as restrictions loosen and businesses start the process of recovery. 

Swift House Inn is a small business that loves small businesses. We strive to support local establishments when we can. These vendors came together from different corners of Addison County and beyond to make this wedding a joyous success. 

Check out the businesses that Matthew and Serena worked with for their wedding:

Photo Credit: Gold Wing Photography

1. Hollyhocks Flowers and Design – Vergennes, Vermont

Hollyhocks Flowers is a full-service flower shop which also carries a good selection of plants as well as some unique gift items. At Hollyhocks, owners and designers Kristin Benton and Diane Merrill believe in showcasing the unique and intrinsic beauty of blooms, many of which are sourced from local flower growers, and try to make accommodations for any request. They enjoy working creatively with colors, textures, and fragrances. For the wedding, they brightened the setting with white and green bouquets to represent a natural ode to Vermont, vases of panda anemone. They embellished the wedding arbor with green branches and white flowers, including hydrangeas that Serena picked from the Swift House gardens herself. 

Credit: Gold Wing Photography

2. The Linen Shop – Rochester, Vermont

The Linen Shop offers an impressive selection of rental linens and serves a loyal following of caterers, florists, rental companies, and inns throughout Vermont and New England. After over 20 years of being in the linen industry, they understand how important it is to find the perfect tablecloths and napkins for your wedding day. And with their expansive color palette, finding something to match is no issue.

We went with pale pink champagne raw silk with natural toned cloth napkins to compliment the bride, with some seersucker tablecloths to top it off. Coordinating a print or color combination to match your flowers, favors and bridesmaid dresses is their specialty. They have access to many different fabric sources and have seamstresses available to sew a prototype for your approval.

Lillian Seibert

3. Gold Wing Photography – Burlington, Vermont

Gold Wing Photography is operated by Lillian Seibert, a photographer and creator born and raised in rural Vermont. She shares passions similar to us here at the inn, like exploring and traveling, whether it be in her own backyard or the furthest reaches of the world. Through photography, she tell stories that reflect the uniqueness, personality and individualized beauty of each moment. She aims to honor authentic moments that invoke and preserve the feelings and emotions that reflect our vibrant lives with an honest and natural approach, and achieved exactly that while photographing our wedding.

Credit: Gold Wing Photography

4. Celebration Rentals – Brandon, Vermont

With over 30 years of experience, the staff at Celebration Rentals has the knowledge and expertise to make any event, from a 300-person wedding to an intimate dinner party for 10, a truly memorable affair. They provide services throughout Vermont, as well as the greater New England area, and are familiar with occasions at resort hotels, country inns, historic locations, as well as individual settings. The staff at Celebration Rentals greets your initial contact with a wealth of information.  

portrait of a blond woman in a floral top
Photo by Serena Kim

5. Destinations Found – Pittsfield, Vermont

Jessica Fuster of Destinations Found has a unique and personal approach when planning your big event. They consider your wants and goals, then find the plan best suited for you. They pride themselves on addressing each detail, but more importantly, on taking the time to know each client on a personal level. They understand you want to be a part of the process, and communicated with us on the planning process every step of the way. Because when it comes right down to it, you should be able to sit back and relax when it comes to the day of your wedding or getaway.

Photo courtesy of Premier Entertainment and Events

6. Premier Entertainment & Events – South Burlington, Vermont

Serving all of Vermont, New Hampshire and New York, Premier Entertainment is a collection of professional, experienced DJ’s who are dedicated to keeping you and your guests entertained and informed. Their photo booths are the perfect addition to any event guaranteed to bring more smiles and laughs all night long. Uplighting will transform your space giving it the ambiance you’re looking for. The people at Premier Entertainment were able to entertain guests throughout the night by keeping everything fun and active, getting people into the groove with some 90s hip hop/disco tunes while also keeping it safe and respectful. 

Premier kept my family and friends dancing all night until “Last Dance” by Donna Summer came on. My 83-year-old mother danced for hours! Everybody loved the music.

Photo courtesy of Sweet Simone’s.

7. Sweet Simone’s – Richmond, Vermont

Sweet Simone’s is a new bakery in Richmond serving the freshest pastries, cakes, pies, fresh bagels, and seasonal baked goods all made from scratch. They use the best quality, local and organic products whenever possible, and also serve superb coffee and espresso from local roaster, Awake. If you’re looking for some delectable treats for your fabulous wedding or special occasion, reach out to Sweet Simone’s. They provided a lovely white cake for guests, filled with strawberry rhubarb jam and topped with whipped cream. 

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