Local Community Gives Thanks with a Dream Vermont Wedding to a Deserving Military Couple

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A Salute to Our Soldiers and VermontWeddings.com sent a token of thanks to the military this fall by giving a dream wedding to a deserving couple. Vermont National Guard members, Sienna Fontaine and Ric Volp were married on October 19th, 2014 in front of nearly 150 guests at The Barn at Boyden Farm in an all-inclusive wedding extravaganza organized exclusively by local Vermont wedding professionals.

I have an amplified respect for the talented hardworking wedding professionals who gave us a celebratory honor. We are so thankful

The couple received this complimentary wedding celebration as part of a promotion hosted on VermontWeddings.com. Military couples were encouraged to send in their stories of love and service. Volp and Fontaine were selected as one of three finalists. The winning couple received over 22,000 online votes from their fans from all over the world. The couple felt an incredible and unexpected outpour of support from friends, family, co-workers, schools, peers, and complete strangers.

You can read their winning love story here - http://vermontweddings.com/contests/finalist-ric-sienna.

All of the Vermont businesses that contributed to this event felt a gratitude to both Ric and Sienna for their commitment to service and to each other. Both members of the Vermont National Guard, Ric and Sienna support each other with their goals and commitments. With school, military commitments, jobs and the dream of owning a home, the couple struggled with the possibility of affording their dream Vermont barn wedding.

Sienna had the sinking feeling of not being able to afford those refinished post & beam interiors as their backdrop. She always dreamed of being married in a restored Vermont barn since she was raised on a Vermont family owned dairy farm. “The ability to have my farm heritage family in a barn is an honor to my late grandfather. After the ceremony my Grandmother told me that the entire time she kept thinking about how proud my Grandfather would have been. Being married inside of the Barn at Boyden Farm was an invitation for us to begin our lives together in a setting, which holds so much of my early history.”

The Barn at Boyden Farm is rich with family history as well. This family owned farm joyfully celebrated one hundred years at the Cambridge location this year. Learn more about the barn's own history - http://www.boydenfarm.com.

And the gratitude continues as Sienna already misses planning the wedding, "I love the friendships that have grown from this experience. I have always had a strong sense of pride for Vermont and after our wedding; I have an amplified respect for the talented hardworking wedding professionals who gave us a celebratory honor. We are so thankful."

Each contributor to the wedding had their own personal military stories and reasons why they wanted to participate. Everyone felt that it was their unique way to give thanks. The local Vermont businesses that contributed to the 2014 A Salute to Our Soldiers include:

The Barn at Boyden Farm – Venue for Ric & Sienna’s wedding
Barrie Fisher Photographers – Engagement Photos
Ben & Jerry’s – Ice Cream Buffet
Blue Toad Flower Shop – Bridal Party Flowers
Boucher Visuals - Cinematography
Creative Muse Floral Design – Floral Design
Christa Alexandra Designs – Custom Invitations
Dayve Huckett – Ceremony Music
ECHO Lake Aquarium & Science Center – Rehearsal Brunch Venue
The Essex Resort and Spa – Catering for Reception
SuperSounds DJ - Uplighting
Hawley’s Florist – Floral Design
Hazen Metro - Bagpipes
Jay Peak Resort – 3nd Place Prize – Weekend Stay
Jonathan Couture Photography – Lead Photographer
Keepsakes by Nana – Ring Bearer Pillow and Flower Basket
Kim Martin Photography – Press Photographer
Kuerth Creative – Logo Design
The Mountain Top Inn & Resort – 2nd Place Prize – Weekend Stay
New Leaf Organics – Ceremony Flowers
Photobooth Planet – Photobooth
Red Kite Candy - Favors
Salon Elixir – Hair and Makeup for Bridal Party
Smugglers Notch Resort – Accommodations for Bride and Groom and Guest Shuttle
Snaffle Sweets – Groom’s Cake at Rehearsal Brunch
Sugarsnap Catering – Catering for Rehearsal Brunch
Top Hat Entertainment – DJ
Vermont Enchanted Events – Founder and Wedding Planner
Vermont Maple Outlet - Favors
Vermont Tent Company – Linens, Glassware, Tableware and more
Vermont Truffle Company - Favors
Vermont Vows Magazine – Popcorn Station and Social Media
VermontWeddings.com – Website Host

About the Organizers:

VT Enchanted Events: VT Enchanted Events specializes in Vermont and destination weddings throughout New England and beyond. Our inspiration for style comes from the insights, personalities, and stories that our clients share with us. It is our job to tell your story so the wedding day experience is like turning the pages of a book you can't put down. We firmly believe that each couple has their own unique style and characteristics that need to shine through as bright as the sun! Visit http://vtenchantedevents.com.

VermontWeddings.com: Vermont’s largest, most comprehensive online directory of wedding resources including locations, professional services, guest accommodations and activities. VermontWeddings.com provides couples with online tools to research, plan and share information about their picture perfect Vermont wedding.

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