Destination Ahead: Style in Stowe

“Rustic chic” is how Nancy Jeffries-Dwyer, owner of NJOY Event Planning, describes Vermont weddings — especially ones held in the Stowe Valley, which opens up to the pretty alpine peaks of the Green Mountains. Check out all seven weekend wedding itineraries and pick your favorite.

By A. J. Downey | Boston Weddings |

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LOCATION TO BOOK: With its dramatic mountain vistas, Stowe Mountain Lodge is a powerful place to wed: “There’s a lot to be said about couples getting married on what is essentially a sheet of rock,” Jeffries-Dwyer says. “Not only is there charm and beauty — it also signifies stability and security.”

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SEASONAL SCOOP: Send guests to Pinnacle Ski and Sports, AJ’s Ski?&?Sports, and Umiak Outdoor Outfitters to gear up for outdoor adventures like biking and canoeing.

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GATHERING SPOT: For après-ski or post-reception beverages, head to the Rusty Nail or Crop, two great local spots. If you’d rather not stray from the hotel, enjoy a pint at the lodge’s Hourglass lounge.

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GUEST EXCURSION: Jeffries-Dwyer suggests the following day-trip photo ops: mountains seen from the Stowe golf course; herds of Jersey cattle at Percy’s Hill Farm; fall foliage on Covered Bridge Road; and the steeple of the Stowe Community Church.

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MUST-HIRE VENDOR: Get glam with the help of Burlington makeup artist Vivian Infantino. Her lengthy résumé includes a 20-year stint in Milan working with clients such as Armani and Versace.