Crafting unforgettable wedding experiences: A journey through Vermont’s hidden gem

Vermont's changing seasons play a pivotal role in shaping the wedding experience at Farm Road. Photo provided by Abigail Jean Photography.

By Jennifer Brandt, Vermont Country correspondent.

Nestled in the picturesque landscapes of Vermont, a gem awaits couples seeking a wedding experience that transcends the ordinary. Steeped in history (originally a working sawmill for Dover, Vermont) and adorned with rustic charm, Farm Road Estate is a versatile haven for all wedding festivities. This venue promises a seamless blend of elegance and Vermont’s natural beauty, from rehearsal dinners and the ceremony to the grand reception and late-night after parties.

What sets Farm Road Estate apart is its diverse array of spaces, each offering a unique ambiance.

The Historic Great Room, with its exposed beams and warm tones, transforms into an exquisite reception area accommodating up to 120 guests. The expansive seasonal event space unfolds for larger gatherings, providing 7,200 square feet of possibilities and hosting up to 350 attendees. The venue’s thoughtful design encourages couples to curate a wedding weekend that meanders through different enchanting spaces, ensuring each moment is distinctive.

What sets Farm Road Estate apart is its diverse array of spaces, each offering a unique ambiance.
Photo provided by Katie Lo Photography.

Not only is the property breathtaking, but it’s award-winning as well.

From the Knots Best of Weddings award for the past two years to the Couples Choice Award from Wedding Wire, and most recently, the Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence 2023, the Southern Vermont Deerfield Valley Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year Award. You can be assured of the exceptional service of this fully vetted property.

At the heart of the Farm Road experience is its culinary excellence, led by the talented Chef Christopher Lauinger, who helms the Sawmill Bar and Table restaurant. With a focus on farm-to-table and sourcing local Vermont produce, the menu reflects a commitment to freshness and flavor. The venue’s own garden and maple syrup project contribute to a unique culinary offering, promising a Vermont-infused dining experience. From customized cocktails to signature drinks and themed dinners, The Sawmill embraces the opportunity to create a culinary journey tailored to each couple’s taste.

Farm Road Estate stands as a testament to full-service wedding planning.

Beyond the culinary delights, the venue offers a range of services that go beyond the wedding day. From drop-off lunch platters for bridal parties getting ready to farewell brunches, the team at Farm Road ensures every detail is attended to. Special Events Director Taylor Miller acts as the venue coordinator, a valuable inclusion to assist in planning and coordinating logistics, allowing couples to relax and savor every moment of their celebration.

Not only is the property breathtaking, but it’s award-winning as well. Photo provided by Novella Photography.

Vermont’s changing seasons play a pivotal role in shaping the wedding experience at Farm Road.

Winter weddings bring a unique charm, transforming the terrace into a snowy wonderland for ceremonies. Ski season enthusiasts will delight in the venue’s ice rink, turning the event tent space into a joyful skating experience. Farm Road’s commitment to embracing Vermont’s seasons ensures that weddings become immersive celebrations of the local culture.

Farm Road’s transformation from a sawmill to a sought-after wedding venue reflects the passion and vision of its current owners, the Levesque family. A balance of preserving historic charm while modernizing the space has created a welcoming atmosphere. The commitment to the local community, showcased through partnerships with nearby hotels and plans for a farmer’s market, positions Farm Road as an integral part of Vermont’s cultural tapestry.

As wedding trends evolve and couples seek more personalized and immersive experiences, everything from the intimate Emerald Room to the grandeur of the seasonal event space, each corner tells a story of love, celebration, and the beauty of Vermont. For those desiring a wedding weekend that goes beyond the expected, Farm Road Estate promises an unforgettable journey through Vermont’s hidden gem, where every detail is crafted with care, and every moment becomes a cherished memory.

Jennifer Brandt is a born and raised Vermonter and a recent Brooklyn transplant. She has worked as a freelance writer and event coordinator for the past decade focusing on food and Intersection with social justice issues. She has combined her passion for food and sustainable food systems with her Indigenous heritage by creating a series with MOFAD celebrating North American Indigenous folks in the food world. When not touring cities and the back roads of the Vermont countryside in search of the endless array of food and culture, you can find her taking Instagram photos of her rescue pup Bagel.

Vermont Country magazine

Vermont Country has a hyperlocal focus on the Green Mountain lifestyle, its personalities, events, attractions and culture. The magazine appears six times a year, designed to complement the state and four-season living. VtCo magazine is a Southern Vermont publication of Vermont News & Media.

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