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Thursday, 5 May 2011
Love Story - Babette & Mark at The Stables at Pigeon Hill Farm
Mood:  celebratory
Topic: Love Stories

This spring of 2011 is off to a rather cool start, delaying the blooming of flowers and the like.  I am reminded of another spring that also was a bit cooler than we had hoped, but it did not quench the warmth in the hearts of our bride and groom as they were the first wedding of the season in the unheated barn of the Stables at Pigeon Hill Farm.  Here is their love story as told by Babette, the bride, herself ...     

Babette & Mark, May 5, 2007, at the Stables & Inn at Pigeon Hill Farm

"As I approach the celebration of our ... anniversary I look back and am blessed at all the wonderful memories already created in such a short period of time. Mark and I knew from the moment we met that it would be forever. A feeling that can not be described with words. From that first cup of coffee we shared, we knew the magic we felt would only get stronger with time.

We knew until that time, we’d only existed, now we were going to live. After a year of combining families and households Mark said it wasn’t enough.  He needed to be closer yet , and that is how we came to be engaged. We drove by a jewelry store one day and he just pulled in -- no words, we just went in and chose my ring. I remember my youngest sister calling me that day and saying, “guess who’s getting married” and I said “me”, she said “no silly, me” and I said “ me too”, so we were both engaged on the same day.     

We spent a year planning our wedding , actually we planned our wedding around our honeymoon.

We knew that we wanted to be married in the spring so we booked a 2 week spa vacation and then chose the date. I knew from the beginning, our wedding was going to be intimate -- family and close friends. We wanted it to be simple, but elegant and as stress free as possible. I did not want the usual reception with tons of faux decorations; nor spending all that time and energy concentrating on what was just not important to us.   

We searched for that perfect venue without luck until a friend told me of The Stables at Pigeon Hill Farm in East Berkshire, Vermont. I had been friends with the owners, Michael and Jeffery, for years, but had not realized that they had opened yet. I drove there, pulled in and knew in that instant that it was where we would become husband and wife.  


They were working in the gardens and I asked about seeing the carriage barn. They opened those rustic barn doors and I knew -- I didn’t care about any other details , this was where I was going to be married. 

Breathtaking, rustic, elegant, simple, perfect. They knew my vision and I left them with it. I didn’t have to concentrate on that aspect anymore -- it was in their hands. They handled every detail flawlessly and made our day perfect. They truly are the best wedding planners, their endless attention to detail and tireless effort to see that every guest is accommodated is astounding.

I was able to move on to another very important part -- pictures. I searched for that photographer who would capture 2 families becoming one. I wanted candid, heartfelt shots. I found this in Warren and Linda of Ayer photography. They were a wonderful gracious couple who truly just love taking pictures and knew what we were looking for in “family photos”. 

I chose our DJ based on testimonials from previous customers. We wanted someone to interact and keep the guests moving. We chose LinCo Entertainment and they did just that. Our guests had a great time.

The small details, cake, invitations, flowers were done by me. Again, I knew what I was looking for and was able to focus on this area.

Our day arrived and everything was perfect, The gardens were overflowing with spring flowers.

All of our family and close friends were there to share our special day. Michael and Jeffery offered a private room in their Victorian home for the bride and her party to dress, we were served champagne and able to relax until our ceremony began. A year in the planning and I couldn’t believe it was actually here. That moment when I would finally marry my best friend. I remember as clear as yesterday, that look in his eyes when he said his vows. That look I see everyday.

As they say, they truly do live happily ever after.

My advice to all future brides. Do not spend so much time on the small stuff that you lose sight of the magic. It passes quickly, and your memories should be filled with joy, not the stress of what is just not important. Use vendors that allow you to hand control over to them, it is what they do. Create a simple vision . And ask yourself, what is the most important part of that day. It should be when we are husband and wife."

The Particulars:

Ceremony & Reception Site: The Stables & Inn at Pigeon Hill Farm, 802-933-2719,

Photographer: Ayer Photography of Vermont, 802-338-9193,

Entertainment - DJ: LinCo Entertainment (Corey Neil Gottfried), 802-893-7685,

Wedding Planning Resource:  Vermont Bride Magazine,

This love story was published in the Summer 2009 issue of Vermont Bride Magazine with accompanying photographs by Ayer Photography of Vermont.   

Click HERE to see a more complete sample of photos from this wedding at the Stables at Pigeon Hill Farm.        

Posted by Warren      

Posted by ayerphoto at 8:00 AM EDT
Updated: Thursday, 5 May 2011 2:15 PM EDT
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