September 8, 2018, Stowe, VT
Olivia Grosvenor and Philip Annacone both grew up in Stowe, attending high school several years apart, and their romantic relationship began a few years later. Their adventures included shared hikes in Vermont, traveling, and moving to New York City, where Olivia said they enjoyed hundreds of pizza deliveries to their Brooklyn apartment.
Philip proposed on a winter weekend getaway to a favorite hotel in Hudson, N.Y., and they enjoyed a year and half of engagement and leisurely wedding planning.
The choices of Stowe and the scenic outdoor setting of Trapp Family Lodge were easy, Olivia said, with a spectacular location for the outdoor ceremony and tented reception, with plans in place in case of rain.
Trapps’ wedding guru Saunie Sirch was “fantastic” during the planning process, said Olivia — “she was a true rockstar and made sure that we didn’t have to worry about a single thing.”
The on-site bakery made a chocolate sheet cake and a tiered carrot cake — the bride’s favorite.
Olivia’s brother Luke got ordained online so he could officiate the ceremony, incorporating quotes and memories collected from the couple and their close friends and family. “He kept it lighthearted but also very heartfelt so everyone was both laughing and crying,” Olivia said.
Elisabeth von Trapp, a descendant of the Trapp Family Singers, performed during the ceremony, playing guitar and singing “Can’t Help Falling In Love” as the bride walked down the aisle in the September sunshine. She had played for the brides’ parents wedding ceremony, making for an extra-special performance.
The couple danced to Billy Joel’s “You’re My Home” for their first dance, then the Silver Arrow Band kept guests dancing all night long.