DIY Bridal Gown, Favors Add Personal Touch to Vermont Wedding


September 4, 2015    Stowe, Vermont

By Juliet Pennington

Jennifer Mo and Edward Chuang met at camp the summer before their sophomore year of high school. Little did the pair know that a decade later, they would become husband and wife.

“I thought he was funny, and he was much more bold than me,” remembers Jennifer.

“She was cute and funny, and was the first girl I knew of who had a crush on me,” Edward admits. “It was a pretty small camp, so word got around quickly.”

Even though Jennifer lived in Sharon, Massachusetts, and Edward nearly 40 miles away in Carlisle, Mass., the couple made time to see each other. The distance between them grew when she attended Cornell University in upstate New York and Edward went on to Colby College in Maine, yet the miles apart did not diminish their affection. After a break their senior year, the couple found their way back to one another a year later.

Faith is an important part of the couple’s lives. “While in college, I became a Christian,” Jennifer says. After graduating college, Edward became a Christian, too. Six months later in April 2015, the couple was engaged.

“The proposal wasn’t a huge, grand thing, but it was special,” Jennifer says. “We were at a hotel in New Jersey, where our church was holding a conference, and after lunch one day, while we were in the lobby, he proposed. I said yes—I knew he was just the right person for me.”

The couple fast-tracked wedding plans due to Edward’s school schedule (he’s currently working towards a PhD at the University of Pennsylvania).

They fell in love with the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, Vermont, where, coincidently, Edward and his family had vacationed when he was a child.

“It was very hot on our wedding day, but other than that, everything was perfect,” says Jennifer. “Everyone at the Trapp Lodge was so accommodating and focused on us.”

The couple, who planned their wedding in five months without a wedding planner, took on many of the preparations, including making the invitations and packaging maple sugar favors for their 82 guests. Jennifer, a business consultant with a background in apparel design, made her own wedding dress and veil.

“It was a lot, but everything came together the week before,” she says. “It was casual and celebratory and just what we wanted.”

Edward’s favorite memory was standing on the raised wooden platform in the meadow under an archway made of branches and flowers and seeing his bride walking across the field toward him with the mountains in the background. “It hit me that this was really happening and I was happy—really, really happy,” he says. “I had seen the dress, well, pieces of the dress, lying around her apartment, but I hadn’t seen it completed and on her. She just looked so beautiful.”

Photography by Rivkah Fine Art Photography

Featured Vendors: Location: Trapp Family Lodge // Florist: Wildflower Designs // Bridal Gown: Jennifer Mo (DIY) // Bridal Accessories: Veil by Jennifer Mo (DIY); Shoes by Tory Burch; Tiffany & Co. and Jennifer Zeuner jewelry // Bridesmaids Dresses & Accessories: J. Crew; Ann Taylor // Groom’s Attire: Indochino // Stationery: Jennifer Mo and Edward Chuang (DIY) // Favors: maple sugar candy from Vermont; packaging by Jennifer Mo (DIY) // Rings: Jangmi Jewelers

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