Real Wedding: Carrie & Ian
It took Carrie Van Driel more than five years to fall in love with Ian Wyatt. It took her less than a month to fall in love with Vermont.
Carrie and Ian had been friendly in a casual kind of way since being introduced by a mutual friend in Washington, D.C., after graduation, but it wasn’t until a weekend in New York five years later that they connected romantically.
It might have taken five years for the spark to ignite, but when it did, there was no stopping it. “We seemed to know from the start that we’d be together,” says Carrie, who met Ian’s parents just three weeks after their first date and introduced Ian to her own family a few months later. “We managed to fit nicely into each other’s lives. We were meant to be.”
Life in Vermont was meant to be, too. On their very first ski weekend in the state — and Carrie’s first trip to Vermont — they started looking at houses, casually at first, then more seriously. Within a month, they’d found the spot. “We thought it would be a second home, a place we’d visit every so often,” Carrie said. Within a year, though, they
had made their property in Vermont their full-time residence.
The Vermont property was such a special place that Ian thought it would be the perfect spot for a proposal. On the first night of their holiday vacation in Vermont, Ian built a fire in the woodstove, turned on some George Winston music, and poured each of them a glass of wine. Then he popped back downstairs to grab something from his bag — and returned, to Carrie’s delight, with a ring. He knelt and asked her to marry him. Carrie immediately said yes and didn’t stop smiling for days.
So it was no surprise that when it came time to plan their wedding, Carrie and Ian knew immediately that Vermont was the place. They were still living in Washington, D.C. then, but couldn’t imagine a more beautiful place than their Vermont home in autumn. “It seemed like a magical place to be married — we could have the ceremony by the creek, watch the sunset from the hill, and host a reception in tents in the field, with all the beautiful fall color around us and the stars overhead,” says Carrie. Many of their guests hadn’t made it up to visit yet, and some had never been to Vermont at all, so the wedding also gave Carrie and Ian a chance to show off their home.
The wedding celebration was all about the things Carrie and Ian love best. Guests watched the ceremony from rustic bales of hay. Bridesmaids, with sashes in Carrie’s favorite color, orange, led the way down the aisle. Carrie walked down the aisle to The Police’s “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic” for the ceremony. Two friends sang a special song, and other friends and family read poetry. The party was a celebration of good food and wine, two of Ian and Carrie’s passions. Guests found their table settings attached to personalized wine corks at tables named for the couple’s favorite vineyards, and chose dinner from a cornucopia of options, including fresh lobster, salmon, duck, and beef. A band and a DJ meant that no one had an excuse to sit out the dancing; Carrie and Ian had practiced for their first dance to “The Rising” by Bruce Springsteen and were proud that they remembered the moves in all the excitement.
Late that night, with the fire pits burning and the stars blazing, Carrie and Ian reveled in the wonder of being surrounded by so much love. “The feeling of love and excitement for the two of us as we started into the journey of marriage was just incredible,” Carrie says.