Something magical took place in downtown Woodstock on Oct. 15; the first wedding on the Event Green at Elm Street Cultural Arts Village.
Jessica Laudermill and Jamie Williams chose the location for their special day because of their close ties to Woodstock. Both of them grew up in the area and consider it home.
The bride’s mother, Tara Daigle, was closely involved in the planning of the event and made sure that downtown Woodstock vendors were used for the wedding; everything from food trucks, pies and cakes, beer, flowers, and table and chair rentals came from local businesses.
Jessica shared with us about her special day and had some advice for future brides thinking about using the Event Green for their weddings.
Why did you pick the Event Green as the location for the ceremony?
A couple of reasons. Jamie and I have grown up around Woodstock. My 13th birthday was in the old train station (now Freight Kitchen and Tap) and I was a manager at PURE Taqueria for six years. I started there when it opened and worked my way up to general manager. We loved the location and the historic feeling of the town. It was a perfect fit for us.
What was your favorite part of having the ceremony and reception there?
My favorite part was how well it fit our bohemian theme. We shut down the street to have food trucks, had huge lights hanging from the trees that lined the street. We were able to hang our dream catchers and put up our teepee. Because of how open the location is, we were able to do everything we wanted and had envisioned for that day. Especially having all local vendors.
What would you have done differently?
NOTHING! It was everything that we wanted and more. My mother Tara Daigle planned the entire event and did all decorations. It was very DIY.
What do future brides need to be aware of regarding this venue?
This venue would be best for laid-back brides that want to enjoy their wedding day. They have to be okay with the fact that if it rains, there is no backup plan (maybe more tents). We had 200 people in attendance, so this venue could work well for large or small weddings. The stage was perfect for the band.
What advice would you give to someone planning a wedding on the Event Green?
If you are looking for a relaxed environment with a beautiful backdrop, the Event Green is a perfect location. Relax and have a good time, it’s your day.