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What happens when creative entrepreneurs get together to play? You get some pretty amazing things in my opinion. Creating for the sake of creating is a great reminder of why we do what we do. It fuels our souls to create for ourselves and can be more freeing than when working within the constraints that often accompany client work.
When Heather and Piper of Birds of a Flower floral shop in Woodstock, Vermont called me saying she had an abundance of flowers and had this terrific idea of creating an English Tea Party on a beautiful horse farm nearby with their daughters, I completely cleared my schedule to make this happen. It sounded exactly what I needed after taking somewhat of a creative break to focus on other things.
Heather wanted to showcase a new local startup called The Purple Cookie Company with delicious cookies. She also envisioned using British made products such as Hunter Boots, Jelly Cat Stuffed Animals and Mini Boden clothing to complete the English look.
I envisioned capturing a scene that included the girls and horses but of course when you’re working with young kids, babies and animals sometimes you have to throw all expectations out the window. If it works, great. If it doesn’t and someone starts to get upset, you shift gears and go with another idea. So, to capture exactly what I had in my head for this shoot was an absolute dream. These girls and their moms were simply the best to work with I hope you enjoy viewing the fun we had just being our creative selves and how adorable these cuties are.
In January I went to a relatively new photography conference called Photo Native in Provo, Utah. I chose this conference because it had a lineup of star-studded educators that I really wanted to learn from that included Summer Murdock, India Earl, and Ben Sasso. The best thing about this conference, over other conferences that I’ve attended, was that I could go to any class I wanted. I didn’t have to sign up ahead of time and I didn’t have to stress about paying for a conference ticket first and then move to the next step of registering for classes to only learn the ones I had my heart set on were full.
The conference offered add-on dinners and photography shoots with various photographers and educators with limited seats. These add-ons were limited to preserve the learning atmosphere, creating an intimate environment to learn and an opportunity to connect and ask questions with the instructor. I was fortunate to snag a dinner seat with Summer Murdock and a styled shoot with India Earl, two photographers whose work has inspired me for a while. I love Summer’s documentary style of photographing her own family and India’s dreamy work with couples and weddings. It was amazing to have dinner with other creative photographers in a laid back atmosphere and chat all things photography. The photo shoot with India Earl was also laid back and a great learning experience. I was able to play around with India’s 45mm Tilt Shift lens which creates a pretty dreamy.
I learned so much at this conference and walked away feeling inspired on many levels and with new friendships. I love the photos I captured. They represent a very different feel from what I have experience shooting and that’s what I like. These images make me feel something and make me want to take my work in an entirely different direction. If you’re a couple who likes what you see and you want to create unique, dreamy and intimate portraits, let’s chat and create something amazing!
The slow season for Vermont wedding professionals provides a great opportunity for vendors to collaborate and create inspiration without the confines that often accompany client work. It allows for a free flow of creativity from the vendors and provides inspiration for the bride to be. Creating just for the sake of creating, without any restrictions, can be very liberating and helps keep us inspired as well. Winter can be a beautiful season to get married and we wanted to showcase just how beautiful it can be.
We started with a palette of blue and gray in choosing a beautiful dress by Claire LaFaye. From there we wanted to compliment the blue and gray tones with warmer tones of gold and yellow. Because we chose an elegant, but unorthodox wedding dress color we balanced the look with simple and traditional elements in the jewelry provided by Von Bargen’s Jewelry and a headpiece provided by Fiori Bridal. The gown looked beautiful paired with gorgeous gold shoes also provided by Fiori Bridal. Warm touches also balanced out the floral arrangements created by Petals Floral Design. Instead of going with just one cake we wanted a display of cakes which together looked like a work of art designed by Irene’s Signature Desserts. We included hand-calligraphed invitations by Calligraphy Arts and a watercolor painting of the venue, Apple Hill Inn in Woodstock, Vermont, crafted by Michelle Boleski of Petals Floral Design. We couldn’t help but to include one of our favorite wedding favors from Red Kite Candy who can create custom wedding favors to suit your needs. Vermont Tent Company provided tables, chairs, linens and tableware. And we couldn’t have done this shoot without our fabulous model Lulu Lovering who looked equisit with makeup by Jennifer Perellie makeup artist and hair by Studio Tress.
We hope you find this winter styled shoot as inspiring as we did!
Featured on Artfully Wed.
Last winter I had the most amazing opportunity to collaborate with other vendors in my first style inspiration shoot. This type of collaboration gives wedding industry professionals an opportunity to create a wedding look without having the influence of a client. It’s a great way to experiment and create something truly inspiring. The vendors donate their time and products and in return receive the images for their own marketing purposes. I’m so excited that this shoot came together beautifully with the vendors listed at the bottom participating. Even better, the inspiration can be found on Burnett’s Boards, where you can find lots of bridal inspiration.
Stylist: Caroline Reusen of Belles and Bubbles Wedding Blog
Floral Design: Petals
Dress: Cathy Telle
Cakes: A to Z Cakes
Table Rental: Blood’s Catering and Party Rentals
Tableware: Simon Pearce
Hair Accessory: Melinda Rose Designs
Silk Ribbon: Silk & Willow
Ring: Trumpet & Horn
Stationery: Linen & Leaf
Bow Tie: Beau Ties of Vermont
This summer I had the opportunity to work with Birds of a Flower based in Woodstock, Vermont on a beautiful wedding. Their work is so gorgeous and I was super excited when they asked me to participate in a collaborative fall shoot that involved the cutest little four-year-olds and Icelandic ponies. I was certain that I’d need to rely on my experience photographing horses previously and my bag of tricks for the little ones. However, it turned out that none of that experience was needed. These two girls are the best of friends who love riding horses and the horses couldn’t have been more gentle. The stone wall, nestled under trees adorning bright yellow leaves, was decorated with complementary florals, creating a magical place for the girls to romp and play with their ponies. The day was so much fun and full of laughter. Although I’ve never even been on a horse, it makes me want to be a little girl again and have a pony party for my birthday. I hope it does you too!
This collaboration was featured over on Beyond the Wanderlust.
One of my favorite places to visit in the fall is Riverview Farm in Plainfield, New Hampshire. It’s full of pumpkins, apples, and corn maze. All fall must haves! And this family was game for exploring the farm with me. We had the most gorgeous weather and how sweet is this little guy putting flowers in his pocket!
Jenn and Kent tied the knot this past weekend in what seemed like a fairytale wedding at the Woodstock Inn, “the most beautiful address in Vermont”. Although this was a destination wedding for the couple, Vermont holds a special place in their hearts as Jenn frequented Woodstock growing up with visits to a family home, a home that sits right next to the stone chapel where they said their vows. Jenn adorned a stunning dress by Peter Langner and opted for an extra full bouquet and florals made by Randy Paxton at Little Flower Shoppe. Adding more class to the day the groom, accompanied by his groomsmen, arrived at the ceremony via vintage bikes from the Inn. The day was absolutely exquisite and filled with so much gorgeousness and love.
Jenn & Kent, thank you for choosing me as your photographer to document every detail of your special day. I wish you both years of happiness and may you always dance through life the way you danced on your wedding day, passionately and effortlessly.
Venue: Woodstock Inn & Resort
Cake & Catering: Woodstock Inn & Resort
Tent & Table Rentals: Rain or Shine Tents
Floral Design: Little Flower Shoppe
Entertainment: RipCord Music
Favors: Red Kite Candy
Hair: Kristen Moshiek
Makeup: Deb Houghton
Second Shooter: Mike Tracy
Sasha and Aaron are getting married next spring and for their engagement session, they thought it would be fun to meet at White River Junction, a place that is dear to their hearts and where their relationship started. I’ve always wanted to do a session in White River Junction as I love the architecture and vibe of the town. There are so many great backdrops that are fun and funky and how perfect is this heart carved in the side of a building for these two love birds? I’m looking forward to documenting their day next June against another gorgeous Vermont backdrop, Shelbourne Farms.
I seriously have the best clients. Clients who are laid back and don’t let a little rain dampen their wedding day. I’m so glad a mutual friend suggested that Kaitlin and Matt contact me for photography services when they got engaged. They are the kind of clients that I hope will turn into friends. During our initial meeting, they shared some advice that was given to them which in turn I have also shared with every one of my couples. It was too good not to share. And that is to pick three things that really matter to you on your wedding day, focus on those, and forget the rest. Wouldn’t you agree?
A few noteworthy details that made their day pretty special included Kaitlin pinning her grandmother’s wedding ring to her bouquet, Matt arriving at the ceremony in a canoe and the percussion frogs they asked their guests to use as a symbol of expression during the ceremony, which made for a beautiful sound.
Their affection for one another and the people they love are apparent. I could have photographed just them together all day, but we had a ceremony to get to. And yes, Matt entered the ceremony via canoe. So cool.
Congratulations Kaitlin & Matt, I wish you many years of love and happiness!
Venue: Lock Lyme Lodge
Florals: Valley Flower Company
Tents: Vermont Tent Rentals
Catering: Duck Soup Catering
Second Shooter: Mike Tracy
Lizzy + Amit said their “I do’s” at one of my favorite venues this past weekend, Ohana Family Camp on Lake Fairlee, Vermont. I was so excited to photograph their wedding here as it’s such a beautiful place to get married with views of Vermont’s mountains and Lake Fairlee in the background. This was a special place for Lizzy as she camped there as a little girl. Lizzy wore a gorgeous vintage inspired lace gown that matched her grandmother’s handkerchief which was wrapped around her bouquet made by Michelle Boleski at Petals. Lizzy had beautiful mehndi (henna) on her hands and feet. They decided to meet at the waterfront for their first look which turned out to be a stunning and secluded spot, perfect for the two of them. Lizzy’s mom announced the entrance of her daughter by ringing the camp bell when she got the thumbs up from Amit. It was a true honor to photograph this beautiful couple, on their beautiful day.
Lizzy & Amit, I wish you many years of happiness!
Tristan and Peter contacted me about a year ago when they started planning their DIY, navy and cream, nautical themed wedding. Although they are American they were planning their wedding all the way from Australia where they currently reside. They wanted to have a simple, but elegant wedding at Tristan’s family camp on Sabago Lake, Maine, the same location they became engaged. During their interview they said that Tristan really wanted to book a good photographer and Peter really wanted to have good food, two things that made me know instantly that they had their priorities straight and that we would make a perfect fit.
They chose passports as their invitation and mailed out luggage tags as save the date cards. Tristan organized all the florals and no detail was overlooked from the nautical cuff links to dilly beans they canned themselves as a wedding favor. Tristan’s aunt who is 101 years old, but still retains her beauty, whit and mobility, became an officiant for this special day. In fact, she’s now the oldest woman in the state of Maine to officiate ceremonies. She’s officially the coolest woman in my book and I think this has to be one of the most touching gifts to give someone.
Another special element of their day was after their first look they wanted to exchange personal promises in a row boat. When Tristan told me about this I was so excited. Most couples barely remember the time they spent together on their wedding day as they are constantly visiting with guests. It was so cool seeing them carve out 45 minutes together before the festivities began doing something they love to do. Again, my kind of people.
Thank you Tristan and Peter for choosing me as your photographer. It was a true honor documenting every detail of your special day and if I could do it all over again, I’d be right there with tissues when you need them, become a seamstress when you need one and take my equipment out in a row boat to photograph your love story. Thank you for making me feel like a friend and a guest, not a vendor, and I wish you many years of happiness together.
Typically I prefer to shoot in locations that I’ve at least had a chance to scout out and determine if it has good light, but for this session there wasn’t a lot of time to do that as we had a limited schedule when figuring out a date that worked for both of us. This girl really wanted to have her session at Feast and Field in Barnard, Vermont, a location known for mixing good local food, art and music in the field. It’s definitely a place to check out this summer if you haven’t already done so. I arrived a bit early to see if I could find a few spots that were away from the crowds and weren’t in the open sun. I was a bit nervous having a session at a location that I hadn’t scouted out, but it ended up being one of my favorite sessions as the light was so beautiful once I found an area to filter the sun a bit. And, this girl is a total natural in front of the camera. It was so much fun spending the evening with her and her family creating some beautiful portraits.
What an honor to document a family wedding, especially this family since it’s the third time I’ve had the pleasure of photographing them. There is so much love and happiness among them I was thrilled when they asked if I’d be their wedding photographer atop the beautiful Mount Kearsarge in Winslow State Park. There were so many special elements to their day, the biggest was incorporating their family members in the ceremony. Their two sweet daughters, accompanied by their two cousins, were the sweetest little flower girls I have ever seen. The couple opted to have their siblings conduct the ceremony that included a reading of a Shel Silverstein poem. All the birch elements even had a significance as the groom’s last name in Dutch means birch. I had the pleasure of working with the following vendors to make this day complete.
Venue & Catering: King Hill Inn and Kitchen
Tent & Table Rentals: Lakes Region Tent and Event Rentals
Summer means lazy days on the lake and family gatherings, so why not document everyone when you’re together. Yesterday I spent the evening with this extended family at one of their favorite places to be for the summer, Mascoma Lake and we couldn’t have asked for better weather. Thanks O’Connell family for choosing me as your photographer!
Bridget and Tyler said their vows upon a mountain side at their family home in Woodstock, Vermont last Saturday in a beautiful ceremony conducted by their very close friend. Every detail about the day was exquisite from the antique inkwell that held their rings to the guest favors of maple syrup harvested right on the property where they tied the knot. Bridget was the most graceful bride choosing simple, classic styles from her dress to her hair style to allow her natural beauty to radiate. Tyler also donned a classic tux making him one handsome fellow. I absolutely love first looks and the anticipation around seeing one another for the first time can be more beautifully captured when couples opt for a first look. Their first look was no exception. They were both so excited to see one another and share an intimate moment together before the ceremony that it made me teary eyed. Their love for one another is so evident and I wish them many years of happiness!
Thank you Bridget & Tyler for trusting me to document one of the biggest days of your life! I feel incredibly honored to be a part of it.
Second Shooter: Mike Tracy
Officiant: Christian Buss (friend)
Floral Design: Birds of a Flower
Cake: A to Z Cakes
Tent & Table Rentals: Celebration Rentals
Catering: Nomadic Chef Catering
Stationary: Kelsey Malie Calligraphy
Entertainment: Jason Baron, Wedding DJ VT
Hair: Maggie McGowan (friend)
Makeup Artist: Maureen Gilligan (friend)
Wedding Gown, Veil & Hairpiece: Carol Hannah
Bridal Shoes: Manolo Blahnik
Groom Attire: Bindle & Keep
Silver Lake is one of my family’s favorite places to camp and visit over the summer so when this family who lived nearby contacted me for a session it seemed like the best place to meet for their session. The benefit of doing it here was that the little ones got to take a swim afterwards. Win! Win! Thanks Putney Family for the opportunity to photograph your beautiful family!
The other night I had the privilege of photographing this family at one of my favorite locations and the weather and light couldn’t have been more cooperative. At one point there was a swarm of small insects fluttering about in the light and we weren’t sure what they were, but they intrigued this little cutie making for some fun photos of the encounter. I hope these captures make this family smile for years to come each time they look at them.
Thank you Glenna & Tommy for hanging with me for an evening and allowing me to photograph your family!
Now that I’ve photographed Bridget and Tyler’s engagement session I simply can’t wait to photograph their wedding in just a few weeks. They are super sweet and I think Toby, the dog, is going to do just fine with his wedding duties and posing for pictures now that we’ve had a dry run through things. Thank you Bridget and Tyler for choosing me, I can’t wait for your big day to come!!
The other day I had the opportunity to spend the morning with this family documenting their newly expanded family. Although it took big brother a little time to warm up to me, I eventually managed to get a few sweet smiles from him. It can be challenging photographing older siblings when you’re also there to photograph the baby. You want them to feel just as special and that they are also the center of attention. Especially since their world has changed and all of a sudden the focus becomes the baby. We started early in the morning when everyone was fresh (if that is even possible when you have a two year old and newborn!) and made the first half of the session all about big brother. Once we got a few portraits with him out of the way, he was whisked away to preschool so we could focus on the newborn photos. This worked out really well because the baby was so alert during the first half and then fell into a deep sleep so we could get some of those precious sleeping baby shots. It was great photographing this family and I hope I get the opportunity to do it again as the kiddos get bigger!
I’ve saved this post for a snowy spring day to brighten my mood when I’m tired of winter weather. Last summer I spent a 12 hour day at Ohana Family Camp documenting what it is like to be a camper from breakfast time to roasting s’mores at night and everything in between. It was hands down my most exhausting job to date, carrying around equipment for 12 hours straight, but was also one of the best days I’ve spent working. During those twelve hours I was taken very good care of by the camp staff and at the end of the day I wish I could have been a camper there. It’s definitely a camp that should not be overlooked when planning your next family vacation. There’s lots to do and at the same time plenty of time to relax do your own thing.
It’s hard to believe I photographed this family last fall but it has been one crazy busy winter, both professionally and personally, so I’m okay blogging now rather than never. Besides, this family’s session is way too gorgeous not to share. We met at one of my favorite places to visit in the fall Riverview Apple Orchard in Plainfield, NH. We pretty much had the whole place to ourselves since we got permission to start the session just as they were closing. This farm has pick your own flowers providing beautiful framing around this family in their last image, one of my favorites. This family was such a joy to be around, playing in the leaves, eating apples as big as your head and even trying to balance them on our heads. Well, maybe it was just me balancing apples, but it got the kiddos to look at my camera!
If you’ve looked around on my website at all you may recognize this location. It’s one of my favorite places to shoot, but I’ve never had a session here in morning until this family’s session. It certainly pushed me to shoot differently because my favorite spots were not really places we could use due to the light being so harsh. I loved the challenge though. It pushed me to think of an area in a different way and some of the images we made together turned out to be some of my favorites. I feel so lucky they chose me as their photographer and I’m looking forward to photographing this beautiful family again this summer!
Football is a pretty big deal in this family’s home since dad is the Dartmouth football coach and with the Super Bowl this weekend I can only assume they’ll be glued in like everyone else. When families contact me I have them fill out a questionnaire so I get an idea of what they’re looking for in a session and I ask them to tell me a little about themselves and what they like to do together. Since football is such a huge part of their lives we all agreed it would be fun incorporating in a short game of it And, fun it was as you can see from the photos. We even played peek-a-boo with a leaf, talk about melting your heart! Family portraits don’t have to be boring, contact me today and let’s plan a session together.
So excited to continue on in 2016 with The Luminance Project, a group of photographers have taken the Magic of Light Workshop and who shoot with a specific theme for the month and then submit their images where a handful will be curated in a blog post. I feel so fortunate to be a part of the project and even more grateful when one of my images is chosen for the blog post. Hop on over to the post and be inspired with everyone’s Faceless images for January.
It warms my heart to blog these images taken in the fall with this beautiful family. I was so excited when mom first contacted me with news that she was expecting and wanted updated family photos once the baby arrived. I photographed this family two years ago when I first started my business and they were just starting their family. Now, they are not only expanding their family but they’re building the house of their dreams. So many wonderful things happening and such a joyful time in their lives. Spending time with them was more like hanging out with friends and having a beer than having a portrait session. They’re really laid back, lots of fun and I think I could have stayed all night playing with E while mom nursed the baby. Here’s a glimpse of our time together, minus the beer of course! 😉
Ramona and Jack went to school at Middlebury College and although they reside in Chicago now, they knew they wanted to come back to Vermont to tie the knot. The couple dreamed of a ceremony in a beautiful field and a reception inside a gorgeous barn, complete with an abundance of flowers and lovely decor. Their vision came to life at the West Monitor Barn in Richmond, Vermont – a stunning venue that fit their vision perfectly.
The barn was lit with gorgeous large-bulb lights and numerous candles, providing the perfect amount of light for romantic ambiance, and featured exquisite bouquets and centerpieces styled by the lovely Erin Ostreicher at Nectar & Root. The tablescapes were styled by Lindsey Campbell and her incredible team from Farmhouse Group Events, who also provided farm to table catering for the wedding.
The ladies were dressed in pale mint green dresses, all unique to each bridesmaid, and were styled at Indigo Salon and Mirror Mirror. The girls looked gorgeous as they h elped Ramona into her stunning modern crocheted lace dress that perfectly complimented her soft but whimsical personality. Ramona completed her look with heirloom vintage jewelry that belonged to her grandmother, including her engagement ring. A little whimsy was added to the guys’ attire with varying colorful socks and Jack’s tie that featured stick figure runners for his love of running.
Ramona and Jack are down to earth kind of people and their love and adoration for one another couldn’t be anymore genuine and transparent, especially during their first look which took place on a walking bridge behind the barn. it’s one of my favorite first looks ever captured and I’m so glad they chose to have that intimate moment together before their ceremony. Their reception was one to remember from their interactive couples’ toast to a surprise sparker toast from Jack’s father, which looked simply magical in the dimply lit barn.
It was such an honor to be a part of their stunning day and I wish them many years of happiness!
This wedding has been featured on Sweet Violet Bride!
A special thanks to my second photographer, Mike Tracy, and to all the other creative vendors who came together to make this day special.
J and E got married on a beautiful fall day at the Apple Hill Inn. They couldn’t have picked a better location to show off Vermont’s landscape to their guests. With an old barn for their reception and a covered bridge nearby to sneak away for a few portraits of just the two of them, their day was perfect. Their love has withstood the test of time through years of school and lots of moves waiting for this day for many years. With several moves under their belt they were able to create one of the most unique seating charts I’ve ever seen at a wedding. Each table was named after a city they have lived in since their relationship began, eleven cities to be exact. I’m not sure many couples could pull this off but as you can see the moves and years of school have only strengthened their love for one another. Their hand written vows had me crying and laughing so hard that I’m surprised I could even photograph any of it. I’m so happy to be a part of their day and document their love. Wishing them many continued years of happiness!
I’m happily writing this blog post next to a warm fire as the temperature outside is the coldest it’s been all winter. It reminds me how cold it was during this session and while twenty something degrees may seem warm compared to the current temperatures outside, when you’re shooting a family session in those temperatures your clients have to be pretty resilient like this family and you’ve got to work quickly. Documenting their time together outweighed anything the forecast could have thrown our way so we pressed on. And, with a family of five girls I’m sure they’ve pressed on with many things in their lifetime as well as made many loving memories together. Just in my short time with them I could see that they love to laugh and enjoy each other’s company so much. We met at the Woodstock Inn to take some portraits in their garden and then walked over to the covered bridge in town to wrap up the session. I hope they treasure these photos for many years to come just as they treasure each other.
Note: Cold weather sessions are great for families with older children or couples wanting engagement portraits but I wouldn’t recommend them for families with small children.
Anya + Nic
August 15, 2015
Anya and Nic tied the knot this past August on a beautiful day along the Connecticut River that separates Vermont from New Hampshire. The couple grew up in Vermont and dreamed about a wedding that included their closest family and friends at a location that is near and dear to their hearts. Cedar Circle Organic Farm in Thetford, Vermont is both a place they call home and where the groom spends his days managing the grounds, so it felt only natural to hold their ceremony there.
Anya and Nic are two laid back individuals who like to have lots of fun and wanted to create an atmosphere where their guests could kickback and have a great time. The ladies were asked to select their own dresses within a hue range of pink and peach. The bouquets and flower decor were handpicked with love right from the farm’s u-pick flower gardens by the bride and her ladies. The groom made the arbor from maple saplings. The couple chose local maple syrup as a gift of appreciation to their guests. And, for the tiniest guests, the couple made sure to include a gift bag of items such as glow sticks, bubbles and temporary tattoos to keep them busy throughout the night. Farm to table catering was provided by the farm with on location roasted chicken, fresh heirloom caprese salad and honey wheat bread with maple butter made by the bride’s mother.
It was a night full of love for this couple that tied the knot in the heart of Vermont with friends and family dancing the night away.
You can find this wedding featured on Rustic Wedding Chic.