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Teddi and Jeff had the most romantic mountainside ceremony at their favorite place to spend their weekends, Magic Mountain Ski Resort. The 135 acre location is on Glebe Mountain in Londonderry, VT. They invited all their closest friends and relatives to celebrate their union. They opted for a laid back, no fuss kind of day which is exactly what they got. Thanks to the employees at Magic Mountain and close connections the couple had, we were able to go to the top for some breathtaking views to take their bridal portraits. They also opted to have their portraits done on another day besides their wedding day to ensure they had some beautiful images of the two of them and allow more time for creativity. I have to say I wish more couples would do this. It allows the opportunity to be more creative with your photos because they’re more time. I have lots of new favorites and I hope they love them just as much.
It was a special day full of love for these two with a close friend officiating the ceremony. Teddi wore a string of pearls her mother wore 67 years ago at her wedding and Jeff proposed to Teddi with the same ring his dad proposed to his mother with. I wish nothing but years of happiness and love for these two as they start their journey as husband and wife.
Venue: Magic Mountain Ski Resort
Rentals: Celebration Rentals
Floral Design: Petals Event Decor
Catering: Sugar Bob’s Finest Kind
Cake & Dessert: Southern Pie Company
Entertainment: 2Kul DJ’s
I have to say, it’s hard to take a bad picture of these two. I don’t believe they could be any more adorable. They’re my kind of people. I say that because just like me, they are Kentucky transplants living in the Upper Valley. They’re planning their wedding in Kentucky for next year and wanted to capture engagement photos in the beautiful upper valley area of Vermont and New Hampshire.
I love that they were themselves in front of my camera and allowed me to document their relationship and who they are as a couple. I understand the standard sit and smile photo is one that most everyone wants and while I strive to deliver a few of those images in the final gallery, what truly speaks to my heart most as an artist is when my subjects let go of their inhibitions and allow themselves and their relationship to be documented. I prefer for all my subjects to not look at my camera unless I ask them to. I love capturing them interacting with one another and forgetting that I’m there with a camera. When subjects let down their guard and allow who they are to be seen and documented through my lens, it is such a beautiful thing that makes my heart sing. Creating these images that stir emotions is what I love to capture and feeds my artist soul.
Thank you, Jessica and Mark, for spending the evening with me and choosing me as your engagement photographer. I have no doubt you’ll have many years of happiness together.
Julia and Matt wanted to plan the perfect destination wedding in Burlington, Vermont. They have family in the area and felt it was the best place for them celebrate with their closest friends and family. They chose Vermont National Country Club to host their reception and exchange vows at The First Unitarian Universalist Church in Burlington. Julia and Matt wedded on the same date Julia’s parents and grandparents married. The couple wanted a classic, elegant day surrounded by friends and family. Julia wore a beautiful wedding gown by Allure Couture while her bridesmaids wore gowns by Vera Wang. Julia had a piece of her father’s shirt as something old, her dress as something new, her mother’s hairpins as something borrowed, and her wedding band as something blue with alternating sapphires and diamonds. It was a beautiful day and one that I hope these images bring a smile to their face when they look at them.
Rentals: Vermont Tent Company
Florals: Betsey Brooks
Catering: Vermont National Country Club
Cake: Mirabelle’s Cafe
Hair & Makeup: Indigo Salon
Videography: Matthew Levins Wedding and Event Videography
Second Photographer: Delaina Carlson
Alexis and Darren, two avid outdoor enthusiasts, knew, once engaged, that they wanted to get married on top of a mountain. The two are avid skiers and snowboarders and thought Stratton Mountain Resort provided the perfect destination wedding location. This mountainside retreat is surrounded with breathtaking views of the Green Mountains where the couple said their nuptials at the summit.
Alexis wore a stunning gown from VIP Fashions in Philadelphia, PA and had pieces of her mothers and grandmothers wedding dress sewn into hers. She also tied buttons around her bouquet with significant meaning. Her bridesmaids wore beautiful merlot dresses and the groomsmen went with gray suits. Florals by Flower Power Vermont Farm provided the perfect pop of autumn colors. The couple has a love for craft beer and used growlers from various Vermont brewing companies as vases. They also used various ski mountain resorts for their seating chart. The couple chose not to have a first look but instead, Alexis wanted one with her father before riding the gondola up to the summit with him. A champagne toast with her girls was the perfect way to celebrate.
Alexis and Darren, thank you for choosing me to document your special day. I hope these photos make you smile at all the memories and the good time you had on your wedding day! Wishing you both many years of happiness!
Venue & Catering: Stratton Mountain Resort
Floral Design: Flower Power Vermont
Dessert: Grandma Miller’s
Second Photographer: Delaina Carlson for Amy Donohue Photography
For some reason, I just get the best clients. They’re organized, have a great taste and know how to let loose and have fun on their wedding day. This couple and their crew of friends was no exception. The couple has been together since they were fifteen and their love and affection for one another was evident.
The chose Park McCullough House for their ceremony and reception, a beautifully preserved vintage mansion set among 200 acres in Bennington, Vermont. The property has endless gardens and no shortage of beautiful places for photographs. The couple is drawn to vintage items and incorporated that into their details.They gathered, with the help of family, vintage containers for their tabletop floral arrangements. As a guest sign-in book, they opted for vintage postcards. Casey’s Kate Spade bridal shoes even have somewhat of a vintage vibe and when paired with her lace dress from Anthropology, she looked stunning.
A few special touches included jars of honey harvested from the couples’ beehive as wedding favors and Casey honoring her late father by wrapping one of his ties around her bouquet.
Thank you Casey and John for choosing me as your photographer to document all the beautiful details and fun moments of your day! Wishing you both many years of happiness!
Venue: Park McCullough House
Floral Design: The Tuscan Flower
Catering: Vermont Farms Catering
Stationery: The Printery
Entertainment: Business Time
Second Shooter: Delaina Carlson for Amy Donohue Photography
Julia and Matt are tying the knot soon but wanted to do engagement photos before the big day. We met at a location they both love, Shelburn Farms. It’s such a beautiful venue on Lake Champlain and the view never gets old. We had so much fun walking around exploring the property and talking about their wedding day plans. I’m excited to photograph their day but until then, here are some gorgeous shots from their engagement session.
Chelsea and Connor had a storybook wedding celebration last weekend at The Woodstock Inn & Resort. Chelsea’s parents and grand parents both got married at the North Chapel so the couple thought it was only fitting to exchange their vows at the same spot. Upon exiting the church, the couple, along with their friends and family, were led to their reception through town by two members of the band Young Love and the Thrills based out of Boston, MA.
The couple worked with Birds of a Flower to create a classic, romantic feel. Bamboo sticks were used as place card holders set in moss covered boxes. Moss was also used on the bridal table as a beautiful base that was topped with glassware from Simon Pearce holding beautiful floral arrangements and candles.
Chelsea adorned a gorgeous gown by Christos that allowed her to move so eloquently throughout the day from the first look to the dance floor. She wore her grandmother’s seawater blue ring as her something borrowed, something blue. Her bridesmaids wore a mix of navy and light blue lace dresses by Self Portrait. The groom and groomsmen wore blue blazers and pants with ties from The Tie Bar.
Chelsea and her family worked with Post Road Press at Two Ems to create their paper goods. Chelsea’s talented sister created the artwork and collaborated with Post Road Press to create beautiful stationery from the dinner menu to the save the date cards. Having her sister’s artwork on their wedding papers provided a perfect special touch.
Another thing the couple did was in addition to opting for a first look, they pre-organized their timeline to have all their formal portraits out of the way before the ceremony, including family formal portraits. I have to say that I was a bit nervous packing this much in before the ceremony but we approached it with some flexibility knowing that if we weren’t able to get through all the portraits before the ceremony, we would finish them up during cocktail hour. With proper planning, we made it happen so that the couple ended up enjoying ALL of their cocktail hour with friends and family. Now that I’ve done it and see how much more the couple enjoyed their cocktail hour, I highly recommend it. Chelsea and Connor were able to enjoy mingling and catching up with guests they may not have seen in a long time.
By the way, speaking of first looks, how adorable is the mini-first-look Connor had with his mom right before the first look with Chelsea? Lots of good takeaways from this wedding and so much fun!
Thank you, Chelsea and Connor, for choosing me as your wedding photographer! It was so much fun being with you on your day and capturing all the fabulous in between moments!
Venue: Woodstock Inn & Resort
Floral Design: Birds of a Flower
Stationery: Post Road Press at Two Ems & Lily Andrews artwork
Tent and Table Rentals: Rain or Shine Events
Catering & Cake: Woodstock Inn & Resort
Entertainment: Young Love and the Thrills
Makeup: Maison Roug
Hair: Woodstock Inn Spa
Wedding Dress: Christos Bridal
Second Photographer for Amy Donohue: Jennifer McKenna Photography
They’ve been together for nearly a decade and they’re planning to say their vows with their families in just one week!! I can’t wait to photograph all the beautiful details of their Woodstock wedding now after photographing their engagement session. These two want the focus of their wedding to be celebrating two families coming together and it shouldn’t be any other way. Stay tuned for more gorgeousness from these two and their soon to be wedding day!!
Meg and Aaron chose to get married in such a beautiful venue, Enfield Shaker Museum located in Enfield, New Hampshire. They wanted a woodland themed wedding that reflected their love the outdoors and their passion for foraging. They chose a foot bridge in the woods for their first look which turned out to be so magical. Meg was not afraid to get barefoot and get closer to the stream in her wedding dress to capture some gorgeous photographs. I love that Aaron was there to help her navigate as a true gentleman. And, can we talk about how he gazes at her? It was absolute admiration. I can’t say that I don’t blame him though, as Meg was astunning.
The couple wanted to foster a sense of community with their bridal party opting for a mix of bridesmaids and bridesmen as well as groomsmen and groomsmaids. I love how they mixed it up and also that Meg’s brothers fulfilled their bridesmen duties by helping her with her flower crown. It was so sweet to be able to photograph this.
The couple, being foragers, collected sea glass near their home on the coast of Maine and distributed to each guest as they arrived at the ceremony. They asked each guest to say a special blessing on the glass. The glass was then collected and put in a vase the couple will keep in their home. I love it when couples do away with traditions that don’t make sense to them and create ones that mean something to them. It’s one of the best things you can do on your wedding day.
To Meg and Aaron, thank you for allowing me the opportunity to photograph your gorgeous day and for being adventurous and willing to go unique places to capture beautiful photographs of you on your big day.
Venue: Enfield Shaker Museum
Tent & Table Rentals: Blood’s Events and Catering
Catering: Maple Street Catering
Pie Desserts: Made by family and guests
Second Shooter for Amy Donohue Photography: Mike Tracy
Hallie and Brendan wanted to get married in Vermont, a place they hold dear to their hearts since attending Middlebury College. They wanted a simple but elegant wedding and what better location than the Basin Harbor Club located on Lake Champlain. The day was absolutely beautiful with a few rain showers that only provided some dramatic skies during their portraits but held off during the ceremony. Hallie wore a dress by Amy Kuschel which she looked amazing in. A Schoolhouse Garden created gorgeous flower arrangements and Emily Rose Ink created stationery for the couple.
Hallie and Brenden, I cannot express enough how beautiful your day was and what an honor it was to be your photographer. I wish you both the best of luck as husband and wife!
Venue | Basin Harbor Club
Catering & Dessert | Basin Harbor Club
Stationery | Emily Rose Ink
Floral Design | A Schoolhouse Garden
Hair | Simplicity Salon
Entertainment | Star Dust Band (Boston)
Wedding Gown | Amy Kuschel
Second Photographer for Amy Donohue Photography | Delaina Carlson
Jenna and Tyler had the sweetest and most romantic wedding at Dowd’s Country Inn last weekend. I’m pretty sure I cried more at their wedding than any other wedding. I cried happy tears because they are such genuine people who are so madly passionate for not only each other but life and living gently on this earth. From Tyler’s dad playing and singing during the ceremony to listening to all the speeches from friends and family recounting so many fun memories allowing me the opportunity to really understand a little about these two. What I do know is how lucky they are to have found one another and what an honor it was to photograph every detail of their day and their love for one another.
Jenna and Tyler wanted to keep things simple and have a meaningful wedding. This meant cutting out a lot of traditions that they didn’t understand or connect with and instead let family and friends create new and meaningful elements in the form of speaking, art, and music. This meant no formal entrance, no bouquet toss, no cake cutting, just lots of fun celebrating with their closest friends and family. Tyler’s dad played and sang two beautiful songs at the ceremony. A mutual friend of the couple created artwork that they incorporated in their stationery and paper goods. Jenna used vintage table clothes that were her moms and grandmothers. The couple used vintage door knobs as table card holders. Tyler made the beautiful arbor and flower pots around the arbor for their ceremony. Jenna and Tyler live a homestead life and wanted to use flowers from Cedar Circle Farm but had a talented friend, Still By Nicole, work her magic with the wedding florals. Jenna surprised her bridesmaids with a new and different dress from what she had previously picked out because she fell in love with a Alexandra Grecco dress at Everthine just four weeks before her wedding!! Her bridesmaids were shocked, but I think Jenna made a good call as she looked simply stunning in this dress and the best part was that it had pockets! A wedding dress with pockets? I didn’t know it existed but what a clever idea!
Jenna and Tyler, your day couldn’t have been more romantic and beautiful. The love you have for one another is so abundantly clear and there is so much love that surrounds you among your friends and family. You have touched so many people’s lives, another reason I cried so much at your wedding and why I think you two make a perfect pair. I am so incredibly honored that you chose me to be a part of your day and that you allowed me the opportunity to document every detail celebrating your love for one another.
Venue | Dowd’s Country Inn
Catering and Dessert | Dowd’s Country Inn
Stationery | Silk and Willow
Invitation Calligraphy | Earnest Bee Calligraphy
Escort Cards and Table Number Calligraphy | Still by Nicole
Wedding Gown | Alexandra Grecco at Everthine Bridal
Wedding Favors | Handmade Tea Bottles by the bride and groom from plants they foraged
Second Photographer for Amy Donohue Photography | Mike Tracy
This year I got to kick off the wedding season with one of my favorite couples and I knew it was going to be perfect when Sasha filled out her wedding day questionnaire with all the details of her day. She was well organized ahead of time and selected a great team of wedding vendors that created a magical day. The weather was absolutely amazing and the sunset was mesmerizing at the end of the night.
Sasha and Aaron were surrounded by so much love from their friends and family. They chose their siblings as their bridal party. Sasha wanted hues of purple and plum with her floral arrangements including sea holly, something that grows in abundance near their home. I’d say Erin from Nectar and Root did an amazing job. They wanted to include their dog, Lila, in the ceremony who behaved so nicely. For something different, but local, they chose Vermont Maple Sriracha sauce as both a wedding favor and seating chart for guests to find their seats. Sasha found her wedding dress and hair piece on Etsy creating the most gorgeous and classic ensemble. She borrowed a blue and diamond bracelet from a family member which served as her something borrowed, something blue piece for good luck. One very important element of their day was the ten-piece band from Brooklyn, NY, called The Cool Rulers, who put on a show making it difficult to leave when my time shooting was over. The couple wanted their wedding to not only be a celebration of their love but also a celebration ending their three-year stay in Vermont before making a big move to the west coast for Aaron to complete his residency.
Sasha and Aaron, I wish you both the best of luck as you start this new chapter of your lives and embark on this new adventure. No matter what, I’m confident you will always be surrounded by love and you will most definitely make sure fun is had!
Venue | Shelburne Farms Inn & Coach Barn
Floral & Decor Design | Nectar & Root
Stationery & Paper Goods | Lulu & Roo Design Studio
Table Rentals | Vermont Tent Rental
Catering | Let’s Pretend Catering
Cake & Dessert | New Moon Cafe
Entertainment | The Cool Rulers
Hair | Sarah Jean @ Di Moda Salon
Makeup | Heather Garrow @ Makeup Artists Guild
Videography | Juharo Productions
Second Shooter for Amy Donohue Photography | Emily Pogo @ Pogo Photo
Wedding Gown | Via Etsy – Milamira Bridal
Balloons | Rubber Bubbles
Wedding Favors | Vermont Maple Sriracha
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!
This wedding was published in Vermont Bride Magazine!
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
Wedding Featured on Snippet & Ink
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!!