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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
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.
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
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
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!
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.
Abby + Nathaniel
This wedding was so beautiful from Abby’s mother’s wedding dress and her great-grandmother’s cathedral length veil to the traditional birdseed exit. I think it was the first wedding I edited that I felt many of the photographs looked so timeless in black and white over color. However, I will deliver both black and white as there were many that I couldn’t decide on.
Abby and Nathaniel got married at the First Congregational Church in Woodstock, Vermont with a formal ceremony followed by a reception at Dowd’s Country Inn in Lyme, New Hampshire. Having a drive between the two venues provided a great opportunity to stop at one of my favorite places in Quechee for their formal portraits.
Thanks Abby & Nathaniel for allowing me to be a part of your day and I wish you many years of happiness.
Brittany and Zach
You may recognize this couple as they had an engagement session with me this past winter to compliment their fall wedding portraits. Their fairytale ceremony and reception took place at the charmingly, restored farmhouse estate at Hewitt Hill Farm which had all the modern luxuries for an exquisite wedding. The bride chose classic black bridesmaid dresses and all white floral arrangements made by the lovely and talented Ellen Snyder.
I had Ben DeFlorio join me as my second shooter to document everything from the getting ready and chilling out moments to the awesome final image of Brittany and Zach with a little sparkler LOVE.
Special touches included Brittany’s grandmother’s ring worn by Brittany as she walked down the isle, sweet notes from Brittany’s preschoolers on how to love each other, a watch from the bride to the groom with a note that said see you at 4pm, a locket to the bride from the groom with their engagement picture inside and the sweet sound of bag pipes as Brittany walked down the isle. All these elements made for a beautiful day to start the rest of the lives together.
Wishing them both all the love in the world!
Michael Greenham – Bagpiper
Lily and Jan wanted their wedding to be a weekend full of relaxing and fun with their dearest friends and family at Ohana Camp, on Lake Fairlee. It’s kinda hard to not have a good time when the list of activities include yoga, frisbee golf, dancing and campfire. Their wedding day was chilly and rainy, as September can be in Vermont, but there were so many warm, loving hearts that I don’t think it phased anyone. They simply moved the beautiful arbor that Lily’s father built along with all the benches to the porch of the camp lodge and had the ceremony on the porch. Their ceremony incorporated some Greek traditions as well as some wonderful Greek dancing during the reception. For Lily and Jan’s formal portraits Vanessa Riegler, the camp’s coordinator, took us in the camp’s van to the new, under-construction barn on the camp so we’d have a dry, more private place for photos. Lily and Jan are such lovely and caring people and their love for one another abounds. It was an honor to be a part of their day and I wish them many years of happiness.
Congrats Lily + Jan!
About a year ago I met Marisa through a mutual roller derby friend and couldn’t be happier that our paths crossed. She was looking for a wedding photographer and I was looking to get into wedding photography and it seemed like a good fit. As it turned out we had several mutual friends and it was so much fun to see them all on their wedding day.
Marisa and Eamonn spent the past year planning the perfect wedding in a beautiful Vermont location, The Inn at Mountain View Farm, in East Burke, Vermont. The combo of pinks and mint in the floral arrangements mixed with the antler display for their seating chart was a perfect balance of soft and rustic. Morgan Perrone with Valley Floral Company always does the most amazing, creative work that really stands out and this wedding was no exception. Despite the rain that poured down during the ceremony it proved to be such a beautiful day. After the ceremony, the clouds moved on and the fog drifted through the valley creating a spectacular view.
BIG Congrats Marisa + Eamonn and thanks so much for letting me capture your day!
I had the pleasure of photographing the Kat and Mike’s wedding a few weeks ago and it also happen to be my first wedding as a primary photographer. I’ve been photographing weddings with other photographers as a second shooter for a year now and I admit, I may have had more jitters than the bride and groom. They were both really laid back, which made the whole day go super smooth. I love that they involved their dogs, a chocolate lab and golden retriever, in their wedding since they met through their dogs. The ceremony took place at Mountain Top Inn, Vermont, on a gorgeous knoll overlooking the reservoir, a perfect Vermont landscape of mountains and water. The weather was a mix of brilliant sun shining on them during the ceremony with dark gray clouds rolling in behind them which made for a pretty dramatic sky. Luckily, it didn’t even rain and those gray clouds moved on making it a perfect day to get married. Congrats Kat and Mike and thanks so much for choosing me as your wedding photographer!