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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!

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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.

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Venue: Simon Pearce Restaurant and Mill

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.

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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!

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A special thanks to my second photographer, Mike Tracy, and to all the other creative vendors who came together to make this day special.

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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.

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Once again I am humbled to have an image included in this selection of images for the 2015 VOICE Image Collection that will be on display at Click Away photography conference in San Antonio, TX in October.  It’s such an honor for me because some of my favorite photographers images were also included and to think I’d have an image included in this collection blows my mind.  I love looking at the world we live in through other people’s eyes and this collection inspires me to want to go out and try new things with my own photography.  Take a moment, click on the link and view the entire collection.

Click below to see images of mind that were included in the

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I had the honor of being the guest host of Clickin Moms Instagram account.  Here is a look at a typical day in our lives through the lens.

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Sunrise over Strafford, Vermont.

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Melvin Coburn, owner of Coburns’ General Store for 37 years.

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New Boston Road, Norwich, Vermont

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Downer Forest Road, Sharon, Vermont

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After school snack at Cafe 232.

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Back home to regroup.

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Our chicken Speedy.

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Our village’s town house.

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Blowing milk weed into the wind.

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So honored to have five of my images selected to be included in Clickin Moms’ 2014 VOICE  | Digital Print Competition, along with 268 other beautiful images by inspiring photographers.  With over 8,000 images, the panel of judges selected the top 268 in 14 different categories representing vision, originality, inspiration, creativity and overall excellence.

The images will be displayed at this year’s Click Away conference held in Salt Lake City, Utah | September 11th-13th, 2014

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I really couldn’t be more excited and honored about this feature in Mozi Magazine.  I remember the first issue I bought of Mozi Magazine, it was their family issue, August of 2013.  I never would have dreamed that I would be seeing my own images in their Family & Children issue 10 months later.  I also remember drooling over the imagery published and feeling so inspired.  When I saw that they were taking submissions for their next issue, the Lighting issue, I thought it would be worth submitting what I had captured while doing my 365 project to see if it could get published.  None of my images were selected for publication and once the November Lighting issue came out, I could see why.  The images they chose to publish were beyond gorgeous.  Don’t get me wrong, I still feel like my images were great images, one even got shared on their Facebook page, but the images that were published were just perfect for a lighting issue.  This is where I first discovered Summer Murdock and the way she infuses light into her images.  I’m still hoping to take a class with her this fall and learn from this talented artist.

When I saw that Mozi was taking submissions for their Family and Children Issue, again I thought why not?  I have been capturing images of my kids everyday for an entire year through an incredible project so I thought it wouldn’t hurt to submit again.  I did and I now have six images published.  Why am I telling you this long story?  Well, because it’s important to 1) not compare your work to others but rather be inspired by it and 2) never give up on something if it doesn’t work out the first time.  Things happen for a reason and be glad they do, sometimes it just means something better is just around the corner.

I’m doing a 365 project again this year because I simply love shooting and capturing our life, our story, every. single. day.  You can see more of this project here.

To celebrate, I’m giving away one digital copy of Mozi The Family & Children Issue.  If you’ve  never subscribed to Mozi Magazine, you’re in for a real treat…no advertising and chock full of beautiful imagery along with great interviews.

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We had such a fun time creating this image of my son jumping over the capital building during our trip to DC and I’m so very humbled to have it featured among so many other talented artists on Everything Bloom.
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So excited to share that Little Bellows, a photography website that focuses on inspired family photography, has chosen to feature some of my Project Life 365 images.  Check out the feature by clicking on the image below.

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So excited to share that this image was selected by Christina Mallet on Instagram to feature on Little Bellows site with the theme Summer Was…..

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Earlier in the year when I decided to attempt another 365 project, literally on January 1st, I had no idea if I’d stick with it.  I had tried a 365 project on my own at one point in the previous year and failed after going away on a family vacation.  What made me want to do a 365 project?  Well, I was having a hard time picking up the camera on a regular basis.  It seemed as though I would only photograph when something struck me as interesting.  Then one day when looking in the toothpaste drawer I realized that my kids no longer required kiddie toothpaste.  Whoa. Wait. A. Minute.  It hit me like a ton of bricks.  You know how you have those hurdles as a parent when the last child starts sleeping through the night on a regular basis or moves out of the diaper stage, you do a little victory dance?  And, then there are those moments that make you sad because they’re growing up too quickly.  Well, the sadness struck me and I thought a 365 project would force me to shoot everyday and document everything I could before it was too late.

I started Project Life 365 mainly using my iphone and occasionally using my DSLR.  Then I realized that if I want to get the most out of this project, I should use my DSLR and really push myself to learn the camera inside and out, under all lighting conditions as well as find my creative style.  For this reason, most of my images in the project are shot using my Canon 7D or 5D Mark III.  This doesn’t mean that I don’t use my iphone because occasionally I do when I don’t have a heavy one with me.

I’m over halfway through PL365 and daily photographing has now become a part of my life.  I’m wondering if I would be content NOT doing a 365 next year!  There’s time to think about that but for now I am so incredibly thankful for the journey it has taken me on.  I have grown as a photographer in so many ways but most of all I have met so many inspiring artists out there.  I even had my first Instameet last week with a fabulously talented photographer who is also doing PL365 and was visiting family the area.  I admit, that I have become somewhat of an Instagram addict (it’s really not that bad) who can’t wait to look through the feed in the morning over a cup of coffee to see how others have interpreted the prompt with their images.  The talent is really inspiring.

The other great motivator is having your image featured by PL365.  I have been a very lucky girl and wanted to share two of my images that were featured on Project Life 365’s blog this month.  You can see the features by clicking on the images.  

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Upper Valley Kid Stuff magazine is a great FREE publication distributed at more than 140 locations in the Connecticut River Valley.  I recently started advertising with them and as their summer issue was coming out, I was notified that they were running an article on local area photographers.  Since the article had already been written and was ready for print, Laura Jean Whitcomb, editor/co-publisher of Kid Stuff, was so kind to include an online exclusive interview of me on their website.  Thanks so much Laura for featuring my work!

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So honored to have my water beaded lupine featured on the Clickin Moms’ blog this week!  I joined Clickin Moms recently which is an online photography forum that has been so inspiring and informative.  It has helped me take my photography to the next level and just so you know the name can be a little deceptive, it isn’t just for moms!  Just like Project Life 365 they offer daily prompts to keep you photographing daily.  I thought I’d try and incorporate images that could fit the daily prompts given by Project Life 365 and Clickin Moms.  It doesn’t always work out that the prompts can compliment each other but this image fit for both.  The Project Life 365 prompt was #edgy and Clickin Moms’ prompt was #center focus.  Check out the post here and see all the other great images featured for the week.

Water beads on the edge of a Vermont lupine flower in the spring.

Water beads on the edge of a Vermont lupine flower in the spring.

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