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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
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.
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
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!
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
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.
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.
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
2014 was my first year taking on weddings of my own and I couldn’t be more happy to see my second wedding featured by Well Wed Magazine on their blog Vermont Vows. It was such a beautiful wedding and I absolutely loved working with all these wonderful wedding vendors:
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
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.
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.