Williamstown Engagement Photos

I drove down to Williamstown in the pouring rain recently to meet up with Lucia & Todd who were in town from Boston. I met Lucia at her sister Avery’s wedding a few years ago and Lucia jokingly described their upcoming wedding as “like Avery’s – just with sunflowers.” Their parent’s property where the wedding will take place is stunning and I know it will be just as fun of a party – I can’t wait! Thankfully the skies cleared long enough for us to be outside with Horton the wonder dog who is a silver lab. He is a goofy fun loving dog and provided comic relief. That afternoon they were closing on their first place together – lots of exciting milestones! See you in September!
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Recommended :: The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up

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Perhaps you’ve heard of this book? I’d been seeing it EVERYWHERE so I finally took it out of the library to see what it was all about. “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up” is less an organization book and more of a lifestyle adjustment. The Amazon description reads :: “Despite constant efforts to declutter your home, do papers still accumulate like snowdrifts and clothes pile up like a tangled mess of noodles?

Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you’ll never have to do it again. Most methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach, which doom you to pick away at your piles of stuff forever. The KonMari Method, with its revolutionary category-by-category system, leads to lasting results. In fact, none of Kondo’s clients have lapsed (and she still has a three-month waiting list).

With detailed guidance for determining which items in your house “spark joy” (and which don’t), this international bestseller featuring Tokyo’s newest lifestyle phenomenon will help you clear your clutter and enjoy the unique magic of a tidy home—and the calm, motivated mindset it can inspire.”

Now I confess that I might not yet be qualified to recommend this book because I didn’t go through the whole process. I am so Type A crazy that my house is for the most part pretty cleaned out. I do like her philosophy though of only keeping items that spark joy – sounds a little hokey but it works! So for people who do struggle with organization I would suggest this book – I like how you do it all at once instead of little by little and I love that she asks you to clean out by category – I think that makes a lot of sense.

Try it and let me know what you think! And maybe in the meantime I’ll get through a few more categories!

VT Engagement :: Michelle & Chris

Despite occasionally drizzly weather (and a pretty aggressive downpour!) Michelle, Chris, and I had fun exploring Shelburne Farms during their engagement photos. They are getting married at the end of the summer at The Ponds at Bolton Valley – I can’t wait!! Enjoy the photos!
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Recipe :: Corn Muffins

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(Another breakfast morning (clearly an old picture with SNOW outside!) pre corn muffins. We try to keep the dogs away while she is eating and for the most part they are very good but occasionally we bend the rules a bit!!)

Recently I’ve been trying to expand our breakfast repertoire to make things a little more interesting (variety in the spice of life after all). In that vein I’ve been on the lookout for breakfast recipes – muffins, bars, energy, bites, etc. One of my first forays into morning baking were these corn muffins from Food 52. I found the recipe via a blog I think (oh the rabbit hole of the internet!) and also printed out a few others from her series “Cooking for Clara” which shares some of her daughter’s favorite recipes.

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Mike & Mia’s Shelburne Farms Wedding

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Mike & Mia were married on May 30 with a ceremony and reception at Shelburne Farms in Shelburne, VT.

Mia told me that she and Mike met while they were living together in the summer between their sophomore and junior year at Middlebury College. They both were actually dating other people, but quickly realized that they needed to end those relationships and have been together ever since!

I’ll let her tell you of the special proposal in her own words:
“Last August we took a trip to Paris and Mike proposed the day we arrived in the Luxembourg gardens!! We had the rest of the vacation to celebrate. He had asked my mom & brother for permission apparently well before [we went] and worked with my now maid of honor to pick out the ring of my dreams. Once I said yes we celebrated with dinner in the Marais district of Paris!”

The day of the wedding, the ladies were in full getting ready mode when we arrived – with 11 bridesmaids + a few other special ladies it had been an early start!

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I loved this moment when Katie joined hands with her bridesmaid Ari towards the end of her makeup – the rest of the girls were out on the porch taking a photo so the hubbub had died down and it was just so simple and sweet.

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We walked from the Glass House up to the Inn in a festive procession with Mike’s sisters holding Mia’s dress up and everyone wearing their matching Tom’s white shoes!

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While the girls were getting ready, my second shooter, Alanna Scully, met up with the boys in the White Room, where they were donning their ties and then headed to the North Porch to meet up with Julia from A School House Garden to get the boutonnieres on.

From there Mike & Mia had their first look and we did all the family and bridal party portraits in the garden.

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The Ketubah signing took place in the library and afterward Mia & Mike presented their parents with beautifully personalized gifts which were clearly perfectly selected.

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I wish I could remember what this item is called but apparently a friend of Mike & Mia’s make these blazer/jersey combos, and Mike’s Dad has been wanting one for years – I love his expression when he realized what his present was. It was a priceless moment and he donned the jacket during dinner and wore it for the rest of the night!

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A horse and carriage waiting outside took Mia and her Mom and Brother down to the Coach Barn, and the boys walked down the hill.

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Mia’s Dad sadly passed a few years ago, but this lovely memorial table greeted guests as they walked into the Coach Barn. His favorite line “It doesn’t get any better than this” was referenced many times, and clearly he was present in everyone’s hearts.

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Since it had been threatening rain all day, the ceremony had been moved inside so people mingled, nibbled and drank before things got underway

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After the ceremony, Mia & Mike were whisked away in the carriage for some alone time, before doing some portraits down by the lake, and rejoining the cocktail hour which was in full swing.

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The skies opened right as dinner began!

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Mike’s mother created this amazing quilt to adorn the Chuppah – being a quilter myself I was simply astounded by the level of detail and love that went into this and I know it’s something that their family will treasure for generations!

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The incredible staff from Let’s Pretend weren’t afraid of getting wet and created this tunnel of umbrellas to keep the bridal party dry as they were announced into the tent!

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After Mia’s Mom gave her welcome, wedding planner extraordinaire Sabrina calmly announced that due to lightning in the area the tent had to be evacuated! Shelburne-Farms-Wedding-Orchard-Cove-Photography_0160 Shelburne-Farms-Wedding-Orchard-Cove-Photography_0162

People rolled with it and after 25 minutes we were able to head back into the dinner tent which was in the Coach Barn courtyard. A yummy dinner was served by Let’s Pretend Catering (nothing ruffles them!) and then there were the MOST wonderful speeches.

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The icing of the dinner was when Mike’s sister Katie sang Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeros Home, which has always been Mike & Mia’s song….I don’t think there was a dry eye in the house including mine! It was so wonderfully personal down to the talking part of the song which detailed the first time Katie & Mia met and their hug – because Katie “knew she was the one.”

Even thinking about it now gives me chills! I can’t wait to see Joel’s video of the evening! I am SO glad they had him there to capture it on video!!

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It was so sweet to watch Mike’s parents proudly looking on.

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I have to say I’ve had a lot of things happen during my time as a wedding photographer, but the tent evacuation was a first! It was clear from a night like this why you hire people who are experienced and people you trust – between Sabrina, Erin from Shelburne Farms, Liane & Daniel from Let’s Pretend, and the wonderful staff at Vermont Tent they were all working seamlessly together to fix any problems!

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Mike & Mia cut the cake and then gave a thank you speech that was similarly memorable and heartfelt.

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Instead of tossing her bouquet Mia gave it to, as she said: “the one person I want to catch it” – Mike’s sister Megan whose long-term boyfriend Andy was one of the groomsmen.

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With that people moved into the west hall for the dancing! Mia & Mike shared a first dance followed by Mia dancing with her Grandfather who had the BIGGEST smile on his face the whole time.

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Mike’s Mom began dancing with Mike, but soon his sisters, then Nanny and then Grandmother cut in – there are a lot of wonderful women in his life!

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Then it was time for the Horah, which is such a fun tradition and this was a great group with tons of energy to keep things going! The west hall heated up and the band Joey Scott and the Connection kept everyone on the dance floor.

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During all the dancing, Let’s Pretend brought out some late night food and American Flatbread had their oven fired up under a tent – fueling people until the midnight sparkler getaway in the rain – what an amazing day!!

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Mike & Mia – your families made us feel SO welcome and it was such a privilege to be there as you became Mr. & Mrs! It is abundantly clear how in love you both are with each other and how much you love the people around you – I wish you all the happiness in the world as you embark on your married life!

Vendors

Venue :: Shelburne Farms
Caterer :: Let’s Pretend Catering
Florist :: School House Garden
Wedding Planner :: Sabrina Brown
Videographer :: Joel Boucher
Rentals :: Vermont Tent Company
Invitation :: Beverly from Paperscapes
Band :: Joey Scott & The Connection
Mia’s Dress :: Vera Wang
Bridesmaid’s Dresses :: Amsale
Hair & Makeup :: Edo Salon

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