The Ponds Wedding :: Chris & Michelle

Chris & Michelle :: September 6, 2015
Ceremony & Reception Venue :: The Ponds at Bolton Valley
DJ :: Paul Pecor Super Sounds (the BEST!!!)
Michelle’s Dress :: Galina
Bridesmaid’s Dresses :: Donna Morgan
Hair :: Simplicity Salon & Spa
Makeup :: Mirror Mirror

Chris & Michelle were married on a bluebell sky spectacular Vermont day. I think they thought by having an early September wedding it might be a bit cooler but someone had other plans and it was unseasonably hot….not quite fall yet! I started the day with Michelle and her ladies at their house where things were relaxed and everyone was having a fun time reminiscing. From there we drove up to the Ponds for Chris & Michelle’s first look. We did all the photos beforehand which meant that Chris & Michelle were able to fully enjoy their guests and the party. A close family friend of Michelle’s created the flowers and the room looked stunning – very understated and elegant. Paul Pecor kept people on the dance floor and it was just a really fun day. Enjoy the photos!
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An eyelash for good luck and a lovely reaction (that quickly turned teary!) as Mom saw Michelle’s finished makeup
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Meanwhile my second shooter Ben was at The Essex with Chris & his guys as they got ready
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I loved this moment when Michelle’s Dad saw her for the first time – it was so sweet and I think we all teared up!
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1st look!
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A close family friend officiated and was wonderful
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There were a few tears during the personal and emotional vows
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The Ponds provides a perfect spot to do a full wedding photo – I wish we had thought to do it when we were married!
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Mr. & Mrs!!
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I never know quite whether there will be a dip and where/when it will happen but this time I was in the right spot at the right time!
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A little cake on the nose is good luck I think!
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Caught Ben’s flash on this one and I love the look! They were LAUNCHING Chris up into the air!
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Congratulations!!
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Hope you had a fabulous trip to Maine!

Jackie & Anthony’s Coach Barn Wedding at Shelburne Farms

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Jackie & Anthony (along with their fur-babies Mocha & Bruno) were married on September 5 with a ceremony and reception at the Coach Barn on Shelburne Farms.

I love the story of how Jackie and Anthony met, told to me by Jackie:

“We met 10 years ago at Bed Bath and Beyond. I had just arrived from Ecuador and secured my first job in the United States. Anthony approached me only a couple of days after being hired and asked me to help him find where the hair dryers go despite being a seasoned veteran at the store. To this day, he says that lame excuse to talk to me was the best thing he ever did. We went out on the first of many dates and the rest is history as they say.”

The day of the wedding, I met up with Jackie and her ladies at her house after they returned from the salon. It was fun seeing the pooches were also getting ready at the house!

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Mocha and Bruno await their treats for sitting so nicely!

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From there, I headed to Shelburne Farms to meet up with the boys to do some photos of them.

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Then I headed up to the Inn to do photos with the girls and Jackie’s family before returning to the Coach Barn for the ceremony and the rest of the party!

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Jackie’s Grandmother, who she was incredibly close to, passed away a few months ago. As a tribute to her, Anthony gave Jackie a necklace with her grandmother’s birthstone in it, which Jackie wore that day. It was a very emotional moment when she opened the gift.

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The ceremony was officiated by a close family friend of Jackie’s, and it was so very personal, heartfelt, and meaningful. It was the perfect balance – with lots of poignant moments and a healthy sprinkle of light moments – that provoked the sweetest reactions from both the bride and groom.

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Jackie has the most wonderful smile!

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It was a “little” balmy that day so Jackie & Anthony retreated to the Coach Barn after the ceremony to re-hydrate and cool off a bit!

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Jackie’s Manolo Blahnik shoes were given to Jackie by Anthony as a present back in 2008. She said then that she’d save them for a special occasion……and she did!

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The west hall was beautifully and simply decorated for the party. I love smaller Coach Barn weddings where everything happens in one place – so intimate!

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Mocha & Bruno came for a visit and for some official photos with their newly married parents! They are dogs but they were so excited it felt a bit like herding cats – thankfully Jackie & Anthony took it in stride and just cracked up at their antics!

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Let’s get this party started!

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Caught in the act!

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It was a breath-taking evening.

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Jackie & Anthony – what a spectacular day! Thank you for trusting me with these moments, I felt so warmly welcomed by both of your families. Congratulations to you!

Vendors

Venue :: Shelburne Farms
Catering :: Let’s Pretend
Florist :: Schoolhouse Garden
DJ :: Hector Cobeo
Jackie’s Dress :: Melissa Sweet
Hair :: Paragon Hair Design
Cake :: Irene’s Cakes by Design
Second Shooter :: Jamy Beecher

La Tourterelle Wedding :: Sarah & Scott

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Sarah & Scott were married on August 22 with a ceremony at St. Mary’s Church in Middlebury, VT, followed by a reception at La Tourterelle.

I love their engagement story…..Scott is a college lacrosse coach, and after coming home from a long day of recruiting on a weekday, he decided to pop the question late that night. He had heard back about a job that day and knew that he would soon be relocating to Massachusetts to take a position with the UMass Lowell River Hawks, and he also knew that Sarah was anxious to hear about it and to possibly move back to New England (her home). So, he combined the two exciting announcements!

He put the ring in an envelope along with a bunch of brochures from UMass Lowell and the city of Lowell, then addressed it to her and brought it inside, telling her that she had missed some mail. She ripped open the envelope and saw the brochures and realized that they would be moving!

Unfortunately, the ring had fallen onto the floor when she ripped open the envelope, so Scott had to kindly inform her that something had fallen out of the envelope, and he wondered if she was interested in it.

Sarah was caught a bit off-guard, since she was half-ready for bed, with wet hair wrapped in a towel, but after a few excited phone calls to family, they threw on some nice clothes and went out to celebrate!

On the day of the wedding itself, I met up with Sarah and Scott right before their ceremony as everyone was gathered downstairs in the church. My second shooter, Teddy Yeager, was also there with me, and we jumped right in!

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As the end of the ceremony drew closer & Scott & Sarah were putting the rings on you could tell they both relaxed and started to really enjoy themselves.

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This little guest climbed out of her parent’s arms to see the action firsthand!

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The ceremony was amazing, and it was obvious that everyone there truly loved this couple.

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I loved Scott’s socks and the fact that Sarah ditched her shoes to be more comfortable.

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Of course Marley had to be in a few photos!

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We arrived to Tourterelle with plenty of time so Sarah bustled her dress and the party kicked off early!

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Cornhole was a big hit and I have to say I was quite impressed with the skills and high point scoring I saw!

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The group from Dickinson college.

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The reception kicked off and I thought it was so cool that, instead of a traditional first dance, Sarah and Scott organized an awesome lip-sync-off! The bride kicked things off, and then Scott took his turn, followed by the ladies of the bridal party, and finally, the guys rounded us out. It was such a fun and unique way to kick off the party and had everyone in stitches!

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Never have I seen such awesome expressions for a cake cutting—this cracked me up while I was editing!!

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Sarah & Scott, thank you again for allowing me to be part of this amazing time in your lives! Your wedding was so much fun, and I wish you the very best in your futures together!

Vendors

Ceremony :: St. Mary’s Church Middlebury
Reception :: La Tourterelle
Florist :: Stray Cat Flowers
Band :: Good Will & Them Apples
Sarah’s Dress :: Allure Romance Collection 
Bridesmaid’s Dresses :: Alfred Sung
Hair & Makeup :: Reflections
Videographer :: Stoilov Studio
Cake :: Sweet Simone’s

Burlington Family Photos

These boys are always fun and as they get older and less interested in me and my camera it’s a fun challenge to engage them in a natural way. Our time together ended in a quick moving downpour and we ran for cover – before that we had fun climbing fences, racing, and watching their pooches antics. Thanks for a great morning!
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Mount Washington Wedding :: Meredith & AJ

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Meredith and AJ were married on August 15th with a ceremony and reception at the Omni Mount Washington Hotel.

AJ proposed to Meredith one night after Taco Tuesday at Arts Riot in Burlington, VT. He had convinced her to go out with him and enjoy the sunset at Shelburne Farms—a place that they both enjoyed as a quiet retreat for an evening walk after a long day or a quiet drive over the Adirondacks. Although the farms are usually pretty busy, what with their gorgeous gardens that overlook Lake Champlain, it was quiet that evening, and AJ knew that the peaceful clouds and calm night had given him the perfect opportunity! And from there, the rest is history!

It was wonderful spending the whole weekend with Meredith & Andrew. I met up with them on Friday for their rehearsal and then photographed their rehearsal dinner (photos to come) at the Golf Clubhouse. I love going to rehearsal dinners because I get to know all the most important people and also because I learn so much more about the couple.

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These welcome bags were so sweet and the Smores made a great late night snack post wedding!

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On the day of the wedding, I started out with the girls, who were getting ready in two adjoining rooms. With 7 bridesmaids and 3 younger ladies in the party—plus the hair and makeup team!—it was a bit of a tight squeeze, but Meredith’s calm and relaxed energy had translated to the whole group.

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At the same time, my second shooter, Alanna Scully, was with the boys as they were toasting each other and hanging out.

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The ever-unflappable Meredith just rolled with it as the weather, which had looked clear in the days leading up to the wedding, kept changing about every hour on the day of the ceremony. But as it turns out, not a drop of rain fell, and the skies were sunny and clear—hooray!

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We met up with AJ for their first look on a bridge heading to the golf course, and after some time with just the two of them, we met up with the rest of the bridal party and family for formals.

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The ceremony took place as planned on the Jewell Terrace, and after being announced as Mr. & Mrs. Meredith and AJ were led out by a bagpiper—a nod to both of their Scottish heritage! The ceremony was amazing, and their vows were so heartfelt. I loved how AJ kept reaching out to touch Meredith’s shoulder as he listened and how he put his arm around her immediately when she got to the front of the aisle—and didn’t let go.

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As they were exiting the ceremony, AJ did a heel tap to express his happiness! It was such a spontaneous moment that made everyone laugh and smile.

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After that, there was a cocktail hour to enjoy on the Omni’s beautiful and wide terrace, then a blast of a reception in the Grand Ballroom! Meredith’s nieces and nephews are so clearly significant to her, and I loved watching them as they were so proud to be in the wedding party—and so fun to be around all day!

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Tables were named after favorite mountains and lakes – a nod to their love of the outdoors

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When dinner got boring the kids had an impromptu gymnastics recital in the hallway – it was pretty impressive!

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When we were waiting for Meredith to make her way over for the cake cutting a guest took matters into his own hands!

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Kicking off the party (and man was it a party!)

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It was fun to have Katie & Andy as guests at the wedding – Andy provided many light moments during the day.

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A perfectly timed photo bomb by Mac!!

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The limbo got crazy

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Yummy popcorn!

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Really quickly, I do want to take a moment to recognize the whole team at The Omni and especially Ken Lopes, who was AMAZINGLY helpful in every way. He was an expert chauffeur as we drove around the beautiful property to do photos and had been kind enough to take me around the day before so I could scope out spots. Thank you!

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And thank you especially to Meredith & AJ! You both are such wonderful lights in each other’s lives and the lives of those around you. It’s clear how much love and care you have for those who are important to you, and I wish you the very best in your future together!

Vendors

Venue: Omni Hotel Mt. Washington
Invitations: Christa Alexandra Designs
Flowers: Ivy & Aster Floral Design
Band: Redline
Mer’s Dress: Monique L’huillier
Gown Boutique: L’Elite
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Amsale
Hair: Laura Verdoia
Makeup: Suzanne Hewett

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