I love the story of how they met: Erin was visiting her friend Emily in NYC, and Andrew just so happened to live in the same building. Since Emily wasn’t answering the bell, Andrew let her in and joked that he hoped she wasn’t a serial killer. They followed each other up the 5-floor walkup, and Erin took note of which apartment was his, one floor below.
Later, she wrote him a note and slipped it under his door with her number and the message: “It couldn’t be worse than meeting on Tinder.”
On the day of the wedding, I met up with the girls at the newly-renovated sunset cottage at Basin Harbor and got some shots of Erin donning her dress as well as a few last-minute candids.
Once Erin was ready, we headed to St. Mary’s in Middlebury, where all the flower children were gathering (with various amounts of enthusiasm!) outside of the church. Andrew and his brothers had smartly decided to stay inside to try and beat the heat.
The ceremony location itself was incredibly special to Erin, since she had been confirmed at that church. It was the perfect setting, filled with people who clearly know and love the two of them. Almost all of the kiddos made it down the aisle, and there were a few lighter moments during the Mass as friends and family joked around
The priest even had to gently prompt Andrew to repeat the vows—not just listen to them.
As they exited the church, a bagpiper greeted the two of them.
They formed a receiving line so they could see all their guests—and it also provided the opportunity for some beautifully-lit candids.
One of the shots we were sure to capture was of all the kids at the wedding. There were 8 flower children, all under the age of 5, so the chance of crashing or melting down was high. We grabbed an “insurance” picture of all of them beforehand before it could get too late—just in case anyone needed to disappear for a nap.
I especially loved Erin’s gorgeous bouquet—Nancy always creates such elegant arrangements.
We had plenty of time for portraits back at Basin Harbor outside of the homestead between the ceremony and the reception—and with the gardens in full bloom with peonies galore, we had the perfect backdrop as well!
Happy Meals kept the kids from crashing, and we were able to get pictures with all the kids at Basin Harbor as well. Andrew and Erin were so patient and loving dealing with them!
The summery tent was just beautiful and decorated with thought and care. The cocktail hour itself was held at the newly renovated Burgee bar and under the tent right on the water—a spectacular Vermont evening.
One of my favorite moments of any wedding is the introduction of the couple into the tent and the first dance, since by that part of the night, any nerves are out of the system, and everyone is ready to have a good time. Andrew and Erin were clearly soaking it all in—and loving every second of it!
After the grand entrance, and after some funny and touching toasts, it was time to get the party started. Guests were able to play at the shuffleboard court in addition to flooding the dance floor, though some of my favorite, funniest images came from that floor.
I love this image of the two of them getting down and “jumping rope”
As the sun went down, we got to take advantage of a new feature: an awesome expanded dock area that was perfect for sunset portraits. Guests on a nearby boat cheered on the newlyweds as we took pictures!
Erin trying to get creative with her bustle, which hadn’t managed to hold the whole night….she made it work!
Then at the very end of the night, Northstar wrapped up the evening with fireworks and sent everyone on their way to the Red Mill for the afterparty.
Erin & Andrew -I hope you had an amazing time in Italy I so enjoyed being a part of your day!
Elie Saab (Erin’s Dress)
Monique Lhuillier (Bridesmaid’s Dresses)
Indigo – Hair & Makeup