Liz and Zach were married on October 1st, with a ceremony and reception at the Common Ground Center.
These two met while they were serving in the Vermont Youth Development Corps, an AmeriCorps program. They’d seen each other at monthly trainings and hit it off during an event called Art Under the Stars. They continued their year of service and then headed west to Los Angeles together in June of the next year!
Outside of Vermont, one of Liz’s favorite places is Manhattan Beach, California—a blend of stylish LA and beachy calmness. So, every year when Zach asked Liz what she wanted to do for her birthday, she would say, “Stay in Manhattan Beach!”
Last year, Zach invited friends to join them for a weekend party to celebrate her birthday and the 4th of July. Before everyone arrived, the two of them went on a walk on the boardwalk, arriving at The Strand around 5:00. Liz pointed to a rooftop table and mentioned that she would love to sit there. Luckily, that seat was free for an hour and fifteen minutes, perfectly long enough for Zach to pop the question—and for the waitress to treat them to champagne and homemade donuts!
On the day of the wedding, Liz and her ladies gathered in the Eco Lodge, which had a beautiful view of the ceremony site, to get ready.
Meanwhile, Zach and the guys headed to the barn to don their ties.
Liz and Zach had a touching first look behind the barn before we went out to explore the stunning property.
They were even game to scramble down a muddy incline to reach a secluded spot with a view down the river!
After doing the bridal party photos we were about to start family photos when the bus pulled up……time to hide!
Liz’s sister created the loveliest flower arrangements for the arbor to frame the ceremony in an otherwise unadorned and open field.
Zach looked so lovingly and intently at Liz throughout the ceremony – you could tell they really felt connected throughout the day even when they weren’t right next to each other.
Both Liz & Zach’s Mothers spoke during the ceremony which made it so personal and heartfelt. It was fun to hear about both of their childhoods and their early days.
The service was beautiful, and it was clear in every detail just how much their friends and family loved and supported them.
I don’t think they could have smiled much bigger coming back down the aisle.
Moments after they married Liz & Zach turned around to see their best man and maid of honor coming towards them – their expressions (and Zach playing with his ring- always the sign of a new groom) says it all.
After that, it was time for a few quick family portraits before we all headed down to start the party!
I snuck down to the tent to grab a few detail photo shots before the guests arrived of the simple but colorful tables.
Liz & Zach’s best friends gave great and sweet speeches which had everyone laughing.
Then we headed over to the warmth of the barn…..time to boogie!
Liz & Zach, I loved being a part of your day. Your love and the love you have for your family and friends is so apparent. Congratulations!
Caterer :: The Lazy Farmer
DJ :: Devoye Folks
Florist :: New Leaf Organics
Event Planner :: Et Cetera Events Co
Liz’s Dress :: Glamour Closet
Hair :: Hair Forte
I am thrilled to announce that we’ll be welcoming a baby sister for Norah in early February! We had the ultrasound tech seal an envelope with a message written in pink or blue and then opened it with Norah so we could all be surprised – it was a very happy moment. The dogs were thrilled to be involved in another adorable photo op!!
Jeremy and I grew up together and I’ve known his family literally forever so it was such a pleasure and an honor to be there when he and Sally tied the knot at Tourterelle. They’ve been dating for a looooong time and weren’t entirely sure that marriage was necessary but we were all thrilled for them when they decided to get engaged and make it official. It was a spectacular autumn day that wasn’t too warm and wasn’t too cold – beautiful autumn light beamed on their ceremony and a gorgeous sunset kicked off the party. Enjoy the photos!
Cat and John were married on September 10th, with a ceremony and reception at the Basin Harbor Club.
Basin Harbor was the perfect place for this wedding, because that’s where Cat and John met as children. They had been going there with their families since they were young, and Cat was good friends with John’s sisters until finally, John & Cat started to date one summer. After a year together, John moved to Nashville to be with Cat, and the summer after that, he proposed—again at the Basin Harbor Club!
On the day of the wedding, the girls were in full getting ready mode when I arrived to the Homestead. It was amazing how much energy and excitement was present even with the mellow undercurrent that came with the knowledge that they were getting ready for such an important day!
Cat’s bridesmaids react to seeing her—such love!
Meanwhile, my second shooter, Alanna Scully, met up with the boys later in the town hall, and after that, they made their way over to the first look.
That first moment together was probably my favorite part of the day—John immediately teared up on seeing his beautiful bride, and it was just a sweet moment as Cat helped to wipe away those tears.
The sisters sneak a peek after the first look.
After that, we got together with the bridal party to do portraits. It was a good thing we got that out of the way beforehand, especially with John’s family (him and 9 siblings!) The littlest kids kept things light, and there were plenty of animal noises to keep their attention and good humor.
The guests started to arrive after that, and Cat took some downtime to relax (something I always recommend) and to freshen up before the ceremony.
Thier officiant Wendy Bratt is a close friend of mine, she actually married me and my husband 8 years ago. I love the personal touches and personality she brings to each service she oversees—she’s the best!
John’s Mom had the BIGGEST smile on her face as she welcomed Cat into the family after the service.
As we approached the cocktail hour, people were cheering Cat and John’s entrance as everyone went out by the lake at the Burgee bar.
The very large Basin Harbor Club crew!
A first for me—a requested bridal party selfie right before everyone headed into the reception.
Then, we headed out to the tent on the Homestead lawn for the rest of the evening.
I especially loved listening to the toasts given by the family members during the reception. Because Cat and John’s families have been coming to Basin Harbor for 15 years, they all know each other so well and have been able to watch this romance blossom over time. It was fun to hear their reminiscences of growing up and to see the community of people that has sprung up around them.
At the end of the night, Cat and John shared a quiet last dance under the tent as their guests lined up to send them off with sparkles.
But not too far off, on the way to the after party at the Red Mill, the guests were treated to Creemees at the Harbor store!
Cat & John, congratulations to both of you. I wish you both many happy Basin Harbor memories to come!
Venue: Basin Harbor Club
Florist: Floral Art Vermont
Band: The Pulse of Boston
Officiant: Wendy Bratt
Cat’s Dress: Romona Keveza
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Amsale
Hair: Andrea Lemelin
Makeup: Faye Leary
Rentals: Celebrations Rentals
As we met up at Shelburne Farms for their engagement photos the skies looked especially ominous. As we drove onto the farm we checked out the radar and sure enough a big blob of crazy orange and red was coming our way – yikes! In these cases it’s helpful to know every inch of the farm so you can take cover in the beautiful barns while you wait out the storms. Thankfully the weather didn’t faze Jenessa & Jeff one bit and we had some fun adventures before the weather cleared and the glory post rain light happened. You both were wonderful – enjoy the photos!