A few weeks ago I journeyed down to Rhode Island to meet sweet baby Eve my best friend Sarah’s newest addition – sadly I didn’t make her birth but it was so nice to get lots of baby cuddles in at their house. I attempted to be helpful (though Sarah is pretty stubborn…like a 2 year old “all by myself”) but joking aside it was so wonderful to see their family grow! I can’t wait to see them again in August and for Norah & Emily to be reunited – much fun will ensue!
On June 13, Alyson & Kevin had their wedding at the Basin Harbor Club in Vergennes, VT. They had both their ceremony and reception at this beautiful spot on the shores of Lake Champlain.
I love Alyson’s story of how Kevin asked her to marry him:
“[He] proposed on my 33rd – Larry Bird – birthday. After amping up the pressure half a decade later, he promised that a ring would be in my Thanksgiving mashed potatoes (my favorite food, his favorite holiday). Thus, when walking home from a massage treat to myself on my actual birthday and having already received my annual Nike birthday gift (sweatshirt and headbands, the romance!), I was thoroughly surprised to find him waiting in the apartment with white roses and his great grandmother’s ring. He had arranged for his Mom, Sue, and my parents, Mike and Lorraine, to come down to NYC for the birthday turned engagement festivities. [It was] fun for all!”
The boys played golf in the morning and were a wee bit late getting back, so I missed seeing them before the ceremony. Instead, I headed over to Alyson’s cabin where she and her maid of honor extraordinaire, Lauren, were getting ready. They were so low-key, even as people slowly started to arrive and the energy built.
After Alyson’s had donned her fabulous dress, I got a head start ahead of her to meet up with Kevin and set him up for the first look. Then, Lauren chauffeured Alyson to the first look in a golf cart, and Kevin got his first glimpse at his bride in motion.
We did some portraits around the Lodge, and Alyson & Kevin moved back inside to cool off as guests started to arrive.
The ceremony site was striking. The Arbor was simply adorned with greenery and a few flowers, exactly what Alyson had pictured. Guests mingled and sipped lemonade and iced tea, and then took their seats as the ceremony was about to get underway.
Alyson’s sister, Simone, officiated the wedding, and they kept it very personal with two readings by a close friend and Kevin’s Aunt.
Alyson’s niece Meredith didn’t quite make it down the aisle, so she hung out at the back with her Dad.
Ceremonies always feel personal, but Alyson & Kevin had written their own vows, and in this case it was a real snapshot into them and their relationship. It was a really special moment and everyone was captivated by it, the vows were both funny and emotional in turn.
Alyson tried to be quite stoic, but Kevin made her tear up at one point.
Kevin’s mom, Sue, had the biggest smile on her face the whole day and just radiated happiness.
After being pronounced Mr. & Mrs., they kicked off a casual cocktail hour. I headed over to the tent to get some detail photos and had a great vantage point across the harbor of the party in progress.
After a few technical snafus with the IPhone playing their first dance song, the party got started in earnest.
The toasts were all delivered by family members and were so meaningful. Alyson’s Dad spoke first, followed by Kevin’s Mom, and then Alyson’s other sister, Lauren.
Lauren’s speech was so hilarious, in addition to being personal and sweet. She delivered quite the roast including a shout out to one guest who had mistakenly written “Kevin & Lauren” on the wedding gift … Oops!
I love spotting quiet moments happening that most other people aren’t aware of – after an emotional toast by Kevin’s Mom I saw them embracing across the tent.
It really was a perfect Vermont evening.
Midway through the reception, Kevin approached me and mentioned he would love to try and get everyone together for a group photo. One of the staff members at Basin Harbor kindly loaned me their golf cart and from on top of the cart’s roof I got this vantage point.
Around sunset time, I stole Kevin & Alyson away for some additional portraits by the lake.
This moment brought up memories of Kevin’s Dad.
After some Ben & Jerry’s, the party really got going! I love when dancing circles form – I find there are always lots of great expressions and moments to capture.
Before the last song was played, Alyson & Kevin took the stage to thank everyone for coming, and to invite them to the after party at The Red Mill. And then it was time for the sparkler getaway. Thankfully people stood back, and the couple escaped unscathed!
Alyson & Kevin – What a wonderfully personal and low key day – I loved meeting both of you! Congratulations!
Venue :: Basin Harbor Club
Catering :: New Leaf Organics
Band :: High Rollers
Alyson’s Dress :: Houghton Bride NYC
Hair & Makeup :: Indigo Salon
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!
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!