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.
These welcome bags were so sweet and the Smores made a great late night snack post wedding!
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.
At the same time, my second shooter, Alanna Scully, was with the boys as they were toasting each other and hanging out.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
Tables were named after favorite mountains and lakes – a nod to their love of the outdoors
When dinner got boring the kids had an impromptu gymnastics recital in the hallway – it was pretty impressive!
When we were waiting for Meredith to make her way over for the cake cutting a guest took matters into his own hands!
Kicking off the party (and man was it a party!)
It was fun to have Katie & Andy as guests at the wedding – Andy provided many light moments during the day.
A perfectly timed photo bomb by Mac!!
The limbo got crazy
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!
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!
Venue: Omni Hotel Mt. Washington
Invitations: Christa Alexandra Designs
Flowers: Ivy & Aster Floral Design
Mer’s Dress: Monique L’huillier
Gown Boutique: L’Elite
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Amsale
Hair: Laura Verdoia
Makeup: Suzanne Hewett
It was so fun re-connecting with Mike & Aimee (whose wedding I photographed in 2009) and meeting their sweet daughters Juliet & Izzy for some summer family photos during their Vermont vacation. The girls are at a very fun age and it was an enjoyable challenge trying to corral them and keep them interested – they kept me on my toes!! Mike & Aimee I hope you enjoyed the rest of your time in Vermont!
Getting lost in the woods isn’t always a bad thing, and sometimes it’s on purpose. It was definitely Tim’s plan to get “lost” in the woods when he proposed to Jenna during a moon-lit snowshoe excursion at Catamount.
At one point in their walk, Jenna was ahead of Tim on the path, thinking they were lost. She recalls exclaiming to him “Tim! Where are we! I don’t know where we are!” But this was all part of Tim’s plan, because when Jenna turned around, Tim was down on one knee (and he had been there for awhile, patiently waiting for Jenna to turnaround)!
For such a low-key, outdoors-loving couple, this proposal was absolutely perfect. As Jenna said, “it was very much us.”
And, just like Tim’s proposal, Jenna and Tim’s wedding was low-key, fun, and set in a beautiful, rustic backdrop. The ceremony and reception were held at the lovely Barn at Boyden Farm in Cambridge, Vermont, on August 8, 2015.
We started the day with the Jenna and the ladies as they got ready at a Sterling Ridge cabin, which had a great view of a pond. Quarters were tight, so Jenna got dressed on a light-filled porch. The whole day had such an easy-going feeling to it, with guests arriving in school buses and the relaxed cocktail hour. Jenna and Tim even got in all their formal family portraits before the ceremony began! The reception was a blast – everyone enjoyed the bucolic setting, and the dance floor was occupied most of the night.
I loved these shirts worn by Let’s Pretend Catering – we worked with them for our wedding and they are always top notch!
As the first bus of guests arrived Jenna snuck back into the barn
I loved when Jenna’s Brother Parker spontaneously hugged Tim when he reached the end of the aisle – it was so genuine and everyone uttered a collective “awww”
I also loved Jenna’s expression here – she was so clearly excited to be marrying Tim!
The guys were pretty excited about this tractor!
Can you imagine a more beautiful spot for a wedding?
Fun to get to see these close friends and family at the wedding!
Instead of a guest book Jenna purchased skis and had people sign them -a very creative idea and a nod to Tim’s love of “gear”!!
This little lady was grooving out to the music!!
Jenna and Tim, it was so much fun to be there as you made it official. Such a relaxed and wonderful day – we can’t wait to see more of you two!
Getting Ready :: Sterling Ridge
Ceremony & Reception :: The Barn at Boyden Farm
Catering :: Let’s Pretend Catering
Event Planner :: et Cetera Events Co
Florist :: Linda’s Flowers
Rentals :: Vermont Tent Company
Bar Service ::Fluid Bar Service
Band :: Lost in Paris/Midnight Sun Company
Jenna’s Dress :: Pronovias via Musette
Bridesmaid’s Dresses :: Dessy Group
Hair & Makeup :: Salon Elixir
Videography :: Todd Stoilov
Cupcakes :: My Little Cupcake
Officiant :: Mitzi McInnis
Abe and Mary were married on August 1st in a private ceremony and reception at their family home.
These two grew up only about two miles away from each other and had so many chances to meet, but they somehow managed to miss each other until 2009 during their second year of teaching. Hilariously, they had both just graduated college and interviewed for the same job without meeting, and it was not until he was hired as for Kindergarten and she was working in the 6th grade at a different school that they finally crossed paths. The two schools were sharing some space, and that’s when, at last, Abe spotted her.
He brought a random book up to her classroom and said when he left, “I’ll just write my name in the book so you can remember to give it back to me.” She didn’t pick up on the subtle hint, but over time, they spent more time together as they discovered they shared pediatricians, favorite delis, and so on! The rest is history.
We started our day at Stratton with Mary and her ladies while the second shooter, Andi Walpurgis, met up with the guys at a different condo.
Mary bought these beautiful robes for her bridesmaids, and I loved the coordinated look!
The handsome groom, who I thought was a double for Jason Segel!
Mary has a super close relationship with her three brothers, and they clearly adore her. Here, Mary is seeing them for the first time, and her brother, Thomson, decided to lighten the mood as Mary was starting to tear up
We drove to Mary’s family’s home and took pictures down by the water for their first look. We then got some bridal party and family portraits, and right on schedule, the school bus showed up with all the guests, and Mary scurried inside!
Heading to the 1st look!
I loved the back of Mary’s gown—so elegant!
A family ring added to her bridal look!
I love how Mary and Abe recognized her grandparent’s longevity in marriage!
The procession walked down the hill from the tent, and once we were there, the ceremony was officiated by a close friend of the couple’s.
Mary’s mom put in so much work to make the property wedding-ready, and it was so great to see everything go off without a hitch!
I love when both parents accompany their child down the aisle.
Can you imagine a more spectacular site for a wedding?
Abe hand-crafted the wooden box that they passed their rings around in—in fact, it was what he proposed with!
This wedding guest had super jumping abilities!
This was the moment when I told Abe he looked like Jason Segel, and Mary was thrilled.
No need to kiss any more frogs, Mary!!
These cookies were delicious and beautiful to photograph—they were made by Mary’s mom.
This little guy shared his birthday with Mary & Abe’s wedding but was NOT interested in taking a picture with the bride & groom!
A family wedding cup to share a drink!
Mary’s brother was a riot on the dance floor and was encouraged on by the band, who were awesome!
For the final dance, the band played “Hallelujah,” and their guests formed a circle around Mary & Abe to send them off into their married life—it is a moment I know they’ll never forget.
Thank you Abe & Mary for trusting me with this special moment in your lives. I loved every minute!
Caterer: Perfect Wife
Florist: Vermont Country Flowers
Band: Silver Arrow Band
Mary’s Dress: Watters via Lovely Bride
Hair: Lipstick & Lashes
Pies: Grandma Miller’s
Rentals: Rain or Shine
Steelie & Ethan
Basin Harbor Club – July 25, 2015
Steelie’s Dress :: J. Crew
Steelie & Ethan’s wedding was a blast – so casual and fun and just a great celebration and representation of their low-key style. Basin Harbor as always provided the most picturesque backdrop and everyone had ample time to enjoy the scenery and the amazing views. Congratulations to both of you!