Erin & Andrew | Basin Harbor Club

 

Erin and Andrew were married on June 17th, with a ceremony at St. Mary’s Church in Middlebury and a reception at the Basin Harbor Club.

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.”

St.Mary's Church Basin Harbor Club Vermont Wedding Photographer Orchard Cove Photography

St.Mary's Church Basin Harbor Club Vermont Wedding Photographer Orchard Cove Photography

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.

St.Mary's Church Basin Harbor Club Vermont Wedding Photographer Orchard Cove Photography

St.Mary's Church Basin Harbor Club Vermont Wedding Photographer Orchard Cove Photography

 

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. St.Mary's Church Basin Harbor Club Vermont Wedding Photographer Orchard Cove Photography

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

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The priest even had to gently prompt Andrew to repeat the vows—not just listen to them. 

St.Mary's Church Basin Harbor Club Vermont Wedding Photographer Orchard Cove Photography

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.

St.Mary's Church Basin Harbor Club Vermont Wedding Photographer Orchard Cove Photography 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! St.Mary's Church Basin Harbor Club Vermont Wedding Photographer Orchard Cove Photography

St.Mary's Church Basin Harbor Club Vermont Wedding Photographer Orchard Cove Photography

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!

St.Mary's Church Basin Harbor Club Vermont Wedding Photographer Orchard Cove Photography

St.Mary's Church Basin Harbor Club Vermont Wedding Photographer Orchard Cove Photography

St.Mary's Church Basin Harbor Club Vermont Wedding Photographer Orchard Cove Photography

St.Mary's Church Basin Harbor Club Vermont Wedding Photographer Orchard Cove Photography

St.Mary's Church Basin Harbor Club Vermont Wedding Photographer Orchard Cove Photography

St.Mary's Church Basin Harbor Club Vermont Wedding Photographer Orchard Cove Photography

St.Mary's Church Basin Harbor Club Vermont Wedding Photographer Orchard Cove Photography

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.

St.Mary's Church Basin Harbor Club Vermont Wedding Photographer Orchard Cove Photography

St.Mary's Church Basin Harbor Club Vermont Wedding Photographer Orchard Cove Photography

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!

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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.

St.Mary's Church Basin Harbor Club Vermont Wedding Photographer Orchard Cove Photography

 

St.Mary's Church Basin Harbor Club Vermont Wedding Photographer Orchard Cove Photography

St.Mary's Church Basin Harbor Club Vermont Wedding Photographer Orchard Cove Photography

St.Mary's Church Basin Harbor Club Vermont Wedding Photographer Orchard Cove Photography

St.Mary's Church Basin Harbor Club Vermont Wedding Photographer Orchard Cove Photography

I love this image of the two of them getting down and “jumping rope” 

St.Mary's Church Basin Harbor Club Vermont Wedding Photographer Orchard Cove Photography

St.Mary's Church Basin Harbor Club Vermont Wedding Photographer Orchard Cove Photography

St.Mary's Church Basin Harbor Club Vermont Wedding Photographer Orchard Cove Photography

St.Mary's Church Basin Harbor Club Vermont Wedding Photographer Orchard Cove Photography

St.Mary's Church Basin Harbor Club Vermont Wedding Photographer Orchard Cove Photography

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!

St.Mary's Church Basin Harbor Club Vermont Wedding Photographer Orchard Cove Photography

St.Mary's Church Basin Harbor Club Vermont Wedding Photographer Orchard Cove Photography

Erin trying to get creative with her bustle, which hadn’t managed to hold the whole night….she made it work!

St.Mary's Church Basin Harbor Club Vermont Wedding Photographer Orchard Cove Photography

St.Mary's Church Basin Harbor Club Vermont Wedding Photographer Orchard Cove Photography

 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.

St.Mary's Church Basin Harbor Club Vermont Wedding Photographer Orchard Cove Photography

Erin & Andrew -I hope you had an amazing time in Italy I so enjoyed being a part of your day!

Vendors

Basin Harbor Club  

A Schoolhouse Garden 

Night Rhythm

Elie Saab (Erin’s Dress)

Monique Lhuillier (Bridesmaid’s Dresses) 

Indigo – Hair & Makeup 

Harlow Dahlia Events 

Vermont Tent – Rentals 

Northstar Fireworks

Asticou Summer Wedding :: Amory & Prescott

I first met this awesome family six years ago when I photographed their son Gard’s wedding to Martha in New Hampshire. When I was pregnant with Norah in 2013 I journeyed to Maine to photograph Mallie & Stu’s wedding so I was BEYOND thrilled to get the call that I was going to be 3 for 3 and that Amory was getting married this summer and having an Asticou wedding. Our family decamped to Maine for a few days and enjoyed all this beautiful place has to offer. It’s always nice to have a sense of who everyone is (often I get a preview of this at the rehearsal dinner) so this time I really knew who everyone was. Amory & Prescott are a great match and I loved being at the rehearsal dinner (I’ll blog that separately) and hearing the story of how they met! Their wedding day was a sparkling (and hot!) blue sky Maine day and everything went off without a hitch.

Since Amory didn’t have bridesmaids she invited her close friends to stop by the house and join her for a casual luncheon as her family was starting to get her hair and makeup done. Her summery Jenny Packham gown was just THE perfect dress for her I loved it so much.
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The house is so light and bright and I of course loved having two labs following me around with wagging tails. I loved capturing Amory’s Dad washing Woody!
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Baseball caps were distributed in welcome bags and it was fun to see some pop up throughout the weekend – even at the ceremony!
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All the girls except the littlest! The two women from Echo Salon did such a nice job with the hair and makeup
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Auntie Mallie (expecting her own little one in a few months!!) helps Alden get ready
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This might be one of my favorite getting ready photos ever – it takes a village….or a family!
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We met up with Prescott at a local dock for the (very casual!) first look and did some portraits on the water before joining the families on a bluff overlooking the water

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The dock had a view straight down the water to the Asticou where we could see the wedding tents and people starting to gather!
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Ready to go!

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People were gathering when I arrived at the Asticou Inn which is just so spectacularly sited with a view straight over the water. The Wallace Tents provided a gorgeous backdrop to the day.
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Both nieces made it successfully down the aisle although Alden followed so closely on Dad’s heels it was hard to get a shot of her! Rosie was a bit more leisurely in her flower girl duties!
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I love the shot of Rosie and her 99 (!!) year old Great Grandmother sharing a moment as all the extended family massed for a photo.

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The minister who married Amory & Prescott had married her parents too – pretty awesome! He thought so too and gave it the thumbs up!

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The tent was spectacular – gorgeous and colorful summer blooms by Miller’s Gardens adorned the tables as well as runners that had been hand printed in India and hand ironed my Amory’s Mother! Amory’s sister Mallie is an artist and had created the lupine images for the placecards and program.
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Time for the party to begin!

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My second shooter for the day Mark McCall was such a pleasure to work with and captured some beautiful images.
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Prescott gave a wonderful and touching toast about meeting Amory and their courtship and also joked about how he had agreed to always have a bedroom for Amory’s best friend Daphne so she could stay over whenever she wanted to.

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And then the party really got underway with the Sultans of Swing rocking out continuously all night!!

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This moment can be captured at almost every wedding…..Prescott getting used to his new ring!

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Another spectacular Asticou wedding on the books! I love this time of day when the sky is still blue and light but you can see the warmth of the light from the tent – magic hour!
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Congratulations to both of you I SO loved being there and only wish there were more siblings so I could see you all again!!!!

Favorite VT Wedding Photo

It’s been awhile since I shared a couple’s favorite photo so here are Cat & John’s from their Basin Harbor Wedding last summer…..

From John: “My favorite photograph from the day is a photo of us in red and green adirondack chairs during our first look. The adirondack chairs are a big part of Basin Harbor and symbolize the relaxing, carefree nature of BHC.”

From Cat: “My favorite photograph from the day is a photo of us from our first dance. We took a few dance lessons in Nashville to prepare for it. The classes were really fun and we felt confident going into it. We didn’t feel stressed during the real thing and we we’re able to just enjoy the moment. I think our dance teacher would be happy with our form and the dip we pulled off at the end!”

Thanks for sharing!

Rehearsal Dinner Photos

I always love photographing rehearsal dinners because it lets me get to know who all the important players are and gets them familiar with me and my style – by the next day we’re old friends! When I arrived to photograph Cory & Molly’s rehearsal dinner the sky was almost black and a huge huge storm was blowing in. They made it through the rehearsal but about 5 minutes later the skies opened up, and rain and wind began to blow through the tent soaking everything.


Led by Cory, everyone lent a hand to move tables away from the edges and try to right things that had been knocked over.


Thankfully everyone kept their cool as plans for the next day (the forecast was similarly dire) were discussed.

People tried to make the most of the rain!

And there was jubilation (and craft beer!) when it finally stopped raining


Love this quiet moment of Cory and his Grandma


Younger guests finally succumbed sometimes with a little help from Mom!


A toast of cosmos to celebrate the memory of Molly’s Mom

And wonderful toasts and roasts by the Dads


A scrapbook of family recipes was the hit of the evening

It was a very fun night!

Mulford Farm Rehearsal Dinner

Jessup & Patrick kicked off their wedding weekend with a casual and elegant rehearsal dinner at Mulford Farm which was conveniently steps away from the church! The dinner itself was small but then after everyone was invited for a welcome party which lasted into the night. The weather was perfectly sunny and the large barn doors were thrown open to the outside. Colorful flowers dotted the table and lights were strung in the “backyard” to light up the dessert displays and other food offerings. It was a very fun evening!
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