Sam & Emily’s Manchester, VT Wedding Photos

Sam & Emily – August 14, 2010
Ceremony – Private Home
Reception – Ekwanok Country Club
Florist – Bondville Bloomist
Band – Cracked Ice
Emily’s Dress – Modern Trousseau
Bridesmaid’s Dresses – Jenny Yoo
Emily’s Hair & Makeup – Ria St. Pierre
Cake – Grandma Miller’s
Rentals – Rain or Shine
Coordination – Storied Events
Invitations – Molly Myers at Paisley Quill
Settle in for a looooooong post – this wedding makes me smile just writing about it 🙂 Sam and I went to high school together (and even summer camp before that) so we go way back. Their wedding was everything I love – they got married at her grandparent’s house with their handsome Pitbull Bondi in attendance, the place they chose for the reception had an amazing view of the mountains, they and their guests danced their feet off all night, and just in general everyone couldn’t have been nicer or more welcoming the whole day – it was perfection.
Emily and Sam clearly care and love their family and friends so deeply and they in return turned out in full force to celebrate their wedding.
Samily 😉 – it was so meaningful for me to be a part of this – can we do it again??!!
My wonderful sidekick for the day was my ace in the hole Eileen Broderick – an amazing friend and photographer….we had a GOOD time 🙂
Onto the photos!
This was the sign that greeted our arrival – I thought it was classic 🙂
Emily and her ladies got ready at her grandparent’s house in this amazing room with beautiful light and so much character. Emily’s sister and her cousin Holly provided support and help throughout the day.
While Eileen hung out with the ladies I snuck into the bedrooms to shoot the details – Emily’s beautiful Modern Trousseau dress and of course every gal needs a pair of Manolo’s on her wedding day 🙂
Bling bling 🙂
Emily’s Percy Clutch
Of course Bondi was hanging with the ladies – he was super psyched to get so many pats and belly rubs!
Sam’s Mom hung out with the guys (where Eileen was) but came over a bit early to join the fun with the girls.
Emily dons her amazingly elegant Modern Trousseau dress which Holly and Sarah helped her button up 🙂
Love this.
Love these too 🙂 (this is going to be a theme)
Sam and Emily decided to do a first look (yippee! wahoo! hooray!) and even though Bondi was supposed to be inside he couldn’t resist joining the party unexpectedly……he then proceeded to fall into the pond by accident (he hates to swim!) and had to roll in the grass to get all that pond water off 🙂
Such a special moment 🙂
Sam & Emily look on as the bridal party comes to join them for pictures
And gentleman Sam helps his bride over to join their friends 🙂
Of course all the boys needed to pay homage to the beautiful bride, greet her, and revel in her presence 🙂
This was a fun crew (including two other high school classmates!)
A portrait of Bondi – Best Dog – all he really wanted was the stick 🙂
A wreath hung over the ceremony and framed it nicely
Time to go!
Samily’s parents look on with pride 🙂
Can you imagine a more picturesque place?
Their ceremony lasted a luxurious half an hour -a photographer’s dream – it allows me to really cover all the angles and not rush around like a mad woman 🙂
Things did get a bit emotional!
The last reading was one of my favorites – “Falling in Love is Like Owning a Dog” read by Emily’s cousin and Sam’s Brother
Married!
We did a few more portraits after the ceremony now that things were official 🙂
Emily wore a family veil that was so elegant – I loved her earrings!
A dog view family portrait 🙂
Sam and Emily drove to the reception in a porsche…my Husband would have been very jealous 🙂
We stopped on a country road for a few more pics 🙂
Southern Vermont is so beautiful!
We grabbed a few details before heading over to cocktail hour – Sam had woodburned all of the table names by hand and their cake was designed to mimic birch bark (which tied into their invitation)
Emily & her Mom hand sewed all the napkins – I loved the labels!
My favorite table that paid a nod to our high school – Albany Road 🙂
The head table was covered in Burlap
The tent poles were decorated with birch bark trees and lanterns were hung around the tent – it really warmed it up and personalized it
Eileen snapped this one of me and my peeps from Deerfield 🙂 I think I need to start carrying around a school banner as part of my gear 🙂
Emily and her Dad relax during cocktails
As guests filed into the tent and found their seats I couldn’t resist just a few more 🙂
Pretty excited to get the party started….and what a party it was!
Cracked Ice was in short – AMAZING. Might have taken the lead as my favorite wedding band ever. They had everyone on the dance floor all night long. I emailed with a member of the band and his response made me laugh – I thanked him for doing such a first rate job and he wrote back:

“those people were ready to ROCK with or without us, i think. you can lead a horse to water. but you can’t make him party!”
The toasts were lovely.
And then it was time to really get down 🙂
At one point the band gathered everyone in a huge circle that took up the whole floor so we could have a dance off – anticipation grew with each couple that went in the middle until finally Samily headed in and totally rocked it 🙂
See – Cracked Ice doing their thing and rocking out 🙂 This guy was da bomb!
A little cake cutting while the band takes a break
But definitely time for more partying after that 🙂
My DA peeps in the house 🙂
Sam & Emily – your wedding was totally epic and I just loved and enjoyed every minute of it!!!
xxoo
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