Sarah & Avery – June 16, 2014
Wedding Planner: Janet Dunnington
Catering: All Smoked up Catering
Florist: Nancy Bishop Floral Design with help from Meredith Graves Designs (Bride’s Mom)
Invitations: The Lighthouse Works
Band: Unity via Murray Hill Talent Agency
Hair: Christian Roy Salon
Makeup: Stacy Hunter
Cake: Irene’s Cakes by Design
In mid-June, I was invited into a private home in Grafton, VT, to help celebrate the marriage of Sarah and Avery. It was an outdoor ceremony and tented reception, and it could not have been a more perfect day! Really fun, laid back vibe—plus beautiful weather, beautiful property, and lovely, warm people.
My day started with Sarah at the farm. The farm is a family property of Avery’s, and they utilized every inch for the wedding.
Sarah & Avery’s dog Maverick hung out with the ladies! My second shooter, Alanna Scully, spent the morning with the boys first at the Grafton Inn and then at a fishing cottage on a different part of the farm property.
After the ceremony, we were able to get pictures of the bridal party and the bride and groom alone. I love this image of Sarah’s grandfather while he enjoyed watching the formal pictures being taken and keeping Maverick close by his side.
The reception was beautifully decorated, and the special details were all over the place. I loved the Mad Libs on the invitation responses and the pint glasses as favors. And I loved that they had a pig roast!
Instead of doing a receiving line right after the ceremony, they did one as people were being seated for dinner. This meant they were able to enjoy the cocktail hour and catch up with most people—a great idea!
You can see the love and happiness that all of their family and friends had for the couple. I love catching small, unplanned moments that others may not notice. My favorite moment from the reception was catching Avery and Sarah, while they were chatting with friends and taking it all in, leaning in and sharing a secret kiss. At that moment, they were the only two people in the room!
The toasts were hilarious—Sarah’s bridesmaids read emails from Sarah about the first days of the couple’s relationship as it happened, and then Avery’s best man talked about how Avery doesn’t have a sense of smell. The best man went on to say he knew Sarah was a keeper when she asked him to relay to Avery that it was time to shower! Everyone was in stitches from start to finish.
Avery & Sarah, it was such a pleasure to be with you as you celebrated your wedding—what a fabulous day! Congratulations—hope you’re enjoying your honeymoon!