David & Kelly’s Engagement :: VT Wedding Photographer

February 24, 2011

Meet Kelly & David – the winner of the 2011 Deserving Couple Wedding sponsored by Silver Toad Floral Design and many other fabulous vendors! I am so excited to be involved in this project and after getting to know Kelly & David I know they were the perfect pick!

A bit about the contest: We were seeking a couple experiencing hardships and serious challenges in their lives, yet still find time to give back to their community. In the face of adversities, this couple stays positive and continues to pour their heart and energies into helping others. Since helping others is important to them, helping this couple is important to us.

And a bit about Kelly & David: Kelly grew up in foster care system, aged out of the system and has obtained goals some only dream of. As a single mother she earned two bachelor degrees and one associates while attending CCV and The University of Vermont. After taking a position with COTS family shelter she was inspired to give back even more to the community. As a result of this passion she joined the National & Community Service Group otherwise known as AmeriCorps State and lived off a small stipend while serving the homeless and those at risk of being homeless as a case manager for 2 years.

She was awarded the Governorʼs Award in 2009 for going above and beyond the requirements of her position offering hope for those experiencing homelessness. When her term at AmeriCorp State was over she did something extraordinary. Kelly selflessly volunteered again as an AmeriCorps VISTA case manager, earning even less than before, helping to make it easier for those in need to access services within the community. She also volunteers at her daughterʼs school as a classroom parent and helped to bring them a Daisy Girl Scout Troop.

And if this was all not enough, she decided to give back a little bit more in 2008 to the system that raised her by becoming a licensed foster parent in hopes or giving a child someone to look up to.

David is a para-educator working in a school for students with learning disabilities. He has been serving his community by working for the Rutland Town Fire Department for the last 15 years. And now David too is a licensed foster parent with the hopes of making a difference in another childʼs life.


So onto our fun shoot near their hometown of Rutland. Kelly had scoped out this charming bridge and despite the cold temperatures we all had a blast 🙂

I love when people are relaxed, happy, and enjoying themselves – Kelly and David did just that 🙂

The bridge was so picturesque – we walked onto a nearby trail to get a different angle

After the bridge we drove to the fire department where David works. No one was there so we had the run of the place….and had a blast 🙂

My favorite 🙂

David kindly donned all of his very heavy gear!

Fun with hoses 🙂

I couldn’t resist a snap of this hilarious pin 🙂

We ended on the town green where they go to concerts every week in the summer. It was a bit snowed in but they managed to scale the ice to reach the pavilion 🙂

Kelly & David – I’m so looking forward to working with you both and meeting your families!

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