The couple met at a theater camp, even though they grew up 1/2 mile away from each other. After knowing each other for 12 years, they decided it was time to tie the knot!
The girls started by getting ready at the house. Laura wore her great grandmother’s necklace, the note on the box was so simple, yet sweet. I love the shot of the program on the right, a daddy long legs was in the perfect spot at the right time! I think it was good luck! Hair & Makeup were expertly handled by Laura Ruppel. Laura’s nephew was just two months old!
The guys eventually came over to the house and got ready in a back room. Everything was very low key, with Laura even greeting the boys when they arrived.
Laura’s proud Dad takes a snap of his beautiful daughter
Love this moment between Laura & her Mom, and check out the beautiful necklace! We did the official first look on the front porch of the house and it was so sweet. Laura’s veil was very long so while they were having their moment, Laura’s Mom was holding the screen door open so it wouldn’t close on the veil! I couldn’t help but capture so many of the portraits of Laura & Jay. It was so clear from their expressions how in love they are. I love that they really enjoyed each other that day, which doesn’t always happen since there is so much action swirling around the bride and groom. They made it a point to relax and spend time together, and of course I enjoyed capturing it! After portraits of the couple, we did bridal party and family portraits and then the girls were shuttled to the top of the hill to hang out out of sight while guests arrived.
Laura’s beautiful dress & the bridesmaids dresses were from J. Crew.
Of course, not everyone had help getting ready! They utilized much of the property for the event – the ceremony was in an upper field with a refreshments station as a stopping point under the shade of a beautiful tree. The ceremony itself was held in the middle of a field with amazing views of the surrounding mountains. The receiving line was under the tree and then guests walked down the hill to the tent below.
Jay waiting for Laura. An observant groomsman caught the falling ring – PHEW!Laura’s niece Josie walked up to Laura during the ceremony to show her some toys – that’s Laura’s embarrassed Brother in the background but it was THE sweetest moment and had everyone laughing.
I love this series with Laura and Jay and their parents. This really was a celebration of two families coming together.
In lieu of gifts Laura & Jay made a donation to the Heifer project and the table names educated guests about the different animals the money would go towards buying
Catering & Linens were from Occasions. The tent was from Celebrations, and it was perfect in this beautiful setting.
Because we had done all the photos beforehand, the cocktail hour felt very relaxed and then dinner began with a welcome by Laura’s parents followed by good food!
A few more toasts happened and after the cake cutting people were invited to an upper tent for barn dancing!
Laura’s niece Josie once again stole the show by singing a song to Laura & Jay during her Dad’s toast.I loved Jay’s antics during the cake cutting….clearly he was excited to sample it!
Fireworks ended the dinner portion of the reception.And then the barn dancing began!Laura & Jay – From start to finish the day was so wonderful – thank you to you and your families for welcoming me with open arms and making me feel like part of the family. I hope you can get back to Vermont soon for good – it would be great to have you close by!