Cheri + Emily

Saturdays this summer have been a case study in the delightful unpredictability of New England weather, and Cheri and Emily's wedding day was no different.
Saturdays this summer have been a case study in the delightful unpredictability of New England weather, and Cheri and Emily’s wedding day was no different.
Their first look was under sunny skies with a breezy 82 degrees.
Their first look was under sunny skies at a breezy 82 degrees.
I love doing a first look before the ceremony. Not only does the couple have a chance to connect before being with everyone else, we also get most of the formals done in advance. That way, everyone gets to be with their friends and family at the cocktail hour. Oh, and don't Emily and Cheri look great?!?
I love doing a first look before the ceremony. Not only does the couple have a chance to connect before being with everyone else, we also get most of the formals done in advance. That way, everyone gets to be with their friends and family at the cocktail hour. Oh, and don’t Emily and Cheri look great?!?
Cheri's dad helps out with the bouquet during the formals.
Cheri’s dad helps out with the bouquet during the formals.
Emily and her sister Megan join Cheri and her sister Marci after the formals are done.
Emily and her sister Megan join Cheri and her sister Marci after the formals are done.
The guests begin to arrive. Les and I quickly realize that everyone absolutely loves Cheri and Emily.
The guests begin to arrive. Les and I quickly realize that everyone absolutely loves Cheri and Emily.
When a summer shower popped up just before the ceremony, Cheri and Emily (these are Vermont girls) made the call—let's use umbrella's and get the job done. We are not, they said, made of sugar.
When a summer shower popped up just before the ceremony, Cheri and Emily (these are Vermont girls) made the call—let’s use umbrellas and get the job done. “We are not,” they said, “made of sugar.”

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Emily and her dad walk down the aisle as towel-draped friends look on.
Emily and her dad walk down the aisle as towel-draped friends look on.

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Marci, Megan, and ring-bearer Deeter smiling in the rain.
Marci, Megan, and ring-bearer Deeter smiling in the rain.
Cheri and her dad, signaling "we got this."
Cheri and her dad, signaling “we got this.”

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The ceremony was filled with joy and laughter. Hearts full of sunshine.
The ceremony was filled with joy and laughter. Hearts full of sunshine.

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Cheri makes some great promises during her vows which, if I heard correctly, included a new car.
Cheri makes some great promises during her vows which, if I heard correctly, included a new car.
The shower passed just in time for the first kiss.
The shower passed just in time for the first kiss.

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The always amazing Mountain Meadows Lodge staff prepare for the champagne toast.
The always amazing Mountain Meadows Lodge staff prepare for the champagne toast.
The whole gang toasts Cheri and Emily with Kent Pond as a perfect backdrop.
The whole gang toasts Cheri and Emily with Kent Pond as a perfect backdrop.
Since the shower had passed, we went down to the pond for some portraits. You may notice the change in color between the left (sunny) and right (eek!) photos as a relatively significant downpour caught us.
Since the shower had passed, we went down to the pond for some portraits. You may notice the change in color between the left (sunny) and right (eek!) photos as a relatively significant downpour caught us.
This may be a good moment to mention how much I love my Nikon pro cameras, which are imperious to dust, sand, snow, and Vermont summer showers.
This may be a good moment to mention how much I love my Nikon pro cameras, which are imperious to dust, sand, snow and Vermont summer showers.
The reception begins.
The reception begins.
The first dance.
The first dance.

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The father-daughter dance, and Cheri's mom and dad. Both images were made with Leslie's wonderful vintage plastic lens.
The father-daughter dance, and Cheri’s mom and dad. Both images were made with Leslie’s wonderful vintage plastic lens.
There were a lot of great dancers, including in the under-10-year-old class.
There were a lot of great dancers, including those in the under-10-year-old class.
Taking a well-deserved break from the dance floor.
Taking a well-deserved break from the dance floor.
Goat and friends.
Goat and friends.

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The sun came out to stay around 7:00, and lawn games were played with great humor.
The sun came out to stay around 7:00, and lawn games were played with great energy, skill and humor.
After the weather front passed, the temperature dropped nearly 30 degrees. That is not a typo. Fortunately Marci had a brother willing to share his jacket.
After the weather front passed, the temperature dropped more than 20 degrees. That is not a typo. Fortunately Marci’s brother was willing to share his jacket.
Why stop with a wedding cake when you can also offer a six-foot tiramisu? Bill Messier, the owner and chef at Mountain Meadows, gingerly walks out to the tent. Needless to say, there were no leftovers.
Why stop with a wedding cake when you can also offer a six-foot tiramisu? Bill Messier,  owner and chef at Mountain Meadows, carefully walks out to the tent. Needless to say, there were no leftovers.
Time to gather on the dock for sunset.
Time to gather on the dock for sunset.
Emily and Cheri have changed into their dancing clothes when we do some portraits in the beautiful golden light of a Vermont sunset.
Emily and Cheri have changed into their dancing clothes when we do some portraits in the beautiful golden light of a Vermont sunset.
Congratulations Cheri and Emily! It was a delight for Leslie and me to be with you on your wedding day. You were both radiant, and the brief showers did nothing to dampen everyone's joy for you both!
Congratulations Cheri and Emily! It was a delight for Leslie and me to be your wedding photographers. You were both radiant, and the brief showers did nothing to dampen everyone’s joy for you both!

Megan + Tim

Megan and Tim's wedding ceremony officially began when the co-bestmen walked down the aisle—Tim's step-dad Rick and Tim's and Megan's Corgi, Stewy. Alex did a great job as ring bearer.
Megan and Tim’s wedding ceremony officially began when the co-bestmen walked down the aisle—Tim’s step-dad Rick and Tim’s and Megan’s Corgi, Stewy. Alex did a great job as ring bearer!
Madie was the most through flower girl we've ever seen. It took nearly five minutes, but to everyone's delight, she covered the entire bridal path flawlessly.
Madie was the most thorough flower girl we’ve ever seen. It took nearly five minutes, but to everyone’s delight, she covered the entire bridal path flawlessly.
Megan and her dad.
Megan and her dad.
Tim kept his eyes closed until Megan was beside him—his look of joy when he saw her for the first time was wonderful!
Tim kept his eyes closed until Megan was beside him—his look of joy when he saw her for the first time was wonderful!
The wedding was held at the Killington Grand Resort on a perfect Vermont summer day.
The wedding was held at the Killington Grand Resort on a perfect Vermont summer day.

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Alex delivers the rings under Stewy's watchful eye.
Alex delivers the rings under Stewy’s watchful eye.
A first kiss, a beautiful breeze, bright yellow sunflowers, and green Converse sneakers.
A first kiss, a beautiful breeze, bright yellow sunflowers, and green Converse sneakers.
A celebratory recessional.
A celebratory recessional.
After the receiving line, Megan and Tim take a quick break to be alone together for a few minutes.
After the receiving line, Megan and Tim take a quick break to be alone together for a few minutes.
Stewy waits patiently while his parents return from their walk.
Stewy waits patiently while his parents return from their walk.
The ballroom was beautifully appointed, including these seed packets at each place setting.
The ballroom was beautifully appointed, including these seed packets at each place setting.
Tim and Megan love to dance, and did one of the choreographed scenes from Dirty Dancing. They were great!
Tim and Megan love to dance, and did one of the choreographed scenes from Dirty Dancing. They were amazing!
Members of the wedding party visit the head table.
Members of the wedding party visit the head table.
Megan's sister Coleen tells some stories of growing up together, and of meeting Tim for the first time.
Megan’s sister Coleen tells some stories of growing up together, and of meeting Tim for the first time.

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Tim’s step-dad talks about his love for and pride in Tim.
One of many poignant moments throughout the day.
One of many poignant moments throughout the day.
This was a blissful moment—when the ice cream bar was open for business.
This was a blissful moment—when the ice cream bar was open for business.
Megan with her grandmother.
Megan with her grandmother.
I've noticed that dad's get a far-away look sometimes when they're dancing with their daughter. It's as if they're looking all the way back to when they held them in their arms for the first time.
I’ve noticed that dads sometimes get a far-away look  when they’re dancing with their daughter. It’s as if they’re looking all the way back to when they held them in their arms for the first time.
Megan looks on as Tim dances with his mom.
Megan looks on as Tim dances with his mom.
Did we mention that the ice cream bar was open for business?
Did we mention that the ice cream bar was open for business?
Why not hop on Killington's Skyeride to zip 600 feet at 30 mph about 100 feet off the ground? In your wedding dress? Maybe so you can look like rockstars when you get off.
Why not hop on Killington’s Skyeride to zip 600 feet at 30 mph about 100 feet off the ground? In your wedding dress? Maybe so you can look like rockstars when you get off.
A photographer's dream is a beautiful bride with a gorgeous veil on a breezy day. Done, done, done.
A photographer’s dream is a beautiful bride with a gorgeous veil on a breezy day. Done, done, and done.
Megan, Tim and Stewy, thanks for inviting Les and me into your lives on your perfect wedding day. It was a gift to be with you all!
Megan, Tim and Stewy, thanks for inviting Les and me into your lives on your perfect wedding day. It was a gift to be with you all!

Lizz + Eric’s Victorian Steampunk Wedding

Leslie and I love wedding photography because every wedding is unique. Each weekend we are with a couple unlike any other with friends and family who form the wonderful fabric of their lives. Lizz and Eric's wedding at the wonderful Phineas Swann Inn was no exception.
Leslie and I love wedding photography because every wedding is unique. Each weekend we are with a couple unlike any other, with friends and family who form the one-of-a-kind fabric of their lives. Lizz and Eric’s wedding at the wonderful Phineas Swann Inn was no exception.
When Lizz first told us that they would be having a Victorian Steampunk wedding, we knew it was going to be a photogenic treasure trove.
When Lizz first told us that they would be having a Victorian Steampunk wedding, we knew it was going to be a photogenic treasure trove.
Every week we do photographic research based on what we know about the couple's vision for their images, personality style, and the personality of their wedding day. This week we spent a lot of time looking at Victorian wedding photographs and portraits.
Every week we do photographic research based on what we know about the couple’s vision for their images, their personality style, and the personality of their wedding day. This week we spent a lot of time looking at Victorian wedding photographs and portraits.
Victorian Steampunk is all about the details—and oh were there details!
Victorian Steampunk is all about the details—and oh were there details!
Leslie has a plastic lens for her camera that is similar to a vintage lens, and it was perfect for Lizz and Eric's images.
Leslie has a plastic lens that is similar to a vintage lens, and it was perfect for Lizz and Eric’s images.
One of Leslie's images after Lizz and Eric's first look.
One of Leslie’s images after Lizz and Eric’s first look.
I caught this moment in front of an abandoned generator plant in Enosburg Falls, where my family lived in the 1820s. It was such a joy to do Lizz and Eric's portraits here.
I caught this moment in front of an abandoned generator plant in Enosburg Falls, the town where my family lived in the 1820s. It was such a joy to do Lizz and Eric’s portraits here.
We'd brought along a collection of parasols Les had inherited from her family.
We’d brought along a collection of parasols Les had inherited from her family.
I love this image and the light. Such an amazing and fun couple!
I love this image and the light. It conveys Lizz and Eric’s easy-going style and their peaceful spirits.
The bridesmaids look on as Lizz and Eric make their vows.
The bridesmaids look on as Lizz and Eric make their vows.

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Building a fire together to symbolize their new life as a married couple.
Building a fire together to symbolize their new life as a married couple.
And sharing a drink of mead.
And sharing a drink of mead.

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One of the things we discovered in researching Victorian portraits is that people rarely smiled because the exposure times were so long, they needed to keep perfectly still.
One of the things we discovered in researching Victorian portraits is that people rarely smiled because the exposure times were long, so they needed to keep perfectly still.
The guests enjoyed the opportunity to wear vintage clothes and hats.
The guests were great about wearing vintage clothes, hats and other Victorian Steampunk details.

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Who doesn't want and need a transistor radio glove?
Who doesn’t want and need a transistor radio glove?
The first dance, featuring the back of Lizz's beautiful wedding gown.
The first dance, featuring the back of Lizz’s beautiful wedding gown.
The rings atop one of the Phineas Swann's many wonderful antiques. This telegraph machine was perfect.
The rings atop one of  Phineas Swann’s many wonderful antiques. This telegraph machine was perfect.

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Lizz and her brother.
Lizz and her brother take a break from the festivities.
The Inn had hung the frame and provided parasols and a large rack of great hats.
The Inn had hung the frame and provided parasols and a large rack of great hats.

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The music by Sticks and Stones was decidedly not Victorian, but a great mix of fun dance tunes.
The music by Sticks and Stones was decidedly not Victorian, but a great mix of fun dance tunes.

 

Eric's dad.
Eric’s dad.
Can we talk about Lizz's cape? We made these portraits just as the sun was setting.
Can we talk about Lizz’s cape? We made these portraits just as the sun was setting.
As the sun set, the moon came up, glowing through the Vermont evening mist. Lizz and Eric, thank you for the opportunity to be with you on your amazing wedding day!
As the sun went down, the moon came up, glowing through the Vermont evening mist. Lizz and Eric, thank you for the opportunity to be with you on your amazing wedding day!