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Cristin + John

Cristin and John's flower girl squats on a floating rock at The Hermitage Inn on Saturday. This was only the beginning of the day's magic.
Cristin and John’s flower girl squats on a floating rock at The Hermitage Inn on Saturday. This was only the beginning of the day’s magic.
Cristin and John on a sparkling fall day in Vermont. This day is all about a love story. They met less than a mile from here, got engaged less than a mile from here, and today they're getting married here.
Cristin and John on a sparkling fall day in Vermont. This day is all about a love story. They met less than a mile from here, John asked Cristin to marry him less than a mile from here, and today they’re getting married not far from here.
From their first look through the last image I took nearly 12 hours later, John and Cristin rarely took their eyes off one another. Leslie was assisting, so we were able to get different perspectives all day. I was able to get the image on the left with the pond in the background, while Les was able to get the woods and the beautiful back light.
From their first look through the last image I took nearly 12 hours later, John and Cristin rarely took their eyes off one another. Leslie was assisting, so we were able to get different perspectives all day. I was able to get the image on the left with the pond in the background, while Les was able to get the woods and the beautiful back light.

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We had some time for unhurried portraits before the ceremony. It was a cool day, so Cristin would put on her grandmother's stole from time to time to warm up.
We had some time for unhurried portraits before the ceremony. It was a cool day, so Cristin would put on her grandmother’s stole from time to time to warm up.

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The pond at The Inn at Sawmill Farms was a wonderful spot for portraits, as well as for the ceremony.
The pond at The Inn at Sawmill Farms was a wonderful spot for portraits, as well as for the ceremony.
Leslie caught this image of Cristin and John practicing for their first dance.
Leslie caught this image of Cristin and John practicing their first dance.
Guests are welcomed with classical music.
Guests are welcomed with classical music.
John's family prepares to walk down the aisle.
John’s family prepares to walk down the aisle.
Isn't John's mom's dress exquisite?!?
Isn’t John’s mom’s dress exquisite?!?
The flower girl did a wonderful job!
The flower girl did a wonderful job!
A beautiful bride, a beautiful veil, and a gentle breeze.
A beautiful bride, a beautiful veil, and a gentle breeze.
Leslie used her vintage plastic lens to convey the dreaminess of this day.
Leslie used her vintage plastic lens to convey the dreaminess of this day.

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John's friends and family know he shares his emotions freely, so some tears during Cristin's vows are no surprise.
John’s friends and family know he shares his emotions freely, so some tears during Cristin’s vows are no surprise.
Cristin listening to John's vows to her. I hope you can feel the love in this image.
Cristin listening to John’s vows to her. I can feel their love in this image.
The moment arrives—John and Cristin are husband and wife.
The moment arrives—John and Cristin are husband and wife.
A fairy-tale send-off.
A fairy-tale send-off.
The reception was held at The Hermitage Club at the summit of Haystack Mountain.
The reception was held at The Hermitage Club at the summit of Haystack Mountain.
Cristin's bouquet at the head table in front of a roaring fire in the fireplace.
Cristin’s bouquet at the head table in front of a roaring fire on this cool evening.
Gathering on the club's mezzanine for an animated and joy-filled cocktail hour.
Gathering on the club’s mezzanine for an animated and joy-filled cocktail hour.

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Silver Arrow Band traveled from New York, and everyone was glad they came! The dance floor was full all evening.
Silver Arrow Band traveled from New York, and everyone was glad they came! The dance floor was rocking all evening.
Cristin and John's first dance.
Cristin and John’s first dance.

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Their dip practice earlier in the day paid off.
Their dip practice earlier in the day paid off.
Cristin listens to her sister's toast, while John watches her reaction.
Cristin listens to her sister’s toast, while John watches her reaction.
The wine is served.
The wine is served.
Cristin's dad loves his daughter, and John's mom loves her son.
Cristin’s dad loves his daughter, and John’s mom loves her son.
I love this image. Just count the number of smiles, from John's mom on the far left to Cristin's parents on the far right. It's a microcosm of the entire day.
I love this image. Just count the number of smiles, from John’s mom on the far left to Cristin’s parents on the far right. It’s a microcosm of the entire day.
Cristin's grandparents on the dance floor.
Cristin’s grandparents on the dance floor.
The flower girl works on her dip with her dad.
The flower girl works on her dip with her dad.
I love the genuineness of this image.
I love the genuineness of this image.
Cristin's brother performed a song he'd written for the wedding day, and it was amazing.
Cristin’s brother performed a song he’d written for his sister’s wedding day, and it was amazing.
Cristin listens to her brother sing.
Cristin listens to her brother sing.

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Guests enjoying a fire and s'mores out on the deck.
Guests enjoying a fire and s’mores out on the deck.
And maybe cigars too.
And maybe cigars too.
The wedding cake was a carrot cake with cream cheese frosting. It was remarkable. I can attest to this.
The wedding cake was a carrot cake with cream cheese frosting. It was remarkable. I can attest to this.
Cristin's sister and John's brother showing us how it's done.
Cristin’s sister and John’s brother showing us how it’s done.
Several band members join everyone on the dance floor for one of the songs.
Several band members join everyone on the dance floor for one of the songs.
In my next life I will learn how to dance with a drink in my hand. Or maybe just learn how to dance. On the right, I catch a candid moment with Cristin's sister.
In my next life I will learn how to dance with a drink in my hand. Or maybe just learn how to dance. On the right, I catch a candid moment with Cristin’s sister.
This seemed like a good idea at the time.
This seemed like a good idea at the time.
Cristin in her après la robe de mariée.
Cristin in her après la robe de mariée.
No, the band was not playing a portion of Swan Lake.
No, the band was not playing an excerpt from Swan Lake.
John and Cristin in their dancing shoes.
John and Cristin’s dancing shoes.
One of my favorites from the day. Cristin's mom laughs as her daughter relates a tale of woe, while her dad is freaking out another guest in the background. I love the two families in this wedding.
One of my favorites from the day. Cristin’s mom laughs as her daughter relates a tale of woe, while her dad is freaking out another guest in the background. I love the two families in this wedding.
John and his dad.
John and his dad.
Towards the end of the evening, John shares a story of a concert he and Cristin went to in NYC. He remembers watching Cristin enjoy the music and realized for the first time he was going to ask her to marry him. When they got engaged and set their wedding date, John called the artist and asked if she'd fly up from Nashville to sing at the reception, and she said "Yes!"
Towards the end of the evening, John shares a story of a concert he and Cristin went to in NYC. He remembers watching Cristin enjoy the music and realized for the first time he was going to ask her to marry him. When they got engaged and set their wedding date, John called the artist and asked if she’d fly up from Nashville to sing at the reception, and she said “Yes!”
Cristin tries to get her head around what John is saying, then gives him the "Are you kidding, did you really think to do that?" look.
Cristin tries to get her head around what John is saying, then gives him the “Are you kidding, did you really think to do that?” look.
The singer was of course amazing, and everyone was able to dance for another 45 minutes.
The singer was of course amazing, and everyone was able to dance for another 45 minutes.
So we finish the day as we began, with John and Cristin in one anothers' arms, looking into each others' eyes.
So we finish the day as we began, with John and Cristin in one anothers’ arms, looking into each others’ eyes.

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It was a joy for Leslie and me to be with you on your wedding day. May your love story continue writing itself for many joyful years to come.
Cristin and John, it was a joy for Leslie and me to be with you on your wedding day. May your love story continue writing itself for many joyful years to come.

Cristin + John’s Welcome Party

Cristin and John's beautiful Friday evening welcome party at the Hermitage in Dover, VT in West Dover.
It was a beautiful evening for Cristin and John’s welcome party at the Hermitage Inn in West Dover last night.

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Several detail shots to set the scene. It was an elegant and welcoming evening.
Several detail shots to set the scene— it was an elegant and welcoming evening!
Cristin's grandparents are delightful!
Cristin’s grandparents are so much fun!
A selfie in the apple tree.
A selfie in the apple tree.

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There were a lot of martinis floating around, including this shot of John's.
There were a lot of martinis floating around, including this shot of John’s.
Cristin and John take a moment for a portrait by the hydrangea. Don't you love her dress? One of her friends commented that it was hippie chic.
Cristin and John take a moment for a portrait by the hydrangea. Don’t you love her dress? One of her friends commented that it was hippie chic.
Lawn games were played.
Lawn games were played.

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John with one of his uncles.
John with one of his uncles.

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I was able to get wonderful images of John's dad all evening because he's about a foot taller than everyone else.
I was able to get wonderful images of John’s dad all evening because he’s about a foot taller than everyone else.

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Cristin's mom catching up with friends.
Cristin’s mom catching up with friends.

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John with his mom and dad, who hosted this wonderful welcome celebration.
John with his mom and dad, who hosted this wonderful welcome celebration.
Cristin, not drinking a martini.
Cristin, not drinking a martini.

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Christin's bestie toasts the couple. Each person who spoke said they weren't going to roast the couple, then went on to roast the couple.
Samantha, one of Christin’s besties, toasts the couple. Each person who spoke said they weren’t going to roast the couple, then went on to roast the couple.
John's mom and one of her nine sisters listen to the toasts.
John’s mom and one of her nine siblings listen to the toasts.
John's sister Elizabeth presents a revealing slideshow of John's formative years, as only a sister could do.
John’s sister Elizabeth presents a revealing slideshow of John’s formative years, as only a sister could do.
Each toast was filled with humor and love.
Each toast was filled with humor and love.
One of John's many aunts presents a toast.
One of John’s many aunts presents a toast.

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Samantha's toast is done, so now she can relax.
Samantha’s toast is done, so now she can relax.
Cristin and John, Les and I are so psyched to be with you today on your wedding day—you've got a perfect Vermont fall day filled with friends and family. I know it's going to be magical!
Cristin and John, Les and I are so psyched to be with you today on your wedding day—you’ve got a perfect Vermont fall afternoon filled with friends and family. I know it’s going to be magical!

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!