Cristin + John September 26, 2016blog, weddingsbride and groom, fine art wedding photographer, Jeff Woodward Photography, love, rustic wedding, southern vermont wedding photographer, vermont photographers, vermont wedding, vermont wedding photographers, vermont wedding photography, vt photographers, vt wedding photographer, vt wedding photographers, wedding photographer, wedding photographer vermont, wedding photographers vermont, wedding photographyjeff 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, 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. 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. 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 their first dance. Guests are welcomed with classical music. John’s family prepares to walk down the aisle. Isn’t John’s mom’s dress exquisite?!? The flower girl did a wonderful job! A beautiful bride, a beautiful veil, and a gentle breeze. Leslie used her vintage plastic lens to convey the dreaminess of this day. 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 can feel their love in this image. The moment arrives—John and Cristin are husband and wife. A fairy-tale send-off. 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 on this cool evening. Gathering on the club’s mezzanine for an animated and joy-filled cocktail hour. 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. Their dip practice earlier in the day paid off. Cristin listens to her sister’s toast, while John watches her reaction. The wine is served. 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. Cristin’s grandparents on the dance floor. The flower girl works on her dip with her dad. I love the genuineness of this image. 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. Guests enjoying a fire and s’mores out on the deck. And maybe cigars too. 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. 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. This seemed like a good idea at the time. Cristin in her après la robe de mariée. No, the band was not playing an excerpt from Swan Lake. 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. 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!” 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. So we finish the day as we began, with John and Cristin in one anothers’ arms, looking into each others’ eyes. 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.