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Jennifer + Ryan

Jenny and Ryan’s wedding day at the always beautiful Mountain Top Inn started inside due to an ill-timed thunderstorm. Fortunately, the inn’s barn loft has a perfect view of the Chittenden Reservoir and the Green Mountains.
Jenny looking radiant as her dad walks her down the aisle.
Ryan seeing Jenny in her dress for the first time.
The ceremony was marked by laughter and joy.
Dr. and Mrs. Mooney’s first kiss as husband and wife.

The skies cleared and we were able to do all the formals up in the meadow overlooking the reservoir.
The entire team—they were all really fun, and really love Jenny and Ryan.

 

Jenny’s bouquet. All the flowers at the wedding were simply amazing.

Jenny and Ryan are introduced at the reception.
The first dance under the lights in the barn.

Between the cake and the tower of cupcakes, dessert was covered.
The toasts left everyone laughing and crying.

Ryan’s dad roasts his son.

And Jenny’s dad roasts his new son-in-law. Jenny came through the toasts relatively unscathed.

Putting up with a pose that was not his idea.
The guestbook was filled with heartfelt wishes.
Just delivering, not sampling.
Marist College alumni rocking it.
Cupcakes with maple cream frosting topped with crumbled bacon. Nothing wrong here.
Jenny and her dad’s dance.
And Ryan and his mom.
Jenny and Ryan loved to dance, as did their guests. The dance floor was full all night, and they asked the DJ (Mike from Top Hat Entertainment) to stay for an extra hour.
A perfect bouquet toss is one that avoids the lights, and Jenny nails it.
And a perfect catch!
I love taking the couple out for some sunset portraits at the inn. The light is always amazing.
Congratulations you two! It was a delight to be with you both all day and to enjoy the laughter and love you share with one another.

It was an amazing day, and I’m so thankful to have been there with you both.

Jenny and Eric

Jenny and Eric’s magical wedding day was in the historic Vermont village of Grafton.
Jenny’s sister Kelly and friend Holly put the final touches on her gorgeous wedding dress.
Jenny’s favorite stuffed animals, Bigfoot and the Abominable Snowman, take a ride in her Kate Spade wedding shoes.
Jenny puts on her earrings. The amazing details in her hair styling are breathtaking.
Eric’s brother (and best man) Russ looks on as the bridesmaids’ final details fall into place. Leslie’s image of Jenny descending the stairs on her way to the church.
Jenny’s work at a New York ad agency ensured that everything was flawlessly designed.
The interior of Grafton’s White Church.
Two of the four flower girls.
Eric’s dad escorts his mom down the aisle, and the wedding procession begins.
Jenny is escorted into the church by her mom and dad.
Eric takes a deep breath as the ceremony begins, and one of the younger guests.
Maid of Honor Kelly looks on as Jenny and Eric listen to the encouraging words of officiant Deacon Richard.

Jenny’s cousin Lauren singing Schubert’s Ave Maria so beautifully that most of the guests had tears in their eyes.
Including Jenny.
Russ providing the wedding rings.
And the final blessing of Jenny and Eric’s new marriage.
Eric and Jenny’s first kiss as husband and wife.

Ringing the church bell in celebration.
The reception begins at the Grafton Inn, a short stroll down the street from the church.

Did we mention that there were a lot of beautiful and photogenic children at the wedding?
While Leslie was covering the reception, I did some portraits with the wedding party, flower girls and family.

The entire team.
And a few quiet moments with Jenny and Eric in Grafton and at Grafton Ponds. Beautiful locations on a beautiful day with a beautiful couple in love with one another.
A special shout out to Kelly, who made sure Jenny’s dress looked perfect in every portrait.

Back at the reception, Eric joins his Penn State buds. If you can’t tell from the photo, they were a fun group.
Kelly offers a toast as Eric’s grandmother looks on.
Kelly, after much teasing, says a couple of nice things about Eric.
Russ offers a toast.
Groomsman and dear friend Shawn has everyone in stitches. He left soon after to make the six-hour trek home, where his wife was due to have their first child the next day.
Jenny’s dad relating how Jenny decided to go to college in Ohio so she could be near them. And how they then immediately moved to San Diego.
Each table had its own original animal illustration.
Leslie uses her vintage plastic lens to photograph one of the flower bouquets decorating each table.
The Inn, which as been around for over 200 years, has a wonderful patina.
Later in the afternoon, we did some portraits in the soft light.

The cupcakes were a big hit.
One of the dancers expresses surprise as her dance partner goes airborne.
The first dance.
Jenny dances with her dad.
And Eric dances with his mom.
A perfect slice.
No cake smooshing on the face. The frosting tasted too good to waste.
A sweet kiss.
Jenny, who is close to her Polish roots, dances a polka with her grandmother.
Immediately followed by Elvis Presley’s “I Can’t Help Falling in Love with You.”
There is something about dancing that brings out our bliss.

 

The Penn State team observing the dance floor from the loft.

Can you pick out the newlyweds?
A sparkler send-off at the end of the night.
Jenny and Eric, thank you so much for inviting Leslie and me to be with you on your wedding day. Each moment was a delight!

Kim + Anders

Anders’ brother does a final tie adjustment before Kim and her dad walk down the aisle on a perfect spring day at Mountain Meadows Lodge.
The blue sky and Kent Pond provide a perfect backdrop to the ceremony.
Kim’s beautiful dress and flower wreath were breathtaking.
Kim assured us that these were tears of joy as she made her vows to Anders.

 

Anders sings his vows, recounting the near miraculous and romantic way he met Kim.
A guest interrupts.
Apparently, the story is a complete fabrication.
Anders recants, now telling how it really happened.
Oops. This version fails to pass the fact checkers as well.
Anders comes clean: he and Kim met online. And they are absolutely perfect for one another.
Kim tears up again as she says her I Dos.
The first kiss, and the first hug. xo.
The champagne toast awaits in the shape of a heart.
The whole team toasts Kim and Anders.
The reception begins.
Kim and Anders love games of all kinds, as do their friends, so a Matrimony Madness trivia game has been planned.
One of the teams review the trivia topics.
This is serious business.
The game’s emcees prepare.
Anders reads one of the first questions.
Kim encourages the players.
Each team could earn extra points by performing various feats, such as singing a childhood song in the funniest possible voice or standing on one foot for an entire trivia round.
Anders’ brother was the only one who got this right.
Extra credit: eat a tablespoon of mayo with Sriracha Sauce.
The questions get harder and the competition is fierce.

I don’t recall which team won, but I do remember all the laughter and fun.
The tables are set for dinner.  The amazing flowers on the tables, Kim’s wreath and bouquet, and the arbor at the ceremony were  provided by the gifted Carie Kowalski of Green Mountain Floral Arts.
Each table was themed after an animal common in Vermont.
The rings.
Kim’s beautiful bouquet
Kim and Anders make the rounds.
Kim surprises Anders with an amazing rendition of Elton Johns’ Your Song.
I think this was the highlight of Kim’s day: the Ben and Jerry’s ice cream wedding cake. Yum!
The dancing begins.
Kim’s mom dancing to Abba.

Anders’ mom and brother taking a break from the dance floor.
Okay, enough dancing. Time to break out a game.
Goats love Animal Crackers. Goats actually love just about anything.

Anders, who doesn’t love formal photos, consented to a few because he loves doing things that will make Kim happy.
Congratulations you two. Your wedding day was perfect, and you made it your own. Just like your relationship. Thanks for allowing me to be a part of it all.