weddings

Maja + Jordan

Maja (pronounced MYah) is getting her hair crimped at the salon. Crimping is news to me, but I think it's cool. Maja has been a dream to work with from the outset, emailing regularly, sending Pinterest ideas and following my pins as well. I am so excited that this day has finally arrived and I'm here photographing her.
Maja (pronounced MYah) is getting her hair crimped at the salon. Crimping is news to me, but I think it’s cool. Maja has been a dream to work with from the outset, emailing regularly, sending Pinterest ideas and following my pins as well. I am so excited that this day has finally arrived and I’m here photographing her.
Maja is committed to staying hydrated. Seriously committed.
Maja is committed to staying hydrated. Seriously committed.
Maja's mom and maid of honor (and best friend) (and hyper-organized in a way that warms my heart) Anny see Maja in her dress for the first time.
Maja’s mom and her maid of honor (and best friend) (and hyper-organized in a way that warms my heart) Anny see Maja in her dress for the first time.
Breathtaking.
Breathtaking.
Meet Isis, named after the Egyptian goddess, the ideal woman and friend of the downtrodden. Isis plays a large part in Maja and Jordan's life, and they do in hers.
Meet Isis, the Dog of Honor, named after the Egyptian goddess (the ideal woman and friend of the downtrodden). Isis plays a large part in Maja and Jordan’s life, and they do in hers.
Meet Jordan, who is seeing Maja in her dress for the first time. Maja is a goddess in Jordan's life, and their love for one another is a delight to be around.
Meet Jordan, who is seeing Maja in her dress for the first time. Maja is a goddess in Jordan’s life, and their love for one another is a delight to be around.

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With both of her best friends in close proximity, Isis allows herself a moment of repose.
With both of her best friends in close proximity, Isis allows herself a moment of repose.

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A group hug that I get the impression may have freaked Jordan out just a little bit.
A group hug that I get the impression may have freaked Jordan out just a little bit.
BFFs.
BFFs.
Jordan's best man was his brother Jesse. Jordan had thoughtfully trained Isis to perk up her ears and look straight at the camera at the command "Focus." I'm serious. She was amazing.
Jordan’s best man was his brother Jesse. And if you’re wondering why Isis looks perfect in every photograph, it’s because Jordan had thoughtfully trained her to perk up her ears and look straight at the camera at the command “Focus.” I’m serious. She was amazing.
Sunset on Kent Lake at the beautiful Mountain Meadows Lodge in Killington.
Sunset on Kent Lake at the beautiful Mountain Meadows Lodge in Killington.
The first dance.
The first dance.

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A Newlyweds game, in which tables competed to answer trivia questions about Maja and Jordan. Their friends and family knew them well!
A Newlyweds game, in which tables competed to answer trivia questions about Maja and Jordan. Their friends and family knew them well!
I can't deprive you of the opportunity to meet Maja's brother Zoran, who is one of those people who brings his own fun with him.
I can’t deprive you of the opportunity to meet Maja’s brother Zoran, who is one of those people who brings his own fun with him.
Maja and her family are from Croatia, and there were some traditional Croatian dances throughout the evening.
Maja and her family are from Croatia, and there were some traditional Croatian dances throughout the evening.
This is a dance that crosses international borders. A dance of pure joy.
This is a dance that crosses international borders. A dance of pure joy.
Some wedding receptions are filled with good dancers, and Maja and Jordan’s was one of them.
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Two of my favorite images from the day.

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Jordan had also trained the geese to paddle past during his few short days at Mountain Meadows. Okay, just kidding. Maja and Jordan, may your lives together be as magical as your wedding day.
Jordan had also trained the geese to paddle past during his few short days at Mountain Meadows. Okay, just kidding. Maja and Jordan, may your lives together be as magical as your wedding day!

Anne + Tom

Every wedding is beautiful and unique, each in its own way.
Every wedding is beautiful and unique, each in its own way.
Anne and Tom's wedding at the Stephen Huneck Gallery in St. Johnsbury, Vermont was no exception.
Anne and Tom’s wedding at the Stephen Huneck Gallery in St. Johnsbury, Vermont was no exception.
One of the handsome members of the wedding party.
One of the handsome members of the wedding party.
Anne's dog socks are a reflection of her and Tom's love and care for dogs (and all living things).
Anne’s dog socks are a reflection of her and Tom’s love and care for dogs (and all living things).
The processional into the Dog Chapel. All the notes and photos covering the walls are letters to beloved dogs.
The processional into the Dog Chapel. All the notes and photos covering the walls are letters to beloved dogs left by previous visitors.
The officiant is a longtime friend of Tom and Anne's, so he definitely knew how to bring laughter and joy to the celebration.
The officiant was a longtime friend of Tom and Anne’s, so he definitely knew how to bring laughter and joy to the celebration.
Sometimes all of us are better at needing attention than paying attention.
Sometimes all of us are better at needing attention than paying attention.
One of the wedding party members drawn to Anne's obvious happiness.
One of the wedding party members drawn to Anne’s obvious happiness.

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The dogs were so well behaved, as were the other guests.
The dogs were so well behaved, as were the other guests.
Taking a brief break on a warm and sunny spring day.
Taking a brief break on a warm and sunny spring day.

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If you're not familiar with Vermont Artist Stephen Huneck, you probably are with his wonderful illustrations of dogs. Here's a link to the website if you'd like to learn more: http://www.dogmt.com/Dog-Mountain.html
If you’re not familiar with Vermont Artist Stephen Huneck, you probably are with his wonderful illustrations of dogs. If you’d like to learn more, check out their website.
Congratulations Anne and Tom, and thank you for letting me be a part of your amazing wedding day!
Congratulations Anne and Tom, and thank you for letting me be a part of your amazing wedding day!

 

Joy to the World

“Joy is the infallible sign of the presence of God.”
—Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Many of my friends have had a tough year, marked with loss and sadness. Many other friends have experienced a year of success, new births, and reasons for hope. All of us will face both ups and downs in the coming year, including me. I recently read an interview with Stephen Colbert in GQ, in which he cites the above quote, and talks about how he dealt with the loss of his dad and two brothers in a plane crash when he was 10. He’s a thoughtful guy, and he’s thought about this a lot. One of the things he says that has stuck with me is this: “The world—it’s so . . . lovely. I’m very grateful to be alive.” I’ve been trying to be mindful of this every day.

Each year I get to witness the loveliness of the world firsthand, time and time again. I’m grateful for the opportunity to be at so many celebrations where love, joy, and peace are so evident.

I wanted to put together a short two-minute slideshow of 45 of my favorite portraits and wedding images from this past year. Please forgive me if your favorite image isn’t in there—it was a challenge to whittle them down, and I had to set aside many favorite shots.

I hope some of these images will make you laugh or cry, but most of all my wish is that you’ll find hope for the world in all the love, joy and peace so present in these images.

I’m grateful for you all.