weddings

Jaclyn + Katir

Leslie and I photographed Jackie and Katir’s special day at the Mountain Top Inn yesterday. The theme of the wedding: FUN!
Jackie and Katir were fun, laid-back, kind, generous and full of joy all day long. We loved being with them every moment!
Some Indian inspired details.
Portraits by the Chittenden Reservoir. Leslie took a moment to do a fashion shoot!
A pre-nuptual paddle. It’s Vermont.
Even the formals were not so formal.

The boyz.
Jackie arrives at the ceremony in storybook style.
Leslie’s beautiful image of Jackie’s dad giving away his daughter while Katir’s parents look on and Katir wipes away a tear.
A perfectly sunny and warm mid-May afternoon.

The first kiss!
Dr. and Mrs. Patel.

Then the exquisite reception.

Becca and the bridesmaids hang in the bar during cocktail hour. Loving the lip gloss.
The introduction and first dance.

The maid of honor and best man rock the toasts.
A little TMI is always toast-worthy.

Jackie dances with her dad.
And Katir’s dance with his mom.
And then it’s time to seriously dance.
Katir’s mom and dad.

Jackie’s mom (in the beautiful teal dress) plays it cool as one of the groomsmen literally slides into the image as Leslie clicks the shutter.

A Boston-based band, Eye 2 Eye, kept everyone on the dance floor all night. They were great!

Jackie gets fanned off after a hot set on the dance floor.
Becca and, I think, Tequila shots.
Jackie with her co-workers in their work clothes.
I asked Erica, one of Jackie’s bridesmaids, and Jake if I could take a portrait of them, and they said “Sure.”
Countdown to cake cutting.
These two loved to dance, and they knew what they were doing.
Erica sums it up for pretty much everyone at the wedding.
Congratulations Jackie and Katir! Thanks for being so stinking fun all day long. We know that this was just the first of many, many happy and joyful days together!

Katie + Ray

The tulips were in full bloom for Katie and Ray’s wedding at the beautiful Taconic Hotel in Manchester.
Mom laces up Katie’s amazing wedding dress.
The veil is perfect, as is Katie’s stunning updo.
The bouquet.

Katie’s dad sees his daughter in her dress for the first time.
While Leslie was photographing the bridal party prep, I was hanging out with the groomsmen. Here, the boys take a break from the bar for a group portrait on the front steps.
Off to the church.
Katie was absolutely radiant.
Katie’s and Ray’s moms look on with love and pride.
Katie’s dad gives away his daughter.
The first kiss as husband and wife (which comes fairly early in a Catholic mass, keeping Leslie and me on our toes).
Katie and Ray exchange rings.
A mixture of disbelief and joy.
Two thumbs-up!
Katie and Ray Addas.
A champagne toast in the bus.
Checking out the rings.
The wedding party at the Henry Covered Bridge in Bennington.
The bridal party was so fun and totally there for Katie all day long.
The boys rocking the socks.
Ray’s and Katie’s moms at the reception.
The day was all about family and friends. There was a lot of laughter and celebration.
A portion of Ray’s side of the family. These are the kind of people you want at a party.
The hot reception app of 2017: bacon on a stick. And why not?
Apparently only beautiful children were allowed to attend. Here they take a brief break from running around the lawn at top speed.
Sheer joy during the first dance.

Katie’s dance with her dad, during which there was not a dry eye in the house.
The tears continued with Ray’s dance with his mom. Both families knew how to laugh and how to cry. It was a rich day filled with both laughter and tears of joy.
Katie’s maid of honor busts out some stories from the past.
Ray’s brother and best man brings it home.
Table 11 gives Katie and Ray a standing ovation.
Table 11 was nothing but trouble from the get go. We’re not sure who put them together.
Ray’s grandparents win the anniversary dance, for being married for over 60 years. I love how Ray’s grandfather is looking at his wife like he did the first time he ever saw her. It’s one of my favorite images from the day.
And the dancing begins.
One of the guests, who spent his wad running around the lawn at top speed, takes a well-deserved break.
“We Are Family” was never truer than with this gang. Everyone rightfully came out to the dance floor for this one.

Congratulations Katie and Ray! Your wedding day was perfect, and it was a joy for Leslie and me to be with you and your amazing families and friends!
May all your days be filled with joy and celebration (and great beer)!

Elise + Sam

Sam still had his "breakfast pants" on when I arrived to start his and Elise's wedding prep. The ping pong game required good ball trajectory and involved drinking beer if your opponent hit one of your glasses. Fortunately, the beer was Coors Light, which has an ABV equivalent to Mountain Dew.
Sam still had his “breakfast pants” on when I arrived to start his and Elise’s wedding prep. The ping pong game required good ball trajectory and involved drinking beer if your opponent hit one of your glasses. Fortunately, the beer was Coors Light, which has an ABV equivalent to Mountain Dew.
Elise, meanwhile, looks amazing in her custom dress. Beautiful florals, one of themes of the day, were provided by A Schoolhouse Garden.
Elise, meanwhile, looks amazing in her custom dress. Beautiful florals, one of themes of the day, were provided by A Schoolhouse Garden.
Elise's hair, by Five Elements, was beautiful.
Elise’s hair, by Five Elements, was beautiful.

 

The first look.
The first look.

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Some of Sam and Elise's portraits with the wonderful Vermont fall foliage as a backdrop.
Some of Sam and Elise’s portraits with the wonderful Vermont fall foliage as a backdrop.
The arbor at Amee Farm's wedding site on one of Vermont's blue sky October days.
The arbor at Amee Farm’s wedding site on one of Vermont’s blue sky October days.

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Sam reads his vows to Elise.
Sam reads his vows to Elise.
And Elise reads her's to Sam.
And Elise reads her’s to Sam.
Crushing the wine glass and the first kiss.
Crushing the wine glass and the first kiss.
Mr. and Mrs. Peck!
Mr. and Mrs. Peck!
All the family that came to celebrate!
All the family that came to celebrate.
Elise approves of her grandfather's beer choice.
Elise approves of her grandfather’s beer choice.
It was a lawn game kind of day.
It was a lawn game kind of day.
This is not beer pong, but just as exuberant.
This is not beer pong, but just as exuberant.
The catering by Vermont Farms and the cake by Irene's Cakes were beyond words.
The catering by Vermont Farms and the cake by Irene’s Cakes were beyond words.
Sam and Elise ring the dinner bell. Or triangle.
Sam and Elise ring the dinner triangle to call guests to the reception.
A peaceful moment on the porch before going to the reception.
A peaceful moment on the porch before going downstairs.
This was the view from the porch. #ilovevermont.
This was the view from the porch. #ilovevermont.
Elise's mom and dad make the first toast.
Elise’s mom and dad make the first toast.
Sam's dad proposes a toast.
Sam’s dad proposes a toast.

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We sneak out for a few minutes at sunset to do some images in the golden light.
We sneak out for a few minutes at sunset to do some images in the golden light.
Another theme of the day: Dartmouth College, where Elise and Sam, Sam's dad, Elise's mom, brother, and grandfather (Class of '53) all attended. The DJ didn't play the alma mater during the evening, but there was an old Dartmouth frat song that made an appearance.
Another theme of the day: Dartmouth College, where Elise and Sam, Sam’s dad, Elise’s mom, brother, and grandfather (Class of ’53) all attended. The DJ didn’t play the alma mater during the evening, but there was an old Dartmouth frat song that made an appearance.
One of many great moves during the first dance.
One of many great moves during the first dance.
Elise's parents join Elise and Sam on the dance floor.
Elise’s parents join Elise and Sam on the dance floor.
Sam's parents.
Sam’s parents.
There were beautiful children dancing all evening!
There were beautiful children dancing all evening!
Sam's dad mentoring the youth.
Sam’s dad mentoring the youth.

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There was an iPad photo booth with lots of great props.
There was an iPad photo booth with lots of great props.
The DJ, Kris Kul, knew just what to play all night.
The DJ, Kris Kul, knew just what to play all night.
Sam's parents after a trip to the photo booth.
Sam’s parents after a trip to the photo booth.
Dartmouth alums are well aware that Dr. Suess (Thomas Geisel) was a 1925 graduate, so Cat in the Hat outfits (in Dartmouth green) were a feature at the photo booth.
Dartmouth alums are well aware that Dr. Suess (Thomas Geisel) was a 1925 graduate, so Cat in the Hat outfits (in Dartmouth green) were a feature at the photo booth.
Elise's mom Beth and her three sisters rock the dance floor.
Elise’s mom Beth and her three sisters rock the dance floor.
The Hava Nagila.
The Hava Nagila.
The children, who have no patience for ceremony, eagerly await some cake.
The children, who have no patience for ceremony, eagerly await some cake.
Elise offers Sam about a quarter of the slice.
Elise offers Sam about a quarter of the slice.
Sam, not to be outdone, forks a half-slice, to Elise's evident dismay.
Sam, not to be outdone, forks a half-slice, to Elise’s evident dismay.
I'll let Elise share that cake eating photo with you if she chooses to. In the meantime, we're going to skip to a dance photo that rivals the Vermont foliage.
I’ll let Elise share that cake eating photo with you if she chooses to. In the meantime, we’re going to skip to a dance photo that rivals the Vermont foliage.
Fin-all-y!
Fin-all-y!
Assorted celebratory tobacco products.
Assorted celebratory tobacco products.
You'll have to ask Sam what was said that caused this response. I completely missed it.
You’ll have to ask Sam what was said that caused this response. I completely missed it.
Three-generation dance, with Elise's grandfather and mom. I love this image.
Three-generation dance, with Elise’s grandfather and mom. I love this image.
Let's talk about Table 1. I'll just say that they bonded over dinner.
Let’s talk about Table 1. I’ll just say that they bonded over dinner.
Family.
Family.
Beer pong under the lights. Note two things in this image: Elise's shot is about to require her opponents to each drink a half of a glass of Coors Light. And Elise is the one playing without a beverage in her hand. Word.
Beer pong under the lights. Note two things in this image: Elise’s shot is about to require her opponents to each drink a half of a glass of Coors Light. And Elise is the only one playing without a beverage in her hand. Word.
High paddles. We should also note that Elise was the only player wearing a cape and wedding dress.
High paddles. We should also note that Elise was the only player handicapped by a cape and wedding dress.
The final minutes on the dance floor.
The final minutes on the dance floor.
And the last dance.
And the last dance.
Elise and Sam, congratulations on your wonderful wedding day, filled with family, friends, children who are loved, and a fullness of joy. Thanks for allowing me to be a part of it.
Elise and Sam, congratulations on your wonderful wedding day filled with family, friends, children who are loved, and a fullness of joy. Thanks for allowing me to be a part of it!