weddings

Lizz + Sam

Lizz and Sam had a picture-perfect September wedding day this past weekend.
Sam had given Lizz two weddings rings to be worn above and below her engagement ring. They were beautiful, as was Lizz’s bouquet.
Lizz and her mom have a quiet moment before the ceremony while the flower girls are hard at work.
Lizz and her daughter share a veil and a kiss.
The first hints of fall color as friends and family gather for the ceremony.

Sam sees Lizz in her dress for the first time.
One of Lizz’s daughters welcomes her to the ceremony.

Lizz and Sam celebrate with their first kiss as husband and wife.
An emotional group hug.

And, not to be outdone, Sam gets a plank from the bridal party.

Lizz and Sam take a few minutes for themselves as they head up to the reception.

There were a lot of children and there was a lot of room to run, play and explore.
Lizz and Sam’s first dance.

Sam dances with his mom.
Then all kinds of parents started popping up.
Lizz’s dance with her dad.

Lizz’s dress was simply beautiful, as were her purple glitter sneakers.
We took some time after dinner to do some portraits in the soft evening light.

Congratulations Lizz and Sam! It was a delight for Leslie and me to be with you on your wedding day!

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!