Category : weddings

Christine + Cody

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Christine and Cody’s beautiful wedding at The Mountain Top Inn and Resort was a perfect combination of loving family and fun-loving friends in a perfect Vermont setting.

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Weather Underground predicted an 80% chance of rain at the time of the ceremony, yet the skies cleared a few minutes before Christine walked down the aisle and it was gorgeous summer weather for the rest of the weekend.

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Christine wanted to surprise her bridesmaids with her beautiful dress. It worked!

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Meanwhile, over in the boy’s room, Cody and his team were remarkably on schedule.

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Christine’s dad attending to the final details. It was his job to keep the groomsmen on task, no small feat.

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A storybook arrival on a dreamlike day!

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Christine and Cody have a few quiet moments together after the ceremony.

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A borrowed jacket helps take the chill off, and Christine’s brothers keep her dress off the grass.

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It was a chocolate cake. These are my people.

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Christine and her dad dance. There were not many dry eyes in the house!

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Cody and his mom dancing to “Here Comes the Sun.”

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. People from Maine can dance with a beer in their hand. And they do.

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Christine and Cody, congratulations on a beautiful start to your wonderful life together. Thanks again for letting me be a part of your amazing day!

 

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Kirsten + Jim

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Kirsten and Jim’s wedding was a delightful mix of rustic simplicity and elegant celebration.

 

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The intimate family ceremony was held at the summit of Mt. Holyoke in Skinner State Park in Amherst, Massachusetts.

 

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A second ceremony included Kirsten and Jim’s many friends at the stunning Garden House at Look Park in Northampton.

 

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The day was characterized by the natural beauty of a spring wedding, Kirsten and Jim’s joy of being married, their enjoyment of their friends and family, and a lot of laughter!

 

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Congratulations Kirsten and Jim! It was an amazing day, and Leslie and I were so psyched to be with you both!

 

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Vintage Tea Dresses

Vivian and Paige model vintage tea dresses in a Door County, Wisconsin cherry orchard.

Vivian and Paige model vintage tea dresses in a Door County, Wisconsin cherry orchard, for a photo shoot we were doing to promote the Noble House Museum’s upcoming fund raiser.

Paige in the early evening backlight.

Paige in the early evening back light.

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    Door County Wedding Photographer

Vivian is almost glowing in the beautiful light!

Door County Wedding Photographer

Door County Wedding Photographer

Door County Wedding Photographer

Door County Wedding Photographer

Door County Wedding Photographer

One of Leslie's plastic lens images.

Leslie shoots with a plastic lens, which has its own vintage look.

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We asked Paige and Vivian not to smile during most of the shoot, because we were going for vintage images. But they both had wonderful smiles!

We asked Paige and Vivian not to smile during most of the shoot, because we were going for vintage images. But they both had wonderful smiles!

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Door County Wedding Photographer

This rustic boat at Leslie’s sister’s Fish Creek home was a perfect prop. It’s not seaworthy, but it sure is photogenic!

Door County Wedding Photographer

Door County Wedding Photographer

These images were made in the historic Noble House in Fish Creek, Wisconsin.

These indoor images were made in the historic Noble House in Fish Creek, Wisconsin.

If you're in Door County the weekend of June 28 and 29, you can see Paige, Vivian, and others modeling these beautiful vintage tea dresses.

If you’re in Door County the weekend of June 28 and 29, you can see these beautiful vintage tea dresses during the fashion show.

Special thanks to Viv and Paige for braving the cool Wisconsin weather in order to get these images!

Special thanks to Viv and Paige for braving the cool Wisconsin weather in order to get these images!

 

 

 

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How to Find a Good Wedding Photographer [for You]

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first date

If your photographer brings out the best in you, and you feel relaxed, calm, and like having them around, it will totally be reflected in your photos. The best way to find out if you enjoy being with him or her is to meet over coffee or drinks. You’ll have a pretty good sense after your time together whether it’s a good fit or not. You need your photographer to show up on time, to respond to questions and concerns quickly, and to do what they promise to do. References will help you find out about this. How quickly and effectively a potential photographer responds to your initial emails or phone calls is also a good clue.

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style

Every photographer has a different style—some tend toward formal images, some are more edgy, while others are journalistic. You probably have an aesthetic you are drawn to, and it’s worth taking some time to find a photographer who makes the kind of images you love. The easiest way to do this is to check out photographers’ websites. You can also ask them to bring along an album or portfolio when you meet.

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equipment

You don’t need a gearhead who has the latest and best of everything, but you do want someone who has good cameras and lenses so that you’ll get good quality photographs. The best digital cameras enable a photographer to get beautiful images in very low light, which means fewer flashing strobes and intrusion during your ceremony and reception. Good lenses provide crystal clear details with soft, ethereal backgrounds.

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budget

When you think about it, nearly everything else in your wedding and reception budget—the drinks, the meal, the cake, the flowers, the tuxes, the tent, the band—is gone at the end of the day. The only thing that lasts—that brings to mind all the magic moments, the beautiful ceremony, that amazing cake, how much fun the band was—is the photographs. You may consider stretching in this one area of your wedding budget, knowing that you, as well as your friends and family, will enjoy these photographs for years to come. If a photographer’s packages don’t fit your budget, always ask what they can offer that will fit within your price range. They are usually willing to come up with a package that will fit your needs.

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humor

You don’t need a stand-up comedian, but a photographer who takes his or her work seriously, and doesn’t take themselves too seriously, is a great addition to your day. Whether you prefer formal or casual shots of your family and bridal party, it’s good to have a photographer with a positive personality style who can get everyone in place for a great photo with a minimum of fuss. There is a little nervousness and stress on a typical wedding day, and it’s essential to have a photographer who will help you to be yourself, be in the moment, and have fun. Someone with a light heart, who finds joy in daily life, and enjoys laughter and celebration is your perfect wedding photographer.

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If I didn’t answer a specific question you have, please feel free to get in touch. I’m always happy to provide any information that will help you find a wedding photographer who will be a good fit for you, even it’s not me! You can contact me through my website at http://jeffwoodwardphotography.com/. Have fun finding the perfect wedding photographer for you. You’ll be thankful for your good decision for many years to come.

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Allison + Terry

The view from Allison and Terry's wedding site at the beautiful Scott Farm in Dummerston, Vermont. You could tell right from the beginning that it was going to be an amazing day.

As always, I was thrilled to be assisted by the gifted Kelly Fletcher, who caught this portrait of the dress, Allison, and two of her bff's.

While Kelly was with the girls, I was catching some of the reception details that Allison (and friends) spent fun hours creating this summer. Many of the antique buttons on the napkin rings came from Allison's grandmother's collection.

One part of the ceremony was a Quaker community circle, where friends shared bits of marriage wisdom and humor.

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