Cheri + Emily July 24, 2016blogwww.mountainmeadowslodge.com/jeff Saturdays this summer have been a case study in the delightful unpredictability of New England weather, and Cheri and Emily’s wedding day was no different. Their first look was under sunny skies at a breezy 82 degrees. I love doing a first look before the ceremony. Not only does the couple have a chance to connect before being with everyone else, we also get most of the formals done in advance. That way, everyone gets to be with their friends and family at the cocktail hour. Oh, and don’t Emily and Cheri look great?!? Cheri’s dad helps out with the bouquet during the formals. Emily and her sister Megan join Cheri and her sister Marci after the formals are done. The guests begin to arrive. Les and I quickly realize that everyone absolutely loves Cheri and Emily. When a summer shower popped up just before the ceremony, Cheri and Emily (these are Vermont girls) made the call—let’s use umbrellas and get the job done. “We are not,” they said, “made of sugar.” Emily and her dad walk down the aisle as towel-draped friends look on. Marci, Megan, and ring-bearer Deeter smiling in the rain. Cheri and her dad, signaling “we got this.” The ceremony was filled with joy and laughter. Hearts full of sunshine. Cheri makes some great promises during her vows which, if I heard correctly, included a new car. The shower passed just in time for the first kiss. The always amazing Mountain Meadows Lodge staff prepare for the champagne toast. The whole gang toasts Cheri and Emily with Kent Pond as a perfect backdrop. Since the shower had passed, we went down to the pond for some portraits. You may notice the change in color between the left (sunny) and right (eek!) photos as a relatively significant downpour caught us. This may be a good moment to mention how much I love my Nikon pro cameras, which are imperious to dust, sand, snow and Vermont summer showers. The reception begins. The first dance. The father-daughter dance, and Cheri’s mom and dad. Both images were made with Leslie’s wonderful vintage plastic lens. There were a lot of great dancers, including those in the under-10-year-old class. Taking a well-deserved break from the dance floor. Goat and friends. The sun came out to stay around 7:00, and lawn games were played with great energy, skill and humor. After the weather front passed, the temperature dropped more than 20 degrees. That is not a typo. Fortunately Marci’s brother was willing to share his jacket. Why stop with a wedding cake when you can also offer a six-foot tiramisu? Bill Messier, owner and chef at Mountain Meadows, carefully walks out to the tent. Needless to say, there were no leftovers. Time to gather on the dock for sunset. Emily and Cheri have changed into their dancing clothes when we do some portraits in the beautiful golden light of a Vermont sunset. Congratulations Cheri and Emily! It was a delight for Leslie and me to be your wedding photographers. You were both radiant, and the brief showers did nothing to dampen everyone’s joy for you both!