Monthly Archives: December 2015
jenny & pat
Jenny and Pat were married on an unseasonably mild November weekend in Arlington, Vermont, at the gorgeous West Mountain Inn which is perched upon a hill up a tiny dirt road. The West Mountain Inn is magical, and has been around for a very long time. In fact, the day after the wedding, I was visiting nearby Hildene, and the tour guide, after hearing my reason for being in town that weekend, asked me if I knew the most famous wedding to take place at the West Mountain Inn. I said no, and he went on to explain that almost 30 years ago, he and his wife woke up to a strange buzzing sound, and quickly realized that it was coming from 4 helicopters circling over the West Mountain Inn. The reason? Michael J. Fox was getting married there, in 1988.
By the time I caught up with Jenny and the girls, they’d already had a busy day with early morning yoga in the barn, followed by a group trail run through the woods surrounding the Inn.
first look & vows
Pat and Jenny had a unique first look situation, because they’d actually prepared some self-written vows to read to each other during this time, quietly and privately without anyone around. My assistant photographer and I stayed back as far as we could, shooting with long lenses, to give them as much distance and privacy as we could.
This is a seriously good looking bridal party.
I cannot imagine a more rustic, romantic, elegant barn wedding ceremony
the rustic barn reception
Venue and Catering: West Mountain Inn, Arlington VT
Flowers: Kim Brisbin and Colleen Blair
DJ: Top Hat DJ, South Burlington, VT
Cake: Stinky Bklyn, Brooklyn NY
Hair: Studio 210 Salon, Bennington VT
Makeup: Maggie Scott
Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero
Special thanks to MCMD Photography for joining me so far out in Vermont to second shoot with me!
hannah & tj
Hannah and TJ were married on November 14th, 2015 at the wonderfully rustic Tumbledown Farms in Wakefield, NH. Not too far from Wolfeboro, this amazing 1800s barn is the perfect spot for a country wedding. As you can see from the talented stylings of Private Weddings + Events, this barn dresses up beautifully with black chiavari chairs, rustic linens and gorgeous centerpieces from Lotus Floral Designs. Hannah and TJ wanted a fun, laid back environment for all their family and friends to help them celebrate, and that’s exactly what they achieved.
How amazing does this barn look, all dressed up with bunting, twinkle lights, and braided country rugs, juxtaposed with formal chairs and classy table settings? True rustic elegance! It’s an absolute pleasure to photograph the work of Private Weddings + Events. No detail is overlooked.
preparations, first look, and ceremony
cocktail hour and reception
The reception for TJ and Hannah was characterized by everything wonderful about a rustic New Hampshire barn wedding: delicious plentiful food, good spirits, creative signature drink menu, heartwarming toasts, enthusiastic dancing, and enough warmth generated by family and friends that soon the chilly barn became a haven from the cold outside.
What a fantastic way to wrap up an amazing 2015 wedding season. It has truly been my honor to photograph the wedding of Hannah and TJ, and every other couple that trusted their wedding photos to me this year. I was lucky enough to work in all my favorite types of venues: private homes, historic sites, rustic barns, and old inns, all of which were as unique and creative as the couples who chose to wed there. Thank you for a great year, and I’m looking forward to what a gorgeous year 2016 is shaping up to be!
Day of Coordination: Private Weddings & Events
Flowers: Lotus Floral Designs
Photographer: Erika Follansbee Photography
DJ: Ken Dionne, A Main Event
Cake: Ooo La La Creative Cakes, Meredith NH
Hair & Makeup: The Galleria Salon & Day Spa, Laconia NH
Wedding Dress: Rachel Gilbert