This year I’m thrilled to have recieved the 2017 WeddingWire Couple’s Choice Award for the 2nd year in a row! I’m thankful to so many of my clients for leaving reviews on WeddingWire, because these awards are based solely on the number of reviews posted in a calendar year. Testimonials from my clients help me to continue to work with clients that I love, just like you!
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cara and kyle
Cara and Kyle were married at the Quechee Inn at Marshland Farm in Quechee, VT on June 25, 2016. They met in college–both science majors–and it was fun to go with them last fall to Merrimack College for their engagement photos and see the science building where it all started. Fast forward to the following June……it was the quintessential perfect summer day….. it was so hot, and the daylight went on endlessly as it always does in June. I absolutely love photographing weddings in picturesque Vermont, and I’ve been lucky enough to work in the Quechee/Woodstock area a good bit in the past couple of years. Read on to find out more about all their fun DIY projects, unplugged ceremony, and a surprise hot air balloon visit.
first look and portraits
It was a sizzling hot June day, and it was also midday, so it was tricky to find a location for Cara and Kyle’s first look that wasn’t under the blazing sun. Not only did I want to avoid harsh shadows on their faces, but I also wanted to keep them as cool and comfortable as possible. Nobody wants to head into their ceremony with their freshly done hair and makeup not so fresh anymore. I chose a shaded grove along the fence in the hopes of keeping them as cool as possible. Afterward we did their portraits under the beautiful trees surrounding the courtyard.
Cara and Kyle were married under the shade of two very old and large maple trees by the side of the house. I loved the ribbon wands that everyone waved at the end, so festive and pretty!
The reception tent at The Quechee Inn is amazingly large, and so beautifully placed beside a giant red barn, overlooking sweeping green pastures down to a little river, with iconic rolling green mountains in the background….. I mean, it’s just the most Vermont thing you could possibly think of. Cara and Kyle brought a fun color palette of peaches, yellows, reds, and blues in the form of pinwheels placed in “vases” made of Jenga blocks! All of which Cara made herself. A large sequined table runner down the center of each table gave a pop of shimmer and color. The game theme continued with playing cards for table numbers and seating cards, and ended with a HUGE basket of scratch tickets at the end of the night for wedding favors. With a really fun DJ, this crowd was ready to party all night!
I’m so thrilled to be a part of this wedding day! Cara and Kyle, thank you so much for having us and we wish you all the best in your future academic acheivements!
Big thanks to the following wedding professionals who also made this day so special:
Venue and Catering: Quechee Inn at Marshland Farm
DJ: Dance to the Music Entertainment, Norwalk CT
Cake: Kim’s Incredible Cakes
Bridal Shop: Tulle Bridals
Photography assistance: Christine Tilley
Sola Flower Bouquets and Pinwheel Centerpieces: handmade by the bride!
It’s a thrill to see Samantha and Myles featured on The Knot! Their gorgeous wedding that Christine and I photographed at Sam’s family home last summer was a colorful and fun event, and they even had food trucks! So many amazing vendors came together for this event, and you can find the full blog post and vendor love here.
Emma and Tommy
Emma and Tommy were married at The Rocks Estate in Bethlehem, NH on September 3, 2016. They also happen to have one of the most amazing How-We-Met stories that I just can’t help but share….. In college they both ended up in Ecudaor studing water quality and health in the local community, and while living literally in the forest treetops in Ecuador, they met each other and fell in love over the month they spent together. That love of the outdoors, and forestry preservation led to them planning their wedding at The Rocks Estate which is part of the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests. In fact, that Latin flair that worked itself into the fabric of their early relationship continued to work its influence, as they chose a Latin-inspired menu from their caterer, featuring a make-your-own paella station, salt crust chicken, plantains, salsa and guacamole, and for dessert……. grilled peaches over ice cream with wedding cake.
It was a gorgeous early September afternoon, and the girls and guys got ready at separate locations around the property. There is an adorable little cabin with screened in windows where the girls stayed tucked away. Emma wore a beautiful strapless blush gown from BHLDN, and her bridesmaids were perfect in neutral beige lace summer dresses from J. Crew.
Cocktail hour gave guests a chance to enjoy guacamole, chips, and margaritas while family photos were being taken. Emma and Tommy provided lawn games like cornhole and beer pong to keep everyone active and entertained.
The wedding cake from Federick’s pastries was gorgeous in citrus yellows and greens, matching perfectly with the margaritas!
Speeches and toasts are one of my favorite wedding moments to photograph. Emotions can run high, and it’s so wonderful to see so much community support from friends and family for a new couple. I don’t often get weepy at weddings anymore since I’ve seen so many, but when I do, it’s almost always because of a really touching speech. In fact, Tommy’s best man and best friend Jon is the absolute first to ever quote one of the most memorable and awkward best man speeches ever–Sherlock’s speech to John at his wedding. “If I say that you deserve this man, it is the highest compliment of which I am capable.”
Dinner was a gorgeous buffet feast with South American flair, beautifully presented by Bailiwick’s in nearby Littleton. They even offered a custom paella station, cooked before your eyes by a chef.
As night fell, all the guests moved into the barn for a fun evening of dancing and desserts. It was a great dance party, and I didn’t know Tommy had such moves!
I had so much fun photographing Emma and Tommy’s wedding! Working with such genuinely nice and caring people makes this the best job in the world for me.
Venue: The Rocks Estate
Flowers: La Flora Couture
Cake: Frederick’s Pastries
Bridesmaid Dresses: J. Crew
Men’s Suits: Michael
DJ: Evin of Sowa Entertainment
Hair & Makeup: Fresh Salon & Day Spa, Littleton NH
Emily and Tyler
Emily and Tyler were married on September 10, 2016 at the Seacoast Science Center in Rye, NH in Odiorne State Park. They are a well-traveled and adventurous couple, who have no problem packing up and moving to the other side of the country. After spending some time in Denver, they took the opportunity to explore many of the country’s national parks, and when it came time to plan their wedding they knew they wanted to incorporate their adventures into their decor. Wanting to share what they’d been up to for 3 years, they designed all of their tables around different national parks. Perched on the rocky coast of the Seacoast Science Center, with the rolling ocean just steps away, it was a nod to travel, adventure, and natural beauty. Emily was particularly concerned with having a more hands-off approach with regard to her wedding photography. She loved that I was known for capuring amazing photos while remaining almost invisible in the background. My unobtrusive, unnoticeable coverage is a hallmark of my work.
the setting: seacoast science center
I absolutely loved Emily and Tyler’s ceremony. At the ocean’s edge, New Hampshire’s iconic rocky coast met a wide blue sky with sweeping vistas. The weather was perfect, and officiant Mary Howe’s ceremony included a blessing with burning sage, and a Native American wedding vase ceremony.
Cocktail hour by the ocean could not have been more beautiful, with guests milling around sipping cocktails and enjoying gorgeous appetizers from Chill Catering. Tyler had made a cornhole game, and a giant Jenga tower which was built up and knocked down repeatedly. It was a beautiful evening of friends and family celebrating Emily and Tyler, with toasts, dancing, and great food.
I absolutely love these photos of Emily and her sisters…… the colors, the light, everything was gorgeous. I’m dying over those dusty sage dresses and the gorgeous succulent bouquet from Ambrosia Gardens. Absolutely perfect for a seacoast wedding.
I absolutely loved this gorgeous outdoor wedding at the Seacoast Science Center. Emily and Tyler, thank you for having me!
Wedding Coordination: Bridget Brunet Weddings + Events
Venue: Seacoast Science Center, Rye NH
Florist: Ambrosia Gardens
Catering: Chill Catering
Hair and Makeup: Vanity Salon
Bridal Salon: Blossom Bridal
Cake and Donuts: Chichester Country Store
DJ: TSG Weddings-Chip McConney
Officiant: Mary Howe