juline and max
Juline is from Nashua; Max is from Barcelona. In a flash of destiny they met through mutual friends on Martha’s Vineyard in the summertime, and soon they were in love and traveling the world together. For their August 25, 2018 wedding they chose Max’s family homestead in the countryside of Vermont, a stunningly beautiful farm full of warmth and memories in the little town of Chester. Their Spanish-American fusion wedding was a perfect blend of all the people and places they love. As for me, I knew that every detail had been considered and chosen thoughtfully, so I wanted to photograph their day, as I always do, with attention to all the work they invested.
The farm could not have been more perfect or beautiful for a wedding. The tent was placed in the field behind the house, the ceremony was down a sloping path by a little pond, and the cocktail hour was held in the garden area beside the house. It was so welcoming for all their guests!
The tables were completely filled with vases of locally grown Vermont flowers. The girls went to Cedar Circle Farm to pick their own flowers for the wedding. All the centerpieces, boutonnieres, bouquets were made from freshly picked local seasonal flowers. The late August blooms were perfect for this simple farm wedding.
Max and his groomsmen, aka “The Spaniards,” all got ready together at an AirBnb a few minutes away. This beautiful retreat was located way down a dirt road through the woods of Chester, Vermont, which opened up into this beautiful space.
Meanwhile, I was photographing Juline’s bridal details back at the farm. I absolutely loved her 18th century necklace, a family treasure that goes back generations.
One of the most special things about the ceremony is that it was officiated by two of Max’s closest friends in both English and Spanish. They kept it beautiful and lighthearted, touching and sentimental. It was truly a quiet, peaceful ceremony in the sunshine by the little pond, peppered with light laughs from the guests.
cocktail hour portraits
After the ceremony, we began the formal portraits while the guests enjoyed great food and live music up by the house. The couple had not done a first look, so we needed to do all the family photos, bridal party photos, and bride and groom portraits all within this time (luckily they had scheduled an extended cocktail hour for this). We had so much fun with this beautiful property. Here are some of my favorites.
outdoor tented reception
One of the many things I love about an outdoor wedding at a private residence is the giant reception tent. How exciting and special to see this beautiful tent erected on the property, and for one day only it’s filled with music, food, lights, and sooooooo many people. Just for one day. And then it’s gone. Photos become exponentially more valuable as the only record of the amazing party that happened.
Juline and Max had a wonderful series of toasts from loved ones, some of which brought all the guests to their feet with cheers! The whole evening was magical as night fell on the field at the farm, and dancing and merriment went on well into the night. The Spanish-inspired catering was especially wonderful by The Hindquarter, who had been cooking over an open fire all day long in preparation.
Maid of honor Kara brought down the house with her hilarious and emotional speech:
Dinner from The Hindquarter was served buffet style, with a huge display of meats and vegetables.
Christine and I had an absolute blast at this very special wedding. All the details that the couple worked so hard on came together beautifully for one magical day with family and guests from around the world in this little corner of Vermont. Thank you, Max and Juline!
Outstanding vendors who made Max and Juline’s wedding so special:
Venue: Private Residence
Photography: Erika Follansbee Photography
Catering: The Hindquarter, Burlington VT
Flowers: Cedar Circle Farm, East Thetford VT
Bride’s Dress: Allure Bridals from Marry & Tux Bridal
Bride’s Shoes: Anthropologie
Bridesmaid Dresses: Azazie
Live Music and DJ: Colby Dix
Second Photographer: Christine
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