Negative windchills and intimate family-centric events for this Vermont boho bride.
The weather here in VT has been freakishly warm. Don't get me wrong, I love the sun, but when my mindset is snowboarding, large amounts of snow accumulation, fireside whiskey and snowshoeing with my pups, I am far from craving that vitamin D.
As the snow melts away on my front yard, I thought it would be fitting to share a beautiful wedding I shot in early February (during "real" winter) and try to snap Mother Nature back where she belongs this time of year.
Emily and Andrew couldn't have been sweeter and their intimate candlelight ceremony at La Piece in Tilton, NH was quite perfect. Enjoy some of my favorite snaps from the day!
In light of taking the train down to Jersey for my last wedding of the year, I found it appropriate to write about an experience that really helped shape my mindset of why I shoot weddings.
I was driving back home to Stowe from Grand Isle over the summer after shooting Melanie and Ryan's wedding. When I drive alone, especially in the evening, I like to try and self reflect - I don't do a very good job of it at any other time. I started thinking to myself, "why am I a photographer?" And, not only a photographer, but a wedding photographer.
I came to realize that there are a lot of wonderful things I get to experience as a wedding photog - a loving father giving away his daughter, a couple overcoming a fear of public speaking to profess their incredible love for one another, or even a bride putting away her stresses of planning the perfect day, only to realize what really matters. With all that, I found that I shoot weddings because love is real. Love is so real. Forget what anyone says about the nonexistence of soulmates, the stupidity of marriage, and the looming eventual divorce or struggle. Forget the hypocrites and the pessimists. Let yourself live in a fairytale. Love is real and I want to show that to the world.
Melanie and Ryan were two very special people. I knew that when I showed up to their rehearsal BBQ and they had family who traveled far and wide. On their wedding day, we were hit with a fast moving storm that brought high winds, torrential rain, and hail. Despite the weather, neither Melanie nor Ryan let it change the way they felt that day.
I have heard a lot of vowels in this industry and I typically don't relate to them, however, Melanie and Ryan moved me unlike any couple had ever done. They were heart-felt, original and quite funny. The rest of the evening was filled with laughter, funny stories, and small memories to make their day, them. I am grateful to have been able to witness Melanie and Ryan in their element, with their loving family.
Meghan and Carson hailed all the way from Hawaii to celebrate their marriage with their family and friends. I'll be honest, when I found out they were eloping in Hawaii, I WANTED IN. I'd jet set there in a heartbeat. Sad to say, I had to patiently wait until they were back in Altoona, PA, to spend some time with two awesome people.
Meghan and Carson's wedding was a first of it's kind for me. Having already been married, there was a lot less stress leading up to the ceremony and the two even got ready in the same house. We tried keeping to some traditions, but put our own little spin on it.
Their reception was perfectly intimate. A long table, spotted with pineapples and symbols of their time in Hawaii, was filled with their closest family and friends. Meghan and Carson were a true example of what really matters in marriage - each other.
Infectious laughter and genuine joy at Gwen and Sergio's harbor-side elopement in downtown Baltimore.
There are trends happening in the world of wedding and engagement photography. In-home engagement sessions, muted photographs, and pictures with your pup. But, there is nothing I like more than being different. It was a pleasure getting to shoot Erika and Anthony in a colorful, fun and quirky environment like Coney Island. And, after spending the afternoon with them, seemed like the perfect compliment to their beautiful personalities.
These babes love two things: each other and their two Bengal cats. When Amanda told me she wanted to do an in-home engagement session, jumped for joy and did a little happy dance inside. I have been dying to shoot one of my couples in their element - in an intimate setting that speaks to who they are. The best part about in-home shoots? All the comforting is already done for me! See for yourself!