Julianna and Joe had me out to Julianna’s mountainside family property in Huntington, Vermont for a sunset portrait shoot about a month before their wedding. Vermont put on an amazing Technicolor light show in the sky for us which looked amazing reflected in the pond. They brought their dog Walker along who nearly stole the show and was more interested in running than walking. Since it was close to the wedding, we talked about the timeline of the wedding day a bit, and I enjoyed getting to know Julianna and Joe a little more before the wedding and hearing the story of how Joe asked Julianna out on their first date for Valentine’s Day and struggled to get a dinner reservation. I can do a couple’s shoot like this anywhere, but I think doing the shoot in place that has some meaning to the couple adds a lot. Look for Julianna and Joe’s wedding photos here soon!
Christine and Jamie’s wedding was a three day community focused event at Ohana Camp, one of my favorite classic summer camps in Vermont. Friday evening featured an outdoor barbecue followed by a contra dance. I was in Rhode Island photographing another wedding that first night, but I was lucky enough to have Hannah Photography photograph this for me. The wedding day consisted of free time for guests to swim and enjoy the camp in the morning which Jamy Beecher Photography helped me out with. A wedding ceremony and reception followed that included giant Jenga, dancing, and entertainment for the many children attending. Christine told her floral designer Morgan Perrone of Valley Flower Company to “Think about a little girl collecting things in the woods – that’s what I want to look like” when making her a flower crown and veil. On Sunday there was a brunch with a Bloody Mary bar, and guests participated in camp activities on Sunday to earn custom printed merit badges. Christine is a graphic designer and designed the stationary for invitations and activities as well as the tables for the reception. Venue: Ohana Camp; Event design by Christine (the Bride); Floral design: Valley Flower Company; Catering: Barefoot Gourmet; Dessert: Umplebys; Music: Beat Train Productions; Bride’s Gown: Saja; Groom’s attire: Maxwell’s Clothiers; Birds of pray demo: Vermont Institute of Natural Science; Contra Dance Caller: David Millstone; BBQ: Barebones; Bartenders: Phat Kats Tavern
Six photos above by Hannah Photography.
Photo above by Jamy Beecher Photography.
Danielle & Jeff were married at the Quechee Inn at Marshland Farm last September. Their siblings stood with them as their wedding party during the ceremony at a beautifully beflowered chuppah. I had fun working with such a great team of people on this wedding. Everything ran so smoothly thanks to New England wedding planner Kate Dawson Events who just radiates positive energy. If you can swing it in your budget, having a good wedding planner can really increase your own enjoyment of the wedding day and help everyone else involved with the wedding perform at their best. Vermont was made even more beautiful with dazzling floral design by Valley Flower Company. Kinky Spigots and the Welders played for the cocktail hour and the reception and had the dance floor packed with energy. Jeff performed a surprise song for Danielle which was definitely one of the highlights of the night. The cake was by A to Z Cakes, calligraphy by Dancing Ink, Jeff’s suit was Hugo Boss and Danielle wore a Reem Accra from L’elite Bridal, hair & makeup by First Impressions Salon & Spa.
I loved spending time with Danielle and Jeff before and during their wedding and was really pleased with the review Danielle left for me:
Working with Michael was one of the best decisions we made about our wedding! He captured every single moment so perfectly and beautifully, from the smaller details of our flower arrangements and table settings, to family portraits, the ceremony, just everything. As soon as we met him for our engagement photo shoot we were completely at ease and knew we were with a true professional. He is humble about his amazing talent. He blended in to every moment and captured our wedding in the most perfect way. We cannot say enough praise about how wonderful he is as a person and photographer.
Liz and Patrick hosted their friends for a long camp wedding weekend at Loch Lyme Lodge in New Hampshire this past fall. The weekend had an unconventional schedule. Liz, Patrick and their community relaxed and played on the lake and grounds, followed with pizza and dancing and finally a bonfire on Saturday. Guests had coffee and tea for the ceremony on Sunday morning by the lake, which was followed by a brunch in the tent. The ceremony featured a grand entrance not only from Liz but also from Patrick coming in on a canoe, which he planned as a surprise for the guests. I love it when grooms get involved the planning like this. Bicycles featured prominently as Liz and Patrick met while doing bike related work, and they made their getaway from the ceremony on an old tandem bike. Liz rocked the flannel over her wedding dress so much that I think it will be in style next year (I hope so). Flowers by the always fabulous Valley Flower Company.
Someone recently told me that it appears I only photograph weddings in the most remote, outdoorsy places, so I thought I would blog Kate & Anthony’s wedding down in Newport, Rhode Island today. This was a different type of wedding day, but beautiful in its own way. I loved shooting this wedding, full of emotion, tears, and energy, lit up by the bare summer sun. The ceremony was held at St. Mary’s Church where JFK and Jackie O. got married, in historic downtown Newport. Catholic wedding ceremonies include one of my favorite wedding traditions, in which the bride and groom greet their close family members and wedding party, while the guests greet the people they are sitting next to. Steal this idea for your non-denominational, agnostic or atheist wedding ceremonies! I didn’t get to spend too much time in Newport as I had another wedding to get to the following day, but Kate and Anthony gave me the whirlwind tour on their trolley bus after. They shared an oversized magnum of champagne with their wedding party as we went to do some portraits out on a rocky beach with the mid afternoon sun and a lot of wind. As much as I like being in one place, I think this kind of mobile party is a blast to shoot due to its unpredictability – I think I thrive in the chaos. The party trolley bus tour ended down by the docks for a tented reception, highlighted by a musical surprise from a friend. I hope to get back to Newport some day to see a little more of it. I was lucky to have Jamy Beecher with me to second shoot this wedding, she took the detail shot of the light coming through the stained glass below.