To KENDALL on the eve of her Bat Mitzvah (one of my NEICES who I love to pieces)…
Bobby and Kate were married two days after the start of 2015. It was a lovely and memorable celebration, though a bit CHILLY.
I had done some portrait work for Bobby’s dad (Bob Sr), so I was thrilled to be the photographer for this intimate family event. It started with everyone getting ready at the Burlington Hilton:
Such a sweet image of father and son…
While Bobby lives in Vermont, he has, as Billy Joel once sung, that “New York State of Mind.” Bobby’s brothers and grandmother also traveled from N.Y. to Burlington to see him exchange wedding vows with Kate.
Purple was the color of the day (Kate‘s favorite):
Though Bob Sr. forgot his purple socks at home! Oops!
Over in Kates‘ hotel room, the color continued to inspire the dress code…
Kate’s other accessories included her grandmother’s bracelet (something old) and her mother’s rosary (something borrowed):
Here Comes The Bride…
And looking like a princess!
Of course, you can never have too many moms!
Kate‘s Dad walked her down the aisle and her dear friend officiated the ceremony, which was held at The Ice House Restaurant on Battery Street.
It was 15 minutes of love and joy and some sweet and funny moments…
Bob Sr. took no chances with the video portion of the ceremony coverage. He used both the handheld method as well as a secondary camera-on-tripod!
Wahoo! By the power vested by the State of Vermont, Kate and Bobby are declared married!
After the ceremony, the couple wanted portraits on the pier at the Burlington waterfront. My fingers were completely freezing after only a few minutes, but Kate happily took off her coat to pose with her new husband!
It was sooooo cold!
Boy, these Canadian women sure are hardy!
Back inside the warmth of the Ice House, I let my fingers defrost and Kate and Bobby celebrated with their family…
A picture with the cake…
…and the cutest ever cake topper! (Bobby is a cycling enthusiast)
Clink the glasses, kiss the bride!
We ended with a quick trip up to Church Street to capture that twinkly holiday feeling- and then it started snowing! Ah, the magic of love!!!
If you’d like to see all of Kate and Bobby’s wedding day pictures, you’ll need to get the secret password from the couple, and then you can follow this LINK TO THEIR FULL PHOTO GALLERY.
A summer of weddings,
And dogs wearing bow ties.
And babies with bright eyes.
And mountains galore.
These are a few of the things I adore.
Blue Cross events
and Marathon week.
And VBR Speak(ers).
My corporate assignments are too vast to measure,
So many great clients that bring me such pleasure.
Non profit functions where I volunteer,
Such worthy causes that all make me cheer.
Kids making FASHION,
And a big EMPTY BOWL.
These are the things that do feed my soul.
So thank you to all who made work so rewarding,
Too many to name but you keep my heart soaring.
I enter the new year renewed and refreshed
And ready to tackle all photo requests!
Happy 2015 to all-
(if you need some photography, please give me a call!)
Julie and John extended the holiday spirit with a “Day-After-Christmas” wedding in Grand Isle. It was an intimate celebration; just immediate family, and with Julie‘s brother officiating the short and sweet ceremony.
The couple got ready at the house John is building for them. Though the structure is completed, the interior still looked like a construction zone.
Their home-to-be was easily made festive for the occassion with the addition of a Christmas tree, a few ornaments and decorations– and some beverages to drink while getting ready! The parents were all on-hand also to help John and Julie prepare.
Fun portraits in front of the tree…
Then off to friends’s barn for the ceremony.
This was no ordinary barn, though, but more like a carriage house. It included a spiral staircase up to a loft and lookout tower, and a vintage red Beetle parked just inside the entrance. It looked magical under the night sky and the glow of a crescent moon.
The ceremony lasted less than five minutes.
John read to Julie.
Julie read to John.
And then they kissed.
Oh, and then they did a Happy Dance!
Congratulations, John and Julie! May you always celebrate the holidays with memories of your beautiful wedding!
Jason is British and lives outside of Boston. Larissa is Canadian and lives in Ottawa. And this multi-national couple chose Burlington, Vermont to become Officially engaged to marry.
Jason contacted me about two weeks earlier, and told me that he was planning to propose to Larissa on December 14, when they were to meet in Burlington for the weekend. He explained that Vermont had become special to them both, as it is about half way between their two homes and their most frequent rendezvous spot since becoming a couple about a year ago.
And while Larissa had already picked out a ring with Jason and it was being made, Jason decided to surprise his bride-to-be with the Dec 14 proposal and a “promise ring” and then further surprise her with a party back in Ottawa on the following night. In Jason’s words, he thought the proposal might be the only part of the wedding that he’d be allowed to plan, so he wanted it to be fun and special.
The waterfront was Jason’s preferred location for the big event and since unpredictable winter weather needed to be factored into the plan, I suggested to him to do the actual “proposal” inside ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center and then we could continue the photo session outside on the boardwalk.
The pressure was on Jason to get Larissa to visit the science center. Once there, I would follow them at a distance until Jason was ready to make his move. After the couple arrived, however, Jason was so nervous that he just discreetly took the “promise ring” from his pocket and practically whispered the proposal to Larissa. I barely saw it happen, as the couple was turned away from me, facing a large picture window!
After making some pictures from a distance, I approached the couple and gave Larissa quite a surprise. We had a great time working our way around the museum taking pictures, including some really fun portraits inside the Exhibit: Coffee: The World in Your Cup. As it turns out, the couple spends a great deal of time visiting coffee shops and cafes together.
The temperature was fairly mild that Sunday morning, so I was able to make additional portraits of Jason and Larissa along the Burlington waterfront. We ended the Engagement session at their favorite breakfast spot, Penny Cluse.
The following slideshow is set to Basia Bulat‘s The Shore, a favorite song of Jason and Lariissa.
Congratulations, Jason and Larissa! Have a great time planning your wedding!
Emilie and Cory traveled from Quebec to Vermont to see the mountains, enjoy the outdoors AND to have an engagement portrait session while they were here. They told me that they had no Vermont connection other than they thought it would be a fun place to have pictures done.
So, since they said that they love the outdoors and beautiful views, I took them on a whirlwind tour of some of my favorite local photo spots, starting with Oakledge Park Beach and ending at dusk at All Souls Gathering in Shelburne for a spectacular view of Lake Champlain.
In between, we had some fun with hay bales, a barn (and a surprise Equus Photobomber) and one of Vermont’s many special covered bridges.
Here’s a a fun recap of my afternoon with Emilie and Cory, set to Madness‘ It must be Love:
OK, Emilie and Cory, are you ready for a Vermont wedding? CONGRATULATIONS on your engagement!
Note: If you’d like to see all of Emilie and cory’s E session pictures, please click HERE (NOTE: you’ll need to get the secret password from the couple in order to enter the gallery)
Charlie and Whitney got engaged Sunday morning on top of Mount Philo. Now, for Whitney, this was a HUGE surprise. For Charlie, though, the event was weeks in the making. He had bought the ring, had talked with Whitney‘s parents and he had just moved himself and all of his belongings up to Vermont from Texas, so to be closer to Whitney (who lives in Louden, NH).
Charlie called me a couple of weeks ago to see if I was available to document this life-changing event and I was thrilled to say yes. The plan was for him to hike the trail with Whitney and reach the top of Mt. Philo about 10 am. I had expected to drive up the access road, but when I arrived, it was closed! I threw my camera over my shoulder and practically ran the whole way to the to the top so I wouldn’t be late- Thankfully, Charlie and Whitney were running behind also and I had a few minutes to catch my breath before they arrived!
It was crowded on the mountaintop and I blended right in– pretending to be just another tourist enjoying the view! I followed liesurely behind as Charlie led Whitney by the hand toward a more private spot. After a couple of minutes, Charlie discretely reached into the pocket of his fleece and then, just like that, he was down on one knee, holding the ring box open and up toward his confused and nervous girlfriend.
And as I pressed my shutter button, I heard Whitney blurt out, “What the F-CK are you doing?!?!” and Charlie laughed.
Whitney was definitely overwhelmed and I think it took her a moment or two to grasp what was happening. Charlie rose back up, slid the ring on Whitney’s ringer and then they embraced. I was about 50 feet away, shooting pictures with a 200mm telephoto lens, and though I couldn’t hear Whitney say much more, I presumed that, through her tears and laughter, her answer was “YES”.
The ring was gorgeous, like something from the 1940’s Hollywood glam period. It had that feel of old estate jewelry, even though Charlie had the ring custom made. It fit perfectly, because Charlie had solicited help from Whitney‘s sister to find out her ring size-Good job, Charlie!
After Whitney‘s shock subsided a bit, I introduced myself and I made some fun pictures of the couple. I loved that Whitney was so comfortable with this, even though her hair was up in a pony tail, and she wasn’t exactly dressed for a “portrait session”. Of course, she looked gorgeous (and happy) in every frame!
We were about to head back down and I laughed as Whitney kept her left arm raised while walking, joking that she was afraid to damage the ring!
I made pictures of the newly engaged couple all along the walk down and Charlie had fun telling Whitney about all of the little things that he had done in recent months and how he was afraid that she would figure out his plan.
The final straw, Charlie told her, was that she had met him in Vermont this weekend and forgot her hiking shoes at home. He insisted that they go shopping for new shoes so that they could go up Philo on Sunday as planned. Whitney laughed, and said that in retrospect, she couldn’t understand why he cared that much about the hike OR that her new shoes then didn’t match her old jacket and that Charlie felt it necessary to buy her a new jacket also! Bonus!
Here’s a video recap of the surprise mountaintop proposal, set against the appropriate song “Marry Me” by Bruno Mars:
If you’d like to see all of the pictures from this romantic morning on Mt. Philo, then you need to get the password from the newly engaged couple and then follow this link:WHITNEY AND CHARLIE’S GALLERY
And the wedding?? Stay tuned…
It started off for me like any other crazy Friday, but For ten minutes in the late afternoon, it was as if Time stood Still.
Chris and Genevra were married at Burlington City Hall and aside from a few modern details (like a computer on the desk of the clerk’s window), it could have been 1960, 1970 or any other year in the last 5 decades.
The groom wore his Vt. Air Guard dress uniform. The bride wore a white A-line dress, a (fake) fur collared shawl and her mothers wedding gloves from 30+ years ago. She carried a bouquet of flowers from their garden, ones that magically still bloomed, in spite of a recent frost. (The whole look was very Jacquie Kennedy!)
It is just what the couple wanted- a short-maybe 3 minute-ceremony, consisting of a couple of “I DO‘s… and then sealed with a kiss.
Then they waited for the marriage license..
Did a little celebratory dance…
And they were on their way!
Congratulations, Chris and Genevra! May you live happily ever after!
On This beautiful Fall Thursday evening, Shantal arrived for the weekend from Montreal to visit Alex. At his apartment, she was greeted with a bouquet of flowers, a new dress, and a note telling her that a taxi would pick her up at 5:45 and deliver her to him.
And while Shantal got ready for her date, Alex anxiously sat in Battery park–a ring in his pocket, sweat on his brow, and ME, lurking in the shadows and ready to photograph this HUGE event.
The late-day sun glowed on the horizon and the waterfront view was spectacular. As with most nights in Burlington, many gathered at this popular spot to watch the sunset, so I didn’t actually look out of place with two cameras draped around my neck.
Now, before moving forward, let me tell how Alex and Shantal come to this point in their story…
Shantal‘s best friend Katia and Alex‘s best friend Max met, got married and they moved to Montreal. For the the longest time, they tried to match up Alex and Shantal but neither of them were interested in meeting the other and starting a long distance relationship. After all, Alex lived in Maryland, and Shantal in Quebec. It would never work! Right?
But, after so much time listening to their friends talk about each other, Alex and Shantal finally relented and took a leap of faith.
First, they started to talk on the phone. And talk. And talk. Day after day and night after night, they continued talking.
After a short and sweet portrait session, the sun was gone and Alex and Shantal went on to a celebration dinner at the Blue Cat Bistro and then to phone friends and family to tell them the big news.
Here’s a nice little video recap of the big proposal, set against a song chosen by the newly engaged couple: “Waiting All My Life” by the Rascal Flatts