It was truly a storybook wedding for Kate and Jan, who were married August 10 at Shelburne Farms, at the home of Kate’s dad and step mom. The sun was shining, cello music filled the air (talented friends of the bridal couple) and guests were greeted with cold lemonade as they made their way to the ceremony site facing Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains. Even some ducklings paddled in to watch the event.
Both Kate and Jan are concert violinists living in Los Angeles, and many of their musician friends flew to Vermont to be part of the celebration. On top of that, Jan is from the Netherlands so his best man, his sister and her husband had to hop the pond to get here! So, needless to say, it was an eclectic group of talented and fascinating people in attendance.
Still, the most important guest at the wedding was Kate and Jan’s love child, a 9-lb Chihuahua/Jack Russell rescue with a very big personality!
Dutch wedding trivia: the first bridal shower took place in Holland in the 16th century. When a father would not produce a dowry to recognize his daughter’s engagement, villagers got together and showered the couple with gifts to help them set up housekeeping.
I wish I had the opportunity to spend more time with Kate and Jan prior to their celebration. I only met them two days prior to the wedding, where we snuck in a small E session, just so I could get a feel for how best to photograph them. Of course, they are both gorgeous, so it really wasn’t hard to capture their beauty, both separately and together!
I’m not sure what’s prettier- the bride or the staircase!
Picture Perfect setting…
What a stunning couple!!!
It was a beautiful ceremony (though a bit bright!) and I love when an “international” wedding includes some element or tradition in the wedding that comes from the other country. For Kate and Jan, this was a wine-drinking custom at the end of the ceremony, introduced by Jan’s sister (though I’m still not clear of the significance, Jan and Kate seemed to enjoy it!).
A joyous and love-filled reception followed the ceremony, with yummy food by Catering by Dale and rockin’ music provided by Daren Cassani from Top Hat Entertainment. Of course, there were also wonderful performances by several of the talented classical musicians. Why not? I had a “team” of almost 20 photographers shoot my wedding, all friends in the business who wanted to do for me what they did best!
Loads of smiles.
Lots of hugs.
Words really can’t do this wedding justice, so I invite you to sit back for the next 8 minutes, listen to some gorgeous music and watch this slideshow that recaps what a wonderful and memorable day it was for all. (music: “Beethoven’s 5 Secrets” performed by The Piano Guys and Sara Bareilles singing “I choose You” off her latest amazing disc “The Blessed Unrest”)
If you’d like to see all 1500plus pictures from Kate and Jan’s celebration, please click HERE (and make sure that you have the FULL GALLERY password from the bridal couple!)
Your hard working photographers, Karen (me) and my UBER TALENTED second photographer, Jennifer Kiewet, get on the other side of the lens, while Kate’s (step) mother Kyla takes control of the camera!