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)
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
Ashley and Kate were married last month at Camp Common Ground in Starksboro.
The couple hosted a “wedding weekend” at this family camp, where their guests gathered for an old fashioned summer camp experience, slept in cabins (some with multiple sets of bunk beds), ate in the mess hall, and just enjoyed Vermont in all it’s natural glory. All that and then culminating with a fabulous wedding and party? It doesn’t get much better than that!
For Ashley and Kate, the big day started with a “little” storm and it didn’t let up for hours. But the wet weather didn’t rain on this wedding’s lively and lovely parade. If anything, the rain and mist added a richness of color to the enchanted surroundings.
The ceremony, held in the hay barn, was magical and emotional. There were many moist eyes (including Ashley’s) throughout the service, which was officiated by a dear friend and included Kate’s sister singing with her father accompanying on guitar.
The mess hall was transformed into a beautiful wedding venue, including all the lovely little details that make for a memorable celebration. The food, provided by Sarah Hipple of Welcome Home Chef Service, was SCRUMPTIOUS, with a variety of stations including the best fish tacos I have ever had!
Rusty Belle–Absolutely the best wedding band I heard all summer! How can you NOT love a band who uses a washboard and an old coffee can as a symbol…
If you haven’t seen enough pictures, this slideshow is one of my most favorites from this season and has great music by Brandi Carlile and SHeDAISY ! So, find a computer (Because it’s in FLASH and not IPAD friendly) and enjoy the recap of Ashley and Kate’s wet and wild wedding day:
If you’d like to see all of Ashley and Kate’s wedding pictures, please ask them for the secret password and then click HERE
Sadie and Christie were married on a bright August day at Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, and the hills were indeed alive with the sound of both music- and- wait for it – love!
The couple took the traditional path of getting ready for their wedding separately. Sadie quietly dressed, with just some help from her mom, and Christy had close friends with her to assist with the details.
There were many smiles when the women had their first look at each other in their wedding clothes. And for good reason–they both looked GORGEOUS!
The wedding ceremony was held in the concert meadow, and Sadie‘s niece and nephew served as flower girl and ring bearer.
With the broad vistas of Nebraska Valley as its backdrop, about 50 friends and family members witnessed the exchange of marriage vows and rings.
Then came the barrage hugs and congratulations and, of course, a few happy tears.
Onto the cocktail hour, held on the patio outside of the Mozart Room…
If you’d like to see all of Sadie and Christy‘s wedding pictures, just click HERE (but get the password first from the couple!)
“Home, Home on the Grange, where these brides have their FAB Wedding day…”🎵🎶🎵
Meesh and Jill celebrated their wedding weekend with 180 friends and family at the Vermont Grange in Brookfield. They took over the camp (many sleeping in cabins with bunk beds) and had a weekend of laughter and fun, complete with corn hole and camp fires. Of course, it culminated with the Wedding and an awesome reception!
Jill looked gorgeous in her white dress and Meesh equally so in her grey slacks and vest (and the greatest bow tie ever)! Their matching bouquets pulled the whole look together, along with their bridal party’s grey and purple attire. All of the flower arrangements were designed by Jill’s sister and they were really special!
It was a beautiful ceremony, officiated by a close friend, with readings and singing, 180 smiles and, yes, a few (happy) tears.
This was one of those weddings where the children were all so adorable, I couldn’t keep my camera off them…
The dinner was catered by Donnell Collins , the amazing executive chef at Leunigs in Burlington. The food was delicious and plentiful, all served family style. Then came the toasts and lots of laugher.
Instead of wedding cake, the delicious dessert was a selection of A-MA-ZING WHOOPIE PIES provided by TIME OUT FOR WHOOPIE– YUM!
The party was so much fun, and all of the music was played from an IPOD set up to a sound system with hours of Meesh and Jill‘s favorite songs.
Here’s a slideshow looking back at this perfect day on the Grange. Enjoy! (But it is in FLASH, so you’ll need to trade your iPad for a laptop to watch it.)
If you’d like to see all of Meesh and Jill’s wedding day pictures, just get the password from the couple and then CLICK HERE
Congratulations, Meesh and Jill!!!!
Taking portraits of a couple prior to their wedding is so important for me, because it is often the only time I have to get to know them a little and see how comfortable they are in front of the camera. This couple is so cute and was so much fun to photograph during their E session, I can’t wait to point a lens at them again at their wedding!
It is also obvious that they are truly in love and enjoy each other’s company more than anything.
Without further ado… Enjoy this oh-so-romantic slide show, set to Nat King Cole’s L-O-V-E….
If you’d like to see all of Ashley and Kate‘s Engagement portraits, please click HERE (password protected).
Come back next month to see some glorious wedding pictures of Ashley AND Kate!
The traditional Catholic ceremony included a full mass and it represented both the couple’s love for each other as well as their mutually deep religious connection.💒
James was on the verge of tears when he saw his about-to-be-bride for the first time…
My favorite of the “message hearts” was the one advising to only ever fight NAKED…😙
Here’s a slideshow looking back at this awesome day. Enjoy! (But it is in FLASH, so you’ll need to trade your iPad for a laptop to watch it.)
If you’d like to see all of Rachael and James’ wedding pictures, please click HERE. You will need to get the password, though, in order to enter this gallery. You can get it from Rachael and James.📷
Girl falls in love with Girl. ❤
Girl gets engaged to girl.💍
Girls have a way fun engagement portrait session 📷 and prepare for the wedding in 2 weeks!!💒
No time for small talk. Just enjoy the video slideshow (in FLASH, however, so you can’t watch on your iPad or iPhone 😥 :
And maybe in a few years… 🚼???
If you’d like to see all of the pictures from Meesh and Jill’s Engagement session, please click HERE (and get the secret WORD from the couple so you can enter that password-protected gallery!) 😀