Gregg & Danette

Last Saturday marked my last wedding of the 2008 season. And what a great note it was to go out on…

Again, this was like a mini high school reunion for me. Gregg, the groom, and I graduated together. I guess we're all just that age! He's been living out in San Diego since college so it's been a good 8 years since I've seen him.

I don't know why, since this happened a few times this summer, but when I'm booked by someone I know I don't even think about how many guests I'll probably know until the day of and then I suddenly get all excited that I'll be seeing some old friends! 

Saturday turned out to be a great day too. Somewhat chilly but that's to be expected in October in Vermont.

I stopped by the groom's parents house first to check on the guys. The rings were awesome…

Gregg buttoning up…

My first time meeting Danette was on Saturday. I was so happy to find a bold, beautiful and happy bride!

The beadwork on the dress was stunning and I looooved the champagne color. Perfect for fall.

Let's do a count… I shot five weddings this summer at the Holy Angels Church in St. Albans! It's a popular spot. I love this area where the groom waits pre-ceremony.
Danette only lost her cool for a brief moment before the ceremony, but she pulled it all together perfectly once it was time to walk down the aisle.

And rumor has it that these Californians (I can't say California without thinking of the way Arnold says its…he,he) might be trading the sun for the snow soon. After the ceremony, we took a drive to the plot of land the couple recently purchased with a great view of Lake Champlain. 

And we caught the last of the good foliage last weekend too. Gold and orange make a great backdrop. 

I love this dance sequence. The reception was held at the Edson Hill Manor in Stowe. I had not been there before and was pleased with the cozy atmosphere, stunning scenery, and awesome slate dance floor.

Just before I left, I managed to steal the couple away for a parting shot. Danette didn't mind giving her feet a break for a minute!

Congrats Gregg and Danette … and I'll probably be seeing you soon!
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Tony & Courtney

Saturday dawned another beautiful fall day and although Tony and Courtney's ceremony and reception were both indoors, it's always nice to have a sunny day for a wedding! These two pulled the day off perfectly…a challenge for a couple coming from out of town. Well, they weren't entirely out-of-towners…

Tony grew in St. Albans and Courtney actually worked at a veterinary clinic here which is how the two met. A co-worker set them up on a blind date and the rest was history.

I loved the funky flowers that the guys wore for boutonnieres. (I'm not a flower person so I have no idea what they were?!)

Courtney's bouquet was beautiful too with lots of green and those same quirky flowers. I love lots of green…

The two flower girls were too cute with their almost identical missing teeth. Can you tell they're sisters?

The bride finally emerged from the limo-van once all the guests had arrived at St. Pauls Methodist Church.

You could see the joy in both their faces during the ceremony.

The church was right across the street from Taylor Park, one of my favorite shooting locations in St. Albans and the foliage was perfect.

This hot white corvette whisked the couple off to the reception at the Doubletree Hotel in Burlington.

The couple made it easy for me to get plenty of shots of intimate moments dancing, one of my favorite things to do…

Congratulations Tony and Courtney! Best wishes!

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Jeremy & Jamie

This couple may look slightly familiar since I just shot Jeremy's sister Angela's wedding to Tommy just a couple of weeks ago. Busy summer for this family! And now  his sister Lisa is getting married next fall…so that only leaves Kyle (hint, hint, buddy!). But I couldn't have asked for a nicer family to work with not once but twice.

And again I brought my good-weather juju with me as it was a sunny and unseasonably warm Friday at the Pigeon Hill Stables in Berkshire. And the barn was beautifully decorated with leaves, grape vines and flowers from the venue's gardens. It looked like a woodland fairytale!

And that was just the first time I saw Jamie tear up that day…

Jamie wore the most gorgeous lace dress from Sewly Yours in Burlington. 

And she looked absolutely stunning!

I love this glimpse of Jamie with her two sisters in the bathroom putting on the finishing touches.

Nervous joy…
The timing of the day was perfect and I had just enough time to walk the short distance to the guest house that the guys had rented for their getting-ready location. It's funny how much confusion there always seems to be as to how to tie a tie. I think I should learn so that I can help the fellows out.

The breathtaking ceremony site right outside the reception barn.

This was one of my favorite shots of the couple and it was a completely stolen moment where I hadn't posed them at all. They were too cute together…

They dancing, eating and revelry went on into the crisp October night. 

Congratulations Jamie and Jeremy!!

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Jason & Heather

Knowing Heather, it came as no surprise that she showed no sign of nerves at all in the hours leading up to the ceremony. And if similarity is a sign of a good match, then Jay is perfect for Heather. Even Father Roy tried to coax the groom into showing a hint of nervousness…but it didn't work.

This was a fairytale day for Heather, complete with the pouffy princess dress. The weather was perfect and unseasonably warm. 

This little one needed a few shots before she warmed up to the camera, but once she did…oh, boy, she was ready for her close-up!

See? No sign of nerves!

I think the MOH, Erin and and Heather's mom were more nervous trying to get the dress tied.

I love to see a smile on the groom's face as the bride makes her way down the aisle.

Heather and Jay made sure to include their dog Chaos (what a perfect name!) in a few of the post-ceremony formals. He was super excited to see everybody, but he was such a good boy. Not chaotic at all…

Vermonters can often take the foliage season for granted because, well, it does happen every year. But every year there are moments when, as a photographer and as a Vermonter, that it just takes my breath away.

The reception was a blast with tons of dancing. This is one of my all-time favorite first dance shots!

Congratulations Heather and Jay!
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