If you’ve ever watched any Disney movie you know that they’re masters of painting a love story. When arriving at the engagement session in Hubbardton, Vermont at the Taconic Mountains Ramble. I knew something magical was about to unfold in front of my camera. I’m not sure how I know this, but I just know that true love has a look. This couple totally and wholly embraces their love for each other, the way their eyes meet each other it’s as if they’re smiling at each other. I know I mentioned it to them during their engagement photos, that I could see their love. It's as if when their eyes meet, they’re smiling back with the connection that is everlasting.
I’m not sure they believed me at the moment. I find it captivating that someone’s love can be seen by those who’re looking for it. Yes, you might think I’m losing my mind. I think that knowing people and how they behave really makes all the difference. Who said studying psychology wouldn't pay off. It shows that love is seen with a different type of lens, one that shines through the darkness in today's world. Most people don't see or ignore how love surrounds a couple, their eyes and hearts are not open it. Tim & Kelsey beam their love for everyone to see, you can't help but smile and laugh when you're in their presence.
As we moved around the variety of beautiful areas, my favorites happen up on a hill that showed the beauty that Vermont affords me as a photographer.
Here are some of my favorite engagement photos from their session in Hubbardton, Vermont.
The Wedding day is upon us, pulling up to the Quechee Inn at Marshland Farms was stunning the white fence that makes a clean line up the driveway, to a beautiful red barn with an adjacent wedding tent attached to the breathtaking historic red barn. The wedding coordinator at the venue was super friendly and inviting, she showed me around since I had never photographed at the venue before. I think this is so hit or miss when you arrive at the venue not knowing how that first initial meeting will go. It was a splendid time, found some great spots for portraits.
The wedding ceremony started with a bit of humor with a quote from Princess Bride, “Mawwiage. Mawwiage is what brings us togewah today.” This totally sets the mood and tone of the wedding. Adding humor to the love that was in the air, was something that doesn’t always happen. The Bride’s brother delivered a heartfelt service.
I always arrive extra early when I'm photographing a wedding at a venue that I haven’t previously been to before. This allows my own creativity to start envisioning what I think will be great spots for photographs of the couple after their wedding ceremony. Having this time to one look around is priceless and affords me time to take more time in crafting portraits of a couple so that they will have wedding photos that become an heirloom that they can pass down. Being that the weather and climate in Vermont can change at a moment's notice, you’ve got to be prepared to make things happen so that lighting can be captivating and set their portraits apart from any previous wedding I’ve photographed. Noticing that it was overcast and I really want to create some sunshine we used an off-camera flash with an orange-colored gel with a diffuser from the folks over at Magmod to create this photograph.
As the wedding reception started the guests filed in, many of them admiring the wonderful table decor and floral arrangements by the wonderful folks at New Leaf Organics. The fun really started to pick up when everyone noticed the photo booth tucked in the corner of the tent. Once the first flash fires, everyone takes notice to see what’s going on over there. I love this aspect of the wedding reception, everyone participates from young too old to everything in between.
I always make a custom layout for each wedding, generally choosing an option that has at least three images so that it can compile an interesting animated gif. The more you move and the bigger the change in the image the funnier the gif generally is. Here are some examples of the photo booth in use.
'Owl' you need is love but cupcakes are definitely a hit over at the dessert table. A to Z Cakes made these Sugar succulents & buttercream blooms topping off chocolate raspberry, vanilla, Vermont maple, pumpkin or apple spice, and cinnamon sugar cupcakes.
What I've learned from being a professional photographer when I'm in front of the camera I love taking wedding portraits of the couples getting married. I really like taking my time on their big day to make sure that I'm true to my own photography style. I do love taking candid photographs, but I feel as if it's still needed to pose couples to make those special moments between brides and grooms. It is sometimes difficult to gather a large wedding party to get everyone in for photographs, this wedding party was easy to work with, and made sure they were all around for the formal portraits.
(Cake tables photos)
Wedding Vendors who helped make this wedding day, seamless and one to be remembered.
Makeup: Mad Makeup Artistry
Floral Arrangements & Bouquets: New Leaf Organics
Wedding Cake & Cupcakes: A to Z Cakes located in Quechee, Vermont
Vermont Wedding Venue: Quechee Inn at Marshland Farm
B. Farnum Photography: Photographing weddings all over Vermont as well as throughout New England.