Sorry to being a little removed lately, but as the Wedding Season closes in, I thought it was a good time to unplug, and take some time for myself. After not seeing my dad (Ron) for nearly one and a half years, I knew that paying him a visit was a must. He’s in love (with Bonnie) and living his best nomadic life - currently in Tucson, AZ. 2 weeks flew by, and we had some amazing adventures exploring the Saguaro National Park, Desert Museum, Mount Lemmon and the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument Park. On my last day to visit, they (we call them RonBon) were bringing me back to Phoenix for my flight the next day. I convinced them to let me take some photos of them in the desert bloom at Picacho Peak State Park. Hope you all have had a great winter, start to spring, and have an amazing summer! Enjoy <3
In my wedding photography experience here in VT, the Winter tends to be a bit slower than the rest of the year. It’s great, because I get to do some much needed website updating, and other maintenance to get me caught up from the past wedding season. I also love it when I get emails from clients saying they’re going to come to Killington in February to get married - YES. YES. YASSSSSS!
Benjamin and Lukasz beat the crowds this late February morning, and totally lucked out with beautiful (a mild 22 F degrees) weather. The views were clear, and the trees were still caked with snow. The Killington Peak Lodge were perfect hosts, and even spoiled the newlyweds with a glass of Prosecco while we warmed up. I loved their bright red bow ties, and their handmade rings from Poland - it just made the beginning of this photo year magical.
Hope you enjoy!
Happy New Year everyone! I’m so looking forward to another great Wedding Season here in VT, and couldn’t do any of it without my amazing clients. I’d like to take a moment to look back at our above and beyond kick butt couples from 2018. Thank you all of the venues, and dedicated vendors to make all of these weddings possible! Cheers!
And last, but not least - we have Jenna & John! We had just gotten close to 2 feet of snow, which made for gorgeous backgrounds. These two characters coming together to create a life with vows like “I want to grow old and crusty with you” was just amazing. Jenna and John were literally surrounded by their closest friends and family members who all cheered for them as they walked into the ceremony site, who laughed with them as they admitted buying bulk veggies to let set in the fridge, and who cried with them during heartfelt speeches and as they had their first dance to “Tennessee Whiskey” performed live by Rick Redington and the Luv. This was an amazing day, and I can only hope to end every wedding season in such a fashion. Hope you enjoy!
This Fall in Vermont has been a particularly soggy and foggy one. Discussing the weather with Laura and Steve, and deciding to go forward with their Engagement Session at the Mountain Top Inn turned out to be beautifully mystical and romantic. It was no contest to have their session anywhere else, since Laura grew up riding her horses on the trails at Mountain Top. I’m so lucky to work with such a great couple, and looking forward to their Riverside Farm (hometown, what what!) wedding next Summer. Enjoy our (somewhat hidden) peak foliage session!
I can’t believe we’re almost half way through September already - where has the summer gone?!
Anyway, please enjoy images from Erica and Steve’s Engagement Session at Shelburne Farms. These two were the lucky winners of my door prize at a bridal show earlier in the year. I remember being so thrilled to hear how excited Erica was to win the prize.
These two were stunning in their session, and rocked their VT vibes at Lake Champlain.
Hope you all are having a great summer/fall! Enjoy!!
It is just the best when clients contact me and tell me that they are traveling to Killington to elope. It's one of my favorite things, especially on the most sunny and almost warm day we've seen at the Killington Peak in a while.
Amy and John chose to be married right outside the Killington Peak Lodge, a place they've never been before. Both being avid snowboarders, they wanted to share their vows with a few family members at the Beast of the East.
John was dapper, Amy was beyond gorgeous, and both completed their ensemble by sporting their snowboard boots! Like I said, it was the most gorgeous day I've seen in months - the visibility from the peak was pristine, and the amount of love and fun these two have for and with each other was evident when they welcomed selfies and hometown songs by the Monday locals and onlookers.
Hope you all enjoy some moments from this Destination Elopement featuring a fun-loving couple!
I just love when a plan comes together. Especially when that plan involves some of Central Vermont's best wedding vendors. We wanted to focus on Winter Weddings in Vermont and how romantic it can be. Our classic Vermont setting at the Red Clover Inn was the perfect back drop with vintage touches and jewel tone accents brought to the table by Ehmann Events, literally.
We began our session in the (what I call) the green room as the winds whipped inches of fresh snow outside. The classic farm table was topped with dramatic floral arrangements, and set with traditional dinner plates accented with vintage floral printed salad plates and fuchsia napkins. Gold flatware framed each setting perfectly with crystal glassware adding that certain sparkle.
What goes best with a winter wedding theme than a gorgeous champagne lace mermaid dress and a cascading bridal bouquet?!
Set under the oldest apple tree in Vermont - a blue vintage couch, a rustic leather armchair, antique area rug and a ruby side table are situated in/on the snow. Though it was cold, there was a break in the weather and the set was ready to warm you up with its intimate feel.
Let's add Noellen our natural beauty, and a little fur to bring it all together...
3 words: Bubbles + Blush Ballgown
Noellen was a total trooper marching through the snow and trekking to the beautiful birches. Her fur wrap gave her a majestic glow, and no, she's never seen Game of Thrones.
Yes, it started to snow! It set the scene over at the barn so magically featuring a multi-layer designer cake displayed on a vintage sewing table, intertwined with lace and neautral accent flowers.
For a winter celebration: informal elegance with classic touches and neutral tones at the Kings Table with bench seating. White scalloped dinner plates set on galvanized charger plates with blue hemstitch napkins top the table. Waterford crystal wine glasses, and sleek bistro flatware finish off each setting.
We'll wrap up the session back outside with a custom rustic bar, a kiosk and cocktail table wrapped in natural linen all accented with minimalist florals and a signature drink menu. An inviting space to order libations that is especially whimsical with the swirling snowflakes. Cheers!
Hopefully, some inspirational thoughts for a winter wedding came from this session! Please, check out all of the vendors listed below and let them know what an amazing job they do!!
Design + Sets: Maricela Ehmann of Ehmann Events - www.ehmannevents.com
Venue: Carol PetitBon @ Red Clover Inn - www.redcloverinn.com
Flowers: Sharon Rishell @ Mettowee Mill Garden Center - www.mettoweemillnursery.com
Sets: Briana Duquette @ VT Tents - www.vttent.com
Dresses: Christine @ A Trace of Lace - www.traceoflacebridal.com
Furs: Buffy Stevens @ Deja New Consignment Shop - www.facebook.com/dejanewconsignmentshop/
Cake: Abbi Courtemanche @ A to Z Cakes - www.AtoZcakes.com
Hair + Makeup: Allison @ Brandon Village Spa - www.brandonvillagespa.com
I know I say this about every wedding in every season, but seriously, there's nothing like a Winter wedding. It was such a pleasure to kick of 2018 with Thais and Tim and all of their amazing family and friends. Having ties since they were teens, Thais and Tim's destination wedding was a perfect day of everyone they love coming together from New York City, Brazil and Vermont.
Tim's family history brought us to Saint Bridget's Church in West Rutland for their ceremony. Of course, a Winter wedding in Killington, Vermont wouldn't be complete without whipping winds and fantastic fur wraps. The temperature was right around the freezing mark, but everyone in the bridal party were troopers as we took photos outside at the Killington Grand Resort Hotel.
Thais and Tim's beautiful DIY cake table backdrop really featured all of their decadent sweets, which is a Brazilian wedding tradition. Photobooth fun, custom cocktails and awesome tunes kept everyone warm for the rest of the evening! Thanks again for having me be a part of your spectacular day.
Flowers: Jaga @ My Flowers VT
Cake: Dellveneri's Bakery
Band/Photobooth/Uplighting: Cover Story Entertainment
What an amazing year - the best year Winding Roads has ever had, and it's all thanks to you! Thank you to my family, friends, clients, vendors, network and universe! Here's a look back at 2017! Have a great 2018 everyone!!
After an amazing and jam-packed wedding season, we come to our final. Allie and Pat stoked up the fireplace, and braved the cold for some amazing moments at the Mountain Top Inn. We had just gotten some snow a day or two before, which really gave it the Winter Wedding feel. Allie's fur wrap, and her girls' beautiful shawls kept them warm and added the most beautiful pop of color to their detailed and elegant dresses. Hope you all enjoy!
There's nothing more special than having your wedding day in a meaningful location. For Amy + JR, Killington, Vermont has become a home away from home. From preparations and reception at the Killington Grand Hotel, to the K1 Gondola ride to Killington Peak, we covered all the details, moments, sunset colors, joy, dances and topped it all off with a frosting kiss. I was so happy to work with these two beautiful people, who hold VT so near and dear to their hearts. Forever 1 @ Killington Peak. Here's a glimpse of their beautiful fall day.
How did I let September slip away from me? One of my favorite moments was working with a couple that I've known for over 10 years. Kat and Dave met in the Theater Dept at (then) Castleton State College. It seems like their wedding day has been forever in the making, and I was so honored to spend it with them, their daughters Anna and Maggie, closest friends and families.
Last day of September = First day of the rest of their lives as one.
How did August pass me by so quickly?! August was beautiful. The weather kept us all on our toes, but Kate and Lidia lucked out for their outdoors ceremony at the ever beautiful Red Clover Inn. I love this place. It's off the beaten path, with beautiful mountain views complete with the most amazing apple tree you've ever seen. Kate and Lidia had 30 of their closest friends and family, most hailing from Indiana and beyond, all gathered under the giving tree.
Kate and Lidia's love was so celebrated by all, flowered by the Pittsfield Garden Center, accompanied by the Red Clover Jazz Trio, and topped with the most colorful cake I've ever seen. The kiddie table was awesome, and the sunset was gorgeous. Love is Love is Love is Love. Hope you enjoy moments from this amazing wedding day!
July 1, 2017 brought to you by Emma and Colin. These two met me for the first time in my hometown, Pittsfield. We met up for their ESession, and let me tell you - they are my people. Fun, quirky and just a good and loving couple. Here are a few shots from their amazing wedding day. It was a crazy weekend full with insane weather, but the sun broke through a just the right time, and brightened the day.
How is it July already?! This summer is flying by. Here are a couple moments from Kelsey and Chris' early June wedding.
Julie and Pete had a dreamy Engagement Session up in Colchester, VT featuring their front yard and amazing pup, Tuckerman. We sat in a church lawn, and walked the Causeway, we made wishes, saw a beaver swimming home. It was one for the books - Hope you enjoy!
Everyone in Vermont knows about that lull between Winter and Spring - waiting for the grass to green up, or the buds to pop out on the trees. What that means for photographers - we're CRAVING colors. Andria and Logan were a dream to work with, and went along with me on our scavenger hunt for color during their Elopement session at the Mountain Top Inn.
March in Vermont - Winter to Spring. These two weddings clearly reflect that - and that's what I truly love about being a photographer in Vermont. You roll with the weather and make.it.work. Yes, it would be awesome to shoot sunny warm weddings all year long, but where's the fun in that?! I hope you all enjoy these two very different weddings!
Up first - Beccy & Todd - a snowy celebration on the slopes of Killington
It warmed up with Natalie & Ryan with a small intimate wedding at The Inn at Weathersfield
I first met Rebecca at a wedding I photographed a couple years ago. When she first contacted me to schedule a Boudoir Session, I knew it was going to be awesome. A lot of the time, women will have these sessions done to show their significant others. There's nothing wrong with that, don't get me wrong! She told me that this was on her Bucket List. Amazing. I was so thrilled to work with her to accomplish a life goal, and really made me think. What's on your Bucket List?