To My 2020 Brides and Grooms,
The season that we’re in is one that no one could have imagined or predicted. My heart goes out to you as some really challenging decisions are being made and dream-wedding plans are being disrupted. I want you to know that I will support you in every way that I possibly can, and I look forward to celebrating with you and photographing your love, be it this year or next, or both!
This blog will address many of the questions that are being asked. I’d also like to encourage you that if your plans are changing due to covid-19, work toward a plan B – don’t cancel entirely! Marriage is a wonderful, beautiful gift that deserves to be celebrated. If you’re unable to have your original celebration this summer, let’s come up with a plan for the future.
My suggested Plan B: “elope” on your original wedding date!! Whether it’s just you two, or a small celebration with 10 people or less… you can still get married! In fact, this is what my husband and I did in 2018 and I highly recommend it. We married in our front yard in the snow, just the two of us and our two best friends. Then we threw a BBQ celebration the following summer with family and friends. Some pros to this scenario:
• You’ll get to wear your wedding attire twice!
• Your ceremony will be incredibly intimate, with more room for sharing of personal vows, emotion, and romantic time as a newly married couple. (fun fact: my husband and I had a morning ceremony so that we could spend our wedding afternoon enjoying a bubble bath together and going for a snow shoe).
• This allows for more time for wedding portraits! We’ll create dreamy photos of you as a newly married couple without feeling the time crunch to rush back for a cocktail hour.
• You can get married someplace unique! We can explore and you can exchange vows just about anywhere: on the top of a mountain, beside a river, on a beach, in the woods… the possibilities are endless and would make for some magical photographs and unforgettable memories.
Here’s us on our actual wedding day, 2/17/18 and again on our celebration day of 7/7/18!
How in the world would eloping work?
We can use the retainer you’ve already paid as a credit toward an elopement session. We’ll cancel your current wedding contract and sign a new one for your new celebration date and treat the elopement like it’s own mini-event. Send me a note to chat about details and elopement photography pricing.
How do I postpone my 2020 date to 2021?
Please, please reach out to me ASAP to talk through 2021 availability. I absolutely still want to be your photographer, so we’ll need to make sure your new date is one that I still have open. We will need to cancel your current contract and sign a new digital contract to get your 2021 date officially locked in.
Is it going to cost us extra to postpone?
No. Your already paid retainer will be credited toward your new date and we aren’t charging any rescheduling fees. This is an already crappy time and we’re doing our best to make the process as smooth as possible for you. <3
How will future payments work if we postpone?
50% of the total remaining balance will be due on your original 2020 date, and the remaining 50% will be due 14 days prior to the new date.
Can you hold a 2021 date for us while we decide whether or not to postpone?
To be fair to everyone, I cannot “hold” any 2021 dates. Dates are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. I am currently in the process of rescheduling more than half of my 2020 clients, as well as booking new 2021 clients, so dates are going quickly and cannot be reserved without a signed contract. I recommend making a postponement decision as soon as possible to ensure we’re still available on your new date.
Which 2021 dates do you still have open?
As of 7/21/20, below are the dates that I am already under contract (unavailable). All other Friday, Saturday, Sunday dates in 2021 are open at this point. Please send me an email if you’re considering a reschedule to confirm availability.
What if we choose a 2021 date that you are unavailable?
I really hope this doesn’t happen and that we’re able to communicate and choose a new date that works for us both! If however you do choose a date which I am already booked, the non-refundable retainer will not be returned. Any monies paid beyond the retainer fee will be returned in full.
What if we decide to cancel altogether?
I also really hope it doesn’t come down to this option! Weddings are such special, tremendous occasions that deserve celebration. The cancellation agreement is laid out in your signed contract. Please contact me with any questions.
Friends, you are in my thoughts and I’m sending all my love, prayers, and positive vibes your way. Let me know if there’s any way I can help in your planning or re-planning process. Call/text/email and we can schedule a time for a brainstorm session and share a glass of wine or cup of coffee via Zoom!
Cari + Matt were married at Apple Hill Farm in Leominster, MA. I have photographed a couple of weddings here, and I have to say that I love, love, love the grounds! The ceremony spot is gorgeous, up on a hill, overlooking fields of fruit trees and set back from the road. The sunset views are amazing and the grounds are incredibly well-kept. Complete with an oversized swing, vintage truck, wooden fences and beautiful landscaping, it’s hard to take a bad photograph anywhere on the property.
It threatened rain all day but aside from a few sprinkles during the ceremony we lucked out! Matt rocked a fedora and the lacy sleeves on Cari’s dress were swoon-worthy. Matt’s vows were hilarious (as evidenced by Cari’s laughs during the ceremony) and his aunt from the west coast officiated the ceremony. Cari’s mom made their wedding cake, and the centerpieces featured some really fun vintage books.
My favorite moment was watching Cari and Matt traipse through the blossoming fruit trees as the sunset sky glowed orange and the sun dipped down. Talk about dreamy light! What a beautiful day all around. Congratulations you two! ❤️
DJ: Sounds by Rich
Flowers: Valley Florist
Venue + Catering: Apple Hill Farm
Hair: Kelly Ann Arnott at Creative Styles
Fedora + Groom’s Attire: Men’s Warehouse
Bridesmaid Dress: Temptations Bridal
Samantha and Greg are getting married at Killington Resort this summer and they come up from Connecticut to snowboard often, so naturally we decided that a winter mountain engagement session was the perfect fit! We met up on a chilly February day to adventure around the base of the mountain. I spied the wooden bridge across the pond and asked if they’d be willing to trek over to do a few photos on it. They said yes, despite the face that there was no shoveled path and we had recently gotten some fresh snow. We had some laughs as the snow was well above our knees in some places, but still we hiked on.
We followed our noses over to the waffle cabin (which is about 25% of why I enjoy skiing) and watched the mid-afternoon sun start to dip behind the slopes. Sam and Greg had never been to the Inn at Long Trail which is one of my favorite après ski spots, so we ventured over for a Guinness and some tasty Irish apps. It was a wonderful afternoon and I’m looking forward to celebrating with you on your wedding day! xo
“Give me your best ‘I love waffles’ face!” Clearly, Sam loves waffles more than Greg. 🙂
I just returned from a long weekend in Mexico with my sister. It’s hard to come back to the cold after soaking in the 80-degree sunshine, but the silver lining is that snow globe life is pretty doggone beautiful! The Mountain Top Inn and Resort is a picturesque wedding venue in my town and has one of the best views around. Jayde and Glen adventured with me for an afternoon in February and we took advantage of Mountain Top’s free sleds in the back yard!
We hiked up to the arbor where the summer weddings are held. I sat them down on the wooden fence for a photo, just as the horse-drawn sleigh was going by the in background! I couldn’t have planned it better if I tried. The second photo down is one of my favorites from engagement season. Thanks you two for a fun and snowy afternoon! Sled wipeouts and all. 🙂 xoxo
Earlier this month I met up with Michelle and Dave at the Farmhouse Inn at Robinson Farm in Woodstock, Vermont for their winter engagement session. I have driven by this inn so many times on my way into Woodstock, and my husband always comments on how beautiful their giant red barn is. There are many beautiful red barns in Vermont, but this one is an unmistakable 5-story tower of rustic magnificence! On the bottom floor are stables for horses, and up above it turns into a spacious and charming reception room, and above that, a separate open-air space for cocktail hour.
I had only met Michelle and Dave via FaceTime up until this point, so we decided to have our initial meeting and engagement session at their wedding venue, the Farmhouse Inn. We were greeted by kindhearted innkeepers Tory and Barry, and their giant curly-haired bear of a dog named Ben (see the last photo in this post!). We got the full tour of the inn, barn, and grounds, then had an absolute blast playing and jumping around in the snow. Thanks for a fun time you two… I cannot wait for your October festivities! xo
Last weekend I had the privilege of photographing Jessica + Mike’s engagement session at Stratton Mountain in Southern Vermont. Mike’s family owns a house just off the slopes and we had so much fun exploring together! We checked out the picturesque covered bridge in town, as well as Stratton Village and the nearby golf course. Freezing temps and a little light drizzly fog had nothing on us! We even found a little color in an otherwise gray winter setting. “Go sit on that guard rail in front of that dying bush…” sometimes the smallest pop of color makes a huge difference photographically, even when it may not look the best to the eye! Thanks, Jessica and Mike for trusting me with your winter engagement photos.
Taylor and Joey were married in Tinmouth, Vermont last month. The day started out hot and humid, and as getting ready photos were underway we watched the dark clouds roll in. They had planned to have their ceremony in a field, but after the thunder and lightning began they made the call to have the ceremony under the reception tent. 200+ people huddled in as it started pouring rain, and the ground got soaked, even under the tent! Fortunately, some forward-thinking men grabbed some plywood boards to put down on the soggy grass so that the bride and bridesmaids wouldn’t get their gowns all muddy.
The weather cleared after the ceremony and we were able to do some portraits in the gorgeous field on Taylor’s family property. During the reception Taylor and Joey received a unique, surprise wedding gift… GOATS! Her reaction was over-the-top excited, in the best way! Joey’s reaction, though a little uncertain, was pretty incredible too. Family and friends danced the night away, and the evening concluded with some fireworks! Thank you so much for choosing me to document your special day. Congrats T + J! <3
Last weekend I had the honor of traveling up to Jericho, Vermont to shoot family portraits for the Pratt family. They’ve spent the last few years working through the ups and downs of the adoption process. This past August Jaclyn and I were on a girls vacation in Mexico. The day after we arrived, Jaclyn received a phone call from their adoption coordinator saying the process was ready to move forward and they were able to pick up their daughter. It’s the moment they had been waiting years for! And… we were in Mexico. A couple thousand miles away.
After a few moments of sheer excitement mixed with utter panic, a plan began to formulate. I had been the one to book our plane tickets to Mexico, and just happened to choose a flight with a layover in Philadelphia. And where was Justin and Jaclyn’s beautiful adopted daughter located? Philadelphia. In an amazing twist of divine intervention, Jaclyn and I proceeded to have a couple of relaxing days on the beach before boarding the plane to Philadelphia. As we were landing, a giant rainbow displayed itself in the sky (see photo at the bottom of this post). Never have I experienced so clearly and intricately answers to long-awaited prayers. God’s goodness and faithfulness radiated through this whole experience.
Jaclyn and I parted ways in the airport, and her husband Justin drove down from Vermont with their older daughter Annabelle to rendezvous and meet their new daughter, Ellie. They stayed a few days in Pennsylvania and then returned home to Vermont as a family of four. Thank you for allowing me the honor to capture your family portraits, beautiful friends. <3
Below: iPhone photo of the rainbow that appeared in the sky as Jaclyn and I landed in Philadelphia, hours before meeting her new daughter.
Alexa, Jake, and Adra moved to Vermont this past summer. We met in November and became close friends quickly. Whenever you see new people around the same age in rural Vermont… you make friends. They moved here on a whim because of their love for the outdoors and desire for a change, and I’m so, so glad that they did! With another daughter on the way (2 more weeks!), I was honored when they asked me to photograph their family portraits. Alexa said that she wanted snow, so we trekked out to one of my favorite places on the planet, the Chittenden reservoir. It wasn’t the warmest day in the history of Vermont, but had fun, frozen fingers and toes and all!
I capture the “real life” moments, too. 🤣
I recently met up with plant-based personal chef, Roxane Johnson De Lear, to make portraits of her cooking in her Vermont home. Founder of Vege Joy, she is a passionate culinary nutrition expert who works with individuals and families to plan and cook healthy meals. She is amazing at creating tasty vegan and veggie-based dishes for all palates. Roxane a blast to be around, and her colorful personality shines through in her creative cooking. We spent an afternoon in her home kitchen as her 3-legged dog Lulu watched on and she whipped up some delicious dishes. I wasn’t upset that she made way too much food and sent me home with a doggie bag.
Check out a sneak peek from our afternoon in the Vege Joy kitchen below!