Wedding Reception|Stoweflake Mountain Resort|Vermont Wedding Photographers

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Wedding Reception|Stoweflake Mountain Resort|Vermont Wedding Photographers

I've been saying for a very long time that one of these days I might just go for it and deliver the whole reception party as a black and white collection. I just LOVE the look of it!

What do you think?! Yay or Nay!?! Leave your thoughts below :)

This is one of the last weddings I shot at the amazing Stoweflake Resort in Stowe VT. If you've never been to Stowe, you definitely have to visit. It is such a cute little place! There is a lot to do there at all times and the food is amazing! Vermont has some amazing food overall but this area is a tourist hub so you find it in abundance.

Anyway, back to our black&white reception. This crowd was FUN!FUN!FUN! and it was a blast celebrating love with them! I knew they will be ever since I met Beth and Dan for the engagement session a year back. They were so much fun to hang with and we ended up connecting over our love for tacos and awesome beer.

If the party is important to you, no matter what you do, my advice is to not skip on picking a great DJ. We all have that awesome friend with a huge music playlist but your wedding day is not the time to try that. I have seen weddings go terribly wrong that way. Trust me on this! Hire a great DJ and you won’t regret it!

Once you do pick the best guy (or girl) for the job, trust them. Let them do their job. Sometimes, when you have too many “special requests” and the DJ builds a playlist around them, the night tends to be a bit choppy. This is what these guys do every weekend. Give them a general guideline and trust them.

In this case, the last song of the night was a “special request” : Wagon Wheel. It’s a tradition to Dan’s college frisbee team. When this song started everyone put their arms around one another and sang along. I got goose bumps just remembering that moment. Beth cried happy tears. The whole room was just a big mushy bowl of love.

Cheers to you all!

Click play! Life is better with music :)



Thank you all for a FANTASTIC time!

Vermont Wedding Vendor Rockstars:

Venue: Stoweflake Mountain Resort and Spa

Coordinator: Arianna at Stoweflake Mountain Resort and Spa

Second Photographer: Dori Fitzpatrick Thank you love! :)

DJ/Lights/Sound: Peak Entertainment Who absolutely rocked the dance floor all night!

Cake Designer: North Country Cakes Cutest most delicious Lego themes cake ever!

Hair: Stoweflake Mountain Resort Spa

Bride and bridesmaids Sandals: Sseko Designs who uses fashion to create opportunity for women globally. Go to their site, shop, help make the world a better place :) Awesomeness!

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Summer Wedding at Stoweflake Mountain Resort| Vermont Wedding Photographer

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Summer Wedding at Stoweflake Mountain Resort| Vermont Wedding Photographer

It dawned on me that the day of the wedding is the day I finally get to really know the couple. 

Beth and Dan- I met them for the engagement session, I talked to them on the phone a couple of times and e-mailed back and forth a bunch. But I only knew them, really knew them... when they were surrounded in a big circle of love by all their friends and family at the end of the night. Beth with happy tears in her eyes dancing with this funny, warm hearted man she gets to now call her husband. I get goose bumps just remembering that moment.

I'm looking forward to sharing more of their day soon...

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Wedding at Mountain Meadows Lodge in Killington | Vermont Wedding Photographer

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Wedding at Mountain Meadows Lodge in Killington | Vermont Wedding Photographer

This wedding was a absolute pleasure to be part of! So many sweet moments, so many fun memories, so many amazing people :)

Here are a couple of sneak peeks until the full gallery is ready. Enjoy!

 

Vendor Network:

Venue + Catering:  Mountain Meadows Lodge

Photography: Idena Beach assisted by 2nd Photographer :Dori Fitzpatrick  (Thank you Dori!)

Videography: Michael Beach

Flowers: Vermont Country Flowers

Band: Groove Authority

Wedding Dress: Willowy by Waters

 

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Park-McCullough Vintage Garden Gala | Vermont Event Photographer

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Park-McCullough Vintage Garden Gala | Vermont Event Photographer

When I don't shoot weddings, I keep busy with Galas :) 

This years Vintage Garden Gala at the Park-McCullough House in North Bennington was one fancy affair! There was amazing music, delicious local organic food, an inviting bar hosted by Thymes Tables Catering with a wonderful signature drink and let's not forget, wonderful people.

The gala is a yearly event that helps this wonderful place raise funds. These funds support The Friends of Park-Mccullough House in their mission to preserve the historical nature of the gardens, grounds, mansion, play house and carriage barn.

I absolutely loved being part of it all! The little walk between twinkle lights that opens the way into the secret garden is my favorite. The light peeks in right over the live fence making everything glow.

This beautiful, one of a kind, victorian house is truly "The Jewel of North Bennington". Hopefully seeing these pictures will inspire you to join us next year for some good fun and a great cause :)

Let's put on something fancy and celebrate this wonderful place together!

 

{{Also, for those of you recently engaged, the Park-McCullough House is also one of the most beautiful wedding venues in Vermont in my opinion :) }}

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I am so excited about this wedding!! | Vermont Wedding Photographer

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I am so excited about this wedding!! | Vermont Wedding Photographer

Most of the time, the first thing I do when I get home from a wedding is download all the files and review some of the pictures. I can't possibly look at them all but I do go back and quickly browse for some good ones. My favorite thing to do is put together a quick sneak peek for the couple. The thought of them waking up to their day in review makes me so happy :)) 

 

PS. A sneak peek is not necessarily the best of the best- it's what a sleep deprived, dead tired photographer kept awake by only the thought of your happy faces picked...

 

( Here is what I sent to Andrea and Philip after their wedding. I can not wait to share the rest of their pictures!!)

 

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Andrea and Matt's Romantic Vermont Wedding at The Mountain Top Resort | Vermont Wedding Photographer

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Andrea and Matt's Romantic Vermont Wedding at The Mountain Top Resort | Vermont Wedding Photographer

Andrea and Matt. What can I say. Some people are just pure nuggets of gold walking around with their hearts bursting with love and goodness. Fun, kind, beautiful souls. So happy they managed to find each other in this lifetime.

Their wedding was pure joy to capture. Intimate. Short. Sweet. Love filled.

They chose to have two separate getting ready houses. Meadow's Edge for the groom and Mountain Aire for the bride. Both wonderful choices. Mountain Aire is my top pick at the resort. It is nestled in the woods on a dead end road. It's peaceful, spacious and bright. The kitchen is an absolute dream and the view is wonderful. It also has a tree house attached which makes it even cooler.

After the ceremony on The Knoll with the Green Mountains as their backdrop, they had a cozy and intimate reception diner at the Mountain Aire right in the living room by the stone fireplace. The in house chef prepared the meal right in that perfect kitchen I mentioned earlier and that also added even more to the already wonderful experience.

 

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Intimate Summer Wedding at The Mountain Top Resort | Vermont Wedding Photographer

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Intimate Summer Wedding at The Mountain Top Resort | Vermont Wedding Photographer

I am so excited to share this intimate Vermont wedding with you!

 

I met Jamie and Jarred early last year and soon reconnected with an engagement shoot. I showed them around my side of Vermont but really just wanted to click with them. Well, it worked!  They had a small intimate wedding so it was important both for them and for me that we mesh well together. Hands down, two of the most amazing people I've ever met! 

They planned a beautiful relaxed day surrounded by only close family and friends and it was nothing short of amazing. The weather was perfection and there was a sense of calm surrounding us all which I am sure will transpire through the images below. 

The ceremony was on The Knoll with the Green Mountains as backdrop followed by a small reception right at The Jewel at Meadows Edge where the couple was staying. 

June at the Mountain Top Inn is bursting in color: green mountains, fields of gold and blue skies as far as the eye can see. Pure bliss! You have to see it to believe it...

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