Vermont Winter Wedding At The Mountain Top Inn and Resort | Vermont Wedding Photographer

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Vermont Winter Wedding At The Mountain Top Inn and Resort | Vermont Wedding Photographer

I have been looking forward to this wedding ever since I first met Rachel and Adrian half a year ago. They made it very clear that the number one thing they wanted on their wedding day was snow. I spent the two weeks before the wedding, checking the weather constantly and keeping my fingers crossed for a beautiful winter day.

 

The Mountain Top Inn was the perfect backdrop for a winter Vermont wedding and I am so happy and grateful that I got to be part of this special day.

The Mountain Top Inn welcome sign

The Mountain Top Inn welcome sign

The couple got ready at the Campion cottage. This smaller cottage is perfectly located within walking distance to the main building and just the perfect size for the couple and their wedding party of 8.

Campion Cottage at The Mountain Top Inn

Campion Cottage at The Mountain Top Inn

Rachel and Adrian both have a wonderful sense of style so it was no surprise for me to find that everything was perfectly coordinated.

Rachel wore a beautiful champagne Watters wedding dress with vinttage lace detail on top and sweetheart neckline . She chose to have her hair and make-up done by her bridesmaids which made for a great bonding experience. I think she looked stunning and I looooved her hair. It was unique and matched her personality perfectly. 

Because it was so incredibly cold, they had to move the ceremony inside. The Mountain Top Inn has a lovely mezzanine in the main barn with a unbelievable view of the snowy hills.

 

 

A big THANK YOU! to Rachel and Adrian for being absolutely amazing and a pleasure to work with!

...and a big shout out to all the vendors that came together to make their vision come to life!

 

VENDOR TEAM:

Venue | Catering : The Mountain Top Inn and Resort

Pastor | Officiant : David Smith

Cake | Deserts : Dorset Rising

Musician | Sound: Dayve Huckett

Flowers: Meadows Edge Design

Cinematography: ByDesign Films

Grooms Attire: Suit-Gianni Feraud Heringbone Slim Fit ( not available online), White shirt: Zara     Boots:Clarks

Brides Attire: Watters Bridal, Necklace + Earrings : Virginia Geiger Jewels, Vintage fur cape- found at      an antique shop

Groomsmen Attire: Gianni Feraud vest suits and Zara shirts

Bridesmaids Attire: Bill Levkoff

 

Couldn't have asked for a more wonderful team to end my 2017 wedding season with!

Thank you all!

 

Love always,

Idena

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Travel Diary |Mexico Sights and Taste | Los Cabos Destination Wedding Photographer

What do you do when the North East of America is stuck in a deep freeze with minus -20F weather? You day dream of your recent trip to Los Cabos of course!

About a month or so ago I had the absolute pleasure and joy to travel to Los Cabos with my friend and fellow wedding photographer Matei Horvath. I usually don't take too many pictures for myself when I travel but this time, I did. Maybe because I had time to take it all in and actually relax which doesn't really happen too often on work trips.

We stayed at  Hilton Los Cabos hotel which, as you will see in my pictures below, is a beautiful place! The people were simply amazing! Warm, welcoming, and most importantly with a palpable love of life. From checking in and getting served a ice cold Marguerita by our wonderful valet, to the wedding coordinators we had the joy of working with and everybody in between, I couldn't have asked for better people to be surrounded with on this trip.

On my time off, I choose to relax either on my private patio overlooking the ocean or on the shady patio of the Eforea Spa. The ceiling fans were on during the hot part of the day so it was a quiet, cool place to just be and do absolutely nothing. They also have soft, relaxing music playing and it smells incredible from the massage oils.

As a coffee lover, I was pleasantly surprised to find a Starbucks serving shop on site.  It's called "Dulce"  (fun fact: "Dulce" means "sweet" in both Spanish and Romanian ) and from the outside, it looks like a regular gift shop. Inside, you will find that they serve all of your Starbucks favorites, ice cream and even cotton candy. It is a really neat spot and I am so happy it was there- I enjoy living on the wild side but familiar coffee is a must for me. The prices are decent and they do accept US dollars. The caffeine struggle is real y'all!

I got so spoiled with the hotel shops accepting US dollars that I was expecting the same for the shops at Los Cabos airport. Needless to say, I found myself in a shop line with only US dollars and they were not accepting the currency. Fortunately, the nice lady there gave me my order short a couple of Mexican cents but still-- be warned, once you leave your comfy hotel, real life is REAL

I really enjoyed the design and decor of this hotel. As a photographer I am inspired by everything around me and this was such a calming peaceful place to be in. The decor definitely contributed to the overall feel with muted beach colors and earthy, grounding textures.

The food was delicious and I particularly enjoyed a salad I had at the Azul tapas bar- not sure what the name was but It was one of the only vegetarian dishes on the menu (maybe you can show them the picture and they'll recognize it :) aaaand the view was amazing - I highly recommend this place!

On our first day, Matei wanted to try Mio. We both had tacos and they were sooooo good. I can't speak for him but maybe because I now live in New England and I am taco deprived most of the time I really enjoyed my dish. I enjoyed it so much I didn't even have time to take pictures of it :)

Bottom line is, if you travel to Los Cabos, Hilton is a beautiful place where to relax and have some well deserved rest. You will love it there! I am looking forward to returning myself, hopefully in the near future.

Love always,

Idena

 

 

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Killington MountainWinter Engagement Session|Vermont Wedding Photographer

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Killington MountainWinter Engagement Session|Vermont Wedding Photographer

These two beautiful people are made of gold. Both of them. We met at an event at Mountain Top Inn and Resort and clicked instantly. We talked for a long time, not only about wedding photography but about all sorts of other things.

They immediately felt like family. I am grateful that they chose me to be their wedding photographer.

They met while on a ski/snowboarding trip and they wanted their engagement pictures to reflect the love they have for the mountains and snow and the sport that indirectly brought them together. We met at Killington Grand Resort Hotel where they were staying for the weekend and took a couple of pictures inside before heading out in the freezing cold. 

I found the hotel very cozy and welcoming for a cold winter day. They wanted to grab a hot chocolate and drink it in the restaurant conveniently located on the bottom floor by the heated pool area. I really loved the look of it.

After hot chocolate and cozy hugs by the fireplace, we got dressed and went up on Killington peak.

If you are ever in the area, please go and take the gondola up. There is a cute restaurant up on top with the most majestic view. You will be amazed! 

I can not even put into words the beautiful winter wonderland that was waiting for us.

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How cute are these boots?!

 

 

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Photographers New Years Resolution

Do you know what my last years resolution was?

 

To renovate a house in 2 months and blog more.

Apparently that was a tall order. Yes, technically, I just compared blogging to renovating a house because clearly I have not accomplished any of these two goals. And I find both to be just as hard. 

So, I will now proceed to blog in one last day  (actually, 7 hours) what I did not blog this whole year...

As Enso (my 4 year old) would say:  Ready. Set. Go!! :))

 

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Times Square Engagement Session |New York Photographer

This past weekend Mike and I drove to New York for a quick engagement session with the sweetest couple ever! It was so great to finally meet them and connect with them while roaming the streets  in 90 degree heat :)

Rachel and Adrian are planning their white winter Vermont wedding and finally got around to meet for their engagement sessions. I didn't get a lot of time to edit yet but I am so very excited about this one picture of the two of them in Times Square! I always wanted to play with a slow shutter speed and I finally had the chance- These two were troopers and up for anything :)

Thank you for indulging me with this one you two!! 

Times Square Engagement Session | New York Wedding Photographer

Times Square Engagement Session | New York Wedding Photographer

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Family formals | Keep it light. Keep it fun |Vermont Wedding Photographer

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Family formals | Keep it light. Keep it fun |Vermont Wedding Photographer

Family formals. Not the most creative part of the wedding day for us photographers but maybe one of the most important parts of the day for you, the couple. Every single person you love is there, looking beautiful. Dressed up. Huge smile on their face.

Perfect picture opportunity!

Lets take full advantage of it :)

Sure, the moments in between are just as important and oh so sweet to capture... But let's not forget the importance of the group pictures. Ultimately, these are the ones that will most likely go into the wedding album, up on the wall, or in photo boxes waiting to be discovered by generations to come. They are important. They are part of the family history and legacy and should be treated as such.

But, they should also be kept light. And fun. And as something to look forward to instead of dreading. I know, you want to get them done and enjoy your cocktail hour with guests before the reception... I feel your impatience and want to get them done as fast as possible for you.

So, without further a do, here are some tips on how to get the wedding group pictures done right, fast, and fun.

People think that a wedding day is not a place for children but I tend to strongly and respectfully disagree. They are rays of sunshine when they are around. They are important members of your family and should be treated as such.

People think that a wedding day is not a place for children but I tend to strongly and respectfully disagree. They are rays of sunshine when they are around. They are important members of your family and should be treated as such.

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This wedding group picture, taken at the beautiful Quechee Club Golf Course in Vermont, is probably not going to make it in the wedding album, but... by taking it before the "serious" one, I ensured that everyone was relaxed and happy and in a stellar good mood.  What a fun bunch of beautiful people!

This wedding group picture, taken at the beautiful Quechee Club Golf Course in Vermont, is probably not going to make it in the wedding album, but... by taking it before the "serious" one, I ensured that everyone was relaxed and happy and in a stellar good mood. 

What a fun bunch of beautiful people!

1. Since group pictures are usually done immediately after the ceremony, please inform your family well in advance to stay put and not rush to cocktail hour. The more information they have about what to expect, the better. So maybe, a week before the wedding, it would be great if your immediate family would get a short, kind, and sweet reminder about the family formals, especially the location of where they will be done and the timing. Mention their importance and that you look forward to having them all there. Treat this moment of your day as a great opportunity to catch up with your family members that you don't get a chance to see too often. Once you get to the reception, the music will be too loud and there will be dancing to be done...

2. Designate a family representative for each side (bride's side and groom's side) to help with organizing. I always try to remember everyone's name and role, but it is almost impossible to get everyone right. Also, I have a soft voice and struggle with being loud and acting like the "family formal commander." 

The family member you choose, ideally will be the organized, fun, and energetic family clown - that one person that has a knack for keeping everyone happy and in line all at the same time.

3. The LIST! Have a detailed list of each group you want to take pictures of and the order it should be done in. As a rule of thumb, it is way easier to subtract family members from a large group than doing it the other way around. (If you start with the small grouping, you will have a lot of sitting around for a bunch of guests. The other way around, you can dismiss people as they are done so that they can go enjoy the cocktail hour.)

4. If you have a group large than 15, make sure you have chairs handy, or a way to get them fast. Large groups need to be organized in layers with the shortest members in front and grandparents or seniors sitting. (not necessarily because of the age, but mostly as a sign of respect to them). I usually make sure I have at least 5 folding chairs in my trunk at all times for this reason... (sometimes, the ceremony chairs are used to set up the reception room so it's best to be prepared for anything and everything.)

5 Lighting. Everyone craves that creamy, natural light. No matter how skilled the photographer is, that is a very hard look to achieve in harsh sunlight. It is usually the reason we look for that patch of shade and try to keep the sun behind the group. Sure, flash and off camera lights are an option but they tend to look a little fake. It is also a matter of taste and if you do prefer that look, please make sure you let your photographer know ahead of time. If instead, you love that bright, creamy, natural light look, keep in mind that shade is needed. Sunlight is great for adding drama but not in family formals. I won't even mention the constant squinting... Oooops...I mentioned squinting...

6. If your ceremony is later in the day, make sure the sunset light is reserved for your couple portraits. So, if you work your way back from couple portraits during golden hour, you should easily figure out the ideal time for your ceremony and family formals. Allow about 1 hour for the group pictures (but this also depends on how large your family is and how many different groups you have)

 

I hope these tips were helpful. if you have any questions, do comment and ask or send me a sweet e-mail. :)  I will be happy to help you figure things out. 

Geesh --- I talk a lot, don't I ?!?! 

 

 

Peace. Love. Family.

Always...

 

 

 

 

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Family memories

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Family memories

 

Of all the memories we hold dear to our hearts, the ones we can all agree are the most precious, are those of our family. 

While the regular family portrait is probably good enough, I am an active advocate for a more relaxed, journalistic approach to family portraits. For me, there is nothing better than capturing the every day moments.

The precious Saturday morning where you are all still in your PJs at noon making waffles with your 3 year old. The Sunday adventures in the park or on a hike or simply a lazy day in the back yard. Those moments to me, hold your family story. There is so much more that can be captured in a adventure session as opposed to a traditional one. 

 When I was little I had a lake in my life. A wonderful place filled with memories... My grandfather, who played a huge role in my life, loved it there. We went bbq-ing and swimming every weekend. Our whole family would get together and we would spend the whole day in the sun. I wish I had more pictures of those days. As vivid as they are in my mind, I wish I could flip through a book and relive them everyday.  I found a couple of older pictures of my family at the lake that I would love to share with you. They make me smile every time I see them.

These are my people.

Captured as they are.

Beautiful, relaxed, happy.

This is my mom at our "shared" childhood lake. Shared, simply because we grew up in the same neighborhood. This lake was in her childhood just as much as it was in mine.  She was pregnant with me here even though you would not even be able to tell. Isn't she just beautiful?!

This is my mom at our "shared" childhood lake. Shared, simply because we grew up in the same neighborhood. This lake was in her childhood just as much as it was in mine. 

She was pregnant with me here even though you would not even be able to tell. Isn't she just beautiful?!

My mom again :) She has the most infectious laugh... She could light up a million rooms with it <3 ( My grandma looks so giddy in this picture!)

My mom again :) She has the most infectious laugh... She could light up a million rooms with it <3 ( My grandma looks so giddy in this picture!)

This picture of my grandma was taken by my talented grandfather. I love the light he captured. She looks like a Queen- -So beautiful, so proud, so loved and adored. He had a true passion for photography and used to develop most of our family pictures in a makeshift darkroom in the bathroom. He gave me my first camera, a Smena 8M, and thought me how to use it.

This picture of my grandma was taken by my talented grandfather. I love the light he captured. She looks like a Queen- -So beautiful, so proud, so loved and adored. He had a true passion for photography and used to develop most of our family pictures in a makeshift darkroom in the bathroom. He gave me my first camera, a Smena 8M, and thought me how to use it.

My grandfather was the moving force behind the lake gatherings. He loved it there. He loved walking through the woods, with a skip in his walk and whistling. He loved BBQ and watermelon and teaching us things. I miss him dearly.

My grandfather was the moving force behind the lake gatherings. He loved it there. He loved walking through the woods, with a skip in his walk and whistling. He loved BBQ and watermelon and teaching us things. I miss him dearly.

 

So I feel like it's my turn to take as many pictures as I can of the everyday. This beautiful lake that is now so close to us, smells like childhood memories to me. 

Enso enjoying Lake Shaftsbury, a little peace of heaven <3 He calls it " the beach" :)

Enso enjoying Lake Shaftsbury, a little peace of heaven <3 He calls it " the beach" :)

On this particular trip, he couldn't help but jump in the water, even though, I thought it was way too cold and we were completely unprepared, hence all the clothing... (If you know me, you know I usually just wing it and not plan too much). Oh the joy! I could watch him for hours... It was a struggle getting him to leave.

His little soul is so happy and content there! I wish I could bottle it all up for him- the smell, the beauty, the freedom...

His little soul is so happy and content there! I wish I could bottle it all up for him- the smell, the beauty, the freedom...

 

Where is your happy place? Lets get together and take pictures of your every day adventures.

 

 

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