As a Vermont wedding photographer, I was so excited to receive this couples inquiry and work with Amanda, and Ben. The two planned such a unique wedding experience, with loads of vintage and sentimental touches. Amanda got ready in a vintage Dior slip dress, and borrowed loads of family heirlooms for her wedding attire. Their Vermont wedding reflected this aesthetic with lots of gold, black, and white, and a vintage movie playing on a projector during their first dance.
Getting Ready at the Inn at Water’s Edge and an AirBnb
The couple got ready in two different spaces for their backward wedding in rural Vermont. Amanda got ready at the Inn at Water’s Edge, and Ben got ready at an AirBnb down the road. The Inn at Water’s Edge is a modern, renovated bed and breakfast — while retaining the historic property’s architecture and character. The rooms are light, open, and modern, with updated bathrooms, and tv’s.
The getting ready space for Amanda was the downstairs breakfast space, and a living area. The two rooms functioned perfectly for getting ready. There were plenty of outlets, lots of light, space for folks to lounge, and more. As a Vermont wedding photographer, having these eclectic, light spaces served perfectly for portraits, and beautiful getting ready photos.
Multiple Reveals Before the Wedding Day
I really enjoy using the term reveal over first look — I find that couples get very performative with the term first look, and often just do what they see other folks do in images and magazines. So instead, I like to call these moments reveals so that folks feel encouraged to do what feels natural for them.
Generally speaking, as a Vermont wedding photographer, I’ve noticed a lot of things in Vermont weddings. Timelines can run quickly, and be jam packed — I often hear how the day just went too quickly. Of course, to help couples, I like to offer reveals. By doing the different reveals, it transitions your mind away from the “getting stuff done” mindset, allowing you to enjoy more of the Vermont wedding day.
Reveals with Wedding Parties
Of course, reveals with wedding parties are one of my favorite moments in a wedding day. Seeing your favorite people hype you up, and gush with emotion is always something I’ll appreciate. For this backyard Vermont wedding, Amanda did a reveal with both wedding parties, separately. The girls gushed, and so many tears were shed. We walked through the hallway to another portion of the inn to capture a reveal with the boys.
Reveals with Family Members
When we arrived to the family property, I did a reveal with various family members. It was such a great thrill to see the grandparents well up with tears seeing their grandson dressed for his wedding day. Both moms cried so much, and it built emotion as folks walked into the wedding ceremony. Indeed, I find that reveals allow folks to settle into the emotions of their wedding day just before the ceremony, and give more individual time with various loved ones.
The two chose to have a reveal before their backyard wedding ceremony. The foliage was perfect for a Vermont wedding – and the colors surrounding them in the yard at the Inn at Water’s Edge was perfect. As a Vermont wedding photographer, I’m a big fan of couples reveals. It allows you time to have by yourself, without any distractions, or interruptions. Having time together like this on such a busy day is essential.
Having Wedding Portraits Before Your Ceremony
Amanda and Ben opted to do as many of their Vermont wedding day portraits before their ceremony. As a Vermont wedding photographer, I loved this goal — it allowed us to use more of the property at the Inn at Water’s Edge. We walked through the back of the property to the lake’s edge, and did wedding portraits there with both wedding parties, and Amanda, and Ben.
This allowed me to break down their couple’s portraits into a few sections instead of doing one large wedding couple’s session. I snuck about 5 minutes of wedding portraits into their reveal, before, and after their wedding party portraits, and then during cocktail hour, and sunset. Using this method allowed the couple to have predictable moments to slow down, and reflect on their Vermont wedding day together.
Creating Elegance in a Backyard Wedding — from a Vermont Wedding Photographer
An elegant tent or backyard wedding starts with a sailcloth tent. One of my favorite wedding environments to photograph in, sailcloth tents soften flash when bounced off the tent ceiling. The space organically looks a bit upscale with the canvas tent, and wooden poles. Amanda had the space decorated with large paper lanterns, and lots of twinkle lights and vintage touches. The space was reminiscent of a luxury Vermont wedding venue.
The caterers created an incredible grazing table for guests to enjoy while passing modern, upscale fresh appetizers. For dinner there were stations of a variety of cuisines, allowing folks to graze and eat what delights them for this Vermont wedding.
A Casual and Elegant Backyard Wedding Ceremony
Lined with ferns, and using upscale chair rentals, the two held an old Hollywood themed Vermont wedding ceremony beneath the Vermont foliage. With historic old trees lining the ceremony space, the two married surrounded by color from the Vermont fall foliage. Friends and family seated as the wedding party stood at the front of the wedding ceremony space.
Amanda’s processional was short — flower girls walked down the aisle just before her. As a surprise, Amanda wore a vintage veil down the aisle, a little something different from her reveal with Ben. The aisle was lined with a black rug, and lights donned the arch behind them. As a Vermont wedding photographer, the simple elegance of the wedding ceremony decor was perfect.
During their wedding ceremony, a family member presided — sharing their story, with a family friend sharing a story towards the end of the wedding ceremony. The two cried through their wedding ceremony, excited for the next steps in their journey together.
From a Vermont Wedding Photographer: A Backyard Wedding Reception Filled with Vintage Touches
For their Vermont wedding reception the two opted for an intimate tent reception in the backyard of a family property. With a sweet heart table matched with a couch the two were able to snuggle up, and relax on the vintage couch. With wonderful drinks, and food the wedding reception went well into the evening with a small after party at the Inn at Water’s Edge.
Using Both Direct Flash, and Ambient Light during a Wedding Reception — From a Vermont Wedding Photographer
As a Vermont wedding photographer, it’s important to me to create a variety of images using different skills and modalities. I chose to go between direct flash with shutter drags, and ambient light. Using both skills allowed this Vermont wedding photographer to show off how the wedding reception looked in the moment, and create vintage styled-wedding photos.