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Alix & Justin’s Mountain Top Inn Barn Wedding In Chittenden, Vermont

I’m really enjoying being able to re-visit last year’s wedding photos and putting blog posts together. It makes me excited for the 2014 season and the green grass and warm weather in the photos reminds me summer will be here soon. So long as this crazy, long winter we’ve been having takes a hike for once and for all!

Alix and Justin got married at the Mountain Top Inn located in Chittenden, Vermont. They got ready at the Mountain Aire Lodge, which is a beautiful vacation home in the woods complete with a cute treehouse cabin that we used for photos a lot. One of my favorite things about Alix and Justin’s day was how laid back and untraditional it was. For their processional, Alix and Justin chose walk down the aisle together,¬†surrounded (literally) by their families and closest friends. As they reached the knoll where they got married, the people around them stepped aside one by one to reveal the couple, hand-in-hand, as they made their final walk down the aisle. It was a really cool moment to see and photograph. They also had their friends shoot confetti cannons during the kiss, which made for one of my absolute favorite wedding moments of the 2013 season. I’m so lucky to work with such fun and creative couples.

I also had the great pleasure to meet and work with Michelle Boleski from Petals Floral Design who worked with Alix to turn the wedding barn into a perfectly elegant and whimsical ballroom for dinner and reception. It was a pleasure to photograph!

The Barn at the Mountain Top Inn on a rainy dayThe Mountain Aire Lodge cabin made for some really cute pre-ceremony portraits of Justin and Alix at the Mountain TopThe Mountain Aire Lodge was where Alix got readyAlix posted a cute The cabin, which is also part of the Mountain Aire Lodge was where Justin Got ReadyThe Mountain Aire Lodge at the Mountain Top Inn in Chittenden, Vermont was equally beautiful on the outside as it was on the inside so I used the stone wall to add texture to this creative shot of Alix's wedding dress.I loved Alix's sparkly wedding shoes juxtaposed against the natural fernsBeautiful green ferns around the Mountain Aire Lodge at the Mountain Top Inn in Chittenden, VermontA close-up of Justin's outfit on his wedding dayOne of my favorite parts of shooting at the Mountain Top Inn in Chittenden, Vermont is the beautiful country scenery and with hills and water all around.Justin prepared a sweet gift and wrote a note for Alix to read while she got readyAlix loved the note and gift Justin sent herA step-by-step look at Justin putting on the final touches on his wedding day - part 1A step-by-step look at Justin putting on the final touches on his wedding day - part 2A step-by-step look at Justin putting on the final touches on his wedding day - part 3A step-by-step look at Justin putting on the final touches on his wedding day - part 4Alix puttin on the final touches on her wedding dayAlix is almost ready to meet Justin for their first lookAlix walks to meet Justin for their first lookJustin waits in anticipation as Alix walks towards him before their first lookAlix and Justin share a few sweet and private moments after they see each other for the first time on their wedding dayOn Alix and Justin's wedding day there were a few hints of Fall in the scenery at the Mountain Top Inn in Chittenden, VermontThere were plenty of beautiful spaces at the Mountain Aire Lodge for Alix and Justin's portraitsOne of my favorite portraits of Alix on her wedding dayWe did some fun and goofy portraits for Alix and Justin but also some more serious creative portraitsAfter Justin and Alix's first look we headed over to the Jewel with them for a few more portraits of them as well as family portraitsThe Jewel at the Mountain Top Inn provided great scenery and light to work with during Alix and Justin's portraitsThis is one of my favorite portraits of Alix and JustinJustin signs the Ketubah at The Jewel, their official wedding marriage document.Alix also signs the Ketubah at The Jewel, their official wedding marriage document.It makes me so happy to get really sweet and authentic interactions even during the family portrait portion of a wedding day which can be hecticOne of my favorite things about a wedding is seeing two families come together and accepting each other as one. Here are all the women from Alix and Justin's sides.The Mountain Top Inn in Chittenden, Vermont was the perfect place for all of Alix and Justin's photo requestsStaying away from tradition, Alix and Justin didn't have a formal bridal party but her very best friends stayed close to her all day.I feel very lucky to be able to work with couples who follow different cultural traditions. Here is one of Alix and Justin's guests setting up the Huppah as the couple makes their way to the knoll for their ceremony.Kippahs for the male guests at Alix and Justin's weddingAlix and Justin walked with their entire families and closest friends from the jewel to the knoll. It was a very cool moment as the people surrounding them stepped aside to reveal the coupleAlix and Justin walked together, hand in hand with their family members to the knoll to get marriedAlix and Justin had one of the most beautiful wedding days I've seen at the Mountain Top Inn in Chittenden, VermontThere were so many cute interactions between Alix and Justin during their ceremony. This was one of my favoritesAlix and Justin share another cute moment as they exchange ringsOne of Alix and Justin's surprises for their guests was to have their closest friends release a ton of confetti after the breaking of the glass and during their first kiss. It was one of my favorite moments of the 2013 season.A sequence of Alix and Justin recessing from their wedding as husband and wife - part 1A sequence of Alix and Justin recessing from their wedding as husband and wife - part 2A sequence of Alix and Justin recessing from their wedding as husband and wife - part 3We took just a couple more portraits of Alix and Justin before everyone headed to cocktail hour. This was a more traditional portrait of themNo wedding is complete without pretty handcrafted signageI loved being able to snap a few quick shots of the horses at the Mountain Top InnI love the architecture of the wedding barn at the Mountain TopMichelle Boleski from Petals (petalsfloraldesignvt.com) worked with Alix to create a gorgeous ballroom for the wedding. She did an amazing jobThe escort card table was beautiful and romanticBeautiful table of family photos through the years styled by Michelle Boleski from Petals http://petalsfloraldesignvt.com/)Beautiful table scape by Michelle Boleski from Petals (http://petalsfloraldesignvt.com/)Aerial shot of dinner table styled by Michelle Boleski from Petals (http://petalsfloraldesignvt.com/)Old family portrait table scape by Michelle Boleski from Petals (http://petalsfloraldesignvt.com/)Alix and Justin's sisters gave sweet toasts during the receptionAlix, Justin and her friends know how to party. Everyone danced and had an amazing time.Justin is super romantic and wrote a love note for Alix that he then read during the reception. It was such a sweet momentAlix listens to Justin's speech to her.Happy couple

Amanda & Justin’s Casual Backyard Wedding in Putney, Vermont

It makes me so happy to blog the wedding of these two wonderful humans. Amanda and Justin (whose engagement session photos you might remember. If you don’t, go look at them anyway) got married at Justin’s childhood home in Putney, Vermont. They were hoping to have their ceremony outside at a pretty little pond on the property but the weather did not allow for an outdoor ceremony. Weddings are funny this way. We plan and dream up an idyllic and perfect day and then the unexpected happens, plans change and you still end up having an absolutely perfect day. After all, all you really need for an amazing wedding is the love of two people and the excitement and support of their loved ones.

It also didn’t hurt that Amanda and Justin are super creative and worked hard to make a lot of the cute details that helped make their day unique. We had such a blast working with them and we’ve all become friends since!

Handcrafted, rustic wedding sign for a Vermont Country WeddingRed Putney Vermont Wedding BarnAmanda and Justin share a sweet hug after they see each other for the first time on their wedding day.A creative portrait of Justin, the groom. Wearing a snazzy outfit complete with a tweed vest and checkered shirt. Comfy and stylish!A creative portrait of Justin, the groom. Wearing a snazzy outfit complete with a tweed vest and checkered shirt. Comfy and stylish!A more traditional portrait of Justin. So much happiness!Equally stylish Amanda wore a pretty short dress and the best cowbow boots. Such a beautiful gal.No pair of cowboy boots goes without a pair of long, fun socks.No pair of cowboy boots goes without a pair of long, fun socks.The property Amanda got ready at was gorgeous. There were fields, a pond, gardens full of blooms and apple trees. A perfect Vermont cabin. So I had to use the beautiful outdoor scenery for Amanda's awesome details.The property Amanda got ready at was gorgeous. There were fields, a pond, gardens full of blooms and apple trees. A perfect Vermont cabin. So I had to use the beautiful outdoor scenery for Amanda's awesome details.The property Amanda got ready at was gorgeous. There were fields, a pond, gardens full of blooms and apple trees. A perfect Vermont cabin. So I had to use the beautiful outdoor scenery for Amanda's awesome details.We picked a shady and secluded bridge inside the forest for Amanda and Justin's first lookSeeing groom's reactions when they see their brides for the first time never gets old for me. It's so sweet.Amanda and Justin share a few sweet moments alone before their wedding celebrations commence.I love this portrait of Amanda and Justin with so much green and the beautiful pond in the background.Amanda was walked down the aisle by both, her mom and dad.Amanda shares a loving good luck hug with her mom as she goes to meet Justin to get marriedAmanda and Justin's plans had to change at the last minute because it rained on their wedding day so they moved their ceremony to inside their tent and proved that all you need for an amazing wedding is the love between two people and their amazing and supportive friends and family.There were happy tears, smiles and so many laughs during Amanda and Justin's wedding ceremonyThere were happy tears, smiles and so many laughs during Amanda and Justin's wedding ceremonyAmanda and Justin exchanging ringsAmanda and Justin kiss for the first time as husband and wifeWe took time to create some traditional and creative portraits of the bridal party. Here's one of Amanda's bridesmaids.We took time to create some traditional and creative portraits of the bridal party. Here's one of Justin's best man.We took time to create some traditional and creative portraits of the bridal party. Here's one of Amanda's maid of honor.We took time to create some traditional and creative portraits of the bridal party. Here's one of Justin's grooms man.We took time to create some traditional and creative portraits of the bridal party. Here's one of Amanda's bridesmaids.We took time to create some traditional and creative portraits of the bridal party. Here's one of Justin's Grooms Man.We went into the woods for a short portrait session of Amanda and JustinI love this very candid portrait of Amanda and Justin as they head to their reception.One of the very many creative, thoughtful and beautiful DIYs Amanda and Justin took on for their wedding. This may be my favoriteOne of the very many creative, thoughtful and beautiful DIYs Amanda and Justin took on for their wedding.And to go with the fruit wood slabs were these beautiful escort cards.Amanda and Justin also made custom napkins for their guests.There was much fun had at Amanda and Justin's weddingLoved the different styles all of Amanda and Justin's guests.Loved the different styles all of Amanda and Justin's guests.Loved the different styles all of Amanda and Justin's guests.Loved the different styles all of Amanda and Justin's guests.Amanda and Justin enter their receptionTheir very sweet first danceWhat's the best part of rainy days? The gorgeous sunsets they bring with them.

Liza and Christian’s Astoria, New York Engagement Session

You guys, I am 100% done with editing this season’s weddings. Huzzah! Which means that I can finally begin to catch up on blogging. There are so many sessions (and weddings!) left to blog and I can’t wait to show you some of the amazing days we’ve been so lucky to be a part of.

Because these two are fresh on my mind, I thought I’d kick off my upcoming blogging streak (Ok, maybe it won’t be that frequent. After all, there is still much to get done) with Liza and Christian’s engagement session in Astoria, New York City. This particular session is just packed full of all my favorite things: gorgeous light, Brooklyn/Astoria, New York, a cat, foggy New York City skylines (this is totally a thing, btw), the fluffiest cat, rooftop decks and did I mention there is an adorable cat? Yeah, her name is birdie and she’s the cutest.

Liza and Christian wanted to do some photos in their home in Astoria and also wander out in search of some cool graffiti in the area. There are a few streets in Astoria that have walls covered in some really cool graffiti. The best part? New graffiti appears every once in a while in place of old graffiti so next time you go it could look totally different. For example, remember Ka-Ling and Joe’s engagement session in Astoria earlier this year? Some of the walls you’ll see on Liza and Christian’s post are the exact same ones but with different graffiti on it. Pretty rad.

Basically, this post has it all. So I’m just going to stop writing now and let you have a look.

-Christina

Rooftop engagement session in AstoriaCozy engagement session in AstoriaSucculents in a terra cotta pot that Christian is growing to use as decor for their weddingAstoria cool graffitti wall engagement sessionA portrait of beautiful Liza. I loved the way her ivory tunic complemented her skin tones, hair and make upA portrait of beautiful Liza during her engagement session. I loved the way her ivory tunic complemented her skin tones, hair and make upJust a little vignette of Liza and Christian's apartment in Astoria, BrooklynJust a little vignette of Liza and Christian's apartment in Astoria, BrooklynI love that they chose to take a few photos featuring books that they love. It says so much about who they areSome more engagement photos on the rooftop. You can just barely see the New York City skylineSome more engagement photos on the rooftop. You can just barely see the New York City skyline. Foggy days can be so beautiful sometimes.The wood panels and the grey floors made for the best light on an otherwise overcast day.Liza and Christian brought Birdie, their super cute and curious kitty for a few photos as well.Christian posing for the camera for a few photos.Christian posing for the camera for a few photos.Some more cool graffiti that we ran into during Liza and Christian's engagement session in AstoriaLiza and Christian were so fun to work with.There are walls covered in amazing graffiti around Astoria and they change from time to timeWe, of course, could not miss a photo with IvyCouple holding hands during their engagement session in AstoriaLiza, how do you get to have such beautiful hair! Not fairI love this sequence of the two of them against a brick wall and a bright blue door at their engagement session in Astoria, New York CityI love this sequence of the two of them against a brick wall and a bright blue door at their engagement session in Astoria, New York CityI love this sequence of the two of them against a brick wall and a bright blue door at their engagement session in Astoria, New York CitySuch fun with these two.