Vermont and New Hampshire elopements and small weddings are something I am looking forward to doing more of in 2019 and 2020 and I have recently teamed up with one of the most professional, warm and friendly officiants : Annie Alexander-Kramer, along with local florists and several venues to offer a complete, stress free elopement package. Kaci and Bobby's wedding is an example of one of these small events and it was such a pleasure to work stress free and capture their beautiful family wedding in a gorgeous Vermont wedding location.
The Jackson Gore Inn at Okemoin Ludlow, Vermont is usually a venue for much larger weddings and events but it was perfect for Kaci and Bobby's small family wedding and the restaurant had the perfect rooms for cocktails and a private family dinner. Kaci decided she wanted some getting ready photos of her and her sisters and mother before the ceremony, so I arrived in the late morning with an assistant/second photographer Barb Pelliccione. Usually I would cover these smaller elopements and weddings alone, but Barb lived nearby and she was eager to come along and help out.
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Wedding details are always fun to photograph and with the relaxed and easy time frame in smaller weddings and elopements, there is plenty of time to get creative with them.
Kaci and her mother had specifically asked for the "heart shadow wedding ring" photo on the spot and luckily I had done it many times before and had the tiny led flash light required to make the shadow in my camera bag.
The Jackson Gore Inn actually supplied a full length mirror so Kaci could get a full length glimpse of what a beautiful bride she was and as she was getting ready we had some fun with the mirror and her sisters.
Then her mother helped her with the finishing touches before the ceremony and "First Look" with her father and also a "First Look" with Bobby.
Since Barb was along we were able to photograph Kaci's "First Looks" from different angles. The Vermont scenery could not have been more beautiful and the hillside location was perfect for her father's first glimpse of his daughter as a bride.
After an emotional few minutes with her father, Kaci then went to a different location to have her "First Look" with Bobby. Once again having Barb helping allowed us to photograph this first reveal from different locations.
After their first look, Kaci and Bobby went for a quick stroll and enjoyed the foliage in the Vermont woods, then we did a quick pre-ceremony romance session where they exchanged notes they had written to each other to be read on their wedding day. This was another beautiful emotional moment and with our long telephoto lenses we were able to capture it from a distance and not intrude on their private moment.
Before the wedding ceremony, Kaci's mother gave Bobby and Kaci some "motherly" love, then it started to rain......just a little and since it was a small family wedding and everyone was there, the wedding ceremony was pushed forward while Bobby and the officiant eagerly watched the procession begin.
Bailey is Kaci's cousin and she was one of her bridesmaids, she is the sweetest and most loving soul and it was such fun to photograph her laughter and tears throughout the wedding day. She was followed by Kaci's sisters and then Kaci and her father.
During the wedding ceremony, the family and friends were invited to come up to the couple and pray over them together. This was a truly emotional moment and once again the telephoto lenses let us capture it from a distance and not interfere with the wedding prayers.
After the ceremony there was time for some wedding party photos and also another quick wedding romance session with Kaci and Bobby before heading to the restaurant for a private cocktail party and dinner.
Then everyone went to the restaurant at The Jackson Gore Inn for the cocktail hour and dinner, which was set up beautifully for their family wedding reception.
First there was dancing in the wine cellar room, accompanied by live chamber music.
Then the family were invited into the private dining room for dinner while Bailey gave one of the most beautiful and emotional wedding toasts I have ever heard. She not only brought Kaci to tears, but myself as well.
After dinner there was more dancing and a bouquet toss in the wine room and guess who caught the bouquet!
Then Kaci and Bobby had an early departure accompanied by a sparkler send off. It truly was a beautiful day and perfect family wedding in a stunning Vermont wedding location.