When Tish phoned me regarding my Vermont elopement photography collections and asked where I thought the ultimate, all inclusive, Vermont elopement location might be I immediately thought of Twin Farms, in Barnard, Vermont, and winner of "Best Hotel in the World"! I have photographed several elopements there and all of them were unique, absolutely top class and ran like clockwork, from the pre ceremony getting ready photos, to the champagne toast and romance sessions around the spectacular estate.
While Tish was having her hair and make-up done by the talented Brenda of First Impressions, Ernest waited outside their cabin so they could do a "First Look". His boutonniere and Tish's beautiful bridal bouquet along with the floral arrangements in their cabin were all byJasper & Prudence Floral and Events, in Woodstock, Vermont.
Once Brenda was finished with Tish's hair and make-up I went inside the cabin to set up the lighting for the couple's "First Look". Pre-ceremony "First Look's" are so popular these days, whether the wedding is large or small, it is a great way to get some lovely photos in a more relaxed environment before the ceremony. If the couple decide on a romance photo session after the First Look, it leaves them more time to enjoy their cocktail hour as well.
In this case, since it was a bit chilly outside, Tish and Ernest deiced to have their First Look inside the cabin where the ceremony was going to be held, in front of the large windows that looked out onto the autumn woods. Not an easy location to photograph and without my off camera lighting, almost impossible, but my assistant was able to move around with the light far above my head and pointed down towards the couple instead of having it on camera, eye level and pointing right at them. This scenario keeps the window flash reflection to a minimum and gives the entire room a more natural, ambient look.
Here are a few images from the wedding ceremony, where Tish and Ernest read vows they had written for each other. I tell you now, I had tears in my eyes when I heard them and have such a soft spot in my heart for this lovely couple.
After the wedding ceremony Randi, the amazing Twin Farms event coordinator, poured the champagne and set out the hor dourves and Tish and Ernest toasted their new life together before we set off on a romance location photo session around the estate.
Being Covid responsible I followed Randi in my car as she drove Tish and Ernest to the top of the hill, one of the most popular photo locations at Twin Farms and from these photos we captured, you can understand why. Once again, the off camera lighting was a necessity as the sun was behind them and I needed some powerful lighting close by so I could expose for the beautiful landscape and still be sure the couple were lit as well. Without the off camera lighting these images would all be silhouettes.
After a brief photo session on the top of the hill, we drove back down to the pond. It was definitely a chilly day so we jumped out of the cars for a few photos in the bull rushes then jumped back in to get warmed up before heading over to the main house.
Once back at the main house we walked over to the covered bridge and continued the romance photo session there before heading over to the stand of maple trees, which is always a beautiful location for photos.
Tish and Ernest were really a super fun couple and so easy going as well. Ernest mention Tish's sense of humor and wanted to get a photo of her chasing him with a croquet mallet as he ran off with her bridal bouquet. I love quirky wedding photos like that and they add so much to any wedding album or story. Thank you Tish and Ernest for being such a great couple and thank you Randi, as always for being so professional and friendly and an absolutely dream to work with.
Twin Farms is one of my absolute favorite wedding and elopement locations. Here is a link to a winter elopement I photographed there earlier this year, before Covid, I will add.
I honestly cannot think of a more romantic, magical setting for your Vermont wedding or elopement than Twin Farms. Twin Farms also hosts large weddings as well as romantic weekend getaways and with enough notice I am usually available to photograph these events.