It was a warm and rainy afternoon when Gael, Hannah and I headed out to Boorn Brook Farm in Manchester, Vermont for an editorial, stylized bridal session. The weather report was for clearing skies so we hoped for the best, however, as often the case in New England the weather was not as expected and we were very limited as to any outdoor photography. This was such a shame since there are so many wonderful places to photograph at this beautiful Vermont wedding venue, from the drumlin (which is a large mound of earth caused by a glacier) to the apiary, a beautiful mirror like pond, woodlands, stone walls and of course the wonderful red barn.
Jeff Nyweide offered us the use of his beautiful property when Gael and I visited there just after an open house in which Jeff introduced wedding planners, caterers, event coordinators, photographers and just about everyone associated with the Vermont wedding industry to his beautiful property. This is an amazing wedding venue surrounded by the Lye Brook National Forest with three miles of groomed hiking trails and a 360 degree view of Equinox Mountain and the Green Mountains and the capabilities for large events (up to 300 guests in a tented reception area) and small weddings and/or rehearsal dinners (up to 75 guests) in the romantic barn. The barn also serves as a pre-ceremony reception area with a beautiful bridal suite for getting ready and night accommodations and full kitchen. The estate is also home to the Green Mountain Falconry School.
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What a beautiful setting for a rehearsal dinner or intimate wedding reception.
Boorn Brook Farm also has its own signature honey and the charming little bottles make perfect gifts for wedding guests, not to mention beautiful table decorations as well.
After we photographed the dining area inside the barn, the rain let up and we rushed outside to photograph Hannah posing on one of the amazing stone walls. This wall actually runs along "The Courtyard" which is a multi functional space that may be used with or without a tent and is excellent for cocktail receptions and more intimate wedding ceremony's and receptions.
The entrance to "The Courtyard" also serves as a wonderful photo location and I was happy to see Gael getting these shots of Hannah while I was heading back to barn as the rains began again.
So once we were all back in the barn and dry, we went into the bridal suite and did some portraits of Hannah on the four poster bed.
When I asked Hannah to sit in the corner chair for a few more bridal portraits, I noticed the unusual corner mirror above.
When doing mirror reflections the light can be very tricky so I like using my Ice Lights for shots such as these and something I always bring to my bridal portraits and pre-ceremony wedding photo sessions. Usually I will have an assistant holding the lights, but here is how we did the following photos, with Hannah actually holding the lights herself.
And here are a few of the results:
From the bridal suite we went into the pool room where there is a remarkable canvas painting hanging along one wall. The painting was actually a theatrical play backdrop found rolled up in the garage crawlspace. This is actually the perfect place to display it, since the pool room was once the former painting studio of Ogden Pleissner. The painting is very reminiscent of his Portugal boat paintings and when I saw the waves I thought of Hannah's beautiful long wedding veil, flowing in the wind.
We had hoped for the weather to clear but instead it got even worse so we had decided it was time to pack it in and head home. However Jeff then invited all of us over to the main house for a quick tour and some homemade "mead tasting" in the new wine cellar he had just finished. The main house can also be used for photographs on the wedding day and there is another beautiful bedroom for the grooms to get ready in with a sweet little balcony that overlooks the courtyard.
So after a wonderful glass of Jeff's mead and a quick rest from the afternoon's photo session, we headed back to Woodstock, Vermont, stopping along the way at Garlic John'swhich is a favorite Manchester restaurant of ours and relived the days events with a tasty pasta and bottle of rose.
Boorn Brook Farm really is a beautiful wedding venue and if you are considering a Vermont wedding for 2019 or 2020 please contact Jeff or Nancy Andrews who is the event director to inquire about booking your Vermont country wedding in a fabulous setting with some of the most beautiful photographic scenery and locations for wedding photography I have seen.