From the very first time I met Jen & John, I knew these two were going to be SO much fun to work with. Jen led the conversation at first (as the bride often does – asking all the right questions) as John silently sad across from me. I could feel his stare and knew he was going to say something super witty and/or sarcastic any second. Then, there it was. Totally straight-faced, he asked – “As long as you shoot the whole wedding with a fish eye lens, that’s my only request” (it was probably phrased a little differently..but you get what I mean). I stared at him – chuckled – legitamately not sure if he was serious or not. “I mean, I have a wide angle lens that does a great job..but I’m not sure if you….” Jen slapped him on the arm and gave me that “sorryyyy about him!” look.
Groomsmen always apologize to me for their “antics”..but I have to say, growing up with 2 older brothers (who became Marines in their adult life) I can take the man-humor – and I love it! I always want all parties to feel comfortable enough to show their true side, and if that’s joking around and being sarcastic – bring it on! I often feel that by the time I pack my bags after shooting a wedding, I am a close friend with the couple and their family, and I love that about being a wedding photographer.
Jen & John have been a couple for almost a decade, and although they both knew that the day would come eventually – Jen said she was just as surprised as a totally unknowing bride was when he proposed. Just in the short amount of time I have spent with these two, I could tell one thing that was SO apparent – they absolutely adore each other.
Jen got ready at Millstone Hill, which is a little Inn/barn that is a Vermont DREAM! It had tons of little antique treasures with a cabin/animal theme. John chose to actually WORK the morning of the wedding (he runs Wilkins Harley in Barre with his grandmother and mother – it’s the last family owned HD dealership in the country!) and then invite his groomsmen over to his & Jens house before the wedding to hang out on the back porch with some pizza, wings & beer. While my 2nd shooter, Jackie was over there snapping a few photos of the action..they MAY have pressured her to shoot the shot-gun! (I mean..when in Vermont!)
Jen’s cousin, Minister Ian, came from England to run the beautiful ceremony at Christ Church in Montpelier. Immediately following the ceremony, we took photos outside of the church and in downtown Montpelier, finishing up at the gorgeous Vermont statehouse. The reception to follow was at Capitol Plaza, which is definitely the place to stay if you are ever in Vermonts capitol! The staff was amazing and so accomodating.
Thank you SO much, Jen & John, for having us there to capture your wedding day!! We are so lucky to have met you two. Congratulations yet again!
Makeup & Hair Artist: Do or Dye Dalon (Andrea Richards)
Florist: Botanica Florals
Wedding Coordinator/ Reception Venue: Capitol Plaza
DJ: RPM Entertainment
Cake Artist: Wendy Clark (Maid of Honor)
Videographer: Zaz Weddings (Zach Zorn)