Madelaine and Joe: Married at a Vermont Farmhouse

“It’s important to take time to celebrate the good things in life.” My aunt says this regularly, and it’s spot on. The world is turbulent right now, but last Saturday it was warm and sunny, full of smiles and love. Madelaine and Joe got married on the family farm with a beautiful ceremony officiated by her brother and attended in person by only a handful of very close family and friends and by more family and friends over Zoom.

After a ceremony in the shade of a beautiful tree down near the river, they retreated in a bright blue Jeep to the house for cocktails and photos followed by dinner under a tent — good thing, the rain came through just after sunset.

For just a few hours, all was right in the world. Thank you for having me as a part of it! I wish you two many years of love and happiness!

Stacey & Travis’ Shelburne Farms Wedding

Stacey & Travis’ Shelburne Farms Wedding

One of the things I love the most about weddings is how each one is so different and is really a true reflection of the bride and groom.  You get a glimpse into their personalities based on all of the details of their wedding.

This last one was no different  The most striking difference was the size and intimacy of the event.  With a total of only 25 people, only the closest of family and friends were witnesses to the joining of these two individuals.  And to boot, it was held at one of the most beautiful properties in the entire state of Vermont, Shelburne Farms Inn.  Stacey and Travis said their vows under a bright blue sky in front of one of the most beautiful backdrops you could imagine.
The only thing more stunning than the location was the bride.  Stacey was an incredible combination of adorable and stunning, all in one package.  Her smile lit up the room everywhere she went and her heart made us feel right at home even though their engagement photos were the only other time we had met.
A wedding is made extra special when you can include a family heirloom.  Stacey’s great grandfather was a bit of a gambler back in the day.  But apparently, when he won big he would buy his wife, Bubbe as she is affectionately known to Stacey and her mom Laurie, a nice piece of jewelry with intricate clasp.  As a wedding gift, Stacey’s aunt handed down one of these pieces, a beautiful pearl necklace.  Not only was this piece beautiful and the perfect accompaniment to her dress, it also fit the era of Shelburne Farms itself.

 

Travis, despite being a stoic Norwegian, warmed right up when in the company of his bride.  We thought it would take a bit of coaxing to get some great smiles while shooting just the two of them but when he looked at Stacey he just warmed right up and had the most genuine smile full of love.

Although the gardens and grounds are truly breathtaking, we made sure to take a few shots inside.  The library, full of books that were over 100 years old, was a wonderful contrast to the lush greenery outside.
Stacey, I think that couch was made for you!

 

Stacey and Travis, it was an honor to witness the start of your lives together and we wish you a lifetime of happiness.
Spartan Sprint: A Family Affair

Spartan Sprint: A Family Affair

Note: We’re trying something new here. This is a guest post written by my wife, Tawny, a.k.a @FiveFeetofFuryVT on Instagram


This past weekend Ben and I headed down to Rutland Mass for the Spartan Sprint.  I have been racing for years and all along the way Ben has been on the sidelines. I am so fortunate to not only have my biggest fan cheering me on, but he also takes amazing photos!  I mean, could I be any luckier?

This past weekend was extra special though as I got to race with my brother, who is more competitive and races elite most of the time, and for the first time – my dad!  Chris raced the elite heat first thing in the morning before joining my dad and I for more laid back open heat mid-day.
The initial forecasts called for rain most of the day with a chance of thunderstorms but we lucked out.  The skies were gray but the rain held and we were left with perfect racing weather to go along with the great company.  The trails were muddy and wet but that just adds to the fun.
My dad only did a small bit of training before the race so we worked as a team to get through some of the obstacles.  Some he concurred like a champ while only needing a little assistance on others.  He even successfully completed the 20′ rope climb.  How many 60+-year-olds can say that?
Ben and I stopped by the store on the way home from the race to print up some of these beauties for Father’s Day.  I am so proud of my dad and was honored to run by his side this past weekend and so thankful to have some beautiful photos for him to display at work.