When I arrived at Kara's parents home in Andover, MA, I was greeted with open arms and iced coffee (the way to my heart, by the way.) The sun was shining and we were soaking it up all day! They had a lovely ceremony in Topsfield, MA and then headed to the Andover Country Club to have their outdoor cocktail hour and indoor reception. The grounds at the country club were pristine and their infamous willow tree where they take their couples for portraits was nothing short of amazing! Here are some of my favorites from their glorious day.
I often get asked as a wedding photographer, "how do you know which vendors to hire for your wedding?". The beauty of being in the wedding industry is you get to work with many different people over multiple wedding seasons and you get a real feel for how people run their businesses. First and foremost, every couple is different and so are their needs on their big day. Some people prefer making each and every decision, while others prefer to hand off that creative decision making to the professionals. Either way, you want to make sure you're choosing the right person to help guide you along the steps so you feel comfortable and confident in your decision making.
When is comes to choosing a wedding photographer, my advice is go with your gut. If you feel a connection to the work you see on their site as well as in your correspondence, then chances are he/she would be a good fit for you. Let's dig a little deeper on this. I want someone who can get back to me in a timely manner, answer any and all questions thoroughly, and help manage expectations for what may happen. As a professional wedding photographer, I take my job very seriously and aim to provide stellar customer service along with helpful knowledge to guide all my couples. I especially think managing expectations is the most crucial. Why? Well, some of you may or may not have been married before, but most of my couples have never been hitched, so they don't know how timing for the day works, how long certain shot lists may take, what if it rains, and so on. There are so many levels to a wedding. The more you know, the better. I hope that by being a respectable resource helps alleviate any wedding planning jitters.
My family and I recently went on vacation at the Stowe Mountain Lodge in Stowe, Vermont and it was a dream. Pulling up to the lodge was surreal. You are surrounded by the beautiful green mountains of Vermont and massive Mt. Mansfield. We were welcomed by friendly staff everywhere we went. My kids were in awe of how grand the lobby was as was I.
I haven't had the opportunity to photograph a wedding at this venue, but I always love the opportunity to meet with the wedding coordinator(s) to learn about the venue and what types of weddings they host. I had contacted Wendy Collins before we had arrived to arrange a tour. She was kind of enough to take time out of her busy day to meet with me and show me the grounds. One of the aspects I love most of being a Vermont wedding vendor is connecting with other professionals in the area. They always seem to welcome everyone with open arms and they truly want to learn about your business and find a way to help one another out. We all know that the wedding industry is highly competitive, especially in sought out Vermont as a destination, so the more knowledge I have of other venues, florists, wedding planners etc I have, the better I can guide my clients in pairing up with fabulous and trusted local vendors. Ok...getting back to the lobby....how I digress.
Once we got inside, I couldn't help but think where I would photograph a couple in the luxurious lobby. The wall of windows allows for such beautiful, natural light and becomes a dream for a wedding photographer on a sunny or rainy wedding day. After scoping out the interior of the venue, I took a stroll outside to see their many options for outdoor ceremonies. They offer a beautiful deck with stunning mountain views or a lovely grass area surrounded by the lodge to have your dream outdoor ceremony. It's truly jaw-dropping, picturesque Vermont.
Let's be honest, having options at your wedding venue is huge......It gives the couple a way to truly customize their vision for their big day. Stowe offers some wonderful indoor options for intimate to large wedding affairs as well as options outdoors. It's all about diversity! Go check them out!