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!
The Equinox Resort is nestled among the idyllic Green Mountains in Manchester, Vermont. The Equinox provides a flawless backdrop for your wedding celebration. They offer both indoor and outdoor options at their two locations. Their smaller, more intimate venue space is located down the road from the resort. The Equinox ponds location is full of rustic, Vermont charm, mountain views, and the sweet sound of the pond. It's the perfect place to exchange your "I do's". The main resort hosts a few different room options as well depending on your needs and the rooms offer stately chandeliers and columns. The renovations they did awhile back have really made this venue a spotlight for newly engaged couples and vendors.
I remember going to Manchester as a kid to go shopping and skiing. Their quaint downtown is filled with exciting adventures for a weekend wedding. Their guests can eat amazing locally sourced food, shop, hike, bike....you name it. When you are planning a destination wedding, having lots of fun activities for your guests to do is a must.
What do I love about photographing at the Equinox Resort? Their staff is polite, helpful, and professional. Their getting ready rooms are filled with natural light, beautiful decor, and charisma. I remember seeing a sidewalk along the resort and it ran down past these historic, grand homes and I knew it would be a prime spot to take portraits of the couple. Quintessential Vermont . Being from Southern Vermont, Manchester is only a 25 mintue drive from Shaftsbury, VT so it's a place I frequent often to walk around and find new spots to photograph.
If you're planning a wedding in Manchester this year, you won't be disappointed with the Equinox.
One of my favorite clients, now friends, got hitched at the ponds location. What a stunning day!
The most perfect bows on the most perfect wedding shoes.
A classic bridal party shot in front of the majestic equinox resort in charming manchester, vermont.