Nelia & Dave managed to celebrate a casual Vermont wedding with a strong sense for family & tradition and brought to life autumn in the NEK in the most perfect of ways. The Notch House at Lake Willoughby provided the perfect location for their nuptials and the weather gods were on our side the entire weekend – or maybe it was Nelia’s mother, whose stunning wedding dress had been incorporated into many aspects of the day, watching over her daughter’s wedding to Dave.

A Vermont fall wedding at the Notch House in the heart of VT's Northeast Kingdom

A Vermont fall wedding at the Notch House in the heart of VT's Northeast Kingdom

A little bridal yoga prior to the ceremony.

A Vermont fall wedding at the Notch House in the heart of VT's Northeast Kingdom

Nelia & Dave requested an “unplugged wedding” and it was fantastic to see guests actually enjoy the ceremony, watch, cry and not hide behind a sea of phones or ipads. Absolutely beautiful. Nelia also requested that I stay behind the guests during the ceremony as to not obstruct anybody’s view and I happily obliged – these are the times when I really, really love my trusted 70-200 zoom lens so Nelia & Dave still got to have great wedding photos up close.

A Vermont fall wedding at the Notch House in the heart of VT's Northeast Kingdom

A Vermont fall wedding at the Notch House in the heart of VT's Northeast Kingdom

A Vermont fall wedding at the Notch House in the heart of VT's Northeast Kingdom

A Vermont fall wedding at the Notch House in the heart of VT's Northeast Kingdom

A Vermont fall wedding at the Notch House in the heart of VT's Northeast Kingdom

A Vermont fall wedding at the Notch House in the heart of VT's Northeast Kingdom

A sing-along concluded the ceremony and look – even the dog is singing along!

A Vermont fall wedding at the Notch House in the heart of VT's Northeast Kingdom

As per Dave & Nelia’s request, we kept the family formals short & sweet …

A Vermont fall wedding at the Notch House in the heart of VT's Northeast Kingdom

A Vermont fall wedding at the Notch House in the heart of VT's Northeast Kingdom

… before heading down to the beach to take photos of just the two of them.

A Vermont fall wedding at the Notch House in the heart of VT's Northeast Kingdom

A Vermont fall wedding at the Notch House in the heart of VT's Northeast Kingdom

A Vermont fall wedding at the Notch House in the heart of VT's Northeast Kingdom

A Vermont fall wedding at the Notch House in the heart of VT's Northeast Kingdom

Loved, loved, loved the ingenious escort card idea that perfectly tied into the fall theme.

A Vermont fall wedding at the Notch House in the heart of VT's Northeast Kingdom

During the toasts, we graduated from wedding planning academy, learned the importance of this very simple phrase “sounds like a great idea” and also found some similarities between a visit to the nude beach and public speaking.

A Vermont fall wedding at the Notch House in the heart of VT's Northeast Kingdom

A Vermont fall wedding at the Notch House in the heart of VT's Northeast Kingdom

A Vermont fall wedding at the Notch House in the heart of VT's Northeast Kingdom

A Vermont fall wedding at the Notch House in the heart of VT's Northeast Kingdom

A Vermont fall wedding at the Notch House in the heart of VT's Northeast Kingdom

A Vermont fall wedding at the Notch House in the heart of VT's Northeast Kingdom

A Vermont fall wedding at the Notch House in the heart of VT's Northeast Kingdom

A Vermont fall wedding at the Notch House in the heart of VT's Northeast Kingdom

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Nelia & Dave – your day was simply perfect from beginning until the end and I know nothing but good things are in store for you! So honored to have been part of your day.

Kat – Kingdom Wedding Photography by Kat
your NEK Lake Willoughby Vermont wedding photographer

Jenn met Lewis when she was prosecuting a case in court and he was there to testify. Nothing happened at the time but as fate would have it, their paths crossed again and here we are today … a super cute couple & dog. I had a great time photographing Jennifer & Lewis’ engagement session a couple of weekends ago – and, of course, Gunny was part of it as well!

fall themed Vermont engagement session

fall themed Vermont engagement session

fall themed Vermont engagement session

fall themed Vermont engagement session

fall themed Vermont engagement session

Kat – Kingdom Wedding Photography by Kat
Vermont engagement session & photos

  • Brya Leigh Emery - October 2, 2014 - 12:21 am

    Awesome guys. You are so cute. Love and miss you both!

  • Ericca Burdick - October 1, 2014 - 11:53 am

    Congrats Jenn!!!!!

  • Nikki Rancourt - October 1, 2014 - 11:14 am

    Congratulations Jenn…..you look beautiful as always. So happy for you guys and excited for the happy future ahead of you. Wishing you many, many years of happiness.

  • Tara Dunleavy Sokolich - October 1, 2014 - 1:29 am

    Beautiful pictures!! Congratulations Jenn!!

  • Lorraine Ferris - October 1, 2014 - 1:21 am

    Love, Love these pictures! You two look so Happy! Thanks for sharing! XO

  • Tammy Loveland - October 1, 2014 - 12:13 am

    I’m so thrilled for you and Lew!

  • Betty Sparango Barrett - September 30, 2014 - 8:55 pm

    Beautiful Jenn

Annie & David came all the way from New Mexico to experience fall in Vermont and their VT elopement happened to coincide with peak foliage season here in the Northeast Kingdom – the perfect backdrop for a perfect couple. When Annie originally inquired about availability, I was already booked for their wedding date – however, Annie graciously moved up their wedding date so I could photograph their wedding … I’ve never been more honored & humbled to photograph anybody’s wedding and am so happy that I got to witness their marriage, hang out for the afternoon, see some spectacular fall foliage and capture the love between Annie & David.

Phinneas Swann Inn New England Vermont destination elopement wedding photographer

Phinneas Swann Inn New England Vermont destination elopement wedding photographer

The ceremony took place right at the banks for the Trout River behind the Phineas Swann Inn and the Inn’s hosts, Darren & Lynne, could not have been any more accommodating if they tried. Lynne assisted the bride, organized the beautiful flowers and Darren made it official by presiding over their super sweet ceremony:

Phinneas Swann Inn New England Vermont destination elopement wedding photographer

Phinneas Swann Inn New England Vermont destination elopement wedding photographer

Phinneas Swann Inn New England Vermont destination elopement wedding photographer

Phinneas Swann Inn New England Vermont destination elopement wedding photographer

Phinneas Swann Inn New England Vermont destination elopement wedding photographer

Phinneas Swann Inn New England Vermont destination elopement wedding photographer

Phinneas Swann Inn New England Vermont destination elopement wedding photographer

Phinneas Swann Inn New England Vermont destination elopement wedding photographer

Phinneas Swann Inn New England Vermont destination elopement wedding photographer

Phinneas Swann Inn New England Vermont destination elopement wedding photographer

Phinneas Swann Inn New England Vermont destination elopement wedding photographer

Phinneas Swann Inn New England Vermont destination elopement wedding photographer

Foliage shower!

Phinneas Swann Inn New England Vermont destination elopement wedding photographer

Phinneas Swann Inn New England Vermont destination elopement wedding photographer

Phinneas Swann Inn New England Vermont destination elopement wedding photographer

Annie & David – I’m so grateful that we got to spend this time together! I hope you had a beyond wonderful experience here in Vermont and definitely give me a holler in case you do want to renew your vows on Hawaii;-)

Kat – Kingdom Wedding Photography by Kat
Vermont elopement wedding photographer

We’re lucky to be living in Vermont’s gorgeous Northeast Kingdom and it’s always a special treat to photograph a wedding in our little corner of the world. Nicole & Dan celebrated their Vermont fall wedding right here in the NEK with the outdoor wedding ceremony right on their property with incredible views of the Green Mountains.

Northeast Kingdom Hardwick Vermont wedding photographer

We had our first look session at the house Dan & Nicole just built with the help of family & friends and it was only fitting that everybody would be getting ready together at their new NEK homestead.

Northeast Kingdom Hardwick Vermont wedding photographer

This wedding wouldn’t have been complete without Nicole & Dan’s puppy, Luna, who stole the show completely – nothing better than a super cute bride and groom and their dog.

Northeast Kingdom Hardwick Vermont wedding photographer

Northeast Kingdom Hardwick Vermont wedding photographer

Northeast Kingdom Hardwick Vermont wedding photographer

Northeast Kingdom Hardwick Vermont wedding photographer

Northeast Kingdom Hardwick Vermont wedding photographer

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Nicole & Dan decided to take the majority of the more formal wedding photos with the bridesmaids and groomsmen before the ceremony so they could spend more time with their guests during cocktail hour so we were in no rush, the guys got to kick back and enjoy a couple of cold ones …

Northeast Kingdom Hardwick Vermont wedding photographer

… and Luna got to steal the show once again. This dog is just too cute!

Northeast Kingdom Hardwick Vermont wedding photographer

We were still taking photos when I noticed Nicole’s father who had just gotten to the house and saw Nicole in her wedding dress for the first time. So happy I got to capture this moment for them.

Northeast Kingdom Hardwick Vermont wedding photographer

The ceremony up on the hill was super sweet & special with heartfelt speeches and the cutest flag bearers ever to walk down the aisle.

outdoor wedding ceremony in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom

outdoor wedding ceremony in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom

outdoor wedding ceremony in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom

outdoor wedding ceremony in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom

outdoor wedding ceremony in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom

outdoor wedding ceremony in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom

We stopped a couple of times on our way to the wedding reception and took full advantage of the beautiful landscape.

fun and candid Vermont wedding photos

fun and candid Vermont wedding photos

fun and candid Vermont wedding photos

fun and candid Vermont wedding photos

The reception was held as the Lakeview Inn at Lake Caspian and the set-up & rustic chic fall themed wedding decor couldn’t have been more stunning or more fitting for the Northeast Kingdom and this beautiful wedding. Loved, loved, loved it.

Hardwick Vermont cocktail hour during fall wedding reception

Hardwick Vermont cocktail hour during fall wedding reception

rustic chic fall wedding decor Vermont

rustic chic fall wedding decor Vermont

rustic chic fall wedding decor Vermont

family tree with thumb stamps as guest book at wedding reception

Vermont fall color bridal bouquet

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Nicole & Dan – enjoy your honeymoon in Italy and your time in Colorado! So very happy we got to meet and create some wedding photography magic together. Wishing you all the happiness in the world!!!

Kat – Kingdom Wedding Photography by Kat
your NEK Vermont wedding photographer

  • Laura Kelly Bestor - September 25, 2014 - 7:26 am

    Loved all the photos! Especially the hug from Dad ! They are all wonderful!!

  • Dawn Bechtold Powell - September 24, 2014 - 7:59 pm

    GREAT Photos! Thanks for sharing.

Mike & Meghan could have written a book about their wedding planning process – it would have been an epic tale of trials & tribulations and finally … triumph! They found the perfect location for the barn wedding Meghan had envisioned in Bliss Farm out in Western Massachusetts and not even the rain that turned from a drizzle into a downpour could dampen their spirits. One of my grooms many, many moons ago said “if rain on your wedding day bothers you, you’re marrying for the wrong reasons” – and he was right. Rain was not going to stand between Mike & Meghan and a fabulously fun wedding day.

Bliss Farm Massachussetts Barn Wedding photographer

Bliss Farm Massachussetts Barn Wedding photographer

Bliss Farm Massachussetts Barn Wedding photographer

detail photo of bride shoes

Thankfully, there were video instructions on how to tie the bow on Meghan’s dress – what a clever idea!

bride getting ready photos at Bliss Farm wedding

Bliss Farm Massachussetts Barn Wedding photographer

In the meantime, the groomsmen didn’t let the rain stop them from playing wiffle ball…

Bliss Farm Massachussetts Barn Wedding photographer

… as Mike was busy putting on the final touches. Go Red Sox!!!

Bliss Farm Massachussetts Barn Wedding photographer

One thing about these groomsmen & bridesmaids. They were absolutely, hand’s down awesome! We had originally planned for an outdoor ceremony with Meghan & Mike’s first look session hidden from arriving guests but the rain moved the ceremony as well as the first look session into the barn as guests were arriving. Mike’s groomsmen jumped in to save the day, standing on each side of the barn, clutching their umbrellas as they asked guests to hold off on entering the barn so Mike & Meghan could see each other, just the two of them, before their ceremony. Thank you so very much for being this incredibly amazing!!!

Bliss Farm Massachussetts Barn Wedding photographer

Bliss Farm Massachussetts Barn Wedding photographer

rustic barn wedding decor

Mike & Meghan had a beautiful ceremony, full of laughter & joy with a long time family friend making it official.

wedding ceremony at Bliss Farm

Bliss Farm Massachussetts Barn Wedding photographer

Bliss Farm Massachussetts Barn Wedding photographer

Congratulations you two! This has been a long time in the making so enjoy!

Bliss Farm Massachussetts Barn Wedding photographer

Since it was still raining at this point, we decided to take the group photo of all the guests indoors and then position the smaller groups just inside the barn doors so they would stay dry.

Bliss Farm Massachussetts Barn Wedding photographer

Bliss Farm Massachussetts Barn Wedding photographer

Bliss Farm Massachussetts Barn Wedding photographer

Bliss Farm Massachussetts Barn Wedding photographer

Bliss Farm Massachussetts Barn Wedding photographer

Bliss Farm Massachussetts Barn Wedding photographer

Bliss Farm Massachussetts Barn Wedding photographer

The gorgeous couple!

fun and candid wedding photos Vermont and Massachussetts

Bliss Farm Massachussetts Barn Wedding photographer

Bliss Farm Massachussetts Barn Wedding photographer

Bliss Farm Massachussetts Barn Wedding photographer

bridal portraits in the rain at Bliss Farm wedding

This is probably my new favorite photo of all times.

Bliss Farm Massachussetts Barn Wedding photographer

Super cute decor – hard to tell that this is indeed Western Mass. and not Vermont.;-)

rustic barn wedding decor

Bliss Farm Massachussetts Barn Wedding photographer

Bliss Farm Massachussetts Barn Wedding photographer

Bliss Farm Massachussetts Barn Wedding photographer

Bliss Farm Massachussetts Barn Wedding photographer

first dance as husband and wife at Bliss Farm

Bliss Farm Massachussetts Barn Wedding photographer

Bliss Farm Massachussetts Barn Wedding photographer

wedding celebration at Mass barn wedding

wedding cupcakes barn wedding

Thankfully, the rain let down just a little bit so Mike & Meghan could have the sparkler exit they had planned all along.

Bliss Farm Massachussetts Barn Wedding photographer

Bliss Farm Massachussetts Barn Wedding photographer

couple in front of wedding barn with sparklers

Mike & Meghan – I’m so incredibly happy to we finally (!) got to meet after so many twists and turns. I’m incredibly honored that you had me photograph your wedding & loved every minute of your day. Wishing all the happiness in the world!

Kat – Kingdom Wedding Photography
Vermont & Massachusetts Wedding Photographer