… and when is the best time to go vacation if you’re a wedding photographer? This topic is hotly debated on wedding vendor forums with some folks going before the season, some after and some claiming “I work so much, I don’t have time for a vacation”. Well, I don’t claim to have the perfect solution for everybody but I found a solution that works best for our family: every once in a while, I’ll take a weekend off mid-season so I can catch up on editing, album design, harass the dogs with the camera, build furniture, split & stack wood, celebrate Shelly B. Cooper’s 1-year Adopt-a-versary and … take the ice bucket challenge. Enjoy!

when wedding photographers go on vacation

I’m super stoked about this little shelf. We just finished our upstairs bathroom remodel (the fun with this fixer upper never ends) and were short on shelving until I found inspiration on Etsy. Damian volunteered to build it, I stained it et voila – we have towel storage. Next up is a medicine cabinet with mirror. Finally – bathroom organization – the former German in me couldn’t be any giddier if I tried. Sometimes it’s the little things in life.

when wedding photographers go on vacation

We also couldn’t help but notice that fall seems to be in the air, the first leaves are turning which in Vermont can only mean one thing: get your wood done! So we bucked, split and stacked this year’s firewood … technically, we should be working on next year’s wood but hey … you do as best as you can.

when wedding photographers go on vacation

I got sidetracked just a little bit de-barking a dead birch tree for an art project later this year – I think this will make for a spiffy photo backdrop for macro photography:

when wedding photographers go on vacation

Another other full time job of mine is being a professional Chuckiteer. When we adopted Shelly B. Cooper last year, we had no clue that she would turn out to be the most hyperactive dog known to mankind who could give any herding dog a run for its money. So in case you drive by our house and see one of us in the backyard in their jammies at 6am, Chuckit! in hand … it means Shelly B. Cooper was bored. Very, very bored. And very much awake.

when wedding photographers go on vacation

Our original twosome, Daisy & Jake, watching the antics of young Shelly – I swear I can see them sticking their heads together going “what is she doing NOW?”.

when wedding photographers go on vacation

“Dude, we got photo bombed by a somersaulting puppy.”

when wedding photographers go on vacation

Alright not-so-little-one – you’re one of us. Happy 1 year Adopt-a-versary Shelly B.

when wedding photographers go on vacation

I took this photo to the left exactly one year ago on Shelly’s first day with us with Daisy trying to figure out a) what this little thing was and b) what it was doing in her back yard to begin with. To the right – one year later, thick as thieves.

when wedding photographers go on vacation

Oh yeah – as promised, me doing the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge (video to follow shortly):

Vermont wedding photographer doing the ALS Ice bucket challenge

Donations can be made at ALS.org – now go and get wet.;-)

Kat – Kingdom Wedding Photographer
Your Vermont wedding photographer enjoying life!

  • Kim Haecker LaCasse - August 21, 2014 - 11:43 pm

    Great pics Kat……thanks for sharing

Amy & Ricky’s love story should be made into a movie – it spans two decades, two coasts, many, many cities, chance encounters, missed connections, a simple lunch date that turned into a 12 hour conversation and a Vermont wedding proposal under the stars which led us to Shelburne Farms last Friday to witness these two soul mates become husband and wife.

bride getting ready for her wedding at Shelburne Farms

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Amy & her mom … trying really hard not to cry just minutes before the ceremony.

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Ricky’s grandmother arriving at the waterfront in style with the classical trio setting the perfect tone for Ricky & Amy’s waterfront nuptials.

outdoor wedding ceremony at Shelburne Farms

I’m in love with this picture – not only because the setting is gorgeous and Amy looks simply stunning – no, it’s the moment captured that’s so special. Sharing those last seconds with his daughter before walking her down the aisle, Amy’s dad is wearing the same tux he’s been wearing to walk every single one of his daughters down the aisle … he wasn’t going to let 90 degrees nor blazing sunshine stand in his way today.

Lake Champlain waterfront wedding ceremony

Lake Champlain waterfront wedding ceremony

Lake Champlain waterfront wedding ceremony

Lake Champlain waterfront wedding ceremony

Lake Champlain waterfront wedding ceremony

Vermont’s wedding officiant, Kathryn Blume, performed the super sweet & personal wedding ceremony and awesomely stepped out of the frame for Amy & Ricky’s first kiss.

Lake Champlain waterfront wedding ceremony

Congratulations guys!!! It’s official – husband & wife!!!

post wedding congratulations

post ceremony celebrations

post ceremony celebrations

post ceremony celebrations

We headed up the hill for the official family formals, wondering if the flock of animals behind us were sheep or cows (we finally settled on cows but more on that later) and had some fun with those not-quite-so-formal wedding photos.

Best friends forever.

fun wedding formals by VT photographer

fun wedding formals by VT photographer

fun wedding formals by VT photographer

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bride and groom wedding photos Lake Champlain Vermont

We paid a visit to the herd of cows to capture the ultimate Vermont wedding photo – we even had permission from the venue to climb underneath the fence to pose with the cows more closely. We were given the advice to “stay away from the bull” … only the bull didn’t want to stay away from us so we bade a somewhat hasty retreat and retreated to the “safe” side of the fence …

candid and natural VT wedding photos

candid and natural VT wedding photos

candid and natural VT wedding photos

… where we managed to capture *the* photo that will make it into Amy & Ricky’s living room poster sized.

candid and natural VT wedding photos

fun Vermont wedding photographer

candid and natural VT wedding photos

I couldn’t end this blog post without a picture of Amy & Ricky’s wedding cake & wedding cupcakes by Caketopia. Yummy!

Caketopia wedding cake

Amy & Ricky – this is just one part of your love story and I’m so grateful that I got to capture these memories for you. It was so much fun hanging out with you! Here’s to no more long distance & a lifetime of happiness.

With much love & appreciation.

Kat – Kingdom Wedding Photography by Kat
your Shelburne Farms Vermont wedding photographer

Mary & Matt got engaged on the first day of spring this year and celebrated their intimate Vermont summer wedding on Matt’s parents’ property with good friends, gnomes, good food and an incredible view of Shadow Lake and Franconia Ridge last weekend. Incredible amounts of love went into this super sweet family affair and their wedding couldn’t have been any more perfect if they tried.

bridal preparations for Shadow Lake Vermont wedding

The ladies got ready in one of the stunning cabins by the lake as last preparations were made “upstairs” and everybody was incredibly relaxed and yet super excited about Mary & Matt getting married that afternoon.

bridal preparations for Shadow Lake Vermont wedding

bridal preparations for Shadow Lake Vermont wedding

The perfect spot for Matt & Mary’s wedding ceremony!

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Matt’s dad was wisely handing out tissue before the start of the ceremony as first glances were exchanged between the bride & the groom.

Shadow Lake Vermont intimate wedding ceremony outdoors

Shadow Lake Vermont intimate wedding ceremony outdoors

Matt’s brother & Mary’s sister were co-officiating…

Shadow Lake Vermont intimate wedding ceremony outdoors

Shadow Lake Vermont intimate wedding ceremony outdoors

… and the ceremony couldn’t have been any sweeter, more fun or more heartfelt.

Shadow Lake Vermont intimate wedding ceremony outdoors

Afterwards, we walked up to a little apple tree that had been planted for the occasion for the official tree watering ceremony along with a sing-along.

Shadow Lake Vermont intimate wedding ceremony outdoors

We took advantage of the view and gathered everybody for a group photo of all wedding guests.

group photo at wedding

We then took some time to roam the gorgeous property to take more photos of just Matt & Mary and walked down to the lake so they could take one of the boats for a spin on Shadow Lake.

fun and candid Vermont wedding photos

fun and candid Vermont wedding photos

cocktail hour at intimate Vermont summer wedding

fun and candid Vermont wedding photos

fun and candid Vermont wedding photos

fun and candid Vermont wedding photos

fun and candid Vermont wedding photos

Told you there were going to be gnomes! Matt & his brother hand-painted the mural & guests (as well as the couple) took turns posing in front of it wearing gnome hats.

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fun and candid Vermont wedding photos

A fellow wedding photographer taking a break.;-)

fun and candid Vermont wedding photos

Cocktail hour saw guests enjoying lawn games; there was croquet and even archery – which left the barn mostly unharmed.;-)

cocktail hour at intimate Vermont summer wedding

cocktail hour at intimate Vermont summer wedding

cocktail hour at intimate Vermont summer wedding

cocktail hour at intimate Vermont summer wedding

cocktail hour at intimate Vermont summer wedding

The incredible food was made by Fiddleheads Cuisine and was absolutely spectacular. Seriously awesome.

cocktail hour at intimate Vermont summer wedding

fun and candid Vermont wedding photos

After three years of being in a long distance relationship, plenty of texting, hiking, mountain climbing and more trips across the country than anybody can count just to see each other for a weekend here and there, it was really, really, REALLY special to see them so happy together, being toasted by their families & friends. Here’s to a lifetime of happiness!

tented wedding reception toasts

tented wedding reception dancing

tented wedding reception dancing

Moonlight in Vermont:

Moonlight in Vermont

Mary & Matt – Congratulations again! It was such an incredible honor to be able to spend this day with you & your families.
Grattis & alla de bästa!!

Kat – Kingdom Wedding Photography by Kat
your Shadow Lake VT wedding photographer

  • Sharon Libront - August 6, 2014 - 4:18 pm

    What an amazing wedding blog and photos. Mary and Matt, you make a wonderful couple and the photos truly show the love you have for each other. Here is to many, happy, wonderful years ahead. Best to you both!

  • Mary Spaulding - August 6, 2014 - 4:04 pm

    We love these, thank you!

  • Karin Österberg - August 6, 2014 - 3:46 pm

    Wow!! That wedding must have been something! It looks like you had lots of fun! Congratulation once agin!

  • Mary Johnson - August 6, 2014 - 2:04 pm

    What wonderful photos.

  • Linc Spaulding - August 6, 2014 - 1:34 pm

    Great photos, which really do capture the spirit of this special day!

  • Matthew Isles - August 6, 2014 - 1:00 pm

    The photos look GREAT!