12 years ago, a homeless boy dog walked into our lives and stole our hearts. In previous lives, he went by Houdini and Oreo but on that day, 12 years ago in Los Angeles, he became Jakebert Elvin Mooney.

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He’s charming, funny, humble and so incredibly eager to please. He’s the kind of dog who’d make you breakfast in bed before snuggling up with you again. He is first in line to towel off our feet when getting out of the shower and gives the most gentle of kisses.

adopting a homeless dog

While not a great photo per-se from a technical standpoint (or decorational, for that matter.:-)), I absolutely adore this photo of Jake and Daisy. You see, when we first got Jake, he’d sleep with one eye open, never quite trusting his environment. Lots of love and a few training classes that boosted his confidence later and we have a super relaxed Jakebert, enjoying his new life to the fullest.

adopting a homeless dog

Happy Anniversary Day Jakebert – you’re the heart & soul of our family!

Kat – Kingdom Wedding Photography by Kat
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“We already took a family photo last year.”
“We haven’t taken one this year.”
“It’s the same people, just a year older.”
“Everybody, get outside, we’re taking the family photo. NOW!!”

I finally had enough and ordered everybody outside to take our family photo on my parents’ last day with us in Vermont before they’d fly back to Germany the next day. I *know* it’s the same people. I know we all have a few more wrinkles. I know we just got back from a hike in the woods and it’s now raining. Heavily. I know that we have dinner reservations in just a bit. I know that Shelly will probably not sit still and that wrangling 4 humans and 3 dogs into one photo is always a dicey proposition. What I don’t know is whether or not this is the last family photo we’ll ever take. My dad just turned 75. Which only makes him the third oldest (or fifth youngest!) of our little group. In human years, Daisy and Jake are pushing 80 an 90 years respectively. Who knows what the future holds. What I do know is that we’re all here, right now and we’re taking this damn photo!

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So I set my Nikon D4 to take 200 continuous photos, one every second and we had a hoot! We laughed, we hugged, we giggled and we burst into more laughter when the dogs finally had enough, Jake running off, Shelly jumping over Jake in an attempt to get to her ball while Daisy tried to jam her tongue down somebody’s throat. Then we toweled off, cleaned up and went for dinner.

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My point: Take the photo. There’s hardly ever a *right* moment. Grab the folks you love, set up the camera or get a selfie stick and take that photo. I see so many folks who refuse to be part of family photos because “I don’t like my smile” or “I want to lose a couple of pounds first”. Here’s the deal: your loved ones love you for who you are. Wrinkles, crooked teeth, extra pounds and all. Have fun and capture those moments.

Kat – Kingdom Wedding Photography by Kat
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Mother Nature pulled out all the stops for Nicole & Troy’s wedding day at Jay Peak Resort last weekend – fall foliage was at its peak and 70 degrees in early October are hard to beat!
Vermont fall wedding at Jay Peak Resort

Nicole’s smile brightens every room she enters and the getting ready part of the day was full of smiles, giggles, tickles and laughter.
bride about to get into her wedding dress

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Nicole & Troy’s wedding ceremony was beautiful, sweet and incredibly heartfelt. May you guys always be each other’s perch and never stop grabbing each other’s butts, not even when they’re old and wrinkly.:-)

wedding at the barn at Jay Peak Resort

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Love, love, LOVE this photo (courtesy of my fabulous 2nd shooter) – that smile on Troy’s face says it all!
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Congratulation T.Roy and Nic!!!
Jay Peak Resort wedding photographed by Vermont's best destination wedding photographer

The groomsmen & bridesmaids were awesome and so much fun to be around … and also easily one of the most easy going groups ever.

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Vermont wedding photographer who can make group photos fun candid and natural

Vermont wedding photographer who can make group photos fun candid and natural

We took some time to roam the gorgeous golf course where plenty of fun was had by all – Troy may have been overheard saying “this was fun!”. Seriously, aren’t these two stunning?!

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Vermont wedding photographer who can make formal photos fun candid and natural

Vermont wedding photographer who can make formal photos fun candid and natural

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fun relaxed and truly natural wedding formal photos in Vermont

fun relaxed and truly natural wedding formal photos in Vermont

fun relaxed and truly natural wedding formal photos in Vermont

Vermont wedding photographer who can make formal photos fun candid and natural

The details were just perfect for a fall wedding in Vermont and the cupcakes … oh my, the lemon/raspberry cupcakes were insanely delicious.

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fun and authentic candid reception photos by Vermont's best wedding photographer

fun and authentic candid reception photos by Vermont's best wedding photographer

We lucked out (again) and caught the most beautiful sunset right before dinner.
fun and authentic candid reception photos by Vermont's best wedding photographer

Troy had promised a PARTY and that’s exactly what happened.

fun and authentic candid reception photos by Vermont's best wedding photographer

fun and authentic candid reception photos by Vermont's best wedding photographer

fun and authentic candid reception photos by Vermont's best wedding photographer

One last photo for now.:-)

fun and authentic candid reception photos by Vermont's best wedding photographer

Nicole & Troy – it was such an incredibly honor to be there with you and to capture your memories. As the old Irish saying goes – ‘May the saddest day of your future be no worse than the happiest day of your past.’

xoxo
Kat & Damian
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Of course, this blog post wouldn’t be complete without the amazing Vermont wedding vendors who made this possible:

A huge THANK YOU to Jay’s very own Amanda & Heather, who once again made sure the day went absolutely flawlessly.
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Sarah & Josh’s Vermont wedding at the Bartlett House in Plainfield was nothing short of amazing. epic. awesome. An overabundance of love went into planning their wedding with family members and friends stepping up to the plate in spectacular fashion to make this a one of a kind event. It was a perfect late fall day full of love, smiles, laughter and hugs.

the bride's aunt made this stunning DIY wedding invitations

DIY wooden sign leading the way to wedding

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Sarah’s delicate vintage wedding dress had previously been worn by her mother and her grandmother and had been carefully altered and restored to be worn one final time.

A happy bride is getting ready for her wedding along with her family and friends at the Bartlett House

A happy bride is getting ready for her wedding along with her family and friends at the Bartlett House

the bride is wearing her grandmother's vintage wedding dress

A happy bride is getting ready for her wedding along with her family and friends at the Bartlett House

A happy bride is getting ready for her wedding along with her family and friends at the Bartlett House

A happy bride is getting ready for her wedding along with her family and friends at the Bartlett House

A happy bride is getting ready for her wedding along with her family and friends at the Bartlett House

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Doing a site visit with Sarah & Josh just two weeks before their wedding, I was amazed by the easy-going nature of our hosts, Rebecca & Dan, who go above and beyond to make sure every tiny little detail is taken care of. Sarah & Josh’s wedding ceremony inside a circle of sunflowers, surrounded by their families & friends with the gorgeous Green Mountains as a backdrop was so incredibly heartfelt – it was such an incredible honor to witness two people so perfect for each other swear to love and to protect one other … in good times and during challenging times.

Vermont outdoor wedding ceremony in a sunflower field

Vermont outdoor wedding ceremony in a sunflower field

wooden "reserved" sign at outdoor wedding ceremony

Vermont outdoor wedding ceremony in a sunflower field

Vermont outdoor wedding ceremony in a sunflower field

Vermont outdoor wedding ceremony in a sunflower field

Vermont outdoor wedding ceremony in a sunflower field

Vermont outdoor wedding ceremony in a sunflower field

Vermont outdoor wedding ceremony in a sunflower field

Vermont outdoor wedding ceremony in a sunflower field

Vermont outdoor wedding ceremony in a sunflower field

Vermont outdoor wedding ceremony in a sunflower field

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These families rocked! Nothing but smiles & happy faces. This was so much fun!

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Sarah & her grandmother, who originally wore this stunning dress.
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family formal of the groom's side of the family

how to take fun family formal wedding photos

I love this wedding party! A word about the best man. He truly was the best “best man” in the history of best men. He took care of so many little things behind the scenes that made for an incredibly smooth day!
how to take fun family formal wedding photos

how to take fun family formal wedding photos

how to take fun family formal wedding photos

how to take fun family formal wedding photos

Sarah & Josh. Where to even begin? You’re smart, you’re fun, you’re kind, you’re insanely talented … you’re two all around amazing people who also happen to look amazing in photos.

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fun and relaxed wedding portraits at Vermont wedding

fun and relaxed wedding portraits at Vermont wedding

fun and relaxed wedding portraits at Vermont wedding

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Ah, the decor. A wedding photographer’s dream. I absolutely loved everything about this wedding. The “family tree” was literally a beautiful strong tree with Sarah & Josh’s loved ones’ family photos.

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The seating chart consisted of beautiful golden leaves with guests’ names & table number …
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a super cool seating chart with Vermont leafes spray painted gold

… and the wedding favors looked incredible. Homemade preserves using their loved ones’ recipes!
DIY jams as wedding favors based on the mother and grandmother of the bride's recipes

The wedding cake was also a labor of love with the cake topper being another family heirloom.
DIY wedding cake with family heirloom cake topper

pink and white bridal bouquet in front of barn

The custom wine bottles, rustic wooden table signs paired with wildflowers in different sized vases added the perfect touch to this Vermont wedding…
blue white and burlap DIY table setting for outdoor tented wedding reception

… the various blue and white plates & goblets were from Petunia Rose because that’s what both of their parents collected when they were growing up.
blue white and burlap DIY table setting for outdoor tented wedding reception

The toasts were amazing. There were tears, there was laughter and there was heartfelt screaming … which I truly hope somebody captured on video.:-)
mother of the bride's toast

After dinner, the party moved from the tent to the Bartlett House and then the Party Started. Josh’s band, Kat Wright and the Indomitable Soul Band, brought down the house and Sarah finally got her wish: to dance with Josh while his band was playing!
bride and groom's first dance at their wedding reception

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bride dancing with her mother and her father

bride hugging her sister and mother in this black and white wedding photo

groom rocking the dance floor with his mother

Kat Wright and the Indominable Soul Band

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Sarah & Josh – 8 years in the making and so worth the wait. It was so incredible to see everything come together so perfectly for the two of you!

With much love & appreciation!

Kat & Damian, Kingdom Wedding Photography by Kat
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Ashley & Eric – Project Mayhem at Jay Peak Resort in Vermont. Organized chaos with two of the best friends and the best sister any bride could possibly have by her side … in addition to the youngest and most adorable “make-up artist” and the world’s cutest wedding dog.

Jay Peak Resort Outdoor Mountain wedding photographer in Vermont

Jay Peak Resort Outdoor Mountain wedding photographer in Vermont

Ashley emerged from hair/make-up looking like a movie star from the early days of film and was ready to conquer the mountains, in high heels nonetheless! As Ashley’s dad would later quote Eric during the reception “It’s what Ashley wants” – Ashley wanted a mountain wedding in Vermont and mountain wedding photos we were going to take. I love when a bride knows what she wants and then makes it happen!

Jay Peak Resort Outdoor Mountain wedding photographer in Vermont

Jay Peak Resort Outdoor Mountain wedding photographer in Vermont

Adorbs!
Jay Peak Resort Outdoor Mountain wedding photographer in Vermont

The families briefly joined in …

Jay Peak Resort Outdoor Mountain wedding photographer in Vermont

Jay Peak Resort Outdoor Mountain wedding photographer in Vermont

… and Eric’s amazing friends & ski buddies went through the trouble of schlepping their gear (in August) up the mountain (in August) to pose in skis in front of the lift (still in August!).
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Ashley & Eric’s wedding ceremony was short and sweet and the same somebody who adorably finished her vows with minutes to go until the ceremony also had to be reminded twice that it was not yet time to kiss her not-quite-yet-husband.

Jay Peak Resort Outdoor Mountain wedding photographer in Vermont

Jay Peak Resort Outdoor Mountain wedding photographer in Vermont

Finally! Husband & wife!

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Ever thoughtful, Ashley provided her guests with dancing shoes in numerous sizes and on display was also that first historical ticket, Nine Inch Nails! Loved their super cute & personalized seating tickets that told part of the story of their relationship!
Jay Peak Resort Outdoor Mountain wedding photographer in Vermont

Jay Peak Resort Outdoor Mountain wedding photographer in Vermont

Jay Peak Resort Outdoor Mountain wedding photographer in Vermont

Jay Peak Resort Outdoor Mountain wedding photographer in Vermont

Jay Peak Resort Outdoor Mountain wedding photographer in Vermont

Jay Peak Resort Outdoor Mountain wedding photographer in Vermont

Jay Peak Resort Outdoor Mountain wedding photographer in Vermont

Jay Peak Resort Outdoor Mountain wedding photographer in Vermont

Ashley & Eric – this was just the beginning! While Project Mayhem may not have had a Plan B, it had two incredible people (you!) who deserve nothing but the best and smooth sailing from here on out! Give Charlie Dog some belly rubs from me, he was such a trooper!!

With much love & appreciation.

Kat – Kingdom Wedding Photography by Kat
your green mountain wedding photographer

Shout out to Mike from Top Hat Entertainment, the uplighting was awesome! and Amanda, Jay’s incredible coordinator, who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure everything was running smoothly.