One of the best parts of being a Vermont wedding photographer is seeing all the cool details my couples come up with. Dan & Nicole had a super neat guestbook alternative for their fall themed Vermont Destination Wedding last year. Instead of a “regular” guestbook, they provided guests with ink stamps so they could leave their thumb prints …

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… along with their signature …
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… on the custom created family & friends tree.
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What a beautiful guestbook alternative. It was awesome to see & document the fun Dan & Nicole’s guests had creating this for them.

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Happy wedding planning!

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

Last week saw us trade the snow in Vermont for sunshine and 70 degrees in Las Vegas as we headed to WPPI’s annual trade show & convention. I took some incredible classes on effortless posing that’s actually FUN for the couple, learned new lighting techniques and picked up a bunch of business tips! We also went down to the convention center to catch up with our partners & suppliers to get a first glimpse at all the cool products that are new for 2015.

WPPI vendor expo las Vegas 2015

Our already incredible print house surpassed itself by now offering metal wall collages that I’m super excited about. You send in one photo and they will create a stunning piece of wall art that totally stands out from the crowd.

WPPI vendor expo las Vegas 2015

As sad as this sounds, the next stop was probably my personal highlight of the day if not the entire trip – In-n-Out Burger.;-)Nothing like sitting out in the sun with a double-double protein style, fries and their awesome milkshake. It’s probably one of the things I miss most about no longer living on the West Coast.

In-n-out Burger in Las Vegas

We then did the touristy thing with our old Iphones because nobody wanted to schlep the Nikon D4S across the strip. We took in a Cirque Show (awesome & mesmerizing), saw Jeff Dunham (FUN!) and had an incredible time at the Mandarin Bar. Fantastic views across the strip and not at all crowded.

Excalibur Las Vegas at night

Excalibur Las Vegas at night

Yep, me posing like a tourist.;-)
Vermont wedding photographer in Las vegas

In short – we had a fantastic time in Vegas, learned a bunch and 2015 is positively going to rock!

Stay tuned for the next blog post for some really incredible photos of Hoover Dam, Death Valley, Red Rock, Lake Mead & the Valley of Fire – this time with real cameras.;-)

Kat – Kingdom Wedding Photography by Kat
your Vermont wedding photographer in Las Vegas

One of my favorite things about being a Vermont wedding photographer is seeing how my couples truly make the wedding their own. Take Ashley & Dan’s Jay Peak Resort wedding for example.
Vermont rustic chic wedding decor guest book idea

Instead of having a traditional guestbook, Ashley’s dad handcrafted this beautiful wooden table for them and guests were encouraged to sign the tabletop along with their well wishes.

Vermont rustic chic wedding decor guest book alternative

The tabletop was later sealed to stand the test of time and is now in use at Ashley & Dan’s place. What a cool wedding idea!

Vermont rustic chic wedding decor guest book idea

Happy Wedding Planning!

Kat – Kingdom Wedding Photography by Kat
your Vermont & New England destination wedding photographer

Some people were born with a green thumb. Then there’s me – two brown thumbs. I have, however, kept our studio’s lone cactus alive for close to 5 years now.;-)

And then there are people like Karen from Bloomers Garden Flowers who don’t just have a green thumb but are blessed with massive amounts of flower-magic. She’s an incredible Vermont gardener and florist and her wedding flowers are absolutely stunning and, best of all, grown locally. If I were a couple planning my Vermont wedding and looking for a wedding florist, I’d definitely be looking at Karen. I met her last year at Leigh & Greg’s summer wedding at Blueberry Hill Inn and the wedding flowers were absolutely positively stunning.

how to find the best florist in Vermont for wedding

Disclaimer: I will only showcase VT wedding vendors I have previously worked with, whose work I absolutely love and whom I’d have at my own wedding. That’s it. They don’t pay me, I don’t pay them.

But now, without further ado, here is Karen in her own words.

How did you get started in the wedding business?
I’ve always had a flower garden, a huge one, and a friend of mine asked me to help her out with her daughter’s wedding. I did and haven’t stopped. That was 24 years ago.

What do you do when you are not working? (are you ever not working);-)
Skate on rivers, tap dance, draw pen and ink sketches. And garden.

What is the coolest thing you’ve ever seen at a wedding?
Although I am rarely around after the flowers are setup, I remember a couple that said “I want our wedding to be like a Mad Hatter Tea Party” … and it was … very cool.

What is your favorite thing about what you do?
Dreaming up new ideas and growing the flowers.

how to find the best florist in Vermont for wedding

What do you think sets you apart from other wedding make-up artists in Vermont?
I grow much of what I use in my garden and collect wild materials I find in the woods or fields around my house. I have a barn full of ‘props, some antique, some Victorian, some rustic, some modern that I like to use to as containers to set the mood.

What’s the one thing you wish everyone knew about you or your business?
hmmmmmm …… I am reliable … although that’s hardly exciting.

how to find the best florist in Vermont for wedding

How would you describe your approach to weddings?
Often the best clues as to what people want are written in their faces and their attitude and how they present themselves. Of course what they have to say when we meet is important … but who they are under ‘normal conditions’ is a great clue as to what they generally are comfortable with and the mood they’d would like to convey at their wedding.

What inspires you in your work?
I guess my garden and the beauty I find in the woods around my house.

how to find the best florist in Vermont for wedding

What’s the best piece of advice you can give to couples planning a wedding?
Give the day some thought as to what would please you. Who you are, what is important to you, tell the various vendors with words, and pictures …. keep in mind the most important factor is who you’ve chosen to marry. — Karen Hescock, Bloomers Garden Flowers, Vermont wedding florist.

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And there you have it. Happy wedding planning!

Kat – Kingdom Wedding Photography by Kat
Your Northeast Kingdom Wedding Photographer