I am so proud of being a Vermont wedding photographer. Our little state has always been a leader when it comes to treating everybody equally; from being the first state to introduce civil unions to same sex couples back in 2000 to finally making gay marriage legal in the fall of 2009, about half a year after we officially opened the doors at Kingdom Wedding Photography (named after the Northeast Kingdom we call home) here in the Green Mountain State.

The reactions back then, much akin to the reactions we’re seeing now in response to last week’s SCOTUS decision, surprised me. We received angry emails about being “gay wedding photographers” and got our fair share of absurd phone calls as well – on one memorable night, a concerned gentleman from California called to voice his concern yell at the top of his lungs “HOW DARE YOU JUST PHOTOGRAPH Jehovah’s Witnesses’ weddings!” Somehow, the name “Kingdom Wedding Photography” got him confused. I never understood the anger. If two people are in love and want to get married, I’m beyond thrilled for them and absolutely want to photograph their wedding.

Over the years, I’ve photographed Christian weddings, Jewish weddings, Mexican weddings, interracial weddings, Baptist weddings, gay weddings, straight weddings, spiritual weddings, courthouse weddings, interfaith weddings and had the honor of witnessing & documenting the most incredible people commit themselves to each other (strangely, not a single Jehovah’s Witness wedding. Yet.;-)). Couples came from Illinois, Florida, Texas, California and other states just to get married in Vermont – as honored as I was, it always broke my heart just a tiny bit knowing that their home states wouldn’t recognize their union.

I’m super stoked about last week’s Supreme Court decision – now there is no longer gay marriage or straight marriage, just marriage. Boom!

same sex gay marriage wedding photographer in Vermont

To all of my amazing couples – thank you so very much for having me be part of your journey! I’m beyond honored that you selected me to document your wedding days and capture those memories for you.

To anybody who may have a problem with this: I wish you all the best and hope you find a another Vermont wedding photographer who is a much better fit for you.

Love!

Kat – Kingdom Wedding Photography by Kat

Patrick, who is notoriously bad at keeping secrets, was planning to surprise Becky with a proposal on Christmas. He went to Becky’s mother’s house and asked for her daughter’s hand in marriage & handpicked Becky’s engagement ring. In the meantime, family & friends were placing bets on whether he would be able to keep his secret until Christmas.

Thanksgiving came and Becky & Patrick were hosting the family dinner and nedless to say, Patrick didn’t last until Christmas and proposed to Becky that Thanksgiving Eve. Actually, as per Becky, he didn’t officially ask, she didn’t officially respond as both were choking up but Becky put on the ring. When there’s such a deep and mutual understanding, you don’t need words.

“I can’t imagine life without him” – that’s what Becky said when we chatted in the week leading up to her wedding to Patrick at Kill Kare State Park. Kill Kare is a family tradition, the place that will always bring back warm memories of family vacations, water fights with Becky’s dad and it was only appropriate that they picked Kill Kare to make more memories of their new life together.

Becky & her bridesmaids & family were getting ready at a super cute vacation rental in St. Albans …
bride getting ready

… and her ring bearers, sorry, ring SECURITY staffers, are hands down the coolest kids anybody could possibly wish for.
bride getting ready

bride getting ready

bride getting ready

bride getting ready

bride getting ready

Becky & Patrick opted for a first look session before the wedding ceremony before we headed over to Kamp Kill Kare for their wedding ceremony.

first look session

first look session

We had planned the timeline with plenty of time for formal wedding photos with all of the family members, some of whom hadn’t seen each other in six years, prior to the ceremony and once again, the kids were incredible and absolutely rocked their photos!
family formal wedding photos kill kare state park

We even found the time to skip some rocks across the water – another family tradition.
family formal wedding photos kill kare state park

Becky & Patrick’s wedding ceremony couldn’t have been any sweeter, there were incredible details and decorations …
purple and green wedding decor

… with Becky’s late dad having his own seat as well.
honoring deceased relatives at wedding

purple and green wedding decor

flower girl and ring bearers at Kill Kare State Park wedding

brothers walking bride down the aisle

Kill Kare State Park Vermont wedding

Kill Kare State Park Vermont wedding

Kill Kare State Park Vermont wedding

Kill Kare State Park Vermont wedding

We took the opportunity for a group photo before the recessional to make sure that none of the guests bailed;-)and they were real troopers about this. It’s always super special to have a wedding photo with all the guests!
group photo of all wedding guests

Husband & wife!
Kill Kare State Park Vermont wedding

Becky & Patrick designed and created the entire wedding decor themselves – Becky sewed all the little flags you see, Pat brewed all the beer for their wedding and handcrafted all the lovely wooden accents (including the box for their wedding rings) over months. Pat’s daughter created the guest book/tree and the stunning flowers were provided by the always amazing Karen Hescock from Bloomer’s Garden.
vintage chic rustic wedding decor in green and purple for a Vermont summer wedding

vintage chic rustic wedding decor in green and purple for a Vermont summer wedding

vintage chic rustic wedding decor in green and purple for a Vermont summer wedding

vintage chic rustic wedding decor in green and purple for a Vermont summer wedding

vintage chic rustic wedding decor in green and purple for a Vermont summer wedding

vintage chic rustic wedding decor in green and purple for a Vermont summer wedding

vintage chic rustic wedding decor in green and purple for a Vermont summer wedding

vintage chic rustic wedding decor in green and purple for a Vermont summer wedding

If I hadn’t been entirely smitten with Becky & Pat, I would have been at this point: a cake buffet! Plenty of deliciousness from Sweet Simone’s. Cake & cookies!!! COOKIES!

vintage chic rustic wedding decor in green and purple for a Vermont summer wedding

Kill Kare wedding reception

There wasn’t a dry eye during the touching toasts & memories shared by family members and friends.

Kill Kare wedding reception

Kill Kare wedding reception

Kill Kare wedding reception

Becky & Pat decided to have a mobile, wood-fired, brick, pizza oven and the guys from Open Hearth Pizza served up amazing pizza that even drew comparison’s to East Boston’s famed Santarpio’s Pizza. Yep, that good!
Kill Kare wedding reception

We finally found the time to take photos of just Becky & Pat and the two were finally able to enjoy some time just by themselves and take everything in.
fun and relaxed wedding portraits Vermont

fun and relaxed wedding portraits Vermont

fun and relaxed wedding portraits Vermont

fun and relaxed wedding portraits Vermont

“I can’t imagine life without him” – that’s what Becky said when we chatted in the week leading up to her wedding to Patrick.

fun and relaxed wedding portraits Vermont

fun and relaxed wedding portraits Vermont

Kill Kare State park wedding Vermont bride on a swing

Becky & Pat – I’m so forever grateful that you stumbled across my website on google. You’re two of the sweetest, funnest (I continue to maintain that this is a word) and most awesome people anybody could hope to meet! Wishing you a lifetime of happiness & bliss together and many, many more memories at Kill Kare!

Kat – Kingdom Wedding Photography by Kat
Vermont State Park weddings

Here’s the incredible team of Vermont wedding vendors who helped make Becky & Pat’s day special:

Wedding Coordinator: Firefly Events
Flowers: Bloomer’s Garden Flowers
Rentals: Vermont Tent Company
Catering: Open Hearth Pizza
Cake: Sweet Simone’s
Wedding Venue: Kill Kare State Park
Hair: Shanna Hill – Mane Studio
Make-up: Kristin Minton – Pure Beauty
Wedding Favors: Pieces of Vermont
Wedding Photography: Kingdom Wedding Photography by Kat

  • Maureen Kivlan - July 5, 2015 - 12:33 am

    Every picture here is beautiful and really captures what a happy day it was!

  • Mary Ronner-Behrendt - July 4, 2015 - 9:31 pm

    Beautifully done! A lovely reflection of the amazing memories of Bec & Pat’s special day…… Thanks, Kat! MKRB

  • Donna Dragosits - July 2, 2015 - 1:20 pm

    Becky, such a beautiful day! I am so happy for you and hope someday to meet Pat. Thank you for sharing the photos.!

There just never seems enough time to get stuff done around the house. The garden is overgrowing. The garage is as well (seriously, it looks like an episode of Hoarders in there “The woman who never got rid of her cartons. On a related note, I need to quit my Amazon Prime membership). While there’s no excuse for the garage, I found the perfect excuse for giving up on weeding. It’s called – embracing wildflowers!

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Happy Summer.

Kat – Kingdom Wedding Photography by Kat
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