13 years ago, I landed at LAX to start my one year exchange program with USC to finish my graduate program & teach undergraduate classes in German. After a 12 hour flight, I confused a trash bin with the ash tray next to it and subsequently managed to set the trash bin on fire. I hastily retreated into the terminal to find out that British Airways had lost my luggage. Things were off to a great start.;-)

After taking a taxi to campus, the landlord promptly informed me that he had no place for me to stay. I subsequently spent my first night in Los Angeles in a tiny room behind his office sleeping in my traveling clothes. The next day was spent introducing myself to the head of the German Department in the same traveling clothes, registering for class, standing in line to apply for a SSN still in my traveling clothes, finally moving into my room [apartment would be an overstatement], turning on utilities, opening a bank account and trying to get a phone line with a temporary SSN … my first phone call went to my parents in Germany whom I managed to convince that things were going just fine. No mom, everything is just FINE … while still in my traveling clothes!

The next day, I bought a bike and took Vermont Ave. up to Wilshire Blvd. and then followed Wilshire all the way west until I reached Santa Monica where I took my first photo since landing in Los Angeles – thankfully, no longer in my traveling clothes.

moving to America

To their credit, British Airways got my suitcases to me two days later.

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

  • Hannelore Dietrich - August 2, 2014 - 11:50 am

    Vor 13 Jahren (oh Gott ist das schon so lang her) dachten wir noch, ein Jahr geht schnell vorbei. Dass es dann für immer sein würde – gut dass wir es damals noch nicht wussten. Mittlerweile haben wir uns damit arrangiert und freuen uns, dass es Dir und Damian gut geht. Alles Liebe bis zum nächsten Wiedersehen!

  • Karen Votolato Campos - August 1, 2014 - 3:53 pm

    So glad you made it to Vermont where our pThs in life crossed! Happy Anniversary!

I loved Ashley & Dan as well as Ashley’s parents from the moment we first met and their wedding day at Jay Peak Resort couldn’t come soon enough. Ash had her heart set on getting married at elevation and the weather held up beautifully for them to say their “I do’s” on top of the world.

Jay Peak Resort Sign

bridal preparations at Jay Peak Resort

A gorgeous dress for a gorgeous Vermont bride!

bridal preparations at Jay Peak Resort

bridal preparations at Jay Peak Resort

And we’re on the move to take the gondola up the mountain. In addition to being fun, beautiful & compassionate, Ashley proved that she can also navigate ANY terrain in her gorgeous heels.

bridal preparations at Jay Peak Resort

It’s probably a good thing that Dan said his vows first because following Ashley would have been a hard act to follow. Ashley’s vows to Dan were so sweet, heartfelt and full of humor that everybody in attendance was ready to say “I do”.

Vermont wedding ceremony outdoors on top of Jay Peak Elevation

Vermont wedding ceremony outdoors on top of Jay Peak Elevation

Vermont wedding ceremony outdoors on top of Jay Peak Elevation

first kiss as husband and wife

Vermont wedding ceremony outdoors on top of Jay Peak Elevation

We then took advantage of the gorgeous weather & views on top of Jay and had some fun with family photos …

creative fun family photos at Jay Peak summer wedding elevation collage

creative fun family photos at Jay Peak summer wedding elevation collage

creative fun family photos at Jay Peak summer wedding elevation collage

… before taking some stunning wedding photos of just Ashley & Dan.

bride and groom at Jay Peak Elevation

bride and groom at Jay Peak Elevation

wedding party on top of mountain

On our way to cocktail hour …

bride and groom in ski gondola at Jay Peak

bridal portrait

groom lifting bride with pink shoes

… we made one more quick stop to see if we could get them into a ski lift somewhere.

bride and groom portrait

STUNNING!

bridal portrait in ski lift Jay Peak wedding photographer

Lots of love & labor went into planning this wedding and all the amazing projects but my favorite one has to be their super cute and unique guest book: a table made by the father of the bride, signed by all guests.

pink bridal bouquet

rustic vintage wedding decor

These guys absolutely rocked their reception, from the dances to the toasts … this was truly an event to remember.

first dance as husband and wife

Jay Peak ballroom wedding reception

Jay Peak ballroom wedding reception

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Jay Peak ballroom wedding reception

Yep, she’ll absolutely cut you.;-)

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Ashley & Dan – Congratulations again on your wedding! It was an incredibly beautiful day and I’m so grateful that we got to meet and that I got to capture those memories for you.

xoxo
Kat – Kingdom Wedding Photography by Kat
your Jay Peak Vermont wedding photographer

  • Holly Desnoyers - August 5, 2014 - 1:01 am

    Amazing pictures!

  • Brenda Chase Gravel - August 1, 2014 - 12:21 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous!

  • Helen Willey - August 1, 2014 - 12:11 pm

    Lovely bride. Ashley you are gorgeous. Congratulations to you and Dan. Many years of happiness.

Three years ago, I photographed Mike & Celia’s wedding at the Inn at Mountain View Farm … they were two of the coolest people then and are two of the coolest people now – and also responsible for creating a super cool little person. We returned to their Vermont wedding venue last week and once again had an awesome time taking family photos!

Vermont family photographer

Vermont family photographer

Vermont family photographer

Vermont family photographer

Vermont family photographer

Vermont family photographer

Vermont family photographer

Vermont family photographer

Then & now – still awesome!

Vermont family photographer

Kat – Kingdom Wedding Photography by Kat
your Vermont family photographer

  • Shelley Robson - July 31, 2014 - 2:36 am

    Great photos, awesome family.

  • Christina Montalvo - July 29, 2014 - 4:59 pm

    great pics ur family is beautiful

  • Celia Deterling - July 29, 2014 - 3:04 pm

    The most amazing pictures I have ever seen :) All thanks to an amazing photographer

High school sweethearts Allie & Rens celebrated their Vermont destination wedding at the gorgeous Mountain Top Inn & Resort last weekend surrounded by friends & family who had traveled from across the country to spend the weekend with them.

Giddy excitement was in the air as Allie & her bridesmaids along with her parents & grandparents were getting ready for the day, flowers were being delivered, bow ties were attempted to be tied …

bride getting ready photos

bride getting ready photos

bride getting ready photos

… a sweet note from Rens was being delivered…

bride getting ready photos

… and everybody was ready to “Do this Thing”!…

bride getting ready photos

Allie’s veil is a very special veil … she is the 4th in her family to wear this veil on her wedding day, like her mom, her aunt and grandmother before her …

bride getting ready photos

Saturday also marked the first time I’ve ever seen a father of the bride helping his daughter with her dress resulting in incredibly sweet getting ready photos.

bride getting ready photos

bride getting ready photos

bride getting ready photos

bride getting ready photos

bride getting ready photos

Stunning. Allie – you’re beautiful.

bride getting ready photos

Let’s do this!!!

bride on her way to the wedding ceremony

father walking his daughter bride down the aisle

Christ the King Rutland Vermont church wedding ceremony

solemn bride during wedding ceremony

Christ the King Rutland Vermont church wedding ceremony

lighting of the unity candle with parents

first kiss and cheers as husband and wife

leaving the church as a married couple

First selfie as a married couple:

post wedding champaigne toast

After mass, we traveled back to the Mountain Top Inn and roamed the property by pick-up truck to take the “official” wedding photos with the wedding party & immediate family and these guys & gals ROCKED IT! They braved cow droppings, water, a wobbly pier & sand in high heels and looked stunning along the way.

Mountain Top Inn Vermont wedding family formals

Mountain Top Inn Vermont wedding family formals

wedding party family formals at Mountain Top Inn Vermont

bridesmaids with balloons

wedding party family formals at Mountain Top Inn Vermont

Vermont country wedding

large wedding party in Vermont

bridesmaids in Vermont

We took a couple of minutes to take photos of just Allie & Rens – the energy & love between them is super special.

couple portraits wedding photos

couple portraits wedding photos

couple portraits wedding photos

couple portraits wedding photos

couple portraits wedding photos

couple portraits wedding photos

couple portraits wedding photos

We managed to join cocktail hours for a just a bit before heading in for the reception at the wedding barn of the Mountain Top Inn and I just loved the rustic chic/vintage wedding decor – perfect for a Vermont wedding!

Vermont wedding barn

rustic vintage wedding decor

rustic vintage wedding decor

rustic vintage wedding decor

rustic vintage wedding decor

rustic vintage wedding decor

rustic vintage wedding decor

The toasts had people in tears (myself included), we all learned how to properly pronounce “Pinot Grigio” and how to NOT sneak into a girl’s room in the middle of a snow storm. Congratulations Allie & Rens – it’s hard to imagine two people better suited for each other.

maid of honor toasting bride and groom

first dance as husband and wife

first dance as husband and wife

father daughter dance

father daughter dance

mother son dance

bride and groom are cutting the cake

bride throwing the bouquet

wedding party dance floor packed

Vermont wedding reception dancing

Allie & Rens – enjoy your honeymoon in Hawaii!!! I loved, loved, LOVED everything about your wedding weekend and you are truly two of the sweetest people anybody could hope to ever meet and I’m so glad our paths crossed. Wishing you a world of happiness!!!

Kat – Kingdom Wedding Photography by Kat
Your Mountain Top Inn & Resort wedding photographer

  • Catherine Quinn - July 25, 2014 - 12:42 am

    What a picture perfect wedding Allie! You are just beautiful and I wish all the best to you and Rens!

  • Carole Davis Sampson - July 24, 2014 - 5:54 pm

    Beautiful pictures and awesome setting.

  • Shannon Barbato - July 24, 2014 - 3:53 pm

    Amazing photos ! Beautiful family !

  • Tara Rendon - July 24, 2014 - 3:19 pm

    Kat – These pictures are so beautiful, and I love the narrative!! I just hope my 1,000 pictures come out half as good! It was great meeting you, and a belated Happy Anniversary! (aunt) Tara

  • Gale Kneeland Heidke - July 24, 2014 - 3:16 pm

    Wow! The pictures are fantastic

  • Allie Hayes - July 24, 2014 - 2:43 pm

    Thank you so much Kat!!!!!!! Love these!!! You were so much fun to work with!! Love,
    Allie & Rens