14 degrees, outdoor family photos and a baby. Sounds like a winning recipe for family photos, doesn’t it?:-)

Actually, it is when you’re as awesome as Dawna, Jarred and Mabel. Years ago, I had photographer their engagement and their wedding and was super stoked when Dawna emailed me a couple of days ago about family photos. I had such an absolutely fantastic fun time with the three of them … we even caught baby’s high five on camera!

candid and fun family photos in Northern Vermont

Vermont's best family photos

candid and fun family photos in Northern Vermont

Vermont's #1 portrait photographer

Vermont's best family photos

Happy Holidays!!!

Kat – Kingdom Wedding Photography by Kat
your Vermont family photographer

“It’s 76 degrees here.”
“Well, we just had another foot of snow.”

That was the conversation between the two of us when I called home after landing in Miami Beach last week. Mojito in hand, I was enjoying a warm evening on my hotel’s patio. Damian meanwhile was not enjoying shoveling snow back in Vermont. From what I heard, nobody was serving him Mojitos either. I was in Florida for a workshop on invisible posing with the one and only Roberto Valenzuela – one of the best wedding photographers in the world. The day before the workshop, however, was all mine and I took in everything Miami Beach had to offer.

Miami Beach Florida Destination Wedding Photographer

First thing in the morning, I walked along the Miami Beach Boardwalk towards the town center to take a Art Deco Walking Tour (I LOVE architecture), the only tour in Miami where all the profits go back into protecting the historic buildings. It’s a 90 minute walk-up tour by the Miami Design Preservation League and we learned to differentiate between Mediterranean Revival, True Art Deco and heard so many cool facts about the history of Miami Beach.
Miami Beach Florida Destination Wedding Photographer

Miami Beach Florida Destination Wedding Photographer

Miami Beach Florida Destination Wedding Photographer

Fun fact: Miami Beach is mostly man-made, none of the beaches are natural, all of the sand is imported and has to be replenished frequently. Who knew?
Miami Beach Florida Destination Wedding Photographer

Miami Beach Florida Destination Wedding Photographer

Miami Beach Florida Destination Wedding Photographer

As a foodie and TripAdvisor addict, I had researched Miami Beach restaurants compulsively. Few things suck more than being excited about a restaurant only to have the food be not-quite-what-you-hoped-for. Not the case at El Bolivar. The food was out of this world fantastic (try the Yucca Fries!), the Mojito was phenomenal and the dessert menu had me drooling.
Miami Beach Florida Destination Wedding Photographer

Finally, I soaked up the sun for a little bit before heading for Fort Lauderdale.

Stay tuned for the next blog post with tons of newfound insights into posing and lighting.

Kat – Kingdom Wedding Photograph by Kat LLC
Your Vermont & Florida Destination Wedding Photographer

If there’s one way to ruin your first dance photos, it’s talking about anything negative that happened during the day. No “you would NOT believe what xzy said/did.” Any sort of negativity will absolutely show in your wedding photos so instead, laugh, giggle and flirt with each other … just don’t vent about anything may have occurred since you last had a chance to really talk to each other. Happy Thoughts Only!:-)

first dance of bride and groom

Better yet, don’t talk at all (because most of us don’t look that good when photographed while talking). Simply enjoy the moment. Close your eyes, hold your new spouse close, snuggle, kiss and enjoy these couple of minutes together.

Happy Wedding Planning!!!

Kat – Kingdom Wedding Photography by Kat LLC
your best Vermont destination wedding photographers

Ellen & Chris are two of the most easy-going, fun people anybody could hope to meet. Their Vermont Destination wedding at the Killington Grand Hotel was truly a family affair; when I arrived, I promptly ran into Ellen’s mother and sister, who were setting up the Donut Buffet (!) for the evening. Ellen’s wedding dress was originally her mom’s dress, lovingly reworked by her aunt Luanne, Ellen’s dad created the buffet decor and the fantastic stand for the escort cards, cards that were done by Ellen herself, who also created the bridesmaids gifts.
donut buffet for wedding

Hair and make-up was done by a super close friend of Ellen’s, Sean of Salon Beau in Andover MA, who also created Ellen’s 2nd look prior to the reception. It is always awesome to see families & friends put so much time, love, and effort into a wedding.
bride getting ready wedding photos at the Killington Vermont Grand Resort

bride getting ready wedding photos at the Killington Vermont Grand Resort

A word about the groomsmen: These guys were amazing! Hands down awesome. Fun, utterly respectful and super duper helpful.
groom getting ready wedding photos at the Killington Vermont Grand Resort

Ellen & Chris opted for a First Look Reveal and braved the 30 degrees and whipping winds like champions.

First look photos by Vermont Wedding Photographer

pre-ceremony wedding photos yes or no?

First look photos by Vermont Wedding Photographer

As did their awesome bridesmaids and groomsmen. You rock!

groomsmen accessories - colorful socks

bridesmaids in Killington Vermont

dark blue bridesmaids dresses and ugg boots

The wedding ceremony was super short & sweet and in no time, Ellen & Chris were husband and wife.
father walking bride down the aisle

Vermont indoor wedding ceremony at the Killington Grand Resort

Vermont indoor wedding ceremony at the Killington Grand Resort

Debbie from Vermont Country Flowers created the amazing bouquet and center pieces.

beautiful bridal bouquet with roses in soft pink and white

DIY escort card holder made by the father of the bride

Oh, and we finally got to taste the famous donuts from Jones’ Donuts and Bakery out of Rutland. While more than 2 hours from our house, this warrants a weekly trip down there.:-)
donut buffet for wedding

Just before the wedding reception at the Oscar Wilde Ballroom, Ellen snuck out of cocktail hour to surprise Chris and her wedding guests with her second look – a secret that had been in the making since early this year! Needless to say, she looked absolutely STUNNING and Chris looked entirely smitten when he saw her in this gorgeous & amazing dress.
second wedding dress and second first look

I SO loved the first dance and the way Chris and Ellen gazed into each other’s eyes …
first dance as husband and wife

… followed immediately by the father/daughter and mother/son dances, who were super sweet as well!
mother/son and father/daugher dances during Vermont wedding reception in Killington

Chris and Ellen’s DJ, Marc Anthony from Murray Hill Talent, rocked. There’s no other way of saying it – the dance floor was packed at any and all times as family and friends danced the night away.
epic Vermont wedding reception with an amazing dance party

epic Vermont wedding reception with an amazing dance party

Oh, and this is what your dance floor will actually look like when your fabulous DJ plays Bon Jovi’s Living on a Prayer. A certain wedding photographer may have actually joined the group at that point.:-)
what your wedding reception dance floor looks like when the DJ plays Bon Jovi's Living on a Prayer

Ellen & Chris’ best man came outside with us to hold the little light, crouching behind the couple in the (still freezing) wind. Can’t thank you enough for leaving the reception behind to sneak out with us!!!
supermoon wedding photo at Killington Vermont Resort

Ellen & Chris – I could not have wished for a better way to end this last week than ending it on the highest note possible: your wedding! You brought together friends & family in a way that all of us should strive for. Wishing you love & happiness to last you a lifetime!!

Kat – Kingdom Wedding Photography by Kat LLC
Vermont Destination Wedding Photographer