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.
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.
A word about the groomsmen: These guys were amazing! Hands down awesome. Fun, utterly respectful and super duper helpful.
Ellen & Chris opted for a First Look Reveal and braved the 30 degrees and whipping winds like champions.
As did their awesome bridesmaids and groomsmen. You rock!
The wedding ceremony was super short & sweet and in no time, Ellen & Chris were husband and wife.
Debbie from Vermont Country Flowers created the amazing bouquet and center pieces.
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.
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.
I SO loved the first dance and the way Chris and Ellen gazed into each other’s eyes …
… followed immediately by the father/daughter and mother/son dances, who were super sweet as well!
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.
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.
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!!!
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