married: Elsie and Oliver at Kingsland Bay State Park
I kicked off wedding season with a true highlight: Elsie and Oliver’s wedding at Kingsland Bay State Park! The three of us have several ties and I was honored to get the call to be their for them on their wedding day. Oliver is a phenomenal photographer and Elsie runs her wonderful family-owned newspaper company here in Vermont. These two have a long history dating back to high school where they met and their relationship began. Their time-tested love is a true testament to their commitment and partnership that not only they share, but that their families share whom have bonded through the years.
The best part about photographing a wedding is learning about the families. From the toasts to the jokes to those tear-jerker first dances, a family’s history unfolds over the course of an evening. I left this wedding with such a warm and welcomed feeling extended by the Parinis and Lynns. Thank you.
But, hold up a second. Let’s go back to the beginning. Before there were smiles, there were tears. Happy tears.
And then there was laughter. Every once in a while a wedding will yield this photo and it never ceases to entertain.
I love this moment not only because it made an incredible image, but because it is so telling of the tight knit bond this family shares. Here they are doing the tiger (or lion? Elsie, I forget) to get psyched and brave to walk down the aisle. I should’ve taken a page from this playbook on my wedding day because I was a blubbering mess walking down the aisle. I cry. Sometimes behind the camera, too.
Here we go!
A beautiful family prayer before settling into the reception.
Another indicator of this family’s love through tradition. Elsie explained that these homemade wrapped paper balls were a piece of many celebrations in her family so they wanted to incorporate it into the wedding day. Each ball enclosed the surprise party favor for each guest. Better yet? Oliver proposed to Elsie the very same way: a ring wrapped in a paper ball for Elsie to open on their anniversary. This is why I photograph weddings, for these stories. Very sweet.
Oliver, being a true photographer and gentleman, always made sure his bride had the best light. Especially at golden hour.
I wanted Elsie’s face to catch in the one beam of sun, so a quick “Hey Elsie!” did the trick.
Meanwhile, back on the dance floor…
I’ll end on this frame. Elsie requested a photo with her beloved dog, one for her to cherish always. As a dog lover I absolutely can relate to wanting your full family with you on your big day…dogs included. Congratulations Oliver and Elsie on a truly, truly beautiful wedding day. You deserve it. Here’s to many more days as extraordinary as this one.