married at the Middlebury Inn
What an incredible day. A crisp autumn afternoon quickly transformed into a downpour forcing the outdoor garden ceremony inside, portraits on the grounds moved to the covered porch and the cocktail hour became a cozy gathering at the Middlebury Inn bar. But, the weather didn’t dampen the couple’s spirits. These two brought a warmth and relaxed feel to their wedding day that I rarely see. It was calm, but yet a party. Everyone greeted each other like old friends, family quickly dove into great conversation and the soon-to-be-wed couple was still buzzing about in jeans and shorts. I loved it. This wedding was not about the fanfare – it was all about the love.
A wonderful moment happened during the ceremony. The officiant, a Vermont Supreme Court Justice, Honorable Beth Robinson, was reading a passage and as I crouched in front of the altar to get a photo of the kiss it hit me that I struck a similar pose in 2009 while covering the marriage equality vote at the Vermont Statehouse. That was the last time I saw Beth Robinson. She was an integral part in bringing civil unions and later legalized marriage equality to Vermont. I’ll never forget that day and all the stories I worked on leading up to it as couples hoped for the day they, too, could marry the ones they love. I’ll never take my own vows for granted and am thankful that now Vermont isn’t the only state in the union to recognize true equality.