Friday, July 30, 2010

Grace Church, St. Johnsbury, VT Wedding Photos,

Mary & Robert

Vermont has such lovely old churches. So much so, that it would be hard to pick just one as a favorite. Grace would make it on the short list. One thing about Grace is that it has places for the bride and groom to get ready that are beautiful places to shoot.

Here Mary and her rainbow of daughters and now step-daughters got ready for the big day. They were a pleasure to shoot. Like a bouquet of flowers with Mary right in the center: a white rose.

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Grace also has a choir loft that is just above and behind the altar. It's perfect for shooting without being in the way. Don't they look happy together?

We took pictures in the garden and in front of Grace first. Everyone who was at the wedding got into one big group shot.
After Grace, we went over to the Elks Lodge in Saint Johnsbury. This is not your typical Elks Lodge. It is a graceful, old mansion with marbled pillars and deeply carved molding. It is every bit as beautiful as some B&B's. While you won't have an Inn Keeper to rely on to get the details right, they do have a kitchen staff that does a great job with banquets.

This cake topper is spun glass...very unique!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Alerin Barn, St. Johnsbury Photos

Once again, I found myself at the Alerin of my favorite venues. As a photographer I appreciate the attention to detail at the Alerin. Everywhere you point the camera is beautiful.

Today I was lucky to have an equally beautiful bride to shoot, Jenn. Talk about grace under pressure.

I like to take pictures of the bride at the window of the bridal suite--it's a classic shot with natural light. We pulled up the blind...and...viola...rain. It's raining buckets outside. You can see by Jenn's face that she was taking it all in stride.

We went out onto the big front porch to take more pictures under cover but still with a view of the garden. It was raining like it would never quit but Jenn was certain it would blow over.

After pictures, we went back in for a champaign toast.

When we went back out the rain was gone and there were blues skies and puffy clouds as far as could be seen. It turned into a perfect day!

My husband, Val Davis, played his guitar up on the hill as the guests gathered on the log benches. I must say it sounded wonderful and though I am partial you should check out his playing on line at and judge for yourself.

Jenn and Rich were both a pleasure to is obvious how much they love each other and how excited they were to be married. It was really a story-book wedding.

The ceremony was was hard for me to pick images to show.

One thing I love about the Alerin in St. Johnsbury is that it is so well thought out. I hear a lot of people who say they had to leave their guests to take formal pictures. Jenn was worried about this. She and Rich wanted to enjoy the cocktail hour with their guests and not miss out on the party that they had worked so hard to plan.

No worries! The Alerin's best views are right near the cocktail area so we just asked guests to come and join us as they were needed.

This was a great group of people. After dinner the dance floor was always full. I love people who know how to have a good time.

So here is another wedding to add to my favorites. I'm so glad I got to be part of Jenn and Rich's special day.