Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Wedding Photography Vermont Style : Northeast Kingdom Wedding

The Northeast Kingdom, for the uninitiated, is a large swath of Vermont that is largely rural area bordered to the West by mountains and to the East by the Connecticut River. You wouldn't think that it would have made the National Geographic list of best places for Geo-tourism in America...but it isn't really surprising to anyone who has been here. What is more surprising is that more people don't know about this fantastic place. It is a land of dichotomy. Home to the acclaimed Kingdom Trails...one of the best mountain biking trails in the world. You about can't swing a stick without hitting a talented chef or musician yet you probably won't end up here unless you plan to. It isn't like you will happen to come across the Kingdom on your way somewhere else so do make the time and come. You will be happy you did. It is often called the "Vermonter's Vermont" and you should stay a while and experience this for yourself.

Here are some of my favorite wedding spots...some of them have amazing people to run them and others don't have any one at all (strictly do-it-yourself). With catering going mobile and tent rental businesses that won't say "you want it where?" A great many weddings happen in gorgeous locations despite there not being any venue to speak of...take this wedding:

Shot at Lake Whilloughby. Whilloughby is called the jewel in the crown of the Northeast Kingdom. There is an inn (Willow Vale) but this couple decided to have their wedding at the park and their formals at North Beach. The reception was in a rental cabin with a tent outside. You couldn't ask for a more beautiful venue than this.

Jay is another fantastic option. Romantic Gondola rides to the top of the mountain are a must. With views all the way to Burlington on one side and Lake Memphremagog on the other your wedding photos will be unforgettable.

The Inn at Mt. View Farm is about as "Vermonty" as you can get. Located on Darling Hill in Lyndonville, the most beautiful road in the area...lined with mature maples it winds a ridge with views to the North of Whilloughby Gap.  Get married in the gardens or in the meadow that over-looks Whilloughby Gap. The Inn has accommodations for the entire wedding party to make for a stress free day.  It is the perfect blend of rustic and modern-comfort.

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