Oh, how do we keep getting so lucky with the weather for these gorgeous outdoor weddings?! This weekend took us to the Shelburne Vineyard in Shelburne, Vermont. This venue is so awesome and perfect for smaller weddings that I can’t say enough great things about it. It’s easy to get to and close to Burlington, where Kristen and her bridesmaids got ready at a hotel overlooking Lake Champlain. One thing I really loved about this venue was that it wasn’t huge and didn’t have a big ballroom or anything that would surely be overwhelming for a smaller wedding. Instead, there are several smaller spaces that allowed for guests to spread out and enjoy the party in their own way. In the center was the bar, which is also where the buffet was set up for dinner, with an outdoor covered patio space with tables that overlooked a grassy lawn surrounded by rows of vines. Some chose to hang outdoors or at the bar, while others headed upstairs to the dance floor in the loft above the bar.
I also can’t say enough about how amazing Kristen and Trevor are. I finally met them in person the week before the wedding at a coffee shop in Lebanon, NH, and it was pretty clear we were going to have a good time. They were so easy-going and their whole wedding party was welcoming, fun, and entertaining. It was also great that they were so flexible because two minutes after the ceremony ended, as we tried to begin portraits, a thunderstorm moved through. Thankfully, Ted was watching it on radar so we didn’t get wet, and everyone was able to grab a drink and socialize while waiting out the storm. The light after the rain stopped was soft and warm, with dark clouds and nice contrast, which made for some great photos. This celebration was definitely one of those times when photographing weddings is so much fun that I can’t believe this is my job. Meeting new people, spending time outdoors, helping couples have the best day ever, and capturing the love, creativity, and joy of their wedding days is so interesting and rewarding.