“What an honor it was to shoot Laurel & Chris’ wedding! I met Laurel in Grad School and we joked the first time we met that I’d shoot her wedding in Mauritius (an island off the coast of Eastern Africa), how cool would that have been!! Things got a bit more local… she contacted me, and of course I still wanted to be a part of their big day. Everything was so incredibly stunning we couldn’t have asked for better! It had threatened to rain all evening, and sprinkled a little during dinner, but good ‘ol mother nature gave us a gorgeous sunset to end such a perfect day.” – Ellen of Ampersand Wedding Photography
“Certainly the highlight – other than professing our love to one another through our vows in front of everyone we love – was the 5k road race we organized around the Shelburne Farms grounds afterward. Standing in Lake Champlain looking at all our bad-ass (can we use moderate profanity here?) friends/family who competed, and I mean competed in the race, sitting on the stone wall chatting away about the conditions of the day (freaking hot), recent happenings, future plans, Carol (my mother) beating Rick (Chris’ dad) by sneak-attacking him at the end of the race, what have you. Life could not have gotten any better…
..Grampy Jim built the boxes in which Wendy (Chris’ mom) planted herbs; Carol (my mom) put together childhood pictures and all the beautiful touches catching to the eye. This was not a lot of work for us however those who took on the projects may have something different to say! I however, designed our invitations!
..Old: Chris’s grandmother’s pearl necklace, New: the dress, Blue: the bridesmaids!
..Don’t STRESS; and if it feels stressful don’t do it!” – Laurel, the bride
photography: Ampersand Wedding Photography // venue: Shelburne Farms // event planner: Social Events by Casey Friend // dress: Judd Waddell via Sewly Yours Bridal // bridesmaids: Nicole Miller // hair: Don O’Connell // makeup: Cynthea’s Spa // suits: IndoChino // florist: Rose Robitaille // catering: Joe Bossen of Vermont Bean Crafters // rentals: Vermont Tent Company // music: Kat Wright and the Indomitable Soul Band