Topic: Love Stories
Two years ago today, we were privileged to be able to photograph the wedding and reception of Jaimie and Rick. Several trees had already reached peak color for the foliage season and provided a beautiful backdrop to their outdoor wedding on a mountaintop in Elmore, Vermont. Our photographs and their love story were featured in the Fall 2010 issue of Vermont Bride Magazine.
But let Jaimie tell you their story in her own words ...
Jaimie & Richard
September 26, 2009 at the Hardwood Ranch in Elmore, VT
How we met
Rick and I were high school sweethearts. We met through mutual friends; we each went off to college but saw each other every weekend. Summers were great, since we got to see each other all the time. We began to talk about our future together and the direction in which we were headed. Rick makes me laugh and is the guy who doesn’t need to ever make a plan. I, on the other hand, am the organized planner!
We had decided to stay in Lamoille County and to build a home there. Rick and I looked at several pieces of land before settling on the perfect one for us. I continued to tell Rick that I wasn’t comfortable purchasing property with a “boyfriend.” He would shrug and agree. One week prior to purchasing the land and with me continuing to say I didn’t want to buy it with a “boyfriend,” Rick brought me up to the land to meet the realtor; we got there and no one was there. Rick suggested we walk out on the property and wait, which is what we did. We walked out to where we had planned on building our home and Rick got down on one knee and proposed. The realtor never did show up that evening! We then went to tell our parents and off to a romantic dinner that Rick had planned.
Our rehearsal dinner was held at the Webster Barn in Hyde Park. We wanted to invite all of our relatives and out of town guests for a relaxed fun country evening so we decided on a hoedown for that night. Black Diamond Catering did a wonderful job for us followed by a video of me, which was a gift from my uncles, growing up until I met Rick and fell in love. There were some tears and lots of laughter while watching the video. After an evening of fiddle music and dancing, we went our separate ways to wait for the big day.
Rick and I were married on a perfect fall day in September at Harwood Ranch, my grandparents’ property in Elmore, Vermont, surrounded by our loving family and friends.
Everything was picture-perfect. Guests arrived to the sounds of a bag piper as they walked to the ceremony tent on a path lined with mums. We had beautiful flowers from Wildflower Designs and Central Market Florist.
During the ceremony we had a violinist who played in the background. Stuart Weppler, a long time family friend, was our Justice of the Peace. His sense of humor and kindness made our ceremony even more special. Violin music continued during our cocktail hour. After a delicious dinner by Black Diamond Catering and Suzanna’s Catering, dance music was provided by SuperSounds DJ under a candle lit tent until the wee hours of the morning. We were so lucky to have Ayer Photography who captured all the special moments and people at our rehearsal, rehearsal dinner, getting ready and the entire wedding event.
At the reception, guests had fun having their pictures taken in a photo booth. A scrap book was there for guests to leave a picture and write a note to us. Much to our guests’ surprise we also had a complete DVD of all the photos taken that night!
I chose a wedding dress from Fiori's Bridal in Essex. With the help of my matron of honor, bridesmaids, grandmother and mother I picked out the perfect dress. I was so happy; the staff at Fiori's made choosing my dress as fun and as easy as picking out the one perfect dress could be!
Special thanks to Autumn Trombley, my hairdresser, for taking such good care of me and my entourage on the big day. Autumn pampered me by making my hair and makeup perfect for the day.
During the evening we were entertained by a wonderful fireworks display from North Star Fireworks. This was a complete surprise to Rick and me from my parents, as they know how we just love fireworks!
The most amazing thing about our wedding day was the feeling in the ceremony and our reception. On that day, I was filled with a sense of total peace. After months of details (and admittedly, stress) and planning, I was finally here, on the day of my wedding. I had never felt so content, and so happy. I was completely, totally joyous. Perhaps it was being surrounded by my family and friends, so many from far away, while I celebrated one of the most precious moments in my life with Rick. I do know how intensely grateful I am for such a perfect day; one that I can still remember in vivid detail.
entertainment: Supersounds DJ CO | 802-899-2823 | Underhill, VT | www.supersounds.com
bridal gown: Fiori Bridal Boutique | 802-872-9663 | www.fioribridal.com
photography: Ayer Photography | 802-338-9193 | Colchester, VT | www.ayerphoto.com
wedding resource: Vermont Bride | 802-879-3157 | www.vermontbridemagazine.com
flowers Wildflower Designs | 800-657-5118 | Stowe, VT www.wildflowerdesignsstowe.com (beautiful flowers located in huge urns & ceremony tent).
caterer: (hors d’oeuvers) Susanna’s Catering | 802-635-9094 | www.susannascatering.com
violinist: Professor Fairbanks | 802-644-5708 | Jeffersonville, VT | www.professorfairbanks.com
engagement rings & wedding bands: Perrywinkle’s Fine Jewelry | 802-865-2624 | Burl., VT| www.perrywinkles.com
rehearsal dinner: Webster Barn | 802-851-8054 | Hyde Park, VT | www.websterbarn.com
- Bridal gown: Fiori Bridal
- Bridesmaid dresses: Lubiana’s Bridal
- Ceremony & Reception: Hardwood Ranch, Elmore, VT
- Hair & Makeup: Artistic Roots Salon & Spa (Autumn Trombley), Morrisville, VT
- Tux: Arthur’s Department Store, Morrisville, VT
- Rentals: Northern VT Tent Rental
- Caterer: Black Diamond Catering
- Wedding Cake: Sherry Anderson, Morrisville, VT
- Bag Piper: Ian McDonald
- Additional flowers: Central Market Florist (note: bouquets & center pieces).
- Fireworks Display: Northstar Fireworks