Our fourth wedding of the 2012 season was that of Rebecca Sevy and Bryan Chicoine. They were married on Saturday, June 23rd, 2012 at the Round Barn at Sleepy Hollow Inn Ski & Bike Center on Sherman Hollow in Huntington, Vermont. The heat wave we had had only days before gave way to temperatures in the mid-70's and a beautiful partly cloudy sky for near idyllic conditions for an outdoor wedding.
Note the beautiful blue sky reflected in the windows of the Round Barn that is part of the Sleepy Hollow Inn campus. In fact the whole wedding party had stayed over at the inn and had spent the prior evening after the rehearsal dinner around an outdoor campfire by the pond complete with S'mores.
We had first met Rebecca months before when we took our bichon frise to the Burlington Emergency & Veterinary Specialists in Williston. Rebecca was the attending vet that night and helped him through a tough time dealing with a reaction to the chemo he had had for his cancer. We became friends and were delighted when she and Bryan selected us to photograph their wedding.
When I asked Rebecca how they met, she told me that they met back "in 2004 through the UVM-CREAM program." She described herself as the "young naive student" and Bryan as the "handsome, older and wiser herdsman." She said that she was on a scavenger hunt to find things on the farm and happened to show up at his front door. She said, "it was love at first sight for me" and she "had a huge crush on him all year and he did not know it."
She said that they dated briefly in 2005, but life then separated them by many years and miles. They kept in touch, however, and finally in 2010, she said that she "came to her senses and looked him up again. I was in California at vet school, but he was soon to be visiting his brother in southern California." So, they had their "2nd first date on the Santa Monica pier, and they both knew this time was different."
When I asked how they got engaged, she told me that they had gone to Bryan's brother's house in California about a year later. After doing Disney, Bryan "said he'd like to go to Santa Monica." She described him as being "fidgety the whole way there."
She said that they "arrived at about 4:45, the sun was shining, without a cloud in the sky, but the wind was heavy off the water, making for a comfortable cool day. We headed for the pier and got the first creamees of the year." She went on to say that they "strolled along the pier taking pictures here and there. We asked a man with a big Nikon camera to take one of them with the ferris wheel in the background. Then once the ice cream was eaten and the pier had been explored, Bryan suggested we go down to the water and take some 'romantic pictures.'
She continued, "we headed down the boardwalk and I kicked off my flip flops. Bryan opted to leave his sneakers on. We strolled along where the sand meets the water because Bryan was hunting for a place to take pictures of our hands in the sand. After a couple of trials we found a place that was just right. He made his imprints and coached me on how to make mine show up. Then he wrote the date underneath our hands and took a picture. As I was wiping the sand from my hands he took me close and asked, 'which finger would and an engagement ring go on?' I looked at him excitedly, then pointed to the hand on the left and said, 'ummm, that one!'"
She said things got a little blurry after that, "he talked about how perfect the last year has been and how he's looking forward to many more to come ... and then he got down on one knee. While he was reaching for the ring, the tide came up and soaked his sneakers!! But he did not scream like I did, he pulled out a beautiful ring and asked if I would marry him! I said, 'yes!' and he sniffed, 'you will?' to which I replied 'OF COURSE!'
"Then in our giddiness we shot a bunch more pictures, and he shared with me how he had asked (her father) the day before at Disneyland." They got engaged at the site of what they called their "2nd first date."
They chose to get married at the Sleepy Hollow Inn because of the seclusion and rustic Vermont feel, and the fact that the whole bridal party could be together for the whole weekend. They had originally wanted an early July wedding, but had to settle for late June because of the Inn's availability.
Rebecca's aunt. Laura Sevy, officiated the double ring ceremony in the gazebo by the pond. Bryan and Rebecca greeted their guests as they made their way the short walk up the path to the Round Barn for the reception. We paused for some more formal photos by the pond, by the Inn, and among the wild flowers, and then joined their guests in the Barn. It was a great evening topped off by a pink sky behind the distant Camel's Hump.
One fun thing about this wedding among many was the shoes. For weeks there had been a risk of rain on the day in question, so to prepare, the bride and bridesmaids came equipped with "wellies" (rain boots)! The bride wore her bright yellow boots under her gown for the ceremony, before switching to designer stiletto's at the reception, followed by flip flops later in the evening.
It was a great wedding and we were thrilled to have been a part of it!
Of course it takes a fairly large team of people to pull off a great wedding celebration like Bryan and Rebecca's. Here are some of the professionals that worked together to make this day a delight!
- Bridal Gown - David's Bridal
- Bridesmaids' Dresses - Impressions & Alfred Angelo
- Groom's Tuxedo - Needleman's Bridal
- Bride's Rings - Zales
- All Flowers - the Bride's Grandmother
- Ceremony & Reception Venue - Sleepy Hollow Inn
- Rehearsal Dinner Caterer - Sugarsnap
- Reception Caterer - Occasions Catering
- Rentals - Celebrations Rentals
- DJ / Announcer - David Wright
- Photographers - Ayer Photography of Vermont
To see additional photographs from Bryan & Rebecca's wedding:
- Sample Gallery by Ayer Photography
- Full Gallery by Ayer Photography (requires password from Bride and Groom)
Posted by Warren