Our sixth wedding of the 2012 season was that of Andrea Hudson and Cole Rees at the Basin Harbor Club in Vergennes, Vermont, on August 10th.
It is a beautiful venue and the couple had grand plans for a ceremony at the wedding arch, pictures in the gardens and along the shore, followed by a reception at the North Dock. But as I pulled into the parking lot the day before the wedding for the rehearsal, it was raining. As I parked the car, the rain quickly turned to hail, which meant the first part of the rehearsal was spent huddled in our respective cars. When it finally eased up, we all made our way to the Basin Harbor Town Hall - the "rain location" for the ceremony.
Once we worked out the basic flow of the ceremony, we then went back to the arch for a walk-through in case it was sunny, or at least not raining the next day.
The next day when I dropped Linda off for the bride getting ready pictures, the bride was still hopeful for an outdoor wedding, even though it was already raining.
Andrea had told the Basin Harbor staff that she still wanted to go with an outdoor ceremony if it stopped just before it was time to start. To accommodate a possible rapid change of plans the Basin Harbor staff actually set up the Town Hall and a nearby garden with chairs, so that they could go either way at the last minute. But as the time to begin the ceremony approached, they made the decision reluctantly to go inside as the rain was still falling.
It was a beautiful ceremony, nonetheless, with many do-it-yourself features. Even the officiant was a family friend.
Meanwhile, the rain finally subsided and we were able to make our way to the nearby gardens for some photos. The wedding party jumped for joy!
We were even able to walk around some of the bay for some additional photos of the newlyweds.
And another over near the wedding arch.
And then it was back to the Ranger Room for the reception since the weather was far too uncertain to serve food on the dock. When it came time for the cake, they cut a small cake provided by a friend, while the guests dined on a selection of cupcakes.
Glass clinking was outlawed and guests were required to sing a love song if they wanted the newlyweds to kiss.
And instead of a dollar dance the couple had a tie cutting. This is a tradition where guests may buy a piece of a tie to serve as a souvenir and to make a gift to the couple.
In spite of the rain earlier in the day, the evening stayed dry and everyone had a great time!
Of course it takes a fairly large team of people to pull off a great wedding celebration like Cole and Andrea's. Here are some of the professionals that worked together to make this day a delight!
- Bridal Gown - Needleman's Bridal
- Bridesmaids' Dresses - Needleman's Bridal
- Groom's Tuxedo - Needleman's Bridal
- Engagement Ring - Hannoush Jewelers
- Wedding Rings - Perrywinkles Fine Jewelry
- Wedding & Reception Venue - Basin Harbor Club
- Caterer - Basin Harbor Club
- Photographers - Ayer Photography of Vermont
To see additional photographs from Cole & Andrea's wedding:
- Sample Gallery by Ayer Photography
- Full Gallery by Ayer Photography (requires password from Bride and Groom)
Posted by Warren