The beautiful grounds of the Basin Harbor Club in Vergennes, Vermont, were the setting of our seventh wedding of the 2012 season - that of Amanda Osborne and Austin Whitaker on August 25, 2012. What started as a “warm” late summer day became one of the season's hottest! But that did not prevent the bride and groom from having a stunning wedding.
The day started with Linda taking pictures of Amanda getting into her wedding dress from David’s Bridal and Formal. Of course all the bridesmaids were also there in their blue, knee length dresses, also from David’s, assuring that Amanda would be pampered from her veil to her shoes.
Warren went in search of the groom and groomsmen and found them enjoying the day, taking their time getting ready. Of course on one of the hottest days of the year, who could blame them for waiting until the last minute to get into black tuxedos.
Finally everything was ready, as Greg Trulson, the officiant led Austin and his groomsmen to their place under the Basin Harbor Club's wedding arch. As Carolyn Beaver from Vermont Wedding Violinist continued playing, the bridesmaids made their way down the aisle. One of the cutest parts of the ceremony was the ring bearer and flower girl, William and Kate Vella, children of the sister of the groom, Kristen, and her husband Chuck. William, who is 2 ½ did just fine, while Kate who is only 11 months old was carried by her Dad. Both Dad and daughter did a great job throwing rose petals as they made their way to the front of the ceremony. That definitely was a picture taking opportunity (can we still say "Kodak moment?") for all guests.Then Amanda, on the arm of her father rounded the corner and made the way to her future husband, who, if you looked closely, had a tear in the corner of his eye when he first saw his bride.
Greg then led the couple through a beautifully orchestrated ceremony, from the welcoming of all family and guests, to the tender moments of the vows and exchanging of rings. One special moment came as Kristin Vella read a poem that she had written for the couple. While filled with jokes about the couple, the poem was also filled with tender moments. There was not a dry eye among the guests. Then it was that special moment when the bride and groom share their first kiss as husband and wife.
Immediately following the ceremony, Amanda and Austin requested that all the guests pose with the wedding party for one large group photo. As the guests, young and old, made their way to the designated shady spot, Warren climbed to the second floor porch overlooking the group and captured the shot beautifully.
While pictures were being taken in a nearby garden, guests enjoyed a variety of cocktails and hors d’oeuvre’s all catered by Basin Harbor Club. Even though the temperature was continuing to rise, we had a wonderful time taking pictures of this fun loving bridal party.
Formal portraits complete, it was time for the reception. By that time all were glad to join the rest of the guests in the cooler, more comfortable, air conditioning for dinner, dancing and great fun. During the toasts, given by both the best man and the maid of honor, we learned a little about the bride and groom's courtship.
They met while working at Essex Cinemas. But it appears their relationship did not become official until that first kiss on August 29, 2008, while sitting in a swing on the shore of Lake Champlain. Two years later Austin proposed to Amanda in a very unique way. Amanda and Austin loved to play scrabble, so after dinner one evening Austin suggested they play. While Amanda cleaned up dinner, Austin went to get the game and when Amanda turned around the board read “AMANDA NICOLE OSBORNE WILL YOU MARRY ME?” Now that was unique and clever! Of course the answer was "yes" and the wedding planning began.
Amanda and Austin’s advice for newly engaged couples includes giving yourself plenty of time to make your arrangements for your special day. Amanda also suggests doing as much as you can yourself, without going overboard, so you don’t stress yourself out on the wedding day itself.
Of course it takes a fairly large team of people to pull off a great wedding celebration like Austin and Amanda's. Here are some of the professionals that worked together to make this day a delight!
- Bridal Gown - David's Bridal
- Bridesmaids' Dresses - David's Bridal
- Groom's Tuxedo - Men's Wearhouse
- Engagement Ring - Hannoush Jewelers
- Wedding Rings - Kay Jewelers and Zales
- Bride's Hair - Shear Cuts
- Flowers - Hollyhocks Flowers & Designs
- Officiant - Greg Trulson
- Music - Vermont Wedding Violinist
- Wedding & Reception Venue - Basin Harbor Club
- Caterer - Basin Harbor Club
- Cake - Basin Harbor Club
- DJ / Announcer - Chad Stanclift of Super Tunes Entertainment
- Photographers - Ayer Photography of Vermont
To see additional photographs from Austin and Amanda's wedding:
- Sample Gallery by Ayer Photography
- Full Gallery by Ayer Photography (requires password from Bride and Groom)
- Album Design by Ayer Photography
Posted by Linda