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Tuesday, 28 August 2012
The Fuller-Woodruff Wedding
Mood:  happy
Topic: Weddings
The Stables at Pigeon Hill Farm, an 1800's farm restored as a B&B, barn-style reception venue and gardens, was the setting for our eighth wedding of the 2012 season.  It was the wedding of Aaron Woodruff and Kristi Fuller on a beautiful sunny Sunday, August 26, 2012, in the little town of East Berkshire, Vermont.  While all of our weddings are unique, this wedding took on special meaning as this time, the bride was our daughter.    

If you have not visited or driven past this delightful venue, you have missed one of the most beautiful, peaceful spots in Vermont.  Pigeon Hill Farm consists of an amazing Bed & Breakfast, an 1870 carriage barn, known now as “The Stables”, and gardens that bloom from spring to late fall.  From the rehearsal to the special day, every detail was handled with special loving care by Michael and Jeffrey, owners of this wonderful spot. 

The Bed & Breakfast was the setting of the bride and groom getting ready – separately, of course, but that did not prevent Kristi from trying to get a peek.         

Joined by the mother of the bride, daughter, Rachel, and niece, Allison, was Christina Williams, a friend, who did the bridal party hair and the bride’s hair and makeup.  You can find Christina at Orbit Hair Design in South Burlington and Colchester. Once the bride was in her gown by David’s Bridal and the girls were in their beautiful green dresses by Monella, it was time for a few photographs.  Getting ready was great fun and we could not help but take advantage of the unique vintage kitchen and dining room.      

The groom's brother, Carl, served as best man, while Kristi's sons, Theron and Jeremy, were the groomsmen.  Once they had donned their suits from  Men’s Wearhouse,  it was time for a few “make sure the groom looks his best” pictures.     

Before we knew it, it was time to begin what Kristi referred to as her “fairy tale”.       

While the temperatures climbed into the high 80’s, the guests took their seats, or found cool vantage points in the shade.  As Carl began to play the bride's song on his guitar, the bride emerged from the lush garden on the arms of her two sons to walk down the aisle - the first of many emotional moments.      

To make the ceremony uniquely theirs, Aaron and Kristi wrote their own vows to each other with the help of Justice of the Peace, Linda Carpenter, and incorporated the reading of a poem by e.e. cummings.  While Kristi's grandparents were unable to attend in person, her grandfather wrote a prayerful blessing over their wedding rings, that was read by Kristi's uncle, Dave Robideau.  It was another emotional moment as rings were exchanged and the couple were announced husband and wife. 

As we took the formal portraits in the gardens and the vintage porches of the B&B, guests enjoyed cocktails and tasty hors d’oeuvre’s to the music provided by Peak Entertainment.  Guests from both sides of the family had a great time getting to know one another, while the groom worked on bustling the bride's gown before they made their way into the Stables.  After their formal introduction and first dance as husband and wife, Carl made a beautiful toast to the couple as dinner was served.   

Another very special part of the evening was the singing of Happy Birthday to Aaron’s 93 year young grandmother.  What a blessing having her with us on this special day.  Then it was cake cutting time and dancing.   

When we first heard about their departure plans, we were looking forward to some unique photo opportunities with the vintage Ford.  But when it came to the time we had planned to take these photographs, the car was not there, and word had arrived that the car had broken down enroute.  But, then finally, as the meal was getting underway, cheers erupted as the dusty blue Ford sputtered up the drive and parked by the barn.  A couple of the guests quickly washed it off and we soon had the whole crew engaged in a series of fun shots.       

As they rode away in the vintage car to begin their lives together, we all felt blessed to have witnessed this wonderful union and a day that was filled with laughter, tears of joy and a sense of peace that Kristi and Aaron were truly beginning their fairytale life together.   

Of course it takes a fairly large team of people to pull off a great wedding celebration like Aaron and Kristi's. Here are some of the professionals that worked together to make this day a delight!       

Wedding Professionals:

To see additional photographs from Aaron and Kristi's wedding:

Posted by Linda              

Posted by ayerphoto at 2:08 PM EDT
Updated: Tuesday, 4 September 2012 4:01 PM EDT
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