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Monday, 1 October 2012
Love Story - Rebecca & Bryan at the Sleepy Hollow Inn in Huntington, VT
Mood:  flirty
Topic: Love Stories

Earlier this year, we were privileged to be able to photograph the engagement, wedding and reception of Rebecca and Bryan.  It was a fun wedding at the Round Barn at the Sleepy Hollow Inn in the shadow of Camel's Hump in Huntington, Vermont.  We became friends with Rebecca while she was interning at the Burlington Emergency Veterinary Specialists and treated our dog, Jeremiah, for various side effects of his cancer treatments.  So we were delighted when she and Bryan asked us to photograph their wedding.  And then in October, their love story was published with our photographs in the Fall 2012 issue of Vermont Bride Magazine.   

Here is their love story in Rebecca's own words.          

Rebecca (Sevy) & Bryan Chicoine       

June 23, 2012, Sleepy Hollow Inn, Huntington, VT   

How We Met       

The first time I lead eyes on Bryan, he was walking into the UVM CREAM dairy barn and it was like everything stopped.  He was the older, wiser herdsman and I had a SUPER crush on him, but we both were in relationships.  There was always a very real chemistry between us but we went on with our separate lives.  

We'd cross paths every once in a while and I think we both started to realize that we were more than just friends.  My path took me off to California for vet school, but we managed to stay in touch through the years.  We were miles apart from each other so I let time pass and thought things through.  He was my "one who got away" until it finally dawned on me that I should stop thinking and start acting.   

I reached out to him hopeful that we hadn't gotten the timing with relationships wrong again.  To my luck he was single and due to visit California in a few weeks!  We made plans to meet at the Santa Monica Pier.  The butterflies turned into elephants in my stomach.  I spilled my girlie guts to him.  I talked about my career, how hectic my fourth year would be, my hesitancy but desire to complete an internship, my nagging biological clock ... all sorts of things one should not talk about on the "first date."  I must have baffled him but he listened and took it all in.      

The Engagement      

After a year of long-distance dating we found ourselves in California again for my graduation.  Bryan suggested we visit Santa Monica Pier again while we were in town.  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.  He made his imprints and coached me on how to make mine.  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 an engagement ring go on?  I looked at him excitedly, then pointed to the hand on the left and said, "um, that one!"  He got down on one knee and while he was reaching for the ring, a tide came up and soaked his sneakers!  He pulled out a beautiful ring and asked if I would marry him - I said yes!     

The Planning     

We set out to find a Vermont barn setting and when we found Sleepy Hollow we knew we'd found our spot.  We loved it so much we had to compromise on the date and set the big day for the weekend after finishing my internship.     

Planning a wedding and working intern hours was difficult, but it helped to stay organized.  I really relied on my friends and family as well.  My sister was an amazing MOH and helped make a lot of the DIY touches (the sign post, the flags, and the mirror).  I asked my grandma to do the flowers and my aunt was the justice of the peace.  I was lucky enough to meet the Ayer's through my internship.  Bryan's close family friend offered to make our wedding cake.  It was great that we could make the whole day a "Family Affair!"    

The Wedding     

ALthough it was one of the longest days of the year, the wedding day seemed to fly by.  The weather was gorgeous for the outdoor ceremony.  It felt like I was floating from the covered footbridge to the wedding gazebo.   

We were surrounded by the people we loved and it was such a special ceremony having helped inspire my aunt as she wrote our vows.  As we turned for the recessional someone from the crowd shouted, "hey, what are you wearing on your feet?"  I flashed a glimpse of my yellow wellies and the whole place erupted with laughs.  It kicked off the mood for a laid-back fun reception.   

The guests enjoyed appetizers as we took some amazing photos with the Ayer's.    

I changed into more wedding appropriate footwear for our introduction and first dance.   

The dinner was amazing, Janice did a great job putting together our favorite dishes with a little flair.  I think my favorite detail was the birch bark wedding cake Jen made especially for us.     

The celebration continued into the evening with drinks by Occasions and music by DJ, David Wright.  The toasts given by my father, Bryan's brother and my sister got everyone a little teary-eyed.  And Bryan's sister shared a beautiful photo slide show of our childhood memories and the evolution of our love story.  The evening culminated when Bryan's groomsmen donned the bridesmaids' Wellingtons for some hilarious dance moves.  We were smiling from start to finish, the day wonderful in every way.    


I think what made the day feel like "mine" was all the little DIY projects I had worked on through the year all come together.  From the escort cards to the burlap and milk bottle table toppers, it was exciting to see all the things that made the venue uniquely ours.    


I flipped through as many wedding magazines as possible the year leading up to the wedding looking for inspiration and information.  Vermont Bride Magazine was definitely a resource for clever ideas and Vermont vendors.       

Featured Vermont Bride Wedding Professionals    

Photography - Ayer Photography of Vermont    

Rentals - Celebration Rentals, Inc.     

Additional Wedding Professionals                   

Bar Catering - The Village Porch       

Bridal Gown - David's Bridal    

Bride's Hair - Reflections Salon & Spa    

Cake - Jen Roberts of Daily Chocolate    

Venue - The Round Barn at Sleepy Hollow Inn  

DJ - David Wright     

Jewelry -   

Rehearsal Dinner - Sugarsnap Catering    

Tuxedos - Needleman's Bridal & Formal   

NOTE:  All photographs are ©2012 Ayer Photography of Vermont.  For more photos from Bryan and Rebecca's wedding, see our sample gallery

Posted by Warren     

Ayer Photography of Vermont                        

Posted by ayerphoto at 11:35 AM EDT
Updated: Wednesday, 10 October 2012 2:35 PM EDT
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