Our last wedding of the 2012 wedding season was that of Kira Carpenter and Jeremy Haight. They were married on November 10, 2012 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Charlotte, Vermont. After the service we stopped at the Charlotte Beach with the wedding party for a few photos and then joined the reception at The Old Lantern, also in Charlotte, Vermont.
At the rehearsal the night before, we were delighted to learn that the officiant would be Father David Cray. We had first met him back in 2009 when he married Michaela and John Wisell over in his other church - St. Jude's Catholic Church in Hinesburg. While we do not often get the opportunity to get to know the officiants, in that case we sat next to Fr Cray at the Wisell rehearsal dinner. We found him to be a fascinating person, worth remembering. While we were "catching up" as we waited for Kira and Jeremy's rehearsal to start, he shared that he had just had the privilege of baptizing Michaela and John's second child!
Kira and Jeremy's wedding, however, was held at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Charlotte, Vermont. The church was "founded" in the winter of 1858-59 when a community of mainly Irish and French Canadian immigrants came together and literally pulled together to move a former Quaker meeting house ten miles overland from Starksboro and resettle it in Charlotte.
Today, it is a beautiful little country church that seems particularly well suited to its Vermont surroundings.
Its faithful community has kept the little church well maintained, including several classic stained glass windows.
The wedding day, itself, actually began over at the Old Lantern, where family members were frantically decorating the old barn for the reception, while the bridal party were putting final touches on their makeup and donning their wedding finery over at the inn. Kira told us that she got her wedding gown at David's Bridal, and unlike what usually happens on "Say Yes To The Dress" she said "YES" to the very first dress she tried on and loved it! Once she put it on, we could see why; it suited her perfectly!
The lace overlay was particularly stunning as were the beaded accents.
As is so often the case with the bride's attire, many of the pieces have stories, or perhaps I should say, attachements. One of those for this wedding was a brooch, that Kira had incorporated into her bouquet. It had originally been her grandmother's, to whom she had been close as a child.
And what wedding would be complete without a few corny "fun" things like bride's shoes that say, "I Do!"
A limo took the bridal party the short ride over to the church. While a little cool (it was November after all), the sun was out, giving the day a joyous feel! The guests were already seated and the groom was waiting anxiously at the front of the church. The couple's young son served as the ring bearer, successfully delivering the rings to the best men.
All were craning to catch a first glimpse of the bride.
But, none were happier than the groom.
The ceremony was simple without a lot of embellishment, but did feature a Scripture reading by the groom's sister.
After a few family portraits at the church, it was off to the cold Charlotte beach. It was a sunny day, but the wind coming off Lake Champlain made it a bit chilly, especially for the bridesmaids in their sleeveless gowns. In fact, shortly after arriving at the beach, the bridesmaids all borrowed the groomsmen's jackets.
The bride, however, was undaunted by the cold.
And then we backtracked to join their guests at the reception nearby at The Old Lantern.
After introductions, toasts by both co-Maids of Honor, and both co-Best Men, and the buffet dinner, it was time to cut the cake.
It was a beautiful cake, but as we looked at it closer, you could see it was unique to their personalities. The cake topper played to Jeremy's fondness for fishing.
Once the cake was cut, it was time for the dancing to begin - the first dance, of course, belonging to the bride and groom.
Parent dances followed and soon others were joining in on the fun. The bride's DJ uncle, Ronald Carpenter, provided a nice mix that kept the dance floor full. I was, however, unfamiliar with this particular dance move by one of the younger guests.
He would later go on to catch the garter, while the bouquet was caught by one of the Maids of Honor.
All in all it was a beautiful fun wedding! We were happy to have been a part of it, and wish Jeremy and Kira our very best for a happy future together.
Of course it takes a fairly large team of people to pull off a great wedding celebration like Jeremy and Kira's. Here are some of the professionals that worked together to make this day a delight!
- Bridal Gown - David's Bridal
- Bridesmaids' Dresses - Needleman's Bridal
- Groomsmen's Tuxedos - Needleman's Bridal & Formals
- Wedding Rings - Kay Jewellers (G), Zales (B)
- Bride's Flowers - In Full Bloom
- Officiant - Fr David Cray
- Wedding Venue - Our Lady Of Mount Carmel Catholic Church
- Reception Venue - Old Lantern
- Caterer - Roland's Place at Old Lantern
- DJ / Announcer - Ronald Carpenter
- Videographer - Jim Javinski
- Photographers - Ayer Photography of Vermont
To see additional photographs from Jeremy & Kira's wedding:
- Sample Gallery by Ayer Photography
- Full Gallery by Ayer Photography (requires password from Bride and Groom)
Posted by Linda & Warren