We had long hoped for an opportunity to photograph a wedding at Trapp Family Lodge; and it arrived this year! Our final wedding of the 2013 season took place just as autumn arrived on September 21, 2013. It was a destination wedding, the couple arriving from out of state only two days before the wedding. They were familiar with the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, Vermont, having visited several times earlier.
Even though they said the Green Mountains "were hills" compared to the Rockies, they still found them romantically perfect for their nuptials. The weather was near perfect - not too hot, not too cool! Fall was just arriving, with a few trees with advanced color, but most still fairly green.
As we met with them the night before the wedding to scout out locations for some of their photographs, we walked through the Trapp Family garden across from the main lodge. The sun was beginning to set to our backs to the west, as the moon rose in front of us to the east over the sunflowers.
When you are up high like that on a clear evening when sunset and moonrise occur almost simultaneously, the moon takes on a very yellow-orange glow of harvest.
We asked the couple where the ceremony would be held on the grounds and they said they had not yet decided. So, we had to arrive early the day of the ceremony and call them to find out exactly where everyone would gather. While such a laid back approach to wedding planning might not be practical with a huge wedding, this was a small intimate affair, making it far easier to be more relaxed and "go with the flow."
The day of the wedding brought sunshine and light warm breezes. It was a beautiful day in the Green Mountains. As it turned out, the couple choose to have their small ceremony out behind the main lodge among the apple trees. The Trapp Family staff had rustled up some branches from some of the trees with more mature color and added a few pumpkins and our fall decorations were complete. As the appointed time approached, one key person was still missing - the officiant. They had asked Rev. Bruce Comiskey from the Community Church in Stowe to perform the ceremony, but had neglected to tell him the exact site they had chosen.
Wth the help of the Lodge staff, he soon found us and the two were joined in holy matrimony.
One of the great things about a small wedding is that we wind up with a lot more time to photograph the newlyweds - instead of the sometimes daunting logistics of a mulitude of group formals that so often accompany very large weddings.
And of course the beautful grounds of Trapp Family Lodge afforded us so many options for picturesque spots as we took our time.
We even found a small pond to capture a reflection before the light failed us completely and we had to join the other guests inside.
The reception was held inside the main lodge complex in the Strauss Room. Dinner was served by the Trapp Family Lodge chefs. I was particularly impressed with the corn chowder. I never knew corn could taste so good. Linda really loved the chicken that seemed to be soaked in maple syrup.
Toasts and dancing followed dinner and then they cut the cake.
It was a beautiful wedding on a beautiful fall day in the Green Mountains. Perhaps you could say it was a "Sound of Music" day!
Of course it takes a team of people to pull off a great wedding celebration, even when it is small. Here are some of the professionals that worked together to make this day a delight!
- Officiant - Rev. Bruce Comiskey
- Venue - Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, VT
- Wedding Cake - Trapp Family Lodge
- Photographers - Ayer Photography of Vermont
All other photographs from this wedding are reserved for family and friends only in password protected galleries:
- Sample Gallery by Ayer Photography (password protected)
- Full Gallery by Ayer Photography (requires password from Bride and Groom)
Posted by Warren