The final wedding in our 2014 season and our eleven year wedding photography career was that of Brian and Carla. This one was held at the Sugarbush Golf Course in Warren, Vermont, on the last Saturday in September. And the foliage, while not quite peak, was sporting lots of vibrant color; while the temperature was just right - a nice 78 degrees with a light breeze - not too hot and not too cool!
We had been to the Sugarbush complex before to ski, to attend meetings and even retreats, but this was our first wedding. And we have had many previous weddings - all attempting to hit peak foliage - this was about as close as we have ever come to having good foliage and weather that enabled us to see it well on the same day.
As we arrived at Claybrook on wedding day to take the pre-ceremony pictures we found good color in the surrounding hillside.
As well as plenty of colorful fall decorations around the property.
We went in search of the bride and groom. I found the groom delivering sandwiches to his friends in the hottub.
The wedding party was made up of the groom's niece and nephews. They proved to be a lot of fun, always ready to help make the photo more interesting. I asked the niece to kiss the groom, while the nephews looked on in disgust - this is what I got.
When posing with their parents, I asked them to show me the future of family photography.
After the wedding party photos, it was time for the bride and groom to meet. This event we staged in a nearby courtyard. The groom waited facing the ski slope, until the bride was only a few feet behind him. He then turned to see her in her gown for the first time, followed by a kiss. The bride said she wanted them to have their first look privately, so she would not streak her mascara during the ceremony.
Then it was off to the golf course. The site selected for the ceremony was a flat spot up the hill across from the club, just off the 17th fairway. It was just a short cart ride, or a good hike up the hill. It was well shaded in the late afternoon sun, with a panoramic view of the valley below and hills beyond.
Here is a view of the full panorama from the ceremony spot that served as a magnificent backdrop to their marriage vows.
The officiant was Justice of the Peace, Rick Rayfield, a former rabbi and now owner of Tempest Books. The ceremony was largely civil with a few Jewish traditions thrown in. When Rick asked if anyone objected to the marriage, the bride and groom exchanged a few smirks with the audience.
But, no one objected, and the service went smoothly, except they forgot to bring the glass for the groom to stomp on up the hill - so that had to wait till they got to the reception.
The reception was held at the other end of the Sugarbush complex at the Mount Ellen base lodge in Waitsfield, Vermont. The "cool" part about it was that the bride and groom rode the last mile or so in a horse-drawn cart.
And shortly after disembarking, they had to break the glass they had forgotten to bring to the ceremony site.
Since they were in a ski lodge, it seemed only appropriate that their guest "book" should be a pair of antique skis.
And in lieu of a traditional wedding cake, they had an assortment of Ben & Jerry's ice cream cakes - quite yummy!
And as dark descended on the mountain, our newlyweds spent a little cuddle time by the bonfire. A fitting end to a beautiful day.
Great weddings like Brian and Carla's do not happen by accident. It takes quite a team of professionals all working together to pull it off properly. Some of those who helped make this day as nice as it was were:
- Bridal Gown - Camille LaVie
- Groom's Suit - Men's Wearhouse
- Flowers - Proud Flower
- Venue & Food - Sugarbush Resort
- Officiant - Rick Rayfield of Tempest Book Shop
- DJ - Zeal DJ
- Cakes - Ben & Jerry's
- Photographers - Ayer Photography of Vermont
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