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Tuesday, 2 July 2013
Love Story - Tyler & Alexis of the Guard
Mood:  special
Topic: Love Stories

We love to hear how couples meet and fall in love.  So, we ask the couples, whose weddings we photograph, to share a little of their story.  We first met Tyler, when we photographed his sister's wedding back in 2009.  So we were delighted to work with this great family once again, and happy to meet his fiancé, Alexis. 

When we asked them how they met, here is what they said: 

"Tyler and Alexis met in 2008, while both working a tour with the Vermont Air National Guard.  As the summer went on they became close friends.  As their tour drew closer to an end, they started to realize they didn't want want their relationship to end with it.  Before long, they were considered a couple!"

"After dating for about six months, Alexis made her stays with Tyler permanent and made the move to Morrisville, Vermont.    Tyler's family instantly grew close and made her a part of the family with ease!" 

"That summer the family starting making plans for the cruise they take every couple of years.  Mind you that by family, I mean one that includes about 20 aunts, uncles, grandparents and cousins!"

"The cruise was set for October 2011, and Alexis couldn't have been more excited, since she had never been on a cruise.  They would fly to Barcelona, Spain, and travel around the Mediterranean for a week." 

"She had brought up the idea of an engagement a few months before the cruise, but Tyler insisted it would probably be a while before they were ready for that."

"The first day on the cruise was at sea, and they had a great time learning the ship and relaxing at the pool.  That night they had reservations for dinner with the entire family, although they were such a large crowd and split into two tables, it was a great time."

"After dinner Tyler, Alexis, his sister, Jaimie, and husband Rick went to the top of the ship for fresh air and to admire the view.  As Rick insisted he needed a moment, Tyler and Alexis continued to the back of the ship to see the moon, telling Jaimie to meet them back there." 

"Little did Alexis know what was coming next."

"As soon as Tyler and Alexis reached the back of the ship, she looked out over the sea. admiring the reflection of the moon on the water.  Tyler then called her name to get her attention.  As she turned around, she found he was down on one knee; and then he asked her to marry him!  Alexis was beyond excited and in disbelief that it was actually happening, but didn't hesitate to say YES!"

"After a moment of taking in the excitement and celebrating, they quickly went to find Jaimie and Rick, who were slowly making their way to the stern of the ship.  They were overjoyed with the news, and Rick quickly made his way to the stage poolside to announce the engagement over the microphone!"

"The cruise was definitely a trip of a lifetime, and a story that they will
continue to talk about forever."  

"The wedding was set to take place at the home of Tyler's parents house in Morrisville, Vermont.  But, with weeks of rain leading up to the day, it was decided that the ground would not be suitable for such an event.  The location was moved a couple of miles away to his grandfather's house, also in Morrisville and turned out to be even more beautiful than visioned!"

"Rehearsal had also taken place at the wedding site, followed by dinner at
The Hardwood Ranch (the family camp) in Elmore.  It was set to a luau theme with a roasted pig, tiki torches and fun drinks all setting the mood for the next day."

Their wedding turned out wonderful, complete with a rainbow, tractors, and fireworks. For the full story on their wedding CLICK HERE to see our wedding blog posting.

Posted by Warren

Ayer Photography of Vermont

 


Posted by ayerphoto at 3:31 PM EDT
Updated: Friday, 16 August 2013 7:13 PM EDT
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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.    

Advice   

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.    

Testimonial     

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 - Etsy.com   

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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Monday, 26 September 2011
Love Story - Jaimie & Rick at the Hardwood Ranch in Elmore
Mood:  bright
Topic: Love Stories

Two years ago today, we were privileged to be able to photograph the wedding and reception of Jaimie and Rick.  Several trees had already reached peak color for the foliage season and provided a beautiful backdrop to their outdoor wedding on a mountaintop in Elmore, Vermont.  Our photographs and their love story were featured in the Fall 2010 issue of Vermont Bride Magazine.   

But let Jaimie tell you their story in her own words ...

Jaimie & Richard

September 26, 2009 at the Hardwood Ranch in Elmore, VT

How we met

Rick and I were high school sweethearts. We met through mutual friends; we each went off to college but saw each other every weekend. Summers were great, since we got to see each other all the time. We began to talk about our future together and the direction in which we were headed.  Rick makes me laugh and is the guy who doesn’t need to ever make a plan. I, on the other hand, am the organized planner!

Our engagement

We had decided to stay in Lamoille County and to build a home there. Rick and I looked at several pieces of land before settling on the perfect one for us. I continued to tell Rick that I wasn’t comfortable purchasing property with a “boyfriend.” He would shrug and agree. One week prior to purchasing the land and with me continuing to say I didn’t want to buy it with a “boyfriend,” Rick brought me up to the land to meet the realtor; we got there and no one was there. Rick suggested we walk out on the property and wait, which is what we did. We walked out to where we had planned on building our home and Rick got down on one knee and proposed.  The realtor never did show up that evening! We then went to tell our parents and off to a romantic dinner that Rick had planned.

Our Wedding

Our rehearsal dinner was held at the Webster Barn in Hyde Park. We wanted to invite all of our relatives and out of town guests for a relaxed fun country evening so we decided on a hoedown for that night. Black Diamond Catering did a wonderful job for us followed by a video of me, which was a gift from my uncles, growing up until I met Rick and fell in love. There were some tears and lots of laughter while watching the video. After an evening of fiddle music and dancing, we went our separate ways to wait for the big day.      

Rick and I were married on a perfect fall day in September at Harwood Ranch, my grandparents’ property in Elmore, Vermont, surrounded by our loving family and friends.    

Everything was picture-perfect.  Guests arrived to the sounds of a bag piper as they walked to the ceremony tent on a path lined with mums.  We had beautiful flowers from Wildflower Designs and Central Market Florist.    

During the ceremony we had a violinist who played in the background. Stuart Weppler, a long time family friend, was our Justice of the Peace. His sense of humor and kindness made our ceremony even more special. Violin music continued during our cocktail hour. After a delicious dinner by Black Diamond Catering and Suzanna’s Catering, dance music was provided by SuperSounds DJ under a candle lit tent until the wee hours of the morning. We were so lucky to have Ayer Photography who captured all the special moments and people at our rehearsal, rehearsal dinner, getting ready and the entire wedding event.

At the reception, guests had fun having their pictures taken in a photo booth. A scrap book was there for guests to leave a picture and write a note to us. Much to our guests’ surprise we also had a complete DVD of all the photos taken that night!   

I chose a wedding dress from Fiori's Bridal in Essex.  With the help of my matron of honor, bridesmaids, grandmother and mother I picked out the perfect dress.  I was so happy; the staff at Fiori's made choosing my dress as fun and as easy as picking out the one perfect dress could be!      

Special thanks to Autumn Trombley, my hairdresser, for taking such good care of me and my entourage on the big day. Autumn pampered me by making my hair and makeup perfect for the day.  

During the evening we were entertained by a wonderful fireworks display from North Star Fireworks. This was a complete surprise to Rick and me from my parents, as they know how we just love fireworks!     

The most amazing thing about our wedding day was the feeling in the ceremony and our reception. On that day, I was filled with a sense of total peace. After months of details (and admittedly, stress) and planning, I was finally here, on the day of my wedding. I had never felt so content, and so happy. I was completely, totally joyous. Perhaps it was being surrounded by my family and friends, so many from far away, while I celebrated one of the most precious moments in my life with Rick. I do know how intensely grateful I am for such a perfect day; one that I can still remember in vivid detail.

Wedding Professionals:

entertainment: Supersounds DJ CO | 802-899-2823 | Underhill, VT | www.supersounds.com  

bridal gown: Fiori Bridal Boutique | 802-872-9663 | www.fioribridal.com

photography: Ayer Photography | 802-338-9193  | Colchester, VT | www.ayerphoto.com

wedding resource: Vermont Bride | 802-879-3157 | www.vermontbridemagazine.com

flowers Wildflower Designs | 800-657-5118 | Stowe, VT www.wildflowerdesignsstowe.com (beautiful flowers located in huge urns & ceremony tent).

caterer: (hors d’oeuvers) Susanna’s Catering | 802-635-9094 | www.susannascatering.com

violinist: Professor Fairbanks | 802-644-5708 | Jeffersonville, VT | www.professorfairbanks.com

engagement rings & wedding bands: Perrywinkle’s Fine Jewelry | 802-865-2624 | Burl., VT|   www.perrywinkles.com

rehearsal dinner: Webster Barn | 802-851-8054 | Hyde Park, VT | www.websterbarn.com

Additional Professionals:

This love story was published in the Fall 2010 issue of Vermont Bride Magazine with accompanying photographs by Ayer Photography of Vermont.         

To see more photographs of Jaimie and Rick's wedding see our sample gallery.          


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Updated: Monday, 26 September 2011 1:07 PM EDT
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Tuesday, 20 September 2011
Love Story - Jennie-Lynn & Michael aboard The Northern Lights
Mood:  special
Topic: Love Stories

One of the many great natural wonders about living in Vermont is of course, Lake Champlain.  So we were excited to photograph this wedding while on Lake Champlain, aboard The Northern Lights.  It was a bit windy at times - the bride had to remove her veil out on deck after the ceremony because the wind would catch it and she said it felt like someone was trying to pull her hair out.  But the boat rode the waves beautifully and all were able to enjoy a beautiful sunny celebration.      


On this their 3rd anniversary, here is the bride's telling of their love story ...

Jennie-Lynn & Michael

Aboard The Northern Lights on Lake Champlain

September 20, 2008  

"We met on a White River Rafting trip in 2000.  We immediately were attracted to each other and it went from there. We moved in together within a year. We both knew we wanted to spend the rest of our lives together.   

 

The proposal was low key.  I knew it was going to come, but did not know when.  His grandmother, Kay, had given Mike her diamonds from the late 1800's and told him to have them put inot a nice setting for me.  We got engaged in March of 2007 after we took a nice vacation to Florida.  Mike was too nervous to bring the ring to Florida with us because of the movie, "Meet the Parents."  I laughed; wo we had a romantic dinner at home and that is when he popped the question.       

 

Mike and I were born and raised in Essex, Vermont.  Since most our family is from here in Vermont, it only made sense to have our wedding in Vermont.  We both love to boat and fish and so we thought it would be a neat idea to have out wedding aboard The Northern Lights, while cruising on beautiful Lake Champlain.      

Since we were having our wedding on the boat, we decided an Ocean theme would be cool. Our colors were gold and navy blue.   Everything from the invitations to the favors and place cards were made by hand by my mother and myself.  It added a nice personal touch.  In addition, Mike's grandfather, Bob, gave me a sixth pence piece for my shoe that Mike's Aunt Mary had worn on her wedding day.  Since she has now passed, I considered it a special honor!       

Our wedding professionals were extremely helpful and accommodating.  Honestly, everything went wonderfully!  I was a little worried because some of our friends and family are susceptible to motion sickness, but the boat was very stable and made the lake "feel like glass" -- the weather was great!          

As for a few words of advice to share with other couples planning their wedding, I would say that it was very helpful to have a wedding coordinator!!  I would recommend a wedding coordinator to every couple getting married. I felt like everything went so well because it was well organized. We couldn’t have asked for a better day!"

 

Wedding Professionals:

     Event Planner:                          Hillary at Lake Champlain Cruises     

     Photographer:                           Warren & Linda Ayer of Ayer Photography      

     Floral Designer:                        Maplehurst, Essex Junction, VT     

     Cake Designer:                        Holly Ryan

     Caterer:                                   Lake Champlain Cruises / Northern Lights   

     Music:                                     Rod Hill

     Officiant:                                  Judge Tom Crowley

For more images by Ayer Photography of Vermont of Mike and Jennie-Lynn's wedding and reception, check out our sample gallery.       


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Updated: Wednesday, 21 September 2011 1:00 PM EDT
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Monday, 4 July 2011
Love Story - Kimberly & Michael at the Cliff House on Mount Mansfield
Mood:  amorous
Topic: Love Stories

Our highest elevation wedding up to that point was Kim & Mike's wedding at the Cliff House atop Mount Mansfield.  Interestingly, we didn't accept the job until Linda went up and "tested" the gondolas to make sure her fear of heights wouldn't get to her on the wedding day.  As it turned out the closed in gondola proved to be a great ride and gave us a very unique wedding perspective.  The other unique part about this wedding for us was walking out on the deck of the Cliff House during the reception - it was dark by that time - and looking down on the village of Stowe - only to see fourth of July fireworks going off!  It is the only time we have ever seen fireworks from ABOVE - first time we ever looked down to see them rather than up!  The bride told their love story in her own words as follows ... 

Love Story - Kimberly and Michael

July 4, 2008
The Cliff House
Stowe VT        

HOW WE MET:

"Mike and I met around February 2002 when we were both attending Vermont Technical College. Mike's older brother was dating a girl I went to high school with. She lived next door in my dorm and invited me over to play some cards with them. Neither Mike nor I thought anything of this-- in fact we were kind of sassy to each other. But over time, what with hanging around each other, not to mention our chance encounters when I was running from the bathroom in my towel.... we grew on each other. A friendship developed and we kept in touch. We started a long- distance relationship that same summer.

HOW WE GOT ENGAGED:

I had to go to work at the Stowe Mountain Resort, but the night before we had gotten over a foot of snow. I did not want to take my new car to work, so Mike drove me in his truck. Little did I know that he had planned to propose that night! He picked up the ring that my brother had helped him pick out, asked my mother for my hand in marriage, got his hair cut, and set the scene. Mike picked me up after my shift, brought me to our apartment, and told me to wait in the truck. Needless to say I was suspicious! He called me on my cell phone to tell me that I could come in. As I walked in, I could smell the vanilla-scented candles. I looked up the stairs and saw white rose petals leading up to our bedroom. I opened the bedroom door to find candles and petals everywhere and Mike on bended knee. My legs gave out, and then came the question I had been waiting four years to hear: "Will you marry me?”. Two years of engagement followed.

MOST MEMORABLE MOMENTS:

Our wedding day had so many moments that made it very memorable and special. Mike and I decided early on that we wanted someone that we knew to marry us. We were elated to hear that Mike's grandfather would perform the ceremony. The ceremony and it went off without a hitch. He did a wonderful job and it will forever be a fond memory.       

Some other memorable moments from our wedding were reading our personal wedding vows to each other, our first dance, my mother daughter dance, cutting of the cake, listening to the beautiful speeches that our attendants wrote for us and a "dance off" that we had with our guests.       

I would say that my most cherished part of the day, besides marring the man of my dreams, was waiting in the lobby of the Cliff House before my grand entrance and seeing my "little" brother turn the corner dressed in his tux to come walk me down the aisle. I never really viewed him as a man until that very minute. My father was absent from our lives at a young age and it has always been just the three of us, my mother, brother and I, so having him walk beside me down the aisle meant the world. I cried so hard. I still get choked up just thinking of it.     

 

PLANNING ADVICE:

Mike and I were engaged two years prior to the wedding. This gave us plenty of time to book the entertainment, the ceremony and reception site, the photographer and the florist, saving us literally thousands of dollars. Fees are constantly going up, so my advice is to book early if you already know of some solid vendors you would like.  

Mt. Mansfield is my favorite place to be, and Stowe Vermont is a beautiful town, so my pick was a no-brainer -- the Cliff House in Stowe ... they even provided an amazingly helpful wedding planner. 

She was amazing! I really don’t know that I would have made it to my wedding day without her. She took care of all the little details and answered my crazy questions and concerns through many e-mails and phone calls. She put together the entire rehearsal and was there for near every minute of my wedding day, making sure everything went off without a hitch. She even came out with food while our pictures were being taken.   

If I have any advice to future brides it would be to seriously consider hiring a wedding planner. Your day will go much smoother and you will not regret the investment."     

The Particulars

Wedding Professionals:

Photographer:
Ayer Photography
85 Midnight Pass, Colchester, VT | (802) 338-9193 | www.ayerphoto.com

Cake:
LaBrioche Bakery & Café, (NECI)
89 Main St., Montpelier, VT| (802) 229-0443 | www.necidining.com

Bridal Gown:
Needleman's Bridal & Formal's
St. Albans, Burlington & Newport, VT | 800-924-Gown (4696) | www.needlemansbridal.com

Wedding Planning Resource:
Vermont Bride Magazine
802-879-3157 | P.O. Box 413, Westford, VT | www.vermontbridemagazine.com

Additional Professionals:
Ceremony & Reception Site: The Cliff House, Stowe VT
Tuxedos: Mr. Tux, Burlington VT
Jewelry: (necklace and earrings) Hannoush Jewelers, Burlington VT
Hair: (Chrissy Greenough from) Purple Sage Salon, Essex VT
Floral Arrangements: A School House Garden, Waitsfield VT
Violinist: "Professor Fairbanks" (Peter Miller), Jeffersonville VT

This love story was published in the Fall 2008 issue of Vermont Bride Magazine with accompanying photographs by Ayer Photography of Vermont.               

For additional photos from this unique wedding and reception atop Vermont's highest mountain, see our sample gallery by clicking HERE.  


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Updated: Monday, 4 July 2011 11:29 AM EDT
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Friday, 10 June 2011
Love Story - Kristen & Chuck at the Stowehof Inn & Resort
Mood:  happy
Topic: Love Stories

I think often of the wedding of Chuck and Kristen up at the Stowehof Inn in Stowe.  It was a perfect day for photographs - a bright overcast - a perfect day for a wedding.  As we near their second anniversary in a few days, it seemed an appropriate time to post their love story...  

Chuck & Kristen (Whitaker) Vella  

June 13, 2009

 

The Stowehof Inn & Resort, Stowe, Vermont

"We met on the first day of college in the Fall of 2000 while attending Johnson State College.  I was sitting outside of the dorms with friends and Chuck came out and asked, “Does anyone have any orange juice? I wanna make some screwdrivers.” I looked over and said “I do!” not even thinking that 8 ½ years later I would be saying the same thing on our wedding day!  

During the first semester we developed a strong friendship, hanging out all the time and DJing a late night radio show on Sunday nights.  During February break, we went on our first date: snowmobiling in Chuck’s hometown.  From then on, we were Chuck and Kristen. 

During the next 8 years we did everything together. We graduated from college and moved away from Johnson.  We traveled to faraway places, camped and hiked, enjoyed many music festivals, adopted our dog Sophie, and spent time snuggling and watching movies.  Our love kept getting stronger, and I began to wonder when and if he would pop the question. Chuck always said, “he had a plan.”

“What is the plan?” I always wondered…whenever I mentioned marriage, families, and our future, I would always get the same response, “don’t worry I have a plan.” A year went by, and Christmas came. Chuck started to get anxious about giving me my Christmas present, but then he would say “Oh, you’ll like it, it’s part of the plan.”  When I opened up a gift certificate for a hot air balloon ride, I knew and blurted out, “you’re going to propose to me on a hot air balloon!” I looked over, and there sat Chuck so upset that he had “ruined” his plan.    

Needless to say, a month later (days before my birthday) I came home on a random Thursday night after work and he had baked a cake and bought some roses.  Thinking it was an early birthday celebration I walked into the kitchen to thank him, where he knelt on one knee and asked me to marry him.  His original plan didn’t work out, but the actual proposal was truly a surprise!  I didn’t even see it coming!  

We chose to have our wedding in Vermont because both of us are from here.  Chuck is from West Hartford, Vermont and Kristen is from Essex, Vermont.  Both of us love Vermont and enjoy all it has to offer -- the outdoor activities, the beautiful scenery, the hometown feeling, and the lifestyle of the country.  Vermont provided an elegant and earthy wedding atmosphere. 

When we began planning our wedding, we wanted it to be an Autumny look right at the beginning of summer.  We chose a fall color scheme, with a lot of browns (the wedding party) and yellows (sunflowers) and oranges.  Fall is one of our favorite times of year, but we did not want to wait that long! 

We also wanted to incorporate trees into our wedding theme, since both of us enjoy the woods, camping, forests, etc.  When we found the Stowehof, we knew it was perfect! We were able to make our wedding a weekend event by also having the rehearsal dinner there (a poolside BBQ followed by a bonfire up near the woods complete with S’mores and our leftover keg!)  The building has huge trees in the entrance and the dance floor had a big tree right in the middle.  Our invitations had a beautiful tree on it.  

The cake was so amazing!  Our baker made it look like a birch tree decorated with woodland flowers and little butterflies.  I have never seen such a beautiful cake.   

Our centerpieces gave a woodsy feeling with sticks and moss. For our favors, we decided to give live evergreen trees and we wrapped each one in a burlap/peat pot.  The feeling was really green and earthy and all the elements of our wedding really tied together extremely well. 

I also borrowed my grandmother’s pearl necklace that my mother had wore on her wedding day.

 

Our wedding professionals were extremely helpful and accommodating.      

 

Saunie at the Stowehof helped with all the details and really made the wedding go as smooth as can be while also keeping my nerves at bay.    

 

Greg Trulson, our justice of the peace, was so amazing and his ceremony was beautiful and meaningful to us.  He was great!

 

Our florist knew exactly the look that we were going for after a few minutes of meeting with her. All the flowers were just as I had pictured them and her service was outstanding.      

Warren and Linda Ayer of Ayer Photography went above and beyond what we were looking for in photographers! They were friendly and unobtrusive with photos while still getting the key elements that we wanted.  The pictures came out amazing and will always remind us exactly what our special day felt like!

The sand ceremony during our ceremony; two colored sands coming together to represent our families/selves uniting as one

Chuck’s sister, Amanda, reading a poem she had written during the ceremony.  It kept it light and was so exactly suited for us!         

 

Seeing all of our planning finally tied together in one remarkable event  The Stowehof was so beautiful and the mountain view was amazing!     

 

 

A few words of advice/lessons learned when planning your wedding to share with other couples.    

 

Have fun!   Do your research; we wouldn’t have found some of the wonderful aspects we had if we hadn’t.  Take your time and don’t settle for something that you aren’t happy with. The right thing will come along, if you let it!" 

  

 

Wedding Professionals:

 

    

     Event Planner:                        Saunie Sirch at The Stowehof Inn & Resort

     Photographer:                         Warren & Linda Ayer of Ayer Photography

     Floral Designer:                        Randi Nonni of Silver Toad Floral Design, Essex VT

     Cake Designer:                         Marion Peer of Vermont Sweet Tooth

     Caterer:                                  Stowehof Inn & Resort           

     Invitations/Menus/Placecards:     Lasso’d Moon Designs

     Music:                                    Top Hat Entertainment

     Dresses:                                  Needleman’s Bridal & Formal

     Tuxes:                                    Men’s Wearhouse

     Officiant:                                 Greg Trulson

Photographs by Ayer Photography of Vermont of this wedding were published in the Spring / Summer 2010 issue of Vermont Vows and are often featured in ads for The Stowehof Inn and Resort, Stowe, Vermont.     

If you would like to see a more complete sample of photographs from Chuck and Kristen's wedding, CLICK HERE to be taken to our sample gallery.        

Posted by Warren                   


Posted by ayerphoto at 10:32 AM EDT
Updated: Friday, 10 June 2011 12:50 PM EDT
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Thursday, 5 May 2011
Love Story - Babette & Mark at The Stables at Pigeon Hill Farm
Mood:  celebratory
Topic: Love Stories

This spring of 2011 is off to a rather cool start, delaying the blooming of flowers and the like.  I am reminded of another spring that also was a bit cooler than we had hoped, but it did not quench the warmth in the hearts of our bride and groom as they were the first wedding of the season in the unheated barn of the Stables at Pigeon Hill Farm.  Here is their love story as told by Babette, the bride, herself ...     

Babette & Mark, May 5, 2007, at the Stables & Inn at Pigeon Hill Farm

"As I approach the celebration of our ... anniversary I look back and am blessed at all the wonderful memories already created in such a short period of time. Mark and I knew from the moment we met that it would be forever. A feeling that can not be described with words. From that first cup of coffee we shared, we knew the magic we felt would only get stronger with time.

We knew until that time, we’d only existed, now we were going to live. After a year of combining families and households Mark said it wasn’t enough.  He needed to be closer yet , and that is how we came to be engaged. We drove by a jewelry store one day and he just pulled in -- no words, we just went in and chose my ring. I remember my youngest sister calling me that day and saying, “guess who’s getting married” and I said “me”, she said “no silly, me” and I said “ me too”, so we were both engaged on the same day.     

We spent a year planning our wedding , actually we planned our wedding around our honeymoon.

We knew that we wanted to be married in the spring so we booked a 2 week spa vacation and then chose the date. I knew from the beginning, our wedding was going to be intimate -- family and close friends. We wanted it to be simple, but elegant and as stress free as possible. I did not want the usual reception with tons of faux decorations; nor spending all that time and energy concentrating on what was just not important to us.   

We searched for that perfect venue without luck until a friend told me of The Stables at Pigeon Hill Farm in East Berkshire, Vermont. I had been friends with the owners, Michael and Jeffery, for years, but had not realized that they had opened yet. I drove there, pulled in and knew in that instant that it was where we would become husband and wife.  

    

They were working in the gardens and I asked about seeing the carriage barn. They opened those rustic barn doors and I knew -- I didn’t care about any other details , this was where I was going to be married. 

Breathtaking, rustic, elegant, simple, perfect. They knew my vision and I left them with it. I didn’t have to concentrate on that aspect anymore -- it was in their hands. They handled every detail flawlessly and made our day perfect. They truly are the best wedding planners, their endless attention to detail and tireless effort to see that every guest is accommodated is astounding.

I was able to move on to another very important part -- pictures. I searched for that photographer who would capture 2 families becoming one. I wanted candid, heartfelt shots. I found this in Warren and Linda of Ayer photography. They were a wonderful gracious couple who truly just love taking pictures and knew what we were looking for in “family photos”. 

I chose our DJ based on testimonials from previous customers. We wanted someone to interact and keep the guests moving. We chose LinCo Entertainment and they did just that. Our guests had a great time.

The small details, cake, invitations, flowers were done by me. Again, I knew what I was looking for and was able to focus on this area.

Our day arrived and everything was perfect, The gardens were overflowing with spring flowers.

All of our family and close friends were there to share our special day. Michael and Jeffery offered a private room in their Victorian home for the bride and her party to dress, we were served champagne and able to relax until our ceremony began. A year in the planning and I couldn’t believe it was actually here. That moment when I would finally marry my best friend. I remember as clear as yesterday, that look in his eyes when he said his vows. That look I see everyday.

As they say, they truly do live happily ever after.

My advice to all future brides. Do not spend so much time on the small stuff that you lose sight of the magic. It passes quickly, and your memories should be filled with joy, not the stress of what is just not important. Use vendors that allow you to hand control over to them, it is what they do. Create a simple vision . And ask yourself, what is the most important part of that day. It should be when we are husband and wife."

The Particulars:

Ceremony & Reception Site: The Stables & Inn at Pigeon Hill Farm, 802-933-2719, www.pigeonhillfarm.com

Photographer: Ayer Photography of Vermont, 802-338-9193, www.ayerphoto.com

Entertainment - DJ: LinCo Entertainment (Corey Neil Gottfried), 802-893-7685, www.lincoentertainment.com

Wedding Planning Resource:  Vermont Bride Magazine, www.vermontbridemagazine.com

This love story was published in the Summer 2009 issue of Vermont Bride Magazine with accompanying photographs by Ayer Photography of Vermont.   

Click HERE to see a more complete sample of photos from this wedding at the Stables at Pigeon Hill Farm.        

Posted by Warren      


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Updated: Thursday, 5 May 2011 2:15 PM EDT
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Monday, 19 July 2010
Love Story - Elizabeth & Kevin at Echo Lake Inn
Topic: Love Stories

The love story of Elizabeth & Kevin was published in the Summer 2010 issue of the Vermont Bride Magazine.  This issue came out (with our picture of Liza on the cover) just before their first anniversary - so, happy anniversary Liza & Kevin!

Elizabeth Tobin and Kevin Eddy were married at the Echo Lake Inn in Ludlow, Vermont, on July 19, 2009.  Ayer Photography of Vermont were their photographers and the Vermont Symphony Orchestra provided special music.  Liza' gown was from Fashion Corner Bridal, the flowers by Park Place, the cake by Irene's Cakes By Design, and the invitations by Lasso'd Moon.

Liza tells their love story in her own words this way:

HOW WE MET

"I knew that I wanted to marry Kevin the moment I saw him.  I didn't feel light headed or like I had been hit by lightening.  I felt a comfortable sense of calm when I saw Kevin.  It was as if the thing that I had been waiting for was finally here.  I just knew and I felt safe and quiet and happy.  Kevin says that he knew I was his future bride when I stood in line for hours at an autograph signing and never complained.

"The summer we met I was working at a local restaurant in downtown Rutland.  Kevin's best friend, Jeff Cassarino, was one of the bartenders.  Kevin and Jeff had been friends since childhood and were coaching high school football together.  Kevin would frequently come in on nights when Jeff was working.  He alway sat at the end of the bar, quietly chatting with folks he knew.  Eventually Jeff helped us to start talking.  I was excited to have finally met such a kind and handsome man, but when Jeff and Kevin went on vacation, my employment at the restaurant ended.  A few weeks later I was walking my dog and Kevin happened to pull up to me.  I was shocked and thrilled to see him again.  Kevin gave me his number and I tried to play it cool by waiting a day or two before calling him.  After that the rest is history."

THE PROPOSAL

"Kevin proposed on December 18th, 2007.  At the time, I was living with my parents in Rutland and Kevin was living in an apartment in Proctor, only seconds away from his sister, her husband and their children, Nathan (then 2) and Catherine (then 4).  Kevin called that evening and I was exhausted.  Only 4 hours earlier I had finished my nursing final exam for the semester.  I was stressed, anxious, and very, very tired.  My younger sister was expected to arrive home from college in a few hours and I was looking forward to spending time with her and decorating the Christmas tree with my family.  When Kevin called he insisted that I come to his sister's house.  Catherine had a special Christmas present that she needed to give us immediately.  I told him I wanted to stay home and relax and decorate the tree - maybe I would see him tomorrow.

"I eventually called Kevin to tell him I was on my way and a few minutes later I arrived at Kelly's house in Proctor.  I sat on the couch and Kevin came around the corner.  he was holding Catherine and she was dressed as an angel.  Kevin came towards me and said, 'Catherine has something she would like to ask you.'  He got down on one knee. I had no idea what was happening.  He handed me a small wooden box.  I still had no idea what was happening.  Despite Kevin being on one knee and me holding a box perfectly designed to hold a wedding ring, I still had no idea what was happening.  Finally, Kevin and Catherine said together, 'Will you be my auntie?'  I still had no idea what was happening.  Kevin told me to open the box and then I finally realized that this was it.  Kevin was finally proposing.  He had me convinced it was never going to happen.  So before I could say, yes, or I love you, I said, 'I hate you - you jerk' and a few other choice phrases.  I was laughing and crying and telling Kevin I hated him.  And then in between my tears and laughs, I sad yes!  I can still hear Kelly squealing and prancing around in the background.  I, of course, did not hate Kevin.  He just had me believing he was not ready.  For that moment to finally be happening was just unbelievable to me.

"The proposal was special for so many reasons.  Kevin had gone the traditional route and asked my father for his permission.  Catherine was my special Christmas angel and helped Kevin to give me the best present ever.  December 18th also marked a significant time for the Eddy family.  Many years ago, Kevin's father passed away in a tragic car accident.  kevin wanted to bring something special and positive to the day.  Instead of remembering it as the day they lost someone dear to them, they now could remember it as a day they gained another family member.  I am so happy that so many people were involved in the proposal and am so proud of Kevin for being able to create a unique and memorable story for us to share.


SPECIAL DETAILS

"Our wedding ceremony and reception were full of personal touches.  It is one of the many reasons our guests had such a wonderful time and why our wedding was so memorable.  The ceremony was performed in front of the wishing well at the Echo Lake Inn.  At the end of our ceremony we tossed pennies into the well.  Each penny was created in the year that we were born.  The penny represented the hopes and dreams that we had for ourselves and the wish for a long and happy marriage together.

"We were able to combine some of our favorite things to make our reception personal and meaningful.  I chose to incorporate the wedding colors into the cake and as a special cake topper, we had Irene create a buck and doe.  Kevin enjoys hunting and it was a special way to bring his passion into the wedding.  I also love animals, so in lieu of wedding favors, Kevin and I donated money and pet care items to the Addison County Humane Society in honor of our guests.


"Kevin loves collecting sports memorabilia and meeting famous athletes.  We used sports teams as our table numbers.  Our guests had ot look at the team roster to discover which table they had been drafted to.  In order to get us to kiss, our guests had to say the name of a player on their team.  Our guests loved the idea and had a great time trying to get us to kiss.

"The most special and personal touch to our wedding was the slide show presentation.  I collected pictures from our childhood, pictures of out friends, pictures of our family, and pictures of our parents as young people.  The slide show was set to some of our favorite songs and was projected onto the ceiling of the tent.  At the end we dedicated the presentation to Kevin's father, Alan Eddy.  I remember looking around at my family, watching their faces as they saw the pictures, and seeing the wide smiles on their faces and tears in their eyes.  It was a very special moment.

FAVORITE THING

"Our favorite part of the wedding was seeing everyone share our joy.  The vendors helped make the day so special.  Form the music to the food and the ambiance, our guests enjoyed every minute of the experience.  The day was full of smiles and tears of happiness.  The evening was magical and everyone knew it.

ADVICE FOR OTHER BRIDES

"As you prepare to walk down the aisle to your future husband, take a moment to stop.  Look at your Dad and tell him how much you love him.  This is the last moment you have together before you ar no longer his little girl.  Relish the moment!"

For the full text and pictures of Liza and Kevin's love story, be sure to pick up a copy of the Summer 2010 issue of Vermont Bride Magazine or visit them online.

For a sample of the photos taken by Ayer Photography of Vermont at Kevin and Liza's wedding, click here.  To see the photobook design by Ayer Photography of Vermont of their wedding, click here

Posted by Warren


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Updated: Tuesday, 20 July 2010 1:58 PM EDT
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Wednesday, 23 June 2010
Ayer Photography Wedding On Vermont Bride Cover
Mood:  incredulous
Topic: Love Stories

We were happy to learn today that our photographs of a wedding that took place last summer in Ludlow, Vermont, are being published on the cover of the Summer 2010 issue of Vermont Bride Magazine.  This issue is due out in about a week. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This featured wedding was of Elizabeth Tobin and Kevin Eddy last July at the beautiful Echo Lake Inn.  In addition to a sampling of photographs the magazine will also include their love story which you will not want to miss.  In the meantime you can peruse a sample gallery of their wedding in our sample section of our website.

Posted by Warren 

 


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Updated: Wednesday, 23 June 2010 12:28 PM EDT
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