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Rustic Vermont Barn Wedding

Considering I’m saying my own “I do’s” in Vermont in only a few weeks, this wedding struck a chord with me early on.  But after diving into Elate Photo’s pics, this rustic celebration could have taken place anywhere and I still would have been a fan. My words can’t do this gorgeous gallery justice or even attempt to describe the love between these two cuties; see all this beauty and more right here!

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From the Bride… Daniel and I went to Vermont on a ski trip. After a day of skiing, we went on a short hike to a little clearing, where we stopped to rest, right as the sun was setting. I had no idea what was coming, until I saw the box. Right after he proposed, it started snowing! (He’s an amazing planner!)

The theme for the wedding was elegant but rustic with a hint of alpacas. We got married in Vermont (at a beautiful venue that was also an alpaca farm) so we wanted to match the beautiful natural feel of our surroundings with the serenity and ease a wedding day should be. My mom and sister (Pink Door Garden Design) did all of the decorating and everything came out beautifully. It was a gorgeous August day, and the barn was filled with flowers, charming items from my childhood home (paintings and pictures, certain pieces of furniture, mirrors, jewelry, dishes, etc), and gorgeous serving pieces. We had mismatched china on ivory tablecloths, stacks of old books at part of the centerpieces where the table numbers sat, tulle and hanging lights decorated the walls, along with branches and flowers we borrowed from the natural landscape. It came together so beautifully.

Our favorite moment was the first look at each other when I walked down the aisle. What we recall feeling the strongest at that moment was complete peace. And it lasted the entire time. Everyone told us the wedding day would be a blur, and it did go by quickly, but there was such a peace and a happiness about it that we’ll always remember.

Photography: Elate Photo | Floral Design: Pink Door Garden Design | Ceremony Venue: Middlebury Congregational Church | Reception Venue: Champlain Valley Alpacas | Hair : Uniquely You Organic Hair Salon | DJ: Top Hat Entertainment | Event Coordination: Pink Door Garden Design

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Casual Summer Wedding at Hermitage Inn

You can absolutely feel the love in this sweet, outdoor summer wedding in rural Vermont, and we can’t get enough! After five years apart on opposite coasts, these college sweethearts returned with loved ones to a place they hold dear, for a rustically elegant affair we know you’ll swoon over too. Check out the amazing gallery from Hello Love Photography here!

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From The Bride…Jacob and I met as undergraduates at Dartmouth College. We then entered graduate programs on separate coasts. After five years apart, we were so excited to finally enter married life together by returning “home” together to Northern New England. We were drawn to Vermont for our wedding not only because of our fond memories of the area, but also because we felt it was the best setting to have the relaxed, authentic wedding we’ve envisioned. Our favorite part of planning was adding those personal details to the day to make it all our own.

Photography: Hello Love Photography | Floral Design: Janet Boyd | Wedding Dress: Robert Bullock | Ceremony Venue: Hermitage Inn, West Dover VT | Reception Venue: Hermitage Inn, West Dover VT | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J. Crew | DJ: Evan LeCompte | Groomsmen Attire: J. Crew | Hairstylist: Mountain Styles Salon And Spa

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Simple + Elegant Meadow Wedding

Drawing from the breathtaking scenery of the bride and groom’s family homes, this is a wedding that is all at once elegant and simplistic in its beauty.  From the florals crafted by William Sweet Floral to the gorgeously sweet J.Crew wedding gown to the pops of color filling the tented reception.  Orchard Cove Photography was on hand to capture every moment and, believe you me, this is a gallery you must see.

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From the beautiful Bride… Because the location was the most important part of our wedding, it determined the style and decor. That meant that we tried to keep the vibe natural, simple and elegant. I knew that the lush green trees, fields and mountains and blue skies of Vermont in early August would dominate the scene so chose a color scheme that would pop against that background: a palette of scarlets, corals and nudes.

Each of my bridesmaids chose a different color dress in that scheme and it created an ombre effect that I loved. We had the men’s ties handmade in that color scheme as well and they were absolute works of art. Jay and I kept it pretty traditional in gray and white and my dress was very, very simple. The two bits of whimsy I did go for were my vintage cobalt blue shoes as my something blue and a very long veil that some close friends made me. It was such fun to have the veil picked up and carried around by the wind — drawing attention, again, to the natural world around us.

We were married in one of my family’s upper fields with nothing to decorate the spot other than the landscape and views. The reception was in a tent in our lower field, which abuts Jay’s family’s house, and houses our barns. Again, we kept the decor very simple with a mix of farmhouse tables and circular tables with muted gray and peach linens and simple white chairs that wouldn’t sink into the ground! I had mostly wildflowers, with a few garden roses, and the flowers for the flower girls actually came right out of Jay’s Mom’s garden. We had an additional tent set up between our barns for barn dancing and by the end of it, we had broken the floor! Our guests just moved into the actual barns for more improv dancing!

Photography: Orchard Cove Photography | Floral Design: William Sweet Floral | Wedding Dress: J. Crew | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J. Crew | Catering: Occasions Catering | Band: Atlantic Crossing | Ceremony And Reception Venue: Private Residence | Tent Rental: Celebrations

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From BKB & Co.BKB & Co. is a select team of Boston wedding photographers and cinematographers specializing exclusively in weddings. Our wedding professionals are not only recognized in the industry, but also among wedding clients for our tremendous attention to detail from the moment of inquiry through the final product delivery and thereafter. Our studio was built on a simple motto – to capture each wedding as if it were our own. We are professionals at what we do and believe your wedding should be all about you enjoying your day and stress-free. We understand and value the importance of image capture and ensure your wedding photos stay timeless for you and your family for generations to come.

Founder and Creative Director Brittany K. Blando attended both the New England School of Photography and the College of Art and Design at Lesley University before opening her namesake studio in 2002. Throughout her education, Brittany developed a true passion for photographing weddings. The wedding scene in the Greater Boston area has always been vibrant and diverse, making it an exciting arena to be in. She is extremely sought-after in the New England area, even capturing the wedding of Professional Hockey Player Scott Clemmensen, beauty queen Amanda Kelly and Musician Eric Welsh of the band The Pixies. Her style is editorial imagery with photojournalistic flair, which is a style most requested by area engaged couples. Her talented work, impeccable customer service and quick turn-around time has proven to be why her studio is so highly regarded in New England.

To greater meet the needs of local couples, Brittany launched BKB & Co. in 2013 and expanded the studio’s services with the addition of talented wedding photography and wedding videography professionals. This brilliant team has taken the area by storm and has helped BKB become one of the top wedding services in all of New England. This team is truly a cohesive unit – working on weddings together and focusing on unparalleled customer service, flawless product and stellar turn-around time. Our team members are exclusive to our studio alone and have been personally trained by Brittany to provide our clientele with the images they have come to love and along with the personalized customer service the studio is known to provide.

Most recently, BKB announced the addition of a bridal stylist to the staff. With so many small details needed to be attended to on a wedding day, BKB’s bridal stylist will work alongside the BKB team to ensure any issues that may come up over the course of a wedding are resolved quickly, efficiently, and stress-free for the couple. A “day-of assistant” if you will, our stylist will handle many logistics that can sometimes overwhelm a couple or be a distraction on such a milestone day. For instance, she will distribute and pin boutonnieres and corsages, adjust your bridal gown for wedding photos, help keep the wedding day timeline on schedule, gather important individuals for photos, bustle your gown and of course, carry your favorite lipstick so you will always have it on hand throughout the day. Logistics aside, she will also be there to hold your hand and give you a shoulder to rely on.

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Why Booking Like-Minded Photographers and Videographers Matters

Having a top-notch photographer and videographer for your special day is a no-brainer, but making sure they work well together? It’s the difference between regular results and those you’ll treasure forever. Jenny Moloney and Paperweight Films often work as a team, capturing special moments, including these “I do’s” at this rustic summer celebration. See their special day as Jenny Moloney and Paperweight Films share insight on choosing vendors who work and create together successfully.

From Jenny Moloney Photography and Paperweight FilmsAt Jenny Moloney Photography and Paperweight Films, we believe that documenting a wedding involves a lot of time and thought, not only with the bride and groom, but with each other. As individual businesses (both husband and wife teams), we both create images and films that are timeless, honest, candid, and romantic, yet we’ve worked hard to hone our skills and learn how to function efficiently as a team. It takes flexibility, awareness and lots of communication.

WHAT SHOULD A BRIDE LOOK FOR WHEN PUTTING A PHOTO AND VIDEO TEAM TOGETHER?

A great team has a videographer and photographer that share a similar philosophy in documenting a wedding, including their approach to working with the couple in preparation for the big day. Finding a photographer and videographer who share similar philosophies and styles can make a wedding day seamless, and also results in photos and films that compliment each other. Things to look for include:

Timeline: Knowing what their needs are from you during your wedding day can really help to ensure a smooth flow.

Shooting Style: Both Jenny Moloney and Paperweight Films take a candid, documentary approach to shooting weddings, making it an easy fit. Be sure to understand both the photographer and videographer approach to shooting a wedding day.

Lighting Style: Ask if they prefer more natural light, or if they bring additional lighting. For moments like a reception, this can have a real effect on the other.

Cost: A lot of couples tend to focus more budget on either photo or video. It can be very beneficial to do a lot of researching in finding a photographer and videographer with similar experience.

WHAT DO JENNY MOLONEY PHOTOGRAPHY AND PAPERWEIGHT FILMS DO TO MAKE IT SEAMLESS FOR EACH OTHER?

Communication: There are three main times we communicate about a wedding; before, during and after. Reaching out before the wedding day to chat about the couple’s special requests and each other’s plan of action helps for no surprises and no frustration on the wedding day. On the wedding day, we make sure to communicate all day with each other about where we plan to be to get a shot or special moment. Chatting after the wedding is a great way to debrief the experience, and make plans for submissions.

Awareness: By staying aware of each other’s position, we can stay out of each other’s shots, or communicate about how we can both make it work.

Flexibility: Keeping in mind that while we have a lot of the same needs, they are often executed in different ways. Setting up expectations and always being respectful of each others needs, makes all the difference.

Collaboration: One of the best parts about working together as a team is collaborating to create a beautiful creative product for our clients. When you are lucky and cultivate a trust between each other, the results can be magical! 

Respect: We’re there for the same thing – to document all the moments a couple will want to remember. However, we have two very different needs for a lot of those moments. For example, during toasts, a videographer needs to be rolling the whole time, to capture the toast in it’s entirety. A photographer needs a collection of still images. On the other side, during formal portraits, it is important to remember that the photographer needs to get their shots done without a lot of interruption from the videographer. 

MOMENTS WHERE WORKING AS A TEAM IS ESSENTIAL TO BE SUCCESSFUL INCLUDE:

Getting Ready with the Bride and Groom: We work together to make sure we all get the shots we need. If Jenny is shooting the bridal gown outside, she always lets Paperweight Films know. If bridal details are being shot, we take turns, or find different angles and shoot at the same time. Often in the groom’s suite, during moments like tying ties, we find the best light together and either shoot over each other’s shoulders or at complementary angles. We’re constantly communicating about moving, switching with each other, and making sure we’re not in each other’s shots. 

Ceremony: The ceremony is always approached with a “game plan.” We look at the set up, let each other know where we will be standing, what our framing looks like, and get rolling. Special moments are discussed, such as the bride coming down the aisle, rings being exchanged, and first kiss so we’re aware of what the other is doing.

Sparkler Exits: We always discuss what lenses we are each using and come up with a game plan. Often Jenny and Dave from Paperweight Films shoot side by side following the bride and groom as they come through.

WHAT DO JENNY MOLONEY PHOTOGRAPHY AND PAPERWEIGHT FILMS DO TO MAKE IT THE BEST EXPERIENCE FOR THE COUPLE?

Both Jenny and Paperweight Films have styles that result in romantic, warm, and timeless images that work beautifully together. Because we take the easy but important steps of communicating with each other throughout the wedding process, we show up to the wedding ready to work well together. This adds an extra positive, relaxed vibe to the wedding day! By being good to each other, we create the best experience and products for our couples, which is the of course the most important thing!

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From the beautiful Bride… I met Max about five years ago. The minute I met Max, I had butterflies… and I still have them today! Lucky for him, when Max proposed, I said YES, and our wedding plans soon began. Starting the wedding planning process was scary; I realized I had no idea where, when or what I wanted. But I did know a few things: I wanted a full weekend with our closest friends and family, I wanted a smaller wedding, and I definitely wanted nature. I saw a bunch of gorgeous farm weddings on SMP and accordingly Googled “farm wedding,” reaching out to all of the venues that came up.  Riverside Farm was one of them, and our very first (and only) site visit. We visited in July, and I must say the visit was pretty magical. From the inn we were set up in, to the grounds viewing, we knew Riverside just felt right. We secured our date and never looked back.

With our venue locked, we started getting into the details. I wanted our wedding to be reflective of us, filled with personal touches, and tightly knit with friends and family. I loved that we picked our menu, our band, and our flowers together; wrote every place card; and even designed our wedding invitations. The whole weekend was us personified!

For our accents and colors, we were as neutral as possible. When you have a backdrop as beautiful as the rolling mountains of Vermont, you don’t want to distract anyone with anything grandiose. Pale pinks, ivories, greys, and pops of some bright colors were trickled into all of our details. My bridesmaids wore any shade of grey and ivory that they preferred. They all looked beautiful, and paired so nicely! The groomsmen wore navy and Max work a lighter blue hue. Our flowers for the reception and ceremony were a mix of soft pinks, ivory, silvery greys, and were accented with either birch branches, or vases. The birch was elegant, yet matched the campy nature of the venue.

We put a lot of work into making our wedding day special, but it was really our family, friends and vendors that made the weekend as incredible as it was.  Our best and closest friends and family stayed on the grounds with us (and at Amee Farm down the road), so they were embedded throughout every aspect of the event. Our caterers crafted the most delicious menus for the rehearsal, wedding and brunch, using flavors indigent to Vermont. Our florist went above and beyond from just a few pictures I pinned on Pinterest. Our band kept the dance floor filled all night. And our photographers and videographers, well, they captured our whole weekend beautifully without even being noticed by our guests! The Riverside team kept all of the vendors connected and made the entire planning process seamless. We really lucked out; we ended up spending lots of time on the phone with these guys, and even making some great friends!

My advice for couples planning their big day: Keep it personal, personal touches will make your day a piece of you, and not a generic event. Choose the vendors you instantly like upon first meeting, you’ll be spending a lot of time with them on the phone and in person. And finally, make it fun! We had the best time planning our wedding, and couldn’t have been happier with the results!

See a few more of our favorite Jenny Moloney and Paperweight Films weddings here: Elegant Newport Estate Wedding, a Popponessett Inn Wedding, and another Riverside Farm Wedding!

Photography: Jenny Moloney Photography | Cinematography: Paperweight Films | Floral Design: Pittsfield Garden Center | Wedding Dress: Kleinfeld: Danielle Caprese | Stationery: Whoa Nellie Press | Ceremony Venue: Riverside Farms | Reception Venue: Riverside Farms | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Makeup Artist: Alexandra Dale Makeup Artistry | Band: Red Hook Orchestra | Groom's Attire: J. Crew | Hair Stylists: Finishing Touch | Wedding Catering: Occasions Catering

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