Farm + Wedding = Awesome
In July I got to revisit Bliss Ridge for the spectacular wedding of Anthony and Claire. Like the rest of this summer it was a beautiful day, perfect for this outdoor wedding celebration. It doesn’t matter how many times I’ve been to a venue, I still like to capture some of the details of the place itself. It’s part of the reason a couple chose the place to forever be a part of their history. For Anthony and Claire, celebrating Vermont was just as important as getting married.
Claire was waiting in the bridal suite tucked under the reception barn. I think it’s fair to say she was counting down the minutes.
Anthony was right on time for the first look. They had such beautiful reactions to seeing each other. Having the first look gave us the opportunity to wander around the homestead to let these two soak each other in. I think we were all also soaking in the beauty of the farm. So many sweet shots, but also a few fun ones to satisfy Claire’s goofy side! We also staged some fun wedding party portraits with the haywagon. The beautiful florals were by Emily von Trapp.
Right on schedule the guests started arriving and Claire tucked herself away. After they had all made their way up the hill to the ceremony site, it was the ladies’ turn to hitch a hay wagon ride. Georgeous. During the ceremony there were a few tears but even more laughter and in the words of the officiant (quoting Beyonce) “he put a ring on it”.
After the ceremony we lingered on the hilltop for family portraits. After family dispersed, Claire and Anthony had a few minutes to breathe. From that vantage they could see the beautiful landscape and look down at the barn and all of their guests enjoying the cocktail hour. Not every wedding provides the opportunity to see the whole big picture of your wedding day in one glance.
At the cocktail hour, it was hard for me to not put down the camera and join in the fun. Heady Toppers, giant Jenga and lawns games galore kept the guests busy. I got the sense that this couple can be slightly competitive when they lined up for a game of cornhole.
Keeping with the game theme, regular sized Jenga blocks served as the couple’s guest book and the groomsmen wore scrabble cufflinks. The first dance kicked off and came with a little surprise. Claire had been waiting since before choreographed wedding dances had become a thing.
The dinner was awesome. Make-your-own tacos from American Flatbread were delicious. The fun just kept right on into the evening. A DIY photo booth with props, sweet treats, and dancing rounded out the night. A scoop of Ben & Jerry’s was a great prop for a ring shot. A stunning sunset capped off the day. It couldn’t have been better.