Bohemian DIY | Middlebury VT Wedding | Max + Emily

    My first wedding of October from last season took me to Max and Emily’s Middlebury VT wedding. With the ceremony at her parent’s home and the reception held at the Middlebury Town Hall Theater, there was plenty of DIY goodness that I’m excited to share.

    On my way to the ceremony site, I made a pit stop at the Waybury Inn to check in on the groom and his guys as they were getting ready. I like a small crew. I can fit the whole group into better spots like one of the Waybury’s antique couches. That also gave me a view of the guys’ matching socks.

    I arrived at Emily’s parents’ home to discover a pretty breathtaking view highlighted by the peak foliage colors. I loved the ceremony seating which was simple hay bales covered with vintage blankets from the family’s own collection and thrift store finds. Such a great collection. The deeply hued fall bouquet from Middlebury Floral & Gifts was perfect for both the setting and season.

    Emily was busy getting ready with her closest friends and family. Her dress and veil were waiting next door in her childhood bedroom…such a sweet juxtaposition. The bride’s other details, like her purple suede booties, showed off her eclectic taste.

    They were another one of my couples to opt for a first look. The pair chose the new deck Emily’s father built overlooking the ceremony site and mountains beyond to see each other for the first time. I generally don’t have to give much direction during a First Look. Emily and Max were happy to just enjoy each other’s presence and soak up the view.

    Emily’s lace trimmed wool wedding socks were a hit. A smart choice, I might add, for an October wedding. Tiny succulents made up Max’s boutonniere.

    Before the ceremony I had time to walk the property with the couple and find some nice woodsy spots in which to photograph them. I also got to hear some of the history of the family home…how they all lived in the smaller garage apartment while Emily’s dad built the house on the property. I love getting to know my clients that way. The stairs in the backyard were also built by Emily’s dad to connect the house with the ceremony site. He was one busy Dad last summer.

    The ceremony began and the groom and his men emerged from the wooded path. Each bridesmaid expertly navigated the steps without a slip. Emily was escorted by her father down the lofty staircase. There were so many great expressions as the moment finally arrived. The sun peeked in and out of the clouds at times illuminating the bright foliage. There were plenty of laughs as the couple’s humor showed through their self penned vows. The wedding party quickly ascended the steps after the ceremony which gave a great view of the whole scene.

    The couple and I crafted the schedule to allow for time to shoot at various locations around Middlebury. Our first stop was the Ripton Country Store which is a quintessential Vermont stop complete with a post office inside.

    The next stop was the Happy Valley Orchard who allowed us to shoot in the orchard.  It was such a trim, cute little orchard made even better by the fact that is was the go-to spot for Emily’s family’s fall apple harvest. Admittedly I was a little distracted by the smell of the cider doughnuts but we carried on. A heart shaped spot on an apple was taken as a sign and was quickly devoured minutes later by the hungry couple.

    Downtown Middlebury boasts a river walk that offered several spots to photograph the couple. I loved the vintage look of Emily’s fur lined cardigan.

    The Town Hall Theater doesn’t usually play host to weddings. The couple transformed the space into a unique venue. The tables were decorated with birch bark, candle votives in mason jars and vintage books for a rustic vibe that paired perfectly with the historic building. The first dance and parent dances happened on the theater’s stage. The stage also became the spot for the couple and their wedding party to dine. Following dinner the tables were cleared out and the stage doubled as the dance floor.

    Congratulations Max and Emily!

    Stina Booth is a wedding photographer based in northern Vermont available to shoot weddings in Vermont and throughout New England. To inquire about your wedding reach out!

    April 21, 2015




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