On a crystal clear day last fall I photographed the wedding of Nate and Ali at All Souls Interfaith Gathering in Shelburne Vermont. This was just the kind of sparkling weather you want for this location. The place is at its best when you can take full advantage of its unmatched views of Lake Champlain. The venue is primarily a place for spiritual exploration and can inspire a spiritual awakening with nothing more than its impressive beauty. There is a simplicity to events held at All Souls which I love. The substance of the day, which can sometimes be overlooked in the layers of details, always seems to rise right to the surface at All Souls.
Simplicity was key to wedding planning for Nate and Ali. They were a couple after my own heart with their no-nonsense approach. Since both are doctors (in their residency at the time), extra time was in short supply. The couple was living out of state adding the tricky element of long distance planning. But it was essential to them that they return to Vermont to get married. Nate grew up in state and they both lived in Burlington for a number of years. Many of the friends they had made while in medical school at UVM would be guests. In many ways their wedding was a homecoming.
Enlisting the help of Caitlin from DIY Wedding Mentor, the pieces of their wedding day puzzle just came together. You’ll see below the beautiful work of the collection of vendors. Everything from the flag topped sailcloth tent from the Vermont Tent Company, to the delicate pale green and pastel pink florals from In Full Bloom, to the delicious meal from Let’s Pretend Catering and cupcakes from New Moon Cafe looked so effortlessly coordinated. It takes talented vendors to make all that hard work look easy.
To help with personal preparations, Ali lined up Indigo Salon for hair and makeup. She got dressed at All Souls and once she was mostly ready we moved into the bright sunroom for some finishing details. Her mom and sister helped with the final buttons of the lace gown with keyhole back.
Guests gathered for the outdoor ceremony and were treated to the dazzling view while they waited. Nate had a view in the opposite direction but the sloped ceremony approach gave him the perfect vantage of Ali being escorted by her father. A heartfelt and humorous ceremony was officiated by Nate’s stepfather who was a masterful public speaker. The couple’s vows were equally hilarious, taking the style of a back and forth banter that revealed the inner workings of their relationship. As the ceremony ended the couple led the procession back up the hill and took a quick moment to turn and see their crowd of loved ones set against the scenic view. It was a memorable view of their first few moments of marriage.
The rest of the day was casual and relaxed. Ali and Nate swept through formalities efficiently so they could maximize their time with the important people in their lives. Cocktail hour was enjoyed with a choice of the full warmth of the sun or under the shade of the large maples. You could hear the conversations of large groups of friends reuniting for the first time in a while. After the crowd moved into the tent, a collection of speeches from parents and siblings attested to what inspiring people Ali and Nate are. Guests then dined as the sun set and once darkness fell music from The Pulse of Boston kept the crowd more than entertained. You know it’s a good band when almost all the guests are on the dance floor with only a few on the sidelines just to catch their breath. The night was warm, sweet and soulful.
It will sound super gushy, but the day was sublime. I’m so thankful to Ali and Nate for making me a part of it.
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!