While Kara and Jon are only Vermonters at heart now, they knew for sure they would be returning for their wedding. The combination of planning out of state and their laid back approach led them to The Old Lantern Inn & Barn. It offered the right mix of rustic Vermonty vibe and comfort and it helped that they take care of most of the details.
I started my day photographing the couple getting ready at the Courtyard Marriott in downtown Burlington. The amazing lake views there will certainly hammer home that you are in Burlington Vermont. Everything was relaxed with the ladies while they had their hair and makeup done. We moved up to the bridal suite for the final preparations. I loved Kara’s minty blue Rachel Simpson wedding shoes. Her dress was from Mikaella Bridal. As Kara finished up, Jon waited patiently and enjoyed a little note from the bride.
We arranged to stage their first look just across the street in Battery Park. The light was just perfect and it was nice and quiet. They enjoyed having a little time together before rejoining the wedding party to travel for some pre-ceremony portraits.
We stopped at a nice scenic spot on the way to the Church. Mountain Transit and Burlington Limo carried the party to their destination. Nothing like a gentle breeze paired with an extra long veil. The floral arrangements, bouquets and boutonnieres were done by Allison at Floral Artistry.
The ceremony was held at the Charlotte Congregational Church. The ceremony ended with all present joining hands to “link” everyone to the bride and groom. I had time to take a few more portraits after the ceremony.
We also had plenty of time to return to the Old Lantern to enjoy the cocktail hour, also allowing me to get plenty of detail shots for the couple. It was a spectacular August day. The sweet treats from the Vermont Brownie Company and Champlain Valley Apiaries to send guests away with a little taste of Vermont. Before heading inside to be seated for the reception we took advantage of an opportunity to get a whole wedding group shot.
After the first dance, great toasts ensued causing much laughter. After sharing a bite of cake Kara dodged the crowd to eat the rest unobserved.
The couple wasn’t able to include their much loved dog Tucker in the wedding day but they felt it was important that he still be present. A life-size pet cutout was a first for me but allowed for a hilarious family photo!
It was an awesome day with a fun couple! Congratulations Kara and Jon!
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!