In my previous post I was talking about the closeness of autumn, so you may be wondering why I’m already moving on to winter. Well, posting images from Jon and Jennifer’s stunningly beautiful Vermont winter wedding is long overdue. And perhaps there are a few couples out there planning a wedding for the upcoming winter season!
A very perfect place to have a Vermont winter wedding is in Stowe, Vt. at the Stowehof Inn and Resort. Even without snow the alpine style of the Inn is quintessentially wintry. I arrived at the Stowehof on the day of the wedding pretty relieved. The previous week had been frigid…exceptionally cold even for this Vermont photographer and I worried not only for my sake but for the couple and their guests. Luckily the temps had warmed into the 20’s so we were much safer from frostbite.
I visited Jon first who was quietly getting ready so I snapped and few and headed upstairs to meet the bride. The ladies were relaxed and having a great time. Jennifer’s laugh was infectious! Once Jennifer was dressed I pulled her outside onto the alpine balcony for a portrait. The cool mountain air was actually refreshing after the coziness of the bridal suite.
The couple opted to have a first look which was almost necessary given they had a winter ceremony scheduled for late afternoon. Around here it gets dark as early as late afternoon so this strategy allowed us to get the family and wedding party portraits done while it was still light.
We finished up and headed off to the Stowe Community Church for the ceremony. Such a big, bright church with beautiful light. The bouquets were from Uncle George’s Flowers.
Since we were so crafty and got the bulk of the posed photos out of the way, I had a good chunk of time to wander around Stowe for some wintry shots with just Jon and Jennifer. Our last stop couldn’t have been more perfect. Good timing and a lot of luck had us at a split rail fence with a gorgeous view and blazing pink sunset. After I snapped about a thousand images, the couple just quietly soaked up the moment. What an amazing wedding memory!
Back to the Stowehoff guests were already adding to the polaroid guest book: A delicious cake from Caketopia was poised for cutting later on. Music was provided by Top Hat Entertainment. As you can see it was quite the party. Before I left the warmth of the fireplace beckoned for one last shot of the couple. It crackled and warmed the dancing guests while night fell on the blanket of snow outside. Congratulations Jon and Jennifer!