Elegant Rustic Wedding | West Monitor Barn | Chris + Carrie

    venue: West Monitor Barn, Richmond VT
    rentals: Vermont Tent Company, South Burlington VT
    catering & bar: Jeff’s Restaurant, St. Albans VT
    dress & bridesmaid dresses: Fiori Bridal Boutique, Essex Junction VT
    shoes: Badgley Mischka, Nordstrom
    veil & bridal accessories: Sewly Yours, Burlington VT
    rings: Perrywinkles, Burlington VT
    flowers: Sarah Jo Willey, Creative Muse Floral Design, Enosburg VT
    cake: Mirabelles, Burlington VT
    music: Evan Foley, El Folio Entertainment, Arlington VT
    transportation: Classic Limos, VT
    bridesmaid jewelry: Emily Foster HazelandGrim
    hair: Shawnna, Salon Cruz
    make-up: Anna, Mirror Mirror

    Chris and Carrie’s wedding happened on a late September day when warm summer air was still lingering but the foliage was hinting that fall was on its way. It was a little hazy which makes for beautiful light for an outdoor ceremony. All the details…most of which were carefully thought out and labored over by the couple themselves… came together for a perfectly elegant, rustic Vermont wedding at the West Monitor Barn.

    My day started  when I stopped to snap a few of the groom getting ready before making my way to see the bride. Ties were being tied, shirts tucked, and last minute details were being checked off the list. Chris was pretty relaxed…at least to me it appeared so! I’ve known Chris for a while since we both grew up in the same town but also because he’s a talented photographer himself and used to display his work when I had my gallery in St. Albans. That’s where I met Carrie who used to bring her delicious confections to our openings. Maybe it’s the quiet patience of a wildlife photographer that helped him keep his cool on the wedding day.

    I left my other shooter to hang out with the guys while I headed to meet Carrie in her hotel suite. She was finishing at her hair appointment when I arrived so it gave me some time to capture the details. I loved the embroidery on her dress from Fiori and the petals on her shoes were so delicate. They even fluttered! Sarah Jo from Creative Muse arrived with the flowers. There were so pretty in pale pinks and greens. The flower girl was really excited that her basket of petals had arrived. She was so cute as she stood admiring them in front of Carrie’s dress.

    Carrie arrived and started getting ready with the help of her sisters, maid of honor and her mother. Carrie had some beautiful details. The brooch to pin her sash was just the perfect touch. And her very talented sister Emily, who owns the Etsy shop HazelandGrim, made the pearl accessories for the bridesmaids and flower girl.

    Directly across the hotel was the perfect tree-lined walkway for the couple to have that special moment to themselves. Carrie was able to sneak up quietly so Chris could turn at just the right moment. Carrie took the opportunity to give Chris his gift, a set of cufflinks with little French bulldogs on them. The couple have two of the real thing.

    Because we had set aside a good amount of time for couple portraits, the pair got to enjoy some time together before the busy day swept them away. Though I couldn’t tell, Carrie later admitted to being really stressed that morning and that being able to see Chris before things got crazier put her mind at ease and let her enjoy the rest of the day.

    At last it was time to make our way to the West Monitor barn for the ceremony. I love the rustic handmade arch and the maple buckets of flowers really dressed it up. Carrie and her father had a nice long walk together down the aisle. An amazingly long veil flowed behind her. The lawn at the West Monitor Barn is a beautiful place for a ceremony. You can see the leaves hinting at foliage season in the background.

    After the ceremony, we took some photos at the barn, but we also had time to travel in the couple’s rented vintage Chevy to the Old Round Church just down the road.

    Back at the reception, the inside of the barn looked dreamy. Candles, flowers, twine and the warm wood interior set the rustic tone and shiny glassware and twinkle lights made it all sparkle. The couple and their family and friends did all the work themselves to pull off the decor. While at the time it felt like a hurried stress to put it all together, Carrie later recalled that it left her with some of her best memories of the wedding. She remembers laughing over decisions like staggering mason jars, layering jelly beans, and tying bows with her loved ones.

    The couple’s beautiful first dance was capped off with a dramatic dip. There was a table of tasty candy treats and a tiered cake decorated with more pretty flowers. The fun crowd danced the night away. It was a beautiful day and so much of the credit goes to the couple. Congratulations to Chris and Carrie!

    You can also check the couple’s after-session here!

    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!

    January 25, 2012




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