Imagine the quaintest possible spot that you could go and elope and you might still not be close to imagining the Stowe Mountain Chapel in Stowe, Vermont. Tucked into the mountainside about halfway up Mount Mansfield, you'll find a small chapel large enough to only fit a small group. Which was perfect for this elopement that included a son, a couple of parents, and two friends.
This particular day was calling for 90% hail and rain but as I arrived at the Stowe Mountain Resort and the Stowe Mountain Lodge to take getting ready pictures the sun came out in full force and it ended up being the most unexpected spectacular day!
I loved the bride's bohemian head piece and beautiful and unique dress. The groom's son was the most adorable little should-be model that I've ever seen and I had a blast getting shots of him and dad.
Overall, it was a gorgeous day with an amazing couple. A very romantic and intimate wedding in a perfect setting.
Venue: Stowe Mountain Chapel
I'm totally playing catch up here from a wonderfully busy summer of photography sessions and family time! This wedding is taking me back to a spectacular June day that called for rain. We were a bit worried when even on the day-of the forecast looked bleak. But like they say, if you don't like the weather in Vermont just wait a minute. Although it sprinkled during our family shots prior to the wedding it worked out perfectly as we got some adorable shots of Chelsea with her umbrella. And just before the ceremony started the rain abated and left us with an amazingly cloudy and moody sky that was perfect.
On top of the beautiful rolling hills of Stowe, Vermont is the Trapp Family Lodge and their surrounding property. Founded by the family that inspired The Sound of Music, this venue is a magical place that gave the Fortunati wedding a peaceful and extraordinary feel.
With it being a small wedding, it was quiet as the couple traded vows, Adam tearing up as he professed his love for Chelsea. With the emotion of the couple and the miraculous landscape, you could not help but get caught up in the moment of it.
Venue: Trapp Family Lodge
Florist: Sweet Stems
The following guidelines will ensure that you are the main focus of your pictures (rather than your clothing) and you look as flattering as possible!
- Choose 1-2 neutral colors and 1-2 accent tones to tie into everyone's outfit
- Avoid a lot of crazy patterns (stripes or flowers). If you do include a pattern make it an accent and put it only on 1-2 people in the group
- Choose 3 colors total for the group and coordinate (do not match - the 90's called and they want their 'all white-shirts and jeans' pictures back)
- Avoid wearing tops with logos, characters, graphics, or labels
- Avoid a lot of black and white unless that is a theme that you are going for
If you are coordinating a large family, the easiest thing to do is tell everyone to wear a combination of three colors. For example: grey, black, and blue. Or if you would like more color in your images add one strong accent color such as red, yellow, or orange.
Feel free to email images of outfits to me and I'm more than happy to give you feedback!
Here are some examples of things that work:
I've been taking this family's photos since their oldest daughter was a baby! These two girls are the smartest little cookies you've ever met, and too cute to boot! I love getting to watch them grow.
Isla is about eight months older than my son so I remember being so impressed when she could name all of her colors before mine even began to speak. Now Annabelle can count to 10 and started singing her ABCs and she's only 16 months!
I love the personalities that come out in their images!
We headed to Leo Carillo in Carlsbad for the session and found out when we got there that there was an antique car show going on, score! We met a sweet couple who encouraged us to take pictures with their car and they turned out adorable!
I've had the priviledge of knowing this family as long as I've known my husband (over ten years!) It's been a joy to watch their family grow. Their two girls are absolutely beautiful! We were fortunate enough to get an amazing sunset during their Carlsbad beach session. I couldn't have asked for more gorgeous clouds and light.
There is nothing better than running around the beach on a beautiful fall day and happening to capture the beauty of this family on camera!
When my husband's childhood friend mentioned needing family photos I was ecstatic! Fall Foliage was in full force and I was itching to get out and take some shots. Originally we were going to take the gondola up Mount Mansfield and get some images at the top of the mountain. But considering it was the middle of foliage and the tourists (or "leaf peepers" as the locals call them) were out in droves, the line was super long so we opted to skip that part of the excursion. Luckily, the Gregory's were down for an adventure so after taking a few at the bottom of the mountain we jumped in the car in search of some unappreciated foliage. After hitting their favorite swimming hole we passed by a gorgeous (and empty) field that rounded out the session perfectly!
Want to meet some of the cutest and most intelligent little girls on this side of the Pacific? Meet the Hearn girls. Cute as buttons and the littlest, Annabelle, just turned One and has a vocabulary of over 50 words.
Annabelle seemed so excited about that pretty pink cake but didn't take much interest after getting into it. After a couple of tiny bites and a bit of a mess, she headed straight for the wet wipes. This, of course, was more charming than her diving head first back into the cake. She truly was set on getting into those wet wipes and was very concerned with her dirty toes.
Who doesn't love balloons?!
"Are you lookin' at me?"
Cake smash = foot smash
"Wet wipes! Please, give me the wet wipes!"
We had to get big sister involved! She was going by "Aubrey" on this particular day. :)
"Well if she won't eat it, I will!"
When Livia first reached out to me and said her and Kyle were getting married at the Santa Barbara Courthouse, I had absolutely no idea what an amazing venue it was! Based out of San Diego, I had been to Santa Barbara several times but never to the courthouse. It's nothing like what you would expect from a courthouse! Although, in a city where even 7-11's have a charming Spanish architecture, I should have known that this was going to be a gorgeous place. Their ceremony was in the Sunken Garden with the walls of the courthouse rising all around. The feeling was magical.
Their reception was at the Cabrillo Pavilion Arts Center, a gorgeous spot right on the beach. With a temperature in the mid 70's, it was truly a perfect day. Livia had the details spot on, with adorable jenga pieces as a guest book to sign.
Overall it was a fantastic day and such a fun wedding. Kyle and Livia were both so laid back and fun to work with! Plus, they're too cute for words!
Photographer: Savannah Brown
Second Photographer: Jenna Clark
Florist: Susie with PacWest Blooms
Hair: Ashton with Carlyle Salon & Style Bar
Make up: Rose with Carlyle Salon & Style Bar
Cake: Sugar & Spice
Venue: Santa Barbara Courthouse, Cabrillo Pavilion Arts Center