I’m so excited to share Jen and Tm’s rustic Vermont wedding, which took place at the Wallingford Lodge in Wallingford, VT. Jen and Tim are such a fabulous couple, as I learned during their engagement session last fall. Tim is an arborist and a rugged outdoors-man, and Jen is literally his dream girl. She’s not only gorgeous, but has no problem picking up a fishing pole (or a hunting riffle) and heading into the woods to do all of the things that Tim loves to do too. There are so many things I love about this wedding, but I think it can be summed up in the fact that everything about it reflected Jen and Tim’s personalities and all of the things they love to do together. Jen spent months preparing all of the adorable rustic details including handmade wooden signs, centerpieces made from wildflowers. old horseshoes and deer antlers, handmade bride and groom deer sculptures, and (my favorite part) a wall of photographs that told the story of Jen and Tim’s lives and their relationship, from childhood through their engagement. Besides the beautiful waterfront location and all of the adorable decor, Jen and Tim are gorgeous, sweet and so easy to photograph. And as the final bonus of the day, I got to work with my awesome photographer-friend, Eric of Eric Hauser Photography based around Burlington, VT. Yay!
Now there’s one more story I have to tell about our little adventure photographing the wedding rings. I typically try to photograph rings during dinner since it’s a bit of a break in the evening and allows me to take my time and get the best shots. So, as the meal was served, Eric and I grabbed the rings and headed outside to take advantage of the natural light. In front of the lodge, we found a nice tree with a little stump right in front of it and decided to put everything down there. The stump was about a foot off the ground, and behind it the tree had a little hollow, so it provided a nice backdrop with no place for the rings to get lost. So, there I was kneeling down on the ground with the rings on this tree stump and my macro lens as close as it could focus when a friendly wedding guest struck up a conversation with me. As we chatted away, he casually said “oh, there’s a spider.” Despite the fact that I thought he was joking, I responded instinctively by screaming and running away. As I regrouped about 20 feet from the tree, I realized he was serious and went back to take a closer look. There in the hollow of the tree, not 12 inches from where my face had been when photographing the rings, was the biggest spider I’ve seen in my life. (I have seen one equivalently sized spider in Hawaii, but nothing close in New England.) It was a greyish-brown, tree-colored monster, literally the size of my hand…horrifying. Eric, being a gentleman, had no choice but to retrieve my camera along with the rings, since there was no way I was going back to the tree. As it turns out, the friendly guest who spotted the spider (and was also horrified) is married to a biologist who came over and identified it as a wolf spider and went on to tell me all bout its habits and the other larger spiders that can be found in New England. In retrospect, maybe I should have taken a picture, but I couldn’t bring myself to go near it again.
All in all it was a fabulous wedding with a bit of excitement thrown in at the end. Jen and Tim, it was so nice getting to know you guys a little bit and an honor to photograph your special day. I’m sure it’s clear to everyone who knows you that you are a perfect match, and I wish you many, many years of love and happiness together!
Thanks to Eric for photographing the groom and his friends!
Wedding rings, pre-spider sighting.
Check out more highlights from Jen and Tim’s special day in their slideshow:
Venue: Wallingford Lodge – Wallingford, VT
Bridal Suite: White Rocks Inn
Bridal Hair & Make-up: 5 Elements Salon – Rutland, VT
DJ: Upper Valley DJ
Caterer: Feastivities Catering – Castleton VT
Cake: Ben & Jerry’s
Bridal Gown: David’s Bridal