adventure wedding

Meg + Ryan: a New Hampshire mountaintop wedding

Loon Mountain Resort - Lincoln, NH

Who doesn't love a mountaintop wedding in New Hampshire?! Meg + Ryan had a perfect summer wedding with a mountaintop ceremony, gondola ride, roaring dance party reception complete with an outdoor fire pit to end the night. 

The day started with the bride and groom getting ready surrounded by their best friends which included lots of laughter and reminiscing on past times. Meg + Ryan opted out of a first look but Meg wanted one with her Dad so we headed down to the edge of the river to meet him. With a heartfelt hug and tears in their eyes they had a beautiful first look surrounded by Meg's sweet family.  

A gondola ride to the top of the mountain is the perfect time to calm some pre-wedding nerves and take in all the spectacular views of the White Mountains. The ceremony took place at the very peak of Loon Mountain in Lincoln - the ceremony spot has a beautiful mountain back drop and even in the middle of summer it boasts a nice breeze to keep the guests cool and happy. As Meg was escorted down the aisle by her father you couldn't help by look over at Ryan and the huge smile on his face. The ceremony was sweet and funny as the officiant told some heartfelt stories about the couple and gave some good laughs. It was evident by the stories he told that not only are they the perfect couple but that EVERYONE adores them both. 

Post - ceremony we snuck away for some quick mountaintop portraits of the lovely couple and their families before heading back down the gondola to cocktail hour and the reception. 

Loon's reception area is unique by offering a large indoor space for tables, dancing and food but also a complimentary outdoor space complete with Adirondack chairs, fire pit and comfy seating for guests. They kicked off the reception with their first dance and some of the best speeches we have heard this year followed by the biggest dance party ever! This group was ready to have some fun and soon enough the whole party was out on the dance floor to party the night away!

Everything about their day was perfect and we know for sure that they will have the best marriage and we can't wait to find out what the future has in store! Congratulations Meg + Ryan! 

Robyn + John - a classic Vermont farm wedding

Mansfield Barn, Shelburne VT

We are catching up on all of our weddings and sessions from the year and next up is Robyn + John's wedding! 

This Vermont country wedding was an absolute dream! Robyn went all out making this wedding showcase their style exactly while also bringing in all the best of Vermont. The setting for their day was the gorgeous Mansfield Barn that features rolling green hills, a huge red barn and the perfect outdoor ceremony spot. 

Robyn + John opted to do a first look at the covered bridge and let me just say...it was AMAZING! Talk about a tear jerker! Watching Robyn walk toward John on the bridge and seeing all the emotion and love on both of their faces was enough to make anyone cry. They shared a sweet moment on the bridge together before heading to the ceremony. The ceremony was heart felt with a hint of humor (which is so fitting for this fun-loving couple) and as soon as they kissed it was nothing but fun and a party for these two! Lawn games in front of the barn played in to the cool outdoor vibe of the wedding while the couple snuck away behind the barn for some family time and photos before kicking off the big party. 

Tips + Tricks: Bridal Hair and Makeup

We get asked for advice all the time about planning and executing a great wedding and one thing we are asked about the most is our opinions on hair and makeup. So we decided what better way to get you guys the information you want than to ask an expert! 

We decided to call on Donna Cotnoir, owner and operator of Custom for You - where she offers full service hair and makeup for weddings as well as corporate bookings (she even did the makeup for James Taylor and his wife once!!). We asked Donna to give us some of her favorite tips for brides on everything hair/makeup related. 

Firstly, one of the most important things Donna wants brides to know is this - always do a trial for your hair AND makeup! This is so important to be sure that what you saw as your vision actually suits you and you're happy with!

Donna had the following to say:

"When choosing a hair style and makeup for your wedding, take in to consideration the theme of the wedding, the style of your dress AND your personality. The makeup has to look like you, bring out your features and give you a glow. Not over done. You have to feel comfortable with the way you look!"

When asked about choosing a hair and make up artist Donna said "You might want to look on Pinterest for ideas and a must is to do a consultation or two. The hair and makeup artist and bride have to mesh together and NEVER feel afraid to ask questions". Just like anything else with your wedding, you will get the absolute most out of your day if you have a great working relationship with your chosen vendors so take the time to get to know your artist and make sure you will work together!

We hope this helps answer some of your big questions about bridal hair and makeup! If you would like to contact Donna for a consultation you can find all of her information below!

Donna Cotnoir
www.customforyounh.com
603-738-5313
Custom for You
IG: @customforyounh

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{SNEAK PEEK} Robyn + John - a classic Vermont farm wedding!

The Mansfield Barn - Jericho, Vermont

Saturday’s Vermont barn wedding was nothing short of gorgeous and classic! While the day may have started with ominous storm clouds looming over it sure didn’t last!

Robyn and John were determined to have a fun and light-hearted day surrounded by their family and closest friends and they got just that. They chose to start their day with a sweet first look at the covered bridge in town. When we arrived at the bridge and stepped out of the car, all we could see was John at the end of the bridge with his back to us, patiently waiting on his bride. We walked out to meet him and watched the excitement rise on Robyn’s face as she got closer and closer to John. Soon enough she was close enough to reach him and as he turned around, his face said it all. He quickly wrapped her up in his arms and told her how gorgeous she looked as they kissed in the middle of the covered bridge. Their sweet first look lead in to the most perfect time for portraits of the two of them as they laughed and kissed and danced in the field!

Now, with all the nervous jitters out of the way, they could get their ceremony under way. As Robyn walked down the aisle to John, overlooking the Vermont mountains and surrounded by friends and family – all you could feel was happiness. The day continued on with fun and festivities that we can’t wait to share more of!

Stay tuned for the full post to come!

Photography: AB Photography | Venue: The Mansfield Barn | Florist: Chappell’s Florist | Catering: The Waterfront Catering Group | Cake: Frosted VT | DJ: Super Sounds DJ | Dress: Maggie Sottero | Bridesmaid’s Hair: Liliana’s Hair | Bride’s Hair: Lauryn Spittle | Makeup: Mirror Mirror

new england outdoor wedding - vermont
new england outdoor wedding - vermont
new england outdoor wedding - vermont
new england outdoor wedding - vermont

First Looks, and why they are awesome!

During your wedding planning process you may have heard the term "first look" thrown around and wondered what it was, or maybe you know but thought it wasn't a good traditional wedding idea - well today I'm going to tell you what a first look is and why it is an awesome idea!


First we will start with what a first look is - just imagine for a moment. You've spent the morning getting all prepped and ready. Getting in to your wedding dress you painstakingly picked out months before. You say good bye to your wedding party and walk out to a secluded location. There in the distance, your soon-to-be-husband is standing with his back to you. With anxious anticipation you slowly make your way towards him, hardly able to contain your excitement. You finally get close enough to reach out and tap his shoulder, he excitedly turns around with a huge smile on his face and picks you up in a warm embrace. You are able to take a few minutes to excitedly talk and spend your last precious moments together before being married. Doesn't this sounds perfect?!?! This is what a first look is all about - intimate moments and memories to last a lifetime!

So a few reasons why you should at least consider a first look!

1. By seeing each other before the ceremony you are able to take everything in, calm each other down a little and a have peaceful moment to start your day. We believe first looks help you to take in your whole ceremony from a 'slightly' calmer place as you have already seen each other and gotten the nervousness out. 

2. You have more time for photos! As photographers we may be a little biased but we think the more time the better!! But really, the nice thing about first look photos is your hair and make up are fresh and your groom's suit has no wrinkles so this is a great time for fresh photos. Plus, all of the emotion of getting to see each other leads to beautiful emotion and the chance for you to interact as naturally as possible. Without the nervousness of being in front of all your guests, first looks allow for raw and emotional photos that couples always love!

3. You don't have to worry about light. Depending on the time of year and ceremony start time, there may be less time for pretty outdoor family and portrait photos. First looks allow for the bulk of portraits to be done pre-ceremony meaning less chance of it being overly dark for your session. 

4. You get to your cocktail hour quicker! For some people this is a deal breaker - if you want to enjoy your cocktail hour with all your guests then a first look can definitely help! As stated above, it helps get the majority of portraits done pre-ceremony and leaves fewer things to be formally photographed after the ceremony - getting you to your guests quicker. 


All in all, you have to choose what works best for you and there is certainly no right or wrong answer! No matter what, your wedding day will be one of the best days of your life! Need help coming up with fun ideas for a first look? Stay tuned as they will be hitting the blog soon!

{SNEAK PEEK} Susan + Mitch - Classy Common Man Wedding

The Common Man - Claremont, NH

SNEAK PEEK: The days leading up to this beautiful New Hampshire outdoor wedding were filled with some nerve wracking reports of huge storms and the morning of Susan and Mitch's big day started with ominous clouds circling above. As we hopped in the car to drive to the venue the skies opened and it rained HARD! But, as we got closer and closer to The Common Man the sun started poking through and we knew it would be a perfect day. 

We arrived at the Common Man to find it perfectly set with every fine detail that Susan spent so much time making gorgeous. Surrounded by her beautiful sisters and friends Susan made her way down to the courtyard where Mitch was excitedly waiting. A short and sweet ceremony ended with cheers from the crowd and the biggest smiles from the newlyweds!

Stay tuned for the full gallery and blog, coming soon!!

Photography: AB Photography | Venue: The Common Man | Florals: Zana Kehm Design | Band: The Conniption Fits

Rachel + Dave - A Sunapee Summer Wedding

Loon Lake Campground - Croydon NH

We woke up yesterday to beautiful blue skies and a refreshing breeze and I knew then that Rachel + Dave's big day was going to be perfect. As Rachel walked down the aisle with her ever-so-supportive father on one side and her sweet and sassy little Eloise on the other, I couldn't help but look at Dave - the excited smile on his face said it all as he waited (almost) patiently for Rachel to make her way to him. A short and sweet ceremony ended with a passionate kiss and an uproar of clapping! The entire day was filled with laughter, dancing, kids running around and plenty of good times had by all. It was an honor to be a part of their day and we can't wait to share more of their wedding with you! For now, enjoy these sneak peek photos!

Venue: Loon Lake Campground | Florals: Safflowers | Gown: A Day to Remember | Jewelry: Boulder Bangles

Three Tricks to Beautiful Getting Ready Photos

I'm sure many of you have scrolled through photographers photos and Pinterest at all the gorgeous wedding photos, especially those getting ready photos; the classic beauties with your girls helping button up your dress and your last few moments before you are married. These moments are so special and deserve to be captured as part of your legacy! Many brides have asked me what they should have in their bridal suite to get the best getting ready photos and I have decided to rally these tips in to one helpful post for all of you!

  • First things first, choose a bridal suite that has plenty of natural light or access to an open window/door. That soft pretty light flooding through a window will help show off all your gorgeous dress details and you will look absolutely radiant! Soak in a little extra sun before getting ready to help relax! 
  • Keep your bridal suite uncluttered! You want the time before your wedding to be relaxing and keeping the space your in tidy will help alleviate any extra anxiety. Plus, you don't want extra odds and ends ending up in your photographs!
  • Have all of your accessories in one place. Make sure to have your shoes, jewelry and any little keepsakes you will have on you close by to your dress - this saves time as you're getting ready and makes sure nothing is missed! 

Meg + Ryan: Winter Engagement Session

Concord, New Hampshire

It was one of the warmest winter days in February when I met with Meg and Ryan for their outdoor winter engagement session. This outgoing and fun couple arrived excited and ready to spend the afternoon together exploring parts of Concord! What struck me most about them right off the bat was their natural ease together, they joked and played with such an easy sense of humor and made you feel like old fast friends. We walked and talked around the park hearing of their relationship and proposal and now wedding planning experience. It was easy to see that these two will make it far in life with their easy going attitudes and ability to laugh together, 'cuz life is so much better when we don't take ourselves too seriously! Meg + Ryan are amping up for what will be an epic mountaintop wedding ceremony with the beautiful White Mountains for a back drop complete with a gondola ride!  

 

Kelsey + Andrew: Snowy Engagement Session at Quechee Inn

Quechee Inn at Marshland Farms - Quechee, Vermont

Kelsey and Andrew's perfect New England winter engagement session took place at the beautiful Quechee Inn in Quechee, Vermont - the same location where their upcoming wedding will be! When Kelsey and I first talked about their session she said she really wanted a snowy winter session and boy is that what she got! The day of their shoot was a huge nor'easter that brought with it a foot of fluffy snow and beautiful huge snowflakes. After arriving at the farm we ventured out across the property, roaming through the snow covered fields, up pretty hiking trails and down to the pond where Andrew proposed. It was so much fun watching these two enjoy the company of each other as they laughed, played and snuggled in the winter wonderland. 

While we were meandering around the property I asked about the proposal and Kelsey's gorgeous engagement ring. Her ring was two bands intertwined and she told me how Andrew secretly went to her grandmother and got her wedding ring to use in Kelsey's ring as one of the intertwined pieces - with the help of the family, Andrew was able to keep it a secret until the big day of the proposal. Andrew proposed in front of the pond at Quechee Inn, a place that Kelsey had always loved and grown up so close to. 

I can't wait to photograph what will be a beautiful wedding for these two!