When Jeff and I met Leny in a cozy cafe in Boston on a frigid, early spring day to talk about her wedding, it was hard to imagine a beautiful, late summer day like the one we were graced with this past Saturday. Dark storm clouds held out for Leny and Peter's outdoor, ceremony at the pristine Jackson Gore at Okemo Resort in Ludlow, Vt., and we were able to explore the forests and fields around the resort for their photos after the ceremony too!
It was delightful to watch as Leny and Peter's families worked together to learn each other's traditions, and included everyone in the fun. Leny is from Bulgaria, and many of her family made the long trip to celebrate, so it was just as much a reunion as it was a celebration!
Some of our favorite parts of the day:
-While we've skied there in the past, it was our first time at Okemo Mountain Resort in the Summer, and it was gorgeous- the small field that served as the location for the ceremony provided a stunning view of the mountains, and the flower gardens, forests, and fields surrounding made it easy to find portrait locations.
-Leny and Peter's quiet sense of humor put everyone at ease, and kept us laughing throughout the day.
- The Bulgarian traditions incorporated throughout the day: At the end of the ceremony, Leny's maid of Honor, Veny, threw little packages containing a penny (for wealth), grain (for fertility), and candy (for a sweet life). For their favors, Leny and Peter gave guests beautifully painted wooden plates with a Bulgarian design. Finally (our favorite), Leny and her family led all their guests in a lively Bulgarian folk dance that snaked around the reception hall! -Peter's father learned enough Bulgarian to be able to say his speech in both Bulgarian and English, and Leny's mother learned enough English to be able say her speech in both languages too, both with happy encouragement from all the guests!