When it comes to photographing elopements, I (Sarah) generally photograph them solo, to keep with the theme of quiet intimacy that elopements lend to. I often don’t get to meet the couple until a few minutes before their ceremony, and quickly get to know them before their ceremony begins, then spend more time hanging out with the both of them after they say their vows. I’ve never fallen in love with a couple more quickly than I did with Rhonda and Kevin, feeling totally comfortable with each of them in the moments before they walked down to the forest amphitheater for their joyful, simple ceremony. Rhonda and Kevin emanate sweetness, and layered their interactions with each other and towards me with reverence and compassion. It was an honor to get to be a witness to their wedding and spend a sunny afternoon finding good light for portraits!
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It’s always a gamble when the first time I meet a couple is on the day they get married- I get nervous if our personalities will work well together, and what kind of people will they be. Within the first five minutes of meeting Dayna and Josh yesterday, I knew I had won the lottery. They’re absolutely head-over-heels in love with each other, and their dogs, and didn’t hold back their feelings of pure joy and the happy tears at their elopement.
An elopement allowed Dayna and Josh to get married exactly where they wanted- at the top of a mountain in Vermont- without the stress and money of transporting and hosting over a hundred people on said mountaintop. It also took any stress away and allowed them to live totally in the moment with each other and their pups. After an intimate ceremony officiated by Greg Trulson, we all shared champagne before cruising around to take some photos. Days like yesterday make me want to photograph more elopements- it’s a wonderful way to celebrate in the middle of the week!
Both from Rhode Island, Courtney and Reilly fell in love with Vermont, not only recently buying a house in a quiet little Burlington neighborhood, but also centering their wedding around one of their favorite places to hang out with their dog- the Ethan Allen Homestead, which is the coolest (free!!) place to catch a bit of history, go for a run, and explore the wide variety of nature areas that make up the expansive park. They decided to nestle their ceremony in a light-dappled grove of apple trees, inviting their families and a few close friends to witness their marriage, building in a nice big chunk of time before an intimate dinner for us to roam around the property and everyone else to let their dogs out (my favorite detail). Days like this are so wonderful for me as a photographer (especially when the weather and light were as awesome as they were on Saturday), quiet, non-rushed time, and a chance to get to know all the guests as well!
I love photographing elopements- they're sweet, quiet, and completely focused on the connection of the two people getting married. Audrey and Marion's was no exception. They've known each other since they were children, and after dating a few years, decided to get married somewhere totally different from where they live in Southern Indiana and found the quiet beauty of the Inn at Weathersfield. After a wild goose chase to get their marriage license before the offices closed, they spent a leisurely few days enjoying Vermont before their ceremony on a sun-dappled Sunday afternoon.