The Woodstock Inn Wedding: Matt + Regina

I remember getting my first email from Regina and instantly loving her for sharing my love for exclamation points and smiley faces. I knew right away that Matt and Regina’s wedding day would be one to remember. Boy was I right! Brian and I were warmly welcomed as if we were family and it was so special to be able to witness all the love and celebrations as the day unfolded.

Everything about Matt & Regina’s wedding day was STUNNING. From the gorgeous floral arrangements placed all around the house to the small pendant Regina carried on her bouquet throughout the day that held a photo of her grandfather, her best friend. And the details just kept coming throughout the day. When I first walked into their reception tent set up in the back courtyard of The Woodstock Inn I was speechless. It was gorgeous! Even the table linens were spectacular!! Everything was soft and white with touches of gold that sparkled in the candle light. The whole night was so much fun to be a part of and Matt and Regina danced the night away surrounded by all their loved ones.

Matt and Regina are two of the kindest and most genuine people I’ve ever met. Regina’s enthusiasm for life is just as contagious as her beautiful smile and Matt’s kind character makes you feel like you’ve been friends forever. These two are the real deal!! It was obvious to see how treasured they are by all their family and friends, and now, by us too.

Congrats Matt & Regina!!! It was truly an honor to be such a big part of your wedding day and we’re wishing you all the bestūüôā

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Photography: AbiElaine Photography
Ceremony: Our Lady of The Snows, Woodstock, VT
Ceremony Time: 2PM
Reception: The Woodstock Inn
Reception Time: 5PM
Florist: Kep Taylor from Summersweet Floral Designs
Coordinator: Alanna from Beauty Queen Events
Band: Lester Lanin Orchestra
Dress: Vera Wang
Shoes: Nina

Pavilion in the Pines Wedding: Chris + Jen

When we first arrived at The Chapel of the Holy Family I couldn’t believe how beautiful it was. The most adorable little chapel perched on top of a hill surrounded by beautiful Vermont landscapes. It was breathtaking. I later found out that Jen’s grandparents actually built the chapel, which was why they were able to have a blessing inside!! Truly a special location for Chris and Jen to celebrate their union as husband and wife.

Jen and Chris met while attending Yale University in Connecticut. They were both on Yale’s Track & Field Team and soon found that they had a lot in common. Obviously Chris and Jen are¬†super intelligent, but they’re also super adventurous, loyal, and a whole ton of fun! More than one¬†of the speeches given at their reception¬†touched on how perfectly suited they are for each other, which¬†was pretty evident throughout the day.

All the details were tailored towards Chris and Jen’s mutual love for the outdoors and learning. From book and bookmark decorated centerpieces, to custom-made wood rounds etched with the mountain range surrounding their family’s chapel. It was so¬†much fun to witness¬†it all come together to celebrate their wedding day surrounded by¬†family and friends.

Congrats Chris & Jen!!!

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Photography: AbiElaine Photography
Getting Ready Location: Burke Mountain rental house
Ceremony Location: Chapel of the Holy Family
Ceremony Time: 4PM
Coordinator: Jenn Layne
Reception: Pavilion in the Pines
Florist: Peggy Bragg, Aunt of the bride
Cake: Baylow Ouillette from Baylow Cakes
Band: The Ghost of Paul Revere
Hair: Bridget’s Beauty Boutique
Dress: David’s Bridal

The Quechee Inn at Marshland Farm Wedding: Brian + Morgan

August 13, 2016.

Without a doubt, I knew it was going to rain and most likely thunderstorm at some point during Brian & Morgan’s wedding day. I went into the day prepared for that. I had even picked out locations to do portraits that were pretty much all sheltered from rain. However, after a torrential downpour during the getting ready process, the skies lightened and the rain went away leaving us with a perfect window to get all the portraits done before the ceremony. Despite the window of gorgeous misty light, the coordinator¬†at The Quechee Inn, Michelle, made the decision to move the ceremony under the tent. The maintenance man¬†even went into the woods to chop down a bunch of birch tree branches to hand-make an arbor for Morgan & Brian’s ceremony. And after the arbor was all put together and decorated by the amazing florist, Petals Floral Design, it looked incredible!! I think we were all thankful the coordinator had made the rain call because as soon as¬†the ceremony started, the rain came back and didn’t let up for the rest of the night.

Brian and Morgan are evidently loved by their family and friends. It was truly a joy to be a part of their wedding day and get to witness their love for each other and the close bonds they have with the people who surrounded them on their wedding day. They even found special ways of incorporating their loved ones into the ceremony. Morgan’s close friend Megan officiated the wedding, and did an incredible job! Her father blessed their wine toast, Brian’s father read an Irish blessing, and Brian concluded the ceremony by stomping on a glass (that took a few tries) and kissing his beautiful bride.

Once the reception got going, there wasn’t a single moment when the dance floor was empty.¬†Even after dinner was served there were still guests tearing it up on the dance floor. The Pat Roddy Band definitely kept the energy alive!!! It was so much fun singing along to their fun music and seeing¬†everybody dancing the night away despite the rain and roaring thunderstorm that seemed to be doing a dance of its own across¬†the night sky.

Congrats Brian & Morgan!!

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Venue: The Quechee Inn at Marshland Farm
Coordinator: Michelle Campbell from The Quechee Inn at Marshland Farm
Ceremony time: 5PM
Photography: AbiElaine Photography
Florist: Petals Floral Design by Michelle Boleski
Pies: Lou’s Bakery
Band: Pat Roddy Band
Dress: W2 Watters from Chamonix Bride, Rhineheck, NY
Bridesmaids Dresses: J Crew

A Misty Stowe Engagement

The morning of Billy and Marissa’s engagement shoot was dark and rainy, but the hourly weather promised a small window of better weather. It didn’t disappoint. The sky got brighter and the rain clouds passed by as we drove to the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, I truly couldn’t believe how beautiful the day turned out!! Stowe was stunning. Misty clouds sat low blanketing the mountains and all the colors popped under the bright overcast sky. And somehow the rain held off during the entire session!

Billy and Marissa are just fantastic. They’re so down to earth and fun to be around, we spent most of the session laughing at each other’s bad jokes. Couples like this¬†make me love my job so much more!!

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Luke + Mollie’s DIY Backyard Wedding

Mollie and I go waaayyyy back. We grew up two houses apart in Taftsville, VT and spent many days and nights playing around our neighborhood. She was and has remained one of my closest friends for over 20 years!! I seriously can’t believe that on top of all of our crazy adventures and memories I get to add “photographed Mo’s wedding” to the list. It was truly an honor to witness Mollie & Luke exchange vows, commit their love to each other and be able to capture those special moments for them on their wedding day…

Mollie & Luke’s DIY backyard wedding perfectly suited their adventurous and artistic spirits. There was so much love put into every detail of their wedding day, not a single thing¬†was missing. Adorable signage to direct parking and the backyard celebrations, homemade dilly bean favors made by Delia (MOB), a massive¬†homemade pie table that made everyone’s mouths water just looking at it, an incredible collection of craft beer and cider, and homemade snacks like pickled carrots and beets made by Mollie’s sister, Kal. So much love!! All the centerpieces were picked from various gardens and put together by a close family friend and even Mollie’s dress had some custom tailoring done by her mom. Everybody pitched in! Whether it be conquering the dangerous feat of hanging colorful flags high in the trees or decorating the reception tables. It was truly amazing to see everything come together.

While everyone was getting ready that morning, I was able to tweak my schedule so that I would have extra time to spend with the girls while they got ready. I didn’t want to miss anything from Mollie’s & Luke’s big day. At one point Mollie decided to practice the vows she’d written for Luke. Literally not a dry eye in the room listening to Mollie tell Luke he is “good and kind” and that “I’ve always loved myself, but because of you, I know I’m beautiful”. Mollie & Luke found their soul mates in each other, and I believe every person in that church felt it.

I’ll leave you with a segment of the end of Mollie’s vows to Luke that she read from The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman:

“I will love you¬†forever; whatever happens. Till I die and after I die, and when I find my way out of the land of the dead, I’ll drift about forever, all my atoms, till I find you again…”

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I love you both so much!! Wishing you many more years of adventuring and doing life togetherūüôā

Photography: AbiElaine Photography
Getting ready location: Apple Hill Inn
Dress: BHLDN
Suit: Tailor made by Indochino
Groomsmen pants: J. Crew
Groomsmen ties: The Tie Bar
Hair: Kal Traver (Sister of the bride/MOH)
Makeup: Lindsey Ellis (cousin of the bride)
Bridal Bouquet: Morgan Perrone from Valley Flower Company
Ceremony Location: The North Universalist Chapel Society, Woodstock VT
Ceremony Time: 4:00PM
Reception: Traver Family Residence, Taftsville, VT
Tent: Under Cover Tents
Flowers: Home grown, picked, & arranged by Peggy Rost (family friend)
Pies: Homemade by Bride’s mom & Groom’s mom
Favors: Dilly Beans made by Delia Clark (MOB)

Summer Romance in Vermont

When you haven’t seen your brother and sister-in-law in over two years, you obviously drag them out to take some photos. I mean, just look at these two love birds!!!TomJenna__0001 TomJenna__0002 TomJenna__0003 TomJenna__0004 TomJenna__0005 TomJenna__0006 TomJenna__0007 TomJenna__0008 TomJenna__0009 TomJenna__0010 TomJenna__0011 TomJenna__0012 TomJenna__0013 TomJenna__0014 TomJenna__0015 TomJenna__0016 TomJenna__0017 TomJenna__0018 TomJenna__0019 TomJenna__0020 TomJenna__0021 TomJenna__0022 TomJenna__0023 TomJenna__0024 TomJenna__0025 TomJenna__0026 TomJenna__0027 TomJenna__0028 TomJenna__0029 TomJenna__0030 TomJenna__0031 TomJenna__0032 TomJenna__0033 TomJenna__0034 TomJenna__0035 TomJenna__0036 TomJenna__0037

Robert & Samantha

Once in a while you cross paths with people who are so infectious with love and joy, you walk away feeling blessed for having met them. That’s Robby & Sam. There’s no doubt in my mind that they’re both loved by the people around them. Robby’s genuine happiness and big smile are seriously contagious, and Sam’s unabandoned kindness will touch your heart. These two are the real deal. Their love for each other resonates between them even in the simple things – a loving smile, a soft touch, an inside joke that leaves creases of laughter on their faces. It was truly a joy to witness.

I woke up at 2:30AM on Friday morning to finish getting everything together for our quick trip to Berkeley, CA and was someone able to drag Brian out of bed in time to get on the road by 4AM. Our drive to Boston was less than pleasant as it was below freezing, dark, and raining. Not my favorite combo. When we finally arrived at the airport we realized that we didn’t even have enough time to get waters or snacks and we ended up practically running to our gate to be the last to board. Arriving in San Francisco exhausted was completely worth it just to feel the warmth and see so much green!! I kept exclaiming, “Look! Flowers!!” That’s when you know you’re from New England, hah!

Our hotel, The Claremont Club & Spa, literally looked like it came out of a magazine. We spent our first hour¬†just staring at all the decor¬†and the¬†amazing views from every window and balcony. It was stunning! We thought we’d seen it all until we started adventuring around the little side streets of Berkeley. Holy moly is Berkeley beautiful!!! I literally couldn’t control my excitement as we walked around pointing out some of my favorite things like Lavender and Wisteria. My heart was singing!

Robby & Sam’s ceremony location at the UC Botanical Garden was INSANE. I couldn’t get over the towering redwoods that surrounded the amphitheater, it literally looked like it came out of a fairytale. But even more beautiful than the location was their ceremony. Complete with a symbolic tree planting, really thoughtful speeches from both sets of parents, and a whole lot of love that they¬†sealed with a kiss.

Robby & Sam, thank you so much for having us!! You’re both incredible people and I have no doubt you’ll touch many lives. It was truly an honor to be a part of your wedding day and we wish you both much happiness, laughter, and adventures!! Congrats you two!!

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Ceremony Location: Berkeley Botanical Garden
Ceremony Time: 3PM
Reception Location: University Club at Memorial Stadium – Chancellors Box
Reception Coordinator: Erin Rugala
Reception time: 6PM
Photographer: AbiElaine Photography
Florist: Amy Burke Designs
DJ: DJ Epik, Dustin Worswick
Makeup Artist: DollFace by Casey, Casey Ngyuen, BeautifulOne Makeup Artistry, Becky Lau
Hair: Noemi Anaya
Dress: Turdy’s Brides, Campbell, CA – WTOO by Watters, Persiphone Gown
Shoes: Steve Madden
Hair Piece: Twigs & Honey
Tuxes: IndoChino
Bluegrass Band: The Cherry Pickers

Eric & Hannah

Preparing for a March wedding can be tough. You never know what to expect in terms of weather. It could be dumping snow and 10 degrees, raining cats and dogs, or a warmer “here comes Spring” day. I was literally prepared for anything, but amazingly Saturday morning greeted us with bright blue skies and plenty of sunshine. I definitely didn’t complain.

On top of the day being absolutely gorgeous, all the little details that Hannah planned for her and Eric’s wedding day were even more gorgeous. I love this couple!! Not only do they have a deep love for the outdoors and good food, but they’re also super stylish with ah-maze-ing taste! When I first met them for their engagement session in Boston, I was immediately excited to have them as clients. Hannah had rented a beautiful Monique Lhuillier dress and Eric wore a dapper black suit. What’s not to love?!

From the art-deco inspired invites to the geometric earrings and classic black stud cufflinks, Eric and Hannah seriously had it going on. When a couple coordinates¬†their entire wedding down to the tiniest details, my heart swoons!! Nothing was left out. Even Hannah’s shoes and hair piece had geometric aspects. LOVE!

It was truly a pleasure to be a part of the beautiful celebration of Eric and Hannah. Their easy-going love for each other draws people in, which all of the nearly 200 guests can attest to. It was beautiful¬†to hear both of their father’s speak words of praise, love, and pride during their toasts to the lovely couple. I truly felt honored to be a part of their big day!!


Venue: Woodstock Inn & Resort
Ceremony: The Rockefeller Room
Ceremony time: 3:00PM
Reception: Ballroom
Reception time: 6:00PM
Coordinator: Megan Fisher & Jessica Markey from The Woodstock Inn
Florist: Tedd Kapinos, Jasper & Prudence
Photography: AbiElaine Photography
Videography: Video Vermont
Band: Night Shift’s SoHo
Makeup: Marianne Souza, Flawless Cosmetic Design
Hair: Lauren Andrews, Fulham Salon, Wellesley, MA
Dress: Handmade by the bride’s Aunt Donna
Bride’s shoes: Adrianna Papell – Heidi¬†
Tux: Custom tux from 9 Tailors
The Parsonne: Annie Alexander-Kramer

Ladders: Lindsey

So last year (feels weird to say ‘last year’ already…eek!) I started a little series of shoots called “Ladders”. Basically the idea was¬†to do a bunch of different mini shoots that somehow incorporated ladders in different settings. I’m planning on doing more “Ladders” shoots this year!!!

This was a very spontaneous shoot that I did with my friend, Lindsey, while she was visiting from California last summer. I think we spent a total of 20 minutes shooting after I had ripped up some vines for decor and made¬†my husband drag our¬†ladder up into a little tree grove. Win. Sometimes the most fun I have shooting is when it’s spur of the moment like this one was. It forces me to just let go and let my creativity take over instead of having too much time to think about things. I’m definitely guilty of overthinking things, just ask my husbandūüôā

Anyway, without any more rambling,¬†here is the seriously stunning¬†Lindsey…

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Desperately Seeking the Path to Purpose

Yesterday I was reminiscing with my mom about graduating college without¬†having a real sense of direction for my photography and how long it¬†took me to find my passion in the field. So I’m going to be¬†sharing bits of my journey with you starting in 2007 when I packed up all my belongings and drove across country to attend the Brooks Institute of Photography.

Moving across the country was HUGE for me. Especially being a small-town girl from Vermont moving to big, sunny California. Driving out I saw a lot of our beautiful country, ended up breaking down in Russellville, AK, and finally arrived in Santa Barbara, CA on July 7, 2007¬†feeling like a little lost puppy. I could literally do an entire blog post on the drive alone, but I don’t want to completely bore everyone so let’s just skip to starting college…

When I started classes, I was very¬†behind most¬†students. I had never taken a photography class in high school, never used anything but “auto” on my point-and-shoot, and¬†had never even held a professional camera.¬†So when we started learning about all the settings and exposure I was mentally freaking out. FREAKING OUT!!! If you know anything about photography, you know that photography “math” isn’t like real¬†math. It took me a lot longer to fully understand shutter speeds, f-stops, and ISO’s and how they all worked together. I remember crying in my room so many times¬†just trying to understand. Thankfully¬†there was one person in Santa Barbara I could reach out to that I had known from back home. If it weren’t for him taking a couple hours¬†to go over everything with me, I’m not sure If I would have been able to understand it on my own. I know that some people have a very easy time understanding the technical aspects of photography, but I definitely wasn’t one of those people. However, when it came to the more creative side like composition, leading lines, rule of thirds, lighting, etc, I was able to pick that up much faster. Must be the way I’m wiredūüôā My husband was the opposite. All the technical mumbo jumbo came easily to him, but the creative side was more of a struggle. We balance each other outūüôā

Long story short, Brooks was Hard with a capital H. I struggled a lot to keep up but did my best. When I finally had a good grasp on things, it was already my third and final year and time for me to figure out what direction I wanted to take my photography. Commercial? Product? Food? Portraiture? Outdoor? I literally had no clue. I remember being jealous of the students who had started college knowing what they wanted to do with their photography. I wished so badly I had started school with even a little clue of what I liked, but it wasn’t until¬†a year after graduating that things started to fall into place.

During that year I spent hours online searching for inspiration and learned as much as I could from tutorials, blogs, and books. I also converted a small room above my parents store into a mini studio to shoot in and kept applying to as many photography related jobs as I could find. I finally got a response to one application for a retouching job in New York asking if I could come in for an interview and retouching test. After talking to my parents, we decided to make a weekend of it and take the opportunity to visit my grandparents who live right outside the city in New Jersey.

I remember waking up the morning of the interview super nervous and ended up spending wayyyyy too much time picking out an¬†outfit. When we finally arrived in the city, my parents dropped me off in front of what seemed like an unendingly tall building and went to find a Starbucks. I remember walking into that cold building suddenly feeling unexcited and¬†forced myself to climb the six¬†flights of stairs to the office due to the broken elevator. (It was a sign!!) I¬†was greeted at the door by a guy that looked like he had just rolled out of bed and when I looked around the room I saw walls plastered with¬†photos of scantily dressed (if dressed at all) women. I was interviewing to retouch trashy photos. Great. I can’t describe the heavy feeling of disappointment and sadness I felt in that moment. I ALMOST left without even doing the interview but felt guilty dragging my parents into the city so I decided to just give it a go. When I left an hour later, I walked back down the six flights of stairs and had an immediate sense¬†of relief and peace. It was at that moment that I knew I didn’t want to be a retoucher. I really hated¬†the idea of spending my life behind a computer editing photos; It simply wasn’t for me.

Obviously I felt like crap on the drive home having wasted everyone’s time, but I remember my mom saying to me, “Abi, it’s better to have gone through all of this so that you know what you don’t want rather than having to wonder.” It was the confirmation I needed to hear after a not-so-fun experience. The following morning I emailed the company letting them know that whether or not I passed their test, their company was not a good fit for me. Best.Feeling.Ever.

A couple weeks later¬†I was half depressingly, half desparately¬†researching photography¬†hoping¬†to get inspired by something, anything, when I stumbled onto a well known wedding photographer’s site – David Jay. Side note – his site is completely different now because he’s currently focusing on a totally different side of the photography world. Anyway, I dug through every section of his site, read every word twice and¬†looked at every image more than twice. I read every article written by or about David¬†and looked up any¬†references he mentioned, including Mike Colon and Jasmine Star.¬†I finally¬†felt inspired! Finally¬†felt that spark of passion and feeling of purpose I’d been yearning for. I was going to be a wedding photographer.

I spent the following winter¬†studying any material I could find related to wedding photography and started stalking¬†religiously following a bunch of¬†amazing wedding photographers. I read every blog post I could find from photographers I loved, invested in a bunch of Creative Live workshops, and threw myself into the world of wedding photography. It was all I could think of and focus on and that following June of 2012, I photographed my first two weddings – my uncles intimate family wedding and my younger brother’s wedding. Both weddings were filled with anxiety, stress, and emotions, but I will always be grateful to my amazing family for helping me get started on¬†following my passion.

Here are a couple images from my first two weddings:
FirstWeddings_01Blog post: Tom + Jenna

FirstWeddings_02Blog post: Dave + Andie