Stokes State Forest Engagement :: Amanda + Brian

I was so happy to spend time with Amanda and Brian in the sprawling Stokes State Forest of New Jersey on a warm and sunny April afternoon. What struck me most was just how comfortable they were together, so at ease and quick with a laugh or a sweet canoodle. They truly were in their element both in the natural outdoor location and inside each other’s arms. I’m already looking forward to their wedding next spring!

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Colorful Cape Cod Wedding with Holi Powder :: Catie Married Nate :: Massachusetts Wedding Photography :: Alix Passage

 

From our first phone conversation I knew that Catie and Nate’s wedding was going to be epic. “Natie” as they are affectionately known to their friends knew the kind of party they wanted to throw and weren’t going to let traditions or “should’s” get in their way.

The biggest lesson I took away from the sweet and sentimental anecdotes told by their friends during their oceanside ceremony was that Catie and Nate always stay true to themselves. Catie is secure in her love for color and cupcakes, Nate is secure in loving Catie just the way she is.

So when Catie wanted her friends and family to wear white and throw colored powder on them, not only did they support her but did so with infectious enthusiasm.

In chatting with Nate at the end of the night I confessed that my biggest fear was that I didn’t have enough safe and pretty images of the two of them.

His response was humbly fitting: “Well that’s why we hired you. We’re not safe and pretty”.

I’m so happy to share this uniquely ceremonious event, one that I was honored to be a part of not only as a photographer but as a human being. The day was complete with games, dancing, laughter, friendship, unconditional love and of course, lots and lots of color.

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A Summer Destination Wedding in the Green Mountains of Vermont :: Stephanie Married Graham :: Vermont Wedding Photography :: Alix Passage

This wedding is one that is very close to my heart. When I heard that Stephanie was engaged my heart soared! As one of my “adopted” little sisters – with no big sister of her own she has been my own little sister’s best friend since middle school, the oldest of three girls all of whom I babysat at one time or another – obviously I took the news just as any big sister would! When she approached me about photographing her wedding I was more than honored. I was proud to not only unleash my creativity in an amazing setting for someone I love, but also get to witness the marriage of the beautiful little girl I’d watched grow into quite an amazing woman. Every emotion seemed to tug at my heart – pride for my friend and sister, happiness at sharing in the moment, excitement about the beginning of the newlyweds’ new adventure, sentiment looking back on my own vows six years earlier, but above all gratitude for the opportunity to be in such an amazing place with such extraordinary people.

When Stephanie and Graham were planning their destination wedding, Vermont was the obvious choice as it is almost a second home to them both. Stephanie has vacationed there year-round her entire life, Graham practically grew up in the mountains at his family’s ski house in nearby Queechee, Vermont. They wanted a place that wasn’t so far that people couldn’t get there but still with that getaway feel and the Mountain Top Inn offered all of that and more. In Steph’s words:

“The {Vermont} summers are just as beautiful as the winters. We’re not true city people at heart so having the natural elements provide the backdrop and decor, to us, was perfection.”

Perfection, indeed.

We arrived in Vermont the day before the wedding to absolutely incredible weather – warm sunshine, dry and crisp mountain air with a subtle breeze – everything you want in a New England summer. Stephanie, Graham and their guests had already enjoyed a week of perfect weather to enjoy kayaking and swimming in the natural mountain lake, horseback riding around the acres of resort property, relaxing or reading outside on the terrace or in one of the many lodge rec rooms. There was even a frisbee golf course that conveniently ended up right outside the bar 😉

Unfortunately, the wedding day itself coincided with a low pressure system and…well..let’s just say it.

It rained.

It rained a lot.

Stephanie and Graham took it in stride, were as composed as can be and approached the day with absolute grace and class.

I wouldn’t have expected anything less.

Steph said it best –

“The rain (and fog!) were so bad on our wedding day, BUT, while our imagined, scenic ceremony on a bluff wasn’t in the forecast, that wasn’t going to stop the real meaning of the day – to marry the person I’m most in love with in the world, and then to party with our most favorite people in the world.”

And that’s just what they did.

It was such a magical day and week that I was fortunate to be a part of. I also left the weekend a little wiser from the primary lesson Steph and Graham had taught me – it will only rain on your parade if you let it.

Congratulations again you two!

*See the bottom of the post for a full vendor list!*

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Francine and Pete Engaged

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Vendor List:

Venue: The Mountain Top Inn and Resort

Steph’s Dress: Augusta Jones

Groom/Groomsmen Attire: Express Suits

Bridesmaids Dresses: J.Crew

Florist: A Schoolhouse Garden

Hair: Kerry Armstrong Formal Hair Design

Makeup: Flawless Cosmetic Design

Band: East Coast Soul

Cake: Trillium Fine Desserts

 

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