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Alison and Ben's Musically Rustic Vermont Wedding

While they reside in Paris, Alison's family has roots in Vermont and they decided this would be the perfect backdrop for their special day and we couldn't agree more. Family and friends flew in from all over the world to celebrate this couples love on a perfect Vermont summer day. Their wedding was planned by the amazing Carrie MacMillan of Storied Events and it is always a pleasure to be a part of her creative team. Carrie always works hard to create an event that reflects her couples lifestyle and personalities and while I was at the house photographing Alison getting ready the flowers by Birds of a Flower arrived and I was blown away with the gorgeous flowers,  attention to detail and personal touch. Check out how they incorporated music into the flowers in the images below, and then look at how they decorated not just the aisle of the church, but also the space by bringing trees inside. And as I excitedly photographed the flowers on the music sheets, Alison snuck outside onto the dock to write her note to her soon to be husband. The writing and reading of the wedding day notes is always a special moment to photograph and finding her floating on the edge of the river with a pen in hand was so great.

Then there was the music. Alison and Ben love to sing together and made music a major part of their ceremony. Just before the ceremony began Ben confided in us that he had yet to sing in front of his family, so this moment was a huge moment for him. The singing began, and they sang beautifully. The classic New England church was filled with their voices and there was hardly a dry eye. 

After the ceremony we all headed up the rod to the Barnard Inn where the guests were greeted by a jazz band and summer cocktails. Paper lanterns hung from the trees and the tent was ready with flowers and compasses as table cards. As the sun started to set a rainbow appeared for just a minute and then the guests seated for their first dance and dinner. 

Congratulations Alison and Ben! We are so excited to hear you are settling into your new home in Paris and more importantly... expecting!!! We had so much getting to know you and can't wait to make your album and see photos of the little one when he or she arrives! ~ Cheers, Matt and Enna

Something I don't get to do often when I travel for weddings is to not only pack my tintype equipment, but also to find the time to use it. On the morning of Alison and Ben's wedding Enna and I were able to hike down the short trail at Quechee Gorge to make this gorgeous tintype.