When you plan an outdoor wedding, this is exactly the type of day you picture in your mind. The temperature was just right, the sun smiled down on the happy couple and their guests, and a nice breeze wafted through the trees and across the lawn. As close to perfection as you can hope for.
Lucas and Sam chose the Quechee Inn at Mashland Farms in Quechee, Vermont for its central location to family and friends. Well, that and the fact it’s a gorgeous place for a wedding. Huge maples offered shade over the part of the yard where they held the ceremony. The wonderfully decorated old New England farmhouse feel of the inn provided a relaxing place for family and the wedding party to stay and get ready. The food the inn prepared was outstanding.
Lucas and Sam decided they wanted to do First Look photos so they could spend more time with their guests after the ceremony and have a few minutes of relaxation time before the reception. I like First Look photos because I find people tend to be a bit more relaxed then and worrying about getting back to the festivities. We had Lucas sitting on a bench under a tree while Sam walked up behind him. He stood, turned, and caught site of his beautiful bride. A smile. A flood of emotion. Joy.
Something they did that was a little different that I really liked was the parents escorted, arm-in-arm, the groom and bride to the alter at their respective times. And grandma was the flower girl. Now that was cute. They had a simple ceremony with some Jewish elements. The highlights were some humorous stories and wise words from their officiant and friend and the thoughts and feelings Lucas and Sam shared about their lives together, past and future.
From beginning to end of this wonderful day, laughter seemed always to be present. They are such a fun couple with fun family and friends. Another different take on the usual parts of a wedding day was one of the toasts to the couple. How often do you suppose someone would do a Mad Lib for a toast? The guests had fun participating and the result was hilarious.
It was a real pleasure for me to be a part of this wedding and I wish Lucas and Sam all the best in the years to come and a terrific life together.